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Spring 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.

Assessing Challenging Behaviors with Functional Behavioral Assessments

**This class comes with a bundle, either register for this class for $40.00, or register for both this class and Behavior Intervention Plans for Positive Behaviors and Academic Achievement and Growth below for $85.00**

Date: Friday January 28, 2022

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

Assessing Challenging Behaviors with Functional Behavioral Assessments is Part I of the Promoting Positive Behaviors: Cultivating a School-Wide Climate of Change for Student Success IV Part Series. Throughout this course, participants will develop an in-depth understanding of assessing for challenging behaviors in children using the Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) process. In addition, participants will develop effective strategies for data collection and forming hypothesis statements. Finally, participants will engage in group discussion, interactive chats, and polls.

Course Objectives:
  • Describe challenging behavior.
  • Predict when, where, and with whom the challenging behavior will occur.
  • Identify possible explanations for the child’s challenging behavior.

Instructor: 

Tanika Johnson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCTP, Dr. Tanika Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Contributing Faculty Member, Continuing Education Presenter, and Education Consultant.  She has a Doctor of Education and Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in leadership, curriculum and instruction, and social and emotional development. Furthermore, she has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  Previously, she completed a special education teacher education program and was granted special education and psychology endorsements.

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Behavior Intervention Plans for Positive Behaviors and Academic Achievement and Growth 

**This class comes with a bundle, either register for this class for $60.00, or register for both this class and Assessing Challenging Behaviors with Functional Behavioral Assessments above for $85.00**

Date: Friday January 28, 2022

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:

Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) for Positive Behaviors & Academic Achievement & Growth is Part II of the Promoting Positive Behaviors: Cultivating a School-Wide Climate of Change for Student Success IV Part Series. This course moves beyond the development of a FBA and focuses on practical application of a FBA. Throughout this course, participants will utilize functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) to define challenging behaviors, incorporate prevention strategies, teach desired or replacement behaviors, increase the occurrence of desired or replacement behaviors, apply the major components of the behavior intervention plan (BIP), and evaluate the BIP’s effectiveness with data collection and progress monitoring.

Course Objectives:
  • Use functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) to distinguish challenging behaviors, teach replacement behaviors, and prevent reinforcement of challenging behaviors.
  • Apply the essential components of a BIP.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the BIP with progress monitoring.

Instructor: 

Tanika Johnson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCTP, Dr. Tanika Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Contributing Faculty Member, Continuing Education Presenter, and Education Consultant.  She has a Doctor of Education and Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in leadership, curriculum and instruction, and social and emotional development. Furthermore, she has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  Previously, she completed a special education teacher education program and was granted special education and psychology endorsements.

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Alphabet Soup: Decoding the Letters and Lingo Used in Schools to Support Students

Date: Friday February 11, 2022

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

This course is designed to break down the jargon that is often used in educational settings while providing support to students. Often, acronyms and phrases are thrown around in meetings or other settings, leaving new staff, parent/guardians, community members, and advocates confused and frustrated. This introduction to acronyms and phrases commonly used in educational settings will highlight the history and definitions of these terms as well as provide scenarios for their usage and practical applications of best practices to support students who may need additional accommodations or modifications to their environment and/or curriculum to meet their needs.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and define commonly used acronyms in educational settings, sufficient for the individual to possess a basic level of understanding when presented with them in formal educational meetings, conferences with clients, during advocacy work, etc.
  • Summarize the evolution of social work in educational settings and discuss how various acronyms (i.e. accommodations and/or modifications, therapies, etc.) can be used to assist students and families

Instructor: 

Alicia Johnson, MSW, PhD is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work’s MSW Program. She earned her PhD from Robert Morris University in Instructional Management and Leadership. Her research interests focus on mindset, burnout, critical issues affecting BIPOC students and trauma. Currently, Alicia is the Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) Academic Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in Pitt’s School of Social Work. Prior to that, Alicia worked in K-12 education as a school social worker, Learning Environment Specialist and Director of Student Support Services for the Pittsburgh Public School District.  Alicia has worked in the field of education since 2002.

