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October 16, 2015

E-Personality- Mental Health in the Digital Age – Cleveland

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

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Start: October 16, 2015 9:00 am
End: October 16, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $79

October 20, 2015

Families: How They Work and How to Work with Them – Cleveland

6 CE Hours. Families present formidable complexity—generations of history, a labyrinth of relationships, and ongoing individual and family developmental processes. We will make sense of complexity through a family systems perspective, rich case histories, and the opportunity to discuss participants’ case examples. We will then apply these ideas within a collaborative framework for intervention, exploring dialogue, narrative, and the judicious use of our own personalities in helping families transform themselves.

Francis Chiappa, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual, family, couple and group therapy. Since 1982, he has served as President of Horizons Counseling Services, Inc., an independent group psychological practice in Parma Heights, Ohio. Chiappa received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1977. Chiappa provides consultation and training to community agencies, with focus on dislocated workers, foster and adoptive families, and the seriously mentally ill.

From 1984 to 2006, Dr. Chiappa was an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University, teaching group and family therapy and community interventions at the graduate level and lifespan development and child psychology at the undergraduate level. He has taught continuing education courses at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Cleveland State University on family systems and collaborative interventions, lifespan development and treating children and families in high-conflict divorce.

Registration Deadline October 13, 2015

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Start: October 20, 2015 8:45 am
End: October 20, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $139

October 23, 2015

Introduction to Neuropsychology – Cleveland

6 CE Hours. Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Knowledge of brain disorders and how these affect emotional and cognitive functioning is essential to mental health staff working with these clients. Topics reviewed in this workshop will include neuro-anatomy, cognitive functions, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimers’ disease, basic neuropsycho-logical tests, and criteria for making neuropsychological referrals. Neuropsychological interpretation will be demonstrated in the context of multiple case examples. Participants will try their own hands individually or in small groups at interpreting test data from a case study, which will later be reviewed in the full class. The workshop will be interactive, and highlighted with brief musical selections from several genres. No prior knowledge of neuropsychology is required to enjoy this interesting and informative workshop.

Bruce Maaser, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and New York, and is a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has been affiliated with the Ohio Department of Rehab and Correction as a psychology supervisor for 17 years. Since obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, he has also taught at Luther College in Iowa and Valparaiso University in Indiana. Dr. Maaser has extensive experience in hospital settings (rehabilitation, burn unit and psychiatry), geriatric and private practice settings. He has done extensive neuropsychological testing with brain injury, progressive dementia and substance abuse clients. Dr. Maaser has presented numerous workshops on neuropsychology and serious mental illness disorders. His work with neurobiology and geriatric cognitive rehabilitation has been published in professional journals and the popular media.

Registration Deadline October 16, 2015

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Start: October 23, 2015 8:45 am
End: October 23, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $139

October 28, 2015

Working with Children with Sexualized Behavior – Cleveland

6 CE Hours.This workshop is for professionals working with children, and their families, who are engaged in problematic sexual behaviors. Participants will learn what is meant by sexualized behaviors, their characteristics, the associated myths and assumptions, and the traumagenic dynamics if there has been children abuse. Attention will be given to assessing and understanding the goals of treatment, and the prerequisites for healing and recovery for these children. Useful tools and treatment exercises will be presented.

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 October 21, 2015

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Start: October 28, 2015 8:45 am
End: October 28, 2015 8:45 am
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 4, United States
Cost: $139

October 30, 2015

Bullying: Prevention, Intervention, & Recovery – Cleveland

6 CE Hours. Bullying is more than just one person harming another; it is a process of targeting a victim, it is a pattern of social power across peers and adults. We will discuss these dynamics in school, workplace, and cyberspace bullying. We will follow up this understanding with tips on how to help our clients prevent, reduce, and recover from bullying. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: –Describe current thinking about bullying and an historical overview –Define bullying, including the strengths and obstacles of the definition –Redefine bullying –Discuss potentially harmful behavior (in person and online) –Identify strategies to intervene and prevent bullying, including building inner strength –Explain what youth say works and how this is applicable to adults as well

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. 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. See http://bullyingpreventioninjds.com/about.html for other information.
Registration Deadline October 23, 2015

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Start: October 30, 2015 8:45 am
End: October 30, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $139

November 6, 2015

Ethics (3 Hours): Competence to Practice – Cleveland

3 Ethics CE Hours. In the era of evidence-based practice, working within one’s scope of practice and dealing with decisions about competence are essential ethical issues for mental health professionals. This workshop will also focus on recommendations for informed consent practices and documentation, including discussion of the limits of confidentiality. Changes in the rules for practice of the Ohio Board of Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapists and in the Ohio Board of Psychology rules will be reviewed.

