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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.

 

2022 Schedule 

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July 9, 2022 - Meridian Health Science Center

Clay and Sandtray: The Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play and Art Therapy

Peter Mortola, Ph.D.

6 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, I will reinforce the value of play and a playful approach to therapy, based on the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander. I will demonstrate through both theory and practice how a playful 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: Paradoxically, play can make therapy more real. For the first half of the workshop, will have a hands-on experience with clay, and in the second half of the day we will explore sand tray work (materials supplied by the presenter). I will show how Oaklander's playful approach provides a model of deep respect for our clients, giving voice to silenced, marginalized or overlooked aspects of the self. Based on my teaching at Lewis and Clark College where I am a Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, and my work with diverse, middle school students in counseling groups, this workshop will integrate both conceptual and practical content in a way that is congruent with the rich Gestalt tradition of experiential learning. The workshop and the Oaklander approach is applicable to work with children, teens, and adults.  

As a student and a teacher of Dr. Oaklander’s pioneering efforts to incorporate art and play into therapy with children, I am the author of Windowframes: Learning the art of Gestalt Play Therapy the Oaklander way (Gestalt Press/Routledge, 2006). In this text I describe not only the method that Dr. Oaklander uses with various playful and expressive mediums in therapy, but also the method in which she teaches adults to be more playful in their work with both young and old clients. The force of her argument and approach has spoken to practitioners world-wide, resulting in her book Windows to our Children (Real People Press, 1978) being presently translated and available in 15 language editions, from Korea to Romania to Brazil. These translations underscore the relevance of her work across many diverse settings and make her book one of the most popular Gestalt-based texts in the world. Participants will leave this workshop with both a theoretical and experience-based understanding of her playful approach and its relevance to their professional setting.eloping supervision contracts.

The Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation (VSOF) has generously provided scholarships to a one-day workshop entitled "Clay and Sandtray: The Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play and Art Therapy" at Idaho State University, Meridian on July 9th, 2022. These scholarships of $60.00 each will cover half the cost of the $120 workshop for selected participants. Participants selected for the scholarships will be required to pay ISU the remaining $60.00. The scholarships will be available to those who are able to demonstrate 1) challenges affording the cost of the workshop, 2) work with an under-served population in their present professional practice, and/or 3) plans to work with such a population in the near future. Applicants for these scholarships should send a 200-or-less word email addressing the criteria described above to Peter Mortola at pmortola@lclark.edu by 5 pm on Monday, June 13th, 2022. Please state VSOF ISU Scholarship in the heading of your email. The Scholarship Selection Committee composed of Lewis and Clark College faculty will award the scholarships and respond to each application by 5 pm on June 15th via email.

Registration Fee: $120

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 9:00am-4:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, idaho 83642

 

July 15, 2022 - LIVE WEBINAR

Supervisory Ethics, Documentation, and Gatekeeping

(Advanced Supervision Course)

Timothy J. Hakenewerth, Ph.D., LPC (MO), NCC

6.5 ETHICS HOURS

Workshop Description:

Explore the ethical foundations of clinical supervision, best practices in supervisory documentation and enhance supervisory gatekeeping.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Participants will understand the ethical foundations of clinical supervision
  2. Participants will be able to apply best practices in supervisory documentation, including supervisory notetaking and developing supervision contracts 
  3. Participants will enhance their supervisory gatekeeping practice via application of relational and evaluative principles

Registration Fee: $100

Friday, July 15, 2022 - 9:00am-4:30pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

July 22, 2022 - Live Webinar

Leadership Contributions to Promoting Healthy Workplaces

Ngonidzashe Mpofu, Ph.D., M.Ed., CCMHC, CRC, NCC

6 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed to bridge leadership style and workplace psychosocial environment using a stress and burnout workplace wellbeing model. Participants will have the opportunity to exercise developing effective strategies that may impact future employee hiring and retention practices.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Briefly explore the foundations of leadership styles using culturally responsive and culturally sensitive approaches.
  2. Be able to apply a stress and burnout workplace wellbeing model to evaluate workplace barriers and facilitators to employee mental health and wellbeing
  3. Be able to identify opportunities for leadership self-awareness regarding contributions to the workplace climate.

