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Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Personality Disorders Date: Friday, Jan 26th, 9am - noon Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 3 Credit Hours Fee: $50.00 Early detection of personality disorders is crucial, yet they remain the most under-diagnosed disorders of all. The purpose of this course is to examine the types of personality disorders. Learning objectives: Identify ten specific types of personality disorders according to current DSM-5 criteria, describe factors for assessment of individuals with a personality disorder, including tools used, and list current treatments and interventions for personality disorders
Outside of Four Walls: Developing Competency for Social Justice and Advocacy Date: Friday, Feb 23rd, 9am - noon Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 3 Credit Hours Fee: $50.00 Mental health practitioners are expected to serve as advocates for clients but many do not know how to fulfill the role. The purpose of this course is to explore social justice and advocacy. Learning objectives: define social justice and advocacy, review associated competencies, assess advocacy readiness, and identity practical strategies for advocacy.
Best Practices of Clinical Supervision 10 hr Date: Friday, March 16th, 9am - 5pm Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 10 Credit Hours Fee: $200.00 Clinical supervision is the cornerstone of the mental health profession. This course is designed to meet the supervision 10 CE credit renewal and is based on the latest empirical research on best practices in counseling supervision. Participants can expect to: (1) learn in a group think-tank environment, (2) review the 11 core areas of knowledge, competencies, and personal traits that characterize effective supervisors, and (3) examine and present empirical studies to strengthen one’s supervisory identity, approach and practice.
Cross-Cultural Supervision: The Impact of Power, Race, and Gender Date: Friday, March 23rd, 9am - noon Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 3 Credit Hours Fee: $50.00 Our professions have become so diverse that it is not uncommon to serve supervisees who are culturally different from us. When we do not honor the uniqueness of supervisees whose race, gender, age, ability, and sexual orientation are different from ours, we teach them to do the same with their clients. This course is designed to examine current research on cross-cultural supervision, and identify strategies that promote diversity and reduce harmful supervision
Not the Brady Bunch: Conducting Family Therapy with Ethnic Minority Families Date: Friday, April 13th, 9am - noon Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 3 Credit Hours Fee: $50.00 Existing family therapy modalities were created for White, middle-class families. Thus, mainstream interventions are not culturally-sensitive and effect little change within ethnic minority families (Newbegging McKeown, & French, 2012). This course is designed to examine and modify current family therapy modalities to serve ethnic minority families.
Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Financial Anxiety Date: Friday, May 18th, 9am - noon Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 3 Credit Hours Fee: $50.00 The APA’s annual Stress in America survey revealed that money is America’s biggest stressor. According to its 2015 results, 72-percent of Americans are stressed about money. Yet, the only financial disorder recognized by the psychological community as treatable is pathological gambling, a problem that only affects 1-2% of the world (Petry, 2005). This course is designed to conceptualize financial anxiety, review assessment tools, and identify treatments and interventions to address it.
Facilitating Post Traumatic Growth among Abused, Neglected, and Abandoned Children Date: Friday, June 8th, 9am - noon Location: Holy Covenant United Church of Christ 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269-8510 Presenter: LaTonya M. Summers, LPCS LCAS Earn 3 Credit Hours Fee: $50.00 Child abuse, neglect, and abandonment is a serious issue worldwide. In NC alone, there were 126,962 children with investigated reports of possible abuse and neglect from July 2015 to June 2016. Some of these children rebound, others do not. Using the post-traumatic growth framework versus the post-traumatic stress disorder orientation, practitioners can promote resiliency in children.
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The LifeSkills Group is made up of state-licensed counselors and social workers who specialize in helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families recover from eating disorders, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and abuse, and grief and loss.