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).

Eastern Mennonite University - Master of Arts in Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4488. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Eastern Mennonite University - Master of Arts in Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Spring 2024 Workshop:

Entering the Heart of Trauma

We’ll begin with a short mindfulness practice for  getting settled into our bodies (for whole-brain 
learning) and widening our window of  nonjudgmental receptivity. Then we’ll discuss  how we might understand trauma through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology. This will bring  us to several questions: How are traumas held in  our system? How does trauma heal? What is  therapeutic presence and what is its role in  healing trauma? How does our inner community  develop in the presence of trauma? How does  approaching healing from the inner community  perspective deepen the resolution of the traumas  we all carry? We will make room for questions and conversation throughout.

Date: Friday, February 23rd, 12:00 - 4:00 pm EST
Location: Virtual - link will be provided to registered participants
Presenter: Bonnie Badenoch, PhD

Price to attend: Free. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis
Register        Download Flyer

Learning Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1) Discuss the difference between potential traumas and embedded traumas.
2) Describe the process by which traumas are held in our bodies while they await what
they need to heal.
3) List the two necessary conditions for changing the felt sense of implicit memories.
4) Discuss the qualities of therapeutic presence and how they support the process of
5) Discuss the development of our inner community during traumatic experiences.
6) Describe the way the inner community approach can deepen the healing of trauma.

*Can provide up to 4 CE hours
For more information, including a workshop agenda, download the flyer

Bonnie Badenoch

Bonnie Badenoch

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD has been a therapist, mentor, teacher, and author, spending the last 20 years integrating the discoveries of relational neuroscience into the art of therapy. In 2008, she co-founded the nonprofit agency Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind ( to offer this work to the community of therapists, healthcare providers, and others interested in becoming therapeutic presences in the world. For 30 years, she has supported trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds to reshape their neural landscapes for a life of meaning, resilience, and warm relationships.

Her conviction that wisdom about the relational brain can support healing experiences for people at every age led to the publication of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology in 2008 and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook in 2011. Bonnie’s latest writing is The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (2017). These books seek to build a bridge between science and practice with clarity, compassion, and heart.

Registration Information

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Past Trainings Presenters or Topics

  • Treating Childhood Abuse and Trauma: A Trauma-Focused Play Therapy Approach by Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S - 2023
  • Knowing What We Don't Know: Meeting Our Ethical Obligation to Maintain and Develop Competence by Rebecca Vauter, Psy.D., ABPP - 2022
  • 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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