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    • 14 Jan 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • The Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St West Palm Beach 33445

      Courtney Armstrong, LPC

    This 3 hour, 3CEU seminar will be held live at The Hanley Learning Center in West Palm Beach. 

    Personality disorders may not be disorders at all, but creative ways of coping with early attachment trauma. Understanding this often ignored factor can help you more easily build rapport with troubled clients, avoid frustration, and increase positive treatment outcomes. In this presentation, you’ll discover how to:

    • Identify research that has found a correlation between early attachment trauma and the later development of personality disorder traits.
    • Match personality disorder traits to attachment style traits to develop effective strategies for treatment.
    • Identify at least one evidence-based treatment strategy that improves attachment patterns for each type of insecure attachment style.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Explain how attachment trauma impacts brain development, emotional regulation skills, and personality development.
    2. Discuss the association between three primary insecure attachment styles and each of the ten personality disorders.
    3. Assess how to avoid common therapeutic mistakes in clinical practice with this population.
      1. Understand the function of defensive, manipulative behaviors as creative coping strategies to manage attachment needs.
      2. Use of DBT and mentalization to improve emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
    4. Identify at least one evidence-based treatment strategy that improves attachment patterns for each type of insecure attachment style.
    Presenter Bio: Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor, author, and international speaker who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. Known for her warm, witty style and ability to translate scientific discoveries into easy-to-use therapeutic strategies, she is author of the books Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation and Resilience, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies to Get Your Clients Unstuck, and Transforming Traumatic Grief.
    • 11 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE or LIVE: Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Luna Medina Wolf

    Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy has been a buzz word in the therapeutic community the past few years. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based treatment primarily for PTSD but has been applied successfully to various other clinical issues. As therapists, we always look for the next training to acquire, to make sure we can help our clients improve and reach their goals. EMDR changed my career completely because I learned I can help people actually heal from trauma rather than just learning to cope with it. Many clients who come to get help for anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anger issues and more do not even know it stems from trauma they experienced. We know that trauma is categorized as more than catastrophic events. Research shows that repeated exposure to Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) can actually be more detrimental to the human mind than a single event trauma for many people. If you want to hear more about how EMDR can help treat trauma and other conditions, in addition to trying some techniques for yourself from phase two of EMDR, than this workshop is for you!

    Participants will:

    · Describe the 8 phases of EMDR

    ·  Articulate the Adaptive Information model (AIP)

    ·  Understand the "Three Pronged Approach" to trauma recovery

    ·  Deploy Reducing Techniques: Breathing, Tapping, Polyvagal Exercises and more

    Luna L. Medina-Wolf, LMHC, NCC, MCAP, QS

     Luna Medina-Wolf is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Master Certified Addiction Professional. Luna is an approved consultant for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a Facilitator in Training with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistant Program and a Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. Luna is the owner of a Group Private Practice, Helping Moon Counseling, P.A. in Boca Raton, FL, which employs approximately 20 mental health professionals and student interns. Further, Luna is multilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

     Luna has a robust background in working with individuals who have a history of trauma, as well as those who struggle with substance use or addiction issues. The compassion, dedication and knowledge she possesses make her an empathic and skilled therapist who connects quickly with her clients. Luna works with individuals, couples, and families experiencing varying obstacles that can cause high levels of emotional pain and anxiety. Luna believes in providing clients with a holistic approach to improving their lives. She empowers her clients to improve their lifestyle, approaching it from a mind, body, and spirit relationship due to her understanding of the synergistic connection between these three components on overall well-being. Luna sincerely believes in the success and long-term efficacy of EMDR, and the importance of dissociation work as intertwined with EMDR phase work.
    vLuna is an extremely passionate, educated mental health professional who has the ability to counsel, instruct and guide others while emphasizing the importance of self-efficacy. She continues to participate in professional development of her own because she is respectful of the ever-changing societal aspects that can affect mental health. Luna believes that positive change is always possible, even for those who have faced the most difficult circumstances in life. Her life work is to empower those around her and to embolden people to be the best version of themselves.


