Continuing Education and Expert Speaker Series

We provide a context for mental health service providers to earn the continuing education hours necessary for license renewal. Workshops are scheduled in response to the needs voiced by local professionals seeking further training. We attempt to offer an ethics training each year as well as hosting various speakers with expertise in an area that educates on current trends and research, enriches clinical practice and fosters creative application of knowledge to mental health service provision. Our expert speakers series offers clinicians and interested professionals the opportunity to work with master practitioners.

The Institute for Experiential Therapies hosts experts in their field to train and educate in an experiential way. Workshops are also hosted by the Institute that offer trainings for community leaders and service providers outside of the mental health field. Most programs provide continuing education hours for professionals. (NBCC #4488).

Upcoming Trainings:

Cultivating Mindfulness Inside and Out of the Therapy Room: A Four-Part Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

This four-week workshop is designed especially for the needs of mental health professionals. This experience will provide participants with an introduction to both mindfulness and meditation. Personalized instruction and support on posture and on-going support of daily meditation practice will be a key feature of this course. Participants can expect to learn a range of meditation practices from essential breath meditations, walking meditation, insight dialogue (a form of meditation done in pairs), mindful self-compassion and so on. Discussion on the use of mindfulness and meditation to enhance counseling skill, therapeutic presence and alliance as well as cultural competency and self care will be explored. This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as those who already have a meditation practice in place. This session has limited seating so please register soon.

Dates and Time: September 4, 11, 18 & 25 (8:30-11:30am each day)

Location: MA in Counseling department (in the lower level of the Seminary building) in classroom 003

CEs: 3 hours per training (NBCC #4488)

Price: $60 per workshop (workshop(s) fees must be paid in advance)

Call Amanda at 540-432-4243 to register

Interpretation and its Fates: Clinic and Culture

We may not find it difficult to view interpretation as a way of making sense, but it may be more challenging to realize what else it may be. If “the age of interpretation is behind us,” as Jacques-Alain Miller has claimed, then what could it look like? What if interpretation has more than meaning to give? If not only for explanation, if not only for meaning, where could it lead us? Which is another way of asking: What are its fates? Come join the Harrisonburg Center for Psychoanalysis consider these, and probably other questions, in a panel presentation.

Date: September 30, 2015

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Price: Free!

Location: Main Stage Theater (on EMU’s campus)

Panel Presenters: Nate Koser, Ph.D, LPC; Stewart Nafziger, MA; Michael Horst, MA

Clinical Supervision: Theory and Practice

Are you looking for a training opportunity to meet the Virginia Board requirements for training in supervision (18VAC115-20-52-C)? Join us for this opportunity to gather together with other mental health practitioners interested in deepening their skills in clinical supervision. This workshop will resemble the classroom environment allowing participants the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of supervision theory and explore a variety of models. Together we will explore the roles and functions of the supervisor as well as key ethical guidelines. Participants will have the opportunity to share supervision cases, review tapes and consult with one another.

To register, you must be able to attend all three training days in full in order to meet the supervision requirements for the VA Counseling Board and receive 20 hours of CE contact hours.

Dates and Times: October 1, 2 & 3, 2015

Thursday: 12:30pm-5:30pm

Friday and Saturday: 8:30-5:00pm

Location: MA in Counseling department (in the lower level of the Seminary building) in classroom 003

CEs: 20 (NBCC #4488)

Price: $450 (must be paid in full before the first training day)

Call Amanda at 540-432-4243 to register

Dan Goleman, PhD

Dan Goleman

Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers.
Read more about Dan Goleman here.

Date and Time: April 2, 2016 – 9am (Day Training) 6pm (Dinner and Lecture)

Location: Martin Chapel

Registration: TBA

Price: TBA

The MA in Counseling program is an NBCC -Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC – approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Past Trainings

Michelle Wade (ACA ethics specialist) – 2014
David Whyte – 2014
Dan Hughes – 2013
Erin Martz (ACA ethics specialist) – 2013
Sue Johnson, Ed.D – 2011

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