Continuing Professional Training

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At The Counseling Center, we value growth and community.  These values have led us to create an environment of innovation, a place where clinicians can come together to exchange ideas.  Our therapists have developed expertise in a wide range of skills and have created workshops, seminars, and trainings to share their expertise.  The Counseling Center is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to provide Continuing Education Credits.  We offer learning opportunities through a number of formats from our monthly one-hour lecture series to larger, multiple-day workshops.

Our monthly lecture series takes place every third Wednesday.  The lectures focus on new and innovative approaches to treatment.  Attendees have the opportunity to learn about new approaches, earn one CEU, enjoy lunch, and network with other clinicians.  Recent lectures have focused on the understanding the connections between nutrition and mood, diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, and panel discussions on PTSD and dissociation.

Our full-day and multiple-day day workshops have included Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, Creative Trauma Resolution: Using Art, Storytelling, and Play to Help Children Heal, Seminar in Reflective Presence, Self Seeking:  Healing Narcissistic Wounds, and The Therapeutic Benefits of irest Yoga Nidra.

We continue to offer lectures, speakers for training workshops, EMDR training, and Professional Networking.

A Group Seminar: Transformation of Narcissistic Wounding

with Gayle Bohlman, LCSW-C

For an in depth exploration of narcissistic wounding and its transformation, Gayle is offering a seminar for an hour and a half each month for 10 months. Each session will offer a continuing education credit of 1.5 hours. Cost will be $60 per group session to be paid at each meeting. See topics below for further information on the content. As therapist we are a mirror that many look into. The seminar will polish the mirror and increase its depths for the therapeutic mirroring relationships you establish. The group process will offer a rich environment for depth exploration and sharing. We will use three myths as the basis for exploration: Snow White, Narcissus, and Medusa.

  • Understanding narcissistic wounding. Exploration of attachment theory, insight into healthy narcissism, narcissistic wounding and pathological narcissism. The Snow White fairy tale.

  • Characteristics of narcissism, object relations theory, mirroring in the therapeutic alliance. The character of the Wicked Stepmother.

  • The structure of the narcissistic defense. The myth of Narcissus.

  • Treatment considerations: Jungian concepts of ego, persona, shadow and Self. Dealing with unmet developmental needs and the effects of trauma.

  • Prognosis: levels of treatment, case examples, and the process of healing and transformation in the psyche.

  • Mindfulness, self representations, self attachment and self mirroring.

  • Encountering the core wound. The myth of Medusa.

  • Developing affect tolerance, self regulation.

  • Emergence of the integrated self: Pegasus.

  • The psyche's path of transformation and the integration of brain development, self development and spiritual development.

Group to meet Friday mornings 8:30-10:00 beginning January 4, 2019. If you are interested but this time does not work for you, please let me know as there may be other options depending on group needs. Email Gayle at gaylebtcc@comcast.net to register or with questions.

Art Therapy for the Non-Art Therapist: Approaches to Incorporating a Creative Process with Clients

with Nina Davey, LCPC, ATR-BC and Debra Gury, LGPC, LGPAT

Through this training, clinicians will learn how to incorporate art into their everyday practices while understanding the ethical boundaries of Art Therapy licensure. Clinicians will learn how to identify developmental stages of art-work, gain a more in-depth knowledge of art materials and how to cautiously elicit emotional responses through a creative process, and begin to understand the brain functions involved with creating artwork. Clinicians will also participate in a variety of experiential directives that will allow them to gain a better understanding of a client's perspective while creating art in an intimate setting.

**For those clinicians trained in EMDR or those interested in EMDR, there will be an extra hour offered to discuss Art Therapy, Bi-Lateral Stimulation, and EMDR. 

Dates to be determined for 2019. Please email Nina at ninadaveytcc@gmail.com or Debra at debraTCC@gmail.com for questions or more information.

Fee: $300.00 basic training ($335.00 for additional hour option), includes 10 CEUs.