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    • 10 Sep 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Mike Giresi

    Overview: The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM®) is a powerful theoretical and clinical model for navigating the complexities of relational, developmental, and attachment trauma. NARM® is an integrative approach that offers a coherent model for working with complex trauma, and works with the link between psychological issues and the body. It is both a psychodynamic and nervous system/somatically-based approach designed to help build clients’ capacity for self-regulation and interpersonal connection.


    Understanding and being able to work with developmental dynamics is critical for helping our clients in their healing process. We will look at how clients’ life experiences present themselves in the context of a complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious. This framework, laid down by our early attachment experiences, shapes our development, who we are in the world (our self), and how we relate to others. When clients are having difficulty shifting out of patterns of dysregulation, these implicit dynamics are often at play and must be addressed.

     Learning Objectives:

    1) Explain the distinction between shock and developmental trauma (“complex trauma”)

    2) Describe the pitfalls of working with all forms of trauma without recognizing the complex developmental themes running in the background

    3) Introduce NARM®’s five early adaptive survival styles, their corresponding identity distortions, & how they affect adolescent and adult life

     Mike Giresi is currently the Lead Counselor at Family First Adolescent Services, a residential and outpatient treatment center for adolescents and their families who struggle with addiction and trauma located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.   Mike found his passion for helping others through his own journey of healing and recovery. He started his career in the mental health field working with adult clients who suffered from complex trauma and PTSD, as well as chemical and process addictions. He has since traveled to India to study and become certified in Yoga and Meditation. Mike is a Florida Certified Addiction Counselor and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mike is also a nationally Certified Trauma Professional through Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing and a certified NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM®) Practitioner, Consultant and Training Assistant through the NARM® Training Institute. As a Training Assistant for the NARM® Training Institute, Mike travels the country to help teach clinicians the NARM® approach to working with issues stemming from developmental, attachment and relational trauma. In addition, Mike is a national speaker and educator on the topics of developmental trauma, addiction and adolescent treatment.

    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Erinn Beck LMHC

    Gen Z has been called the most anxious and depressed generation in modern history. More high school students are waking up to the necessity of intentional community for mental wellness. Pablo del Real and Erinn Beck, co-teachers of the Mindfulness Club at Atlantic Community High School since 2018, will lead a demonstration of a mindfulness club meeting — together with teens from the program. 


    The Mindfulness Clubs program serves high school students seeking personal growth beyond the standard school curriculum. Most high schools today don’t offer a class on how to manage difficult emotions, nor do they teach students how to train the mind, how to forgive, or how to relax. In short, high schools today are not designed to teach teens how to be a human being. Mindfulness Clubs teach this most basic need — being human.

     The Mindfulness Clubs program started at Atlantic High in 2017. In 2020-2021 it was at four Title I high schools in Palm Beach County.

    Learning Objectives

    • ·       Define mindfulness and meditation in ways that are accessible to adolescent clients
    • ·       Demonstrate an understanding of how group mindfulness increases emotional and mental resilience in adolescents
    • ·       Understand how to help clients become more skilled observers of their thoughts
    • ·       Experience relevant mindfulness practices and understand how to use mindfulness with clients
    • ·       Demonstrate an understanding of how to help families improve communication and connection with their adolescent child through mindfulness
    • ·       Understand and explain the 4 spheres of awareness and conceptualize treatment plans for their adolescent clients integrating the 4 spheres


     Pablo is the Founder and Director of Education for The Way Mindfulness Education, a mental health and wellness company providing mindfulness education and practice to companies, groups, individuals, and students.

     Pablo is also the Founder and Director of Mindfulness Programs for Soil and Soul, a nonprofit organization that has incubated over a dozen projects and programs in Palm Beach County, including the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, High School Mindfulness Clubs, Tiger Territory Education Garden, and the Interfaith Café.

     In 2012, Pablo earned MLK Nonviolence Reconciliation Trainer certification (Level I) from Bernard LaFayette, PhD. Dr. LaFayette was a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, participant in Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 2009, Pablo received the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at the end of a five-day retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York.

     Pablo has a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Rutgers College. He has been studying and practicing mindfulness since 2005.


    Erinn Beck is Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been in private practice since 2010. She joined the group practice, Restoring Hope of the Palm Beaches in 2019. She specializes in working with adolescents. Her therapeutic approach utilizes mindfulness based cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

     Erinn has served on the board of the Mental Health Counselors Association of Palm Beach as the Vice President since 2016. She has served on the board of the South Florida Association of Christian Counselors since 2019. Erinn joined the board of governors of the Delray Beach Historical Society in 2021. Additionally, she served on the board of the nonprofit, Soil and Soul from 2015 to 2018.

    Erinn is a mindfulness meditation teacher with the Way Mindfulness Education (The Way). Her teaching experience with The Way includes, mindfulness meditation teacher training, the Atlantic High School Mindfulness Club, the 2019 Youth Summit and Mindfulness at the South County Civic Center, as well as co leading mindfulness retreats at local nonprofits and in the community.  She earned her 200-hour Mindfulness Teacher Training certificate with the Way Mindfulness Education in June of 2021.  Erinn is a trusted media resource and has appeared on WPTV as a mental health expert for topics such as "How to Manage Constant Smartphone use at Home and School" and "How to Improve Kid's Mental Health During the Summer".  She is an active presenter in the community, teaching about topics such as:  Mindfulness of Eating, Mindfulness of Emotions, Teenagers and social media, The Teenage Brain, Healthy Boundaries & Work, and Healthy Dating Relationships. Erinn was awarded the Business Acceleration award from the TED Center in 2019.  Erinn holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She has been studying and practicing mindfulness since 2010.


    • 12 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Aaron Norton, LMHC

    This will be a LIVE three hour presentation on Ethics that will satisfy licensure requirements for 491 clinicians. 

    The digital age has raised a number of ethical dilemmas for counselors to grapple with. Do I approve or deny a friend request from a client? Can I look up information about my client on the internet? Can I have a Facebook page for my practice? What happens if a client posts a comment? Can I still send emails to clients? What about text messages? Can we Skype? Can I facilitate a cyber group? Fortunately, recent revisions in the ethical codes of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) provide guidance on questions like these. But on the other hand, how many counselors have the time to review each of these codes in great detail to find out what’s new? In this 3- hour workshop, we’ll review recent changes in the ethical codes governing our profession with particularly emphasis on the 2020 revision of AMHCA’s ethical code.

    This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify novel ethical issues related to technological advances in counseling.
    2. Review revisions in various ethical codes in the past 5 years that relate to technology and counseling
    3. Identify gaps, challenges, and unanswered questions that still generate ethical ambiguity among counselors.

    About the Presenter:

    Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He is board-certified in addictions, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and clinical trauma treatment. He has 20 years of clinical experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and has been published in NAADAC’s Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, and AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine.

    • 14 Jan 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • 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 (EST)
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    Luna Medina-Wolf, LMHC, NCC, MCAP

    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 


    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • LIVE at Hanley Learning Center 933 45th St WPB 33407

    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.

Past events

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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