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Shame and Body Image

Date: Friday February 18, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:

Many people believe that how they look makes them feel ashamed. In fact, negative  feelings about our bodies are often fueled by pre-existing toxic shame which can actually create eating disorders. This course will distinguish toxic versus healthy aspects of shame and guilt. It will explore the roots of shame arising from primary relationships in preschool years, as well as relationships with peers during school age and young adulthood. This course will discuss techniques for reducing shame and increasing healthy pride around clients’ views of their own bodies. It will explore the process of clients learning to identify triggers for shame scripts and create new self-talk. Participants will learn to use their current treatment style to transform clients’ negative body images into positive, life-affirming views of themselves.

Course Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between healthy versus toxic guilt and shame.
  • Participants will understand the developmental roots of shame and the creation of shame scripts.
  • Participants will learn tools to help clients identify triggers that activate their shame scripts.
  • Participants will learn to identify and acknowledge clients’ sources of pride.

Instructor: 

Tory Butterworth is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating emotional eaters. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan and is certified at the Practitioner level in Bodynamics mind-body psychotherapy. Tory has created the STOP Eating Your Feelings treatment model which identifies four different developmental patterns underlying binge eating disorder. She currently uses this model in individual psychotherapy as well as therapy groups and workshops.

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Evidence-Based Interventions for Challenging Behaviors 

**This class comes with a bundle, either register for this class for $40.00, or register for both this class and Successful Implementation of Behavioral Interventions below for $70.00**

Date: Friday February 25, 2022

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

Throughout this course, participants will deepen their knowledge of prevention and evidence-based interventions for challenging behaviors. Participants will determine which interventions promote positive behaviors, apply developmentally appropriate behavioral expectations and positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors, and apply previous knowledge of the hypothesis statement and function of the behavior to evidence-based interventions. Finally, participants will engage in group discussion, interactive chats, and polls.

Course Objectives:
  • Implement evidence-based interventions with fidelity and determine which interventions have the most substantial impact on positive behaviors.
  • Apply developmentally appropriate behavioral expectations and positive reinforcement for positive behaviors.
  • Use previous knowledge of the function of the behavior and hypothesis statement to identify the most applicable behavior interventions.

Instructor: 

Tanika Johnson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCTP, Dr. Tanika Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Contributing Faculty Member, Continuing Education Presenter, and Education Consultant.  She has a Doctor of Education and Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in leadership, curriculum and instruction, and social and emotional development. Furthermore, she has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  Previously, she completed a special education teacher education program and was granted special education and psychology endorsements.

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Successful Implementation of Behavioral Interventions

**This class comes with a bundle, either register for this class for $40.00, or register for both this class and Evidence-Based Interventions for Challenging Behaviors above for $70.00**

Date: Friday February 25, 2022

Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM

CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

Throughout this course, participants will acquire in-depth knowledge of implementing evidence-based interventions that reinforce new skills and positive behaviors.  Additionally, participants will apply their knowledge of evidence-based behavioral interventions to promote effective communication, emotional regulation, and behavioral expectations with success. Finally, participants will engage in group discussion, case studies, interactive chats, and polls.

Course Objectives:
  • Implement evidence-based behavioral interventions that reinforce new skills and positive replacement behaviors with success. 
  • Use evidence-based behavioral interventions to practice and model effective communication, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution with success.
  • Apply evidence-based behavioral interventions that increase structure and promote clear behavioral expectations and routines with success.

Instructor: 

Tanika Johnson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, CCTP, Dr. Tanika Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Contributing Faculty Member, Continuing Education Presenter, and Education Consultant.  She has a Doctor of Education and Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in leadership, curriculum and instruction, and social and emotional development. Furthermore, she has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  Previously, she completed a special education teacher education program and was granted special education and psychology endorsements.

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Seeing Clearly Through a Trauma Lens: Tour of the Healing Rivers Project (In Person Training)

Date: Monday February 28, 2022 (Snow date March 28, 2022 8:30AM - 12:00PM)

Time: 8:30AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:

**Limited to 12 participants only ** The Healing Rivers Project is an innovative educational initiative that provides a creative, safe and trauma informed learning environment. This space provides for many different types of learning experiences including professional trainings and education programs, therapeutic support services, experiential workshops and a one of a kind interactive trauma informed exhibit. Together these components work to improve the understanding of the impacts of direct and vicarious trauma from violence, abuse, chronic adversity, toxic stress and social inequities on children, adults, families and communities. The Healing Rivers Project has an extra emphasis on corresponding research informed healing and wellness strategies that foster growth, resiliency and wellbeing. This exhibit tour is paired with a three hour trauma training.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand what trauma is, where it comes from, and its impact on the brain, body and behavior.
  • Understanding the impacts of trauma in individuals, families, community members and organizations.
  • Identify trauma-informed strategies that foster growth, resiliency and well-being on the personal, community and organizational levels.
  • Increase self-awareness of personal risk, protective factors, resiliency and self-care strategies.

