The Office of Continuing Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides continuing education and professional development programming that meets the needs and requirements of professionals in the fields of psychology and related behavioral and social sciences. Core values of diversity, innovation, community, and service ground each program. Skilled professionals and experienced scholar-practitioners lead our work in support of the ongoing advancement of psychology locally, nationally, and internationally.

If you are an expert in your field interested in presenting on behalf of the Office of Continuing Education, please email us at OfficeofCE@thechicagoschool.edu and we can discuss the requirements needed for presentations and provide you with our continuing education application.

TCSPP Office of CE Courses Available for Homestudy​

Evaluating ADHD in Children and Adolescents

ADHD is a foundational disorder that frequently occurs with coexisting conditions. There are a number of sleep, neurodevelopmental, sensory processing, fetal substance exposure, psychological, trauma, substance use conditions which can frequently occur with and worsen ADHD, or cause ADHD-like symptoms when true ADHD does not exist. Between 67 to 80% of clinic-referred children and 80% or more of adults with ADHD have at least one additional disorder, up to 50% have two or more other conditions (Pliska, 2015), and 20% have three or more coexisting disorders. When other disorders exist along with ADHD, these combinations can magnify and sometimes even mask ADHD to create more complex diagnostic presentations that make successful evaluations and treatment even more challenging. Because ADHD can “hide” these conditions, they may not be recognized as separate disorders and these other symptoms and conditions may be incorrectly assumed to be part of the ADHD.

Additionally, while clinical practice guidelines recommend that ADHD evaluations include the exploration of potential coexisting or other conditions, clinicians may not adequately screen for and identify the numerous additional conditions as part of their diagnostic process because they do not know about the disorders, or have not been informed to do so. Sometimes true ADHD does not exist, but because many conditions can cause ADHD-like presentations, a misdiagnosis of ADHD may result. Further, when coexisting conditions are not identified, comprehensive and effective treatment typically does not occur and families and clinicians may experience confusion with only partial progress, while symptoms and frustrations can persist without hope or relief.

To support clinicians in their diagnostic work, Dr. Carroccia will present his 10-Step ADHD Evaluation Approach for Children and Adolescents. This comprehensive model includes exploring a number of other possible coexisting conditions, including trauma, neglect, medical, sleep, neurodevelopmental, sensory processing, fetal substance exposure, and psychological conditions. This approach will help clinicians more accurately conduct evidence-based ADHD evaluations, as well as identify and better understand the numerous other possible coexisting conditions that may present along with and worsen true ADHD, or cause ADHD-like presentations when ADHD does not exist.

Price: 95.00 USD

Coding and Documentation Excellence for Prescribing Psychologists

This seminar will provide a comprehensive exploration of documentation requirements and payer policies for psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, associated treatment plans, and evaluation and management services in the outpatient setting specific to prescribing psychologists. We will carefully explore how to determine the complexity of medical decision-making based on the American Medical Association’s guidelines. We will also consider time-based coding of evaluation and management services, to include activities that may and may not be counted towards total time, documentation necessities and strategies for accurate reporting and reimbursement. Additionally, we will explore therapeutic services such as individual psychotherapy and psychotherapy for crisis.

As variable payer policies exist, we will also explore similarities and differences for several top payers. This will include how to report prolonged services for Medicare and other payers, requirements regarding start and stop time versus total service time, and treatment plan specifics. Both internal and external audits are a key component of a robust compliance plan. Understanding variable requirements will allow organizations to set internal documentation standard policies that ensure payer requirements are met or exceeded in all circumstances.

Throughout the seminar, redacted records will be used to practice application of seminar content. Both excellent and poor documentation examples will be shared. Attendees will break into groups to assess record quality, determine which documentation components are absent to support the service, and select appropriate levels of service, where applicable. This activity will assist attendees in applying documentation standards to their own encounter records and appropriately assigning supported service codes.

Price: 300.00 USD

Combining the ETC and DCT in Therapeutic Treatment with a Depressed and Anxious Teen

The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) and Developmental Counseling and Therapy (DCT) are two methods of understanding cognitive and emotional styles of clients. Clarification of cognitive and emotional styles can foster positive relationships with clients, and promote transformation. The ETC is a theoretical framework composed of four continuum levels, representing the modes of interaction with media. Three of the ETC levels reflect established systems of human development, including Kinesthetic/Sensory, Perceptual/Affective, and Cognitive/Symbolic. Clients can use various mind states and developmental sequences that correlate to art materials in order to work on trauma, depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders. The level or continuum of the ETC is creativity, which is seen as a synthesizing agent. Like the ETC, the DCT offers four cognitive-emotional developmental styles, which are defined as Sensorimotor/Elemental, Concrete/Situational, Formal-Operational, and Dialectic/Systemic styles. 

