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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).  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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A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH TO COUPLES AND MARITAL THERAPY
Friday, September 23
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202
6 CEUs or 6 NBCC hours
Cost = $150.00

Many therapists find it hard not to get bogged down in unproductive conflict and negativity in couples and marital work.  A strengths-based approach offers a way to help couples focus in on the positives:  the romantic attraction that brought them together, developing skills in affirming each other, and renewing a vital and close couple bond.  This is an interactive workshop which welcomes questions and reflections from participants, with lively clinical illustrations given.  Many specific communication and conflict management exercises will be presented in the program, as well as numerous case examples.

  • Educate couples on the natural course of romantic attraction, the role of partner differences, and the importance of developing a conscious marriage.
  • Lead couples in more than 10 structured communication and conflict management exercises
  • Help couples discover and emphasize their relational strengths

Instructor:

Christine Elliott, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience as a clinician in private practice and public mental health settings.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.   She currently is appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University, having taught the “Holiness and Wholeness” course Spring 2016.  As an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, she teaches graduate Clinical Psychology students how to integrate spirituality into clinical practice.  Dr. Elliott regularly leads training seminars for counselors at Cleveland State University, EMERGE Counseling, MetroHealth Medical Center, 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, marital enrichment, and domestic violence.  Dr. Elliott is active on the Board of Trustees of The City Mission, at Dress for Success Cleveland, and other agencies which seek to transform compassionate values into service to the community.

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FACILITATING THERAPEUTIC MOVEMENT USING PICTORIAL NARRATIVES
Friday, September 30
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs, or 3 NBCC hours
Cost = $75.00

Pictorial Narratives represent a narrative-informed experiential intervention that facilitates meaning creation through the use of client-generated and client-interpreted drawings of their presenting problem and preferred outcome for counseling.  The counselor becomes empathically attuned to the client’s inner subjective experience of the problem as she or he listens to the client’s interpretation of the images drawn, resulting in a richly descriptive, reflective, and meaning-generating therapeutic dialogue.  A pilot study (Taylor, 2013) investigating Pictorial Narratives suggested that Pictorial Narratives enhance the counselor’s empathic attunement to the client’s inner frame of reference related to the problem, contributes to the formation of a positive therapeutic relationship and facilitates therapeutic movement toward the client’s preferred goals.  Participants will be trained to implement this user-friendly model by engaging in it experientially.

Participants in this program will be able to:

  • Implement the Pictorial Narrative intervention by engaging in it experientially;
  • Understand how the Pictorial Narrative intervention can be used in various counseling contexts and modalities;
  • Understand the theoretical assumptions upon which the Pictorial Narrative intervention rests.

Instructor:

Jeannine Taylor is a Professional Clinical Counselor/Supervisor who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Akron with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1997.  Since 2002, she has served as an instructor and clinical supervisor for counselor-trainees and post-master’s degree counselors from the University of Akron, Kent State University, and John Carroll University.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at Kent State University.  She has given numerous training sessions/presentations on the Pictorial Narrative intervention at local, state, national, and international professional conferences since 2013.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BRAIN FUNCTION AND DYSFUNCTION
Friday, October 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
6 CEUs, or 6 NBCC hours
Cost = $150.00

Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships.  Knowledge of brain disorders and how these affect behavior is essential to mental health staff in providing comprehensive treatment.  This workshop begins with an overview of neuroanatomy and basic cognitive functions such as thinking and memory. Consciousness, neuroplasticity, artificial intelligence, and the electrochemical functioning of the brain will be examined.  The symptoms and treatment of concussion, traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy will be covered in depth.  Alzheimers’ disease, other dementias and the effects of substance abuse/toxicity will then be reviewed.  A set of basic neuropsychological tests and an expanded test battery will be introduced, and participants can practice use of several basic, popular and freely available tests .  Criteria for making neuropsychological referrals will be presented.  Neuropsychological interpretation will be done in the context of multiple case examples.    Brief musical selections from several genres will increase your enjoyment and appreciation of the material.  No prior knowledge of neuropsychology is required to enjoy this interesting and intriguing workshop.

