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Fall 2021 Course List

Helping Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders Achieve Positive Change

Date: October 22, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:
Prochaska & DiClemente’s Stages of Change Theory is a highly researched model that is helpful when working with clients with mental health and/or substance use disorders with various cultural backgrounds. This training will review the various processes of change, as well as techniques to help clients move forward in their overall recovery.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify characteristics of each of the stages of change.
  • Participants will learn skills to utilize to promote positive change.
  • Participants will recognize how culture can impact change.

Instructor

Jill Perry is doing her part to make the world a better place. As a therapist with over 25 years of experience, she specializes in dealing with substance use and recovery, as well as trauma. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Advanced Drug & Alcohol Counselor and a Substance Abuse Professional. In addition, she is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique used to help people process trauma and get relief from physical and emotional symptoms. Ms. Perry owns and operates JP Counseling & Associates, LLC, in Beaver, PA where the staff have expertise in substance and recovery, trauma, grief and marital counseling. In addition, Ms. Perry coordinates the Let Us Know grant for Beaver County Behavioral Health, a data and outreach grant focused on the changing opioid epidemic. Ms. Perry is an enthusiastic trainer and public speaker and teaches and motivates professionals and the community. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest achievement in Toastmasters International, a public speaking and leadership organization. When she is not working and helping others, Jill enjoys time with her family, including her teenage and young adult “kids”, as well as writing. She invites you to continue your work to “save the world.”

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4361

LGTBQIA+ Identities, Clinical Considerations, and Providing Care

Date: November 5, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CE Hours: 6.0

Course Description:

During this six-hour training, participants will gain a broader understanding LGBTQIA+ identities, highlighting the nuances of gender and sexual identities. We will discuss risk factors for mental illness, psychopathology, and disparities to finding affirming care. Participants will also be challenged to think about how they can change the landscape for accessing affirming care. Through discussions, looking at case examples, and group work, those taking this course will walk away with a better understanding of how they can be affirming and competent in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand the meaning of each of the seven letters in LGBTQIA+ acronym
  • Learn two differences each in gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, sexual identity, and emotional and physical attraction.
  • Discuss seven factors connected to poor levels of mental health
  • Identify seven common problems the community faces due to lack of affirming and competent care
  • Understand two diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria
  • Challenge the need to pathologize gender identity through a group activity
  • Learn about five specific statistics for LGBTQIA+ youth related to depression, suicidality, and substance abuse
  • Discuss at least three unique components to providing affirming assessments
  • Identify three scenarios for exploring sexual health and substance abuse
  • Learn about the five components of the Matrix Model for substance abuse
  • Learn and discuss three types of medical interventions specific to the trans community
  • Identify five ways to create affirming spaces

Instructor: 

Keith Gray, LCSW is an MSW graduate and licensed clinical social worker. He currently works as a Therapist with Elliot Counseling, where he provides mental health services and drug and alcohol counseling to the LGBTQIA+ communities. Prior to Elliot Counseling, Keith worked as a Therapist at the Persad Center where he provided comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment for the LGBTQIA+ population. Prior to Persad, Keith’s clinical experiences included school-based therapy with children and adolescents, working in college counseling services, and working with patients with cancer in the UPMC hospital systems. In addition to his clinical experiences, Keith has extensive background in training, outreach, and community advocacy.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4362

Consciousness and the Body:  An Integrative Approach to Attunement, Resonance, and Co-regulation

Date: November 12, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CE Hours: 6.0

Course Description:
What happens in the therapeutic or healing setting is more than two (or more) people sharing the same space. Both client and practitioner influence the state of each other’s nervous system and energy field, and co-create a dance of relating. Because we are inherently relational, we are never ‘not’ in relationship with each other or this field. This co-created relational field exits within a wider field that is always present. As physics and science are evidencing, this wider field is comprised of limitless energy that exists around us and in our DNA. Some might call this a field of greater consciousness. Through our own embodiment, presence and intention, we can attune to this field and generate impactful interventions for our clients. Rather than the practitioner being the holding environment, we become aware that the holding environment is the field itself. This interactive workshop invites you delve into your own bodily experience and how you approach your therapeutic/healing work. To support your learning, experiential exercises, interventions, and didactic content will explore:

  • polyvagal/nervous system regulation
  • the heart-brain connection,
  • the human biofield and ‘subtle energy’
  • the role of embodiment in attunement and resonance
  • the mutual impact that we and our clients have on one another
  • trauma from an energetic and relational perspective
Course Objectives:
Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn the role of the vagal system in co-regulation.
  • Understand the heart-brain connection and the ‘heart field’.
  • Learn and practice 2 interventions for attuning to the wider energy field
  • Discuss the impact of trauma on the human energy field.
  • Explore the holding environment from an energetic perspective.
  • Learn and practice 2 interventions to shift into states of expanded, embodied consciousness.