Each of the four styles of DCT is a unique way of processing information. The therapist supports the client by matching her/his/their DCT style, and then helps the client expand her/his/their cognitive/emotional experience through horizontal movement in a particular style, or by facilitating challenge with vertical movement to a DCT style where there may be a block or underuse. A person can function in one style most of the time or in multiple styles. Both the ETC and DCT offer opportunities for growth and transformation based on increased insight of the individual. Additionally, both ETC and DCT allow the therapist to meet the client in the developmental mode that she/he/they are in, so that the necessary trust and relationship can be built to foster eventual client-directed transformation. Researchers have found that the integration of DCT with creative strategies has been a promising approach to working with disorders such as trauma, depression, terminal illness, eating disorders, substance use problems, and anxiety disorders. Combining talk therapy through the DCT with art therapy utilizing the ETC may foster holistic awareness and intentional action in clients suffering from anxiety and depression. Additionally, using ETC and DCT with children and adolescents who face some of the biggest transitions of development may offer a unique and holistic approach for youth who are facing developmental changes and mental health concerns. In this presentation 4 case studies will be presented using both approaches to decrease depression and anxiety, specifically in teens. Art work and therapeutic skills will be shown and highlighted.

Price: 30.00 USD

Understanding Vicarious Trauma and its Path to Resilience

Mental Health professionals routinely provide care to individuals with significant trauma histories. The incessant responsiveness and empathic regard that is required when giving care to trauma clients can result in the therapist being traumatized as well. This presentation will focus on vicarious trauma and how it manifests both as burnout and compassion fatigue. An understanding of vicarious trauma will be discussed based on the seminal research of Pearlman & Saakitvne. Additionally, vicarious trauma will be linked to collective trauma. The conceptualization of collective trauma will be based on the formulations of sociologist Kai Erikson. The presentation will also highlight the symptoms of vicarious trauma and specific empirically validated tools like the Malsch Burnout Inventory and Moreover, information will be delineated to underscore those mental health workers who are more at risk for suffering from vicarious trauma. 

A secondary aspect of the presentation will focus on ways to navigate the effects of impactful trauma work. Examining various self-care techniques to manage burnout and psychological distress will be addressed. An essential aspect that will be considered is the importance of moving from vicarious trauma to a place of growth and strength. The areas of vicarious resilience and vicarious transformation will be explored to demonstrate the positive impact that trauma work can have on therapists. 

Price: 30.00 USD

Marketing Planning for Health Based Professional Services

Health care professionals will learn to market their practice successfully and ethically. This webinar will lead individuals in the importance of marketing planning and how to develop a successful marketing plan to promote and grow their business.

This webinar will focus on how the development of marketing plans for health care services differs both legally and ethically from that of other industries and participants will walk away with the knowledge to develop an actionable marketing plan. 

Price: 55.00 USD

Walking in Their Shoes: Using a Multi-Modal Approach to Prevent Foster Care Placement with Immigrant Children

According to the American Psychological Association (2022), the number of immigrant and undocumented youth make up a significant number of immigrant and undocumented populations.   While the view of immigrants is mostly positiven, immigrant children and youth face a host of challenges. They can be the subject of racial and ethnic profiling, discrimination and harassment, gang involvement, arbitrary policing of documentation status, removal from their families and placement outside of their homes, and entry into the foster care system. Considerations for initial placement-related disruption include child demographic characteristics, child risk factors, the child’s case history, and placement characteristics (Sattler, Font, & Gershoff, 2018).  

​In the state of California, the Reuniting Immigrant Families Act (SB 1064) aims to address some challenges to reunification that immigrant families in the child welfare system face. Though the policy provides a solid foundation for change, several barriers, including, but not limited to, a lack of understanding of cultural needs, immigration, and cultural resources based on familial culture and parenting, a lack of resource use due to lack of transportation, multicultural understanding, and fears of system services or removal once the system is involved, parenting education is less effective when basic needs are not being met, neglect not being clearly defined, a lack of access to services and family court proceedings, systemic bias in education and prevention services and policies and policy and reunification involvement is not accessible for caregivers remain.  To effect change, policy, prevention and intervention must all be taken into consideration.  This presentation, while looking through this lens of intersection, looks at empirically based prevention strategies.  Specifically, strategies will be explored that aim to address the individual, the family, and the system.

Price: 30.00 USD

Is DEI an Ethical Issue?

