Park Center, Inc. is a Joint Commision -accredited, non-profit counseling and psychiatric center celebrating over 30 years of excellence in behavioral health education. Park Center's Professional Training Series (PTS) offers intermediate to advanced level workshops led by national and international experts in mental health and addictions. The goal of the PTS is to enhance professional competency and effectiveness by focusing on evidence-based or best practices in the field. Continuing education credit is available for social workers, addiction counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and Indiana law enforcement personnel. If you would like to join our mail list to receive our workshop e-flyers and our Continuing Education Highlights (CEH) newsletter, you can sign up below.
2016 Professional Training Series Workshops
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Overview: Clinicians report that engaging with suicidal clients evokes the highest anxiety of any presenting issue; yet, many providers are under-trained in navigating the best practice assessment and intervention and related legal and ethical requirements of working with clients who present with suicidal thinking. This workshop will provide participants with a clearer understanding of legal and ethical implications in working with this often high stress client base, and include topics such as core competencies, suicide law in the US, elements of malpractice, standards of practice, common intervention errors, and risk-level interventions. Attendees will leave this workshop with useful handouts and a greater understanding of addressing suicide in practice. Learn about more about
Practical Brain-Based Interventions: Using Neurocognitive Activities and Exercises to Improve Thinking Self-Regulation and Behavior in Children and Adolescents
Presentor: Lynne Kenney, Psy.D.
Overview:With improvements in research utilizing MRI to measure brain activation, we are quickly learning that the behavior management techniques commonly used in the past are not only ineffective but may increase stress which decrease both thinking skills and self-regulation in children and adolescents. Establishing secure connections with kids, partnering with them in problem solving and using neuro-biologically rooted strategies are more effective ways to improve both learning and behavior. This workshop will give you 20+ effective executive function and self-regulation strategies to better understand and intervene with children who have challenges with executive function, learning, anxiety, sensory processing and dysregulation. Integrating research from neuroscience, kinesiology, occupational therapy, music and speech/language therapy, we will explore cognitive and movement activities to improve learning and behavior.
Presentors: Thomas A. Smith, BS Pharm, MS Psych, PD, FASCP, LMHC, NCP, and Barbara Smith, ASRT, BGS, JD
Overview: Pharmacotherapy is indeed a part of many, if not most, of the therapeutic treatment plans that cliniciansencounter on a daily basis. This workshop will focus on helping clinicians of all disciplines understand the clinical, legal,and ethical issues of current psychopharmacological approaches. The purpose of this workshop is to help clinicianswith not only the basics of understanding these medications, but how to use that understanding to help clients with theirconditions, all the while limiting potential deleterious effects and reducing potential legal exposure.
Presentor: Michael Hollander, Ph.D
Overview: Self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) are a broad classification that is comprised of multiple kinds of actions and cognitions that span several diagnostic categories. Often the behavior starts in adolescence (about 18% report engaging in these behaviors) and continues through middle age with some research indicating that more pre-adolescents are engaging in these behaviors. NSSI (non-suicidal deliberate self-harm) is now considered to be the best predictor of a future suicide attempt and as such, it is critical that it be targeted in treatment. While the behavior has a variety of functions, it is most often used as an emotion regulation strategy. This workshop will provide participants with increased understanding of how to assess and treat these behaviors. Attention to assessment and the treatment of these behaviors will be rooted in the very latest scientific understanding in ways that will be translatable to general clinical practice.