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At the Intersection of African-American Mental Health, Spirituality, and Therapy:

Are we Merging or Colliding?

Friday, July 27, 2018              9:00 am to 4:30 pm               6 CE hours

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2183 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA  30033

Single Registration:  $125                                                   Two or more people:  $105/ person 

The intersection of African American mental health and spirituality is not always at the corner of “happy” and “healthy.” In the treatment world, we have an unprecedented amount of scientific research on brain function, mental health, addictions, and viable treatment options. Yet within many African-American communities, mental health is often stigmatized, addiction is often normalized, and help is more often sought from a church than from a counselor. Studies show that significant disparities still exist in the availability, utilization, and qality of mental health care that is received by African-Americans. The literature also shows African-Americans to be more religiously influenced than other racial groups. Understanding the role of African-American spirituality in mental health and the influence of the Black Church is foundational for culturally astute counseling. Counselors must understand the importance of the African-American religious experience and know how to help clients navigate the lanes of mental health, spirituality, and therapy.  This workshop includes an overview of the Black Church, its history, and its many different variations of Black Church theology. We will look at how those various theological perspectives affect a person’s interpretation of health, suffering and help-seeking behavior. 

Trainer: LaVerne Hanes Stevens, NCC, LPC                                                      Register here.

6 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA)  CE APPROVAL # 7720-18

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Making Crooked Paths Straight: Clinical Supervision of Ethical Issues and Practice Pitfalls

 Saturday, July 28, 2018                           9 am to 12:15 pm                      3 CE hours

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2183 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA  30033

Registration:  $65

This workshop is designed for new and experienced clinical supervisors, as well as for clinicians. Risks are inherent in any practice, but there are some areas where clinical supervisors and clinicians might be unaware of unnecessary vulnerability.  This workshop addresses both common and advanced ethical issues and practice pitfalls that clinical supervisors must help their supervisees navigate. 

Trainer: LaVerne Hanes Stevens, NCC, LPC                                                      Register here.

3 ETHICS contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA CE Approval #CST (L/E) 049-18)

3 SUPERVISION contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia  (LPCA CE Approval #CST (L/E) 049-18)

CPCS Category:  Legal, Ethical 

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When Home is Where the Pain Is: Guiding Traumatized Families

Toward Growth and Resilience Using Family-Based Trauma Treatment

Saturday, July 28, 2018                       1:30 to 4:45 PM                        3 CE hours

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2183 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA  30033

Registration:  $65

Trauma is at the core of many family issues and childhood behavioral patterns. This workshop helps participants understand how trauma is created and maintained in families. We explore trauma’s impact on family culture and how to get a family stabilized for treatment. Participants will learn key steps in assessing family trauma, including assessing for a wide range of events, symptoms, behaviors, and derailments through both formal and informal measures. Although in many treatment models, behavioral modification is the focus of interventions, this workshop looks at why behavior should never be the starting point for treatment. Participants will learn to first help families prepare for interventions, examine for activators, create shared language and appreciate the benefits of treating the whole family rather than children. Several models of treatment for family trauma will be introduced.

Trainer: LaVerne Hanes Stevens, NCC, LPC                                                         Register here

3 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA)  CE APPROVAL #:  7714-18

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Clients Who Are Angry at God

Friday, August 24, 2018             9:00 AM to 4:30 PM            6 CE Contact Hours

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2183 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA  30033

Early Bird Registration Until July 15:  $110

Single Registration after July 15: $125                       Two or more people:  $105/person