Registration Fee: $100

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 9:00am-3:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

July 29, 2022 -HYBRID - POCATELLO, IDAHO AND WEBINAR

Polyvagal Theory and Counseling: Understanding and Treating the Nervous System

Matt Ashton, Ph.D., BCB

3 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

This presentation will focus on reviewing research-based principles of the Polyvagal Theory to increase understanding of psychophysiology as it pertains to basic human functioning and counseling practice. Basic structure, evolution, and functions of physiological systems, particularly the Autonomic Nervous System and role of the Vagus nerve in human functioning will be presented. Application to client functioning and counseling practice will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Understand the evolution and function of the Autonomic Nervous system and specifically the Vagus nerve in promoting safety and balance within the body.
  2. Understand the process of neuroception in nervous system functioning.
  3. Understand the three physiological states determined by vagal function and how human beings shift between these states.
  4. Understand the neural basis of the social engagement system and how it relates to overall functioning in social interactions, including therapeutic interactions.
  5. Understand how to identify counseling strategies and techniques that promote safety and social engagement in therapeutic relationships and interventions.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Hybrid in Pocatello, Idaho and live Webinar using Zoom video conferencing platform (more on Zoom in the General Information)

 


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August

August 5, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

Multicultural Supervision and Advising with International Population

Minna Yoo, M.S., & Zhaoxuan (Daisy) Zhou, M.S.

3 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

International students from diverse backgrounds come to the United States to pursue counseling degrees, including master and doctoral level programs. Both international counselors-in-training and supervisors face multiple challenges in their journey, including second language anxiety, microaggression, and acculturation issues. These challenges may hinder their personal and professional development. This presentation introduces the unique experiences of international students, proposes strategies in supervision when working with this population, and advocates for a culturally inclusive environment.

In this presentation, the presenters will introduce challenges international students face in the process of becoming counselor and counselor educators. Specifically focused on East Asian populations, the presenters also propose ways to support and advocate within supervision and also macro-level such as departmental level to create a culturally inclusive environment. The presenters will also facilitate a discussion on ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. The participants will be able to identify challenges faced by international students as counselors-in-training (supervisees) and as counselor educators (supervisors).
  2. The participants will be able to demonstrate strategies in supervision and advising to support the personal and professional development of international professionals.
  3. The participants will be able to discuss cultural and ethical considerations of working with international students in supervision and advising.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 10:00am-1:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

AUGUST 5, 2022 - Idaho State University, Pocatello

Strong Couples: Counseling Skills that Transform Relationships

Kirsten Murray, Ph.D.

8 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

Couples counseling skills are at the core of this workshop. Designed for practitioners seeking to strengthen the foundations of their couples counseling practice, this model will teach the integral skills counselors use to improve couples’ relationships. Together, we will learn about the 10 guiding principles for effective couple work, apply these to complex cases, and practice the skills necessary to help couples change.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

Participants will understand the foundational model for couples counseling outlined in the book Strong Couples, the research it draws from, and the 10 trans-theoretical, integrated principles the model is based on. Each hour of learning will be dedicated to (1) Holding the work with couples, (2) leading a couples’ discovery process, and (3) enacting change for the couples. More specifically:

  1. Holding the work: How to (1) establish necessary boundaries, (2) define the client, and (3) co-construct the identified.
  2. Leading Discover: How to (4) foster self-awareness, (5) increase knowledge of family of origin patterns, and (6) foster congruent communication with couples.
  3. Enacting change: How to (7) promote vulnerability, (8) increase empathic responding, (9) hold responsibility, and (10) share gratitude with couples.

Registration Fee: $120

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 8:00am-5:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Idaho State University, Garrison Hall, Building 63, Room 726

 

August 6, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

Current Issues in School Counseling Ethics

Hannah Brinser, M.A.

