Switch to Accessible Site
Woman Smiling
Woman Smiling

CEU Trainings

Saturday, June 8, 2018

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta-Emory University Area
2183 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA  30033

Down Through the Years and Still Through the Tears: Addressing Race-Based, Historical, and Intergenerational Trauma in Therapy

9:00 AM to 4:45 PM

The effect of historical and intergenerational trauma goes deep and wide for many minority groups in the United States.  Whether the trauma is recognized openly or tucked deeply into the subconscious, it is often characterized by emotional, physical, and psychological wounds that bleed through generations and across one’s lifespan. This session explores the differences between historical and intergenerational trauma.  We consider the “generations-later” mental health effects of African-American slavery, the Jewish Holocaust, and the Native American Indian experience. The session will identify adaptive and mitigating reactions to historical and intergenerational trauma, consider how trauma is maintained in families, explore treatment engagement approaches, and promote an awareness of how trauma affects the brain.  Participants will consider how a legacy of trauma interacts with current socio-cultural-political stressors and affects contemporary mental health.


  • Identify brain-based adaptive and mitigating reactions to historical and intergenerational trauma
  • Recognize how intergenerational trauma is maintained in families and  learn treatment engagement approaches for families impacted by traumatic histories
  • Describe how a legacy of historical trauma can interact with current socio-cultural-political stressors and affect the contemporary mental health of minority group members

PRESENTER: LaVerne H. Stevens is a Board Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Family Trauma Professional. See more about the presenter here.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta-Emory University Area
2183 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA  30033
Integrative Strategies for
Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Treatment Planning
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Six (6) core hours approved by the LPCA-GA for LPCs and LAPCs (Approval #  7577-18).  

In this training, LaVerne Stevens, LPC, NCC, looks at the powerful benefits of fully integrating biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual recommendations and interventions for treating mental health and substance use disorders. We all know that symptoms aren't always what they appear to be. Sometimes the diagnosis is just the symptom, and sometimes the symptom can't be treated in just one way. 

In this six-hour training, you will learn to write treatment plans that get to the heart of the matter. You'll strengthen your skills by learning about underlying factors, diagnostic considerations, and treatment add-ons for helping clients manage Addictive Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, and Eating Disorders. What nutrients are most helpful for each diagnosis? What non-traditional recommendations or interventions can help you be more effective with clients who are unresponsive to psychotropic medication and traditional therapeutic modalities? You will learn to recognize when treatment unresponsiveness could mean that the problem is something other than mental illness.

Find out how nutrients and environmental factors affect mind, mood, and sleep. We will look at sample treatment plans for addressing core physical and nutritional needs along with other ideas that can be incorporated into traditional therapy programs to help enhance therapeutic outcomes, make therapy a more positive experience, and potentially accelerate the client's therapeutic results. Most importantly, you'll leave with understanding and with tools that you can use in clinical practice the next day.  

PRESENTER: LaVerne H. Stevens, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who believes that the integrative care of clients--involving bio-psycho-social-spiritual domains--is beneficial for helping people maximize wellness and positive outcomes for treatment. See more about the presenter here.

Participants will be able to articulate:

  • The basis for including nutritional, lifestyle, and sociological strategies in mental health treatment planning.
  • The impact of nutrition, movement, sleep, exercise and social factors on brain balance.
  • How lifestyle interventions for food choices, sleep, and exercise can be integrated into traditional mental health treatment plans to improve client responses to therapy.
  • How referrals to music therapy, art therapy, and animal-assisted therapy may support mental health treatment goals.

 Participants will have the capability to:

  • Develop Integrative Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Mental Health Treatment Plans for common mental health disorders and complex cases.
  • Distinguish between traditional, complementary, alternative and integrative care using key definitions as set forth by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Apply course content to the participant's clinical skills through the use of scenarios and discussions in the training materials.
Participants will understand:
  • Where clinicians can get updated scientific research on integrative health approaches
  • Why it’s important to evaluate conflicting research on the topics of alternative, complementary and integrative health.

For more information, email:  [email protected] or call 404-704-2280