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| Upcoming Trainings at Live Oak

 

August 18, 2017: Improv and Therapy: The application of improvisational theater to clinical therapy

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

August 18, 2017

9am-12pm 

1300 W. Belmont Ave. 

$25, 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.

September 15, 2017: An Introduction to Music as a Tool in Therapy

An Introduction to Music as a Tool in Therapy

September 15, 2017
1300 W. Belmont Ave.
9am-12pm
$25, 3 CEUs available

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This training will demonstrate the breadth and scope of music therapy practices, touching on origins of music therapy common practices, theory, and experiences. Attendees can expect to become acquainted and familiar with strategies and interventions music therapists use in their practice. This training will include an experiential learning component and discussion of case studies.

Developed and Presented by Michael Meyer

September 15, 2017: Peace Circles as a Tool in Therapy

Peace Circles as a Tool in Therapy

September 15, 2017
1300 W. Belmont Ave.
1:30pm - 4pm 
$25, 3 CEUs available

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This workshop will explore the practice of Talking Circles as a tool for therapy. The workshop will utilize an experiential learning model for introducing Talking Circles, an overview of the philosophy and praxis of Talking Circles and Restorative Justice, case examples highlighting the effectiveness and potential of Talking Circles, and a discussion of how Talking Circles and Restorative Justice can be a trauma-sensitive practice. This is an introductory workshop that highlights the effectiveness of Circles with people who have experienced trauma, and an in-depth follow-up training in Talking Circle facilitation is recommended.

Developed and Presented by Michael Meyer

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

October 20, 2017: Skin Deep? An Exploration of Intersectionality and Insidious Trauma

Friday October 20, 2017

1:30pm-4:30pm

1300 W. Belmont Ave.

$25, 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.

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

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.

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