3 ETHIC HOURS

Workshop Description:

Through an interactive presentation and discussion, presenter will address current school counseling ethical issues related to advocacy, confidentiality, case notes, and multicultural issues. This workshop will include a review of the ACA and ASCA Codes of Ethics and appropriate ethical decision-making models in school counseling. Illustrative case examples will be utilized throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Apply ASCA and ACA Codes of Ethics to current school counseling dilemmas including advocacy, confidentiality, case notes, and multicultural issues.
  2. Review ethical decision-making models appropriate for school counselors.
  3. Identify and address barriers to school counseling ethical concerns.

Registration Fee: $60

Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

August 12, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

Using Creative Techniques with International Students from Asia

Minna Yoo, M.S., & Zhaoxuan (Daisy) Zhou, M.S.

3 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

International students from Asia face unique mental health challenges. Multiple factors, including the stigma of seeking professional help, language barriers, and a lack of culturally appropriate services contribute to the underutilization of professional help among this population. This presentation addresses these issues and presents the creative technique in individual and group counseling as an effective way to work with international students from Asia. Cultural and ethical considerations will be discussed in case studies.

In this presentation, the presenters will introduce East Asian culture and explain how it might impact individuals’ perceptions of mental health services. The presenters propose creativity as an effective way to work with international students from Asia. They also demonstrate different techniques for individual counseling and group counseling. A case study will be provided for participants’ conceptualization. The presenters will also facilitate a discussion on ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. The participants will be able to identify mental health challenges faced by international students from Asia.
  2. The participants will be able to identify factors that contribute to the underutilization of mental health resources among international students from Asia.
  3. The participants will be able to demonstrate creative art techniques that can be used in clinical work with international students from Asia.
  4. The participants will be able to discuss cultural and ethical considerations of working with international students from Asia.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, August 12, 2022 - 10:00am-1:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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


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September

September 2, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

Interdisciplinary Ethical Decision-Making for

Emotional Support Animal Recommendations

Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.

3 ETHIC HOURS

Workshop Description:

The popularity of including animals in human healthcare is exponentially increasing, as are client/patient requests for Emotional Support Animals. When presented with a request for an Emotional Support Animal letter, many clinicians are uninformed about important legal, ethical, and treatment planning related considerations associated with such requests. Despite the growing popularity of animals’ roles in human healthcare, many providers and clinicians remain unaware of important role distinctions, access rights, liability concerns, and animal welfare considerations associated with different types of helper animals. In this workshop, the presenter will orient attendees to three vastly different helper animal roles: Service Animals/Assistance Animals, Therapy Animals, and Emotional Support Animals. Further, the presenter will provide evidence based best practice recommendations associated with each of the three helper animal roles.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Identify and define three distinctive helper animal roles: Service/Assistance Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Therapy Animals.
  2. Discuss legal, ethical, and best practices considerations relevant to all three roles discussed above. 
  3. Generate informed decisions about including or formally supporting a helper animal in a client’s treatment plan. 
  4. Describe documentation, policies and procedures appropriate to each helper animal role. 
  5. Identify appropriate and ethical inclusion of animals in professional settings and respond to inappropriate or unethical inclusions of animals in a professional setting.
  6. Identify resources for developing provider competence in therapeutic human-animal interactions.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, September 2, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

September 9, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

The Human-Animal Bond in Counseling: Ethics and Applied Strategies

Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.

3 ETHIC HOURS

Workshop Description:

Enthusiasm surrounding the therapeutic application of the human-animal bond is steadily growing among the general public, client populations, and mental health providers. While the popularity of these approaches is on the rise, few are aware of the unique ethical and professionalization considerations of this highly specialized and nuanced approach. Although including Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAIs) is an option for some clinicians, it is not always a practical option. In this workshop, the presenter aims to provide an introductory orientation to the complex world of human-animal relationships and other forms of biophilia in professionalized healthcare and discuss the myriad of ways to include such approaches into treatment planning and wellness optimization. Please Note: This workshop does not train attendees to incorporate clinical AAI's into their therapeutic practice.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Identify and define distinctive animal roles: Service/Assistance Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Animals, and Companion Animals.
  2. Understand and describe the theoretical underpinnings of beneficial human-animal relationships and interactions, and; the empirical basis for what kinds of human-animal interactions are beneficial, which are contra-indicated. 
  3. Discuss unique ethical and professionalization considerations relevant to the therapeutic application of the human-animal bond.
  4. Generate a step-by-step plan towards integrating the human-animal bond into one’s own practice.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

