CE Workshop Compliance Statements

All 2018 AABSS workshops are beginning level and intended for psychologists, professional counselors, marriage & family therapists, and social workers.  No registration deadline exists, registration may occur onsite at no extra charge, if desired.  Facilities hosting Commonwealth Educational Seminars are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:  Dr. Michael Firmin at firmin@cedarville.edu 937-766-3242.  Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. If a grievance occurs, then submit a written statement to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA  02648.  Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems and founded grievances will result in a prompt refund of any registration fee paid specifically for the workshop. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.  Workshop objectives include the following.  Ethical Issues When Counseling Difficult Clients: To review all pertinent ethical principles relating to charging fees for clinical services, To learn how insurance billing impacts psychotherapy offered to clients (including diagnoses, selected treatment plans, and length of treatments), To provide future pro bono services and make referrals for non-paying clients in ethically-appropriate manners, and To modify current and future clinical practices for some clients who must pay cash (not insurance) for psychotherapy.  How Financial Issues Impact the Counseling Process:  To review all pertinent ethical principles relating to charging fees, To learn how insurance billing impacts therapy services offered to clients (including group and family sessions), To provide future pro bono services and make referrals for non-paying clients in ethically-appropriate manners, and To modify current and future practices for some clients who must pay cash (not insurance) for therapeutic services.  How Cross-Cultural Issues Impact Counseling:   Provide a review of psychological theories of cultural development to serve as a primer for treating clients in a cross-cultural context, Provide relevant research literature relating to the relationship between cultural variables and the development and treatment of mental health diagnoses, Describe empirically supported clinical strategies to engage clients more effectively in cross-cultural contexts, and Examination of case study material. Counseling Clients Who Experience Physical Pain among Other Therapeutic Issues:  Provide a review of foundational physiology, anatomy, and brain functioning as a primer for understanding chronic pain, Provide relevant research literature relating to empirically supported treatment methods for chronic pain, Present cognitive and behavioral techniques and experiential exercises to help clients cope with chronic pain, Discuss impact of pharmacological treatment for chronic pain, particularly management of opioid treatment, and Explore case study material.