CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) WORKSHOPS

Note: The 2018 CE workshops will take place at the Flamingo Hotel, in the room Carson City. Directions to the room location can be requested at the front desk.            


 Counseling Clients Who Experience Physical Pain among Other Therapeutic Issues

Monday, February 26, 2018; 11:45 am to 3 pm (3 CE hours)

Pain impacts clients at all levels, including physical, emotional, social, and cognitive.  Although opioid and other medicinal treatments can be effective for some patients, to various degrees, innate limitations exists due to potential tolerance, side effects, bodily damage, and/or addictions.  Many clients who experience various psychiatric disorders also experience pain as a comorbid condition.  Dr. Burger helps workshop participants better understand the cogent role that pain holds in clients’ lives, how client pain impacts the therapeutic process, the importance of collaborating with clients’ physicians, and ways that human service professionals can better assist their clients who experience pain as part of their presenting condition for counseling. Dr. Burger brings a wealth of clinical expertise to the workshop presentation, serving as a clinical health psychologist.

 

About the Presenter:

Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has practiced clinical health psychology in both hospital and private practice settings. She presently is Director of Behavioral Medicine at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency in Youngstown, Ohio.

 

 How Financial Issues Impact the Counseling Process

Monday, February 26, 2018; 3 pm to 6:15 pm (3 CE hours) 

Finances directly or indirectly play an integral role when clinical social workers provide therapeutic services to clients. Insurance companies seek to control payments for a large percentage of individuals seeking counseling. Dr. Buchanan addresses issues such as how ethically to handle cases when insurance companies reject treatment plans or do not pay for the number of treatments suggested by therapists. In addition, the session will cover ethical guidelines for apt diagnosis within insurance reimbursement parameters, and long-term implications for clients who have certain psychiatric diagnoses on their insurance billing. Ethical issues are also considered for providing treatment to indigent clients, utilization of community health centers, deciding when to offer pro bono services, and whether or not to bill for services of intern or unlicensed counselors. Dr. Buchanan also addresses alternative fee-for-service options in private practice settings.

About the Presenter:

Lynelle Buchanan, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at Clarks Summit University in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.  

 

How Cross-Cultural Issues Impact Professional Counseling

Tuesday, February 27;  11:45 am to 3 pm (3 CE hours)

All therapeutic services occur in varying types of cultural contexts.  As such, both therapists and clients engage each other from their respective outlooks and communicate with one another through various shared and individual backgrounds.  The present workshop explores the social psychology dynamics involved with such cross-cultural issues and provides insights into the counselor/client relationship.   Multiculturism is viewed broadly, including factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, regional dynamics, socioeconomic variables, national heritage, and international considerations.  Dr. Burger relates results of published research, classical & current theoretical models, and various strategies for engaging clients in cross-cultural contexts.  Additionally, the workshop involves various case studies, participant engagement, and some exercises that help enhance cross-cultural skills among human service providers.

About the Presenter:

Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has practiced clinical health psychology in both hospital and private practice settings. She presently is Director of Behavioral Medicine at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency in Youngstown, Ohio.

 

Ethical Issues When Counseling Difficult Clients

Tuesday, February 27; 3 pm to 6:15 pm (3 CE hours)

Therapists are obligated to follow professional ethical standards and the present workshop helps them apply ethical principles in cases where clients are particularly challenging.  These difficult clients can include those with psychiatric disorders such as Borderline or other personality disorders, OCD, suicidal clients, juvenile delinquents, addictions, scrupulosity, anger management issues, bipolar and other mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, mandated clients, and others. This workshop's focus is not how to counsel such clients, but rather, rightly applying ethical principles when assisting such individuals. Dr. Buchanan will review relevant ethical directives, share results from research studies, suggest various best practices, relate ethical case studies, and provide small group exercises that help counselors to think ethically when providing services to challenging clients. 

About the Presenter:

Lynelle Buchanan, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at Clarks Summit University in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.  


Continuing Education Approval (APA, NBCC, and ASWB)


Twelve (12) hours of continuing education credit will be awarded to those attending each of the respective workshops. Plenary attendance at the respective sessions is required in order to receive the CE credits; conference participants may attend one or more sessions, receiving either a total of three (3), six (6), nine (9), or twelve (12) CE credits. These have been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) through Western New Mexico University’s continuing education office (Western New Mexico University; Family Counseling Center; PO Box 680; Silver City NM 88062; 575-538-6805; NBCC #4336) and it maintains responsibility for this program and its content requirements.

Continuing Education Credit for these programs also is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES), which is approved for Social Work Continuing Education (provider #1117) by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB, www.aswb.org), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program and the ASWB approval period extends from 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board in order to determine course approval. Social Workers (outside of Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia) participating in the present workshops will receive 3.0 clinical continuing education clock hours per workshop participation. Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Psychologists receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing each course.  Since this is a national conference, workshop participants are encouraged to check with their respective state licensure boards regarding the applicability of the workshop's approvals toward their respective annual licensure requirements.

 COST

There is no additional cost for the CE workshops, beyond the normal AABSS conference registration fee. Individuals who wish to attend the workshops only, and not the AABSS conference, may receive the CE credits for attending the respective sessions at $15 per CE credit. There is a separate registration link on the website for the CE registration.