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Education Training for Counselors
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Live, OnLine, Interactive Webinars
Counseling professionals in Georgia look to us for continuing education content that is lively and captivating. As a trainer, LaVerne Collins is interactive and engaging in delivering training content that is relevant and usable. Over the span of her 25+ year career in this field, she has conducted training across the United States and internationally on mental health, substance use, personal growth, integrative care, cultural diversity, treatment planning, organizational leadership, and social justice in counseling. Our full-day and half-day workshops are approved by the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia for continuing education for LPCs and LAPCs in Georgia. Read the comments at the bottom of this page to see what people have said about our training events.
Baby Boomers: Understanding the "Forever Young" Generation as They Age
LPCA Approved for 6 CORE CE Hours
Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. They are America's senior citizens (sometimes caring for their even older, living parents). “Boomers” grew up in history-making times that included the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, protests, Watergate, the assassinations of JFK and MLK, and their own counter-culture activity. Their values are different; their approach to help-seeking is different, and their approach to aging is different. For this “Forever Young” generation, “60 is the new 40.” and slogans like, “I’m not growing old gracefully; I’m resisting it every step of the way!” are popular. This workshop explores the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs and patterns of Baby Boomers today as described in various published works and the implications for Boomers in counseling.
1. Explore and understand the historical context in which Baby Boomers' ideas about mental health were formed.
2. Consider the values and psycho-social development of Baby Boomers through the lens of Erikson’s stages of development.
3. Explore how to develop case conceptualizations where issues of denial, fear, and non-death losses are present in counseling.
4. Expand trainees’ awareness of multicultural and diversity considerations when working with Baby Boomers.
Case Studies in Counselor Ethics: Applying ACA Ethical Standards to Contemporary Scenarios
LPCA Approved for 5 ETHICS Hours
A lot has happened in the United States since the 2014 revision of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics. A national spotlight on diversity and equity has brought about changes in politically correct language and inclusivity standards. A worldwide pandemic has affected the way counselors deliver services; increased the demand for counseling services; and brought stress, pandemic fatigue, and burn-out to counselors and clients alike. Against that backdrop, the ethical code continues to set the standard for professional counseling practice. Using contemporary case studies, this workshop examines ethical issues that may arise in counseling. The course invites exploration of the counselor’s personal ethical stance and encourages counselors’ continual self-monitoring of how their values and selfcare practices may impact their effectiveness.
1. Examine ethical issues that may arise in the practice of professional counseling.
2. Invite exploration of the counselor’s personal ethical stance.
3. Encourage counselors’ continual self-monitoring of how their own values may contribute to or hinder their ability to be effective throughout the counseling process.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for
Clients Who are
Angry at God
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. The issue of dissonance between one’s experience and one’s expectations of their faith, their spirituality, or their religion often brings up questions of justice and forgiveness, especially when trauma is involved. This workshop 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.
1. Improve treatment outcomes when working with clients whose anger is related to spiritual or religious issues.
2. Boundary setting for the ethical care of clients whose presenting or underlying concerns are of a spiritual or religious nature.
3. Effectively explore the central concerns and relevant history of spiritual or religious doubt, fear, and pain.
COVID-19, a Stress Test for BIPOC Mental Health: The Known, The Unknown, and What Counselors Need to Know
LPCA Approved for 5 CORE Hours
For over two years, COVID-19 has posed a serious threat to the world. It is widely known that members of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities have carried a disproportionate burden of the physical and financial losses of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the death toll gets comparably less media attention now, the unpredictable mutations of the virus leave many questions about the future unanswered. This course explores the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and general well-being of members of BIPOC communities in the United States; discusses clinical responses to the stress and trauma effects of COVID-19 in BIPOC communities; and explores how counselors can prepare themselves for the possible long-term mental health effects in what may be the “ultimate” stress test for BIPOC mental health.
1. Describe the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and general well-being of members of BIPOC communities in the United States.