In this fast-changing world, there are growing concerns among employers on accommodating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The absence of DEI has denied segments of the workforce basic rights, social justice, respect, and dignity as human beings. Employees look to their leaders for solutions when times are challenging and expect them to do what is morally right. Leaders must make ethical decisions daily to protect the psychological safety of their staff. In this presentation, we will begin to identify various links between ethics and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.

The success of diversity, equity, and inclusion is dependent on ethical leaders and decision-makers. This presentation discusses the relationship between DEI and ethics in the changing world and workplace. Meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives must be a foundational part of your organization’s ethics—and not just because the world is demanding action. Diversity and inclusion initiatives should be a core component of an organization’s ethical framework. This presentation highlights three approaches to embed DEI practices and structures in the workplace: liberal, radical, and transformational.

Price: 55.00 USD

Immigrant Acculturative Stress and Mental Health

This program will examine the role of acculturative stress on individuals’ mental health. It will distinguish the acculturative stress that people experience due to limited linguistic proficiency from the stress that they incur as a result of having to navigate a new culture, with a different set of norms, customs, ideologies, and even practices for interacting with a healthcare system and its representatives. Acculturative stress will be thoroughly defined, and relevant examples will be provided. The populations most susceptible to acculturative stress will also be presented. The presenter will use her own experiences as an immigrant who has experienced acculturative as a lens for discussing best practices for ameliorating the acculturative stress of immigrants, and for improving their mental health outcomes. The presenter will also incorporate opportunities for attendees to reflect on their own immigrant story, if relevant, as a means for exploring some of the concepts discussed.

This program will use Bandura’s (1978) social cognitive theory, specifically the notion of self-efficacy, as the theoretical framework for understanding acculturative stress and its impact on immigrants’ psychological well-being. The presentation will focus on two key context where acculturative stress may exert the most profound negative effects: work and school.

Price: 55.00 USD

Running A Successful Mental Health Practice in A Post-Covid Era

Want to ensure you have all the necessary processes in place while building your practice? In this two-hour training session, you will learn the most important aspects of building and maintaining a successful practice, including credentialing, enrollments, billing, and managing accounts receivable. This training will show you, step-by-step, how to run an efficient and successful practice. 

This professional presentation will provide training and guidance on creating a successful mental health practice. The presenters will go over crucial steps that impact your revenue cycle; including insurance credentialing and contracting and provider enrollment. Providers will understand how to create an efficient credentialing/enrollment process and understand the connection with a healthy revenue cycle. During this workshop, providers will understand CAQH, NPPES, I&A, AVALITY, ERA & EFTs, and Medicare portal. 

Price: 30.00 USD

Beyond the Political: Understanding Abortion and Mental Health

With the recent Supreme Court decision removing abortion as a protected right and turning it to state legislatures, the topic of abortion is, at once, both ascendant in discourse and a topic of angst for many. Numerous women who have experienced abortion or contemplated it find that mental health concerns transcend the passionate debate between the two sides.

This session will explore the relationship between mental health and abortion, paying particular attention to the role stigma plays in mental health sequela. Tips for working with both men and women prior to and following an abortion will be discussed.

Price: 30.00 USD

Increasing Self-Awareness to Strengthen Cultural-Awareness

Personal cultural awareness is a critical component for creating an effective learning environment (Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, CACREP, F.2.h; Kumi-Yeboah et al., 2020). Self- exploration is one avenue that an instructor can use for becoming culturally aware (Desai et al., 2019). This panel presentation engages the audience by using Johari’s Window (Luft, 1969) as a framework to discuss intrapersonal processes. The panel will discuss Giddings (2007) book on When and Where I Enter and how the text was instrumental for the development of the When and Where I Enter self-awareness exercise to increase cultural awareness.

Participants will learn and engage in the self-awareness exercise for exploring cultural awareness through self- exploration. Specifically, presenters explore literature supported evidence on the benefits of instructor cultural awareness demonstrated in the learning environment. In addition, research is presented on the importance of self-reflective practices to increase personal self-awareness and consequently enhance cultural awareness. Then, the panel demonstrates the When and Where I am Enter self-exploration exercise to use as a tool for developing stronger cultural awareness through self-exploration. Finally, the panel members and attendees discuss and explore the experience of using the When and Where I Enter self-exploration exercise for developing cultural awareness which can be applied in all areas of life.

Price: 30.00 USD

Reflections: Reminiscence Therapy with People Diagnosed with Neurocognitive Disorders

The prevalence of neurocognitive disorders in America continues to grow. In the United States of America 6.5 million individuals will be diagnosed with a major neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s Disease (Alzheimer’s Association, 2022). When an individual is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or another neurocognitive disorder the person, their family, friends, and community members are impacted. Friends and neighbors often become caregivers to provide support to the individual and their family.

