All workshops are presented by Kristin Ryan, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS, unless otherwise noted next to the workshop description below.
All workshops begin at 9:00am.
***Amid COVID-19 concerns and precautions, until further notice, ALL workshops will be online via zoom. These are synchronous (live) workshops. The Georgia Composite Board does not limit the number of hours obtained this way toward renewal and ethics must be synchronous but no longer needs to be face to face, in person. Please check other state's rules as needed for their guidelines.***
Location: ONLINE via zoom live, synchronous
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Cost: $125 (5+ NBCC clock hours or CEs); $60 (3-4 NBCC clock hours or CEs)
NBCC Clock hours or CEs are provided with the cost of the workshop.
Grow Deep Counseling, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.7028. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Grow Deep Counseling, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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(1) Ethics: The Gray Matters (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs- Ethics)
2021 Dates: Friday, May 14; Friday October 22. 9:00am- 3:30pm
In our profession, we talk about “gray areas.” While helpful because this allows for flexibility, creativity & different interpretations, it can also be confusing and daunting, leaving us without clear direction. Even with few absolutes, we are responsible for significant knowledge & processes to provide the best possible care to our clients. It is necessary to be comfortable managing the gray areas to prevent error or harm. In this workshop, you will be guided in a simple manner how to use our best tool, our brain, to logically think through & understand ethical guidelines & situations to establish quality care and move toward proactive prevention.
This workshop provides:
- Overview of ACA ethical code, principles, standards, rules & laws pertaining to clinicians. Although ACA is the focus, information is presented to be relevant to all clinicians
- Review & application of an ethical decision making model. Application through vignettes, discussion and/or role plays
- Suggestions for planning & prevention of ethical concerns, harm and complaints
(2) Ethics: Understanding and Navigating Professional Boundaries (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs- Ethics)
2021 Dates: Friday, November 19. 9:00am- 3:30pm
Boundaries are a controversial and confusing topic. Within our professions, people hold different views. For different clients and situations, the boundary may be different. With strong ethical, clinical knowledge, we will better recognize, then navigate, healthy professional boundaries. Also strengthening our professional identity, managing important clinical processes, and our own wellness are pivotal in understanding the importance of boundaries. An engaging, practical presentation and discussion of numerous complex boundaries situations and nuances will be offered.
This workshop provides:
- Perspective on professional identify and the importance of professional boundaries including purpose, and the difficulty in recognizing, managing and navigating
- Review of relevant ethical code and common boundaries for improved ability to navigate complex situations
- Discussion of self-care and keys to wellness to care for ourselves and management of important processes such as transference, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, burn out, and countertransference
(3) Assessing and Managing Suicidal Risk (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 Dates: Friday, August 13; Friday, December 10. 9:00am- 3:30pm
After hearing a person’s tragic story and subsequent attempt to kill himself, author Paul G. Quinnett in his book Counseling Suicidal People, A Therapy of Hope, stated he remembered thinking “My God! This man needs professional help!” “But of course, I was the professional” (Quinnett 5). Many of us have been there or fear being there one day. It is not a matter of if but when this will happen to us. We are the ones who assist those in despair. We used to have the relative safety net of hospitalizing someone; but that reliance, along with other means, have changed dramatically based on changes in our profession, society, economics and legal implications. Do you have all you need to sit with someone at risk and provide a thorough assessment? And once assessed, do you have a clear plan of next steps and treatment?
This workshop will provide:
- Overview of history, research and statistics
- Discussion of the impact of our attitudes and values as helpers in the process
- Presentation of risk and supportive factors (including cultural discussion)
- Suggestions for completing a thorough risk assessment
- Suggestions for managing risk including counseling interventions as appropriate
- Understanding of 1013 (completing and use as a last resort)
(4)Why Do You Do That?? Diagnosing, Understanding and Working with Personality Disorders
(5 NBCC clock hours/CEs). 2021 Date: Friday, March 5. 9:00am- 3:30pm
Personalities are complex. People presenting with personality disorder traits are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, dreaded, and/or avoided. With a new perspective, we can provide the compassion that is needed to disrupt these difficult behaviors and guide along a path to healing and improved quality of life.
- Present practical information about personality disorders including etiology, development, presentation, and categorical vs dimensional approach
- Review ethical diagnostic assessment with information to differentiate from expected variations in personality and clinical issues, and also amongst similar disorders
- Include a brief discussion of countertransference to highlight some of our issues when working with these populations
- Discuss case conceptualization to increase empathy for effective treatment and management of personality disordered traits
(5) HALF DAY
Living in my Own World: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Schizophrenic Spectrum and Psychosis
(3.5 NBCC clock hours/CEs).2021 Date: Friday, April 16. 9:00am- 1:00pm
- Provide an understanding of psychosis and the schizophrenic spectrum disorders
- Provide a model for accurate, ethical diagnostic assessment. This includes differential for discerning amongst similar disorders and clinical issues
- Discuss case conceptualization for understanding and increased empathy for effective treatment and management of psychosis and schizophrenic disorders. This includes discussion of special issues such as concerns of violence, legal aspects, homelessness, family concerns.
