Workshops are posted as they become available.

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Health and Human Services

John Carroll University Office of Continuing Education is an approved provider for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapists Board (provider #RCS030604).  John Carroll University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP Number 4064. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  John Carroll University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  CEUs are also available for nursing professionals–the Ohio Board of Nursing recognizes educational activities that have been approved for other disciplines. John Carroll University is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association – MCE Program to offer continuing education for psychologists. John Carroll University [tax id: 00PO-340714681], maintains responsibility for the program.

Participating Ohio psychologists’ signatures are required on the day of the class. All workshops are offered in conjunction with the Community Counseling Program at John Carroll University. The Office of Continuing Education is a division of the John Carroll University Boler School of Business.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS IMPACT

Friday, February 12, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
$75

The digital world offers youth a powerful sense of connection and identity- two critical aspects of development. Facebook, twitter, instagram and more enable youth to say, act and make rapid choices that can have long term effects. The youth of today have opportunities to use this new domain for good or for bad, in a situation where the digital world can seem like what Dr. Ron Taffel has called a second family. We need to not only acknowledge but compete with this second family to keep having a positive influence on our childrens’ lives. What can we do?

Based on up to date research, this presentation will look at what parents, teachers and helping professionals can do to helpfully engage youth in positive dialog and reflection about social media and their citizenship in the digital world We will address questions including these:

How can youth keep themselves safe and help each others as digital citizens?

Is social media responsible for mean and cruel behavior?

What do youth see via social media and how does it impact behavior such as sexting and the choices they make?

What do youth themselves identify as support they would want from adults as opposed to what actions hey identify as unsupportive?

How do we compete with the autonomy and uncritical acceptance offered by the digital second family?

Instructor:

Amy Burzinski is a licensed clinical social worker who is currently a therapist at Ohio Solutions and an employee assistance counselor for Healthspan.  She has an MSW and a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has also received training in body focused repetitive disorders from The Professional Training Institute of the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Over the past two decades Amy has worked with individuals and families affected by bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.Amy regularly provides trainings to mental health professionals, educators and administrators at universities, non profit agencies and educational programs. Amy regularly presents in Ohio and nationally including, New York, Maryland, California and Chicago.

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NATIONAL COUNSELOR EXAMINATION (NCE) TEST PREP WORKSHOP

Friday, February 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203
6 CEUs or 6 NBCC hours
Price: $150

The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is necessary for licensure as a professional counselor and assesses one’s knowledge and abilities to provide effective counseling services. This workshop aims to prepare participants to complete the exam by reviewing the format, structure, and length of the exam; providing a comprehensive review of the eight core areas assessed; directing participants toward further preparatory resources; and conducting practice exams.  Participants are encouraged to partake in self-care practices and will review terminology often assessed in the exam. Please note, this workshop is to prepare participants to take the exam and will cover core areas in a detailed and comprehensive manner; however, it cannot guarantee knowledge of all test items.

Instructor:

Victoria Giegerich is a licensed professional counselor and doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University. She has conducted review courses in the past for the Department of Education at John Carroll University, and is familiar with testing in research and licensure. If individuals are interested in enrolling in the workshop and have further questions, they may contact Victoria at vgiegeri@kent.edu.

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TRICHOTILLOMANIA AND OTHER BODY FOCUSED REPETITIVE DISORDERS

Friday, March 4, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room E120
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
$75

Trichotillomania or more simply put, compulsive hair pulling is a problem that is more common than thought. One in fifty people suffer from compulsive hair pulling and or other body focused repetitive behaviors. Unfortunately, much of this behavior is hidden in shame and secrecy- all too often harshly judged and misunderstood.

This three hour continuing education course will provide participants with a understanding of body focused repetitive behaviors, such as trichotillomania. Participants will learn the critical importance of being able to  distinguish between body focused repetitive behaviors and self injurious behaviors. We will examine the functional aspects of each of these behaviors as well as the recomended treatment.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop and practice skills necessary to treat individuals with body focused repetitive behaviors.

Objectives

Participants will be able to identify and describe the condition known as body focused repetitive behaviors. Participants will be able to distinguish the difference between body focused repetitive behaviors and self injurious behaviors. Participants will gain increased knowledge of strategies and interventions to add to their clinical practice.

