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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 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

Preserving the Family, One Divorce at a Time

Presenter: Marti Kitchens Cobb, MFT, LPC & Georgia Geiger, LPC

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 / 12-1PM / Room 103

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

1) Prepare their clients for the steps of divorce from start to finish

2) Explain the value of a mediated divorce for preserving their family even though ending the marriage

Presentation Description:

A traditional method of divorcing is for each party to retain an attorney who will then handle the divorce proceedings without the couple discussing any details together. It encourages “win/lose” negotiations, because each attorney represents, or fights for their client.

The process of mediation allows the couple to sit down with a mediator and work out the details of their divorce together rather than hiring two attorneys who will speak for them. This process gives a couple more control over their post-divorce life, as well as helps them engage in a problem solving model which is much more effective for families. The mediator is neutral, not advocating for either party but rather facilitating a settlement that is fair to both parties.

Brief Bio:

Marti Kitchens Cobb, MFT and LPC, and Georgia Geiger, LPC, are both therapists and mediators who are committed to helping families navigate a divorce without blame or acrimony through mediation not litigation. Their company, Above and Beyond Conflict, LLC, is dedicated to preserving the family.

Marti Kitchens Cobb, M.A., LMFT, LPC recently retired from full time private practice as a Marriage and Family therapist after 35 years. She now focuses on helping families mediate relationship issues. She is a state registered neutral and has been mediating for 35 years as well. She co-authored Children of Divorce, a four hour seminar that is court ordered for all divorcing parents of minor children. Marti maintains both her therapy licenses.


CHATTANOOGA CAMPUS

Identifying and Treating Postpartum Mood Disorders

Presenter: Janet King, LMFT

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 / 12-1PM / Finley Hall

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

  • Utilize screening tools to assist in identifying PPD and PPA
  • Apply attachment theory to help develop secure attachment with infants

Presentation Description:

This presentation is intended to familiarize participants with diagnosing and working with Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety; introduce importance of attachment theory in treatment plan; offer tools for assessing and skills for helping clients process and cope with PPD and PPA.

Brief Bio:

Janet King, LMFT is a graduate of Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a graduate of Richmont Graduate University with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Mrs. King currently works in private practice in Chattanooga, and she previously practiced in Dalton, GA in private practice.  She works with individuals, couples and families.  Her areas of focus are anxiety, depression, grief, boundaries, healthy relationships, transitions and postpartum concerns.  Mrs. King is passionate about helping clients own their story and find their voice, while helping couples and families find emotional connection and healing in the midst of brokenness.  She utilizes EFT, attachment theory and a narrative approach to help clients explore their stories and find healing.


CHATTANOOGA CAMPUS

How to Be a Therapist When Personal Relationships Are a Mess

Presenter: Judy Herman, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / 12-1PM / Finley Hall

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

  • Describe and give practical examples for the acronym AIR.
  • Identify the eight dances (relationship patterns) and name your “natural” steps and identify your growth steps necessary for your well-being.
  • List the five “normal” horsemen that keep us stuck in relationship messes.

Presentation Description:

This presentation includes lecture, guided meditation, and Q & A. Participants learn to integrate fresh breaths of AIR; the acronym for awareness, intentionality, and risks. Judy weaves insight from her training as an Imago Therapist and the Gottman Method along with her personal narrative and years of counseling. She gives us permission to be real by normalizing inevitable difficulties of our personal relationships.
Based on her book, “Beyond Messy Relationships,” (endorsed by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt),* participants will hear the story of Judy’s long-term first marriage that ended in divorce. Remarriage to her best friend and dance partner who has bipolar disorder led to Judy Herman, LPC-MHSP, NCC judy@judycounselor.com 423-551-9916 her missing early warning signs. After the trauma of his second psychotic episode, she was more than compelled to write her memoir mixed with psychological wisdom and spiritual insight.

Brief Bio:

Judy Herman, LPC-MHSP, NCC is a Counselor, Speaker, and Author of “Beyond Messy Relationships.” She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Provider in Tennessee and a National Certified Counselor. She helps other counselors and leaders create connection in their familial relationships so they can pursue their calling in order to serve others from a place of vibrant authenticity. Her private practice is in Chattanooga attracts entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators.

*Author-signed books will be at the presentation for participants to buy!


ATLANTA CAMPUS

Play More. Bark Less: Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Presenter: Renee Holdo, MAMFT

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 / 12-1PM / Room 103

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

  • Identify the benefits of involving animals in therapy.
  • Recite 3-5 areas of focus for treatment utilizing Animal Assisted Play Therapy.
  • Describe 3 Animal Assisted Play Therapy interventions

Presentation Description:

Freud knew it. Medical models use it. Why not explore if “Fido” may be just what your clients need? Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) merges the power of the human-animal bond with play therapy. Research demonstrates the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of animal assisted activities. Come join RTC’s Resident Play Therapist, Renee Holdo, “Teddy” and “Daisy” to learn (and experience!) the benefits, limitations, credentialing, and interventions associated with AAPT.

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.

Renee’s clinical experience includes work with victims, families, and survivors of Child Sexual Abuse at the Children’s Center for Hope, Healing, private practice Play Therapist at Perspectives Psychological, Educational Consultant at RMH Educational Consulting and College Counseling for over 15 years. She holds a certificate in Christian Sex Therapy focusing on Sexual Abuse and Trauma, and helping individuals and families navigating Gender Identity Disorder and Sexual Orientation issues from a Christian perspective. As a biofeedback practitioner, Renee provides biofeedback training and treatment to children, adolescents, and adult individuals.


CHATTANOOGA CAMPUS

Counseling and the Adoption Triad

Presenter: Reese Armstrong, LPC-MHSP

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 / 12-1PM / Finley Hall

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

  • Discuss the challenges facing all parts of the adoption triad
  • Describe the adoption process
  • Select effective treatment modalities when working with the adoption triad.

Presentation Description:

This presentation will assist counselors in understanding the many challenges facing the adoption triad. Attendees can expect to learn about the adoption/foster care process as well as the dynamics that effect the adoptee, adoptive parents and birth families. We will also cover effective models of therapy when working with adoptive families.

Brief Bio:

Reese Armstrong is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Services Provider currently working with adolescents, adults and couples at Henegar Counseling Center in Chattanooga, TN. Reese has worked in a variety of different clinical settings from community mental health to private practice that have given him the knowledge and experience of effectively working with families.

 


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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