Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy,

Chemical Dependency and Psychology Continuing Education Programs

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 offers free, convenient, and close parking!

We’re pleased to announce our new spring lineup!
Friday 1/26/2018 – Effective Supervision: Managing Difficult Conversations & Conflicts
Friday 1/26/2018 – Introspective Ethics: Using Self-Awareness to Develop Ethical Sensitivity & Enhance Ethical Behavior
Friday 2/9/2018 – Reframing Resistance: Strategies for Moving Therapy Along with Challenging Clients
Friday 2/16/2018 – Practical Therapeutic Strategies You Can Use with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clients
Friday 2/16/2018 – The Causes of Personal Violence in Today’s Society
Friday 2/23/2018 – Counseling in Corrections
Friday 3/16/2018 – Building A Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Among Counselors: Addressing Youth Addiction
Friday 4/13/2018 – Building Client’s Self-Efficacy
Friday 4/20/2018 – Intersection of Identity: Considerations When Working with Gay Christian Males

Each workshop satisfies 3 CE hours or 3 NBCC hours.

Workshops are held in the Dolan Science Center Room 202-203 unless otherwise indicated.

See below for upcoming course descriptions and instructor information.


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 Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.

Effective Supervision: Managing Difficult Conversations & Conflicts

OPA: Professional Conduct/OCSWMFT: Supervision/OCDP: R1 – Field Related Other or S2 – Professional & Ethical Standards

Friday 1/26/2018 9 a.m.–noon

This workshop will present supervisors with strategies for managing difficult conversations with supervisees. It will begin by distinguishing between helpful, supportive, behavior and professional enabling. The various roles a supervisor needs to play will be defined, and supervisors will learn how to move consciously from one role to another. Next, using role-plays and case studies, supervisors will be guided through the process of creating a supervision strategy that encourages direct conversation as a way of responding to situations before they become conflictual. Finally, the role of due-process –- the supervisee’s right to understand the process of supervision and how they are being evaluated and will be described.

Workshop objectives – Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the various supervisory roles.
  2. Distinguish between supportive behavior and enabling in the supervisory relationship.
  3. Develop a supervision strategy that fits their personal style as a supervisor and encourages the professional development of the supervisee while minimizing confrontation and conflict.
  4. Implement a supervision approach which takes into consideration the rights of the supervisee.

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation, a school counselor, a counselor educator and a clinician in private practice. 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. Presently, Dr. Brennan is Chair of the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.

Dr. Brennan has been active in a number of professional organizations and regularly presents at local, state and national counseling conferences. In addition, she has written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters. Prior to her present position at John Carroll University, she taught in the Art Therapy & Counseling Program at Ursuline College and has worked as a high school teacher and counselor.

Introspective Ethics: Using Self-Awareness to Develop Ethical Sensitivity & Enhance Ethical Behavior

OPA: Ethics/OCSWMFT: Ethics/OCDP: P7 – Ethics in Prevention or C9 – Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

Friday 1/26/2018 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Tired of attending ethics presentations which focus on the do’s and don’ts, which reiterate principles you already know by heart? This workshop moves ethics instruction to a new level. While knowledge of ethical codes and laws is important, it is not enough.

Applying the same principles used in work with clients, this experiential workshop moves beyond instruction about the obvious into the realm of the psychological. Participants are guided toward understanding the internal basis of ethical actions. Through large and small group activities, each individual will identify areas of personal ethical vulnerability and develop a proactive, individualized plan for managing these ethically challenging situations.

Workshop objectives – Participants will be able to:

  1. Review the ethical code, ethical principles and the law as it pertains to counselors.
  2. Understand the process by which serious ethical violations are committed by well-intentioned practitioners.
  3. Identify potential areas of ethical vulnerability.

