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

Dealing with Courts and Subpoenas

Presenter: William L. Buchanan, Ph.D., ABPP, Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
September 4, 2018
Learning Objective: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to recognize how to 1) ethically and legally respond to subpoenas for mental health records and/or to testify in deposition or Court and 2) utilize the Law of Georgia regarding privileged communication and confidentiality for mental health counselors.

Sooner or later, most therapists will receive a subpoena to either (a) produce his or her therapy notes and file for a patient, and/or (b) to testify in a deposition or at Court. This presentation will review how mental health therapists should respond to subpoenas, the laws and ethical considerations regarding privileged communication and confidentiality, when to release records and when (and how) to refuse to release records, and how to get paid for your time.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Buchanan has taught classes (Ethics and Psychopathology) at Richmont and supervised numerous students from Richmont. He has a private practice in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has testified as an expert witness over 350 times in state and federal Courts. Dr. Buchanan conducts custody evaluations, parental fitness evaluations, competency evaluations, child abuse evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, police pre-employment evaluations, and reunification therapy. He has received well over 1000 subpoenas over 35 years of practice.


Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: A Brief Introduction

Presenter: Bob Mehaffey, LPC
September 10, 2018
Learning Objective: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to apply attachment theory to the practice of couples therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: An Introduction

Presenter: Christy Call ’15, LPC
September 25, 2018
Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to discuss the history and philosophy of DBT , identify both the overall goal of DBT as well as the goals specific to the four skill sets, and explain the structure of DBT.
This presentation will introduce both the conceptual underpinnings of DBT as well as the practical applications of DBT.
Brief Bio:
Christy Call is a National Certified Counselor with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She holds licenses in Professional Counseling (LPC-MHSP, TN#3618) and Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT, TN#1339) and has specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and treatment of eating disorders. Christy has clinical experience at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care and is currently working in private practice. She is part of a DBT consultation team, leads a peer consultation group for private practice providers and engages in regular treatment-team collaboration as well. Additionally, she is a member in good standing in the following professional associations: The American Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and RenewED.


An Introduction to Third Culture Kids

Presenter: Laura Ward, LMFT
October 2, 2018
Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to define Third Culture Kids and Cross Cultural Kids, identify two significant factors influencing the Third Culture Kids and Cross Cultural Kids experience, and identify at least one implication for treatment with this population.
This presentation will provide an introduction to Third Culture Kids and Cross Cultural Kids. It will explore the impact of a highly mobile, cross-cultural lifestyle on Third Culture Kid development, and identify some implications for treatment.
Brief Bio:
Laura Ward, MA, is an Adult Third Culture Kid who grew up in East and Southern Africa. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor at Henegar Counseling Center, specializing in working with those from cross-cultural backgrounds.


Christian Relational Integration: An Introduction

Presenter: Dan Sartor, PhD, LCPCC, NCC
October 8, 2018
Learning Objective: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of Christian relational integration, which entails an ongoing process of combining knowledge, interpersonal skills, and personal spiritual formation into one’s identity and professional work.


Fear Dance: Revealing a Couple’s Relational Pattern

Presenter: Beth Leonard
October 15, 2018
Learning Objective: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to utilize  a family systems tool to reveal unhealthy patterns in couples’ interactions, and identify individual internal emotional responses and behavioral reactions and how those patterns interact within the couple system.

Brief Bio:

Beth Leonard graduated from Richmont in 2014 and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Alpharetta, GA. She specializes in trauma, particularly for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse/trauma. She also focuses on marriage, Christian sex therapy, and healing from codependency. Beth is EMDR trained and runs groups focused on overcoming codependency and learning to live full-hearted, authentic lives.


The Intake Process with Couples

Presenter: Steve Thayer, LMFT, ACS
October 16, 2018
Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to set therapeutic goals for the appointment and develop a strategy for initial appointments.
Attendees will learn how to handle the initial contact, specific instructions for clients, how to greet and review history while building rapport, assess the presenting problem and understand the couples level of interest and commitment.
Brief Bio:
Steve has a private practice in Hixson, TN where he sees couples and individuals. He has been practicing for over 45 years.


