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October 20, 2017: Your BODY and My Body in Our Therapy Room

Your BODY and My Body in Our Therapy Room - October 20th at 9am

Friday October 20, 2017

1300 West Belmont Ave. 

9am-12pm

$25, 3 CEUs available

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In the ongoing practice of psychotherapy, therapists and clients often rely on verbal communication and overlook non-verbal signals in the therapy rooms. Yet, therapists and clients increasingly experience emotions stuck in their bodies or encounter barriers to process body-centered experiences, through movement or sensation, especially when there is a trauma history that makes verbal engagement difficult if not re-traumatizing. This workshop will guide participants to connect with their bodies through movement experiential and body awareness activities in order to increase understanding of non-verbal communication and body-centered process in therapy rooms. Clinical tools to facilitate body-centered experiences will be discussed.

Through embodiment practice, participants will:

1. Develop a more informed perspective of the body-mind connection

2. Discuss applications of their own body experiences to their clinical practice (bottom-up process)

3. Learn skills to facilitate grounding and mindfulness practice, kinesthetically empathize with their clients, and foster here-and-now experience.

 Faciliated by Wei-Chiung Chen-Martinez, LPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

November 17, 2017: Boundaries Crossed or Boundaries Violated?

The Ethics of Clinical Practice Outside (and Inside) the Therapy Room

November 17, 2017 
9am-12pm

$25, 3 CEUs available
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As our society changes, individuals, couples, and families become more complex, more traumatized, and more fragmented. Intervention strategies appropriately become more varied and complex. This workshop will discuss strategies for understanding and maintaining ethical practice across the broad range of circumstances in which we engage our clients: from office visits to contact and communication outside of the therapy room, to interaction with family members, visiting clients in the hospital, gift giving and receiving, advice giving, and more.

Participants will be encouraged to share difficult cases and to share struggles readjusting boundaries and practice strategies with these cases. Thoughtful ethical practice means taking hard cases seriously and looking beneath the standard “Codes of Ethics” for the moral purposes that shape them—and shape our work.

Objectives:

Upon conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify current issues in clinical practice that challenge traditional ethical and “boundaried” practice;
  2. Identify creative practice strategies that are still truly ethical;
  3. Apply creative tactics to work with clients in a variety of settings;
  4. Challenge pre-existing notions of what constitutes a “good” boundary;
  5. Identify strategies for self-care and consultation around engaging in creative, and also ethical, practice.
Presented by:

Stella Kiser, JD, LSW
Psychotherapist, Live Oak, Inc.
773-880-1310, ext. 7790

November 17, 2017: When Technology Bypasses Ethical Codes

When Technology Bypasses Ethical Codes

November 17, 2017

1:30-4:30pm

$25, 3 CEUs available
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 The presence of social media, electronic access to information, and continuing technological changes introduces a new level of complexity to clinical practice. The internet and cellular technologies are constantly redefining concepts of privacy, confidentiality, therapeutic boundaries and dual relationships and challenging us to re-consider ethical, legal, and policy standards with little guidance or precedent.

This interactive workshop will expand and deepen our definition of ethical practice in relation to the challenges of the information age through reflection on our practices of ethical judgment and the application of ethical principles to such topics as: using search engines to find information about each other, connecting via social media (e.g. friends on Facebook), the availability of information about clients and colleagues on the internet, and the uses of chatting, texting, and e-mailing. Participants are encouraged to share their own dilemmas in addressing this topic.

Objectives:

Upon conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Re-define “privacy” and “confidentiality” in the context of technological change;
2. Identify sound decision-making strategies for addressing ethical conflicts involving social media;
3. Apply new and creative guidelines for formulating policy around ethics and digital technology.

Presented by:

Stella Kiser, JD, LSW
Psychotherapist, Live Oak, Inc.
email
773-880-1310, ext. 7790

January 19, 2018: Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing Mindfulness:
Applied Mindfulness in your Therapeutic Practice

Friday, January 19, 2018

9am- 12pm 

3 CEUs available, $30

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Mindfulness is more than just a therapeutic intervention. It is way of meeting our lives from a place of clarity, embodiment, curiosity and compassion. When we approach psychotherapy from a framework of mindfulness, we are able to step into the present and fully meet our clients where they are. We are able to help clients tap into their own rich inner resources for healing- a core sense of basic goodness.

This workshop will provide counseling professionals with a foundational overview of body-based therapeutic mindfulness practice. Participants will work experientially with meditative techniques and leave with tangible skills and interventions to share with clients. Therapist internal awareness and self-care will be explored as well.

Upon conclusion, participants will be able to:

1. Have a more complete sense of somatic meditative techniques, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and Buddhist psychology.
2. Identify and practice tangible skills and interventions with psychotherapy clients.
3. Increase internal awareness as therapist and integrate awareness with clinical work.

