Nov
3
9:00am 9:00am

Strategies for Treating Problem Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Presenter:  Andrew Mueller, LCPC
Date:  November 3, 2017          
Time:  9:00am - 12:00pm  
CEU’s:  3, Category 1
Cost: 
$65 before October 13, 2017
         $70 after October 13, 2017

Everyone wishes children came with instructions, especially when they seem out of control.  When parents turn to counseling to address behavioral problems, clinicians need a variety of tools to treat the myriad of underlying issues that may contribute to the behaviors (especially when the parents are part of the problem).  

This workshop will provide an overview of strategies for working with children and adolescents—and their parents—to help them make better decisions and get along better with teachers, peers, and family.  The workshop will include hands-on activities that clinicians can readily incorporate into their practice.

Learning Objectives:

•    Identify basic principles for effectively modifying children’s behavior.
•    Learn practical techniques for strengthening executive skills and effective decision-making.
•    Discuss strategies for empowering parents who struggle with managing children’s behavior.
•    Discuss application of techniques to treatment of issues such as ADHD, ASD, and emotional disorders.

 

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Dec
11
10:00am10:00am

Introduction to Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples and Families

Presenter:  Robert Scuka, Ph.D., LCSW-C
Date:  December 11, 2017         
Time:  10:00am - 1:00pm  
CEU’s:  3, Category 1
Cost: 
$65 before November 20, 2017
         $75 after November 20, 2017

RE Therapy combines a psychoeducational skills-training approach with deep emotional processing designed to transform couples and families’ negative patterns of interaction into positive, nurturing ones so as to facilitate deepened emotional connection and healing in ruptured relationships. The core RE skills focus on how to manage conflict effectively and how to dialogue in order to uncover clients’ most vital feelings, concerns and desires. This in turn empowers even the most distressed couples/families to resolve current and future problems on their own. An additional strength of RE Therapy is that it equalizes power within relationships, both between genders and across generations. RE Therapy is supported by 40 years of research that validates its clinical effectiveness.

This introductory workshop will briefly introduce the theory and practice of RE therapy. More importantly, the focus will be on the core RE skill of deep empathy; how to understand it, how to teach it to couples, and how to employ the special Identification Mode of verbal empathy. The workshop will include lecture, discussion, a live demonstration and an experiential practice exercise.

Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

1.  Structure a couple into a structured dialogue process to minimize negative communication and maximize constructive communication.

2.  Orient couples to a method of deep empathy within the context of a structured dialogue process.

3. Employ and teach couples a special Identification Mode of verbal empathy

Dr. Scuka is the Executive Director of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® in Bethesda, MD and author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005).

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Oct
6
10:00am10:00am

Pitfalls and Protections: Ethics Training

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Presenter:  Richard Bloch, Esq.
Date:  October 6, 2017              
Time:  10:00am - 1:00pm  
CEU’s:  3, Category 1 - Ethics
Cost: 
$70 before September 15, 2017
         $75 after September 15, 2017

This training will discuss the difficult ethical and legal issues, which often put therapists in a quandary when treating families, couples and children. The differences that result when parents are not married, married, separated, divorcing and divorced. It will look at how the role of the therapist changes, informed consent, avoiding multiple relationships and conflicts (real and imagined), limitations and mandates on the disclosure of information and the legal issues with litigating parents and their attorneys. We will also review how to respond to subpoenas and the court’s impact on these rights and responsibilities.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the factors in determining who is the client
  • Explaining Informed Consent and the Psychologist’s Rules
  • How to recognize and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Understanding the rights of parents: custodial/non-custodial, sole, joint/shared custody issues 
  • Discuss responding to subpoenas: Privilege, Confidentiality and the Court’s Rules
  • Discussing who has access to records of families, couples, and minors
  • Explaining the rights of minors to consent to treatment
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Sep
8
10:00am10:00am

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Presenter:  DC Peace Team
Date:  September 8, 2017              
Time:  10:00am - 1:00pm  
CEU’s:  3, Category 1
Cost: 
$65 before August 18, 2017
         $70 after August 18, 2017

*Certificate of completion will be distributed for helping professionals that want to attend this training but are not able to receive CEUs from our facility such as teachers, police officers, managers, etc.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) emerged from the founders work with civil rights activists in the 1960’s and is now active in over 65 countries. NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, correctional facilities, to governments, schools and social change organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the four components of nonviolent communication: Observation, Feelings, Needs, and Request.
  2. Practice identifying feelings and needs within one self and in others. We all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.
  3. Examine conflicts from our experience and from what we may experience in our forthcoming work. 
  4. Identify shared values and characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. 

To maximize use of training objectives come prepared to share yourself and actively engage the practice of these skills!

