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Human Sexuality: A Therapeutic Integration

October 1-3, 2021 / Atlanta Campus

Provides a basic introduction course to counseling for sexual issues. Utilizing the DEC-R (Dialogue, Education, Coaching and Referral) model, students are introduced to methods for implementing the DEC-R with sexual issues in counseling, basics of sexual biology and psychology, sexual and gender development, sexual dysfunction, and basic intervention techniques for sexual problems. Students are also challenged in their own growth and development in sexuality as they learn to teach and counsel more effectively on sexual concerns.

Ethics of Supervision: Top 10 Best and Worst Practices

October 8, 2021 / Atlanta Campus / Dr. William Doverspike

This continuing education activity will include a discussion of some of the best practices in supervision contrasted with some of the most common worst practices. This activity will include discussion of aspirational principles and enforceable standards of the ACA (2014) ACA Code of Ethics and the APA (2017) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Trauma in the Developmental Context

October 15-16, 2021 / Atlanta Campus / Dr. Jana Pressley & Dr. Joseph Spinazzola

This introductory seminar will focus on the impact of trauma exposures on the developing child, and ways these impacts may continue to manifest through the lifespan.  The course will include a review of normative development, and impact of trauma on developmental tasks; an overview of the attachment system and variations in attachment formation; and a discussion of the functional nature of behaviors.  Implications for treatment will be briefly discussed.

Component-Based Psychotherapy: An Integrative Framework for Treating Adults with Histories of Complex Trauma & Dissociation

October 15-17, 2021 / Atlanta Campus / Dr. Jana Pressley & Dr. Joseph Spinazzola

This intensive clinical workshop offers participants a comprehensive introduction to the CBP (Component-Based Psychotherapy) model. CBP was distilled from decades of treatment with adult survivors of chronic abuse, neglect and other forms of victimization and life adversity who exhibit complex symptom presentations including clinical dissociation, impairment in functioning and engagement in high-risk coping and survival behaviors. An integrative treatment framework, CBP draws upon feminist, relational, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and trauma-focused approaches to intervention. CBP places heavy emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. Finally, CBP attends to the effects on human development of insidious and contextual forms of trauma including psychological maltreatment, attachment disruption, injustice and social oppression.

This workshop will delve into an exploration of the four primary components of CBP: building healthy relationships; working with dissociative parts of self; enhancing capacity for self-regulation; and trauma and life narrative work. Each component will extensively consider the practicing therapist’s own parallel process, and how this is facilitated in supervision via working through therapeutic enactments. This workshop will provide detailed examples, case illustrations, worksheets and experiential demonstration of specific strategies and techniques used to advance the principal clinical objectives of CBP.

How to Use the Enneagram in Private Practice

October 22, 2021 / Atlanta Campus / Whitney Owens

For centuries the Enneagram has been one of the greatest tools for providing insight and understanding into one’s life. By knowing your Enneagram number, you can maximize your strengths as well as identify your weaknesses in working with your clients. You will be able to identify when you are moving into integration or wholeness and when you are moving into stress, thus potentially negatively impacting your clinical work. 

As you learn to use the Enneagram to navigate through the various personalities, you can teach your clients to do the same. Through working with this personality tool, your clients will gain personal insight and find more freedom and wholeness in their lives. They will understand themselves in the context of their relationship with you, which in turn will bring healing in other relationships such as with their partners, family, coworkers, and friends.

Advanced Sex Therapy

November 5-7, 2021 / Atlanta Campus / Cliff Penner, Ph.D., Joyce Penner, RN, & Doug Rosenau, Ed.D.

This advanced course takes an in-depth look at treatment for sexual dysfunction. Areas of primary focus include the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunctions specific to desire, pain, arousal and orgasm.

2021 Alumni Reunion + CE Opportunity

November 12, 2021 / Atlanta, GA / Guest Speaker: Dr. Jon Ebert

As professionals working in unprecedented times, effective engagement has never been more important in clinical practice. In the service of strengthening effective engagement, this workshop will integrate two approaches that strengthen motivations for change and reduce secondary traumatic stress.  First, we will review the clinical approach of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is an evidenced-based collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. We will review the “spirit” of MI, important engagement strategies and supporting “change talk.” The second approach, Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT), is designed support wellbeing skills & practices “in the work.”  Typically clinicians are trained on how to support wellness & self-care by disengaging from the work. In this overview, we will identify practical strategies in engagement too reduce stress, burnout and/or compassion fatigue.

Racial & Cultural Diversity 2: Conceptualizing and Working with Intergenerational Trauma Through a Clinical Lens

December 3, 2021 / Virtual / Dr. Sonja Sutherland

Utilizing didactics, case studies, and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide clarity on intergenerational and historical trauma, its development within families and communities, and how these can present in the clinical and supervision rooms. The relationship between epigenetics and intergenerational trauma and resilience will be covered as part of clarifying clinical conceptualization and treatment of race-based stress and trauma. Considerations for working with supervisees will be reviewed. The development of antiracist clinical and supervisory lenses needed for doing this work will be discussed within the context of the Cross-Cultural Civility-Mindset Developmental Model developed by Dr. Sonja Sutherland. Instruments for the assessment of micro-aggressive related trauma for clarifying racial trauma presentation will also be introduced.

EMDR Part 1 & 2

Various Dates / Live Webinar

*Richmont does not sponsor these trainings, but they are offered at a reduced fee to graduate students and those working in the public sector or for a non-profit.

Lunch & Learns

Fall 2021 / Live Webinars

Chattanooga Bible Institute (CBI) Classes

Chattanooga Campus


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