Instructor:

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 Dept. of Rehab & Correction for 18 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 hospital (rehabilitation, burn unit and psychiatry) and geriatric settings.  Dr. Maaser has presented numerous workshops on neuropsychology and mental illness disorders, and has been published in professional journals and the popular media.

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ETHICAL CODE UPDATE: UNDERSTANDING THE 2014 AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION CODE OF ETHICS
Friday, October 14
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
Cost = $75.00

This presentation will review the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics with particular attention given to the changes in the 2014  version of the Code.  Participants will also have the opportunity to apply a decision-making model to difficult ethical cases.

Participants in this program will be able to:

  • Identify changes in the 2014 ACA Ethical Code.
  • Explain the rationale behind the changes in the ACA Ethical Code.
  • 3Implement a decision-making model to assist in determining the best course of action in ethica reflection pieces.
  • the diffeImplement a decision-making model to assist in determining the best course of action when confronted with ethically challenging clinical circumstances.

Instructor:

Dr. Cecile Brennan is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.  She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation.  Ethics and ethical decision-making is one of her areas of scholarly interest.  She has presented on ethics a local, state, regional, national and international counseling conferences.  In additional, Dr. Brennan frequently teaches the counseling ethics course at John Carroll University.

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INTROSPECTIVE ETHICS: APPLYING PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES TO ETHICS INSTRUCTION
Friday, October 14
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
Cost = $75.00

Using a variety of introspective and psychologically based techniques, this interactive workshop guides participants toward discovering their personal areas of ethical vulnerability.  Once individuals have identified areas of ethical vulnerability, they will be guided through the process of creating a personalized prevention plan.  This workshop moves beyond merely reiterating ethical do’s and don’ts and aims at immunizing participants against ethical violations.

Participants in this program will be able to:

  • Identify areas where they are ethically vulnerable.
  • Establish a list of resources for use when confronted with an ethically challenging situation.
  • Implement a personal prevention plan for avoiding ethical violations

Instructor:

Dr. Cecile Brennan is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.  She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation.  Ethics and ethical decision-making is one of her areas of scholarly interest.  She has presented on ethics a local, state, regional, national and international counseling conferences.  In additional, Dr. Brennan frequently teaches the counseling ethics course at John Carroll University.

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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: APPLICATIONS IN COUNSELING
Friday, November 4
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
6 CEUs or 6 NBCC hours
Cost = $150.00

Learn core theories, constructs, and processes from positive psychology that can be incorporated into the practice of counseling with individuals, families, groups, children and adolescents, within multiple environments. In addition to being able to apply intervention and prevention strategies, you will learn the health and wellness benefits of positive psychology and the unique applications in the clinical setting.

Instructor:

Lauren M. Corsillo, M.A., LPCC-S, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Walsh University, and a Master of Arts degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University. Since 2009, she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with children and teens, and is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). As a public speaker on a variety of health and wellness topics, Lauren is passionate about educating others on how to live a meaningful, happy, and fulfilled life.

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PREJUDICE: UNDERSTANDING AND OVERCOMING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Saturday, November 12
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Administration Building, room 225
6 CEUs or 6 NBCC hours
Cost = $150.00

Contemporary advances in Social Cognition have demonstrated the insidious nature of prejudice and stereotyping, even for individuals who genuinely do not perceive themselves as prejudiced or biased.  Individuals can be aware of cultural stereotypes and have cognitive representations of those beliefs without personally endorsing such stereotypes, without feelings of prejudice, and without awareness that such stereotypes could affect one’s judgment and behavior.  However, the use of implicit stereotypes when making decisions about other individuals can have serious negative ramifications and unknowingly perpetuate and maintain social inequality. Research demonstrates that awareness of psychological processes, particularly if these processes are non-conscious, is an important step in correcting or overcoming such processes.  This workshop will focus on increasing awareness and understanding of one’s bias, as well as, developing strategies to overcome bias.

