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Join us for a Lunch & Learn (noon-1pm) on the Atlanta or Chattanooga Campus for 1 FREE NBCC hour of Continuing Education! No Registration required. Questions?- contact Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu. We encourage confirming the date prior to arriving on campus as there are last-minute cancellations from time to time.


ATLANTA CAMPUS

Play More. Feel Better: The Therapeutic Powers of Play

Presenter: Renee Holdo

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 / 12-1PM / Room 103

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the meaning of “the therapeutic powers of play”.
  • Identify the four overarching categories that comprise the mechanisms of change in context of play therapy.
  • Describe 3 specific factors that cause therapeutic improvement in a client as a result of play therapy.

Presentation Description:

Play therapy outcome research has shown play therapy to be an effective treatment modality. So how and why does play therapy work? To answer that question, it is necessary to identify the mechanisms of change underlying play therapy and understand the specific forces that cause therapeutic improvement in a client. Come join RTC’s Resident Play Therapist, Renee Holdo and begin to explore what is behind the therapeutic powers of play.

Brief Bio:

Renee Holdo serves as Resident Play Therapist at the Richmont Trauma Center specializing in Child-centered Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy Training. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family at Richmont Graduate University and received her Post-masters training in Child Centered Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Currently, Renee is pursuing a Ph.D, in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Children and Adolescents, and has taken an active role in assisting in the creation of the newly redesigned Child and Adolescent certificate program at Richmont Graduate University. Renee is thrilled to be teaching the first course offered at RGU in the area of Play Therapy this Spring, Introduction to Play Therapy.


CHATTANOOGA CAMPUS

Play More. Feel Better: The Therapeutic Powers of Play

Presenter: Renee Holdo

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / 12-1PM / Finley Hall

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the meaning of “the therapeutic powers of play”.
  • Identify the four overarching categories that comprise the mechanisms of change in context of play therapy.
  • Describe 3 specific factors that cause therapeutic improvement in a client as a result of play therapy.

Presentation Description:

Play therapy outcome research has shown play therapy to be an effective treatment modality. So how and why does play therapy work? To answer that question, it is necessary to identify the mechanisms of change underlying play therapy and understand the specific forces that cause therapeutic improvement in a client. Come join RTC’s Resident Play Therapist, Renee Holdo and begin to explore what is behind the therapeutic powers of play.

Brief Bio:

Renee Holdo serves as Resident Play Therapist at the Richmont Trauma Center specializing in Child-centered Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy Training. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family at Richmont Graduate University and received her Post-masters training in Child Centered Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Currently, Renee is pursuing a Ph.D, in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Children and Adolescents, and has taken an active role in assisting in the creation of the newly redesigned Child and Adolescent certificate program at Richmont Graduate University. Renee is thrilled to be teaching the first course offered at RGU in the area of Play Therapy this Spring, Introduction to Play Therapy.


ATLANTA CAMPUS

Mindfulness: A Christian understanding and its clinical application

Presenter: Christie Simons

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / 12-1PM / Room 103

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what mindfulness is and describe how it can be integrated into clinical practice.
  • List at least five specific benefits of practicing mindfulness.
  • Compare and contrast between a Christian and traditional Buddhist understanding of mindfulness.

Presentation Description:

Mindfulness is intentional, non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Research has shown mindfulness to be effective in reducing stress, depression and anxiety; increasing focus, creativity, and productivity, and overall well-being. This presentation will introduce attendees to the practice of mindfulness and share ways to incorporate mindfulness into clinical work with a variety of client populations. It will also distinguish between a specifically Christian versus a Buddhist or secular understanding of mindfulness and lead participants through a brief guided mindfulness practice.

Brief Bio:

Christie Simons holds her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University and is dually credentialed as a professional counselor and advanced alcohol and drug counselor. Christie was previously the program manager of a medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment center and an adjunct professor of psychology for five years. She’s currently the director of a college counselor and student support center as well as the president of a local non-profit that serves children in foster care and their caretakers. Christie is married and has a sweet five year old daughter (who was adopted through Cherokee County DFCS). She also enjoys cooking, baking, reading, podcasts, and yoga.


ATLANTA CAMPUS

An Integrative Brain-Based Approach to Working with Children and Adults with ADHD

Presenter: Eniabitobi Kuyinu, PhD, LPC, MMFT, ACS

Monday, March 9, 2020 / 12-1PM / Room 103

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the integration of counseling, nutritional therapy with supplementation, and brain- based interventions in the management of ADHD.
  • Examine the importance of clinicians’ understanding of ADHD co-management through a holistic multidisciplinary approach with various levels of healthcare support.

