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    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407
    • 14

    Erinn Beck LMHC & Pablo F Del Real

    ***This event will be live at Hanley.  Masks are required as well as proof of vaccination.  Socially distanced seating is limited to first 20 participants.****

    Gen Z has been called the most anxious and depressed generation in modern history. More high school students are waking up to the necessity of intentional community for mental wellness. Pablo del Real and Erinn Beck, co-teachers of the Mindfulness Club at Atlantic Community High School since 2018, will lead a demonstration of a mindfulness club meeting — together with teens from the program. 

    The Mindfulness Clubs program serves high school students seeking personal growth beyond the standard school curriculum. Most high schools today don’t offer a class on how to manage difficult emotions, nor do they teach students how to train the mind, how to forgive, or how to relax. In short, high schools today are not designed to teach teens how to be a human being. Mindfulness Clubs teach this most basic need — being human.

     The Mindfulness Clubs program started at Atlantic High in 2017. In 2020-2021 it was at four Title I high schools in Palm Beach County.

    Learning Objectives:

    ·  Understand and explain the 4 spheres of awareness and conceptualize treatment plans for their adolescent clients integrating the 4 spheres

    ·  Define mindfulness and meditation in ways that are accessible to adolescent clients

    ·  Experience relevant mindfulness practices and understand how to use mindfulness with their clients

    ·  Demonstrate an understanding of how group mindfulness increases emotional and mental resilience in adolescents


     Pablo is the Founder and Director of Education for The Way Mindfulness Education, a mental health and wellness company providing mindfulness education and practice to companies, groups, individuals, and students.

     Pablo is also the Founder and Director of Mindfulness Programs for Soil and Soul, a nonprofit organization that has incubated over a dozen projects and programs in Palm Beach County, including the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, High School Mindfulness Clubs, Tiger Territory Education Garden, and the Interfaith Café.

     In 2012, Pablo earned MLK Nonviolence Reconciliation Trainer certification (Level I) from Bernard LaFayette, PhD. Dr. LaFayette was a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, participant in Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 2009, Pablo received the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at the end of a five-day retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York.

     Pablo has a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Rutgers College. He has been studying and practicing mindfulness since 2005.


    Erinn Beck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in working with adolescents.  She currently is part of the group practice, Restoring Hope of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. Erinn is active on 3 boards in the community. She is the Vice President of the Mental Health Counselors Association of Palm Beach, on the board of the South Florida Association of Christian Counselors, and is on the board of governors of the Delray Beach Historical Society.  In addition, Erinn is a mindfulness meditation teacher with the Way Mindfulness Education (The Way).  She is an active presenter in the community, teaching about topics such as:  Mindfulness and Adolescent Mental Health.  Erinn holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She has been studying and practicing mindfulness since 2012.


    • 12 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407
    Registration is closed

    Aaron Norton, LMHC

    This will be a LIVE three hour presentation on Ethics that will satisfy licensure requirements for 491 clinicians. 

    The digital age has raised a number of ethical dilemmas for counselors to grapple with. Do I approve or deny a friend request from a client? Can I look up information about my client on the internet? Can I have a Facebook page for my practice? What happens if a client posts a comment? Can I still send emails to clients? What about text messages? Can we Skype? Can I facilitate a cyber group? Fortunately, recent revisions in the ethical codes of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) provide guidance on questions like these. But on the other hand, how many counselors have the time to review each of these codes in great detail to find out what’s new? In this 3- hour workshop, we’ll review recent changes in the ethical codes governing our profession with particularly emphasis on the 2020 revision of AMHCA’s ethical code.

    This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify novel ethical issues related to technological advances in counseling.
    2. Review revisions in various ethical codes in the past 5 years that relate to technology and counseling
    3. Identify gaps, challenges, and unanswered questions that still generate ethical ambiguity among counselors.

    About the Presenter:

    Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He is board-certified in addictions, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and clinical trauma treatment. He has 20 years of clinical experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and has been published in NAADAC’s Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, and AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine.

    • 14 Jan 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • The Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St West Palm Beach 33445

      Courtney Armstrong, LPC

    This 3 hour, 3CEU seminar will be held live at The Hanley Learning Center in West Palm Beach. 

