Click here for a list of OPA-MCE Approved Distance Learning Providers

Calendar of Events

Event List Calendar

December 15, 2014

Sexually Abusive Behavior Series Part IV: Intro to Sex Offender Assessment – Columbus

Instructor: Bradley Hedges, Ph.D. (
CE/U’s: 6 for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists
Course Description:
Assessing sexual offenders is perhaps one of the most challenging populations to evaluate because of the complexity of their clinical presentation and the significant implications of the assessment. This training attempts to provide participants with a framework for understanding the sexual offender assessment and an overview of commonly used assessment techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the concepts presented in the training to a complex case.

Become familiar with the issues related to sexual offender assessment.
Increase exposure to types of assessment.
Increase familiarity with the tools associated with sexual offender assessment.

Define the key elements to sexual offender assessment.
Compare and contrast current types of assessment and their strenghts and weaknesses.
Demonstrate ablity to gather data necessary for sex offender assessments.
Apply the concepts presented to a presented case.
Workshop Outline:
Overview of the “meaning” of sex
Purpose of assessments
Types of assessments
Classification systems
Etiology of Sexual Deviancy
Understanding issues of actuarial assessment and classification issues
Base rates
Static 99
“Poor Man’s Risk Assessment”
Developmental Risk Assessment
Contextual Risk Assessment
Sexual History
Aggression History
DD Assessment
Case Presentation
Particpants: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and other trained others in the Mental Health Field
Level: Introductory – Intermediate
Prerequisites: Sexually Abusive Behavior Series: Part 1, 2 and 3.
To register for the event:
Last day of registration: Friday, December 12, 2014


Start: December 15, 2014 9:00 am
End: December 15, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Mid Ohio Psychological Services, Inc.
Phone: 614-751-0042
2238 S Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH, 43232, United States
Cost: 60.00

December 11, 2014

Life Span Development: Mental Health and the Aging Population – Columbus

Instructor: Mary Lewis, Ph.D. (
CE/CEU’s: 4
Program Description: This 4 hour training will speak to the emotional and mental challenges that are commonly experienced by individuals in the later stages of human development. Participants will increase their understanding of the mental and emotional challenges often associated with the aging process, their knowledge of interventions appropriate to this population, and their awareness of relevant social, family, cultural, and ethical issues.
Increase awareness of mental health issues relevant to older individuals.
Understand the unique facets of mental health assessment and diagnosis with older adults.
Increase knowledge of techniques, tools, and resources.
Understand the role of safety, family dynamics, and culture in treatment planning.
Objectives: At the end of this training participants will be able to:
Differentiate between factual and mythical beliefs and views, and concerns about aging and the aging experience.
Identify empirically based treatment approaches appropriate to older adults.
Recognize mental health disorders and the symptoms unique to the elderly population.
Course Outline:
Introduction, Goals and Objectives
Myths vs. Facts
Issues in Mental Health Diagnosis
Mental Health Assessment
Other considerations to consider in the treatment of older adults
Case Studies and group discussion
Participants: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, General Audiences
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Prerequisite: NA
To register for the event:
Last day of registration: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Start: December 11, 2014 9:00 am
End: December 11, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Inc
Phone: 614-751-0042
2238 S Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH, 43232, United States
Cost: 40.00

December 8, 2014

Recent Developments in Psychopharmacology – Beachwood

2 MCE credits awarded to participants (non-ethics) 7-9 p.m.
Dr. Boehm will discuss treatments for Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Addiction. Dr. Jaskiw will discuss recent developments and the efficacy of the newer Anti-Psychotic medications.

Gregory X. Boehm, M.D. is triple-board certified in Psychiatry, Child-Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
George Jaskiw, M.D. is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Neurology.
Deadline for registration: by 12 noon on Friday, December 5, 2014

Start: December 8, 2014 7:00 pm
End: December 8, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: Embassy Suites Hotel
Phone: 216-397-9229
3775 Park East Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122, OH, 44122, United States
Cost: $25-$35

Supervision Series: Developmental Models of Supervision – Columbus

Instructor: Bradley Hedges, Ph.D.,PCC-S, Psychologist (
CE/Us: 4
Program Description: This training is designed to help clinicians who are seeing to develop/enhance their supervisory skills by better understanding supervision within the context of a developmental framework that focuses on the establishment of clinical competencies.
Become familiar with theories of developmental supervision.
Understand the development of clinical competencies as occurring in at least 3 distinct stages.
Increase confidence in supervisory skills.
Participants will be able to define “competency based supervision”.
Participants will describe the stages of clinical development.
Participants will develop a specific plan for developing/expanding the competencies of their supervisees.
Defining supervision and the qualities of “good” supervision
Competency based supervision
Conceptual learning model
Stages of clinical development
Transitioning supervisees through developmental stages
Defining core competencies
Developing a competency development plan
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Prerequisites: Introduction to supervision
To register for the event:
Last day of registration: Friday December 5,2014

Start: December 8, 2014 9:00 am
End: December 8, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Inc
Phone: 614-751-0042
2238 S Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH, 43232, United States
Cost: 40.00

December 4, 2014

Using Group Work to Effectively Engage and Strengthen Youth – Cleveland

3 CE Hours.
How is working with a group of adolescents different from 1:1? What are the advantages and the challenges? This workshop will address how therapists and group leaders can work with youth to address cognitive change, strength mobilization and coping with life difficulties. You’ll learn skills you can use as a group facilitator and gain practice in addressing difficult behaviors that present in a group setting.