Instructors: Center for Victims Trainers

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You want me to explore what?! The importance of exploring self as a therapist

Date: Friday March 4, 2022

Time: 10:00AM-12:30PM

CE Hours: 2.5

Course Description:

Historically therapists have been told to keep themselves outside of the therapy room. Some of the thinking behind this is to limit the ways in which therapists are harmful to clients. Often what this results in is a denial by the therapist that their selfhood has had any impact on the therapeutic process. Which makes sense. Why would a therapist want to admit that their process impacts their clients when there is so much focus on not letting it occur? In this workshop, the facilitators invite therapists to understand how this process of attempting to keep self out of the room actually invites self in even more. This workshop seeks to create a space where therapists can understand the importance of self-work for not only their therapeutic work but for themselves.

Course Objectives:
  • Identify the importance of understanding self
  • Explore the history of removing self from therapeutic work
  • Learn how to utilize a genogram to look at your own family of origin
  • Identify points of reflection for future exploration

Instructor: 

Brianna Totty, LMFT  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. Brianna’s passion is around providing BIPOC a safe space to heal from systems of oppression and to create a space for thinking to possibly occur. Through her thinking she has observed the complexities of human interactions and relationships. She believes relationships and the individuals who are apart of them are interconnected and yet separate at the same time. This is the mindset and philosophy that Brianna takes into life with her and into relationships. Through thinking about relationships, we can better think about our individual selves and the way we choose to show up in the world around us.

Heather Brown, LMFT  is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist practicing at The Center for Relational Change in Pittsburgh, Pa. Heather invites individuals, families, and couples into thinking about systemic process. She also supervises clinicians who are working toward licensure in the center’s resident program as well as clinicians who are seeking to further their systemic thinking. Heather recently joined the board at Western Pennsylvania family center a non-profit educational organization utilizing family systems theory.  Historically Heather has been an adjunct professor at Seton Hill’s Marriage and family therapy program. Heather also values furthering her thinking around systems of oppression, societal process and understanding ones self. She has presented her thinking around these topics at workshops, conferences and symposiums in Pittsburgh Pa. Lastly and most importantly Heather is a human who is seeking to take a position of learning and growing in this life. She attempts this through being in nature, taking photos, being in relationship to others, exploring movement and any other ways she sees an opportunity to do so.

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Trauma and Gaming: What Social Workers Should Know

Date: Friday March 18, 2022

Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

CE Hours: 1.5

Course Description:

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Nadja Streiter, LMSW who will present on the intersection of trauma and gaming disorder.

Gamers may seek out the virtual world for security and emotional comfort. Although it is well known that trauma is a risk factor in substance-based addictions, we are also coming to understand its role in disordered gaming. Additionally, toxic experiences that occur within the context of video gaming can further contribute to a gamer’s decline in mental health.

In this webinar, Nadja Streiter, LMSW will present on the intersection of trauma and gaming disorder.

Nadja co-hosts this presentation with Cam Adair, co-founder of INTENTA, Founder of Game Quitters and an international speaker and entrepreneur who is widely hailed as a leading expert on gaming disorder. In this webinar, Cam shares his personal journey of overcoming gaming disorder and offers key insights into prevention and treatment.

Course Objectives:

In the webinar you will learn:

  • Understand the four stages of the gaming continuum 
  • Identify at-risk gamers with validated screening tools
  • Recognize common harms and risks associated with online gaming
  • Implement practical trauma-informed strategies for working with gamers 
  • Q&A.

Instructors: 


Nadja Streiter, LMSW is a psychotherapist, parent coach and speaker based outside of New York City. She has specific expertise in treating adolescents and adults who struggle with Disordered Gaming and other technology based problematic behaviors, as well as co-occurring disorders. Ms. Streiter is a frequent speaker and also serves as Programs Director at Game Quitters, where she co-created the parent program, RECLAIM. Ms. Streiter received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and serves as the Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Work Group at the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.

