CE Workshops 2023

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 EST.

Cost: $125

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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 therapist; 5 ethics hours are required toward renewal. Ethics hours are not core/related specific and may be obtained by LPCs, SWs, or MFTs. but must be synchronous; The number of live (synchronous) online CE hours are not limited. 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)

2023 Date: Friday, September 29. Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm EST 

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)

2023 Date: Friday, November 17. Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm EST 

Boundaries are a controversial and confusing. Within our professions, people hold different views. For different clients and situations, the boundary may be different and less clear. With strong ethical, clinical knowledge and understanding, we will better recognize, then navigate and provide healthy professional boundaries to support the care of our clients and our profession. An engaging, practical presentation and discussion of numerous complex boundaries situations and nuances will be offered. This workshop will also briefly touch on our own wellness and the management of clinical processes for clearer boundaries and client care.

 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 (ex. dual role, self-disclosure, relationships, therapy structure, gifts)
  • 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)

2023 Date:  Friday, January 27. Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm EST

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, we have been there or fear being there one day. It is not a matter of if but when we will sit with someone in pain of this magnitude. Are you able to sit with someone at risk for suicide and provide a thorough assessment? And once assessed, will you have a clear plan of next steps and treatment? This workshop will assist in answering “Yes” to those questions

This workshop will provide:

  • Discussion of the impact of our attitudes as helpers in preventing suicide
  • Brief presentation of suicide risk factors (including cultural, developmental, groups)
  • Suggestions for completing a thorough suicide risk assessment
  • Suggestions for managing suicide risk
  • State of Georgia- Understanding of 1013 (completing and use as a last resort)

(4) Ethics of Identifying as a Christian and a Therapist: Combining Christian Faith and Professional Practice (5 NBCC clock hours/CEs-Ethics)

2023 Date: Friday, August 18. Time: 9:00am- 3:00pmEST

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 ethics commonly impacting or intersecting the faith of counselors and discuss various aspects of combining faith with professional practice, including embracing spirituality as an important component of wellness; understanding of worldview, boundaries, beliefs and values in therapeutic work and how to effectively identify and utilize or manage them; clarifying a client request for a Christian counselor; and the skill of remaining authentic while effectively accepting and working with a variety of people. 

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) Workshop participants are not required to accept or adhere to any religion, religious principles, creed, or political principles to attend the workshop or from the presenter, workshop discussion or material content.

The next workshop (# 5) is for clinical supervisors and/or ANY PRACTITIONER LEVEL:

(5) Supervision: Understanding and Developing Professional Identity (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)

2023 date: TBD. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm EST

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 and developing this new identity. For supervisors and practitioners of all levels.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Provide an understanding of the clinical profession for adaptation into professional identity
  • Increased knowledge about key aspects of professional identity development
  • Identify strategies for developing and maturing professional identity to assist in increased competence and effective practice for ourselves and supervisees

The below workshops (#6, 7, 8, 9) are suggested for supervisors, or those considering the practice of supervision only

(6) Foundations of Supervision: Preparing for Effective Supervision (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)

2023 date: Friday, May 5. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm EST

Oftentimes supervision is a role we are placed in because of our job duties 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, and competence, and involves new skills, responsibilities, roles, and procedures. This workshop provides a foundational understanding of supervision through the discussion of those requirements and practical suggestions for initial structure, process, and understanding of the supervisory relationship. This workshop is for supervisors or those considering becoming supervisors.

(7) Methods of Supervision: Supervision in Action  (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)

2023 date: Friday, July 14.  Time: 9:00am- 4:00pmEST

Supervision is a multifaceted process. It should be done with intention and preparation in acquiring sufficient knowledge and skills to advance our supervisees and benefit all involved, including clients. This workshop will provide practical guidance and review of numerous methods of supervision to assist clinicians in their complex work as supervisors. For supervisors and those considering the practice of supervision.

This workshop will also discuss specific topics such as-

  • Importance of a model of supervision
  • Utilizing processes such as self-awareness & reflection, transference/ countertransference, parallel process
  • Increasing supervisee cultural competence
  • Monitoring (methods and what to recognize) and providing feedback, evaluations, and remediation to supervisees
  • Managing supervisee deficiencies and anxiety

(8) Understanding and Developing the Clinical Supervision Relationship for Stronger Opportunity and Outcomes  (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs)

2023 date: Friday, October 20.  Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm EST   

 Many of us are, or were, clinicians, looking to support others and find ourselves in the practice of supervision. Although the relationship is similar to that between us and clients; it is also different. We need to understand those differences while also leveraging clinical skills, to build a relationship with supervisees so they feel safe to grow and develop the necessary skills and competencies needed for independent practice and client care. This workshop provides a deeper, yet practical discussion of the relationship from its value and importance, to how to build this important collaboration, understanding power, influence and authority, identifying complex processes, and managing resistance and conflict. This workshop is for supervisors or those considering becoming supervisors.

(9) Ethics for Supervisors (6 NBCC clock hours/CEs-Ethics)

2023 date: Friday, August 11. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm EST

Supervisors have responsibilities not only for client welfare, and monitoring supervisee performance and professional development (ACA Code of Ethics, F.1.a), but in our own practice of supervision. Keeping up with what is ethically important and how to apply that knowledge is monumental to our success as clinical supervisors. This workshop provides an overview of several relevant ethical codes related to clinical supervision and best practice guidelines to increase supervisor competency and ethical practice. It will also briefly review liability concerns and suggestions for managing those concerns.

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