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Continuing Education

MaMHCA offers several ways to earn CE credits: Upcoming Workshops, Home Study Programs, Read the Newsletter and take the Crossword Quiz.

View all Continuing Education Workshops.  Register for a workshop.

If there is a workshop that you would like to see MaMHCA offer, or if you are a presenter and wish to offer a workshop for MaMHCA, please contact Elizabeth Handley.

Upcoming Workshops

Working with Blended Families: An Alternative Perspective on Working with Step Families

With Judy Osborne, LMHC

3 MMCEP Approved Category 1 CEs 

Course Description: Working with Step Families: We have all been there. Even when relationships are good, working with step families can be very complex. Join Judy Osborne for her thoughts on working with what she terms,  ”Blended Families”.  Judy Osborne has over thirty years of experience in working with Blended Families helping them to negotiate new and evolving roles as families grow and change. This is the last workshop that Judy will be presenting for MaMHCA and in Massachusetts. She is relocating to the D.C. area soon. So take advantage of this opportunity to hear her speak from her vast experience while practicing at Stepfamilies Associates in Brookline, MA.

Date:  09/27/2014

Time:  9:00AM-12:00PM

Location:  MaMHCA Offices & Conference Space

Fee:  Members $70; Non Members $95

Registration Deadline:  1 week prior to workshop

Judy Osborne is a licensed mental health counselor and family therapist with 30 years of experience including individual, family and group counseling, teaching, supervision and consultation with schools and mental health agencies.

Her work focuses on issues of marriage, separation, divorce and stepfamily living as well as concerns about family alcoholism and substance use/abuse.  She is the author of Wisdom for Separated Parents: Rearranging Around the Children to Keep Kinship Strong (Praeger, 2011).

 

Supervision Year 2, Crisis Intervention: What Supervisors Need To Know & Do 

with Jennifer Grossman, LMHC, ET and Jennifer Granquist, LMHC, ET

3 MMCEP Approved Category 1 CEs 

What is a crisis?  Using a developmental model of supervision, we will begin by defining "crisis" and will subsequently explore ways of managing the inevitable anxiety that arises when new and developing clinicians encounter crisis in their work.  We will also review fundamental crisis intervention and risk-assessment strategies to employ with supervisees using case vignettes, experiential exercises, and group activities.

Date:  10/11/2014

Time:  9:00AM-12:00PM

Location:  MaMHCA Offices & Conference Space

Fee:  Members $70, Non Members $95

Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to workshop date

Jennifer Grossman, LMHC, ET, has been the Director of The Boston Center Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents since 2006 and been in Private Practice since 2008. Jennifer started working with clients in crisis in 1999 while working on adolescent and adult inpatient units, this continued in her work as a Crisis Clinician and Supervisor at Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services. She has worked in the field of mental health for fourteen years with children, adolescents, adults and families. Jennifer’s area of expertise is working with Self Injurious Behavior in adolescents and adults and their families. Jennifer has been supervising both graduate level interns and MA level clinicians since 2004.

Jennifer Granquist, LMHC, ET, is a Past President of MaMHCA (2012). She has been a Senior Crisis Clinician at Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Team for the past seven years evaluating clients across the lifespan. This past year she worked with college students at Mt. Ida in Newton in the areas of individual, short-term counseling, crisis intervention and substance use assessments. Prior to working at Advocates, Jennifer has had a wide variety of counseling work experience within the US and for three years in Belize. She has experience working for an arts program for homeless youth living in shelters, ran a school peer counseling program, facilitated loss and grief groups for adolescents and expressive arts groups both at a children's partial program and on an inpatient unit. Jennifer has been in a supervising capacity as an outside supervisor for many new clinicians seeking licensure.

 

Working with School Age Children and Adolescents: Navigating the challenges

with Ken Barringer, LMHC and Betsy Handley, LMHC

3 MMCEP Approved Category 1 CEs 

Work with kids and teens? Thinking about working with kids and teens?There is great demand for clinicians for this age group. The goal of this workshop is to identify ways to simplify the issues that tend to get complicated when working with kids and teens. Included in this discussion will be a review of confidentiality and ethics. Practical and creative approaches to managing family expectations and practice management, as well as validation of the work will be addressed through shared experiences.

