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Join us for a Lunch & Learn (noon-1pm) via live webinar for 1 FREE NBCC hour of Continuing Education! Please contact Martha Busby to get the Lunch & Learn Zoom link invitation.


VIRTUAL WEBINAR

How to Stay Six Feet Away and Still Play: Treating Children, Adolescents, and Families in Pandemic Times.

Presenter:

Renee M. Holdo, MAMAFT

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / 12-1PM / Live webinar *Contact Martha Busby to receive the zoom link invitation

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

  • Distinguish between developmentally normative anxiety and a childhood anxiety disorder.
  • Increase understanding of unique stressors brought on by pandemic and how they affect development.
  • Identify 2-3 play therapy strategies to help child and families better process life’s challenges while building resilience

Presentation Description:

Children and adolescents are not indifferent to the significant psychological impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. They experience fears, uncertainties, substantial changes to their routines, physical and social isolation alongside a high level of parental stress. Understanding their emotions and responses is essential to properly address their needs during this pandemic. In this “Lunch and Learn” we highlight children and adolescent’s vulnerability, provide an overview of common symptoms of distress from a developmental perspective, and provide age-appropriate play therapy with the interventions and resources available to promote child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times.

Brief Bio:

Renee Holdo or “Miss Renee,” as she is known to clients and students, serves as Resident Play Therapist at the Richmont Trauma Center specializing in Child-centered Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Activity Therapy, AutPlay, Sandplay Therapy, Family Play Therapy, and is completing the process to become a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). Renee is the Director for the Richmont Center for Play Therapy Education and Training at Richmont Graduate University. As an Adjunct Faculty member, she enjoys teaching in the Child and Adolescent Counseling certificate program.

Renee received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Richmont Graduate University. Her post-masters training in Child-centered Play Therapy was done at the internationally renowned Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Renee has advanced training in Jungian Sandplay. Currently, Renee is completing a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in Children and Adolescents.

Renee’s clinical experience includes work with victims, families, and survivors of Child Sexual Abuse at the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, and as a private practice Play Therapist at Perspectives Psychological.

She has served as the Executive Director and an Educational Consultant at RMH Educational Consulting and College Advising, a firm specializing in matching the unique academic and developmental needs of the student with appropriate educational environments. 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 to children, adolescents and adult individuals.

Renee regularly presents on topics surrounding play therapy, child development, and parent education. Extremely involved in advocating for at-risk children and their families, she serves on the board of Wonderful Days Preschool, a private, tuition-free program for low-income Spanish speaking families living in the City of Marietta. She provides play therapy and parent education services to participants and graduates of Family Promise of Cobb County, a national program helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. An active member of the Association of Play Therapy, Renee chairs the Community Outreach Committee for the Georgia Association of Play Therapy.

When she is not training her future “co-therapist” Daisy in Animal Assisted Play Therapy, Renee enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at her church, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors. She is an avid golfer, tennis player, yogi, and UCLA Bruin fan.


VIRTUAL WEBINAR

Fit to Treat – Pt 1 – Focus on Client

Presenter:

Dr. Genie Burnett, PsyD, CEDS

Thursday, November 5, 2020 / 12-1PM / Live webinar *Contact Martha Busby to receive the zoom link invitation

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

  • Identify and Describe three of the “new” eating disorders in the DSM-5.
  • Describe how Maslow’s Hierarchy applies to the assessment andtreatment of an individual with an eating disorder.
  • List three of the five recommended professionals who should be involved in evaluation and treatment of an eating disorder

Presentation Description:

Eating disorders are on the rise across the country, and many clinicians do not know how to assess for eating disorders, much less treat them. This presentation will Review the criteria for identifying and eating disorder, discuss assessments for accurately identifying and eating disorder, including utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy, understand the 5 levels of care in the treatment of eating disorders, and who and when to refer to for appropriate treatment.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Burnett has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1999.  Since graduation, Dr. Burnett has specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults suffering from eating disorders. She has provided services at every level of care (inpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, mental health center). She is the founder of Manna Scholarship Fund, which is a nonprofit that provides access to treatment for Eating Disorders and underlying trauma to those who otherwise cannot afford it. She authored her first book, “You’re Not Alone”, which is geared towards prevention of eating disorder development by providing insights by those who have been in recovery from them. She is married and has three fur babies.

 


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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