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Aug
24
9:30am 9:30am

Food and Mood: Nutritional Strategies for Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Presenter: Angela Harris, LCPC
Date: Tuesday August 24, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am (9:30-10:00am Registration & Networking)
Cost: $10

Many of our clients’ mental health conditions are often exacerbated by the foods they eat and other environmental factors.  Borrowing wisdom from groundbreaking research in psychiatry and functional medicine, this workshop will introduce simple and relatively inexpensive nutritional changes that can help clients support their mental health outside of the clinical setting.

*Medical Disclaimer: the information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice*

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May
18
9:30am 9:30am

Prevention Strategies for Compassion Fatigue

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Presenter:  Lisa Fisher, clinical intern
Date:  May 18, 2017                
Time:  9:30am- 11:00am  
CEU’s:  1.5, Category 1
Cost: $10

*Disclaimer notice: Presenter is not a licensed clinician or medical provider but has experiential background regarding topic matter.        

Mental health professionals help and support their clients to become their healthiest and most content selves.  However, in giving of themselves- mentally, emotionally, and physically, mental health professionals frequently neglect to replenish and re- energize themselves.  Giving away and sharing their energy with others without having ways of giving back to themselves may lead to feelings of compassion fatigue.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to identify causes and symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue and will explore the similarities and differences between the two.
  2. Introduce holistic approaches to self- care, including meditation and guided imagery; various types of exercise/energetic movement (yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and qi gong), and; the use of essential oils and herbal teas and supplements. 
  3. Establish ways in which these techniques could be used to help clients.

 

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Apr
21
9:00am 9:00am

The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Eating Disorders

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Presenter:  Bethany Womack, LCPC
Date:  April 21, 2017                
Time:  9:00am- 1:00pm  
CEU’s:  4, Category 1
Cost: $85 Registered by April 7, 2017
          $90 Registered after April 7, 2017        

This workshop will give clinicians experiential understanding of clinical interventions to utilize when working with clients struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Clinical work with eating disorders provides unique challenges and expectations. Clinicians will learn how to work effectively in a clinical eating disorder treatment team, minimally including a dietitian, medical doctor, and mental health therapist.

Learning Objectives: Following this workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Identify areas of focus in clinical treatment of eating disorders  2. Implement clinical interventions for treatment of eating disorders   3. Understand the impact of weight stigma and bias on treatment of eating disorders  4. Understand how to work with a clinical eating disorder treatment team. 

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Feb
3
9:00am 9:00am

A Psychologists hands-on Approach to the use of Screening Tools and Resources to Helping Clients Know and Understand their Appropriate Diagnosis.

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Presenter: Dr. William Williams
Date: February 3, 2017    
Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm               
CEU’s: 3, Category 1
Cost: $70.00 Registered by Jan 15, 2017
          $75.00 Registered after Jan 15, 2017    

This workshop will be a hands-on, interactive use of screening tools and resources that will provide therapists with additional resources that can be used in the clinical setting to guide and provide additional support in diagnosing and screening in areas such as anxiety, depressive, mood, addiction, ADHD and many other disorders.  This workshop will walk therapists through the proper steps of using and scoring assessments and screening tools. The objective of this training is to ensure that each therapist will be able to utilize each assessment and screening tool in daily clinical practice by the conclusion of the training.

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Jan
30
9:00am 9:00am

Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse: Special Considerations When Serving Child/Adolescent Victims and their Families.

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Presenter: Kristen Zacheis, LCSW-C
Date:  January 30, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm        
CEU’s:  3, Category 1
 Cost: $70.00 Registered by Jan. 5, 2017
           $75.00 Registered after Jan 6, 2017

I've been asked before by other therapists, "How do you treat a child or teen who has been sexually abused by their sibling, parent, step-parent, etc?" This training is created for professionals who need answers to that question to help current and future clients heal from trauma.

OBJECTIVES:
1) The overview of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to gain knowledge of this therapeutic approach to childhood trauma.
2) Basic knowledge to have when treating children who have experienced trauma(s).
3) Special considerations to have with children who have been the victim of sexual abuse by a family member such as a parent, step-parent or sibling and to have with their families. Some factors that can come up during the course of treatment include denial of the abuse by close family members and/or family members taking sides, the child's mixed feelings towards the offending and non-offending parents, and the involvement of CPS/DSS. 

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Jan
9
8:30am 8:30am

Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

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Presenter: Theresa Baxter, LCSW-C
Date: Monday January 9, 2017
Time: 8:30am-10:00am (8:30am - 9:00am Registration & Networking)
Cost: $10 - *REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED*

Join us for an introduction on how to use essential oils with your clients in a therapeutic manner. Learn about the applications of singles, blends, and how to incorporate them into a wellness routine for mental health.

