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CEU Workshops

The Mental Health Counselor's Association of Palm Beach is dedicated to creating a CEU workshop program that offers substantial value. Our presenters are experts, and we select relevant, vital topics of interest.

All CEU Workshops require online pre-registration. Walk-ins on the day of the workshop are not allowed.  

If you can't attend a registered workshop, please notify us promptly. Regrettably, refunds are not available, but we can apply your credit to a future workshop. Your cooperation helps maintain program quality and accessibility. Thank you for understanding, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops.

Upcoming events

    • 03/15/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Children's Services Council 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL 33426

    ADHD Beyond Academics

    Sheila Simchon, LSP, LCSW-QS

    Description: Children with ADHD struggle beyond academics. Many kids with ADHD struggle to make interpersonal connections due to difficulty with emotional regulation, impulse control and general social skills. Years of bullying and failures result in developing psychological disorders like social anxiety, depression, and oppositional defiance. These challenges carry on into adulthood affecting one’s ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships and success in their career.

    Learning objectives include:

    1. Overview of ADHD
    2. Addressing the types of social, emotional and psychological impact
    3. Support and resources for children and adults with ADHD

    2.0 General CEU Hours

    Sheila Simchon, LSP, LCSW-QS

    Sheila has served as a Learning Disabilities Specialist since 2006, training professionals in higher education on the best practices of working with students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sheila has been providing clients with psycho-educational assessments to obtain appropriate accommodations and services, and providing individual support to teens and young adults struggling in school, career, and life. In addition, Sheila has done extensive research and have developed programs that support adults with disabilities looking to transition to adulthood. Support includes; career development, social skills, self-care, and independent living skills. Sheila also provided support to individuals struggling with life and looking for personal growth, couples looking to strengthen their relationship, and families looking to cope with stressful transitions that impact the family as a whole. It is equally as important to address the social and emotional impact as it is to address attention and focus.

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    • 04/19/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Children's Services Council 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL 33426

    The Pain of Trauma, the Trauma of Pain

    Bennet E. Davis, MD

    This intermediate presentation will provide a neuroscience informed overview of what pain is, from nociceptive pain to neuropathic pain, and to pain for psychological reasons. We’ll build on that foundation in a discussion of “How to talk to your patients about pain in a way that engages them in appropriate care." At the end of the session, we will take a step back from the addiction narrative, challenge the assumptions that underlie our current approach to the opioid crisis, and build on the first segment of the session to recast the opioid crisis as a trauma crisis, requiring somewhat different resources and a different approach

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain how to distinguish pain for psychological reasons from nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
    • Discuss with patients the cause of their pain and how treatment flows from the cause, in a way that does not suggest “it’s in your head” but rather engages and empowers patients to participate in treatment.
    • Explain how to recognize and know what to do about high risk prescribing of opioids.

    2.0 General CEU Hours

    Bennet E. Davis, MD

    Bennet E. Davis, MD, is the director of the Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Davis completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University in Stanford, CA, and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He then trained in orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico and University of California, Irvine. He completed his fellowship in Manchester, England, after finishing residency training.

    Dr. Davis served as founder and Director of the University of Arizona Pain Center from 1995 to 2002. Where he was also Director of the Pain Fellowship Program and co-founding faculty of the Arizona Cancer Center. In 2002, he and his colleagues founded Arizona’s first and only adult pain clinic to achieve American Pain Society Center of Excellence. The Integrative Pain Center of Arizona, which operated as one of the nation’s few models for interdisciplinary pain care until November 2017.

    He is involved in organized medicine as a past president of the Pima County Medical Society and is active on a national level and teaching as medical director for CHC Pain ECHO, a telemedicine teaching program for primary care providers across the nation. He serves on numerous advisory boards for health policy. His article, “A Patient Centered Approach to Tapering Opioids” was featured in The Journal of Family Practice in 2019 and addresses the adverse how not screening for trauma has prevented us from effectively addressing the opioid crisis.

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    • 05/17/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Children's Services Council 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL 33426

    Navigating Divorce and the Emotional Consequences for Parents and Children

    Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS-S
    Ara Mascarenas, M.S Counseling

    Nobody gets married thinking that they will get divorced. However, divorce is a reality that affects many families in the U.S. and requires continued support to address the emotional impact on family members, especially children. In this presentation, you will gain insight into the effects of divorce on children's attachment and explore their grief and loss process. You'll learn how parent guilt can impact parenting, boundaries, and discipline, and the issues that may arise during the transition from divorce. Finally, you'll discover creative interventions to engage children & teens during the therapeutic process to help them rebuild their lives.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.     Understand the effects that divorce can have on attachment in children and teens.

    2.     Explore how children and teens go through grief and loss during a divorce. 

    3.     Identify how parent guilt may impact parenting, boundary setting, and discipline.

    4.     Describe issues that may arise from transitioning from divorce and bring accountability to the parenting agreement. 

