Counseling, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, Chemical Dependency, and Psychology Continuing Education Programs

Workshops are 3 CE hours/3 NBCC hours unless otherwise noted.

Cost: $25/hour. $22.50/hour for alumni. $25/course for students.

Please note that if you register at the student rate of $25 for a course, no certificate will be issued for continuing education hours.

Refunds are given in form of a workshop credit for up to one year..

John Carroll University offers free, convenient, and close parking!

Winter 2019 JCU Continuing Education Flier


Psychopharmacology
OPA: 3 hours

OCSWMFT: 3 hours

OCDP: C1 – Theories of Addiction/Addiction Knowledge 1.5 hours and C6 – Pharmacology 1.5 hours OR R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours

Instructor: Billie Gilliam, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Friday 11/16/2018  •  9 a.m.–noon


The Ethics of Counseling Diverse Populations
OPA: Ethics, Cultural Competency, and Professional Conduct 3 hours

OCSWMFT: Ethics for Counselors/Social Workers 3 hours

OCDP: C9 – Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling OR S2 – Professional & Ethical Standards 3 hours OR R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours

Instructor: Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LSC
Friday 11/30/2018  •  9 a.m.–noon


The Re-Emerge of Crack Cocaine in the Wake of the Opiate Epidemic

OPA:  3 hours

OCSWMFT: 3 hours

OCDP: (C2 –  Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations 2 hours and C6 – Pharmacology 1 hour) OR R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours

Instructor: Martina Moore, Ph.D., LPCC, LICDC-CS

Friday 1/25/2019   •  9 a.m.–12:15 p.m.


Group Supervision: Effective, Efficient and Challenging

OPA: 3 hours

OCSWMFT: Supervision 3 hours

OCDP: S6 – Supervision Specific Other 3 hours OR R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours

Instructor: Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S
Friday 2/15/2019  •  9 a.m.–noon


Resolving Ethical Questions & Ethical Dilemmas: A Structured Approach

OPA:  Ethics Competency and Professional Conduct 3 hours

OCSWMFT: Ethics 3 hours

OCDP: C9 – Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3 hours OR P7 – Ethics for Prevention 3 hours OR R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours

Instructor: Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LSC
Friday 3/22/2019  •  9 a.m.–noon



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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.  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.


Winter 2019 JCU Continuing Education Flier


Course Descriptions and Instructor Biographies:

Psychopharmacology

Understanding basics of pharmacology concepts such as interactions, synergy, therapeutic index, efficacy and effectiveness; Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics; medication assistant treatment methods; and withdrawal and its impact on the brain.

9:00    Understanding the definition of pharmacology.

10:00  Review components pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics – what is the body doing to the drug. What is the drug doing to the body?

11:00   Understanding various drugs utilized in medication assisted treatment to arrest the addictive process.

Upon completion of the workshop participants will gain a basic understanding of pharmacology fundamentals.

Billie Gilliam, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from John Carroll University in University Heights, OH. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. Billie is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency counselor. Billie has received additional trainings and certifications in addictions, psychopharmacology, physiology and others. Additionally, she teaches psychology and chemical dependency courses at a local community college. Billie has professional publications that include relational cultural theory, case studies, and adolescent relationships. Her philosophy of treatment includes an integrated systems approach that is strength-focused. She treats individuals, couples and families with a variety of issues that include: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, substance abuse and dependence.

The Ethics of Counseling Diverse Populations

Mental health professionals need to learn how to approach individuals from diverse cultural and social groups with cultural and ethical sensitivity. But learning about diverse populations is just the starting point. Understanding how to implement the ethical code, while also acknowledging cultural differences, is at the heart of this presentation. How should a counselor proceed if the ethical code is in conflict with a person’s culture? What actions should be taken when an accepted cultural practice diverges from core counseling principles or even from basic human rights? For practitioners to be effective and ethical, these issues must be considered. This presentation will offer answers to these questions.

9:00    Review the ethical codes of mental health professions with special attention to the code for addictions counselors.  Particular attention will be placed on the role of personal values and the importance of considering cultural issues.

10:00  Review the process of supervision around ethical issues/concerns

11:00 Implement a decision-making process when faced with ethical dilemmas

Upon completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the Ethical Code and various counseling competencies when counseling diverse populations.
  2. Reflect on the intersection of professional values, personal values, and cultural values and practices in the counseling process.
  3. Discern how to proceed when cultural values appear to conflict with core counseling principles
  4. Develop a decision-making process aimed at ensuring ethical practice with diverse populations.