    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407
    Registration is closed

    Jasleen Chhatwal, MD

    Adverse Childhood Experiences: epigenetics, impacts, and moving towards solutions

    Toxic stress during childhood can harm the most basic levels of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and such exposures can even alter the physical structure of DNA (epigenetic effects). Childhood maltreatment has been linked to a variety of changes in brain structure and function and stress-responsive neurobiological systems with negative downstream impacts on health, emotional well-being and longevity. In this presentation, we will explore the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exert their negative impacts. In understanding the effects on brain, body, and behavior, we will then look to solutions that can move us in the direction of improved health outcomes.


    • Identify Adverse Childhood Experiences.
    • Explain the mechanisms by which ACEs exert longer term negative impacts.
    • List 3 solutions to reduce the morbidity of ACEs.

     Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA,

    Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Tucson

    Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson, a premier residential behavioral health treatment center. A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Chhatwal serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and as President of the Arizona Psychiatric Society. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, neuromodulation including ECT & rTMS, and various emerging modalities. She further completed fellowship training in Integrative Medicine from the renowned Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Dr. Chhatwal’s treatment philosophy includes intervening early, providing holistic, culturally competent, gender-affirming and evidence-based care.

    • 22 Apr 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE or LIVE: Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Joe Considine


    Working with attorneys and the legal system can, at first, appear daunting.  Many of us work hard to stay out of court for any reason. Therapists tend to think differently and are often "on guard" with courtrooms and lawyers.  Joe Considine, one of our sponsors and a long time supporter of our association returns to speak with us about how to work effectively with attorneys, especially in the field of addiction and recovery where understanding The Marchman Act is essential.  

    More information will follow on this exciting topic. Tickets are on sale now. 

    • 20 May 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE or LIVE: Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    John Davis, LMHC

    Overview:  John Davis, LMHC will take us on a journey to and from the heart of psychotherapy.  A skilled clinician with deep exerience over many years, John Davis, LMHC will share insights, methods and strategies honed over a lifetime as a healing professional.  He'll discuss the broad concepts and the details  of keeping a thriving private practice alive and robust over many years.  

    Learning Objectives:  Participants will:

    • Describe 5 essential elements of the "business" of private practice
    • Identify ethical "hot spots" related to couples, family and idividual therapies
    • Define substance and process addiction, abuse and dependency
    • Deploy decision tools for referring to in-patient treatment
    • Identify childhood events regarded as traumatic, especially related to ACE scores
    • Explain developmental trauma and describe it's known effects on the central nervous system, self regulation and socialization
    • Describe "mindfulness" and the meaning and importance of self regulation during sessions. 
    John Davis is an expert marriage, family and relationship therapist with skill and credentials in addiction and recovery.  He is widely renowned for his couples counseling work, getting successful outcomes in the most difficult families.  He maintains a concierge private practice in downtown Delray Beach.   Clients come for help with couples, family and relationship difficulties, mood disturbances, including anxiety and panic, depression and grief, chronic impulse control issues.  John is skilled in trauma resolution and the issues it brings, including PTSD, questions of spirituality and life meaning.   John has extensive experience with ADD/ADHD, Asperger's, narcissistic and other personality disorders.   He offers regular parenting consultation for families .

    John is a graduate of The University of Georgia at Athens, obtaining his Master’s Degree from The University of West Georgia at Carrolton.  In addition to internships in substance abuse and addiction he completed a three year residency at The Samaritan Center of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, a non-profit, faith-based, non-denominational counseling center.  John’s career as a psychotherapist spans an eclectic blend of personal development methodologies, including including Gestalt, Psychodrama, Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance Commitment  as well as a variety of hypnosis methodologies, including Rapid Trauma Resolution and Eriksonian Hypnotherapy.  John is a certified EMDR practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients, guided by the groundbreaking EMDR work of Dr Francine Shapiro and Dr Bessel Van der Kolk, MD .  A lifelong student of meditation, John incorporates mindfulness-based practices into all his work.  He is Past President of and currently Treasurer of the Mental Health Counselor’s Association of Palm Beach, a Delray Beach based non-profit dedicated to serving the interests of mental health professionals  in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties .  He is also a long member of The Florida Mental Health Counselor’s Association. 