Instructor: 

Renee Jennings, MA MSW, LCSW, is a somatic and energy arts practitioner, teacher/trainer and consultant in Pittsburgh, offering an embodied, integrative approach to healing and transformation. Renee is faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, a certified EMDR therapist and hypnotherapist, meditation teacher and Reiki master/teacher, and Energy Psychology practitioner. In addition to working with individuals, couples and groups, Renee has presented workshops and trainings at numerous conferences and organizations, including the Esalen Institute, the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, The Ohio State University, and the National Association of Social Workers.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4338

Working with Couples- A Systemic Approach

Date: November 19, 2021

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

This training will focus on exploring the therapeutic process with couples. The training will discuss couple’s work from a systemic lens and how to engage with couple’s in an effective manner. Clinicians will explore the ways that systemic couple’s work differs from the individual and family setting. Clinicians will learn specific therapeutic interventions and assessments for specific couples and to develop a therapeutic plan for treatment. Clinicians will also be able to identify multicultural and systemic factors that impact a couple. The training will give space for clinicians to do their own self of the therapist work and exploration. The training will include group discussion, case scenarios, videos and assessments.

Course Objectives:

  • Clinicians will leave with a beginning knowledge around what couple’s work is and how it differs from individual therapy
  • Clinicians will identify systemic approaches to providing therapy for couples
  • Clinicians will learn interventions and assessments to assist in the therapeutic process with couples
  • Clinicians will identify multicultural factors and larger systemic impacts that a couple may experience
  • Clinicians will engage in self of the therapist work around potential biases

Instructor: 

Brianna is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the city. In 2018 she launched her business, Choosing Destiny, LLC, with the mission of providing therapeutic services to couples, families, and individuals in need. Brianna joined The Center for Relational Change, where she is the Community Outreach Coordinator. Brianna has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, where she brought systemic thinking into the classroom and curriculum. Currently, Brianna is serving as the treasure for the American Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy’s topic group, Margins to Center: MFT’s of Color.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4376

The Invisible Injury: Understanding the Impact of Complex Trauma and PTSD

Date: December 3, 2021

Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM

CE Hours: 4.0

Course Description:
Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. It causes feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, diminishes a person’s sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of experiences and emotions. It can be caused by a variety of events, including but not limited to; the untimely death of a loved one, neighborhood violence, domestic violence, chronic pain, natural disasters, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and military combat. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops in some people after witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. Although recent research has revealed that nearly 90 percent of people in the United States have experienced one or more traumatic events, there are no objective criteria to evaluate which events will cause post trauma symptoms. “The Invisible Injury: Understanding the Impact of Complex Trauma and PTSD” is an intense trauma informed care workshop which incorporates instruction, individual reflection, small group discussion pairs (virtual break-out sessions as it applies), large group discussion and/or video snippets to offer participants the training and support needed in their day-to-day work with children and adults.
 

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define traumatic events and recognize the signs and symptoms of Trauma, Complex Trauma and PTSD.
  • Participants will be able to identify the short- and long-term impact of trauma on mental, emotional, and physical health as well as brain development, learning, coping and socialization.
  • Participants will be able to identify the function of the stress response system and the short- and long-term impacts of toxic stress on development.
  • Participants will be able to identify the difference between trauma informed care and trauma specific practice
  • Participants will be able to identify the principles of trauma informed care.


By the end of the workshop, Participants will be able to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the impact of trauma for the individual survivor, the family, and the community.
  • Develop the skills and tools that will inform work with children, adolescents and adults who have traumatic histories.
  • Develop the communication skills that engage students and promote safe learning environments.