2. Discuss clinical responses to the stress effects and trauma effects of COVID-19 in BIPOC communities.
3. Explore how counselors can prepare themselves for possible long-term mental health effects in BIPOC communities.
The Mental Health of
Their Risk Factors, Their Resilience, and How Counselors Can Help
African American women significantly underutilize mental health treatment services, when compared to White women. Recent research is shedding more light on the mental health of African American women and their coping skills. This webinar uses published research studies as a lens for looking at psychosocial influences such as neighborhood disorder, social and family support, religion, sexual assault survivorship, economic insecurity, education, discrimination, and the Strong Black Women persona, to see how those may intersect with African American women’s mental health. Throughout the course, we will explore risk factors for poor mental health, as well as resilience factors that contribute to posttraumatic growth in African American women.
1. Describe the psychosocial influences on African American women’s mental health including religion, sexual assault, Strong Black Women persona
2. Recognize the resilience factors contributing to AA Women’s Posttraumatic Growth
3. Discuss new research-informed responses to the mental health of Black American women
Minoritized Clients Explore the Disenfranchised Grief
of Everyday Racism
LPCA Approved for 5 CORE CE Hours
The losses caused by everyday racism run deep and wide in the lives of minoritized clients but are not generally recognized by society. The non-finite losses and chronic sorrow of minoritized clients can be heavy upon their shoulders but may have never been explored from a grief and loss perspective. How does one grieve the moments of dignity loss that racism brings? How does one mourn the health effects of medical racism? How does one grieve the effects of being treated like a threat? How does one grieve over the shorter life expectancies brought about by health disparities? How does one grieve the freedom lost by the burden of suspicion that is on your race? How does one grieve the losses that are born out of ethnic bias, criminalization, broken treaties, stereotypes, microaggressions, stolen land, separation of families, devalued traditions, and tokenism?
In this course, we help professional counselors understand racism's ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief in clients' lives.
1. Define Ambiguous Loss and Disenfranchised Grief.
2. Understand the unique set of challenges experienced by individuals facing loss attributable to racism.
3. List useful strategies for working with clients navigating the damage caused by race-based trauma, ambiguous loss, and disenfranchised grief.
of Black Men
Out of the
LPCA Approved for 6 CORE Hours
In many ways, Black men in America defy the odds every day. The mental health of this amazingly resilient population has, until recently, been overlooked by mental health treatment systems. At the same time, the physical health of Black men has been devalued by medical healthcare treatment systems. And neither of those treatment systems has yet to fully earn the trust of this population. As a result, many Black men suffer in silence. The statistics on rates of mental health problems may be largely unreliable as stigma, as well as varying symptom definitions, contribute to underreporting. Despite the lack of historical research, recent studies are shedding light on the mental health of Black American men and their coping skills across the lifespan. This course provides an overview of recent (2019-2022) findings and best practices for the mental health of Black American men.
(1) Describe the influences on African American men’s mental health and how racial discrimination effects differ by gender,
(2) Discuss the age-specific concerns of African American men across the lifespan from elementary school to older adulthood, and
(3) Discuss new responses to the mental health care of Black American men.
and Culture in
LPCA Approved 5 ETHICS,
5 CORE, and 5 CPCS Hours
The importance of bringing ethical and meaningful consideration of race- and culturally-related material into counseling and clinical supervision cannot be underestimated. In clinical supervision, these discussions can give both
the counselor and the supervisor a space to explore multicultural content that may be emotionally charged and often avoided. In times of public polarization along racial and cultural lines, the therapeutic relationship can be vulnerable.
This workshop, designed for the counselors who use supervision and the clinical supervisors who provide supervision, addresses every counseling and clinical supervision session as a cultural encounter; examines approaches to exploring
culture in the context of clinical supervision for the benefit of the entire cultural triad (client, counselor, and clinical supervisor); and looks at population-specific ethical considerations in clinical supervision.
1. Counselors and supervisors will learn to recognize and process the influence of race-related and culturally-related experiences on the therapeutic process
2. Counselors and supervisors will strengthen their interpersonal and professional skills and ethical practices when exploring diversity-related issues as interventions in counseling or in supervision
3. Counselors and supervisors will learn how to recognize, process, and recover from race-related ruptures in the therapeutic or supervisory relationship
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