Date:  10/25/2014

Time:  9:00AM-12:00PM

Location:  MaMHCA Offices & Conference Space

Fee:  Members $70, Non Members $95

Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to workshop date

Ken Barringer, LMHC  has been the director of the Physical and Social Academy in Newton, Ma. Since 1981. Ken earned his degrees from Clark University and Lesley University and is currently a member of the American Counseling Association, Mass. Mental Health Counselors Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and Association for Specialists in Group Work. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Boston College School of Education and a consultant to public and private schools. He also maintains a private therapy practice.

 

Behavioral Health: Working with a Medical Setting

with Dr. Jori Berger-Greenstein

3 MMCEP Approved Category 1 CEs 

This workshop is first in a Series of workshops focusing on change in the delivery of Behavioral Health Services highlighting the opportunities they will bring to our members.

Join Jori Berger Greenstein, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University School of Medicine as she shares her expertise on what service delivery actually looks like when Mental Health Clinicians work in a medical setting.  She will also briefly share her thoughts on how the coming changes in the field are taking shape.

Date:  11/1/2014

Time:  9:00AM-1:15PM

Location:  MaMHCA Offices & Conference Space

Fee:  Members $95, Non Members $135

Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to workshop date

Dr. Berger-Greenstein received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Behavioral Medicine focus in 1999. She is a core faculty member and the Director of Curriculum for the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at the Boston University School of Medicine, where she has been for 10 years. Students in this program are license-eligible for LMHC in Massachusetts upon graduation. Dr. Berger-Greenstein teaches the Behavioral Medicine and Applied Health Psychology course, Professional Orientation and Ethics, and Internship Supervision, among others. She has presented at numerous conferences and authored publications on the topics of HIV/AIDS, trauma, and the use of mental health counseling skills in the field of medicine and biopsychosocial care.

 

Supervision Year 2: Addictions-What Supervisors Need to Know & Do 

with Dr. Paula Morissette, PsyD, LMHC, LADC-1

3 MMCEP Approved Category 1 CEs 

This training is an overview of professional responsibilities required for clinical supervision in the addictions.  In addition, this program will discuss supervision as a three fold process where the supervisor serves as teacher, consultant and counselor.  To that end, we will cover topics such as assessment tools, the stages of change paradigm, modalities of treatment, and special issues confronting the substance abuse supervisor and clinician.  The program will include lecture and case discussion. 

Date:  11/8/2014

Time:  9:00AM-12:00PM

Location:  MaMHCA Offices & Conference Space

Fee:  Members $70, Non Members $95

Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to workshop date

Dr. Paula Morrissette completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.  She has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 1984, and is presently a Senior Clinician at Adcare Hospital in Worcester, MA.  Her specialty areas are addictions and dual diagnosis. She is a Massachusetts Licensed Drug and Alcohol Clinician and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Morrissette teaches at Westfield State University and Becker College in Worcester, She has presented on a variety of addictions and recovery related topics throughout the state.

 

Supervision Year 1: A Framework for Supervision 

with Dr. Michaela Kirby

6 MMCEP Approved Category 1 CEs 

Supervision is neither counseling nor is it lecture.  Supervision is defined as the artful integration of clinical skills, education and experience to ensure the integrity of clinical services to the client and to develop competence in the supervisee. It provides the structure and framework for learning how to apply knowledge, theory, and clinical procedures to solve human problems. This training presents an overview and conceptual framework for the 15-hour Core course component of MaMHCA’s Supervision Training Program.   It is intended for experienced clinicians who wish to become trained supervisors. It will include examples, role play, and templates for supervision assessment. Topics include: Defining Psychotherapy Supervision, What Makes for a Good Supervisor, Alliance in Therapeutic and Supervisory Relationships, Building Technical Competence, Building Diversity Competence in Supervision, Understanding Supervisor Functioning, Methodology, Design and Evaluation in Psychotherapy Supervision, Major Approaches in Psychotherapy Supervision Training Models, Professional, Ethical, Legal, and Risk Management Issues,  and Research in Psychotherapy Supervision.

Date:  12/6/2014

Time:  9:00AM-4:00PM

Location:  MaMHCA Offices & Conference Space

Fee:  Members $135, Non Members $180

Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to workshop date

Dr. Michaela Kirby is a board certified/registered art therapist and a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings. She teaches in both the graduate and doctoral program in Expressive Therapies Division at Lesley University. Dr. Kirby has been active in the American Art Therapy Association for many years and is currently serving on the Educational Program Approval Board. She also maintains a private practice in Somerville, MA.