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October 30, 2014

Compulsive Body Focused Behaviors: The Hidden Problem – Cleveland

3 CE hours. Compulsive body behaviors affect millions, yet little is known of this hidden and often misunderstood problem. This workshop will provide a framework to understand the complex nature and function of behaviors such as hair pulling, chronic skin picking, and compulsive nail biting. Participants will learn how compulsive body behaviors are in fact different from obsessive compulsive disorder and self-harming behaviors, such as cutting. Participants will gain critical knowledge in how to design an effective treatment plan specifically developed for body compulsive behaviors. The course will also briefly cover how the DSM-5 has modified its description of these behaviors.
Instructor: Amy Burzinski is a licensed clinical social worker who is currently a therapist at Ohio Solutions. Previously, she was a school counselor at Bellefaire. She has an MSW and a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has also received training in body focused repetitive disorders from The Professional Training Institute of the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Over the past two decades Amy has worked with individuals and families affected by bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.
Registration deadline: Thursday, October 23, 2014


Start: October 30, 2014 9:00 am
End: October 30, 2014 12:15 pm
Venue: Cleveland State U. Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th & Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $75

October 24, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Isolation to Intimacy: Working with Shame and Belonging – Cleveland

CE: 11
Ethics: No
Description: Many of us live with a sense of overwhelm that is interpersonal, social, economic and environmental — a sense that we can never do enough to address urgent needs in our world. Many of our most challenging aspirations result in disappointment and collapsed dreams. Some of our most difficult limiting behaviors developed in a felt sense of isolation from our world. These include a sense that we should be able to solve our problems, ought to stop needing the help and approval of others, must initiate the changes we long for in our lives and in the world on our own. These shameful feelings are generated in a context that undervalues cooperation and shared vulnerability.
Presenters: Deborah Ullman, MA is editor and co-director of GestaltPress, published and distributed by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. She practices as a clinician, coach, trainer, and bodyworker in Orleans, MA on Cape Cod where her work is grounded in evolutionary psychology, relational Gestalt theory and shame and belonging work. Deborah has authored and edited many articles, and the collections The Gendered Field and Co-Creating the Field with Gordon Wheeler. Her history in broadcasting includes hosting a TV talk show exploring transformational world views. Deb co-chairs the CTR Psychology Council conference series “Evolution of Gestalt” as Esalen Institute. She is a Professional Associate of GISC and co-chairs the Summer Series in Personal Growth and Exploration. Carol Swanson, LSW is the co-director of the Portland Gestalt Training Institute. She has trained in Gestalt therapy for over 30 years. Originally, she studied with Isadore From, known as the “dean of Gestalt therapy”. Carol also studied at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, and was a trainer assistant in their local program and their European Residential Program for four years. She has studied extensively with Lynne Jacobs, integrating the influences of self psychology and contemporary analytic thinking with Gestalt therapy.
Registration Deadline: October 23, 2014

Start: October 24, 2014 6:00 pm
End: October 26, 2014 12:30 pm
Venue: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
Phone: 2164210468
1588 Hazel Drive, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States
Cost: 275.00

Girls Got Issues: Gender-responsive treatment and working with girls – Cleveland

3 CE hours. In providing mental health services, we often recognize the need to provide that which is culturally-competent. Yet, we often forget to include the unique needs of girls and how symptom presentation, values, and way of relating to others impact mental health. The importance of providing gender-responsive services to girls cannot be overstated. In this workshop, research on primary areas for treatment interventions, theories of working with girls, and current resources for doing so will be presented.
Instructor: yffani Monford Dent, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and lectures often at universities, non-profits, churches, and other community organizations. Currently, she serves as the psychologist and consultant for two residential treatment facilities. In addition, she is the Contributing Psychologist to The Brown Girl Collective Radio Show as well as a writer for www.YouParent.Com.