Developed and Presented by: Clare Okubo, LPC, Psychotherapist, Live Oak Inc.

cokubo@liveoakchicago.com

773.880.1310 x7299

January 19, 2018: Skin Deep? An Exploration of Intersectionality and Insidious Trauma

Friday, January 19, 2018

1:30pm-4:30pm

1300 W. Belmont Ave.

$30, 3 CEUs Available

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Perhaps more than any other time in recent history, all of us are being challenged by the complexity of the various identities we hold, the places where these identities intersect, and the extent to which our identities carry with them histories of marginalization and/or histories of privilege. Older models of cultural competence and multiculturalism haven't always acknowledged the complicated and nuanced nature of intersectionality, and the extent to which we have experienced insidious trauma or historical/intergenerational trauma. This workshop will explore the relationship between intersectionality, microaggressions, and insidious trauma, (related to race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.). We will explore raising consciousness around the ways insidious trauma manifests in our clinical work: to us as helpers and to those we help. Limited lecture, small group discussion, experiential activities, and case examples will be used to help illustrate and apply principles discussed.

February 16, 2018: Self-Care Expressive Workshop

February 16th, 2018

1:30-4:30pm

3 CEUs available, $30

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Join art therapist Lindsay Coulter for a self-care expressive workshop where you’ll use organic, sustainable materials to complete a luxurious aromatherapy eye pillow.

In this workshop you will:
Participate in a collaborative game that deepens your connection with materials and others
Deepen your knowledge of aromatherapy herbs for relaxation and meditation
Learn basic sewing stitch techniques and knot tying
Create a relaxing aromatherapy eye pillow with your choice of organic herbs
Participate in a guided meditation that focuses on caring for your eyes and supporting imaginative thinking

No sewing experience necessary. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

February 16, 2018: Expressive Arts Therapy for Everybody

Expressive Art Therapy for Everybody: An Experiential Workshop

February 16, 2018
9am-12pm
3 CEUS available, $25

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Sometimes our clients come to us for support to work through past and current experiences that cannot be expressed in words. Our use of creative interventions can help clients to express what might otherwise be “unsayable.” Additionally, expressive arts can be an integral part of professionals’ own self-care, to refuel in order to continue doing this difficult work. This workshop is for clinicians, supervisors, and any direct service staff with an interest in learning about or building their knowledge of expressive arts therapy. Participants will engage in experiential exercises through art, drama, narrative therapy, music, poetry, and body-centered therapies. We will utilize a working case conceptualization to help us understand how we work with clients to identify what expressive interventions could be most beneficial to healing, integrating, or just becoming “unstuck.” This workshop will be experiential in nature and include case examples.

Goals for the Workshop

Upon conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify therapeutic grounds for use of expressive/creative therapies.
2. Develop introductory understanding of different types of expressive therapies.
3. Learn about concepts of attunement, improvisation, and rupture and repair.
4. Practice interventions from art, drama, music, body-centered, and narrative therapies.
5. Practice curiosity and non-judgement in response to expressive content.
6. Develop and practice case conceptualization to explore when and how to use expressive interventions.

Developed & Presented by:
April Kopp, LCSW, MFA
Clinical Supervisor & Psychotherapist
email
773-880-1310 ext. 7615

March 16, 2018: Clinical Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals and their Families

Clinical Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals and their Families

March 16, 2018
1:30pm-4:30pm

3 CEUs Available, $30

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We can only engage in deeper work with trans and gnc identified individuals after we have created a stable base of understanding in an affirmative and welcoming environment. This workshop is for those individuals who have attended an introductory workshop on this topic. This advanced workshop will explore clinical practice issues related to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Topics explored will include a discussion of advanced terminology, the systemic impacts of "coming out", creating a "coming out plan", the intersection of trans identities with other cultural identities, and explore using an informed consent model for "letters of readiness" for surgery/hormones/document changes/etc.

Developed and Presented By:
Kelly George, LCPC (They/Them/Theirs/Mx.)
email
773-880-1310 x7622

March 16, 2018: Intro to Affirmative Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

Intro to Affirmative Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

March 16, 2018
9am-12pm

3 CEUs Available, $30

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Transgender/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming identified individuals face challenges that are unique to them, distinctly different from those experienced by sexually diverse & LGB individuals. This workshop will help develop an understanding of the language used to describe trans and GNC identities, develop empathy and understanding for these identities, explore the particular concerns and issues facing trans individuals, and how to create an affirming and welcoming environment to help them achieve their full potential.

Developed and Presented By:
Kelly George, LCPC (They/Them/Theirs/Mx.)
email
773-880-1310 x7622

June 15, 2018: Improv and Therapy: The application of improvisational theater to clinical therapy

Improv and Therapy: The application of improvisational theater to clinical therapy

June 15, 2018

9am- 12pm 

1300 W. Belmont Ave. 

$30, 3 CEUs Available

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The basic tenets of improv teach us to listen, be present, and to “say yes.” Improv asks us to give up control and to allow the creative process to unfold in the moment. It’s about taking risks, making choices, and always supporting our scene partners. The intersections between the worlds of improv and therapy are numerous. As therapists, we strive to listen to our clients, to be with them, and to support them in being in the driver’s seat of their own lives. Improv teaches us to weave “mistakes” into the tapestry of the piece and to create something beautiful out of the unexpected, much like therapy. This workshop will include experiential improv activities and discussion on how to apply those ideas to our work as clinical therapists. We will also revisit the incredible power of play in life and in work!

