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At Your Own Pace / Online Self-Study

EMDR Part 1 & 2

Various Dates / Live Webinar

Sexuality: Medical Issues, Trauma, and Abuse

April 16-18, 2021 / Live Webinar or Atlanta Campus

This is an intermediate training in counseling for sexual issues that covers the two main subject areas of advanced physiological issues (primarily hormones and medications) and counseling for sexual trauma and abuse. Participants will explore current theories and research in these subject areas as well as continuing to develop their theory of sexuality in these subject areas. Special attention is also given to exploring the problem of pain and self-care of the therapist when working with trauma.

Effective Self-Care: Ethical Practices for Ensuring Professional Longevity and Avoiding Burnout

April 23, 2021 / Live Webinar

Compassion fatigue refers to stress that is a byproduct of providing care for those who are traumatized or under significant emotional duress. Because as clinicians we are trained to utilize compassion and empathy in order for our work with clients and supervisees to be effective, we are particularly vulnerable to emotional stress and compassion fatigue. Related to this, for those of us in the helping professions, compassion fatigue can have ethical and legal implications if unaddressed, especially if we are providing therapeutic services that are ineffective for those under our clinical care and supervision. Most clinicians learn very quickly however, that impairment, and in extreme cases burnout, can sneak up on us before we even realize. During this workshop, participants will be encouraged to engage in an honest assessment of both their current areas of impairment as well as their current self-care status. Participants will enjoy engaging in interactive self-care activities that can lay a foundation for the building of motivation and a commitment to wellness. The ACA, APA, MFT and NASW Codes of Ethics related to professional impairment will be reviewed, along with practical examples of how unrecognized impairment can impede clinical and supervisory effectiveness. Finally, clinicians will begin the creation of a personalized self-care plan, and demonstrate how to facilitate one for others.

Child Parent Relationship Therapy

April 23-24, 2021 / Live Webinar

This training teaches Child Parent Relationship Therapy, a play therapy based and empirically researched parent-training program for advanced play therapy. The Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) protocol, a 10-session model, is the focus of this training.

Helping Clients Rewrite Their Narratives: How the Stories They Tell Themselves are Ruining Their Lives

May 28, 2021 / Live Webinar

The narratives of our clients are often full of fallacy that can negatively affect efforts toward recovery. The environment as well as the inherent sensitivity of the child and the age of the child affect these narratives when stressors are experienced. Stories that our clients tell themselves can contain false scripts, which interfere with their ability to understand their needs, and may create severe ambivalence about getting their needs met (specifically around the needs of comfort and efficacy). Additionally, every time a thought, feeling or behavior is repeated, the neural pathways are strengthened making it very difficult to believe affirmations or truths that others voice to them.

This presentation will provide a systematic procedure for dealing with this problem. Useful definitions of schemas, narratives and scripts will be given so that techniques can be chosen to aid in dealing with each of these phenomena. The presentation will also provide very specific strategies for helping people increase awareness of the narratives, which they have developed and understand the factors that have combined to influence their narratives. Attendees will be given handouts that clients can fill out to serve as a template for writing their old story in narrative form. Additionally, they will be given handouts, which enable their clients to write a new story, which utilizes aspects of their authentic self. These strategies will focus on identity and values. Finally, since insight is not enough to change the brain, participants will be given specific strategies that are well designed for rewiring the brain to be receptive to the new narrative. Strategies will be chosen from ACT, DBT, and CBT.

Psychopharmacology Update: New Developments and Populations

June 11, 2021 / Chattanooga Campus

Recent advances in medication have dramatically increased the usage of a variety of psychotropics among the general population, with specific increases in usage among children and the elderly. In fact, antipsychotics are now the number one class of medications prescribed in the United States. The majority of clients with DSM-5® diagnoses are being treated with a combination of psychological and pharmacological treatments. Drug development is now being focused on a better understanding of the neurobiological contributions to mental disorders, so it is crucial for psychotherapists to have a thorough understanding of these complex issues and increase their knowledge of the appropriate use of psychiatric medications.

This workshop covers practical and applied issues regarding psychiatric medication treatment. The focus is on the non-medical therapist as collaborator with psychiatrists or primary care doctors in medical treatment (diagnosis, referral, and follow-up). An overview will be provided of the most recently released and most popular psychotropic medications. We will also discuss treatment strategies in addressing special populations such as children and the elderly, as well as diagnostic categories involving depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia spectrum and sleep disorders.

Lunch & Learns

Spring 2021 / Live Webinars

Chattanooga Bible Institute (CBI) Classes

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