Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health,


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.
Workshops are posted as they become available.  Our spring lineup will be announced in early November.  Please check back!


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.


An Introduction to Imago 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 4 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.