September 16, 2022 -POCATELLO

Trauma Informed Care: An Ethics Perspective

Whitney Harris, M.Coun., LCPC

3 ETHIC HOURS

Workshop Description:

Research shows that nearly two thirds of the population have endured at least one adverse childhood experience. These traumatic experiences often impact an individual's emotional, mental, physical, and relational health. Unfortunately as counselors, we often miss the signs of trauma and this can lead us down a path of care that may not be the most helpful for our clients. In some cases, it may even cause us to inadvertently retraumatize our clients. Learning how to be a more trauma informed provider not only increases our ability to become more effective providers, it also helps us to be more ethical in our treatment.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Counselors will gain a better understanding of trauma informed care, and how to integrate this concept into their day to day practice with clients
  2. Counselors will also gain an understanding of the ethical components of being trauma informed in the services they provide. 

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, September 16, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Pocatello, Idaho, Garrison Hall Building 63, Room 726

 

September 16 & 17, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

15 Hour Clinical Supervision for Counselors

Marisa Rapp, Ph.D.

15 CONTACT HOURS OR 1 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT

Workshop Description:

This workshop will satisfy the requirement of 15 hours of clinical supervision training needed for the Registered Supervisor designation with the State of Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (IDAPA rule 24.15.01.200). Participants will gain knowledge regarding the roles and functions of a clinical supervisor; best practices; State of Idaho requirements; legal and ethical considerations; in

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Participants become familiar with and discuss best clinical supervision practices.
  2. Participants will learn about ethical standards of supervision practice as designated by IDOPL.
  3. Participants will learn about relevant theories of supervision, including developmental models.

Registration Fee: $200

Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17, 2022 - 8:30am-5:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 

September 23, 2022 -POCATELLO, IDAHO

Creativity In The Healing and Growing Space

Zhaoxuan (Daisy) Zhou, M.S.

6 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

In this presentation, the presenters will introduce research findings on different modalities of creative art techniques in counseling. These modalities include but are not limited to drawing and painting, puppet shows, clay, music, creative writing, mask making, psychodrama, and sand tray. The presenter will create an experimental space and provide materials for participants to engage in creative activities during the presentation. The presenter will also use role-play activities and encourage participants to use these techniques with each other. The presenter will also facilitate a discussion on cultural and ethical considerations of using creative techniques with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. The participants will be able to identify at least five modalities of creative art techniques in counseling.
  2. The participants will be able to demonstrate at least three creative art intervention techniques in counseling.
  3. The participants will be able to describe the benefits of using creative art techniques in counseling and self-care activities.

Registration Fee: $100

Friday, September 23, 2022 - 9:00am-4:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Pocatello, Idaho, Garrison Hall

 

September 30, 2022 -LIVE WEBINAR

Working with Latino Youth and Families

Leslie Contos, Ph.D.

3 CONTACT HOURS

Workshop Description:

This interactive three-hour webinar will provide a grounding in cultural considerations when working with Latino youth and families. Eighteen percent of Idaho’s school-age youth are Latino, and this webinar will provide counselors an understanding of the cultural stressors and strengths often present in this important community. The integration of cultural values and beliefs into interventions while maintaining a family-centered approach will be highlighted. Visual handouts that support youth and family understanding of acculturative stressors and resiliency will be provided and explored in small groups. We will explore how culturally enhanced evidenced-based practices from a strengths-based approach increase counselor effectiveness when working with Latino youth.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Be able to identify cultural characteristics while maintaining a non-stereotyping approach when counseling Latino youth and families.
  2. Understand research about the protective factors of cultural awareness for youth
  3. Be able to utilize visual interventions provided in the webinar to work with youth on topics of acculturation, power, and empowerment.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)

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

 


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