Participants will learn about reminiscence therapy (Westerhof, & Bohlmeijer, 2014) and the application of the therapy to support the wellbeing of individuals diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder. Conference participants will learn how to assess if reminiscence therapy should be used with individuals diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder. Individuals will learn how to use reminiscence therapy along with two interventions to support clients and their caregivers. One intervention will incorporate the use of technology in the therapeutic process. Participants will also learn how to employ the wellness wheel and wellness counseling (Clarke, et al. , 2016) in the therapeutic process to promote the wellbeing of the individual diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder and their caregivers. A case study will be used to promote participants interaction, as they learn and apply reminiscence therapy to the case of Mae.

Price: 30.00 USD

Patient-Provider Communication

This program will be divided into two parts: Issues affecting patient/client-provider communication at the micro level, and issues affecting their communication at the macro level.

At the micro level, we will discuss how to engage in interpersonal communication with patients, and moreover identify barriers to creating a dialogue of this sort. We look, in depth, about both verbal (e.g., message content) and nonverbal (e.g., tone of voice, body language, proxemics) aspects of communication in the process of meaning making, and in forging meaningful professional relationships within the healthcare context.

At the macro level, we will examine how social scripts guide, dictate, and even constrain social interactions. We will account for how metanarratives of race, gender, class, and so forth influence day-to-day interactions with patients.

Price: 65.00 USD

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Embracing Diversity to Improve Care

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are often viewed only through the narrow lens of overt, outrageous acts. Developing cultural competence within healthcare is critical to go beyond discrimination to examining how social and economic forces impact the structure of healthcare and its delivery for the individual. The health inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic compelled health professionals to learn how to best engage in, sustain, and deepen conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion (Muldoon, 2022). Cultural competency trainings incorporate awareness and structural education for healthcare providers and healthcare systems to recognize how symptom expression, clinical problems, diseases, attitudes, and delivery of care are influenced by social determinants of health (Bishop et al., 2022). This specific training will highlight unconscious bias and microaggressions to assist participants to create healthcare environments that embrace diversity and different perspectives. 

The goal of this training is to inspire program participants to be active change agents within their industry. This Cultural Competency workshop will assist healthcare professionals positively impact employee engagement, promote team collaboration, and improve the patient care experience. Healthcare practitioners will be able to use the resources in this workshop to evaluate their organizational culture, inform their practices, and to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and welcomed. This training will emphasize unconscious biases and the impact of microaggressions. This anti-bias approach encourages participants to challenge racism, sexism, and discriminations whole learning how to be agents of social change. Our training will emphasize the critical areas: self-awareness; identify racism, sexism, and discriminations within healthcare institutions and practices; and evaluate diverse perspectives to become more culturally competent and empathetic.

Price: 40.00 USD

Billing, Insurance Credentialing & Contracting for Mental Health Professionals

Want to ensure you have all necessary processes in place while building your practice? This professional presentation will provide training and guidance on creating a successful mental health practice. The presenters cover crucial steps to impact your revenue cycle; including insurance credentialing and contracting and provider enrollment. Providers will understand how to create an efficient credentialing/enrollment process and understand the connection with a healthy revenue cycle. During this workshop, providers will understand CAQH, NPPES, I&A, Availity, ERA and EFTs, and Medicare portal. 

In this two-hour training session, you will learn the most important aspects of building and maintaining a successful practice, including credentialing, enrollments, billing, and managing accounts receivable. This training will show you, step by step, how to run an efficient and successful practice.

Price: 65.00 USD

The Six Step ADHD Treatment Approach for Children and Adolescents

Utilizing a long-term and evidence-based treatment approach for children and adolescent is essential for effective management of ADHD. This includes accurate diagnostic efforts to help identify a range of coexisting conditions that may accompany ADHD, as well as addressing home, school, and social challenges. However, many families, educators, and clinicians lack a critical framework for guidance to address foundational difficulties such as sleep difficulties and academic underachievement, as well as the myriad of developmental challenges that arise over time. This presentation will present a six-step comprehensive evidence-based ADHD treatment management model that utilizes a number of approaches and interventions for children and adolescents. Useful and specific strategies will be described for each phase so participants will increase their understandings and skills in each area.

The six-step ADHDology Treatment Model is presented as the framework to accomplish these three goals: Provide a clear understanding of ADHD, which is a complex and confusing condition. Without this, clinicians may not address the difficulties and challenges appropriately, and treatment approaches may not be as successful or can even fail; Teach the fundamentals about managing and treating ADHD at home and school; Provide additional and alternative approaches to treat ADHD, some of which are newer, while others have a longer history of effectiveness.