Instructor:

Amy Burzinski is a licensed clinical social worker who is currently a therapist at Ohio Solutions and an employee assistance counselor for Healthspan.  She has an MSW and a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has also received training in body focused repetitive disorders from The Professional Training Institute of the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Over the past two decades Amy has worked with individuals and families affected by bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.Amy regularly provides trainings to mental health professionals, educators and administrators at universities, non profit agencies and educational programs. Amy regularly presents in Ohio and nationally including, New York, Maryland, California and Chicago.

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EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TECHNIQUES FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY CLIENTS

Friday, April 8, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
$75

Borderline personality clients frustrate, seduce, anger, reject, adore and worry you.  The therapist must develop humanistic but realistic expectations for client change to stave off feelings of  powerlessness, confusion, anger, burn-out or personal failure, especially when self destructive behaviors recur.  Background information, combined with usable clinical techniques, will be presented that will be valued tools in the participants’ daily clinical work.  Learning-by-doing will be paramount in this workshop.  In an extended exercise pairs of audience members will take on the roles of therapist and client in a scenario involving a simulated borderline client.  The therapist will assess the problems, determine client needs, and apply relevant therapy interventions in a simulated session.  The related topics of self injurious and suicidal behavior will also be reviewed in this workshop.  This workshop is complementary to the PTSD workshop and can be attended with or without enrollment in that workshop.

Instructor:

Bruce Maaser, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and New York, and is a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  Since obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison 25 years ago, he has also taught at Luther College in Iowa and Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Dr. Maaser has extensive experience in hospital settings (rehabilitation, burn unit and psychiatry), geriatric, and private practice settings.  He has done extensive neuropsychological testing with brain injury, progressive dementia and substance abuse clients.  Dr. Maaser has presented numerous workshops on neuropsychology and serious mental illness disorders.  His work with neurobiology and geriatric cognitive rehabilitation has been published in professional journals and the popular media. 

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PRACTICAL THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES YOU CAN USE WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER CLIENTS

Friday, April 8, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
$75

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is widely present in society, and often goes unrecognized except for troubling symptoms.  Violence, combat, abuse, accidents, weather and natural disasters can all produce disturbing and disabling memories.  Working with these cases is draining for therapists because you have to share the victim’s troubling and sometimes shocking memories, and provide a solid, supportive personal anchor for them.  Therapy techniques that will enhance the participants’ daily work will be described and compared.  The workshop will be highly interactive.  In an extended exercise pairs of audience members will take on the roles of therapist and client in a simulated session involving traumatic memories and current symptoms.  The therapist will assess the problem, and apply several structured therapy interventions.   This workshop is complementary to the borderline personality workshop, and can be attended with or without enrollment in that workshop.

Instructor:

Bruce Maaser, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and New York, and is a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  Since obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison 25 years ago, he has also taught at Luther College in Iowa and Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Dr. Maaser has extensive experience in hospital settings (rehabilitation, burn unit and psychiatry), geriatric, and private practice settings.  He has done extensive neuropsychological testing with brain injury, progressive dementia and substance abuse clients.  Dr. Maaser has presented numerous workshops on neuropsychology and serious mental illness disorders.  His work with neurobiology and geriatric cognitive rehabilitation has been published in professional journals and the popular media. 

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THE STUDY OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND HIGHER AWARENESS

Friday, April 22, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
$75

The study of consciousness is fascinating, and involves philosophical, religious, clinical and scientific considerations.  How can our own personal daily awareness be reconciled with brain functioning (the mind-brain dualism)?  The history and philosophy of this field stretches from Plato to Descartes to modern cognitive psychology.  Parapsychology, artificial intelligence, altered mental states, near death studies, Zen Buddhism, Quantum physics and holography have given intriguing insights into the nature of consciousness.  These areas, along with the contributions of David Bohm, the “God particle” of atomic physics, and a speculated universal field of consciousness will be examined.  Finally, meditative techniques to focus and expand consciousness will be explored.  Dr. Maaser will conduct a relaxation/visualization session in which audience members can try out several meditative techniques.  Be prepared to discover fascinating new concepts and experiences in the study of conscious awareness in this mentally exhilarating workshop!

Instructor:

Bruce Maaser, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and New York, and is a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  Since obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison 25 years ago, he has also taught at Luther College in Iowa and Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Dr. Maaser has extensive experience in hospital settings (rehabilitation, burn unit and psychiatry), geriatric, and private practice settings.  He has done extensive neuropsychological testing with brain injury, progressive dementia and substance abuse clients.  Dr. Maaser has presented numerous workshops on neuropsychology and serious mental illness disorders.  His work with neurobiology and geriatric cognitive rehabilitation has been published in professional journals and the popular media.

 

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