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Dec
7
12:30pm12:30pm

BROWN BAG SERIES: Faith-Based Interventions for the Everyday Clinician

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Presented by Libby Krakow, LCSW-C

Learn how to utilize faith-based interventions within your scope of practice by elaborating on Christianity-based resources. Presenter will illustrate how therapy with a couple and/or individual can be enhanced with spiritual tools.

COST: $10 (non-refundable)
You are also encouraged to bring & enjoy your own lunch.

CEU: 1 Category I

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Nov
14
12:00pm12:00pm

*FREE* BROWN BAG SERIES: Working with the Military and their Families

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Most military families move every 2-4 years, sometimes all over the world, often with little notice and little support. The military represents roughly 1% of the American population, but is a very specific and unique culture that one often encounters in a therapeutic setting. The training will address issues such as marital discord, moving children, functioning as a single parent, as well as other issues such as the deployment cycle. Attendees can expect to learn basics in regards to military culture and functioning, as well as specific issues related to living as a military spouse, child, or service member. Also addressed will be common acronyms many military family members may use, as well as available support options a family member can find on base that a clinician can refer to in order to supplement their mental health care.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED at this one-hour training.

Presenter: Brooke Schetgen, LCPC specializes in working with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, geriatrics, posttraumatic stress disorder, and military veterans and their families. As a former Air Force spouse with experience living overseas, she has an understanding of the military lifestyle and the unique needs of military families. She has experience in the field of counseling working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Brooke is also a Clinical Supervisor, as well as the Director of Public Relations at Baltimore Washington Counseling Center.

1 Category I CEU

Cost: FREE!

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Oct
26
12:00pm12:00pm

*FREE* BROWN BAG SERIES: Intimate Partner Violence: Trauma Informed Interventions

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In Maryland 1,095 women and children a day receive services from local domestic violence programs. Of those 1,095 survivors, 55% seek therapy or counseling.  This session will provide information about working with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Attendees can expect to learn basics such as what IPV looks like in session, trauma-informed interventions, safety planning for survivors looking to leave an abusive situation, and resources and organizations in the community that provide support to survivors.  Also to be discussed is how IPV differs from other traumatic experiences. Bring your own lunch to this one-hour training.

Presenter: Asia Rodriquez, MS Candidate has experience working with children and adults touched by domestic violence, trauma, ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Her background includes working for the county Crisis Response system, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, and working in a shelter. 

1 Category I CEU

Cost: FREE!

 

 

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Oct
7
10:00am10:00am

ETHICS TRAINING: Maintaining Professional Ethics and Boundaries with Clients and Colleagues

This interactive session will provide detailed training on issues and concepts related to ethics and professional boundaries. The program will examine professional codes of ethics with emphasis on NASW's and ACA's codes. Contemporary issues impacting ethics are explored. In addition, professional boundaries implied in professional behavioral standards with clients/consumers and colleagues will be addressed. 

Presenter: Dr Phillip W. Lucas, LICSW, LCSW, ACSW is a consultant, trainer and psychotherapist with more than 30 years of direct practice. HIs ongoing work includes: clinical supervision and consultation, quality assurance, professional ethics, disaster and trauma, grief and bereavement, mental health, child welfare, sexuality, substance abuse, suicide prevention, forensics and organizational development. He has been a university professor for two decades. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Howard University School of Social WOrk; an Adjunct Professor at Trinity University DC School of Educational, Clinical Counseling program, and at the George Washington University School of Public Health. As an educator and therapist, Dr. Lucas has along history of work in the area of grief, loss and bereavement. He provides board-approved continuing education (CEU) trainings for health and mental health professionals on a variety of subjects. 

3 Category I, ETHICS CEUs

Fee: $70.00 if registered by September 15th
$75.00 after September 15th

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Sep
22
9:00am 9:00am

ETHICS! Courts, Depositions and Subpoenas: The Perils of Litigation (3 Category I CEUs)

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The workshop will focus on what you should do when involved in litigation as a witness, documentation, the role of the mental health provider in the court system, responding to subpoenas, and testifying at depositions and in court. The session will review the laws and rules applicable to court proceedings, including an explanation of the different types of subpoenas, the requirements for requesting mental health information, the timeframes required for notifying a witness to appear for a deposition or for court, and/or when documents are to be produced.

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Aug
3
9:00am 9:00am

Motivational Interviewing and Behavior Changes (6 Category I CEUs)

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This workshop offers clinicians the strategies to understand the different stages of changes, appropriately assess motivation vs. confidence, and identify and handle resistance. Clinicians will benefit from a hands-on approach to working with assessment tools, engage in group exercises, and observe videos that demonstrate the tools that will be presented throughout the course. 

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