Current Trainings

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Fall 2022 Course List

All courses will be live virtual courses unless noted as an "in person training" next to the title of the course.  In person courses will be held at different locations in the community; please check workshop listing for the location address.

Yoga for Trauma - A Survivor's Perspective (In Person Training)

Date: Friday September 2, 2022

Time: 9:30AM-5:00PM

CE Hours: 6.0

Location: TBD 

Course Description:

Participants in this training will learn common reasons why trauma often goes undiagnosed and misdiagnosed, and why talk therapy and medication often fail to address the most debilitating symptoms of trauma. Participants will learn how and why yoga, combined with psychotherapy, can be effective in managing and reducing the impact of trauma.

As the mental health and addiction treatment fields, as well as the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry evolve, it is becoming increasingly clear that effective trauma treatment must include modalities to address trauma as it manifests in the body and in the nervous system.

Due to the pervasiveness of trauma in our world: as professionals it is ethically imperative that we be able to recognize the signs of trauma even when it is not verbally disclosed (as it often is not); we must develop at least a basic competency in body and breath based modalities that address trauma on nervous system (pre-cognitive) and somatic levels; we must be able to make appropriate referrals and engage in effective collaboration, when our clients need access to modalities beyond our scope of practice. Further, as reinforced by the 2021 addition to National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics, professionals are bound to the ethic of self care. One important way to practice this ethic is by consistently engaging in practices that prevent, manage and ameliorate secondary trauma

Course Objectives:
  • Gain knowledge of the manifestation, causes, and pervasiveness of trauma
  • Understand what makes yoga a vital tool in trauma recovery
  • Gain awareness to recognize and respond to nonverbal signs of trauma in our therapy clients
  • Apply the basics of skillful intervention when a client is triggered
  • Learn best practices for referring therapy clients to appropriate yoga classes and teachers
  • Learn practices for professional self care, to prevent and manage secondary trauma

Instructors: 

Paula Soto LCSW, ERYT,YACEP is a licensed clinical social worker, Certified EMDR therapist, and experienced registered yoga teacher with over two decades of experience empowering individuals and communities toward wellness. Paula founded Intersections Wellness in 2012, to improve awareness and accessibility of body/mind healing practices. Paula balances her time between her private psychotherapy practice, developing and implementing yoga and wellness programs for trauma-impacted populations, and educating the general public, yoga teachers, and health professionals on trauma, stress management, and body/mind practices. Paula is an advanced topics trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, an EMDRIA-approved Consultant in Training, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a member of EMDRIA and NASW.

Andrea Kirkham, ERYT500, AHE, YACEP is the owner and director of training at Sangha Center for Yoga and Wellness in Beaver, PA. Andrea was Paula’s yoga instructor during Paula’s early trauma recovery, and trained Paula to be a yoga instructor. Andrea teaches an eclectic mix of styles with a playful and lighthearted attitude. She has studied the Hatha tradition, with influences of Iyenga, Ashtanga, Anusara, and YinYang Yoga. Andrea continues her studies with a focus on Ayurveda - the Science of Life - which incorporates lifestyle and diet into a holistic approach to wellness. She founded Sangha Center in April of 2010, and looks forward to continuing opportunities to expand and share her knowledge.

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Conflictual Conversations: Skills for Managing Clashes in Workplace (In Person Training)

Date: Friday September 30, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CE Hours: 6.0

Location: TBD 

Course Description:
Conflict is an inevitable aspect in our lives, providing both opportunities and challenges. Increasing our own awareness and skills around conflict dynamics can lead to increased confidence and capacity in both our personal and professional relationships. As we become more comfortable with conflict, we naturally work more effectively, engage skillfully with a wider range of people, and model tools for our clients.
This workshop will introduce and engage the core knowledge and skills required for managing conflicts effectively. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own experiences with conflict and offer examples around which we can collectively sharpen our skills.

