Grow Deep Counseling workshops are presented by Kristin Ryan Easley, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS, ACS unless otherwise noted.
All workshops are online, live (synchronous) via video and begin at 9:00am.
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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.
In the State of Georgia, this approval provides core hours for counselors; Related hours for social workers and marriage/family therapists. 5 ethics hours are required toward renewal. Ethics hours are not core/related and may be obtained by LPCs, SWs, or MFTs. Ethics hours must be synchronous.
The Georgia Composite Board does not limit the number of live (synchronous) online CE hours. Asynchronous activities are limited to 10 hours.
Other State licensees should review their rules for renewal for recognition of NBCC approved clock hours and any online, live (synchronous) restrictions.
(1) Ethics: The Gray Matters (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs- Ethics)
Friday, April 22. Cancelled, contact Kristin for any questions. 9:00am- 3:00pm
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 & professional values, standards, rules & laws pertaining to counselors. This includes how these interact. (Although ACA is the focus, information is relevant to all clinicians and is described as such).
· Review & application of an ethical decision making model. Application through vignettes and/or discussion
· Suggestions for planning & prevention of ethical concerns, harm and complaints
(2) Ethics: Understanding and Navigating Professional Boundaries (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs- Ethics)
2022 Date: Friday, March 4. 9:00am- 3:00pm
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 identity, specifically the importance of professional boundaries, their purpose, and the difficulty in recognizing and managing
- Review of relevant ethical code and discussion of common boundaries for improved ability to navigate complex situations
- Brief 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)
2022 Dates: Friday, March 11; Friday, August 5. Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm
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). As mental health clinicians, 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, has 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:
- Brief overview of current statistics
- Discussion of the impact of our attitudes and values as helpers in the process
- Presentation of risk and supportive factors (including cultural)
- Suggestions for completing a thorough risk assessment
- Suggestions for managing risk
- Understanding of 1013 (completing and use as a last resort)
(4) Ethics of Identifying as a Christian and a Counselor: Presenting a Relationship of Christian Faith and Professional Practice (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs-Ethics)
2022 Date: Friday, August 19. Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm
Christians are often inspired or called to help and love people. This may be represented in a career choice as a helping professional. However, practitioners are often uncertain of how to manage the demands of the professional role with those of their beliefs and faith. This workshop will review a variety of ethical codes commonly associated with Christian counseling and discuss various aspects of combining faith with professional practice, including embracing spirituality/religion as an important component of wellness; understanding of worldview, boundaries, and values in therapeutic work and how to navigate these key elements; the skill of remaining authentic while effectively accepting and working with a variety of people; and effectively utilizing basic Christian values in counseling.
Disclaimers- * (1) This workshop DOES NOT serve as, or replace, a Christian counseling or spirituality course (and in fact points to the need for such) but provides thoughts regarding personal faith in professional work. *(2) This workshop is based on Christian and Biblical scripture, experiences, beliefs and principles. However, workshop participants are NOT required to accept or adhere to any religion, religious principles, creed, or political principles, including those expressed in this workshop.BELOW are Supervision workshops BUT not just for supervisors (appropriate for ANY level practitioner)
(5) Supervision: Understanding the Counseling Process (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2022 date: Friday, February 4. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm
“I don’t/didn’t know what to do next.” How many times have you heard this or thought this from feeling stuck with a client? The field of Psychology has theories for understanding and conceptualizing human behavior. These models are often adopted and applied to the practice of therapy. However, few practitioners have a solid foundation of a counseling process model. From working knowledge of therapeutic process and progress, practitioners gain confidence to accurately join clients where they are to then move them forward in their goals. After a review of the Person-Centered model of supervision, this workshop presents a practical counseling model to better monitor supervisees and assist them (and us) in the conceptualization of the therapeutic process for reorientation and enhanced client action and outcomes. For supervisors and practitioners of all levels.
This workshop provides discussion of a counseling model in our work with supervisees to: (1) identify the common stages of the counseling process; (2) identify client feedback patterns and where the clinician and client are in the process at any time; (3) discover appropriate interventions to apply at each stage to better guide next steps (clinical process) for improved quality care and outcomes; (4) achieve supervision goals such as increased self-awareness and confidence.
