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These are live webinar courses.  In-person workshops will be identified. If you want to take them on demand, do not register here.

Upcoming events

    • 04/18/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
    Registration is closed

    Description:

    This course will begin breaking down the barrier of mental health and physical health. It will discuss the physical underpinnings of trauma and nervous system activation. It will then compare these effects to the neuromuscular adpations that come from various exercise techniques. By understanding the biological adaptations of both trauma and physical exercise, participants will learn to identify movements and exercises that can facilitate healing in and out of therapy sessions.


    Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    • Understand the biological adaptations that occur from trauma
    • Learn the neuromuscular effects of basic movement techniques
    • Be able to apply movement techniques to manage trauma symptoms


    About the Presenter:

    Jayden Aubryn (they/them) is a Black, queer, non-binary, ethically non-monogamous psychotherapist, personal trainer, and consultant. They are the founder of TISE Consulting and Therapy where they specialize in treating complex trauma, personality disorders, and combatting systemic oppression. They hold a BA in Psychology, a Master's in Social Work, and maintain certifications in School Social Work, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Integrative Health Providing, and Personal Training. Jayden believes in the holistic healing of trauma via effective communication, music, art, and movement to help their clients reach their goals





    This course is approved for 2 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


    Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


    2 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

    • 04/26/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
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    Description:

    Compassionate exposure therapy can provide much progress and hope for people struggling with anxiety disorders, phobias and OCD. Some therapists can be fearful or skeptical of practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities like Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Despite the high efficacy and positive treatment outcomes, sometimes this treatment is misunderstood or misapplied by clinicians. In this workshop, self-compassion is positioned as a main source for exposure and response prevention treatment for anxiety disorders, phobias and OCD. Studies on self-compassion have shown that a person's ability to be less critical and more self-compassionate directly correlates with therapy outcomes---across treatment frameworks. This course presents the practice of self-compassion as tool for distress tolerance and shame reduction. When an individual's self-beliefs impact their behaviors, working on self-compassion can be experienced with the same levels of distress as classical exposure therapy. This course integrates the principles of self-compassion with cognitive strategies presented in CBT. Learn more about using self-compassion exposure and response prevention in this training.


    Objectives:

    Participants will:

    • Gain more knowledge on self-compassion, CBT and ERP as it relates to anxiety disorders, phobias and OCD.
    • Learn and be able to apply the (3) components of self-compassion and the CBT principles.
    • Will gain instruction on using a compassion-focused ERP model.

    About the Presenter:


    Sarah Weber is an art therapist and counselor specializing in treating Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Parenting and Trauma with adolescents and adults. She is passionate about art as a creative tool for therapeutic intervention, advocacy of mental health, and supporting people restore self-trust through values-centered living.



    This course is approved for 3 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


    Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


    3 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

    • 05/09/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
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    Description:

    While new and emerging technologies can provide clinicians with powerful and effective clinical tools, such technologies also have the potential to create a range of new challenges. In this workshop we will address the specific legal and ethical implications of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning within the practice of psychology. We will identify and discuss the evolving standards found in federal law, state law, and in the professional codes of ethics.  Participants will gain the ability to identify and implement a legally and ethically sound approach evaluating and implementing new AI technologies in clinical practice.

    Objectives:

    After taking part in this training, participants will be able to:

      • Identify the emerging ethical standards relating to clinical use of AI 
      • Apply federal HIPAA standards to the use of AI powered clinical tools
      • Create strategies to effectively evaluate the clinical applicability of new technologies
      • Apply legal and ethical standards regarding the use of AI to clinical practice

        About the Presenter:


        Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s clinical practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans and those in other high-stress professions.  Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.  Eric has taught a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.


        Eric earned a PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.


        This course is approved for 3 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


        Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


        3 NBCC clockhours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

        • 05/15/2024
        • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
        • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
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        Description:

        Though the era of COVID was not the origin of telehealth, licensed mental health providers across the country were forced to shift to this treatment modality in COVID, regardless of preference or personal beliefs around the efficacy of this modality.  As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, we can look back on where we have been, and cast a vision for where we are going as a mental health counseling field.  In reflection, then, what have been the impacts of the structural changes (e.g. transitions to home offices, not sharing physical space with clients, changes in commutes and other lifestyle changes, etc.) on clinician’s reported sense of health and wellbeing?  How does telehealth practice contribute to or detract from clinicians’ self-care?  What are the benefits, and what susceptibilities (potential areas for impairment) increase?

         

        Join us as we share our research team’s engagement around this topic.  We will provide a review of the literature that is pertinent to clinician wellness and to telehealth practice.  We will expose gaps in the literature, especially related to how the structural changes associated with telehealth practice impact clinician wellness.  We will offer themes that have emerged in our interactions with research participants and other licensed mental health providers. We will also walk through the current status of our research project intended to contribute to the extant literature, given the dearth of resources currently available there.  Potential impact(s) and points of consideration will be offered as well.

        Objectives:

        Participants will be able to:

        • Apply working knowledge of the relevant literature on clinician health and wellness, self-care, and telehealth to clinical practice.
        • Foster ongoing self-awareness and telehealth-specific practices of self-care and wellness related activity.
        • Dialogue around study findings and the themes that are emerging from the data.
        • Advocate for and participate in increased consultation and collaboration to develop shared nomenclature and understanding of issues.

        About the Presenters:

        Doug Shirley is associate professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.  Doug has been teaching and practicing counseling and psychology since 1999.  In and through his private practice, Doug has had the opportunity to walk with any number of helping and healing professionals tending to the fallout that COVID brought to multiple professional realms.  Doug has a passion for supporting the helpers themselves: those whose (early) life training has taught them to put others before themselves.  In his teaching he is also active in guiding the next wave of counseling professionals: those who will usher our field into its future, whatever that might be.


        Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s clinical practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans and those in other high-stress professions.  Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.  Eric has taught a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.

        Eric earned a PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.

        This course is approved for 1.5 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


        Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


        1.5 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

      Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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