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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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COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGY, AND MENTAL HEALTH

 

 

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BRAIN HEALTH, CREATIVITY, COLOR AND MEMORY
Friday, February 3
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room E346
4 CEUs or 4 NBCC hours
Cost = $100.00

Workshop Description:

The purpose of this program is to explore the relationship between brain health, creativity, color, and memory.  Memory is defined as retaining and recalling past experiences using the methods of retention, recalling, and recognition (Merriam Heritage, 2005).  Research supports a strong relationship between creativity, color and memory.  Short-term memory retention is affected by time and color (Jesky, 1985; Pedzke and Greene, 1993; Richman, 2006).  Color is recognized as the strongest stimulus to the brain and is considered a gateway.  Doodling, drawing and mind mapping (a graphic image) are recognized tools that effectively enhance brain health.  In this seminar we will explore these techniques and how they improve brain health through creativity, color and memory.

Learning Goals:

  • Participants will understand why creativity and color are so important to enhancing a healthy brain.
  • Participants will understand what a mind map is and how a mind map is used to increase memory retention and comprehension.
  • Participants will construct a mind map from the handouts received and the lecture.  Mind-mapping appeals to visual learners and their love of images, pictures and colors.
  • Participants will understand the basic relationship between color, creativity and visual memory.
  • Participants will learn and identify how color and your emotional state influences the memory process.

Instructor:

Mimi Becker, Ph.D., LICDC-ICCS, earned her doctorate in the disciplines of psychology and counseling from Cleveland State University, and was employed in the field of mental health for 15 years. She is currently working as an independent painter and is president and CEO of her online business, mimismuses.com., which serves as a showcase for her work. Mimi attended The Cleveland Institute of Art, as a painting major (2007) and continues to study painting and drawing at The Institute. She is published in several editions of the international, fine arts magazine, The Artist Showcase.  Her work is part of several private collections both nationally and internationally.  She has exhibited throughout Cleveland, Ohio, Miami, Florida, Boca Raton, Florida, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the state of New York.

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NATIONAL COUNSELOR EXAMINATION PREPARATION
Friday, February 17, 2017, 12:30 – 4:30 AND Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (with a lunch break)
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203 (Friday) and room E120 (Saturday)
No CEUs or NBCC hours
Cost = $175.00

Workshop Description:

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.

Learning Goals:

  • Understand the structure, format, and scoring of the NCE; what to anticipate on test day; and how to proceed upon completion of the exam.
  • Recall information assessed in the 8 cores areas of the NCE based on review materials and practice examinations.
  • Utilize study skills such as mnemonic devices, chunking, visual graphics, and flashcards.

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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MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING
Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room E120
6 CEUs or 6 NBCC hours
Cost = $150.00

Workshop Description:

In the age of integrated healthcare and increases in substance use disorders in the client population, counselors need a brief intervention that simultaneously appeases insurance companies and aids clients alike. Motivational Interviewing (MI) maintains a long and evidence-based history of aiding clients in smoking cessation, weight loss, and substance abuse recovery. MI is an integrative counseling style focused on developing change at any point in the counseling process and can be used with multiple counseling modalities to treat a variety of mental health disorders. Derived from Rogerian and Humanistic origins, MI demonstrates directionality in its shift from client ambivalence to change via specific counseling techniques and an overall MI “spirit” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). MI requires the counselor to practice basic MI skills in an ongoing pursuit of MI proficiency.  This basic training program will cover the MI “spirit”, introductory MI skills, and how to use those skills to target and increase change talk in clients across diagnoses and settings. The workshop will also discuss ways of working with clients to increase commitment to change. Attendees will engage in practice activities to increase MI skills and competence. Attendees will be provided with pamphlets describing the utility of MI, applications in practice, and ways of incorporating skills into counseling sessions.

Learning Goals:

  • Understand and utilize basic MI skills.
  • Engage clients in MI work to increase change talk and commitment to targeted behavior.
  • Practice MI skills to increase in competency.

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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EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TECHNIQUES FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY CLIENTS
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
Cost = $75.00

Workshop Description:

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 our 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 7, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
Cost = $75.00

Workshop Description:

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 28, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room E241
6 CEUs or 6 NBCC hours
Cost = $150.00

Workshop Description:

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 Descarets to modern cognitive psychology.  Parapsychology, artificial intelligence, altered mental states, near death studies, Zen Buddhism, Quamtum 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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