Professional Advancement Training Descriptions

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Addiction: It’s More Than Just a Choice…

February 27, Ashlee Jividen, Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, 5:30-7:30pm, Wheeling Only

We will look at the impacts of addiction on the brain, generational addiction in families, and the process of recovery. The training will focus on Seeking Safety: A treatment manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse, a SAMSHA approved evidenced-based training. The training will provide resources and practical tools from the Seeking Safety Manual that focuses on cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal domains. Attendees will be able to walk away with practical tools to use with their clients.


Multi-Cultural Counseling

March 12, Yukiko Comstock, MA, LPC, 5:30-7:30pm, Wheeling Only

It will cover counseling of minority groups and LGBT population.

·         Definition of multi-cultural counseling, cultural humility, tradition, culture

·         Ethics and multi-cultural counseling

·         Cultural humility and its application

·         Specific techniques to work with minority groups

·         Region specific cultures and useful information/ techniques


Thinking Outside of the Box: Creative Counseling Techniques

April 23, Katie Burns, MA, Provisionally Licensed Profession Counselor 5:30-8:30 pm, Wheeling Only

Innovation thought experimentation! Learn how multi-sensory and interactive tools can help guide, deepen and create meaning for your counseling sessions.


The Joy of Ethics

  May 22, 5:30-8:30pm Kathy F. Szafran, MA, LPC, ALPS, Wheeling Only

 Kathy will lead a lively training on the Joy of Ethics, covering conduct and ethical considerations for counseling professionals. Participants will develop an increased knowledge of the ACA Code of Ethics and discuss the application of the ACA Code of Ethics to real counseling situations. The presentation will also cover HIPAA requirements and how they should be integrated in the ACA Code of Ethics for the resolution of ethical issues.


The Biology of Trauma

June 19, Veronica Reynolds, MSW, LCSW, 5:30-8:30 pm, Wheeling Only

Since the ground-breaking release of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the late 90s, research has continued to show that the impact of psychological trauma is biologically and physiologically based.   The symptoms associated with trauma response are the outward demonstration of changes to our physical body systems including our nervous cardiovascular, immune, gastrointestinal, neurohormonal and musculoskeletal systems.   This workshop will assist participants to better understand the physiological impact of trauma and the importance of moving beyond 'talk therapy' and incorporating mind-body techniques for effective healing in trauma treatment.   


Trauma-Sensitive Activities for Young Children

July 24, Christine Vrtar, LICSW and Julia Cupini, LGSW, 5:30 pm -7:30, Wheeling Only

As mental health professionals, we all know that working with young children who have experienced trauma can be especially challenging. In this training, we will discuss case examples that illustrate the youth that we serve and the obstacles that they face on a daily basis. We will talk about how to respond to their challenges in a trauma informed manner and you will learn strategies that are ARC friendly to do during sessions. You will participate in fun activities that assist children in furthering their treatment needs.


Sensory and Movement Repair in the Brain

August 1, MacKenzie Amic, LGSW and Emily Wizba, MA,  5:30pm-7:30 pm , Wheeling Only

Training would be aimed at:  how TIES therapists help students regulate their suffering from trauma while in various arousal states; how to incorporate sensory tools to aid in improving children’s affect identification/expression and modulation abilities, and assisting the brain in re-wiring and healing.


Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Practice

Kenneth Nice III, MSW, LICSW

October 2, 5:30-8:30 pm, Wheeling

October 11, 1-4pm (limited to 10 persons), Morgantown

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of unique core values that define ethical practice. The training will examine ethical dilemmas and the evolution of professional and state ethical standards of practice. There will be an open discussion and an outline of practical approaches to the application of ethics concepts and theories. Lastly, we will review a vignette and work through the 9 step decision making model. The participant will gain the ability to evaluate situations and make decisions based on the MSW Code of Ethics.  


From Prison to Home:

The Psychological Impact of Incarceration and Implications for Post-Prison Adjustment

November 13, Kari Blizzard, MA, NCC, LPC, ALPS, 5:30-8:30pm, Wheeling Only

Prisoners undergo a unique set of psychological changes in order to adapt to incarceration. Policies, conditions of confinement, attitudes regarding rehabilitation and punishment--all shape the experience. Re-entry requires another set of adaptations. What is the role of psychotherapy during incarceration and post-incarceration? Where is the intersection of criminal behavior and mental illness? What interventions are most effective for the transition from prison to home? Discussion will explore the disparate, complex, and sometimes conflicting views of imprisonment, release, criminality and community.