Continuing Education

CE Schedule


August

Webinar: Disenfranchised Loss: When society says you are not allowed to grieve

Friday, August 16, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Susan Miller LCSW-S

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The subject of disenfranchised grief has been in the news more lately in light of our current pandemic. However, what situations may cause this response in people is not new. It is a topic grief therapists have been researching for years. It can be grief related to either a death or a life loss. This webinar addresses the causes, the reactions, and the therapies that can help. 

Webinar: Personality Disorders: What am I supposed to do now? 

Friday, August 23, 2024

9:00 - 12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Emilie Smith LPC

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Personality Disorders have long been an enigma for therapists. What do you do? How do you identify them with any clarity? Is there any treatment for clients living with them? This training will give an overview of current thought on Personality Disorders and their diagnosis. It will look at diagnosis based upon the DSM 5, and will review current research on viable treatments currently available. Time will be spent on looking at Borderline Personality Disorder, what is known about its origins, impairments, biology, and treatment, and how to remove the stigma associated with the diagnosis. 

Webinar: Little Grievers: Interventions and assessments for bereaved children 

Friday, August 23, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Kaylin Parsons LMSW, MT-BC

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Participants will be engaged in a presentation over the developmental stages of grief and loss throughout the child and adolescent span while learning about the severity of different losses and the impacts. Participants will be invited to explore different interventions to be utilized with grieving youth.

September

Webinar: Suicide Loss: The Impact on Survivors 

Friday, September 6, 2024

9:00 - 12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Joanna Majka, LPC, Grief Counselor

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All losses are difficult, but a death by suicide stands alone, and can be especially traumatic. People coping with this loss often need more support than others, but may get less. Therefore, survivors of suicide loss may turn to professional support. This workshop will prepare you to confidently work with this type of loss.

Webinar: From Taylor Swift to Beethoven: How to Utilize Music in Your Practice 

Friday, September 6, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Kaylin Parsons, LMSW U/S, MT-BC, Director of Education

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Whether you are listening to the radio or sitting at a restaurant, music is all around us. This training is focused on using the power of music to assist our clients and identify ways we can utilize music in practice. 

Webinar: Getting Started with Polyvagal Theory 

Friday, September 13, 2024

9:00 - 12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Emilie Smith, LPC, Grief Counselor

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Join us for an insightful webinar on the Polyvagal Theory and its practical applications for managing stress and trauma. In this session, you will learn about the three stages of the Parasympathetic Nervous System's response to danger, the importance of the Vagal Brake, and why stimulating the Vagal nerve is crucial for well-being. Discover the connection between the nervous system and trauma, and practice five essential skills to balance your nervous system effectively. Additionally, we'll guide you in developing a personalized profile map to enhance your self-regulation strategies. Empower yourself with these tools to foster resilience and emotional health. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and improve your stress management skills! 

Webinar: Anticipatory Grief Across All Ages 

Friday, September 13, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Susan Miller, LCSW-S, Grief Counselor

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Join us as we explore the unique experience of anticipatory grief. This workshop will allow participants to better understand how such an experience impacts a grieving family. Learn ways to support both children and adult who are facing the impending loss of a loved one.

October

Webinar: Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome, and Burnout: Issues Facing New and Seasoned Clinicians and Strategies to Address Them  

Friday, October 11,  2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Jen Hartman, EdS, LPC

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This session aims to describe perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and burnout and how these constructs overlap and vary; identify how these issues impact clinician wellness and clients; learn and practice mindfulness, sensory awareness, gratitude, and expressive arts activities; and make a plan to practice self-care and integrate wellness into organizational culture. Opportunities to collect data and use assessments will also be discussed.

Webinar: Foundations of Grief  

Friday, October 18,  2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Lucretia Pardiñas, LCSW, FT, Director of Programs

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Join us for an enlightening webinar on understanding and navigating the complexities of loss and grief. You will learn to identify different types of loss and grief, as well as various grieving styles. We'll explore and differentiate several models for conceptualizing the grief experience, helping you to apply these frameworks effectively. Gain insights into the predictors and mediators of mourning, and learn a basic, adaptable approach to grief counseling. Additionally, stay informed with the latest DSM updates on the diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder. This webinar is designed to equip you with essential knowledge and skills to support yourself and others through the grieving process. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding of grief and enhance your counseling capabilities.