Past events

15 Oct 2021 How to Chill: Mindfulness with Teens for Rootedness and Humanity
10 Sep 2021 NARM & Working With Teenagers
11 Jun 2021 Targeting Trauma: Filling the Gaps
14 May 2021 Love Wins: Trauma, Adversity and Healing
16 Apr 2021 Rethinking Personality Disorders: The Search for Secure Attachment
12 Mar 2021 Bottomless: The Marchman Act and Other Radical Approaches to Addiction
12 Feb 2021 The Happiness Trap: Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Holistic Health
15 Jan 2021 Food and Mood: Eating and Emotional Regulation in the Pandemic
8 Jan 2021 Required Renewal Ethics Course 3 hrs
19 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
17 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
17 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
9 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
3 Nov 2020 Sexual Betrayal: Helping Couples Survive
9 Oct 2020 Surviving or Thriving? Strategies to Build a Smart Private Practice During the Pandemic
26 Jun 2020 Fearless Love: Relationship Sanity During Crazy Times
5 Jun 2020 Telehealth for Counselors: Zooming Into a New Era
22 May 2020 Close Up: COVID-19 Through the Lens of Inpatient Psychiatry
14 Feb 2020 Never Enough: Homeostasis, Marijuana and Opiate Addiction
24 Jan 2020 A Unified Partnership: Attorneys & Mental Health Counselors
14 Dec 2019 Soul Tending: Healing the Wounded Healer
13 Dec 2019 From PTSD to PTG: Psychological Resilience after Community Crisis
22 Nov 2019 Accurate Diagnosis: Tools for Effective Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluation
25 Oct 2019 Sex, Drugs & Rock-Solid Recovery: Regaining Intimacy
13 Sep 2019 Saving Lives: Getting Loved Ones into Treatment Using the Marchman Act
7 Jun 2019 Half Day Qualified Supervisor Refresher Training June 7th, 9 to 1
6 Jun 2019 Two Day Qualified Supervisor Training June 6 & 7th , 9 to 3 both days
31 May 2019 More than Addiction: Comprehensive Approaches to Co-Occurring Disorders
3 May 2019 ICISF Group Crisis Certification
19 Apr 2019 Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate: Screening for Signs and Symptoms
15 Mar 2019 Marijuana: Weeding Out Fact From Fiction
15 Feb 2019 Love Wins: Trauma, The Nervous System and Recovery
2 Feb 2019 Trained Crisis Responder Certification Course
4 Jan 2019 Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope (Free CE Workshop)
1 Jan 2019 Ethics, Medical Errors, Renewal Laws & Rules: 8 Hour Friday Course
16 Nov 2018 Starry Nights: Non-suicidal Self-injury
12 Oct 2018 No Time to Lose: Accelerating Trauma Resolution
14 Sep 2018 On Becoming A Master Therapist: Personal and Professional Journeys
24 Aug 2018 Using Emotions in Therapy: Gottman, Ekman, Norcross and Napier
18 May 2018 Borderlines Part 2: Treating Personality Disorders
12 Apr 2018 Affluenza: Family Pathology of Excessive Wealth
16 Mar 2018 Radical Self Care: Mindfulness and Making Money in Therapy
16 Feb 2018 Intimacy Interrupted: How Sex and Other Addictions Destroy Relationships
26 Jan 2018 Marketing Strategies for Private Practice Owners (Special Engagement)
19 Jan 2018 Lifting the Fog: Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback into Dual Diagnosis Treatment
15 Dec 2017 The Body Keeps Score: Healing Trauma from Linehan to Van der Kolk
17 Nov 2017 Teens, Sex and Social Media
13 Oct 2017 Build Your 6 Figure Dream Private Practice
9 Jun 2017 Complicated Pain: Breaking the Destructive Opioid Spiral
21 Apr 2017 Treating the "Un-treatable": Borderline Personalities and Getting Results
10 Feb 2017 Failure to Launch: Issues and Strategies for Troubled Young Adults
6 Jan 2017 Medical Errors, Ethics, Domestic Violence
18 Nov 2016 Treating Complex Co-Occurring Disorders: A Team Approach

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