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S

Reframing Resistance: Strategies for Moving Therapy Along with Challenging Clients

OPA: Professional Conduct/OCDP: R1 – Field Related Other or C8 – Treatment Planning

Friday 2/9/2018 9 a.m.–noon

Therapists often encounter more difficult clients who seem passive, uninterested in change, or who continue making self-destructive choices. Often, therapy with these clients gets stuck in a “holding pattern”, and these clients get labeled as “resistant”.   In this workshop, participants will develop a better understanding of how therapists unintentionally contribute to the resistance dynamic, will understand new approaches to connecting with these clients, and will be able to practice ways to significantly shift the course of therapy in a positive direction.

Workshop objectives – Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to build a therapeutic alliance that maximizes client engagement
  2. Explain the numerous contributions therapists make to client resistance
  3. Name more than six powerful methods to redirect a “stuck” therapy process
  4. Distinguish between process and outcome resistance
  5. Modify therapist responses to strong “triggered” client emotional reactions

Christine Elliott, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience as a clinician in private practice and mental health settings. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University, having taught the “Holiness and Wholeness” course in the Spiritual Wellness and Counseling program. Dr. Elliott regularly leads training seminars for counselors at Cleveland State University. EMERGE Counseling, and the Stephen Ministries Training Program. She is a frequent leader for educational support groups which address spiritual and emotional needs, including bereavement, divorce recovery, and marital enrichment. Dr. Elliott is active on the Board of Trustees of the City Mission of Cleveland, Dress for Success, and other agencies which seek to transform compassionate values into service to the community.

Dr. Elliott’s clinical expertise focuses on several areas: bringing the spiritual and religious aspects of clients’ lives into active utilization as a resource in psychotherapy, working with clients with backgrounds of trauma and abuse, and couples and marital therapy. Her extensive years of experience in individual, couples, and family therapy help her to blend cutting-edge knowledge of clinical psychology with an embracing of the power that spirituality can add to the process of psychotherapy.

Practical Therapeutic Strategies You Can Use with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clients

Friday 2/16/2018 9 a.m.–noon

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 troubling memories for the victim. Descriptions and comparative utility will be presented for various PTSD therapies, including EMDR, CBT, exposure therapy, etc. The target population for discussion will be adults including elderly, although the concepts are applicable to all ages. The workshop will be highly interactive. In a class exercise pairs of audience members will take on the roles of therapist and client in a scenario involving traumatic memories and current symptoms. The therapist will assess the problem, and apply appropriate therapy interventions in a simulated session.   This workshop is complementary to the Violence in Today’s Society workshop occurring the same day, and can be attended with or without enrollment in the Violence workshop.

Workshop objectives – Participants will be able to:

  1. Critique the utility and applicability of multiple techniques for the treatment of PTSD.
  2. Explain the causative factors of post traumatic stress disorder.
  3. Apply improved clinical skills and coping mechanisms with this difficult population.
  4. Appreciate the client-therapist relationship by experiencing a simulated therapy exercise.

Bruce Maaser, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and New York, and a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations. He has worked as a psychology supervisor in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 19 years. Since obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1988, he has also taught at Luther College and Valparaiso University. Dr. Maaser has extensive experience in clinical, hospital and crisis settings. Dr. Maaser has presented numerous workshops on neuropsychology and mental illness disorders, and has been published in professional journals and the popular media.

The Causes of Personal Violence in Today’s Society

Friday 2/16/2018 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

This workshop will explore the multiple factors that lead to aggressive and violent behavior. For example, the combination of post traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury has precipitated violent behavior in many combat veterans. Other factors causing personal violence include psychopathy, substance abuse, paranoia/psychosis, affective disorder, bullying, victimization by physical and sexual abuse, etc.   Outbursts of mass violence by disturbed individuals is a growing trend, exacerbated by media sensationalism.   Individual risk factors are embedded within larger, societally and culturally based causes of violence, such as racial discrimination, poverty, nationalism, etc. The presenter has worked in the correctional setting for 20 years and will share his observations of the potent interaction of mental illness and violence.   The target population for discussion will be adults including elderly, although the concepts are applicable to all ages. This workshop is complementary to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder workshop occurring the same day, and can be attended with or without enrollment in the PTSD workshop.

