September 25, 2015
4 CE hours (Ethics). Social media and other electronic communications have revolutionized social interactions in the 21st century, with the most visible impact on young people. Mental health professionals who wish to practice responsibly need to understand the implications of this revolution for the process of counseling and psychotherapy. Because most mental health professionals are involved in social networking and other online communications with friends and family, it is crucial that we understand the complications such activities can present to our therapeutic work and learn the strategies available to minimize those complications. It is also crucial for mental health professionals to be aware of ethical standards, licensing board regulations and other legal guidance in relation to online communications with clients. This workshop will offer a review of the risks and benefits of online communications, the standards and regulations that should guide our practices, and the ways in which we can better protect both the privacy of our clients and the privacy of our personal communications.
Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel, Ph.D., recently retired from Cleveland State University, where she was Training Co-Director in Counseling Psychology and Professor at Cleveland State University. She has taught graduate students in counseling and counseling psychology for more than 30 years. Dr. Welfel has authored numerous articles on the ethics of professional practice and her book, Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Standards, Research and Emerging Issues, is in its fifth edition. Along with Dr. Elliott Ingersoll, she has co-edited the Mental Health Desk Reference. Her other books include The Counseling Process (with Patterson) and Using Test Data in Clinical Practice (with MacCluskie and Toman). She has co-edited an APA Press book entitled, The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations for Mental Health Professionals. She has conducted numerous continuing education programs on professional ethics. Dr. Welfel received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and has been a licensed psychologist in Ohio since 1986.
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015.
September 30, 2015
3 CE Hours (Professional Competence). This workshop is designed for new and seasoned supervisors to increase their skills, knowledge and awareness of the practice of clinical supervision. Participants will learn about the models and central principles of serving as a supervisor. The roles and responsibilities, and methods and techniques of clinical supervision will be identified. Learning one’s own supervisory style and the importance of establishing a supervisory alliance will be explored. There will be opportunity to discuss scenarios of supervision.
Instructor: Paula V. Atwood is the Vice President, Staffing and Special Projects at Beech Brook of Northeast Ohio. In this position, Ms. Atwood is responsible for the Employer of Choice Initiative, Staff Recruitment and Human Resources. She is also serving as the Clinical Director for AOD services. She oversees and supervises AOD program staff and screening, assessment, and treatment services. She also ensures compliance with ODADAS rules and regulations, ADAMHS Board contract requirements, applicable Joint Commission Standards and the financial outcomes.
Paula formerly served as the Vice President, Community-Based Services Cluster, with administrative responsibility for the delivery of quality care mental health, social services, and educational services to children, adolescents and their families. The programs included were the Outpatient, School-Based, Family Preservation, Family Health and Early Childhood programs. Ms. Atwood has been at Beech Brook in various administrative positions since 1999.
Ms. Atwood has over 33 years experience in administration, management, and direct care in the social service, mental health, child welfare, and substance abuse/chemical dependency field. She is a graduate of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and the Executive Masters in Business Administration program at Baldwin-Wallace College. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Registration deadline: September 23, 2015.
October 2, 2015
Speaker: Bruce Maaser, PhD
PTSD is widely present in society, and often goes unrecognized except for troubling symptoms. Violence, combat, abuse, accidents, and natural disasters can all produce disturbing and disabling memories. Descriptions with data on comparative usefulness of various PTSD therapies will be presented. The relationship of PTSD to violent behavior will also be reviewed. The workshop will be highly interactive. In an extended exercise pairs of audience members will take on roles of therapist and client in a simulated first session involving traumatic memories and current symptoms. The therapist will assess the problem, determine client needs, and apply several structured therapy interventions.
4 CE Hours. Have you ever wondered if you’ve said or done something culturally inappropriate or insensitive to a client? This workshop will provide an introductory examination into the topic of microaggressions, with focus on microaggressions within the counseling process. Microaggressions are brief, everyday indignities and expressions of negative beliefs about an oppressed group. These microaggressions are often unintentional and may be words we speak, actions we take, or woven into the environment we build. Individuals of oppressed cultural identities experience microaggressions all too frequently and have been described as experiencing death by a thousand tiny cuts. Microaggressions against oppressed cultures have always existed, but professional and population discussion of the concept is still emerging and may be unfamiliar to counseling professionals. Individuals who provide direct clinical service may unknowingly commit microaggressions against clients of color, LGBTQIA populations, and women, among many other cultural groups. You’ll gain introductory knowledge on a broad range of microaggressions and learn how to improve clinical practice through the elimination of microaggressive actions.
Instructors: Dr. Stephanie Judson is an assistant visiting professor within the CASAL (Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning) department at Cleveland State University. Dr. Judson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received her Ph.D. and M.A. from The University of Akron in the area of Counseling Psychology. She has studied and researched microaggressions, specifically those committed against women, as well as presented on the topic to professional and lay audiences.
Dr. Julia Phillips is an associate professor within the CASAL (Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning) department at Cleveland State University. She is a licensed psychologist and practiced for 21 years in university counseling center settings prior to joining the faculty at CSU in 2013. Dr. Phillips has research and scholarly interests in the areas of graduate training, diversity issues, and leadership development. She is the Co-Training Director of the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology specialization in the Urban Education Ph.D. program at CSU.
Registration Deadline September 25, 2015.