Presentation Description:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood, the primary symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. . It is associated with anxiety disorder, increased incidence of antisocial personality disorder, depression, and drug abuse. With an increase in the prevalence of ADHD, which often persists into adulthood, the need for a holistic multidisciplinary approach to treatment and care is imperative. There is increasing demand for clinicians that understand the holistic co-management of ADHD with various levels of healthcare and support. This presentation explores co-management of ADHD through a holistic multidisciplinary approach to care that integrates counseling, nutritional supplementation, biofeedback, and brain-based approaches such as identification and elimination of Primitive Reflexes and Hemispheric Integration.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Eniabitobi Kuyinu has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, from Mercer University; Atlanta, USA; Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.MFT.) from Abilene Christian University; Abilene Texas; B.A. Theology, from Life Theological Seminary; Lagos, Nigeria; B.Sc. Microbiology, from University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria; Distance Credentialed Counselor. Specializations: anxiety, depression, adolescent counseling, learning disabilities in children and adults, marriage and family therapy, premarital counseling, sexual pain disorder in women, biofeedback, neurofeedback and clergy care. She is an integrative health practitioner and clergy, currently receiving training in functional neurology. She has training in play therapy and sand tray therapy. Dr. Eniabitobi Kuyinu received the prestigious towel award from Abilene Christian University in 2009 for her work in community development. She also received the distinguished best Ph.D. student award from Mercer University for her exemplary contribution to the fight against human sex trafficking in Atlanta, and her excellent academic performance. One of her passion is providing training, mentoring, and supervision to individuals interested in a holistic integrative approach to health and wellness. She is deeply involved in mission work, and pioneered a mission field in Nigeria. She is the Executive Director of The Educator and Arukah International Center.


CHATTANOOGA CAMPUS

Marketing Fundamentals: Clarifying a Niche and Building an Effective Website

Presenter: Kimberly Mathis, LMFT

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / 12-1PM / Finley Hall

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of clarifying a niche for private practice growth.
  • Identify their niche and integrate niche language into their website.
  • List the attributes of an effective and professional website.

Presentation Description:

If you are interested in building a private practice, a web presence is an invaluable tool. But many of us never learned anything in graduate school about how to speak directly to the clients we love working with, or how to talk about ourselves or our work online. This presentation will help you begin thinking about your ideal client, your ideal work, and how to talk about both in an effective way through your website. You’ll learn a crucial step in building a sustainable and successful private practice.

Brief Bio:

Kimberly Mathis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in private practice since 2016. She majored in Psychology at UTC before going to ESTU for her graduate program. She’s moved around a bit – including two years in Japan – before coming back to Chattanooga to jump back into the professional ring and build her practice. She currently has an office downtown and works exclusively with individual women with a focus on women’s issues.


LIVE WEBINAR (VIA ZOOM)

Starting and Growing a Private Practice

Presenter: Whitney Owens, LPC

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 / 12:30-1:30PM / Live Webinar

Registration: Free (email Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu if you’d like to join)

*Zoom link will be sent after registration 

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Assess the positives and negatives behind starting and maintaining a private practice.
  • Prepare for marketing and growing a successful caseload of clients.

Presentation Description:

In this program, I will share what I have learned through building a successful practice from the ground up. This material will be helpful for students, new graduates, and those considering starting their own counseling business. Participants will consider if they want to start a practice and assess the positives and negatives behind building a practice. We will cover the clinical requirements along with business necessities. Counselors will also learn how to market and maintain a full case load.

Brief Bio:

Whitney Owens graduated from Richmont Graduate University in 2010. She then moved with her husband to Colorado where she worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as saw clients at a group private practice. In 2014, she moved back to Georgia and started Water’s Edge Counseling, which began as a solo practice and is now a group practice. Whitney is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and a member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia.


LIVE WEBINAR (VIA ZOOM)

Making a Difference in Diverse Communities

Presenter: April L. Taylor, LPC, MHSP, Supervisor

Thursday, April 9, 2020 / 12-1PM / Live Webinar (via Zoom)

Registration: Free (email Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu if you’d like to join)

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Apply effective approaches to diverse populations to enhance communication and connection.
  • Demonstrate the techniques desired to develop and implement effective treatment plans for diverse populations.

Presentation Description:

Presenting evidence based approaches and tools for treating people in diverse populations.

Brief Bio:

April Taylor was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Albany, Georgia. She loves her husband of 31 years, her three children and her two granddaughters. April has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Albany State University; and Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Spirituality in Counseling from Richmont Graduate University (2007). She has completed the hours required for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Mental Health Service Provider (MHSP) and supervisor in Tennessee. She and her husband are the owners and founders of Sound Living Counseling Center, Sound Living Community Mental Health Center; and they have also established Sound Living Foundation. April is an Adjunct Professor in Social Services and Psychology at Belhaven University; she loves teaching as much as counseling and speaking.


Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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