CE Workshops

The 2019 Continuing Education (CE) workshops will take place at the Flamingo Hotel,

in the room Virginia City III, Monday and Tuesday afternoons, each worth 3 CE credits.

When Change Chooses You: How to Help Clients Adapt to Undesired Change

Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:45am - 3:00pm, (3 CE hours), Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D.

Major life changes most often involve varying degrees of stress and this pressure often is exacerbated when change is unanticipated. Predictability helps enable clients to prepare—both mentally and emotionally—for modifications that result from significant life variation. The reality is that change sometimes happens that is both unpredicted and for which clients are not yet prepared to handle. In this context, Dr. Burger relates salient principles that human service providers can utilize in therapy settings that will help equip clients to address such stress. Decision-making strategies, life coping skill development, healthy emotional processing, physical health and lifestyle implications, social support systems, and stress management strategies are examples of psychosocial dynamics shared in the presentation in order to help clients adequately address unexpected and undesired life changes.

Effectively Handling Ethical Complaints and Preempting their Potential Occurrences

Monday, February 25, 2019, 3:00pm - 6:15pm, (3 CE hours), Lynelle Buchanan, Ph.D.

Naturally, a single licensure board complaint can have a potentially devastating impact on a professional career. Dr. Buchanan reviews the most common complaints lodged by respective licensure boards, assessing the patterns, interconnections, and behavioral tendencies. Best practices for handling complaints are suggested from the perspectives of seasoned therapists, licensing board members, and attorneys who represent professionals facing ethics complaints. Additionally, Dr. Buchanan also relates various steps that human service providers can take in order to proactively avoid common licensure board complaints. Applications are also considered regarding ethics complaints raised by various professional organizations in cases where human service providers are members and may face either/or—both/and complaints (i.e. licensure board/professional membership ethical investigations). Realistic case studies are related that help to illustrate principles in helpful and concrete ways.


Ensuring Your Practice Maintains Compliance with HIPPA Updated Requirements

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 11:45am - 3:00pm, (3 CE hours), Lynelle Buchanan, Ph.D.

HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. Since human service providers are entities that fall under HIPPA’s scope and requirements, then all providers must possess documentation showing full compliance. HIPPA violations are expensive, result in significantly negative PR, and may result in ethical charges being filed with the state licensing board and/or professional organization ethics committees. In this context, Dr. Buchanan relates up-to-date HIPPA laws, what private practice providers are expected to possess on their shelves (e.g., a HIPPA notebook) in order to ensure compliance, clinical and professional principles that must be followed, documentation protocol that must be followed, and how to make various HIPPA-related decisions as they arise in the course of normal therapy and practice procedures.

How Sleep Impacts Clients and Its Role in the Counseling Process

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 3:00pm - 6:15pm, (3 CE hours), Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D.

The potential consequences of sleep disruption are far reaching for all clients, irrespective of the presenting problem, assigned diagnosis, or life issues that clients are addressing in counseling. Symptoms often are exacerbated when sleep is insufficient and/or of reduced quality. Medicinal options, such as sleeping pills, have clinical implications about which all human service providers must be aware. Dr. Burger relates how counselors can help clients to improve sleep and also to help clients to compensate during times when sleep is inadequate and/or of diminished quality. As a result of the presentation, human service providers will be better prepared to provide up-to-date psychoeducation to clients regarding sleep-related issues, help advise clients in order to make better sleep-related decisions, and help clients better understand the significant mind-body connections that relate to sleep deprivation and that impact therapeutic outcomes.

Presenter Bios:

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.

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.


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, for those just attending CE sessions and who are not registered for the AABSS conference (HERE).

Continuing Education Approval for

Psychologists, MFTs, LPCs, and Social Workers

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. Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Continuing Education Credit for these programs also is approved by the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors and the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers. 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. (Compliance details.)