Objectives: (1) Identify key aspects of the person-centered supervision model; (2) Name the four stages of the counseling model as a guide for therapeutic process; (3) Demonstrate conceptualization or application of the model to identify the stage counseling practitioners are in then practical tips for joining with client and moving forward in the process.
(6) Supervision: Understanding and Developing Professional Identity (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2022 date: Friday, March 25. Time: 9:00- 4:00pm
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 ourselves and the work to thrive in the art of the therapeutic process. With an assimilation of our new role, we create the foundation for competent, ethical, and effective clinical practice. To develop and grow, supervisees heavily rely on supervisors to accurately acclimate them to the field. This workshop reviews aspects of professional identity to assist supervisees in understanding the profession and in the development of this new identity. For supervisors and practitioners of all levels.
- Provide an understanding of the clinical profession for adaptation into professional identity
- Increased knowledge about the key aspects of professional identity development
- Learn strategies for developing and maturing professional identity to assist in increased competence and effective practice for ourselves and supervisees BELOW are Supervision Workshops recommended for supervisors, or those considering becoming a supervisor, ONLY
(7) Foundations of Supervision: Preparing for Effective Supervision (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2022 dates: Friday, February 11; Friday, May 20. Time: 9:00- 4:00pm
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 in our career path. A good clinician does not necessarily mean a skilled supervisor. Supervision is a distinct area of practice that requires preparation, knowledge, competence and practice. This workshop will help practitioners understand supervision by exploring areas such as the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor, practical suggestions for initial structure such as screening new supervisees and the supervision agreement, and the supervisory relationship including boundaries, power, diversity, resistance and conflict 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
- Provide an understanding of supervisor roles and functions, skills, competencies, general supervision goals, and qualities of a good supervisor
- Provide an understanding of the supervisory relationship
2022 dates: Friday, February 25; Friday, June 10. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm
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 for increased knowledge
- Provide practical supervision methods and techniques
- Address the purpose of supervisee monitoring including gatekeeping, feedback, evaluation, and suggestions for managing their deficiencies and anxiety for increased oversight, development, and quality of clinical services
(9) Supervisor Development (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)
2022 date: Friday, May 13. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm
Do you have doubts in your competence and skills a supervisor? Do you wish to develop greater confidence in supervision interactions over time? Quality clinical supervision is multi-faceted. Training in supervision commonly focuses on strategies and skills to develop supervisees. This may assume that quality supervision occurs by just attending to the needs of the supervisee; or that experience as a supervisor alone leads to higher levels of supervisor expertise and quality supervision. Supervisors may struggle to integrate their new role and responsibilities and understand how to develop competencies over time. Supervisor development, or how the supervisor might change with experience during the professional cycle, should be as intentional aspect of learning but is rarely discussed. In a relationship as important and dynamic as that of clinical supervision, the growth, confidence, and expertise of both the supervisee and the supervisor should be acknowledged and matured. This workshop will discuss key aspects of supervisor development to gain confidence in assessing quality of supervision.
- Learn important aspects of clinical supervisor development models
- Increased self-confidence as a supervisor
- Identify several strategies to enhance supervisor expertise for improved supervisee engagement and outcomes
(10) Ethics for Supervisors (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs-Ethics and for supervisor credential)
2022 dates: Friday, January 28 (provided by Kristin); Friday, April 29 (provided by MK Reese). Contact Kristin with questions. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm
Supervisors have responsibilities not only in monitoring client welfare and supervisee performance and professional development (ACA Code of Ethics, F.1.a) but our own practice of supervision. Keeping up with what is important and current and how to apply that knowledge is monumental to our success as supervisors and for our supervisees’ work with their clients. This workshop provides an overview of several relevant ethical codes and best practices for supervisors to better ensure competency and ethical practice in our practice of clinical supervision. Key components of cultural competency, self-care and boundaries are also highlighted.