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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.

 

2024 Schedule 

PRESENTER BIOS


JANUARY

 

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FEBRUARY

 

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MARCH

March 23, 2024 – IN-PERSON

How Play Becomes Real: The Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play Therapy and Drawing

Peter Mortola, Ph.D.

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, I will reinforce the value of a playful and creative approach to therapy, based on the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander. I will demonstrate through both theory and practice how a playful and creative approach to therapy can help enliven, sharpen, and make more authentic the therapeutic encounter, both between the therapist and the client, as well as between the client and (the sometimes surprising) aspects of the self that are discovered through play and art: Paradoxically, play and art can make therapy more real. In addition to theory and research, we will focus in this workshop on a set of drawings that can be used with clients of all ages to enhance therapeutic contact and allow relevant content to emerge and be explored in a way that provides new perspectives and possibilities.

 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the Oaklander approach to therapy with children, adolescents and adults
  2. Gain an understanding of how the playful use of drawings in the therapeutic process can paradoxically help clients address real-life issues
  3. Engage in hands-on, learning opportunities exploring the use of drawings in therapy

 

Registration Fee: $60

Saturday, March 23, 2024 – 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Idaho State University, Meridian Campus

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APRIL 

April 13th, 2024 – Hybrid

Trauma-Informed Supervision and the Role of Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Perceptions of Safety

Ananda Lettner, M.S., LPC

 

Workshop Description:

Using a trauma-informed lens, this session will address the way in which supervisors give feedback and broach sensitive subjects with counselors-in-training (CITs). It will also build supervisor understanding of how “sensitive subjects” can differ between CITs. CIT perceptions of safety and shame in the supervisory relationship will also be explored as factors in rapport-building, learning capacity, and ability to change.

Ethics credits will be offered.

 

Learning Objectives:

 

Participants will:

  1. Define trauma-informed supervision
  2. Describe ways in which CIT trauma history may impact the supervisory relationship
  3. Identify at least 3 ways in which CIT growth is impacted by shame and/or safety perceptions
  4. Identify and implement at least 3 ways to modify supervisor presentation and approach to be trauma-informed
  5. Practice in a way that complies with Section F of the ACA (2014) Code of Ethics: “Supervision, Training, and Teaching"

 

Registration Fee: $100

Saturday, April 13th, 2024 – 9:00am-4:00pm 1hr lunch (Mountain Standard Time) - Hybrid

Location: Idaho State University, Garrison Hall, Bldg. 63, Rm. 726 Pocatello, ID 83209

 


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MAY

 


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JUNE

June 6th, 2024 – IN-PERSON

Ethical Considerations in Walk and Talk Counseling

Katie Sacco, PhD, LPC, C-AAIS & Pam Vance, LPC, CRC

 

Workshop Description:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic more counselors have moved to incorporate walk and talk counseling in their professional practice to prevent burnout and benefit clients. Due to the complex environment of working outdoors there are additional ethical considerations that counselors need to be aware of in intake and informed consent documentation. This workshop will address many ethical components for counselors in the beginning stages of incorporating walk and talk counseling into their work with clients.

The workshop will be held outside for the full 3 hours. Please wear comfortable clothes/shoes and bring a chair if you would like.

 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Participants will review ethical considerations for informed consent when engaging in walk and talk counseling.
  2. Participants will explore specific aspects of relationship building considerations in walk and talk counseling.
  3. Participants will engage with 1-2 walk and talk counseling practice experiences.

 

Registration Fee: $60

Saturday, June 6th, 2024 – 1:00pm - 4:00pm (MST)

Location: Idaho State University, Garrison Hall, Bldg. 63, Pocatello, Idaho 83209

 


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JULY

 

 


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AUGUST

August 23rd, 2024 – IN-PERSON

 

Supervising Neurodivergent Divergent Clinicians Using a Strengths-Based Approach

Alex Green, MS, PCLC 

Workshop Description:

The presentation will begin with a brief overview of major ND diagnoses and associated traits. After a strong foundation is established, there will be a discussion of how traits may mimic other diagnoses. A review of the most effective interventions for ND clients will follow this discussion. The presentation will be closed by a discussion of how the previously discussed tools may also translate to better support for ND clinicians.

 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Improved understanding of ND diagnoses and traits
  2. Learning 2-3 strategies for effective work with ND clients
  3. Discussion of improved advocacy for ND clients and clinicians
  4. Increased awareness of clinician’s ND identity
  5. Familiarity with current strengths-based models for working with ND students/clinicians

 

Registration Fee: $100

Friday, August 23rd, 2024 – 9:00am- 4:00pm (MST) (includes 1 hour lunch) – In-Person

Location: Idaho State University, Garrison Hall, Building 63, Rm. 726, Pocatello, Idaho 83209

 


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SEPTEMBER

September 6th, 2024 – IN-PERSON

 

Navigating Ethics in Practice: A Refresher on Ethical Decision Making in Supervision

Alex Green, MS, PCLC

Workshop Description:

The workshop will begin with a brief overview of the ACA Code of Ethics with special attention given to the recent changes made in the 2024 Code of Ethics. After the overview the presenter will review the ethical decision-making model. The second half of the class will involve case studies and discussions about applying the decision-making model to client work and supervision.

 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Review updated ethical standards
  2. Refresh on the process/use of the ethics decision-making model
  3. Apply new ethical standards and decision-making model to work with supervisees
  4. Special emphasis on ethical decisions with the recent addition of the counseling compact

 

Registration Fee: $100

Friday, September 6th, 2024 – 9:00am- 4:00pm (MST) (includes 1 hour lunch) – In-Person

Location: Idaho State University, Garrison Hall, Building 63, Rm. 726, Pocatello, Idaho 83209

 


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OCTOBER

 

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NOVEMBER

 

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DECEMBER 

 

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