Price: 70.00 USD

Human Trafficking: A Two-Part Series

Human trafficking refers to the exploitation of an individual using force, fraud, or coercion. It is said that it is the third most profitable crime in the world (Global Financial Integrity, 2017). This has been further exacerbated due to the social and economic stress from the pandemic (U.S. Department of State, 2021). Although, anyone is susceptible to human trafficking, traffickers have been found to specifically target vulnerable populations (UN, 2008).  

Misconceptions about trafficking is a significant impediment in identifying victims (Logan et al., 2009). To make identification more difficult, victims typically do not recognize their exploitation (Brown, 2008). Part 1: Risk Factors, Characteristics, and Warning Signs will discuss the risk factors, characteristics of the traffickers, and warning signs trafficking. Part 2: Resources and Support will explore the ways practitioners can advocate and support anti-trafficking efforts.

Price: 40.00 USD for each part

Health Communications: Methods for Meaningful Collaboration

A four-part series on strategies for elevating collaborations between patient and practitioner

Operating from the premise that effective patient-provider communication is essential to the efficacy of health related interventions, this multi-part presentation will cover a variety of topics in health communication. The presentation can be divided into four parts, the first of which is entitled Narrative & Medicine. Here, practitioners will discuss strategies for honoring patient stories in practice, and for using those stories as a diagnostic tool. Drawing upon the principles of narrative medicine (Charon, 2001), practitioners will learn to see patients’ stories of illness not only as sties for harvesting relevant clinical information, but as opportunities for patient and provider to engage in mutual meaning making.

The second part of this four-part series covers the topic of organizational health communication. This part of the presentation focuses on how organizational dynamics and structures influence the provision of patient care. More specifically, here we will consider how institutional practices such as the transfer of care, institutional hierarchies, and interactions that occur “front stage” and “back stage” both facilitate and inhibit healthcare delivery.

The third part of this presentation examines the intersections of health and culture. In this section, we will consider how cultural beliefs impact health outcomes, especially from the perspective of historically marginalized communities and people of color. We will pay special attention to health beliefs outside of a Western context, and aim to identify ways to reconcile traditional and alternative healthcare approaches. Practitioners will learn specific strategies for adopting a culturally sensitive approach to healthcare, developing intercultural competency along the way, and ultimately eschewing ethnocentric beliefs, which may interfere with their practice.

Finally, the fourth part of the series attends to end-of-life matters. During this part of the series, lecture attendees will reflect on the ethics of healthcare. They will question previously held assumptions regarding the rights and responsibilities of both the patient and provider. They will become familiar with end-of-life cultural movements and laws surrounding physician-assisted suicide. They will also interrogate these matters in conjunction with concepts like medical paternalism, asymmetrical power dynamics between patient and provider, and patient autonomy.

Price: 40.00 USD for each part

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Mental Health Professionals – Updated for 2022

As mental health professionals, you understand far better than most people do about the effects that harassment can have on individuals. In the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal, various states are requiring mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for licensed mental health professionals as well as for employers, regardless of size. Harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, is illegal regardless of where you are working. You need to be able to define harassment, recognize it, take steps to prevent it, ensure that your employees understand how to report it, and your responsibilities to investigate and remediate. This program will provide instruction on all this and more, mirroring the requirements of Illinois law (the more specific requirements relating to the workplace and the not so specific requirement relating to licensed mental health professionals). 

This course was updated as of May 2022 to match all current legislation and provide the most up-to-date information.

Price: 25.00 USD

From Burnout to Bliss: Recognition and Coping Strategies

Nurse burnout is becoming an increasing problem, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more nurses are leaving the profession abruptly or suffering mental and physical ailments. The need to educate nurses on how to recognize burnout for proper intervention and treatment is needed for optimal mental, spiritual, and physical health.

Participants in this program will be able to define burnout and discuss different types of stressors that contribute to burnout common among nurses and other healthcare professionals. Participants will learn about signs and symptoms of burnout, promoting a healthy workplace setting, the effects of burnout on the body, and symptoms and stages of burnout. Identify individual and organizational prevention strategies and actions for responding to burnout. Applicable for nurses, healthcare leaders, and mental health professionals working in a healthcare setting.