    Personality disorders may not be disorders at all, but creative ways of coping with early attachment trauma. Understanding this often ignored factor can help you more easily build rapport with troubled clients, avoid frustration, and increase positive treatment outcomes. In this presentation, you’ll discover how to:

    • Identify research that has found a correlation between early attachment trauma and the later development of personality disorder traits.
    • Match personality disorder traits to attachment style traits to develop effective strategies for treatment.
    • Identify at least one evidence-based treatment strategy that improves attachment patterns for each type of insecure attachment style.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Explain how attachment trauma impacts brain development, emotional regulation skills, and personality development.
    2. Discuss the association between three primary insecure attachment styles and each of the ten personality disorders.
    3. Assess how to avoid common therapeutic mistakes in clinical practice with this population.
      1. Understand the function of defensive, manipulative behaviors as creative coping strategies to manage attachment needs.
      2. Use of DBT and mentalization to improve emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
    4. Identify at least one evidence-based treatment strategy that improves attachment patterns for each type of insecure attachment style.
    Presenter Bio: Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor, author, and international speaker who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. Known for her warm, witty style and ability to translate scientific discoveries into easy-to-use therapeutic strategies, she is author of the books Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation and Resilience, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies to Get Your Clients Unstuck, and Transforming Traumatic Grief.
    • 11 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE or LIVE: Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Luna Medina Wolf

    Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy has been a buzz word in the therapeutic community the past few years. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based treatment primarily for PTSD but has been applied successfully to various other clinical issues. As therapists, we always look for the next training to acquire, to make sure we can help our clients improve and reach their goals. EMDR changed my career completely because I learned I can help people actually heal from trauma rather than just learning to cope with it. Many clients who come to get help for anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anger issues and more do not even know it stems from trauma they experienced. We know that trauma is categorized as more than catastrophic events. Research shows that repeated exposure to Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) can actually be more detrimental to the human mind than a single event trauma for many people. If you want to hear more about how EMDR can help treat trauma and other conditions, in addition to trying some techniques for yourself from phase two of EMDR, than this workshop is for you!

    Participants will:

    · Describe the 8 phases of EMDR

    ·  Articulate the Adaptive Information model (AIP)

    ·  Understand the "Three Pronged Approach" to trauma recovery

    ·  Deploy Reducing Techniques: Breathing, Tapping, Polyvagal Exercises and more

    Luna L. Medina-Wolf, LMHC, NCC, MCAP, QS

     Luna Medina-Wolf is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Master Certified Addiction Professional. Luna is an approved consultant for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a Facilitator in Training with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistant Program and a Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. Luna is the owner of a Group Private Practice, Helping Moon Counseling, P.A. in Boca Raton, FL, which employs approximately 20 mental health professionals and student interns. Further, Luna is multilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

     Luna has a robust background in working with individuals who have a history of trauma, as well as those who struggle with substance use or addiction issues. The compassion, dedication and knowledge she possesses make her an empathic and skilled therapist who connects quickly with her clients. Luna works with individuals, couples, and families experiencing varying obstacles that can cause high levels of emotional pain and anxiety. Luna believes in providing clients with a holistic approach to improving their lives. She empowers her clients to improve their lifestyle, approaching it from a mind, body, and spirit relationship due to her understanding of the synergistic connection between these three components on overall well-being. Luna sincerely believes in the success and long-term efficacy of EMDR, and the importance of dissociation work as intertwined with EMDR phase work.
    vLuna is an extremely passionate, educated mental health professional who has the ability to counsel, instruct and guide others while emphasizing the importance of self-efficacy. She continues to participate in professional development of her own because she is respectful of the ever-changing societal aspects that can affect mental health. Luna believes that positive change is always possible, even for those who have faced the most difficult circumstances in life. Her life work is to empower those around her and to embolden people to be the best version of themselves.


    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407
    Registration is closed

    Jasleen Chhatwal, MD

    Adverse Childhood Experiences: epigenetics, impacts, and moving towards solutions

    Toxic stress during childhood can harm the most basic levels of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and such exposures can even alter the physical structure of DNA (epigenetic effects). Childhood maltreatment has been linked to a variety of changes in brain structure and function and stress-responsive neurobiological systems with negative downstream impacts on health, emotional well-being and longevity. In this presentation, we will explore the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exert their negative impacts. In understanding the effects on brain, body, and behavior, we will then look to solutions that can move us in the direction of improved health outcomes.


    • Identify Adverse Childhood Experiences.
    • Explain the mechanisms by which ACEs exert longer term negative impacts.
    • List 3 solutions to reduce the morbidity of ACEs.

     Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA,

    Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Tucson

    Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson, a premier residential behavioral health treatment center. A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Chhatwal serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and as President of the Arizona Psychiatric Society. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, neuromodulation including ECT & rTMS, and various emerging modalities. She further completed fellowship training in Integrative Medicine from the renowned Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Dr. Chhatwal’s treatment philosophy includes intervening early, providing holistic, culturally competent, gender-affirming and evidence-based care.