Webinar: Grief over Death from Substance Poisoning: Special Considerations and Updates 

Friday, October 25,  2024

9:00 - 12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Emilie Smith, LPC, Grief Counselor

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This training will discuss current thinking on death by substance poisoning, trends in law enforcement associated with the same, changes in language used, and their effects on grief and stigma associated with substance related deaths. Current brain science that looks at changes in free well as a result of addiction related changes in the brain, and how this contributes to the difficulties in recovering from addictions.

This training will review the process of grief, differences that grievers encounter when the death is due to substance poisoning, and ways to help people who are grieving their own addiction or the addiction and loss of another. Additional information will be reviewed about how to work with children who have lost a special person to substance poisoning.

Webinar: Ambiguous Loss: A common but unrecognized human experience  

Friday, October 25,  2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Susan Miller, LCSW-S, Grief Counselor

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Ambiguous Loss is all around us. The world we live in has changed after facing a global pandemic, and with it, the way we interact with the world and the way we cope with our emotional lives. In the wake of immense grief and loss, many individuals find themselves grieving not just death losses, but ambiguous losses that are harder to identify and address but have real implications on the grieving process. This webinar will address Ambiguous Loss as seen in the clients we are serving now. 

November

Webinar: Treating Trauma in the Presence of Grief  

Friday, November 1,  2024

9:00 - 12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Joanna Majka, LPC, Grief Counselor

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Navigating trauma in the midst of grief can be difficult for even the seasoned clinician. This workshop will explore various approaches to trauma treatment and provide strategies and assessments to be used with the griever with co-occurring trauma.

Webinar: DBT Skills for Everyone!  

Friday, November 8,  2024

9:00 - 12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Emilie Smith, LPC, Grief Counselor

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This training will focus on an overview of DBT and ways it can be used in a general practice setting to help clients with a wide range of emotional difficulties and challenges, including working with depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, Borderline Personality Disorder, relationship challenges, setting boundaries, and reducing the risk of engaging in harmful behaviors, among many others. 

Webinar: Ethics in Grief Counseling

Friday, November 8,  2024

1:00 - 4:00 CST

3 CE Ethics Credits

$70

Speaker: Susan Miller, LCSW-S, Grief Counselor

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When treating the bereaved many ethical questions can arise. This workshop will address a multitude of concerns including assessment and treatment, multicultural considerations, differences between grief and depression, and therapeutic techniques for use with bereaved clients. 

Webinar: Brain Fog and Chest Pain: The Neurobiology and Physiology of Grief 

Friday, November 15,  2024

9:00 -12:00 CST

3 CE Credits

$50

Speaker: Jen Hartman, EdS, LPC

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This session aims to describe grief’s impact on the brain and body; explore the relationship between neuroscience and mindfulness; and practice exercises to support awareness, emotion regulation, and wellness. Additional considerations and contraindications will also be discussed. 

December

Webinar: Group Counseling Ethics: What you didn't learn in Grad School 

Friday, December 13,  2024

9:00 -12:00 CST

3 CE Ethics Credits

$70

Speaker: Emilie Smith, LPC, Grief Counselor

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Join us for an informative webinar on ethics in group practice. We'll define "Ethics" and explore the differences in ethical expectations among Support, Psychoeducational, and Therapy Groups. Learn about the crucial role of supervision and consultation, the reasons for screening clients, and five key aspects of informed consent. Understand confidentiality in groups and its limitations, and discover when ethical violations can become legal issues. Finally, identify the four most common areas for ethical violations in groups. Enhance your ethical knowledge and skills in this essential webinar. 

Webinar: To self-disclose or not to self-disclose? Ethics and self-disclosure in clinical practice 

Friday, December 13,  2024

1:00 -4:00 CST

3 CE Ethics Credits

$70

Speaker: Susan Miller, LCSW-S, Grief Counselor

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“To self-disclose or not to self-disclose?" Is a question that requires more than a simple yes or no answer. Most clinicians were taught not to self-disclose and that self-disclosure has dangerous ethical consequences. When clinicians self-disclose they often have a nagging feeling they shouldn't have. Few clinicians have had the opportunity to intentionally consider: Can self disclosure be ethical? Can self-disclosure be therapeutic? If so, who, what, where, and when would a clinician self-disclose? A review of the research and exploration of resources for intentional consideration of self-disclosure will enable participants to develop confidence in their discernment and understanding of self-disclosure in clinical practice.