Speaker: Bruce Maaser, PhD
Borderline personality disorder clients frustrate, seduce, anger, reject, adore and worry you. Up to date research information, combined with useful clinical techniques, will be presented that will enhance the participants’ daily clinical work. The related topics of self injurious and suicidal behavior will also be reviewed, and related to various causative factors. Learning-by-doing will be paramount in this workshop. In an extended exercise pairs of audience members will take on roles of therapist and client in a first session involving a simulated borderline personality client. The therapist will assess the problem, determine client needs, and apply relevant structured therapy interventions.
October 3, 2015
Description: This is an opportunity to experience and learn the Gestalt approach to working therapeutically in group. Unlike many workshops, this one does not have a fixed agenda as the real content is the lives of those present — personal, social and professional. Awareness and meaningful contact is attended to in a manner that allows participants to experience authenticity and integrity in their personal and professional living.
Registration Deadline: prior to start date, or maximum enrollment of 14, whichever comes first.
October 6, 2015
6 CE Hours. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) doesn’t only affect only those who have fought in war zones. We tend to forget the war that continually develops in America’s urban neighborhoods. A study of Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries, showed that over 43% had PTSD. Most hospitals do not screen for PTSD because of funding issues. This results in familial discord, employment dysfunction, emotional discontent and social withdrawal. The client who seemingly cannot manage his/her anger, relationships, depression or drug issues could have PTSD and have never seen military combat. Therefore, it is imperative that we continually pull back the layers of our client’s issues to address for any unresolved trauma. This interactive workshop will take you on a multifaceted experience of understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You will journey from a historical understanding of trauma and treatment to current research and application of treatment methods. You’ll gain an understanding not only of how psychological trauma impacts the brain either directly or vicariously, but also the multitude of social ills that manifest as a result of untreated PTSD. Expect to be fully incorporated in the workshop with exercises as well as utilization of popular media. This workshop will be of special interest if you work with clients who have military trauma, have suffered various types of abuse, or are addicted.
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 September 29, 2015
October 9, 2015
3 CE Hours. With the average client spending almost 5 hours per day on the web, every clinician needs to understand what clients are up to on-line. Do you feel lost when your clients talk about their Internet use? Do you know the difference between Twitter and Instagram? If you have a difficult time keeping up with your clients’ Internet use, then this is the workshop for you. You will develop a better understanding of the current apps, trends, & fads that make up your clients’ on-line lives. You will also be able to identify the potential pitfalls of the Internet including cyberbullying & Internet addiction and ways to help your clients stay safe. You will leave with a better understanding of your clients’ on-line world as well as tools, tips, & strategies that will help you evaluate if your clients are engaging in on-line behaviors that place them at risk.
Tim Warneka is a clinical counselor in private practice with Levine, Risen, & Associates, a practice that has had a core
focus of clinical sexuality for over 35 years. A published author, Mr. Warneka has presented on topics of mental health
and human performance locally and nationally for over 20 years. Mr. Warneka has over 25 years experience working
with teens & adults providing mental health services to individuals, couples, families and groups. In addition to
working with general mental health issues, Mr. Warneka specializes in technology addictions, sexual addictions, sexual
dysfunctions & paraphilic disorders.
Registration Deadline October 2, 2015
October 14, 2015
3 CE Hours. Supporting optimal aging for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) involves a biopsychosocial approach to care and services. Contrary to common myths of aging with IDD, the life expectancy of individuals with IDD no longer lags behind the general population. With an average life expectancy, individuals with IDD are facing late life issues comparative to their age group. Throughout the life course, individuals with IDD experience normative age related changes and health conditions similar to their peers such as dementia; however, individuals with IDD experience unique healthcare challenges and disparities. The importance of supported decision-making and inclusion for individuals with IDD to address late life issues is important to promote successful aging. This workshop aims to debunk the common myths of aging associated with individuals with IDD, common late life transitions, and health disparities for this underserved population.
Krystal L. Culler, M.A. is the Director of the Center 4 Brain Health at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living. She received her Master’s degree is Psychology of Adult Development & Aging from The University of Akron and her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Currently she is a Doctor of Behavioral Health candidate at Arizona State University.
Her undergraduate degree was a double major in Gerontology and Sociology with a minor in Developmental Psychology from Youngstown State University. Since 2007, she has worked in the field of gerontology and spent nearly four years at the Center for Healthy Aging in Kent, Ohio as a research associate, program evaluator, and group co-facilitator.
She has worked extensively on enhancing memory and mood programming for older adults with concerns about their memory and thinking skills. She is a member of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices.
Registration Deadline October 7, 2015
October 16, 2015
3 CE Hours. The Internet, social media, and smart phones have changed our lives, but not always for the better. With new technologies come new problems. Mental health professionals must learn the recent research on how social media have accelerated marital infidelity, higher risk sexual behaviors, problems related to online gambling, gaming and pornography; as well as increasing debt. Drawing on the new field of “E” Personality, this workshop will summarize the latest research on how people present themselves differently online and how it can lead to mental health issues. You’ll also learn how clients can increase control over their online behavior to keep it healthy.
Elliott Ingersoll is a psychologist and licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. He is professor of Counseling in the CASAL Department at Cleveland State University. He has authored or co-authored four books and over thirty articles and book chapters on topics as diverse as integrating Integral theory into training mental health professionals, psychopharmacology, and spiritual approaches to counseling.
Dr. Ingersoll consults with Integral Institute (www.integralinstitute.org) as a trainer in the Integral Psychotherapy program and as co-director of the Integral Psychology Center. He has studied and practiced Eastern and Western spiritual and physical practices. He is a founding member of Integral ReSource Group, a private consulting firm offering psychotherapy, coaching, and corporate consulting.
Registration Deadline October 9, 2015