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April 28, 2015

You’re Not Being Chased By a Bear: Educating Clients on Effective Stress Management – Cleveland

3 CE Hours. Teaching our clients effective stress management techniques is limited if we are unable to explain the material in a meaningful way. This workshop explores how to translate theory and evidence into understandable language and practice, with the aim to improve client follow-through and outcomes. You’ll develop tools to explain and teach stress management in understandable ways to clients of all ages and intellectual functioning.

Instructor:

Stacy Simera, MSSA, LISW-S, SAP, was named the “Social Worker of the Year” for Ohio in 2014 by the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She 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: April 17, 2015

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Start: April 28, 2015 9:00 am
End: April 28, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $75

April 29, 2015 – May 1, 2015

OPA Convention

The OPA Convention is an annual, three day event combining networking, continuing education, academic-related and OPA membership events. Now taking place each spring, the Convention typically attracts over 300 psychologist attendees, reputed speakers and presenters, student poster presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, award winners and guests. More

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Start: April 29, 2015
End: May 1, 2015
Venue: Quest Conference Center
Address:
8405 Pulsar Pl, Columbus, OH, 43240, United States

May 8, 2015

Narrative Gerontology: A Conscious Aging Writing Workshop – Cleveland

3 CE Hours. The philosopher, Kierkegaard, said, “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. Since the first published randomized control trial in 1986 that showed health benefits of writing about life’s sometimes traumatic events, over 200 additional studies have surfaced demonstrating “the positive power of the pen” on physical and emotional health. Reflective writing can also help improve working memory because it can reduce intrusive and avoidant thinking about stressful experiences, thus freeing up working memory resources. This experiential workshop will demonstrate how reflective autobiographical writing can trigger memories, produce insights and promote emotional health. At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: • Identify the research evidence for the physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits of reflective writing. • Experience “narrative self-care” through autobiographic writing. • Design a writing program appropriate for their clients.

Instructor:

Paula E. Hartman Stein, Ph.D. is a clinical geropsychologist, trainer, and journalist who provides clinical and consulting services and cognitive wellness programming at the Center for Healthy Aging in Kent, Ohio. She has conducted groups for older adults for over 30 years. Dr. Stein is Faculty Associate, Integrated Geriatric Healthcare, Nicholas A. Cummings Behavioral Health Program, Arizona State University; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron.

She has published two edited books, Enhancing cognitive fitness in adults: A guide to the use and development of community-based program (2011) and Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for older adults (1998) in addition to numerous book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles on aging issues. For over 15 years she has been the Medicare correspondent for the newspaper, The National Psychologist.

Registration Deadline: April 28, 2015

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Start: May 8, 2015 9:00 am
End: May 8, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $89

May 13, 2015

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: The Forgotten Victims – Cleveland

3 CE Hours. Children living with domestic violence are often the forgotten victims. They are affected in so many ways, especially as their blanket of safety and security placed on them by those who are to protect them has gotten yanked off. Placed in harm’s way, these children face numerous risks…the risk of neglect, the risk of being directly abused and the risk of losing one or both of their parents. Exposure to violence transforms the children’s view of the world, their emotional landscape and changes their basic ability to trust. This workshop is for mental health professionals who will engage in working with the children who must cope with trauma and violence and their parent(s). Focus will be on gaining an understanding of the impact of domestic violence and learning the clinical techniques of assessment, goal setting and implementation of mental health interventions.

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.

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Start: May 13, 2015 9:00 am
End: May 13, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $75

May 15, 2015

Trans-Competent? Working with Transgender Client Populations – Cleveland

4 CE Hours (Cultural Competency/Ethics) Imagine yourself working with a client who explains to you his decision to live as his preferred gender identity full time and needs your help with the transition process, including hormone treatment therapy and navigating the effects of transphobia. This workshop will provide content knowledge, with a focus on a variety of factors that promote competent professional practice with client/patient populations who identify in the transgender community. You’ll have opportunities to engage in critical reflections about gender identity and expression, common concerns and needs within the transgender community, and the sociocultural impact of transphobic attitudes and behaviors on client populations who are transgender. You’ll also gain practical skills for applying standards of competent practice and will have increased confidence in navigating many of the complex realities that the transgender population experiences, including access to quality medical and mental health services.

