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Idaho State University Department of Counseling has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3010. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Idaho State University Department of Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. CEs for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Teachers, Psychologists, and other Mental Health Professionals. 

Please note: Clinicians are responsible for ensuring the CEs we provide fit the continuing education requirements of their particular licensing board.


2020 Schedule 



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MAY 30, 2020 - POCATELLO    - This workshop is postponed and a new date will be announced soon.

Ethics of Enhancing Vicarious Resilience in your Trauma Work

 Camille Frank, M.Coun., LPC, Calleen Cannon, M.Coun., LCPC, Shayla Ward, M. Coun, LCPC


Workshop Description:

Mental health professionals are uniquely situated as recipients of both vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience from their experiences with clients. Current research regarding secondary trauma, clinician burnout, and vicarious resilience will be reviewed and applied to attendee clinical experience. Enhancing trauma-informed practices on organizational, community and societal levels will be discussed. Models of clinician self-care will be illuminated and demonstrated through multiple contemplative activities. There will be an emphasis placed on cultural considerations with advocacy and clinician self-care.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the spectrum of trauma exposure responses

-Understand how trauma exposure responses affect personal and professional identity as well as ethical client care 

-Reflect on factors to prevent vicarious trauma and foster vicarious resilience 

-Develop strategies to enhance compassion satisfaction as clinicians and supervisors


Registration Fee: $60

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 1:00pm-4:00pm (Postponed)

Location: ISU, 1400 E. Terry Street, Pocatello, ID, Garrison Hall, Building 63, Room 726

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OCTOBER 9 & 10, 2020 - MERIDIAN - (Workshop Canceled)

Play Therapy 101: Introduction to Non-Directive Play Therapy

Michael Whitehead, Ph.D.,  LMFT, RPT/S


Workshop Description:

This training is a post-graduate seminar in child-centered (non-directive) play therapy. It is expected that most or all of the participants will have had none or minimal exposure to the use of play as a therapeutic model. Non-directive play therapy is one of the most basic of play therapy models but has gained significant support in research literature as an effective approach for treating various mental health issues in children. This training will provide instruction on the history of play therapy, theoretical principles of play therapy, tools of play therapy, and essential skills and format of play therapy. It best suited for psychologists, social workers, counselors, school counselors, psychiatrists, family therapists, and other experienced professionals who work with children and families. This didactic training will allow the participants to obtain 15 contact-hours toward the required 150 hours of training needed for the credential as a Registered Play Therapist.

Training Expectations:

In order for the participants to earn the full amount of Continuing Education Credits toward the credential as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) from the Association for Play Therapy, attendance is required. There is a possibility of earning 15 contact hours for attendance of all workshop dates. Attendance will be taken for the records of the Association for Play Therapy. Your CEU certificate will document your attendance as well as the number of CEU’s earned throughout the training.

Learning Objectives:

• Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

• Have an understanding of the history of play therapy.

• Understand the fundamental differences between directive and non-directive play therapy.

• Review key research findings in support of Play Therapy as an evidence-based intervention.

• Understand the on-going process of assessment and its interconnectedness with play therapy interventions.

• Understand the rationale behind play therapy categories and the selection of materials for play therapy.

• Be able to describe Axline’s 8 principles of child-centered play therapy.

• Demonstrate through role-play the four skills of non-directive play therapy.

• Identify the need for cultural sensitivity and diversity in play therapy.

• Understand the ethical use of Play Therapy within the context of ones’ profession.

• Understand how to present play therapy as an intervention to parents.

• Be introduced to Filial Play Therapy and how to present it to parents.


Registration Fee: $200

Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10, 2020 (Fri. 8:30am-6:00pm & Sat. 8:30am-4:00pm)

Location: ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID Room 682


OCTOBER 16, 2020 - LIVE WEBINAR - (Canceled)

Ethical and Competent Supervision of Supervisees who Provide Counseling Services to Spanish-Speaking Latinx Clients

Edson Andrade, M.S. & Jorge Rosales Lopez, M.S.


Workshop Description:

Professional counselors have an ethical responsibility to serve clients of culturally diverse backgrounds. This includes adapting services to fit the cultural and linguistic needs of clients. A demand exists for counselors to competently serve Latinx clients who speak Spanish (Lopez & Torres-Fernandez, 2019). However, providing services in a language other than English may present an ethical dilemma for supervision practice. On the one hand, ethical codes require supervisors to monitor supervisee services and for counselors to practice within the competence of their training and supervised experiences (American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, 2014; F.1.a., C.2.a.). On the other hand, supervisors often lack native Spanish proficiency but must nonetheless provide this supervision (Perry & Sias, 2018). Thus, the purpose of this workshop is to address ethical concerns and strengthen the supervision rendered to supervisees who serve Spanish-speaking Latinx clients. Through didactic and interactive instruction, attendance of this workshop will result in three objectives: 1) Attendees will be able to identify and address ethical concerns related to Spanish-English bilingual supervision and counseling. 2) Attendees will gain knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to working with Spanish-speaking Latinx clients and supervisees. 3) Attendees will broaden their skills to enhance Spanish-English bilingual supervision.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00pm-3:00pm (Mountain Time)

Location: Live Webinar using Zoom video conferencing platform (more on Zoom in the General Information)



Neurobiologically-Informed Complex Trauma Treatment Across the Lifespan

Franc Hudspeth, Ph.D.


Workshop Description:

Complex or developmental trauma can be overt or covert and are typically ongoing/repetitive. As such complex/developmental trauma should be addressed, in stages, with neurobiologically-informed, developmentally appropriate models that include: (a) building on the safety and security of caregivers and community, (b) being developmentally sensitive, and (c) addressing affective-behavioral dysregulation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Conceptualize what is meant by neurobiologically-­informed treatment

2. Describe the characteristics of complex and/or developmental trauma and be able to identify the neurobiological changes, in children, adolescent, and adults, associated with complex trauma

3. Discuss the components of evidence-based treatments that are neurobiologically-informed & developmentally appropriate and incorporate aspects of these treatments into your practice with children, adolescents, and adults

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 11:00am-2:00pm (Mountain Time) 12pm-3pm (Central Time)

Location: Live Webinar using Zoom video conferencing platform (more on Zoom in the General Information)




Advanced Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with Substance Use Disorders

Chad Yates, Ph.D., LPC, Seneka Arrington, M.S., Amirah Nelson, MA, CAGS


Workshop Description:

This presentation will explore treatment strategies to use when working with clients who have substance use disorders (SUDs). The presentation will explore skills that can be used by non-substance abuse counselors and substance abuse counselors alike. Topics covered include the assessment of SUDs within clients, motivational enhancement strategies, relapse avoidance strategies, and community resources that promote recovery. Attendees will participate in a discussion about the topics above and live role-plays to cement skill usage. In addition, participants will gain access to screening instruments, psychoeducation materials, and videos to utilize within their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn effective counseling skills that can be utilized.
  2. Attendees will learn about resources and strategies to promote recovery.
  3. Attendees will learn about implications and cultural considerations.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: ISU, 1400 E. Terry Street, Pocatello, ID, Garrison Hall, Building 63, Room 726






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