Course Objectives:
Participants will learn to:

  • Identify signs of escalation in themselves and others
  • Name and utilize steps toward de-escalation
  • Identify obstacles to communication when conflict arises, and strategies to mitigate these
  • Identify and express needs and feelings arising in conflict situations
  • Name the stages in a conflict resolution process and apply this to situations as they arise
  • Articulate personal instincts, skills, and values to consider when handling conflict

Instructor: 

Dawn Lehman, BASW, MA, has worked for well over fifteen years in the fields of Restorative Justice and Conflict Transformation. Dawn developed and piloted a restorative justice program through the Pittsburgh Mediation Center in three area schools. She served as the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Center for Victims, overseeing a victim-sensitive dialogue program, which diverted young people from Allegheny County Juvenile Court. More recently, Dawn has worked with the training center of PA?s Juvenile Court Judges Commission to develop a consistent training format for restorative

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Ethics in Practice: Music, Mindfulness and Movement for Clinician Self-Care (In Person Training)

Date: Friday October 14, 2022

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Location: TBD 

Course Description:
In the 2021 revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics, self care was added as an aspirational element of social workers’ integrity and purpose. The Code states: “Professional self-care is paramount for competent and ethical social work practice. Professional demands, challenging workplace climates, and exposure to trauma warrant that social workers maintain personal and professional health, safety, and integrity.” ... “Social workers should take measures to care for themselves professionally and personally.” In this workshop, I share a self care practice that helps to manage and relieve stress and trauma: Dancing Mindfulness ™ was developed by Dr. Jamie Marich, an internationally renowned expert on the treatment of trauma and dissociation.
Dancing Mindfulness ™ uses the art form of dance as the primary medium of discovering mindful awareness. Dancing with a respect to the attitudes of mindfulness, participants tap into their body’s own healing resources. Further, I will teach key concepts and skills of mindfulness, trauma and trauma-informed instruction that will enable participants to understand their own experience, and will increase their knowledge and skills as clinicians. Lastly, I will provide participants with the opportunity to debrief from what is often an intense emotional experience. Participants will leave with the tools to incorporate aspects of this practice into their own self care plan.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn and understand 2021 revisions to NASW Code of Ethics pertaining to self care
  • Learn/utilize of at least 2 mindfulness concepts
  • Experience music as a means of accessing, titrating and pendulating affect
  • Experience bottom-up strategies such as breath, somatic awareness and mindful movement as a means of managing and relieving vicarious trauma
  • Introduction to Dancing Mindfulness (™) as a self care tool and a tool to share with clients.
  • Identify at least one way to incorporate Dancing Mindfulness (™) into a personal self care plan.

Instructor: 

Paula Soto LCSW, ERYT,YACEP is a licensed clinical social worker, Certified EMDR therapist, and experienced registered yoga teacher with over two decades of experience empowering individuals and communities toward wellness. Paula founded Intersections Wellness in 2012, to improve awareness and accessibility of body/mind healing practices. Paula balances her time between her private psychotherapy practice, developing and implementing yoga and wellness programs for trauma-impacted populations, and educating the general public, yoga teachers, and health professionals on trauma, stress management, and body/mind practices. Paula is an advanced topics trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, an EMDRIA-approved Consultant in Training, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a member of EMDRIA and NASW.

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Mental Health and the Black Family

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

CE Hours: 3.0

Location: TBD 

Course Description:

Systemic racism impacts African American families higher than any other ethnic group. What has become evident is how systemic racism impacts African Americans mental health and how the increase in depression and anxiety among families is not only impacted by daily living but exacerbated by systems that are designed to keep African Americans in poverty, uneducated and quiet. The goal of this presentation is to recognize how in particular, systemic racism impact African Americans, how clinicians can work to change the counseling profession to be more inclusive and to understand how white clinicians can become aware of their own biases.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand how systemic racism impacts African Americans' mental health.
  • Recognize how systemic racism has affected the counseling profession, historically.
  • Learn how non-minorities can become aware of their own biases.

Instructor: 

Ashley D. Gilmore, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor. She is the founder of Gilmore Counseling and Consulting Services, PLLC.. Ashley works to educate, inspire and elevate individuals, families, groups and organizations toward emotional and mental wellness. She has obtained degrees from Purdue, Indiana and Capella University. She is currently a Doctoral Student at Hampton University in the Counseling Education and Supervision. She is a wife and mother, daughter and friend and an advocate for self care and the uplifting of the African American Community.