Instructor: Logan Lamprecht, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department at Cleveland State University and is also a Licensed Professional Counselor currently practicing in Hudson, Ohio, where he provides group, couple, and individual therapeutic services. He is actively involved in the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, where he provides trainings and facilitates personal growth groups for an international audience of educators, supervisors, and psychotherapists. He additionally teaches adjunct at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, where he co-facilitates two annual growth group experiences as well as provides workshops on ethical practice from a Gestalt viewpoint. Dr. Lamprecht has extensive background and experience in group dynamics, completing advanced coursework and training and has facilitated group experiences at both the therapeutic and educational level for the past seven years. His research interests include investigating ways to enhance the quality of relatedness in facilitative relationships, including teacher-student and therapist-client.

Registration Deadline: May 4, 2015

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Start: May 15, 2015 8:30 am
End: May 15, 2015 12:45 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $119

May 19, 2015

Is it Time for a Tune-up? Self-care for Mental Health Professionals – Westlake

3 CE Hours. What does it take to keep your motor running smoothly? Like a car that requires proactive maintenance, mental health professionals need regular care. Self-care and rituals ensure that your “engine” does not overheat due to over exposure to life’s demands, especially in a profession that can be stressful. Assume the role of a “mental health mechanic” and check-in for service! At this workshop, take the time to check under the “hood” for parts of you in need change or replacement. Discover tips and tricks to refresh your inner self and travel on the road to optimal wellness.

Instructor: 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.

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2015

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Start: May 19, 2015 9:00 am
End: May 19, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: West Center, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216.875.9600
Address:
26202 Detroit Road, Suite 312, Westlake, OH, 44145, United States
Cost: $75

May 29, 2015

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.

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: May 22, 2015

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Start: May 29, 2015 8:45 am
End: May 29, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $135

June 3, 2015

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. 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: May 27, 2015

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Start: June 3, 2015 9:00 am
End: June 3, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $75

June 5, 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.

Instructor:

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: May 29, 2015

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Start: June 5, 2015 9:00 am
End: June 5, 2015 12:15 pm
Venue: 191 Julka Hall, Cleveland State University
Phone: (216) 687-3867
Address:
2485 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Cost: $89

June 10, 2015

Through Tears of Grief – Westlake

6 CE Hours. Every day we touch the lives of those who have experienced grief and loss. We may be working with the children, teens, families, or the adults impacted by losses within their families. In this practical and interactive workshop we will consider types of losses, the influence of developmental and age specific characteristics, hierarchy of needs as it relates to loss, influential factors within the grief process, disenfranchised grief, complicated grief and mental disorders commonly associated with grief. This workshop will promote personal awareness, practical ideas and skill development to equip you to effectively help those impacted by grief and loss. If you work with children, teens, adults or families in schools, hospitals, community agencies, or other care facilities – this workshop will help sharpen your skills and increase your capacity for compassionate relationships.

Judi Fischer, MA, PCC-S, is the president of Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services. She is a counselor, educator, consultant and adjunct college instructor. She has a BS in Education and a MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation. Her experience in education includes classroom teaching and educational presentations on a wide range of topics for professionals, community organizations, businesses, schools and churches. In her private practice she works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, self-esteem difficulties, stress related problems and spiritual concerns. Judi teaches Professional Communication locally, for Business and Management Programs. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, the American Association for Christian Counselors, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Judi schedules counseling appointments in Vermilion, Ohio and delivers trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2015

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Start: June 10, 2015 8:45 am
End: June 10, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: West Center, Cleveland State University
Phone: 216.875.9600
Address:
26202 Detroit Road, Suite 312, Westlake, OH, 44145, United States
Cost: $135