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 October 30, 2015

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Start: November 6, 2015 9:00 am
End: November 6, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $79

November 7, 2015

Supervisors: Moving from Stressed to Strong – Cleveland

3 CE Hours. Is your life as a clinical supervisor more hectic than stable? Clinical supervisors need focused time to bust out of stress and boost the inner self. Strengths-based practices will help you address your personal and professional stressors and fill up your short and long-term “storage.” At this workshop, you’ll learn how to how to avoid and climb out of the stress ditch and tap into the well of strength by discovering mindful practices such as breathwork, stretching, and guided imagery.

Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, ACSW, brings over 20 years of academic preparation, professional knowledge and life experience to her passion for serving others. She received a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW‐S) and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Rita’s career accomplishments include: published author, researcher, speaker, consultant and volunteer. She has won local and state awards for her commitment to service. Rita has led and facilitated multiple workshops on health and healing.

In 2013, Rita co‐founded a non‐profit called “Destination Hope,” which promotes the art of positive living through humor, support and knowledge for individuals touched by cancer.

Rita believes that living authentically means healthy and daily doses of wisdom, humor and love. She strives to live mindfully, joyfully and positively and provides individuals and groups effective tools on using the inner voice for maximum outer expression. Just as a fitness trainer helps clients prepare and get through personal challenges, Rita assists clients in responding proactively to change.
Registration Deadline October 31, 2015

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Start: November 7, 2015 9:00 am
End: November 7, 2015 9:00 am
Venue: West Center
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
26202 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH, 44145, United States
Cost: $79

November 10, 2015

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.

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 November 3, 2015

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Start: November 10, 2015 8:45 am
End: November 10, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $139

November 12, 2015

Creative Play: Helping Children Communicate Through Play – Cleveland

6 CE Hours. Creative play is critical to children’s development. This workshop will present materials to assist participants in understanding the importance of play in child development and the work of play for children. We’ll identify the problems that occur when children cannot play appropriately due to issues of abuse and/or neglect. Participants will learn the theoretical importance of play therapy. Psychologists, social workers, and counselors will learn how to use different toys to help the interview process and how those toys can also help children work through emotional issues. Participants will also learn how to create a therapeutic toy box that will help children express their emotions related to abuse and/or neglect.

Linda M. Davis, Ph.D., LPC, LSW, recently retired from Summit County Children Services, where she worked for 30 years. She successfully completed a two year Ohio Child Welfare Trainer Certificate Program and also works as an independent trainer and consultant. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Akron in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her areas of expertise currently include research, family visitation, attachment theory, child development, mental health counseling, supervision, foster care, and mental health and child welfare assessment. Dr. Davis teaches seminars and has taught classes at the University of Akron in Psychology of Learning, Child Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies, and Research. In the past she has worked as a child therapist.
Registration Deadline November 5, 2015

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Start: November 12, 2015 8:45 am
End: November 12, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: West Center
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
26202 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH, 44145, United States
Cost: $139

November 13, 2015

Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders – Cleveland

6 CE Hours. Feeling overwhelmed by the “emotional flooding” or “defensive wall” going on with your personality-disordered clients? Finding yourself bewildered when seeking to understand these difficult client’s reactions? Schema Therapy illuminates a clear framework for understanding the structure and dynamics of Personality Disorders, as well as other common clinical presentations. You will develop an understanding of how maladaptive Schemas influence and shape a client’s emotional world, and how effective therapy can begin to reshape these emotions. Schema Therapy has numerous practical strategies and methods which you will learn and have the opportunity to practice in this seminar.
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.

Dr. Elliott is a Licensed Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience as a clinician in private practice and public mental health settings. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. As an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, she teaches graduate Clinical Psychology students how to integrate spirituality into clinical practice. Dr. Elliott regularly leads training seminars for counselors at The City Mission of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center, and the Stephen Ministries program. She is a frequent leader for educational support groups which address spiritual and emotional needs, including bereavement, divorce recovery, marital enrichment, and domestic violence. Dr. Elliott is active on the Board of Trustees of The City Mission, United Protestant Campus Ministries, and other agencies which seek to transform spiritual values into service to the community.

Dr. Elliott’s clinical expertise focuses on bringing the spiritual and religious aspects of clients’ lives into active utilization as a resource in psychotherapy. Her extensive years of experience in individual, couples and family therapy helps her to blend cutting-edge knowledge of clinical psychology with an embracing of the power that spirituality can add to therapeutic progress.

Registration Deadline November 6, 2015

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Start: November 13, 2015 8:45 am
End: November 13, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Julka Hall 191, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216/687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $139