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Continuing Education and Expert Speaker Series

We provide a context for mental health service providers to earn the continuing education hours necessary for license renewal. Workshops are scheduled in response to the needs voiced by local professionals seeking further training. We attempt to offer an ethics training each year as well as hosting various speakers with expertise in an area that educates on current trends and research, enriches clinical practice and fosters creative application of knowledge to mental health service provision. Our expert speakers series offers clinicians and interested professionals the opportunity to work with master practitioners. Most programs provide continuing education hours for professionals. (NBCC #4488).

Spring 2022 Ethics Workshop:

Knowing What We Don't Know: Meeting Our Ethical Obligation to Maintain and Develop Competence

This discussion-based workshop will be anchored in the ethical principles for the practice of counseling, clinical social work, and psychology. After identifying the principles most relevant to the competence issue, we will explore the implications for our core assessment and treatment approaches of ensuring competence is maintained and developed across the professional lifespan.*

Date: Friday, March 25, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: EMU Campus Center, Strite Auditorium (CC105), 1200 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, VA, 22820. 
Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Vauter
Price to attend: $65.00 professional, $30 student, free to EMU MA in Counseling site supervisors. 

Learning Objectives and Description:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1) Articulate why maintenance and ongoing development of competence is an ethical issue;
2) Identify at least three factors that can create problems in professional competence;
3) Identify at least three strategies for self-monitoring of competence;
4) Identify at least three ways to maintain and develop competence;
5) Articulate at least three potential ethical challenges associated with professional competence issues, and how to address them.

*Can provide Ethics CE's for LPC's


Presenter Bio

Rebecca Vauter, Psy.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist who is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition to serving as an Associate of the Center for Ethical Practice, she is the Director of Behavioral Health for Daily Planet Health Services in Richmond. Prior to that, she served as Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Armor Health, and spent six years as the Chief Executive Officer of Central State Hospital in Virginia. She also previously served as Clinical Director at Eastern State Hospital and worked in the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as leader of the statewide forensic program.

Dr. Vauter is an experienced expert witness, researcher, and educator. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University; Eastern Virginia Medical School; and Virginia Union University; and has extensive experience supervising students and licensed clinicians. She is also a former member of the Virginia Board of Psychology.

Registration Information

To register prior to the training, please complete this form.

The MA in Counseling program is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

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Past Trainings Presenters or Topics

  • Recognizing the Challenges in your Own Setting presented by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, The Center for Ethical Practice - 2019
  • DSM-5 (and Supplements) Refresher:  Overview & Strategies presented by Cheree Hammond, Ph.D - 2019
  • Sex is Not a Dirty Word: The Importance of Sexual Health and Wellness Training for Mental Health Practitioners presented by Emily Petkus, Ph.D - 2019
  • Exploring Identity and Dreams through Altered Books presented by Mert Brubaker, MA, Rebecca Peifer, MA , LPC - 2019
  • 10 Ethically Important Distinctions presented by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, The Center for Ethical Practice - 2018
  • Addictions Symposium facilitated by Christine Spilman, LPC, CSAC, Tara Langston, LPC, CSAC, Nate Koser, PhD, LPC,  and Richard Wettstone, EdD, LPC, LMFT - 2018
  • Expressive Arts Series “Altered Books as an Expressive Arts Platform for Work with Anxiety” facilitated by Cherée Hammond, PhD, Mert Brubaker, MA, Rebecca Peifer, MA – 2017
  • Circle of Security-Informed 4 day Training, Dr. Bob Marvin, Director, Mary Ainsworth Attachment Clinic – 2017
  • Clinical Supervision: Theory, Practice and Logistics, Facilitated by Dr. Teresa Haase w/Dr. Cheree Hammond – 2016
  • Co-hosted, CVCA Fall Workshop "Recognizing the Ethical Challenges In Your Own Setting " presented by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, The Center for Ethical Practice – 2016
  • Evening of Discussion with Dr. Bob Marvin and Dr. Nate Koser – 2016
  • Dan Goleman – 2016
  • Mindfulness, Supervision, and Jacques Lacan – 2015
  • Michelle Wade (ACA ethics specialist) – 2014
  • David Whyte – 2014
  • Dan Hughes – 2013
  • Erin Martz (ACA ethics specialist) – 2013
  • Sue Johnson, Ed.D – 2011

Read detailed descriptions of past trainings.

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