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Friday, February 17, 2017: Marijuana Today: Myths, Perceptions, and Impact

Marijuana Today: Myths, Perceptions, and Impact

Friday, February 17, 2017
9am-12pm
3 CEUs, Fee: $25

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Throughout the nation, laws and perceptions of marijuana have been rapidly shifting. With many states legalizing marijuana either recreationally or medically, we have seen an increase in availability and a decrease of perception of risk. This presentation aims to acknowledge the changing conversation around marijuana and deepen the understanding of how marijuana can impact an individual’s health. We will explore these issues through a combination of lecture and discussion, while furthering our understanding through a case study evaluation. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of the emerging discussion around marijuana, including how it acts in the body; the legal status, particularly in Illinois; and future implications
  2. Further understand the risks of frequent marijuana use and how marijuana use may impact one’s mental health
  3. Practice how to engage clients in reflective discussion around marijuana use

Kate Lower is a licensed clinical professional counselor and board-certified dance/movement therapist. She currently works with clients in Private Practice at Studio for Change in Lakeview, and is also the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at DePaul University. Kate brings a holistic, mind-body approach to defining and strengthening our emotional and physical well-being. She leads campus-wide engagement and prevention programs to deepen awareness about the effects of substance abuse and to promote healthier, happier decision-making. She also supports students in issues surrounding substance misuse and addiction. Kate aims to work with clients in every setting to create a safe space of exploration and growth. 

February 17, 2017: Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

February 17, 2017

1:30-4:30pm
1300 W. Belmont

$25, 3 CEUs available
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This “training” is a tool to help us support clients in reducing the harm associated with any number of potentially damaging behaviors (substance and behavioral addictions, anger management issues, eating disorders, impulse control problems, self-harming...). Harm reduction continually changes. This is a way to be a part of the evolving conversation. I hope to build on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to effectively reduce harm through engagement, assessment, safety planning, education and referral. At the end of this training it is hoped that we will know a bit more about the history of harm reduction, have a deeper understanding of harm reduction’s definitions and principles, feel more confident in utilizing harm reduction interventions, and be able to challenge any of our own assumptions, attitudes or misconceptions about this approach. This training is useful for anyone who works with client’s feeling ambivalent about changing behaviors that are damaging or have the potential to become destructive in their lives. It will also likely be useful for those of us who feel our own ambivalence about our clients’ behavior.

 Facilitator:

Sarah Blaszczak
773.880.1310 ext. 7292
email

April 21, 2017: Intro to Affirmative Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

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

April 21, 2017
9am-12pm

3 CEUs Available, $25

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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

April 21, 2017: Clinical Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals and their Families

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

April 21, 2017
1:30pm-4:30pm

3 CEUs Available, $25

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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

May 19, 2017: Expressive Arts Therapy for Everybody

Expressive Art Therapy for Everybody: An Experiential Workshop

May 19, 2017
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

June 23, 2017: Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing Mindfulness:
Applied Mindfulness in your Therapeutic Practice

Friday, June 23, 2017
1:30-4:30pm

3 CEUs available, $25

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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

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

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

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.