Price: 30.00 USD

Clinical Implications of Mandated Reporting

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the role of the Mandated Reporter, and the procedures by which to make a mandated report, per Illinois DCFS regulations. Most clinicians are familiar with these policies, but find the process frustrating, overwhelming, and anxiety-provoking, as it relates to our relationships with our clients. In addition, clinical and ethical challenges exist related to the disproportionality of family of color in the child welfare system (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2016).The clinical implications of working with families throughout this process will be discussed: issues such as when and how to involve caregivers, how to support families during the process, and how to maintain the therapeutic relationship. Also discussed will be ways to differentiate between physical abuse and corporal punishment, in both the legal and clinical context, as well as suggestions for discussing this issue in work with children and families.

Price: 25.00 USD

Terapia Cognitivo Conductual en Español

Es muy importante comprender cómo trabajar con niños bilingües y sus familias que están lidiando con un trauma. La terapia cognitivo-conductual enfocada en el trauma se enfoca en proporcionar un modelo de práctica basado en evidencia con muchos recursos en español para niños y familias que permiten a los padres comprender mejor el trauma y el impacto en sus hijos. Comprender cómo trabajar con familias bilingües ayudará a los médicos a brindar tratamiento de una manera más eficiente sin perder la compenetración y la conexión con la cultura latina. Este taller presentará muchas intervenciones sobre cómo tratar el trauma con familias bilingües en español.

Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas al final del panel donde los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas.

Price: 30.00

Ethics in a Changing World

It is important to understand more than the prescribed code of ethics for each profession. A thorough understanding of the history and evolution of ethics puts the need for guidelines and boundaries into perspective. Awareness of the intersection of the law, morality and ethical decision-making is imperative. This workshop will address those considerations and more. It will provide provocative examples of how to use ethics as a personal and professional guide. Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists have one common mandate – to facilitate client wellness. Remaining objective, while displaying empathy can only be accomplished when certain boundaries are in place. This course will assist participants shape boundaries that are comfortable for them.

Price: 60.00 USD

Triage for the Bullied or Troubled Student: Through a Survivor’s Eye

Jodee Blanco, author of the seminal New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing at Me… and multiple other books on bullying, will bring your audience inside the heart and mind of the bullied child, and help them to see the world through their compelling point of view. As the nation’s first survivor turned activist/expert, she will also share some of her most unforgettable experiences working deep inside the trenches of America’s schools for over two decades. Jodee provides a rare and illuminating perspective that only someone who was bullied herself and who holds hundreds of bullied students in her arms every day as they pour their hearts out to her, can understand. Highlights of this class include: what you should never say to a bullied child and why; what you should say and do; the Three Tenants of Emotional Credibility in Communication and how to engage each to elicit truth from a student in crisis; how the bully and the victim are flipsides of the same coin and how to identify and assist both; the two types of bullying and why one is innocuous and the other dangerous; the two types of popular students and how to harness their influence to create a more inclusive atmosphere at school; the typical profile of the bullied child; how to intervene with a bullied child one-on-one; how to intervene with a group; why traditional punishment doesn’t always work and how to supplement it with a more intuitive alternative called Compassionate Discipline; how to spot the warning signs a victim may be suicidal or contemplating retaliation; where to turn for support; and how to work in partnership with parents on all sides.

Price: 25.00 USD

Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities with assessment and letter writing training

Gender is a societal construct that is problematic and has negative emotional, physical and/or psychological impact on people, especially those who fall outside of what is constructed as “normal.” Clients who are trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming, etc. particularly clients of color and more specifically Black trans folx, are overly misdiagnosed with mental health issues due to the lack of cultural competency and cultural humility. In this training, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma informed lens, while learning how to identify and eradicate our own internalized biases, in order to create safer spaces for clients who identify within and/or are exploring their trans identity.

This workshop provides mental health professionals with tools on how to assess and write a letter for trans/non binary/non-conforming and/or many more non cis clients for surgery/hormones/name change/gender marker change and more in one session.  Participants will also learn trauma informed ways to engage with the trans/non binary/non conforming/ and many more identities. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of knowledge and accessible tools to assess and write a letter for clients so that the client can gain access to affirming care.

Price: 175.00

Spanish 101 for Mental Health Providers – A Four-Part Series in Spanish

According to Deborah Bailey and Bruce Hogan (2019), while 18% of Americans identify as Hispanic, less than 6% of Psychologists in the U.S. can provide services in Spanish. Even more concerning, is that less than 50% of Psychologists interview in this survey felt extremely knowledgably in working with Hispanic individuals (Bailey and Hogan, 2019). This proposed webinar series seeks to engage TCSPP students, faculty, and community members in creating a more inclusive environment in mental health settings by introducing non-Spanish speakers and Spanish speaking mental health professionals to the basic words and phrases needed to work with Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English) clients in a culturally competent manner.   

Due to the increasing need of the Spanish speaking population in need of therapy services with an understanding of the language and cultural characteristics of the Latin community, these four, one-hour workshops will train mental health clinicians and current students to speak properly with clinical lingo to the population. 

