Full Day Workshops

I offer these full day workshops for mental health counselors and other professional helpers:

  • Behind the Mask: Understanding & Treating Depression in Adolescent Males
  • Rainbow Teens: Cultural Humility When Counseling LGBTQ+ Teens
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations When Counseling Teens

Descriptions can be found below. These full day workshops are typically scheduled 9:00am to 4:30pm, with an hour lunch and two fifteen minute breaks, for a total of 6 clock hours of training.  For more details or to schedule a presentation, contact me today.


BEHIND THE MASK: UNDERSTANDING & TREATING DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENT MALES
Depression is soaring among adolescent males. Unfortunately, these young men frequently go undiagnosed and untreated, often because they don’t exhibit standard diagnostic criteria. Instead – after a lifetime being told boys don’t cry – they appear angry, oppositional, self-destructive, or simply numb. They hide behind these masks, pushing away the world and hoping nobody notices they’re actually sad, lonely, vulnerable boys.

In this workshop, we’ll develop the knowledge and skills to look behind those masks – in order to address the roots of this covert depression, the impact of the Guy Code, and the stuckness that results when biological predispositions and environmental stressors collide. Since this stuckness often includes Big Questions related to death, meaninglessness, and isolation, we’ll also consider practical strategies for exploring existential themes with depressed adolescent males.

These masks are attempts to avoid feelings, connections, and life. With that in mind, we’ll identify practical strategies for building therapeutic alliance by improving trustworthiness, nurturing connectedness, and developing therapeutic presence. Throughout the day, we’ll also consider a variety of field-tested strategies to help adolescent males get unstuck, start moving forward, and leave their masks behind.

RAINBOW TEENS: CULTURAL HUMILITY WHEN WORKING WITH LGBTQ+ TEENS
Updated description coming soon.

ETHICAL & LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN COUNSELING TEENS
Counseling teens can present a variety of unique ethical and legal considerations – from navigating informed consent requirements, to defining what “imminent harm” actually means, to balancing best practices and client willingness.

This can be especially challenging here in Washington state, where laws about confidentiality and related treatment issues places the age of consent for counseling at 13 years old — at least in most cases. That’s why this workshop focuses specifically on the unique ethical and legal challenges faced by therapists who work with teens.

We’ll start this highly interactive workshop by reviewing state laws covering confidentiality and consent when counseling teens. Next, we’ll explore HB1874, which went into effect in 2019. Then we’ll examine a variety of practical considerations related to Washington’s age of consent, ethical issues when working with mandated teens, and more.

This workshop provides six ethics-specific CEUs, meeting Washington state’s biennial licensing requirements for mental health professionals and exceeding Washington state’s biennial credentialing requirements for substance use disorders professionals.