Continuing Education for Counselors
Winter Series Workshops
Join us for our "Winter Series" live workshops and earn continuing education units. Buena Vista University is pleased to offer these 1-3 hour virtual presentations, on a variety of professional counseling topics.
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Working with Developmental Trauma in Kids
This presentation will outline the short-term and long-term impacts of childhood trauma. Learn about healthy sexual development vs development in sexually abused children. Emphasis on effective and evidenced-based interventions for children. It will also explore the resiliency of children and provide current neurocogntive research on development.
- Identify the impact family and community violence can have on a child's psyche and ability to develop mentally, physically and emotionally.
- Identify the relationship between childhood trauma and attachment problems.
- Analyze play and/or art therapy interventions and explore how this relates to resiliency factors in children.
- Examine the relationship between best practice and neurocognitive research.
Using a Wellness Model with BIPOC Individuals Experiencing Racial Trauma
Racial and social justice have been at the fore of mental health due to societal movements related to recent Anti-Blackness injustices, which have exposed the historical and current racial trauma experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This workshop focuses on the application of a wellness model to address the racial trauma of BIPOC.
- To define and understand racial trauma in terms of the impact of anti-Blackness offenses and injustices.
- To understand the implications of racial trauma on the mental health and wellness of individuals who identify as BIPOC.
- To demonstrate the application of a wellness model to address racial trauma
From the Inside Out: Understanding a Child’s Brain & Behaviors
It’s time to look beyond the child’s behavior and understand it from the inside out. Applicable brain information will be reviewed and resources will be shared to teach your clients about the brain (even for young children!). We will tie together attachment concepts with the brain and reveal many strategies to support parents, families, and children with mental health concerns.
- Identify the framework of integration and how it can help lead clients to health and wholeness.
- Evaluate the integration of a child’s left brain and right brain to help the child connect both logical and emotional selves.
- Delineate the importance of connecting the instinctual “downstairs brain” with the more advanced “upstairs brain."
Buena Vista University- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.3065. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Buena Vista University- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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About our Presenters
Our session presenters bring years of expertise and professional experience to these continuing education sessions.
Dr. Macie Stead
Dr. Macie Stead is a Counselor Educator, Counselor, and Clinical Director. Macie spent over five years counseling individuals who were at risk due to chronic mental health diagnoses. An additional three years focused on counseling for LGBT+ youth as she worked within a school-based setting.
Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner
Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner has been in professional practice as a counselor for twenty years, providing counseling to clients presenting with treatment concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and self-mutilation/injury, as well as substance use, addiction, and recovery.
Anne Peters is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over seven years of clinical experience in the field of mental health. Anne has spent much of her time in the clinical world studying and practicing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She has worked with clients from four months old to older generations.
These informative sessions will not only help you earn your required continuing education hours, but will also help you grow professionally! See our registration page for pricing options.
We are looking forward to your participation in this valuable training.
Casey Baker, EdD, LMHC, RPT-S
Kathleen Ruscitto, Ph.D., LMHC, CAADC, ACS, NCC
If a participant or potential participant would like to express a concern about his/her/their experience with Buena Vista University’s Counselor Education Department CEU program, he/she/they may call or email Kathleen Ruscitto, Ph.D. at 712.749.2182 or Ruscitto@BVU.edu. Although we do not guarantee a particular outcome, the individual can expect us to consider the complaint, and make any necessary decisions and respond within two business days.
Continuing education registration is non-refundable. Please ensure that you are able to attend training, workshop, or conference prior to booking. For additional inquiry, please contact Kathleen Ruscitto, Ph.D., at 712.749.2182 or Ruscitto@BVU.edu.
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We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs. Please contact Kathleen Ruscitto, Ph.D. 712.749.2182 or Ruscitto@BVU.edu prior to the training.