Workshop objectives – Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the causative relationship between PTSD and violent behaviors.
  2. Evaluate the disinhibitive effects and interaction of brain injury and substance abuse.
  3. Assess risk management criteria and strategies for violent individuals.
  4. Consider ways to decrease violent outbursts in the workplace and educational setting.

Bruce Maaser, Ph.D.

Counseling in Corrections

Friday 2/23/2018 9 a.m.–noon

Ohio’s prisons currently house about 50,000 inmates—of which approximately 20% receive mental health treatment while serving a court-imposed term of incarceration. By law, every inmate is afforded the opportunity to receive mental health services based upon their symptoms and diagnostic impression. As you can imagine, challenges arise when dealing with this forensic population.

This workshop will look at the similarities and differences between community versus correctional counseling. Further, we will have an in-depth discussion about the challenges dealing with this population as it pertains to personality disorders and those deemed “malingering”. Lastly, we will explore evidence-based theories and techniques commonly used to treat incarcerated offenders when preparing them to return to society.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Participants will be given an opportunity to learn what services are available to mental health caseload inmates within the institution as opposed to those receiving inpatient and outpatient services in the community.
  2. Participants will gain knowledge of some of the more difficult personality disorders to treat in a correctional setting and the potential reasons why.
  3. Participants will learn how “Malingering” is identified and diagnosed in a correctional setting.
  4. Participants will be able to identify which evidence-based theories, techniques, programs and/or curriculum are most commonly used to counsel those seeking treatment while incarcerated.

Vincent Giammarco, MA, LPCC-S, LCDC III is a Clinical Forensic Counselor who has worked extensively with adolescents and adults who have been incarcerated, on Probation/Parole, or otherwise had been court-ordered for alcohol/drug, mental health, and/or sex offender treatment and rehabilitation. Over his 19-year career to date, he has worked at a variety of entry-level, mid-management, and upper level positions for local government agencies. Vincent has held positions as an Alcohol/Drug Counselor in Lorain County; a Probation Officer with the City of Cleveland Municipal Court; a Social Worker Supervisor and Mental Health Administrator for the Ohio Department of Mental Health; a Parole Officer and Parole Services Supervisor with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority; and currently is the Mental Health Administrator for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction at the Lorain Correctional Institution.

Vincent received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology in 1994 with a minor concentration in Criminal Justice and his Master’s Degree of Arts in Community Counseling in 1999—both from John Carroll University. He is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the Training Supervision Designation and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Ohio.

Building A Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Among Counselors: Addressing Youth Addiction

OCDP: R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours OR C5 – Relationship Counseling with Addicted Populations 1.5 hours and C7 – Prevention Strategies 1.5 hours

Friday 3/16/2018 9 a.m.–noon

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) has emerged in recent years as the most promising researcher-community approach to building partnerships. Community-based participatory research (CBPR), with its emphasis on connecting with the community as equal partners throughout the research process, creates an opportunity for counseling researchers to partner with practitioners both at the community and K-12 school level. The presenter believes that CBPR could serve as an additional tool in developing relationships between researchers and practitioners in the community. Through these relationships, researchers and communities can expect enhanced communication, reducing the gap between research and practice relating to addiction. The combined efforts between researchers and practitioners should work to improve treatment for clients we serve. The presenter will provide (CBPR) competencies (knowledge, skills, attitude, and activities) for a training guide geared toward building researcher-community partnerships.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the importance of building researcher-community partnerships in addressing Youth addiction in their respective communities.
  2. Participants will become aware of CBPR as an emerging approach to building researcher-community partnerships.
  3. Participants will be provided with tools to assist in building intra- and inter-professional collaborations to enhance client/community well-being.