    • 22 Apr 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE or LIVE: Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Joe Considine


    Working with attorneys and the legal system can, at first, appear daunting.  Many of us work hard to stay out of court for any reason. Therapists tend to think differently and are often "on guard" with courtrooms and lawyers.  Joe Considine, one of our sponsors and a long time supporter of our association returns to speak with us about how to work effectively with attorneys, especially in the field of addiction and recovery where understanding The Marchman Act is essential.  

    More information will follow on this exciting topic. Tickets are on sale now. 

Past events

10 Sep 2021 NARM & Working With Teenagers
11 Jun 2021 Targeting Trauma: Filling the Gaps
14 May 2021 Love Wins: Trauma, Adversity and Healing
16 Apr 2021 Rethinking Personality Disorders: The Search for Secure Attachment
12 Mar 2021 Bottomless: The Marchman Act and Other Radical Approaches to Addiction
12 Feb 2021 The Happiness Trap: Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Holistic Health
15 Jan 2021 Food and Mood: Eating and Emotional Regulation in the Pandemic
8 Jan 2021 Required Renewal Ethics Course 3 hrs
19 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
17 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
17 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
9 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
3 Nov 2020 Sexual Betrayal: Helping Couples Survive
9 Oct 2020 Surviving or Thriving? Strategies to Build a Smart Private Practice During the Pandemic
26 Jun 2020 Fearless Love: Relationship Sanity During Crazy Times
5 Jun 2020 Telehealth for Counselors: Zooming Into a New Era
22 May 2020 Close Up: COVID-19 Through the Lens of Inpatient Psychiatry
14 Feb 2020 Never Enough: Homeostasis, Marijuana and Opiate Addiction
24 Jan 2020 A Unified Partnership: Attorneys & Mental Health Counselors
14 Dec 2019 Soul Tending: Healing the Wounded Healer
13 Dec 2019 From PTSD to PTG: Psychological Resilience after Community Crisis
22 Nov 2019 Accurate Diagnosis: Tools for Effective Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluation
25 Oct 2019 Sex, Drugs & Rock-Solid Recovery: Regaining Intimacy
13 Sep 2019 Saving Lives: Getting Loved Ones into Treatment Using the Marchman Act
7 Jun 2019 Half Day Qualified Supervisor Refresher Training June 7th, 9 to 1
6 Jun 2019 Two Day Qualified Supervisor Training June 6 & 7th , 9 to 3 both days
31 May 2019 More than Addiction: Comprehensive Approaches to Co-Occurring Disorders
3 May 2019 ICISF Group Crisis Certification
19 Apr 2019 Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate: Screening for Signs and Symptoms
15 Mar 2019 Marijuana: Weeding Out Fact From Fiction
15 Feb 2019 Love Wins: Trauma, The Nervous System and Recovery
2 Feb 2019 Trained Crisis Responder Certification Course
4 Jan 2019 Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope (Free CE Workshop)
1 Jan 2019 Ethics, Medical Errors, Renewal Laws & Rules: 8 Hour Friday Course
16 Nov 2018 Starry Nights: Non-suicidal Self-injury
12 Oct 2018 No Time to Lose: Accelerating Trauma Resolution
14 Sep 2018 On Becoming A Master Therapist: Personal and Professional Journeys
24 Aug 2018 Using Emotions in Therapy: Gottman, Ekman, Norcross and Napier
18 May 2018 Borderlines Part 2: Treating Personality Disorders
12 Apr 2018 Affluenza: Family Pathology of Excessive Wealth
16 Mar 2018 Radical Self Care: Mindfulness and Making Money in Therapy
16 Feb 2018 Intimacy Interrupted: How Sex and Other Addictions Destroy Relationships
26 Jan 2018 Marketing Strategies for Private Practice Owners (Special Engagement)
19 Jan 2018 Lifting the Fog: Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback into Dual Diagnosis Treatment
15 Dec 2017 The Body Keeps Score: Healing Trauma from Linehan to Van der Kolk
17 Nov 2017 Teens, Sex and Social Media
13 Oct 2017 Build Your 6 Figure Dream Private Practice
9 Jun 2017 Complicated Pain: Breaking the Destructive Opioid Spiral
21 Apr 2017 Treating the "Un-treatable": Borderline Personalities and Getting Results
10 Feb 2017 Failure to Launch: Issues and Strategies for Troubled Young Adults
6 Jan 2017 Medical Errors, Ethics, Domestic Violence
18 Nov 2016 Treating Complex Co-Occurring Disorders: A Team Approach

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