Goals for the Workshop

Upon conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Deepen an understanding of the basic tenets of improv.
2. Identify ways in which improv principles can be applied to clinical therapy.
3. Increase a sense of playfulness, presence, and collaboration in relation to clinical work.

Developed and Presented by:
Sarah Logsdon, LSW, CADC

Sarah began studying improv in Chicago in 2005 and has enjoyed performing, teaching, and coaching. She has performed at the iO Theater for more than 10 years with groups including Revolver, Close Quarters, The Scene, and Deep Schwa. Sarah is a group therapist with the Improv for Anxiety Program at Second City. Sarah is also a psychotherapist at Live Oak and has additional experience and training in yoga, mindfulness, and substance abuse counseling.

Other Training Opportunities

Other Training Opportunities

We are also thrilled to continue to collaborate with Bloom Yoga Studio by offering a Certification in Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy.

We are also able to bring workshops to agencies in Chicago, other cities in Illinois, or to other states.

Questions regarding particular seminars or special arrangements may be directed to Corina Mattson via e-mail to cmattson@liveoakchicago.com, or via phone at 773.880.1310, ext. 7624. También ofrecemos los servicios en español.

Consultation Group

This group is geared toward counselors, social workers, expressive therapists and other mental health professionals seeking consultation and support for clinical, administrative and professional needs. Participants will have the opportunity to present challenging cases or professional concerns and will receive guidance and support using a variety of clinical lenses. Licensed professionals, as well as those seeking clinical licensure (LCPC) are encouraged to join.

Day/Time: two Saturdays per month from 9-10:30a
Location: 30 N Michigan Ave, Suite 508
Cost: $40 per group
Facilitator: Joanna Zakhem, LCPC, ATR  

For more information, please email.

Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy Training

Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy Training

23 hour Program for Mental Health Service Providers

Module Format & Information

Completion of all Modules is required for certification. Module 1 serves as an intro to the remaining modules
Parts:

  • Theory & Didactic
  • Experiential & Applied Practices
  • Process & Integration
  • Optional Consultation Group—Facilitated once per month between each of the training sessions

Coursework

Each Module will have an accompanied short reading assignment. Each Module will ask participants to engage in the following two integrative assignments: Reflect on: What are my learning edges as related to this Module, before and after participating. Act on: Integrate one concept from this module into a session, or reflect on how you might do this.

Module Schedule and Content

This program is hosted by Bloom Yoga Studio, Cathedral Counseling & Live Oak.  The next offered session will run 1/27/18- 3/4/18, and will be faciliated by Livia Budrys, AM, E-RYT, LCSW, SEP, and Francine Kelly, LCPC, SEP, LFYP, E-RYT.
All Modules are Required

Weekend One:
Foundation I: Saturday 1:30-6pm (4.5hrs) (Bloom)
Foundation II Sunday (Cathedral)

Cohort 1 – 9:30-1:30pm
Cohort 2 – 2:30-6:30pm

Weekend Two:
Skills I: Saturday 1:30-6pm (4.5 hrs) (TBA)
Application I Sunday (Cathedral)

Cohort 1 – 9:30-12:30pm
Cohort 2 -1:30-4:30pm

Weekend Three:
Skills II: Saturday 1:30-6pm (4.5 hrs) (Bloom)
Application II Sunday (Cathedral)

Cohort 1 – 9:30-12:30pm
Cohort 2 – 1:30-4:30pm

Objectives:

  • Nervous System and Breathing Anatomy
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment
  • Countertransference and Empathetic Receptors
  • Body Language, Tracking and Assessment
  • Boundaries
  • Practice: Cultivating Sensitivity to Prana
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology 101
  • Asana and Posture Groups with related health benefits
  • Integrative Principles and Parallel Western Concepts
  • Chakras and the Subtle Body Systems
  • Breathing practices for Mood Disorders
  • Restorative Yoga practice for Anxiety and Depression
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Meditation Basics
  • Types of Addiction
  • 12-Step and Yoga
  • Yoga and impulsivity
  • Approaches and Restorative Yoga for Eating Disorders
  • Somatic and Yoga Integrated Framework of Trauma
  • Effectively working with trauma symptoms and reactions
  • Medical issues and chronic pain
  • Practical Applications

Total fee is $800 for new applicants. 

Clinical Supervision Group

Live Oak offers comprehensive group supervision for post-graduate professionals working towards clinical licensure. The group is comprised of no more than five professionals from different mental health fields, and offers a diverse array of consultation. Particular attention is given to trauma-informed practice, vicarious traumatization, using multi-cultural and relational lens, and clinical identity development. The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30pm at the Lakeview (Belmont) office.

For further information, please contact Tanya Wilhoit, LCSW, CADC at 773-880-1310 ext. 7766 or twilhoit@liveoakchicago.com