Therapists often have to walk a fine line when working with clients whose presenting concerns or underlying issues involve matters of religious or spiritual anger.  The client’s history in these areas can be laden with issues of grief, loss, blame, fear, doubt and pain, leading to situational depression and anxiety.  The delicate issues of spirituality, religion or faith can be very personal; and for many clients, the notion of anger at a Transcendent Being is loaded with taboo, guilt, and shame.  This presentation uses a model developed by Baylor University researchers Paul Froese and Christopher Bader (2015) and their comprehensive survey of Americans’ religious beliefs. The model allows individuals to identify their “God type” and explore ways in which that “God type” is consistent or inconsistent with their experience.  When dissonance exists between a client’s experience and their expectations, it often brings up questions of justice and forgiveness, especially when trauma is involved.  The therapist must have the self-awareness of their own history and personal beliefs to join the client in the therapeutic process without crossing boundaries or denying their own possible counter-transference.  This presentation is designed to help therapists address the sensitive issues of religious anger in an ethical and supportive manner using Cognitive-Behavioral interventions to assist the client in determining and meeting their goals.  The workshop approaches this topic as a matter of cultural sensitivity and cultural competence.  Therapists will learn how to effectively explore the central concerns and relevant history of a client’s spiritual or religious doubt, fear and pain. The goal is to help clinicians improve treatment outcomes when working with clients whose anger is related to issues of faith.

TRAINER:  LaVerne Hanes Stevens, NCC, LPC                                                                 Register here

5 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA)  CE APPROVAL #: 7786-18

1 ETHICS contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA)  CE APPROVAL #: 7786-18

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Who Still Has a Dream? Multiculturalism and Social Justice Issues in Counseling

Saturday, August 25, 2018             9:00 AM to 4:45 PM            6 CE Contact Hours

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2183 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA  30033

Early Bird Registration Until July 15:  $110

Single Registration after July 15: $125                       Two or more people:  $105/person

America’s current landscape is a highly charged socio-political terrain, where racial, ethnic, political, religious and cultural minority groups may present in counseling with high levels of stress and trauma.  The contemporary issues faced by marginalized, oppressed or minority clients necessitate that counselors be ready to attend to cultural differences in counseling, and that they be prepared to address power dynamics, issues of equity, and oppression in all of its forms. Much of what is accepted as traditional psychotherapy may actually discount the cultural and social factors that shape the client’s reality. Counselors must understand multiculturalism and social justice, in order to determine whether a client is best served through direct intervention or through advocacy on their behalf.  The presentation of multi-generational issues like post-traumatic slave syndrome, along with the lived experiences of racial battle fatigue from micro- and macro-aggression, are magnified in a time of documented public violence and bias-related incidents. Against this backdrop, it is imperative for counselors to have (1) an understanding of the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies that represent ethical and responsible clinical practice, and (2) a model for understanding the clients’ experiences, stressors and emerging concerns about hate crimes, police brutality, domestic terrorism, genocide and other mass atrocities. This workshop applies a genocide awareness and prevention model from George Mason University professor Dr. Gregory Stanton to the work of mental health providers. In this workshop, we candidly discuss some important concerns for responding to minority and marginalized clients at a time when socio-political elements may cause or contribute to their presenting concerns.

Trainers: Dr. LaVerne Hanes Stevens, NCC, LPC and Dr. Christopher Townsend, NCC, LPC           Register here.

4 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA)  CE APPROVAL #: 7721-18

2 ETHICS contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA)  CE APPROVAL #: 7721-18

For more information on any workshop, email:  [email protected]

Your Trainer:  LaVerne Hanes Stevens is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and trainer.  She holds credentials as a Board Certified Counselor, Certified Family Trauma Professional, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Master Addictions Counselor.  She is an ordained Protestant minister who has advanced degrees in Community Counseling and in Christian Counseling.  Her publications include a series of cover feature articles for Counselor Magazine on cultural competence with evidence-based assessments; a published textbook chapter on Clinical Assessment. In P. Ruiz & E.C. Strain (Eds) Lowinson & Ruiz’s Substance Abuse:  A comprehensive textbook; and her own book, “The Fruit of Your Pain: Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Seasons of Struggle.”  She has conducted workshops across the U.S. and internationally on mental health, substance use,  diversity, trauma, faith-based issues, and cultural competence.