  • Become aware of one’s implicit bias
  • Become concerned about the consequences of the bias
  • Learn to replace biased responses with non-biased responses — one’s that more closely match the values that you believe that you hold.   

Instructor:

John H. Yost, Ph.D received his Doctorate in Social Psychology from Washington University (St. Louis) and was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Yost has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychological Science at John Carroll University for over 20 years, where he has taught, as well as, conducted or supervised student research on wide range of social psychological topics, including prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes, and cognitive bias.

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YOU DON’T MATTER, MONEY MATTERS: UNDERSTANDING THE CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS OF COUNSELING SEX TRAFFICKED CLIENTS
Tuesday, November 22
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
Cost $75.00

Modern day slavery, also known as human sex trafficking, currently occurs at a rate that is 10 times greater than the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 19th century. The International Labour Organization estimates 4.5 million people are sex trafficked globally, with over 3,000 reported U.S. cases in 2014. A 2010 study conducted by the Ohio Attorney General estimated that more than 1,000 Ohio minors become victims of sex trafficking annually. It is therefore essential that counseling students, professional counselors, and individuals in the helping profession become educated on the prevalence, cycle, and signs of a trafficked individual. What are some indications that a client has been, or is currently being trafficked? Which counseling interventions are trauma-informed and evidence-based? This interactive workshop provides valuable information regarding the history, definition, prevalence, and clinical implications of providing counseling services with sex trafficked survivors. Attendees will also be engaged through active discussions of relevant case studies.

  • Attendees will develop a deeper understanding of the rate and prevalence of human sex trafficking on state, national, and global levels.
  • Attendees will process, discuss, and understand the processes through which individuals become trafficked
  • Attendees will learn and discuss the clinical implications (presenting concerns, co-occuring disorders, barriers to treatment, etc.) associated with working with survivors of human sex trafficking.

Instructor:

Stacey Diane A. Litam, ABD, M.A., LPC, NCC, is a doctoral candidate enrolled in Kent State University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program and adjunct faculty at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Litam is currently investigating the effects of labeling theory and discourse on counselors’ reported levels of empathy and rape myth acceptance when working with sex trafficked survivors. Her additional research areas include LGBTQQIA issues in counseling, cross cultural supervision, integrating creative interventions with diverse populations, and Asian American experiences in academia and supervision. She currently works at a Northeast Ohio agency where her client population includes survivors of human sex trafficking, persons with addictions, LGBTQQIA persons, and underserved minorities.

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COMBATING OPIATE USE DISORDERS WITH MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT)
Friday, December 2
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dolan Center for Science and Technology, room 202-203
3 CEUs or 3 NBCC hours
Cost = $75.00

Ohio has been devastated by the effects of opioid/heroin use disorders.  Many counselors and other professionals are scrambling for a treatment intervention to assist clients with recovering from this addiction. Current research supports the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) along with counseling and social support to help people who have an alcohol or opiate use disorder to subsequently cease and/or decrease alcohol or opiate use. This workshop will provide an overview of the pros and risk factors in the use of the medications.  Counselors will gain an understanding of how to support their clients and help them to make informed decisions regarding MAT for their recovery process.

  • Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify at least three pros and three challenges in the use of the medications for opiate use disorders.
  • Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to screen their opiate and alcohol use disordered clients for appropriateness for a referral for medication assisted treatment.
  • Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to support their clients and help them to make an informed decisions regarding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for their recovering process.

Instructor:

Dr. Martina Moore, Ph.D., has her degree in counseling, education, and supervision.  She is the President of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. (MCMS).   This organization is an outpatient substance abuse treatment center with six locations throughout Ohio.  MCMS also provides Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to area businesses.  Dr. Moore is visiting faculty at John Carroll University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor- Clinical Supervisor.  Dr. Moore has completed research in the areas of dual diagnosis, improving substance abuse client’s self-efficacy and the effectiveness of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs.  She has over 20 years of training and experience in the field of substance use disorders.

 

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