Price: 80.00 USD

Coding and Billing for Psychotherapists – Telehealth

This intermediate presentation will provide training on billing insurance companies for psychotherapy services including how to receive payment from commercial payers including for telehealth & video-session services. This presentation will cover CPT codes and modifiers. The presenter will go over current challenges with receiving payments for telehealth and cost sharing waivers during the pandemic.

The presenter will provide a comprehensive review of the insurance verification process using the Availity. Find out what to ask when you are calling the insurance plan to verify mental health benefits. Learn about deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance to ensure you are receiving the full contracted fee.

Price: 25.00 USD

Telehealth 101

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought telehealth to the forefront as a safe modality for providing ongoing care as agencies, schools, and businesses engage in social distancing to curtail the spread of the virus. Ethical and legal tele-assisted counseling and supervision require specialized skills and knowledge. This presentation will assist mental health professions in developing a transition plan from an on-ground delivery to an online delivery model.

During this presentation, the presenters will examine the use of technology in the delivery of tele-assisted counseling and supervision. The presenters will provide an in-depth exploration of the selection, implementation, and evaluation of technology in the delivery of clinical services. The presenters will review guidelines for screening clients and supervisees and demonstrate how to create an effective technology-assisted relationship. Participants will use ethical and legal guidelines to identify potential concerns and develop solutions regarding the use of technology in clinical services. Participants will examine resources for staying current with this rapidly emerging modality.

Price: 120.00 USD

The Impact Credentialing & Enrollment Has On Your Revenue Cycle

This presentation will provide training on accurate credentialing and payer enrollment for mental health professionals. The presenter will provide comprehensive review of insurance enrollments and it’s impact on your revenue cycle. During the workshop, attendees will learn how to assess and complete various insurance network applications and their products. Providers will be given instruction on how to create an efficient credentialing/enrollment process. Attendees will understand CAQH, NPPES, I&A, and Medicare portals.

Price: 25.00 USD

Best Practices in Online Pedagogy

On-ground campuses are shifting courses to an online modality to combat the COVID-19 virus spread. Many on-ground faculty have limited to no training or experience in online pedagogy. Online pedagogy is different from on-ground teaching and requires knowledge of technology, course development, online course management, how to create a virtual community, and continuous development.

The presenters have 30 years of combined online teaching experience. The presenters will discuss best practices of online pedagogy, provide concrete examples of potential obstacles and solutions, and share resources. The ultimate goal of the presentation to provide the tools necessary for a smooth transition from on-ground delivery to an online modality.

Price: 35.00 USD

Insurance Claims: Empowering Your Clients for Coverage

Insurance coverage for mental health and substance use treatment has long been a challenge compared to coverage for physical health.  While federal and state laws have been implemented over the last several years to require parity treatment (i.e., mental health same as physical health), it remains far too common that claims are denied and coverage is out-of-reach for individuals requiring such care.  More recently, federal lawsuits have been won in favor of patients where insurers improperly, that is illegally, denied claims.  Step-by-step, the landscape may be shifting so that patients will be less likely to confront denied claims.  But we’re not there yet.

Insurers have denied claims for “lack of medical necessity” where that determination has been made independently of the patient’s treating clinician.  Such denials may be confounding to both patients and to their clinicians.  After all, who should be making the determination about whether care is indeed “medically necessary.”

Authors of a recently published article will describe their recommendation for clinicians to provide a “letter of medical necessity” to their patients as a tool to improve the likelihood that insurers timely approve claims.  Such letters have proven crucial in lawsuits and appeals; they represent an important tool that clinicians can provide their patients.

Price: 20.00 USD

The Challenging Parent – How to Work in Partnership with Difficult Parents Post-Covid and Beyond

Parents are dealing with a lot right now. If a parent was difficult before Covid, in its aftermath, they may be even more challenging. If you’ve ever had to deal with an over-bearing or difficult parent, this workshop will help you work effectively and efficiently together. The presenter, Jodee Blanco, will provide specific strategies on how to handle the irate, unreasonable, parent who storms into your office, frustrated and unwilling to listen, and begins bullying you or the school. If you’re a mental health professional who works in the school system, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to calm that parent down and get them to listen and behave like an adult. How do you communicate with the irrational parent, motivate him/her to work with you in everyone’s best interests? What shouldn’t you say to an angry, bullying parent and why, and what should you say and do? What are the three tenets of emotional credibility in communication and how do you apply those tenets to successfully win over even the most stubborn, challenging parent, inspire understanding, and most importantly, collaborate on viable solutions that you implement successfully together? Jodee will walk you through step by step how to transform a tense situation with a parent into an opportunity to forge a productive, rewarding partnership that enriches the school, the student, and the student’s family.