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Using Peak Experiences to Heal Trauma

Date: Friday October 28, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:
Peak experiences are often described as transcendent moments of pure joy and bliss. The memory of these experiences is lasting and creates an inner sense of meaning, like having received a “message” or life direction. This training investigates the connections, similarities, and differences between shock trauma and peak experiences. Peak moments contain resources of energy and ego strength which can help reframe traumatic experiences as positive, life-changing events. This course will teach tools for identifying peak experiences and using them in therapy with survivors of traumatic events. It will explore how to create peak experiences through practicing the process of flow. Participants will learn ways to transform clients’ traumatic experiences into meaningful events which can help define their life purpose.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to list the characteristics of peak experiences.
  • Participants will be able to identify a peak experience from their own life.
  • Participants will understand the similarities and differences between trauma and peak experiences and between peak experiences and flow.
  • Participants will learn tools to heal trauma using peak experiences.

Instructor: 

Tory Butterworth, PhD, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating emotional eaters. Based on her training in the Bodynamics body-mind psychotherapy program, Tory has created the STOP Eating Your Feelings treatment model which identifies four different developmental patterns underlying binge eating disorder. She has presented this model at The 26th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference and the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy Conference. She currently uses this model in individual psychotherapy as well as in therapy groups and workshops. Tory has also co-led groups in Mindfulness for Depression and Mindful Eating through Mercy Behavioral Health, where she worked as a therapist for three years and in Training and Development for five years. After receiving her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, Tory conducted research in medical decision making for ten years at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and The University of Pittsburgh. She has authored articles in academic journals, written book chapters, presented at academic conferences, and was the co-investigator on two grants funded through the National Institutes of Health.

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Ethics in Treating Trauma 

Date: Friday November 4, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:
When working with trauma survivors, oftentimes a client's traumatic experiences can be so overwhelming for both the patient and the clinician that professional and ethical boundaries may become endangered. As social workers, it is essential to develop strong personal and professional ethics to complement professional standards, relevant laws, and formal codes of ethics. These ethics need to be clear yet flexible to effectively manage the challenges associated with these treatments and address the needs of both client and social workers. This workshop will review issues regarding mindful application of ethics, which could be further described as the therapist's self-reflection on his or her ability to treat traumatized individuals while maintaining awareness of the challenges and risks involved. It will emphasize the anticipation of common pitfalls, and willingness to learn from mistakes and seek consultation as necessary. We will address issues associated with the treatment frame, the most common ethical dilemmas in trauma treatment, and the importance of maintaining professional boundaries, particularly during crises resulting from attachment and trauma-based relational challenges.

Course Objectives:

  • List at least five risks associated with trauma treatment;
  • Describe several common ethical challenges of treating traumatized individuals
  • Utilize several strategies for self-reflection and self-care in the event that ethical dilemmas arise;
  • Identify several treatment frame issues that should be in place for the treatment of traumatized people.
  • Identity ethical decision making in social work

Statement of relevance to social work (skills, values, knowledge, and/or ethics considerations)
NASW’s purpose is to improve social workers’ professional development and advancement, be innovative in guidelines for social workers and advance sound social policies (NASW, 2020). In an effort to advance the profession of social workers this presentation can offer knowledge and guidance in managing a variety of disparities, diversity, patterns, and interventions. This presentation can aid social workers to understand best practices/strategies, and ethics to enrich client support and create a diverse, culturally responsive experience. Lastly, this presentation can aid social workers in distinguishing and reinforcing endeavors toward addressing trauma-informed care practices and managing ethical dilemmas in practice.

Instructor:

Kenyuatia L. Gash, DSW, LCSW, BCD, MAC has been working in the field of social work and social services for the past 17 years. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Virginia, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania she specializes in trauma and PTSD disorders. Her clinical expertise also spans the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, substance use, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. In conjunction Dr. Gash has a passion for serving Woman who suffer from absentee fathers, rejection, low self-esteem, and abandonment issues. Dr. Gash states that she did not choose social work as a profession BUT that social work chose her! While completing her first masters degree in criminal justice she was first introduce to the field of mental health serving severely traumatized, underserved young adolescents in residential settings. This is when she knew she wanted to continue to serve in this capacity. She then went on to complete her second masters in social work with a concentration in direct practice in mental health from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She has a Doctorate in Social Work with a concentration in Advanced Public Service Leadership.

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