Full Day Workshops

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

  • How to Be an Amazing Teen Counselor
  • Getting Unstuck: Understanding & Treating Teens with Co-occurring Disorders
  • Behind the Mask: Understanding & Treating Depression in Adolescent Males
  • Mindfulness with Teens
  • Rainbow Teens: Clinical & Ethical Considerations When Working With LGBTQ+ Youth

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.

HOW TO BE AN AMAZING TEEN COUNSELOR
Many teens hate counseling, presenting as unwilling, oppositional, or completely resistant. If that isn’t enough, few counselors have actual training or experience working with teens. Instead, we treat teen clients like big kids or little adults, and then wonder why they seem apathetic, ambivalent, or simply stuck. In this workshop, we’ll explore dozens of strategies rooted in evidence-based practices and real world experience.

Past attendees said: “This training transformed for my work with teens” and “A smorgasbord of engaging ideas for working with teens.”

GETTING UNSTUCK:  UNDERSTANDING & TREATING TEENS WITH CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS
Teens with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders often seem stuck in endless cycles of maladaptive behaviors, experiencing multiple treatment failures and frustrating even the most dedicated professional helpers. In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll deepen our understanding of co-occurring disorders, explore the comorbity of trauma and substance use among teens, and develop practical skills for making change happen.

Past attendees said: “The best training I’ve ever attended” and “This workshop was packed with useful, important information.”

BEHIND THE MASK:  UNDERSTANDING & TREATING DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENT MALES
Depression is soaring among adolescent males. However, 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 highly interactive workshop, we’ll develop the knowledge and skills to look behind those masks.

A past attendee said: “Every counselor working with teens should take this training!”

MINDFULNESS WITH TEENS
Research shows that practicing mindfulness can be extremely helpful to those challenged by depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders, and more. In fact, mindfulness is an essential component of several evidence-based practices. However, the abstract nature of mindfulness can make it challenging to teach in a ways that are meaningful and translate into the daily lives of many teen clients. This highly interactive workshop focuses on strategies for doing just that.

Past attendees said: “This training was exactly what I was looking for — practical, engaging and brimming with good ideas” and “I Ioved this workshop.”

RAINBOW TEENS: CLINICAL & ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN WORKING WITH LGBTQ+ YOUTH
Studies show that LGBTQ+ teens are significantly more likely than peers to experience a wide variety of challenges — including depression,  substance-related problems, trauma, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, and more. This workshop provides an interactive, non-judgmental space to explore a wide variety of clinical and ethical considerations when meeting with LGBTQ+ teens — including cultural competency issues, impacts of minority stress and trauma, practical ideas for fostering resilience and building therapeutic alliance, and more.

A past attendee said: “This workshop made me a better therapist — with LGBTQ teens and with everyone else, too.”

Rainbow Teens provides the option for four ethics-specific continuing education hours.