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. Over the past two decades Amy has worked with individuals and families affected by bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. Amy regularly provides trainings to mental health professionals, educators and administrators on bullying prevention, child abuse, domestic violence, stress management and critical incident stress debriefings. She provides workshops on topics which include bullying prevention, character education, trauma and stress.

Start: December 4, 2014 9:00 am
End: December 4, 2014 12:15 pm
Venue: Cleveland State University Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th and Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $75

November 21, 2014

Anger Management Across the Diagnoses – Cleveland

6 CE Hours.
Someone who appears to have an anger problem may be depressed, frustrated, anxious, traumatized, antisocial, psychotic, or sleep deprived. The apparently angry person may be intoxicated or in withdrawal. This person may lack social/communication skills, lack empathy, or lack emotional awareness and modulation. The expression of anger or rage may be influenced by Autism Spectrum Disorders, personality disorders, substance use problems, bipolar disorder, ADHD or other impulse control problems, or self-esteem that is fragile. If we dive in to helping someone with an apparent anger problem without first understanding the nature and dynamics of the anger, we may be wasting everyone’s time, with useless or even counterproductive interventions. This workshop will help you respond more effectively to anger problems by learning to see the many mental health conditions which can be at the core of problematic expressions of anger.


Jim Foley, MSW, LISW, has been providing psychotherapy and mental health assessment for over 25 years, in Boston, Syracuse, and Ohio, working with children and families challenged by ADHD, school/learning problems, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and relationship/social problems. He has served clients in agencies, homes, and in schools at every level from pre-K to college. He teaches psychology courses at the College of Wooster, and writes material for psychology textbooks for Macmillan Publishing. Over the past six years, he has been a psychotherapist with the SUMMIT Therapy Center of Wooster. He is now the Director of Community Education, Prevention, and Consultation at The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties.

Registration deadline: November 14, 2014

Start: November 21, 2014 8:45 am
End: November 21, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Cleveland State U. Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th and Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $135

November 20, 2014

Discovering the Gift of the Shadow-Jungian Studies Seminar: Jungian Studies Seminar – Columbus

4.5 CEs 3 Thursday evenings in November 6:30 – 8 PM
Jung saw the shadow as a potential source of richness that is unavailable to us as long as it is buried or unconscious. It contains that which will make us whole.
Flier can be viewed and pre-registration can be done by phone or on-line at our website,

Start: November 20, 2014 6:30 pm
End: November 20, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: First Community Church South
Phone: 614.488.0681
1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH, 43212, United States

November 18, 2014

Zzz’s to Health: Promoting Sleep for Better Functioning – Cleveland

6 CE Hours.
Chronic sleep deprivation, even as little as one hour less sleep per night than is needed, has been associated with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, risk-taking, aggression, bullying, sports injuries, diabetes, and more. Given that the most common sleep disorder is a lack of awareness, there is much that mental health and other professionals can do to intervene in this vital determinant of health. This workshop is designed to educate professionals on sleep needs through the lifespan; the most common barriers to sleep, including environmental barriers and DSM 5 sleep disorders; the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, including their influence on other DSM 5 disorders; and how to better support healthy sleep.

Stacy Simera, MSSA, LISW-S, SAP, is chair of the sleep committee for the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership and has presented on the topic of sleep at various professional conferences including 2013 Ohio NASW Conference, 2013 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, 2013 All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry Conference, and the 2012 NASW National Convention in DC and was cited in an editorial: “Sleepless in America: School Start Times” in the British journal Education and Health. Stacy serves as Health Policy Director for the Ohio chapter of the national non-profit Start School Later, serves on the leadership committee of the Ohio NASW Social Work Advocacy Group, provides psychotherapy at Gary Robinson and Associates in Kent, is an adjunct instructor at Stark State College, conducts workshops for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, and facilitates a psycho-educational group on managing depression at the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis.

Registration deadline: November 11, 2014

Start: November 18, 2014 8:45 am
End: November 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Cleveland State U. Julka Hall
Phone: (216) 687-3867
E. 24th and Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $135

November 14, 2014

Part 4: Professional Responsibilities & Legal/Ethical Issues in Supervision – Hudson

Part 4 is approved for 6 CE’s and is approved for Ethics. The entire series is 24 CE’s

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, and part 4 is also approved by CSWMFT and the OPA-MCE for the ethics CEU’s

Part 4 Professional Responsibilities & Legal/Ethical Issues in Supervision includes ethical and legal issues in supervision; regulatory issues including Ohio laws, including supervision laws/rules, professional standards, credentialing processes; route of reporting ethical violations, confidentiality and maintaining professionalism, professional boundaries and how supervision can help clinicians maintain ethical/legal standards.

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.

Questions? Email or for more information or to sign up visit

Start: November 14, 2014 8:30 am
End: November 14, 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

Becoming an Early Intervention Provider for the Ohio BWC – Columbus

Speakers: David Schwartz, PhD & Gary Sipps, PhD
Cost: OPA Member: $150 | Nonmember: $180 | Student: $100
Price includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks
Learn More

Start: November 14, 2014 8:30 am
End: November 14, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: LifeCare Alliance Catering and Event Center
670 Harmon Ave, Columbus, 43223