Start: October 24, 2014 9:00 am
End: October 24, 2014 12:15 pm
Venue: Cleveland State U. Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th St. & Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $75

Part 3: Management and Administration: Supervisory Issues – Hudson

6 CE’s for Part 3 (24 CE’s for entire series)
This four-part training is designed for mental health professionals working towards becoming a supervisor or who are already supervising. Workshops are didactic and experiential. Participants may pick and choose or take all four workshops in the series. All workshops are approved for supervision CE hours by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, The State of Ohio CSWMFT board, OPA-MCE. Participants may pick and choose or take all four workshops in the series
Part 3: Management and Administration: Supervisory Issues covers organizational processes and procedures for supervisee recordkeeping, reporting and monitoring of supervisees cases, Ohio laws and professional standards, agency or institutional policies and procedures, roles and responsibilities of supervisors and supervisees, multiple roles of supervisors, strategies to help supervisees advance to optimum performance, productivity and job satisfaction, and preventing burnout.

Presenter: Paula J. Britton, Ph.D.
Paula is a professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at John Carroll University. She is a licensed psychologist and a PCC-S, with over thirty years of diverse clinical experience including an administrator and supervisor in a family service agency, a project director of a large research grant, and a clinician in a private practice. She has given over 100 local, state, and national professional presentations and workshops in the areas of supervision and ethics as well as authoring numerous publications. Additionally, she is a supervisor of master level therapists in private practice, doctoral interns, and practicum/Internship students.

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Start: October 24, 2014 8:30 am
End: October 24, 2014 3:35 pm
Venue: Clarion Inn & Conference Center
Phone: 330-653-9191
6625 Dean Memorial Pkwy, Hudson, OH, 44236, United States
Cost: $120.00

What Monolingual and Bilingual Psychologists Need to Know About Bilingual Psychological Assessments – Cleveland

Speaker: Alexander Quiros, PhD | 6 CE
Cost: OPA Member: $150 | Nonmember: $180 | Student: $100

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Start: October 24, 2014 8:30 am
End: October 24, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Embassy Suites Cleveland – Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard, Independence, 44131

October 23, 2014

Rayport Brain-Mind Lecture – Toledo

1 CE credit – not ethics
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
The Frontal Lobes: A User’s Guide
Sheldon Benjamin, MD
Professor, Psychiatry & Neurology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Vice Chair for Education & Psychiatry Residency Director
Neuropsychiatry Residency and Fellowship Director
Director of UMass Neuropsychiatry 1986-present

President, American Neuropsychiatric Association
Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training

Start: October 23, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: University of toledo
Phone: 4193835491
3000 Arlington Avenue, Mail Stop 1161, Toledo, OH, 43614, United States
Cost: $10.00

October 22, 2014

Borderline Personality Disorder–Internal Instability, Relational Unmanageability – Cleveland

6 CE Hours. Angry and frustrated with your client? Many professionals who have worked with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are. This disorder is often misunderstood and can wreak havoc on personal and professional relationships. The origins of this disorder are multifaceted. Some researchers have connected issues with maladaptive early attachment relationships. Others have pointed to a higher prevalence of trauma, in particular early, severe and chronic trauma among adult borderline patients. This interactive workshop is designed to help you have a better understanding of the disorder as well as treatment methods. You’ll have a multifaceted experience of understanding BPD. We’ll cover historical and current understandings and treatment of BPD. You’ll gain an understanding of the delicate interaction of environmental and genetic influences in the development of BPD. Expect to be fully incorporated in the workshop with exercises as well as utilization of popular media.
Instructor: Billie Gilliam earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from John Carroll University. She is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency counselor. Her philosophy of treatment is an integrated systems approach that is strength focused. She treats individuals, couples and families with a variety of issues that include: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, substance abuse and dependence. She has received additional trainings and certifications in addictions, psychopharmacology, physiology and others. She provides professional development programs and teaches psychology and chemical dependency courses at a local community college.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Start: October 22, 2014 8:45 am
End: October 22, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Cleveland State U. Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th Street & Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $135