Price: 25.00 USD

Banging Beats, Changing Streets: Confronting COVID-19 and Community Violence

Modern Rap music and its related Hip- Hop culture is one of the most popular and dynamic influences among youth in the United States as well as around the world. For example, Billboard magazine and other news outlets report that Rap music has become the most popular musical genre across all consumers in the United States since 2017, and similar reports suggest Rap music has become an extremely popular international phenomenon.

Although certain elements of Rap/Hip-Hop contain negative messages, the Hip-Hop H.E.A.L.S. (Helping Everyone Achieve Liberation and Success) program is an innovative model of trauma-informed violence prevention and intervention that employs strategically-selected songs, videos, and other popular media components from Rap/Hip-Hop culture to promote prosocial strategies. This webinar will highlight practical techniques and exemplars for employing Rap/Hip-Hop-related songs and videos to address COVID-19 and community violence among urban youth as a means of providing trauma-informed violence prevention programming that is relevant to current crises impacting mental health and wellness of these youth and their families, schools, and communities.

Price: 20.00 USD

Challenging Myths about Autism – What Assessors and Therapists Need to Know: Lessons from the Neurodiversity Movement

As more and more people are coming out as autistic and openly participating in society, it is becoming abundantly clear that the last 60 years of scholarship on autism is woefully biased and inadequate. Most of what we know about autism comes from a deficits or medical model that centers non-autistic experience as normal and most functional. The result of this is that most knowledge, treatments, conceptualizations, and theories of autism are inherently ableist; practitioners see differences in functioning as less than human or disordered/deficient. When viewing autistic phenomena purely through a neurotypical lens, we develop a narrative of autism that is completely disconnected from the actual lived experience of autistic people. This continues a scientific tradition of centering majority experiences as normal in order to pathologize or minimize the importance of a minority experience.

In the last 15 years or so, autistic people and advocates have been developing a new paradigm to understand neurological brain differences. Borrowing from other social justice movements, the neurodiversity paradigm views conditions such as autism and ADHD as stemming from naturally occurring biodiversity. If we begin to understand autism from this perspective, including contributions from autistic researchers, autistic bloggers, autistic theoreticians, and autistic clinicians, we begin to develop an entirely different understanding of what autism actually is and how societal values, standard treatments, and modern hegemonies end up hurting and disabling autistic people more than they help. This program weds recent research on autism with lived experience of autistic people under a banner of neurodiversity to inform clinicians about how to best work with autistic people as assessors and therapists.

Price: 200.00 USD

NRCI Annual Conference: COVID 19 – Grief & Stress During a Global Pandemic

The mission of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education is to reduce the stigma of mental illness that has been a barrier for individuals, families, and communities receiving much-needed support. The institute aims to provide resources and hope to those that struggle with mental illness and to those who support them. The Institute strives to educate people on mental health issues through various outreach programs. This presentation, part of the 2021 NRCI Annual Conference, is moderated by Dr. Michael Kocet and features panelists Dr. Serena Wadhwa, Dr. Jillian Blueford, David Firemen, and Michael Catania.

Price: Free

The 411 on Telehealth: A Guide to Ethical Practice for Practitioners and Supervisors

Telehealth, or the delivery of health-related services through the of technology, is continually developing and evolving, based on the changing needs of society. Most recently, COVID-19 has tasked healthcare systems with the rethinking and rapid development of technology-assisted delivery of care (Shachar, Engel, and Elwyn, 2020). Further, mental health concerns and disorders, which are prevalent worldwide, are a major health concern that can go unaddressed, due to cost, logistical or physical access to care, stigma around mental illness, and shortage of professionals (Abuwalla et. al, 2018). Teleheath can eliminate treatment gaps for clients by providing safe, ethical, effective, and accessible options and alternatives for care. For instance, providers have used telehealth for the effective treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma-and stressor-related disorders in individual therapy formats (Brunnell et. al., 2021; Townley & Yalowich, 2015)).

Advances in technology have changed the way that mental health practitioners and practitioner-supervisors can and do conduct therapy sessions and supervision (Lesser, 2021). Paramount to this shift is quality, training on ethics and supervision. In order to effectively conduct ethical telehealth, training consideration must be given to scope of practice, standards of care, building effective teletherapeutic relationships, multicultural, legal, and ethical considerations, supervision, and continuing education. This program will provide an overview to the topics above, and how they can be ethically applied to telehealth practice and supervision.

Price: 60.00