Cam Adair - Co-founder of INTENTA, Cam is Founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, serving members in 95 countries. Named one of Canada’s top 150 leaders in mental health, his work has been published in Psychiatry Research, and featured in two TEDx talks, Forbes, BBC, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, and ABC 20/20, among others. He’s an internationally-recognized speaker, entrepreneur, and YouTuber with over 2 million views. Born in Canada, he currently splits time between the US and Asia.

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What's New in Social Work Ethics?

Date: Saturday April 9, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE Hours: 3.0

Course Description:

Faced with new and unique challenges for social work professionals brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial/social justice crises in our country, NASW has    revised the NASW Code of Ethics to address the real time needs of the social work profession. This presentation will review those amendments to the document approved on 11.06.2020 and 02.19.2021 and how they inform social work practice.  Self-care and cultural competence, the two areas of focus in the document revisions, will be further considered.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand how the ethical principles and standards found in the Social Work Code of Ethics document respond to social change and needs of the profession
  • Review recent revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics and consider how they inform ethical practice
  •  Explore emerging and timely issues of self-care and cultural competence/humility as defined in the new revisions and how they impact personal and professional practice

Instructor: 

Ginny Vayda, LCSW, BCD, is a well-known speaker and workshop presenter locally, statewide, and nationally. She has presented on a wide variety of subjects spanning topics from social work productivity, competency based staff development to social health determinants, social work safety and ethics. She has been part of the adjunct social work faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and several other Pennsylvania universities. For the past 18 years she has been an NASW trainer in Pennsylvania for the social work licensure preparatory class. Currently Ginny is the Social Work Executive at a VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania where she oversees the professional practice of more than 60 licensed social workers.

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Neighborhood Power Play (In Person Training)

Date: Tuesday April 19, 2022

Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM

CE Hours: 4.0

Location: Homewood Community Engagment Center, 622 N Homewood Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Course Description:

This workshop will offer a foundation perspective on how development occurs in neighborhoods within the City of Pittsburgh.  It will also detail how residents and organizations can work both with and against the system to ensure communities are places that protect the vulnerable while providing opportunity for growth.  We will work through place-based strategies where participants will engage in planning priorities and activities to further enhance the understanding of neighborhood revitalization. This course includes a walking tour of Homewood, so please wear comfortable shoes and clothes and be prepared for a rain or shine walk. 

Course Objectives:
  • Foundation understanding of development process
  • Tools to equip community to intercede in development
  • Neighborhood revitalization components including people-first planning
  • Understanding of neighborhood and political dynamics and their effect on community stabilization

Instructor: 


Demi Kolke, MSW  is currently employed by Neighborhood Allies where she serves as the Senior Program Manager of Corridor Revitalization.  In this role, Demi works to enhance Homewood’s business district through small business support, physical improvements, marketing and events. Demi also serves as an advisory member to the Homewood-Brushton Business Association and is the Founder and Owner of Kenny’s, an outdoor community and cultural celebration space in Homewood. She has served the neighborhood of Homewood for 10 years, first at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, then several years at Operation Better Block, Inc.  Her most recent position as a Senior Planner for the City of Pittsburgh gave her an opportunity to advocate for and enact policy that would further enhance her previous work. Demi has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from North Dakota State University.

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Advanced Motivational Interviewing (In Person Training)

Date: Friday April 22, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CE Hours: 6.0

Location: Center for Victims, 3433 E. Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Course Description:

This training provides the opportunity to practice the skills and strategies of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will have the opportunity to practice MI skills with the support of the trainer, using “role-play”, “real play” and experiential exercises. Using presentations, videos and demonstrations, the trainer will guide participants in practicing the important components of the spirit and skills for effective use of MI. **Participants are expected to have an intermediate level knowledge of Motivational Interviewing prior to this training.**

Course Objectives:

In this workshop, participants will:  

  • Explore the behaviors and language when exhibiting the aspects of the spirit
  • Practice and demonstrate high-level MI skills, including complex reflections
  • Explore intentionality and the use of skills as they relate to the four processes

Instructors: 