- Assist with practice and application through videos, case vignettes, and/or role plays
(6) HALF DAY
Clinical Documentation (3.5 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 Date: Friday, April 2. 9:00am- 1:00pm
Clinical documentation is an important aspect of a clinician’s job but is often the least favorite. It is a requirement of our field, and serves as a professional reflection of us. Documentation often does not receive the proper foundational training and attention required. It is often more of a learn-as-you-go approach. This workshop assists by providing standards of practice and foresight to improve documentation, prevent costly documentation errors, reduce risks and increase efficiency and quality.
This workshop provides:
- Education about the importance of documentation
- Review of field standards, guidelines and requirements for standard practice, process and risk management
- Training on the key components of clinical documentation (i.e. rules, forms, assessments, notes, summaries)
- Sample documentation styles and tips
The workshop’s objectives include:
- Understand importance of quality clinical documentation and professional writing
- Learn components of clinical documentation to be included in standard of practice and/or client charts
- Learn documentation rules and tips to assist with professional writing, clinical practice and risk management
Supervision workshops BUT not just for supervisors (appropriate for ANY level practitioner to attend)(7) Supervision: Building Empathy and Managing Value Conflicts (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 dates: Friday, June 11; Friday, November 12. 9:00am- 4:30pm
Freud cast the therapist as a value-free, professional observer. But we have evolved in understanding that the therapist is an active change agent in the therapeutic process, not value-free, and empathy is one critical factor to success. Few discuss the connection of empathy and values. Without depth in empathy, we often channel everything through our frame of reference, of which values are a large part, and respond accordingly. Are we really pledging to professional values, such as beneficence and maleficence, without fully looking at our level of empathy and our values that drive us? This workshop is for supervisors and practitioners of all levels.
This workshop will:
- Define levels of empathy and present ways to increase empathy
- Assist with increasing our self-reflection, identification of values. understanding how values impact counseling and how to manage conflicts
- Assist with effective supervision related to values, especially with those whose values may come across, or come into conflict, in their work with clients (i.e. religious/spiritual values). Build awareness of cultural differences in values
- Present ethical considerations related to values
(8) Supervision: Understanding and Developing Professional Identity (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 dates: Friday, June 18; Friday, December 3. 9:00- 4:30pm
When we choose a career in a helping profession, it is often described as a calling, but not one without sacrifice and commitment. To mature in this commitment, a strong professional identity is necessary to understand and thrive in the art of the therapeutic process. With an assimilation of our new role, we create the foundation for competent, ethical, clinical practice. Supervisees heavily rely on supervisors to accurately acclimate them to the field. This workshop reviews aspects of professional identity to assist supervisees understand and develop this new identity. For supervisors and practitioners of all levels.
This workshop will provide:
- Discussion of clinical professional identity and its importance for increased awareness and adaptation
- Share the key aspects of how professional identity develops and is demonstrated [i.e. theoretical orientation, professional boundaries, self as the therapist, multicultural competence)
- Present suggestions for developing and maturing professional identity to assist in increased competence, ethical, effective practice for ourselves and supervisees
Objectives: Define clinical professional identity and understand its importance for increased awareness and adaptation for quality practice; Increased knowledge about the key aspects of professional identity development and how it is demonstrated (i.e. theoretical orientation, professional boundaries, self as the therapist, multicultural competence); Learn strategies for developing and maturing professional identity to assist in increased competence, ethical, effective practice for ourselves and supervisees
Supervision Workshops recommended for supervisors, or those considering becoming a supervisor, only
(9) Foundations of Supervision: Preparing for Effective Supervision (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 dates: Friday, February 19; Friday August 20. 9:00- 4:30pm
Oftentimes supervision is a role we are placed in because of our job description and/or because we think this is the next step toward success. A good clinician does not necessarily mean a skilled supervision. Supervision should not be simply done as part of our job duty or as a next step to success in our career path. Supervision is a distinct area of preparation, knowledge, competence and practice. This workshop will help practitioners understand the practice of supervision and will explore areas such as the role of supervision, the structure of supervision and the supervisory relationship to guide clinicians in their work as supervisors. This workshop is for supervisors or those considering becoming supervisors.
This workshop will:
- Define supervision
- Discuss the process of becoming a supervisor and the role of supervision
- Provide an understanding of the supervisory relationship
- Introduce practical suggestions for supervision structure such as the supervision agreement and goal setting, and managing the supervision session
- Brief review of some ethical/legal considerations
(10) Methods: Supervision in Action (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 dates: Friday, February 26; Friday, September 17. 9:00am- 4:30pm
Supervision is a multifaceted process. It should be done with intention and after acquiring sufficient knowledge and skills to benefit and advance all those involved, including clients. This workshop will provide practical guidance, in areas such as approaches and the process of supervision, supervisory techniques and the monitoring and evaluation of supervisees, to assist clinicians in their work as supervisors. For supervisors and those considering the practice of supervision.
This workshop will:
- Present brief overview of supervision models and approaches
- Provide practical supervision methods and techniques
- Address the purpose of supervisee monitoring including feedback, evaluation and managing their deficiencies and anxiety
(11) Ethics for Supervisors (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2021 dates: Friday, March 26; Friday, September 24. 9:00am- 4:30pm
Supervisors are responsible for monitoring client welfare and supervisee performance and professional development (ACA Code of Ethics, F.1.a). Keeping up with what is important and current and how to apply that knowledge is monumental to our success as supervisors for our supervisees’ work with their clients. This workshop provides an overview of several relevant ethical codes, rules and best practices for supervisors to assist ALL those we serve. Key components of cultural competency, self-care and boundaries are also discussed.