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LSC is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation, a school counselor, a counselor educator and a clinician in private practice. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University. During her time at John Carroll, she developed a certificate program in Spiritual Wellness & Counseling and assisted in implementing the Substance Use Disorder concentration. 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.

The Re-Emerge of Crack Cocaine in the Wake of the Opiate Epidemic

In the wake of the opioid epidemic we have begun to see a re-surge of crack cocaine. Some experts are predicting that will we encounter a catastrophic collide between opiates and cocaine. This workshop will review both drugs opiates which is a central nervous system depressant and cocaine which is a central nervous system stimulant. We will review the chemical makeup of both drugs, and how these drugs effect the body, physiologically and psychologically. We will also cover the increase in combining these two drugs and the introduction of fentanyl upon both. Best treatment practices for both substances will be introduced and treatment methods for ongoing recovery.

9:00      Review of cocaine, opiates and how the body responds both physically and psychologically

10:00     Break

10:15     The recovery process for opiates and cocaine and the interaction complications

11:00     Evidenced based treatment approaches and levels of care appropriate for cocaine and opiate users

By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the chemical makeup of opiates and cocaine and how the body responds to both psychically and psychologically.
  2. Understand the interaction of both drugs the effects the recovery process.
  3. Articulate specific, evidence-based treatment methods for both substances.

Martina Moore, Ph.D., LPCC, LICDC-CS 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. Dr. Moore and her team started along with Judge Marilyn Cassidy, the first Human Trafficking court in Northeast, Ohio. This program has successfully touched the lives of over 100 human trafficking victims. Her agency is also the provider for four City of Cleveland specialized dockets. Including drug court, mental health court, veterans 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 August of 2017 and 2018, Dr. Moore traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she taught students and psychology professionals treatment methods for the substance use disorder population.

Group Supervision: Effective, Efficient and Challenging

This workshop will provide an overview of the group supervision process. Several different models will be introduced, and participants will apply different approaches, including an adaptation of reflecting team supervision. The ethical issues involved in group supervision and group supervision contracts will be addressed. In a small group format a “game” will be played, which encourages participants to consider how they would handle different group supervision scenarios, and case studies that highlight ethical issues will be discussed, including possible ways to manage the challenges. Cases include ethical issues in the supervision of family therapy and addiction professionals. The workshop is both didactic and experiential.

9:00        Introduction to Group Supervision (lecture)

10:00      Application of group supervision technique

10:30     Supervision Game

11:00     Case discussions

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the specific types of supervision groups; their benefits and challenges.
  2. Participants will be given an opportunity to practice different group supervision models with emphasis on multiple perspectives.
  3. Participants will learn and discuss complexities of providing group supervision and apply this learning to case examples.

Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S has been a professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at John Carroll University (JCU.) for 26 years.  She is a licensed psychologist and a PCC-S, with over twenty years of diverse clinical experience including an administrator and supervisor in a family service agency, a project director of a large research grant and maintains a small private practice. She has given over 100 local, state, and national professional presentations and workshops in the areas of supervision and ethics as well as numerous publications. Currently, she is a supervisor of: Master level therapists in private practice, Doctoral Interns for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Practicum/Internship students in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at JCU.

Resolving Ethical Questions & Ethical Dilemmas: A Structured Approach

This workshop will present a template to be used when confronted with an ethical question or ethical dilemma. Participants will first be guided through the use of the template. Then they will be presented with the opportunity to implement the template in response to a number of cases. Finally, participants will use the template to resolve questions or concerns that have arisen in their own clinical practice.

9:00      Review of common ethical questions and ethical dilemmas

9:45      Description of the ethical decision-making process

10:00     Application of ethical decision-making template

11:30     Summary and Q & A

Upon completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between an ethical question and an ethical dilemma.
  2. Consult relevant sources in order to gather data which will inform the decision-making process.
  3. Apply a decision-making model in order to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  4. 9:00-10:00 Review the ethical codes of mental health professions with special attention to the code for addictions counselors.  Particular attention will be placed on the role of personal values and the importance of considering cultural issues.

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation, a counselor educator and a clinician in private practice. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University. During her time at John Carroll, she developed a certificate program in Spiritual Wellness & Counseling. 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.

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.