Workshops are posted as they become available.

Fall 2017 Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health, and Chemical Dependency Continuing Education Program

Cost: $25/hour. $22.50/hour for alumni. $25/course for students.
Refunds are given in form of a workshop credit for up to one year.


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.  CE hours 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.  John Carroll University is an approved course provider for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (50-21692.)

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.


Psychodynamic Peer Case Consultation Group
OCDP: S1 Counselor Development (Note that the cost is $30 per meeting)

Wednesdays 9/6/2017, 9/20/2017, 10/4/2017, 10/18/2017, 11/1/2017, 11/15/2017
6–7:30 p.m.
Up to 9 CE hours or 9 NBCC hours
14701 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

Led by trained psychodynamic psychotherapists, this group is intended for independently licensed clinicians who desire to explore their difficult, complex cases in a supportive, collegial environment.  Group membership is limited to nine participants.

Workshop objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Explore the unconscious dynamics underlying client issues.
  2. Apply concepts of psychodynamic psychotherapy to client concerns.
  3. Enhance their understanding of “use of self” in the counseling encounter.
  4. Evaluate treatment planning approaches.

Instructors: (Group will be led by one or two of the following.)

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LSC, Chair – Counseling Program at John Carroll University, Private Practice

Jose Camerino, LISW-S IMFT-S, Private Practice

Murray Goldstone, M.D., Psychoanalyst, Retired

Carl Rak, Ph.D., LPCC-S, Private Practice

Cristian Shofar, LPCC-S, Consultant, Supervisor at OhioGuidestone, Private Practice

Boundaries and Legal/Ethical Issues in Counseling
OPA: Ethics/Cultural Competency/Professional Conduct
OCDP: C9 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Friday 9/8/2017
9 a.m.–noon
3 CE hours or 3 NBCC hours
John Carroll University, Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203

Curriculum includes ethical and legal issues in counseling; regulatory issues including Ohio laws, including laws/rules, professional standards, route of reporting ethical violations, confidentiality and maintaining professionalism, professional boundaries and how clinicians maintain ethical/legal standards.

Workshop objectives:

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Gain updated knowledge the topic of professional boundaries.
  2. Understand the implication of this knowledge for counseling.
  3. Understand the current ethical and legal issues in counseling.
  4. Explore their own personal boundaries and how they may impact their clinical work.
  5. Discuss strategies to deal with potential boundary crossings and ethical violations in their clinical work.


Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Ph.D. In counseling psychology.  She has been a professor at John Carroll University in the Counseling Department for 25 years.  She has presented over 100 workshops both nationally and in our region on the topic of boundaries. She maintains a private practice in Beachwood.

When Values Conflict: The Supervisor’s Role
OPA: Ethics/Cultural Competency/Professional Conduct
OCSWFT: Supervision
OCDP: S2 Professional and Ethical Standards
Friday 9/22/2017
9 a.m.–noon
3 CE hours or 3 NBCC hours
John Carroll University, Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203

In this program, participants will be guided through the process of supervising a counselor or counselor-in-training who is experiencing a conflict between personal values and the ethical standards and values of the counseling profession.

Workshop objectives:

Participants who attend this workshop will be able to:

  1. Define and explain the ethical principles and counseling values which are the foundation for the counseling profession.
  2. Implement a supervision strategy that will guide supervisees into an appreciation of why an individual’s personal values cannot guide the counseling process.
  3. Assess whether their supervisee understands the role that professional values and ethical standards must play in the counseling process.


Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LSC, Chair – Counseling Program at John Carroll University, Private Practice.  Dr. Brennan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.  The Department educates students who seek licensure as clinical mental health and school counselors.  Dr. Brennan also founded the certificate program in Spiritual Wellness and Counseling at John Carroll University.

Prior to her work at John Carroll, Dr. Brennan taught at Ursuline College and Cleveland State University, and was Dean of Guidance & Counseling at Gilmour Academy.

Dr. Brennan is licensed as a professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation and as a school counselor.  She received her counseling education at Cleveland State University and has been actively engaged in the profession since becoming licensed. Dr. Brennan’s primary areas of scholarly inquiry are counseling ethics, the interface of spirituality and counseling, and the socio-cultural context of mental dysfunction. She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences.  Dr. Brennan keeps her therapeutic skills current by operating a small private-practice.

Opiates and Evidenced Based Practices: For Clients Diagnosed with an
Use Disorder
OCDP: C1 Theories of Addiction/Addiction Knowledge 1.5 hours and C2 Counseling Procedures & Strategies
with Addicted Populations 1.5 hours

Friday 10/13/2017
9 a.m.–noon
3 CE hours or 3 NBCC hours
John Carroll University, Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203

Ohio has been devastated by the effects of opioid use disorders.  Many counselors and other professionals are scrambling for a treatment intervention to assist clients with recovering from this addiction. This workshop will review the commonly abused opiates, including prescription medications, heroin and the deadly fentanyl, and carfentanil.

