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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).

2019-20 Speaker information 

Integrative Play Therapy for Children and Adolescents Impacted by Abuse and Trauma

This workshop will explore an integrative, trauma-informed approach to using play therapy with
children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. Research and
literature describing trauma's impact on the brain, treatment of post traumatic stress, and
trauma-informed treatment will be reviewed. Attendees will receive a variety of directive play
therapy interventions which address core components of trauma treatment including:
psycho education, emotional expression, coping, and trauma narration. Lecture and case examples will provide participants with a comprehensive learning experience.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define integrative play therapy.
  • Describe areas of clinical need for children & adolescents who have been victims of childhood abuse and trauma.
  • Identify core components of trauma treatment.
  • Link specific play therapy techniques to core components of trauma treatment.
  • Possess play-based interventions to use as part of treatment for abuse and trauma.
  • Identify cultural influence in disclosure of sexual abuse.

About the Presenter

Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in using play therapy in clinical practice with abused & traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. She owns and operates her own private practice and is also part of her community’s multidisciplinary team (MDT) on child abuse. Sueann is internationally recognized for her work. She has developed many trauma-informed interventions for clinical work, is a contributing author to several publications, and has testified as an expert witness in the areas of child abuse and trauma at both the state and federal level. Sueann is an international speaker and has trained thousands of professionals as a way to ensure other therapists have the tools they need to successfully work with our most vulnerable populations.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm, lunch on your own, training begins again 1pm - 4pm
Location: Eastern Mennonite University, Seminary Building, Martin Chapel
CEs: 6.0 (NBCC #4488)
Advanced Registration: $120.00
Onsite Registration: $135.00

To register, please call Amanda Williams at 540.432.4243 or email her by clicking on her email address

Advanced registration closes on March 16th.  Onsite registration will be available.

Beginnings & Endings: Avoiding Some of the Ethical Pitfalls

This workshop places intakes and terminations into ethical context and considers some of the ethical pitfalls.  It begins by looking at the relevant requirements about intakes and terminations from our professional Ethics Codes as well as the legal requirements in our Virginia statutes and regulations. There will be discussion of how we can integrate these ethical and legal demands into our clinical work.  It ends by considering how a good beginning can help to create a better ending.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List some ethical responsibilities and potential ethical pitfalls at the beginning clinical relationships.
  • List some ethical responsibilities and potential ethical pitfalls related to ending clinical relationships.
  • List some Virginia legal responsibilities at the beginning and ending of clinical relationships.
  • Describe some ways that beginnings can be used to create safer endings.

About the Presenter

Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D. is founding director of The Center for Ethical Practice and serves on the adjunct faculty of the University of Virginia Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology. For her work with Virginia clinicians she was named a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists "for distinguished professional contributions to the practice of clinical psychology." For more than thirty years she has presented workshops for mental health professionals on topics related to ethical and legal issues in clinical practice. In 2015 she was the first-ever recipient of the “Outstanding Alumni Human Services Practitioner Award” from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education Foundation. In 2016, the American Psychological Association recognized her accomplishments with the award for “Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education”.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Eastern Mennonite University, Campus Center, Room CC105
CEs: 3.0 (NBCC #4488)
Advanced Registration: $65.00
Onsite Registration: $80.00

To register, please call Amanda Williams at 540.432.4243 or email her by clicking on her email address

Advanced registration closes on March 3rd. Onsite registration will be available.

Registration Information

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.

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