Tahani Dari, Ph.D., LPC (MI), NCC received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Toledo. Prior to that, she received a M.A. in counseling at the Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Dari is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and K-12 Licensed School Counselor. She has experience serving as a school counselor for K–12 students and as a practitioner in various settings. Dr. Dari’s scholarly interests are focused on advancing topics in school counseling, conducting community-based participatory research, and working with and advocating for diverse client populations (particularly youth). Dr. Dari teaches graduate courses in the counseling department including School Counseling Design & Consultation, School Counseling Practicum, and School Counseling Internship.

In September of 2016, Dr. Dari was appointed to serve on the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council for Master’s Programs (MFPAC-Master’s) for a two-year term.

Building Client’s Self-Efficacy

OCDP: R1 Field Related Other or C2 – Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations

Friday 4/13/2018 9 a.m.–noon

This workshop will discuss the importance of building client’s self-efficacy. The training will address interventions and strategies that have shown to be effective for helping clients increase their belief about their ability to make changes. When counselors convey to the client a belief that the client is able to accomplish change, the action increases the clients own self-efficacy about making behavioral change. Self–efficacy is a theory created by Bandura (1977) that described a person’s belief in an ability to accomplish assigned tasks or goals. Miller and Rollnick (2013) utilized the theory as part of the MI model and described the process as a tool that supports a client’s action to change a behavior. Mayfield and Mayfield (2012) argued that self-efficacy connects to a person’s motivational level that is foundational for change. The technique is beneficial when clients verbalized low self-efficacy about making behavioral change. Further, Mayfield and Mayfield found that professionals who used motivational language increased behavioral change in clients up to 34% more compared to professionals who do not use the technique. This workshop will discuss the importance of building client’s self-efficacy. The training will address interventions and strategies that have shown to be effective for helping clients increase their belief about their ability to make changes.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Participants will gain knowledge in how to measure a client’s self-efficacy level.
  2. Participants will learn at least two interventions to assist with building the clients self-efficacy levels.
  3. Participants will be able to verbalize techniques to assist clients with resistance toward making movement towards positive change.

Martina Moore, Ph.D., LPCC, LICDC-CS, CEAP, SAP holds a Ph.D. in counseling, education, and supervision. 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. MCMS is also an employee assistance provider (EAP) for many local and national organizations. Her agency is also the provider for four City of Cleveland specialized dockets, including drug court, mental health court, veteran’s court, and human trafficking.

Dr. Moore is faculty at John Carroll University and an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Moore 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. 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 traveled to Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam teaching addiction courses and workshops to professionals and students.

Martina 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 Art’s degree from Notre Dame College in Psychology. She is a trained Gestalt Family Therapist, from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Martina is also a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

Intersection of Identity: Considerations When Working with Gay Christian Males

OPA: Cultural Competency/OCSWMFT: Ethics

Friday 4/20/2018 9 a.m.–noon

The intersection of one’s sexual identity and religious identity is a sensitive issue that may be difficult for some counselors to address in session. Knowledge of this identity intersection is important for a variety of professional counseling areas, particularly clinical mental health counseling. How does one begin to address both areas effectively in a professional manner? This workshop will address the sexual identity of gay males, how this identity intersects with individuals’ religious identity, professional ethical considerations, and the various counseling implications. Counseling practitioners need this information to better prepare them for their work as clients may present with concerns related to the intersection of these identities. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and dialogue about a conducted narrative analysis study involving research on this intersection of identities, the stories that came from participants, and what we as counselors can do to better serve this unique population.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand implications for clinical mental health counseling regarding the intersection of religious and sexual identities through a review of current and past salient research, as well as shared participant’s quotes from a recently conducted narrative analysis on this topic.
  2. Attendees will gain awareness into counseling ethical considerations that professionals should be mindful of when working with this population.
  3. Attendees will learn methods in which to best work with individuals who identify as both gay and as Christian in a clinical mental health counseling setting.

Rob McKinney, M.S., LPC, NCC is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University. He earned his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. He is proud to be a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, and Chi Sigma Iota. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. His professional and research interests include multicultural counseling, religious and spiritual counseling considerations, and counselor preparation.