    5.     Learn creative interventions to engage and work with children.

    2.0 General CEU Hours

    Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS-S

    I’m a bilingual/Spanish licensed mental health counselor, a national certified counselor, a certified eating disorders specialist and ieadp approved supervisor as well as certified EMDR therapist. I am committed to helping and supporting children, teens, and adults find freedom and inner peace from their eating disorder, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

    I understand the concern about a loved one’s well-being when they are sad and anxious sometimes restricting, binging, and purging, or using drugs to self-medicate. I know how difficult it is for that person to just stop or change, especially when they don’t really know how. This is why I focus not only on the problem but also the solution teaching clients coping strategies and new ways of seeing the situation they are in. Depression and anxiety can create a cyclic pattern very difficult to break and eating disorders and addictions can become a very unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with inner pain.

    As the co-founder of Home for Balance Psychotherapy Group, LLC and the Food & Mood Institute, I strongly believe in full recovery and the power of family and teamwork. I have over 20 years of experience as a mental health counselor, and I currently practice in the Coconut Creek area and online via secure platform. In my private practice I hold sessions in both, English and Spanish, and offer flexible hours. I’m very approachable and provide a safe and comfortable environment for clients to be themselves, while fully exploring the concerns that bring them to counseling. I’m also aware that every individual is different and offer personalized services to help you achieve your goals.

    During the past 15 years I have specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, addictions and trauma. I also sit at the board of the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals South Florida Chapter (iaedp) and have presented at numerous conferences on the impact of eating disorders. I’m committed to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serve as a catalyst for education, prevention, and access to quality care.

    Ara Mascarenas, M.S Counseling

    I am a dedicated pre-licensed mental health therapist with a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. I have a wealth of experience in diverse clinical settings, including schools, clinics, and outpatient services. My focus has been on addressing mental health concerns, fostering healthy development, promoting social-emotional learning, and enhancing executive functioning skills.

    Specializing in working with children aged 4 to 18, as well as young adults, I possess a deep understanding of the unique challenges and developmental needs that arise during these crucial stages of life. As a bilingual clinician fluent in both English and Spanish, I can effectively communicate and connect with clients from different cultural backgrounds, fostering a sense of comfort and understanding.

    My passion lies in working with children and adolescents facing a range of issues, including behavior challenges, navigating divorce, recovering from traumatic experiences, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I provide compassionate and tailored support to facilitate healing and growth.

    Additionally, I value community involvement and I sit on the board of the Mental Health Counselors Association of Palm Beach.

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    • 06/14/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Children's Services Council 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL 33426

    Medications for Mental Illness: What Therapists Need to Know

    Jessica Turner, M.D.

    As a therapist, you may be wondering how medication can fit into your treatment plan with your clients. Medication is often an effective treatment for mental illness, especially when used in combination with therapy.

    There are many types of medications that are commonly used to treat mental illness, and the best medication for a particular client will depend on their individual needs. To help clients manage their expectations, it is important to understand when medication might be appropriate, and how medication will be utilized in their everyday life. This presentation will provide a primer for therapists to understand what is relevant for your everyday practice. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the benefits of medication in combination with therapy.
    2. Identify the different types of medications that are commonly used to treat mental illness.
    3. Discuss the risks of medication, such as side effects and drug interactions.
    4. Describe which patients may benefit from genetic testing or blood work.
    5. Discuss the importance of managing the patient's expectations about medication.

    2.0 General CEU Hours

    Jessica Turner, M.D. is a concierge psychiatrist with experience treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions in adults. She completed her undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Trinity University, where she conducted eating disorder prevention research. She then went on to earn her master's degree from the University of North Texas and her medical degree from Texas Tech University. Dr. Turner completed her psychiatry residency training at Brown University, where she served as an educator and teacher to medical students. 

    Dr. Turner currently provides concierge mental health care for patients seeking to improve their mental health and well-being. She takes a collaborative approach to medication management, working with counselors and therapists to ensure that medications are both thoughtful and appropriate for each patient’s individual needs.

