Workshops are posted as they become available.


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; NBCC provider #4064). 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.


Friday, October 10, 2014
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Dolan Science Center, room 202-203
4 CEUs
Price $100

This workshop explores ethical issues that psychologists encounter when working as either clinical or forensic practitioners. Topics to be discussed include: one’s competence to practice, confidentiality and duty to warn, roles of the expert, responding to subpoenas, release of test data, and ultimate opinion testimony. Emphasis is on reducing the likelihood of ethics complaints and malpractice actions.  This workshop will meet the new four hour requirement for Ethics.


Dr. James Eisenberg is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.  In 2012 he retired from Lake Erie College where he taught for 35 years, served as Associate Dean for Social Science, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Criminal Justice Program.   Dr. Eisenberg was an invited participant to the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Mental Illness and the Death Penalty sponsored by the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.  He has presented workshops across the country on issues related to the practice of forensic psychology.  Dr. Eisenberg has been working as a forensic psychologist since 1979.  He has evaluated well over 5000 criminal defendants including over 200 facing the death penalty.  He worked on the TJ Lane Chardon Shooting case, the Craig’s List killing case, and a number of other well-known cases in the area.  Dr. Eisenberg served on the board of the American Board of Forensic Psychology from 2006 to 2011.   He currently serves on the faculty for the Board and sits on the Oral Examination Committee for prospective diplomats.  He is the author of Law, Psychology and Death Penalty Litigaton (Professional Resource Press, 2004).



Friday, November 7, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dolan Science Center, room 202-203
6 CEUs
Price $120

Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships.  Knowledge of brain disorders and how these affect clients’ behavior is essential to therapists in providing comprehensive treatment.  This workshop begins with an overview of neuroanatomy and basic cognitive functions such as thinking and memory.  Traumatic brain injury, Alzheimers’ disease and other organic brain dysfunctions will then be reviewed.  A set of basic neuropsychological tests will be introduced in the context of multiple case examples.  The workshop will be interactive, with participants trying their hands at interpreting a set of actual test results on their own.  The study of consciousness embraces a fascinating array of fields of knowledge.  Concepts germane to this study are awareness and alertness, electrochemical operation of the brain, religious, philosophical and metaphysical ideas, altered consciousness, unusual cognitive abilities, and paranormal phenomena.  Also reviewed in this unique presentation will be the practical usage of focused visualization to achieve practical goals.  This workshop will incorporate brief musical selections from several genres that will increase your enjoyment and appreciation of the material.  No prior knowledge of neuropsychology is required to enjoy this interesting and intriguing workshop.


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. 



Friday, November 21, 2014
1:00 - 5:00 pm
D. J. Lombardo Student Center, Jardine Room
3 CEUs
Price $65 for professionals, $45 for JCU alumni, and free to JCU students

Join us for the 21st Annual Wellness Conference at John Carroll University co-sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Beta Chi, a Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. This year’s topic discusses the impact of chemical dependency on individuals struggling with addiction, their families, and the evolving role of mental health professionals. According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ohio has experienced a 366% increase in drug overdose deaths from 2000 to 2012 related to the misuse of prescription medication, specifically opioids (Massatti et al., 2014). With the drastic rise in overdose deaths comes a call for awareness of the transforming issues in addiction and how mental health professionals adapt treatment to meet these needs.

Our speakers include Martina Moore, JCU Counseling Professor and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Dr. Giries W. Sweis of the Cleveland Clinic, and Patricia Brubaker, M.Ed. Our speakers will discuss chemical dependency trends from the perspectives of community mental health agencies, medical agencies, and preventative movements in local schools.



Saturday, November 15, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
River’s Edge, 3430 Rocky River Drive, Rocky River, OH  44111
5.5 CEUs
Price $100 (an additional fee of $15 is due at the door if receiving CEUs)

This program is offered through River’s Edge, but the CEUs will be granted through John Carroll Unviersity.

Joan Borysenko is one of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality.  She is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine as well as a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in a health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing.


Dr. Joan Borysenko is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection.  She earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences and completed post-doctoral trainings in cancer cell biology, behavioral medicine and psychoneuroimmunology. She is co-founder of a Mind/Body clinic, is a licensed psychologist, has authored or co-authored 14 books and numerous audio and video programs, hosts a weekly Internet radio show, and is one of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality.

You can register by calling Kristen at 216-688-1111×251 or online at:



Friday, November 21, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Science Center, room 202-203
3 CEUs
Price $65

For decades mental health professionals have worked with members of the LGBTQ population and have not even known it. This presentation will help attendees build cultural sensitivity and competence by understanding terminology, being exposed to LGBTQ culture, and assessing personal attitudes and how they impact work with this population. Attendees will gain awareness and insight into special issues specific to the LGBTQ population and how to identify what realities of LGBTQ life do and do not require intervention. Attendees will learn about strategies for creating a therapeutic safe space as well as therapeutic interventions that work effectively with the unique needs and issues of the LGBTQ population. No questions are off limits in this enlightening and eye-opening presentation about an often invisible minority.


Joellen Woodring is a supervising professional clinical counselor at Ohio Guidestone, currently in the role of assistant director of residential clinical services.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and her Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Akron.  Joellen has worked in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings and continues to see outpatient clients in addition to her work in a residential setting with children and adolescents.  She has presented numerous trainings in the Cleveland area and at the All Ohio Counselor’s Conference in Columbus on topics such as professional self-care, DBT, developmental trauma, and working with the LGBTQ population.