Social Media, Online Presence, and Professional Ethics

Presenter: Cara Cochran, PhD, LMFT
October 30, 2018
Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to describe common challenges with regard to the clinician’s personal privacy online, summarize the primary ethical considerations related to social media use for the mental health clinician, and list specific steps to ensure their professional online presence adheres to professional codes of ethics.
Mental health professionals have many avenues by which to create an online presence. This presentation addresses how  professionals can ethically navigate the challenges of their personal social media accounts and their professional online presence in a manner that maintains their personal privacy and upholds the ethics codes of their profession.


Sexual Addiction: Ground Zero

Presenter: Nate Sharp, LMFT
November 6, 2018
Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to describe the addiction cycle and levels of addictive behavior, and how to use them to engage couples/individuals in conversation about whether and how addictive behaviors are at play, list the first steps in triage for couples/individuals presenting to therapy with sexual addiction issues or concerns, and utilize a set of resources to refer couples/individuals to for bibliotherapy and support, depending on their situation.

Individuals and Couples often present to session in therapy explicitly or tangentially mentioning sexually addictive behaviors as concerns, whether through the use of porn and its effects on mood, or an affair and its effect on relationship. The next steps are important, as both members of the dyad (or the individual) will need to take some steps to increase both healthy behavior and self-understanding so that they may heal. Sexual addiction recovery is a complicated process – I hope to help therapists in attendance come away with some tools and framework to help them navigate the early stages of recovery with their clients, in order to set the client on the right trajectory early on.

Nathan Sharp is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist working in private practice at Henegar Counseling Center in Chattanooga, TN. Though he works primarily with couples and men’s individual issues, focusing on premarital/marriage prep, relational distress, sexual issues and addictions, personality disorders, mood disorders, and grief adjustment, he works with a broad variety of other clients and concerns. Nathan is a graduate of Richmont Graduate University (MA, ’15), and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (BA, ’06). Nathan worked for ten years in an inpatient A/D homeless shelter prior to entering the therapy field. He is married to Emily, and they have four children with a fifth on the way.



Overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Presenter: Lisa McDaniel
November 12, 2018
Learning Objective: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to gain insight into the framework of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), different populations that would benefit from DBT, basic skills Modules used in DBT and how to go about obtaining a DBT Certification.

Brief Bio:

Lisa McDaniel graduated from Richmont in 2007. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an Intensively Trained DBT therapist from Behavior Tech. Lisa is currently the Director at two Crisis Stabilization Units (Adult and Adolescent) where she created and implemented Inpatient DBT Clinical Programming at each unit. She has also provided intensive outpatient DBT groups, family and individual services at Atlanta DBT for 2 years with Adults and Adolescents.  Lisa has experience in private practice, inpatient hospitalization services, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and Community Service Boards (CSB). Lisa’s clinical strength is in working with self-harm, high risk/actively suicidal clients and Borderline Personality Disordered clients. She has a passion for serving the underserved populations such as homeless and indigent clients as well as giving back to the community.


Psychopharmacology “Booster” for Counselors and Therapists

Presenter: Tyler Rogers, PhD, LMFT
November 27, 2018
Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, attendees will be able to summarize the basic neurobiological structures within the brain, including relevant neurotransmitters and their structural function within the brain, discuss the basic pharmacokenetics, including the administration and absorption methods of various medications, demonstrate an assessment method for conducting a client interview regarding medication use, and list the most common psychopharmacological treatments for various psychological disorders, as well as typical side effects and off label uses for common psychotropic medication.
This presentation will provide a basic overview of neurobiology, pharmacokinetics, and medicinal treatment of various psychological disorders. Attendees will be able to describe the basic neurobiological structures and neurotransmitters within the brain, summarize basic pharmacokinetics, utilize a psychotroic medication assessment, and recognize the basic medications commonly used for treatment of various psychological disorders.
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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