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Past events

02/16/2024 Safety Through Action: DBT Skills for Trauma-Based Disorders
01/19/2024 Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment: Engaging the Client and Clinical Strategies
12/08/2023 Whose Story is it Anyway? Individual Development across Family Systems
11/17/2023 Assertive Community Treatment: A Paradigm Shift in Treating Severe Mental Illness
10/13/2023 Healing Adolescent Heartbreak: Addressing the Core of Complex Trauma and Addiction
09/22/2023 Fish Out of Water: Exploring the Disconnect between Masculinity and Vulnerability
06/09/2023 Binge Eating Disorder: Beyond the DSM-V
05/19/2023 Disaster Proof: 7 Mistakes That Could Cost You Your License
04/14/2023 Your Brain On Drugs: Homeostasis, Neurochemistry, and Healing from Addiction
03/10/2023 Repairing Injured Relationships Overcome by Addictions
02/17/2023 Somatic Experiencing: The Body Remembers
01/20/2023 Rewiring the Brain: TMS & Therapeutic Applications of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
12/16/2022 The Counselor’s Survival Guide to Ethical Counseling in a Politicized Era
12/16/2022 Medical Errors Avoidance: DSM-5 Resources for Differential Diagnosis
11/18/2022 Saving A life: The Marchman Act & Involuntary Addiction Treatment
10/14/2022 Creative Strategies in Developing an Ethical and Profitable Private Practice
09/16/2022 Medical and Behavioral Addiction: Holistic and Integrated Approaches to Substance Abuse and Mental Health
06/17/2022 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
05/20/2022 Troubled Teens: Working with "Gen Z"
04/22/2022 Cannabis Psychosis: Current Research. Recovery Strategies
03/18/2022 ACE Scores: Accounting for Toxic Stress During Childhood
02/11/2022 What's the Buzz? Exploring EMDR
01/14/2022 Personality Disorders: Adversity, Dysregulation and the Search for Secure Attachment
10/15/2021 How to Chill: Mindfulness with Teens for Rootedness and Humanity
09/10/2021 NARM & Working With Teenagers
06/11/2021 Targeting Trauma: Filling the Gaps
05/14/2021 Love Wins: Trauma, Adversity and Healing
04/16/2021 Rethinking Personality Disorders: The Search for Secure Attachment
03/12/2021 Bottomless: The Marchman Act and Other Radical Approaches to Addiction
02/12/2021 The Happiness Trap: Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Holistic Health
01/15/2021 Food and Mood: Eating and Emotional Regulation in the Pandemic
01/08/2021 Required Renewal Ethics Course 3 hrs
12/19/2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
12/17/2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
12/17/2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
12/09/2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
11/03/2020 Sexual Betrayal: Helping Couples Survive
10/09/2020 Surviving or Thriving? Strategies to Build a Smart Private Practice During the Pandemic
06/26/2020 Fearless Love: Relationship Sanity During Crazy Times
06/05/2020 Telehealth for Counselors: Zooming Into a New Era
05/22/2020 Close Up: COVID-19 Through the Lens of Inpatient Psychiatry
02/14/2020 Never Enough: Homeostasis, Marijuana and Opiate Addiction
01/24/2020 A Unified Partnership: Attorneys & Mental Health Counselors
12/14/2019 Soul Tending: Healing the Wounded Healer
12/13/2019 From PTSD to PTG: Psychological Resilience after Community Crisis
11/22/2019 Accurate Diagnosis: Tools for Effective Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluation
10/25/2019 Sex, Drugs & Rock-Solid Recovery: Regaining Intimacy
09/13/2019 Saving Lives: Getting Loved Ones into Treatment Using the Marchman Act
06/07/2019 Half Day Qualified Supervisor Refresher Training June 7th, 9 to 1
06/06/2019 Two Day Qualified Supervisor Training June 6 & 7th , 9 to 3 both days
05/31/2019 More than Addiction: Comprehensive Approaches to Co-Occurring Disorders
05/03/2019 ICISF Group Crisis Certification
04/19/2019 Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate: Screening for Signs and Symptoms
03/15/2019 Marijuana: Weeding Out Fact From Fiction
02/15/2019 Love Wins: Trauma, The Nervous System and Recovery
02/02/2019 Trained Crisis Responder Certification Course
01/04/2019 Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope (Free CE Workshop)
01/01/2019 Ethics, Medical Errors, Renewal Laws & Rules: 8 Hour Friday Course
11/16/2018 Starry Nights: Non-suicidal Self-injury
10/12/2018 No Time to Lose: Accelerating Trauma Resolution
09/14/2018 On Becoming A Master Therapist: Personal and Professional Journeys
08/24/2018 Using Emotions in Therapy: Gottman, Ekman, Norcross and Napier
05/18/2018 Borderlines Part 2: Treating Personality Disorders
04/12/2018 Affluenza: Family Pathology of Excessive Wealth
03/16/2018 Radical Self Care: Mindfulness and Making Money in Therapy
02/16/2018 Intimacy Interrupted: How Sex and Other Addictions Destroy Relationships
01/26/2018 Marketing Strategies for Private Practice Owners (Special Engagement)
01/19/2018 Lifting the Fog: Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback into Dual Diagnosis Treatment
12/15/2017 The Body Keeps Score: Healing Trauma from Linehan to Van der Kolk
11/17/2017 Teens, Sex and Social Media
10/13/2017 Build Your 6 Figure Dream Private Practice
06/09/2017 Complicated Pain: Breaking the Destructive Opioid Spiral
04/21/2017 Treating the "Un-treatable": Borderline Personalities and Getting Results
02/10/2017 Failure to Launch: Issues and Strategies for Troubled Young Adults
01/06/2017 Medical Errors, Ethics, Domestic Violence
11/18/2016 Treating Complex Co-Occurring Disorders: A Team Approach

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