Current research supports the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) along with counseling and social support to help people who have an opiate use disorder to subsequently cease and/or decrease their opiate use. This workshop will provide an overview of the pros and risk factors in the use of the MAT.  Counselors will gain an understanding of how to support their clients and help them to make informed decisions regarding MAT for their recovering process.   We will also explore a full continuum treatment model that has shown evidence to reduce recidivism and reduce accidental overdose because of opiates.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Participants will gain knowledge of the drugs of abuse that are categorized as opiates including their physiological and psychological effects.
  2. Participants will be able to immediately begin screening their opiate use disordered clients for appropriateness for a referral for MAT.
  3. Participants will be able to verbalize to their substance use disorder clients at least two benefits of MAT, and two risk factors of use of MAT, in an effort to assist clients with making an informed decision about their treatment.
  4. Participants of this workshop will understand how to develop a comprehensive care plan for clients receiving MAT. This will include the importance of using motivational interviewing, family support, case management services, and counseling.


Dr. Martina Moore, Ph.D., PCC, LICDC-CS, CEAP, SAP, holds a Ph.D. in Counseling, Education, and Supervision.  Dr. Moore is faculty at John Carroll University, serving as the Coordinator of the Substance Use Disorder Concentration.  She is the President and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc., (MCMS). This organization has seven outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers in Northeast, Ohio.  Dr. Moore and her team started along with Judge Marilyn Cassidy, the first Human Trafficking court in Northeast, Ohio.  This program has successfully touched the lives of over 100 human trafficking victims.  Her agency is also the provider for four City of Cleveland specialized dockets, including drug court, mental health court, veterans court, and human trafficking.

Dr. Moore is an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.  She is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization where she works on philanthropic activities to provide services such as building dispensaries, schools, and libraries in under developed countries.  She serves as Board Chair for Community Vision Opportunity Program, which is an after school program for under privileged youth. She is also a member of the advisory board for Villa Angela/St. Joseph High School.

In 2015, Dr. Moore received an award from Smart Business Magazine as a 2015 Progressive Female Entrepreneur.  In 2016, she received the Community Service Pillar award from Medical Mutual.   In 2017, she and her husband received The Business Persons of the Year, from the Euclid Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Moore works effortlessly yearly, along with her team toward providing philanthropic activities that raise funds to improve conditions for many underserved populations in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Moore completed her Ph.D. at Walden University, in Counseling Education and Supervision with a specialization in Consultation.  She holds a Master’s degree from John Carroll University in Community Counseling and Human Services, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Notre Dame College in Psychology.  She is a trained Gestalt Family Therapist, from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.  She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor – Clinical Supervisor, a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

An Introduction to Image Relationship Therapy: Practical Skills for Helping Couples
OCDP: C5 Relationship Counseling with Addicted Populations
Friday 10/20/2017
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
4 CE hours or 3 NBCC hours
John Carroll University, Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Room 202-203

Couples are some of the most challenging and rewarding clients to have in your clinical practice. This workshop will introduce participants to the theory and practice of Imago Relationship Therapy. Participants will learn and practice foundational skills for working with couples and leave the workshop with an understanding of how to help move couples from conflict to connection.

Workshop objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Learn the basic theory of Imago Relationship Therapy.
  2. Learn and practice practical skills for helping couples resolve conflict and create connection in their relationships.
  3. Learn and practice the Imago Dialogue for facilitating safe, constructive conversations between partners.


Lanex Brink, LISW-SR, MSSA, is a Certified Imago Therapist, Imago Advanced Clinician, and Certified Imago Workshop Presenter who has been working as an Imago Therapist for over 25 years. She has a vibrant clinical practice in Beachwood, Ohio.

Nathan Gehlert, Ph.D., PC, is an Assistant Professor at John Carroll University, who has trained as an Imago Relationship Therapist. He keeps an active research agenda in the areas of couples counseling, personality theory, and spirituality.

Counseling Children and Their Families
Friday 11/10/2017
9 a.m.–noon
3 CE hours or 3 NBCC hours
John Carroll University, Dolan Center for Science and Technology, O’Connell Reading Room

Incorporating children into family therapy or working with children in general can sometimes be overwhelming to beginning clinicians. The unpredictability of children can often leave us wondering, “What do I do and how to I help?” This continuing education course will give you some tips and skills to work with children in a variety of settings. The presenter uses a combination of play-based interventions with a systemic theoretical framework, which can help clinicians work with young children, adolescents, and their families.

Workshop objectives:

Participants in this program will be able to:

  1. Develop both an understanding and appreciation for the unique world of the child.
  2. Be able to utilize counseling strategies and techniques suitable for children.
  3. Apply and adapt counseling/systemic theory to children and their families.


Molly McDowell-Burns, Ph.D., IMFT, LPCC, specializes in marriage/couple and family therapy. She is an independently licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor and has worked extensively with children, families, couples, and individuals dealing with diverse clinical issues. She utilizes a structural family therapy theoretical model while acknowledging the unique developmental needs of children and therefore incorporates play-based interventions. Her particular clinical interests include working with children/adolescents/teenagers to help them have more effective coping skills, stronger self-esteem, and better relationships with parents/guardians. She also enjoys working with couples to create stronger and healthier relationships with a strong emphasis on communication, conflict resolution and appropriate relational boundaries. Molly received her doctoral degree at The University of Akron in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus in marriage and family therapy. She also actively supervises beginning clinicians and teaches classes as an adjunct professor.