Billie Jo Smith, MS, LPC, Billie Jo Smith currently serves as the Program Manager for Addiction Medicine’s Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH). Billie Jo has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 10 years, first as a clinician, and later supervisor in various clinical settings including, residential and outpatient treatment facilities. In addition to her role, Ms. Smith is also a trainer and consultant in the behavioral and physical health field throughout the United States. Ms. Smith has conducted all levels of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training, MIA-STEP (Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency), SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment), Technology-Based Clinical Supervision and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Amy Shanahan, MS, CADC, Amy began her career in addiction treatment in the early 90s, working in outpatient clinics first as a Clinician, then Clinical Supervisor and an Administrator. After reading the 1st edition of Miller & Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing (MI) book, Amy attended several MI trainings, began applying MI to her work, and hasn’t looked back -- Amy believes in the value of MI in work with anyone considering change. Amy’s commitment to MI in her own work expanded to a desire to instruct others; Amy began facilitating trainings, conducting workshops, and assisting other practitioners. Over the past 10 years, Amy has overseen many system-wide projects launched by agencies and community providers interested in enhancing skills and implementation across their organizations.

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Why are we Dying? Examining the Racial Disparities Negatively Impacting Black Maternal and Infant Health 

Date: Friday April 29, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-2:00PM

CE Hours: 5.0

Course Description:

Did you know that African Americans have the highest infant mortality rate in the United States? Additionally, were you aware that African American mothers are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy related complications than white women. This training will bring awareness to the racial disparities impacting black maternal and infant health. It will explore maternal and infant mortality rates, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS), and other negative health outcomes for black birthing persons. Participants will become aware of their own biases, learn how to identify racial discrimination in maternal and infant health, and discover ways to reduce these disparities.

Course Objectives:

In this training the participants will:

  • Gain understanding of the racial disparities negatively impacting maternal and infant health.
  • Become aware of their own biases that may negatively impact maternal/infant health outcomes.
  • Learn how to recognize racial disparities and discrimination (in real time).
  • Explore ways to reduce the racial disparities that exist in maternal/infant health.

Instructor: 

Brooke Rawls, Ph.D., LCSW is the CWEB Academic Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. In 2010, Dr. Rawls graduated from Slippery Rock University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She later went on to receive her Master of Social Work (MSW) from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014. In May of 2019, Dr. Rawls graduated from Robert Morris University with a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership. Her dissertation focused on the impact of secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue on bereavement doulas. Dr. Rawls brings has more than 11 years of diverse experience within the field of social work. Her professional experience includes medical social work with a focus on maternal child health, perinatal loss, and bereavement support. 

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Using the Lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory (In Person Training)

Date: Friday May 6, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM

CE Hours: 4.0

Location: Hill Community Engagement Center: 1908 Wylie Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Course Description:

This presentation will describe how families tend to organize themselves to balance its togetherness of itself as an organic unit with that of the autonomy of its members (“self”). How a family balances these instincts will tend to support or compromise the capacity of its members to function independently. This presentation will elaborate on this theme, and will address variations of this balancing across families, and will show how this variation implicates:

  1. symptom development
  2. areas of involvement outside the family (e.g., work, church, etc) tend to be emotional extensions of adult relationships, which in turn tend to be emotional extensions of the family of origin of both partners in the relationship
Course Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to conceptualize “family” as a primary organic unit, including the concept of anxiety, and understand how family emotional process arises from that.
  • Participants will be able fo further that understanding to see how family emotional process impacts symptom development and recovery
  • Participants will be able to organize thinking around that process, and how that impacts the functioning of its members
  • Implications of this way of thinking for case conceptualization, as well as thinking about one’s own families.

Instructor: 

Arthur Zipris, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice where he specializes in substance abuse assessment and treatment, as well as individual, child, adult, geriatric, family, and group psychotherapy. He consults with employee assistance professionals, nursing homes, and businesses. He presents on family systems theory and practice, substance abuse and families, and stress management across a range of topics. He is a faculty member with the Western Pennsylvania Family Center, which specializes in Bowen family and systems theory.

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African American LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Date: Friday May 13, 2022

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

This course is designed to discuss the barriers and benefits of mental health care in marginalized communities, specifically LGBTQ+ and African American Communities. We will look at the two populations separately and then how the two intersect. This course will include some interactivity utilizing videos and group response questions. 

Course Objectives:
  • Identify barriers to mental health treatment in the LGBTQ+ community and African American community.
  • Build upon cultural competency with LGBTQ+ and African American community

Instructor: 

KaRon Spriggs-Bethea is an LCSW and a 2017 MSW graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. He has a variety of experience in the social work field, ranging from mental health to medical social work. He has a passion for helping communities. Working with individuals that identify as a part of marginalized communities has help KaRon realize this passion. 

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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 designed 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.