Graduate Counseling

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 2019 Continuing Education Events



Preparing for the licensure exam or simply wanting greater ease in your diagnoses? Join us in this DSM 5 refresher! This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the structure, content and key changes of the latest edition as well as the three supplements that have been implemented since 2015. Participants will also be introduced to new additions to the DSM, such as disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and recent research that supports differential diagnosis as well as tips and strategies (for example difficulties in parsing out disruptive mood dysregulation from oppositional defiance). Discussion and a brief overview of challenges to the DSM 5 will also be addressed as well as strategies for responding to these concerns. Participants can expect hands-on diagnostic practice activities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be exposed to the structural and content changes in the DSM 5 and in the supplements published since 2015
  • Participants will explore diagnoses new to the DSM 5, the current research and differential diagnosis of these disorders
  • Participants will review diagnostic principles and processes for building confidence and clarity in their diagnoses through the justification process
  • Participants will be given hands-on practice with diagnosis


Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time:  8:30am - 12pm
Locations: Eastern Mennonite University, Seminary Building, SB203
CEs:  (NBCC #4488)
Advanced Registration: $65.00; Onsite Registration $80.00

Advanced registration closes on February 25th.  Onsite registration will be available.



Cheree Hammond, PhD received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Virginia and an MA and Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University. More recently she completed a certification in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Her counseling experience includes work with children and adolescents and their families, with an emphasis on children. Cheree’s counseling, teaching and research interests include multicultural intervention, contemplative psychotherapy and supervision practices. Prior to accepting a position at EMU, Cheree` served as a graduate instructor at James Madison University’s Counseling Psychology program. Cheree` enjoys making art, meditation and watching sci-fi with her husband, Scott.



Understanding and promoting wellness across the lifespan is a fundamental part of the work of all mental health practitioners. Sexual health is a vital characteristic of overall wellness and is an essential component for responsible, safe, and satisfying sexual lives (WAS, 2014; WHO, 2006). The World Health Organization has emphasized the need to understand and promote the potentially positive role sexuality can play in people’s lives and to build health services that can promote sexually healthy societies (WHO, 2006). Despite what seems like a natural fit for mental health providers to emphasize sexuality in an overall conception of wellness, little attention is paid to sexuality in the training of counselors, social workers, and psychologists. As professionals who work to improve the lives of their clients, mental health practitioners’ roles are paramount in the treatment and enrichment of clients’ understanding of sexuality and sexual health.

This workshop is both didactic and experiential. Participants in this workshop will be invited to participate in individual reflection, large and small group discussion, and practice in dyads. Participants will learn about sexual health, wellness, and the important role mental health practitioners have in fostering overall wellness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about various components of sexual health and wellness that impact the clients and communities they serve.
  • Participants will increase understanding of the benefits of healthy sexuality.
  • Participants will consider ways to improve their individual approaches to treating and enriching clients’ understanding of sexual health and wellness.
  • Participants will examine the impact of attitudes toward sexuality at personal, professional, cultural, and societal levels.
  • Participants will practice assessing sexual health and wellness in dyads.


Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Locations: Eastern Mennonite University, Campus Center, Strite Conference Room (CC105)
CEs: 3.0 (NBCC #4488)
Advanced Registration: $65.00; Onsite Registration $80.00

Advanced registration closes on March 18th.  Onsite registration will be available.



Emily Petkus, MA, LPC is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Governors State University. She received her master’s degree from Lewis University in Counseling Psychology. Emily received specialized training in Illinois on counseling survivors of domestic and sexual violence and her clinical work has focused on the treatment of trauma. Emily’s primary research and teaching interests include professional identity development, counselor education pedagogy, and sexuality training in counselor education programs. Emily has worked in community and university counseling centers providing individual, group, and couples therapy. When she is not completing her dissertation or working as a counselor, Emily enjoys attending music festivals and traveling with her partner



Every clinical setting presents its own set of ethical challenges, sometimes because of the physical setting itself, sometimes because of the clinical population or lack of staff understanding of ethical responsibilities.  This workshop will help participants to consider which ethical challenges are most likely to arise in their own setting; to plan for the most ethical response to these challenges when they do arise; and to consider the implications for ethical training of clinical and non-clinical staff in the setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Name potential ethical challenges that might arise in your own practice setting.
  • Describe how you might respond ethically to those dilemmas.
  • Describe your plan for how to train clinical and non-clinical staff to be prepared to respond to these challenges if they arise.


Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time:  8:30am - 12:00pm
Locations: Eastern Mennonite University, Campus Center, Strite Conference Room (CC105)
CEs: 3.0 (NBCC #4488)
Advanced Registration: $65.00; Onsite Registration $80.00

Advanced registration closes on April 1st. Onsite registration will be available.




Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, founding director of The Center for Ethical Practice, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville and serves on the adjunct faculty of the University of Virginia Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology. She was named a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists "for distinguished professional contributions to the practice of clinical psychology;" and the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association awarded her the 2016 APA Ethics Educator Award.  For more than twenty-five years, she has presented workshops for mental health professionals on topics related to ethical and legal issues in clinical practice.


To register prior to the training, please call Amanda at 540-432-4243 or email her by clicking her email link



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

  • 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.