October 17, 2014

Spirituality as a Resource in Psychotherapy – Cleveland

6 CE hours. Are you intrigued by the possibilities for integrating spirituality into your work in psychotherapy, but don’t know where to start? In this workshop, you’ll develop skills in assessing spiritual beliefs even when you have minimal personal knowledge about specific religious groups, in distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy expressions of spiritual beliefs, and in recognizing the impact of your own beliefs and values on the process of psychotherapy. You’ll learn how to be open and welcoming of your clients’ spiritual beliefs and experiences, which has an expanding and invigorating effect on the possibilities for growth in therapy. You will learn about and have the opportunity to practice specific interventions which utilize spiritual beliefs. You’ll also discover the uniquely effective power of spiritual approaches in addressing several life challenges which are difficult to confront using only traditional psychological methods.
Instructor: Christine Elliott, Ph.D., brings decades of clinical experience in integrating spirituality into therapy with a variety of client populations to her presentations. She is an experienced presenter and trainer, with a strong ability to connect with an audience, and an empathic understanding of the therapist’s real-life challenges and concerns. Using engaging humor, and illustrating concepts with numerous clinical examples, she helps participants gain confidence in their ability to work with compassion and confidence with spiritual aspects of therapy. Through creative experiential exercises throughout the day, she helps her audience broaden their repertoire of methods to break through into new avenues of growth for their clients.
Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Start: October 17, 2014 8:45 am
End: October 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Cleveland State U. Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th Street & Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $135

October 13, 2014

Developmental Approach to Parenting Interventions: Early Childhood – Columbus

Instructor: Kimberly Blair, MA, LPCC-S (
CE/Us: 4 for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists
Course Description: This four hour training is designed to aid in how to successfully work with adults in order to improve their parenting skills. Additionally, it will aid professionals in considering the process of normal early child development (birth-12 years old) and gaining knowledge to assist clients in adapting parenting skills to children as they progress through various developmental milestones. Through the use of instruction, practical activities, and collaborative discussion, participants will gain an understanding of normal child development, understanding parenting interventions and appropriate parenting skills for early childhood developmental levels.
Increase knowledge of parenting challenges and gain insight
Increase knowledge on parenting interventions and gain tools to help assist clients with improving their parenting skills
Objectives: Gain basic understanding of early child development in the social, emotional, intellectual and physical context. Understand basic early childhood parenting skills and apply interventions to clincial practice
Workshop Outline:
Early Childhood Developmental Levels
Parenting Skills, Considerations, Interventions
Provider Challenges working with Parents
Reasons for Parenting Struggles
Parenting Styles
What is Parent Training?: Why is parent training important? Why might someone need parent training? Who are the referral sources for parent training?
Treatment Planning
Interventions: Observation, Positive Parenting, Positive Reinforcement, Praise, Instruction, Time-Outs, Planned Ignoring, Natural and Logical Consequences, Use of behavioral data for the parent and for the child, Being a Consistent Parent, Success Factors of Parent Training
Participants: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and other trained others in the Mental Health Field
Level: Introductory
To register for the event:
Last day of registration: Friday, October 10, 2014

Start: October 13, 2014 9:00 am
End: October 13, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Mid-Ohio Psychological Services
Phone: 614-751-0042
2238 South Hamilton Rd Suite 200, Columbus, OH, 43232, United States
Cost: 40

October 11, 2014

The Soul As Transformative Process – Columbus

3 CE
Richard J. Sweeney, PhD Jungian psychoanalyst and LPCC in private practice. Jung’s theory of soul finds additional support today from new science, modern psychoanalytic theory and studies of mysticism. We will explore transformative dynamics of the soul as they manifest in our individual and relational experiences, as well as in nature itself. Please see website for more details or to register. 3 MCEs

Start: October 11, 2014 9:30 am
End: October 11, 2014 12:30 pm
Venue: First Community Church, South
Phone: 614.488.0681
1320 Cambridge Blvd, Columbus, OH, 43212, United States