Instructor: 

Sharise Nance LCSW, CCTP (also known as the Compassion Fatigue lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services LLC and has over 20 years of experience assisting individuals, couples and families see beyond energy depletion, hopelessness, panic, guilt and feeling overwhelmed and assists them in making a shift to a place of peace, joy, clarity and gratification. Sharise also dedicates her efforts to running Vitamin C Healing, an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4375

Supporting Queer Youth in Schools

Date: December 10, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:
This three-hour training will help you understand the common problems we see that queer youth in schools face on a regular basis. There will be psychoeducation around different LGBTQIA+ identities and how they can manifest in children and adolescents. Participants will also learn how to create more affirming and supportive spaces in schools. These components of the training will be achieved through didactic instruction, group discussions, and a group activity.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn about the seven components of the LGBTQIA+ acronym
  • Learn two differences each in gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, sexual identity, and emotional and physical attraction.
  • Discuss three facts related to the prevalence of gender diversity in schools
  • Identify at least five behaviors we might see from a gender diverse child
  • Learn and discuss five common problems associated with non-affirming cultures in schools
  • Discuss 10 organizational solutions for creating an affirming and competent culture

Instructor: 

Keith Gray, LCSW is an MSW graduate and licensed clinical social worker. He currently works as a Therapist with Elliot Counseling, where he provides mental health services and drug and alcohol counseling to the LGBTQIA+ communities. Prior to Elliot Counseling, Keith worked as a Therapist at the Persad Center where he provided comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment for the LGBTQIA+ population. Prior to Persad, Keith’s clinical experiences included school-based therapy with children and adolescents, working in college counseling services, and working with patients with cancer in the UPMC hospital systems. In addition to his clinical experiences, Keith has extensive background in training, outreach, and community advocacy.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4363

 

Women and Mid-Life Eating Disorders

Date: December 17, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:
While women of all ages are exposed to unrealistic standards regarding weight and appearance, midlife women (aged 40+) are especially vulnerable to these ideas. At a time at which many women begin to notice universal body changes, they are exposed to messages that fat of any kind is unacceptable. As a result, they may develop clinical or subclinical eating disorders. They may feel stigmatized by mental health systems and others who see eating disorders as a disease of the young.
Treatment for women at mid-life is not the same as for younger clients. This course will discuss mid-life eating disorders, age-appropriate treatment strategies and provide a blueprint for working with clients with these diagnoses.

Course Objectives:
  • Discuss research findings connected to body image in midlife
  • Describe patterns of of eating disorders in midlife (e.g., initial onset, relapse, chronic)
  • List risk factors for developing mid-life eating disorders
  • Describe issues connected to impact and access
  • List specific treatment recommendations

Instructor: 

Heidi J. Dalzell, PsyD, Heidi J. Dalzell, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, and the Clinical Director of the Bucks LGBTQ Center and Bucks Eating Support Collaborative. Dr. Dalzell has been in practice 25+ years and supervises and mentors clinicians who are newer to practice. Her busy private practice specializes in eating disorders, trauma, working with the LGBTQ community, mindfulness and spirituality. Particular areas of interest include gender/gender identity as it relates to body image and mid-life eating disorders. Dr. Dalzell is co-author of A Clinician’s Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image, as well as a contributor to professional and consumer publications including Tiny Buddha, Yahoo Style and Fatherly, and is a teacher on Insight Timer. Dr. Dalzell is a former educator, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics connected to mental health and wellness.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4364

NEW! CE On-Demand 

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Continuing education can now be taken on your schedule! Topics include: Ethics, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, LGBTQIA+ Populations, and many more! All at the click of a mouse, at your own pace, and to fit your busy schedule! Check out our recorded self-paced CE programs now! 

Recorded Trainings 

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures focuses upon assessment and differential diagnosis.  Emphasis will be on explaining how to use screening tools and to differentiate various types of dementia.  Participants will be asked to think about how to incorporate these tools into mental status examination and community practice.  The information will be useful for other health care providers as they interact with primary care and help persons who have ADRD or their families navigate the health system.

Pharmacologic Interventions for Dementia Syndromes

Pharmacologic Interventions for Dementia Syndromes will explore interventions with an emphasis on using the published literature to choose pharmacological interventions for cognitive and behavioral manifestations of dementia, including the roles (i.e., indications and benefits), cautions (i.e., risks, side-effects, warnings) and potential alternatives to using cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, antipsychotics, and antidepressants in ADRD.  Finally, given the recent FDA approval of 3 amyloid imaging agents, this program will also help participants better understand how biomarkers are changing practices with regard to clinical research and management of ADRD.