Continuing Education

Continuing Education

                               Continuing Education Opportunity for Social Workers, Counselors & Psychologists

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Tuesday March 13th, 2018

Introduction to Emotion Focused Therapy with Couples

Presenter: Don F. Zeidlhack, PsyD, ABPP

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Don Zeidlhack (pronounced “Zide-lock”) is a licensed psychologist and counselor in Naperville with a doctorate in clinical psychology. His practice is focused on helping families, couples, individuals, and adolescents. Dr. Zeidlhack is particularly skilled within the area of emotions and communication difficulties. He is knowledgeable about differences in the psychological development of men and women and how these differences may impact the development of relationships. Dr. Zeidlhack is Board Certified in Couples and Family Therapy. He is also certified in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which has been judged by the American Psychological Association (APA) to be an emperically validadated treatement for couples. Dr. Zeidlack is also certified to supervise other therapists who want to learn Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

-Participants will be able to list and explain the major principles of EFT.

-Participants will be able to utilize EFT interventions in the treatment of couples.

-Participants will be able to assess couples from an EFT perspective.

EFT Flyer


Thursday April 12th, 2018

Treating the Transgender Community

Presenters: Deb Brozewski, MS.Ed, LCPC, CADC

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ms. Deborah Brozewski has extensive knowledge in working with the LGBT community and is attune to the struggles and obstacles that individuals may face as members of this community. She also has experience in treating those with substance use disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and PTSD.

Training Objectives:

  • Discuss specific health needs of transgender clients.
  • Create safe, respectful, and affirming language when working with transgender clients.
  • Discuss the coming out process and how practitioners can be supportive and affirming.
  • Discuss available medical interventions (hormone therapy, surgery) and how to address with clients.
  • Assess client needs and experiences surrounding trauma and develop successful strategies to assist clients.

Treating the Transgender Community Flyer


Friday May 18, 2018

Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Presenter : Rodney Benson PhD, ACT

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Rodney Benson, PhD, ACT is the Executive Director of the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois and a Certified Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT). He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF). He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Beyond OCD and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of OCD Midwest, the local chapter of the International OCD Foundation.

Training Objectives:

  • List symptoms of OCD
  • Identify when ERP is an appropriate treatment for OCD
  • List empirically-supported approaches and psychotherapies that treat OCD
  • Apply a behavioral approach to OCD and Hoarding treatment
  • Utilize basic and targeted ERP techniques

OCD Flyer


 Thursday June 12, 2018

Psychodynamic Treatment of Personality Disorders

Presenter: Neil Gorman DSW, LCSW

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Gorman is interested in integrating aspects of Jungian shadow work and the individuation process to the theories mentioned above. Dr. Gorman is very interested in the state of Social Work education, and ways that psychodynamic theory and practice do and do not fit into a broader (and more traditional) social work perspective.

Training Objectives:

  • Fundamental concept of psychodynamic treatment
  • Overview of the uses of psychodynamic treatment with personality disorders
  • Discuss the effectiveness of psychodynamic treatment with personality disorders

Psychodynamic treatment of PD Flyer






Wednesday August 15th, 2018

The Biopsychosocial Effects of Childhood Trauma

Presenter: Kristin Clifford Psy.D.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Kristin Clifford is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois who has been working professionally in the mental health field since 2008. Her training and clinical experience is varied and includes providing biofeedback and meditation at Northwestern University’s Stress Management clinic, providing therapy and psychological assessment in community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and private practices.

Training Objectives:

The learner will be able to assess for childhood trauma.

The learner will be able to explain the impact of trauma to their clients.

The learner will be able to provide specific therapeutic interventions therapy for survivors of childhood trauma.

The learner will be able to describe the biological impact of trauma in childhood.

Biopsychosocial trauma Flyer Template


Friday September 14th, 2018

Psychopharmacology for Therapists

Presenters: Dr. Akshatha Shetty M.D. and Debbi Del Re, APN, PMHNP-BC

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come join Dr. Akshatha Shetty and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Debbi Del Re, as they share their combined years of experience treating clients with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Akshatha Shetty, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has been in practice for more then 15 years. She has primarly worked in the outpatient setting, diagnosing and treating adults with psychiatric disorders. Over the course of her career she has worked with medical students and residents providing education regarding the role of psychopharmacology in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Debbi Del Re, APN, is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who has worked in mental health and psychiatric nursing for more than 25 years. She has experience in the areas of crisis intervention, PTSD, life transitions, chronic mental illness, suicidal ideation, grief, mood disorders, dementia, and anxiety.

Training Objectives:

  • Fundamental concept of psychopharmacology
  • Overview of the most commonly used psychotropic medications
  • Discuss clinically important and relevant adverse affects and drug interactions

Psychopharmacology Flyer



Thursday October 18th, 2018

Treating Anxious Teens

Presenters: Dr. Nicole Thompson-Wilson, PsyD and Dr. Tonya Battle PsyD, LCPC

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come join clinical psychologists Dr. Tonya Battle and Dr. Nicole Thompson-Wilson, as they share their combined years of experience in treating highly anxious teens. The purpose of this training is to further inform the clinician on how to address these issues in the context of treatment. Dr. Battle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and License Eligible Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in Children and Adolescents. Dr. Battle has over 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Her clinical interests include: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, job stress, grief, and adjustment issues with special interest in Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Thompson Wilson is a licensed psychologist in both Illinois and California. Dr. Thompson Wilson specializes in individual and family therapy focused on treating trauma, anxiety, depression and related interpersonal symptoms. Dr. Thompson Wilson has always had a special interest in anxiety and completed a comprehensive review of the literature entitled Manifestations of Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety.

Training Objectives:

  • Explore how anxiety symptoms can impact the client’s ability to engage in treatment and utlize clinical strategies
  • Review the DSM 5 Anxiety classifications to help with understanding differential diagnoses
  • Design a working template of strategies for conceptualization
  • Teach varied methods of collaboration with the family system to better understand how anxiety may present in teens

Anxious Teens Flyer



Monday November 12th, 2018

Clinical Blind Spots: Behavioral Addictions

Brian Lengfelder is currently a psychotherapist in Wheaton. Brian has been in the behavioral health field since 1993 and is considered an addiction specialist. Brian has creative and innovative approaches to help individuals develop managements and sustain a fulfilling recovery lifestyle.  He has worked in the gamut of alcohol, drug and addiction programs from detoxification programs to outpatient services.  He has experience as a director/manager/clinical supervisor and counselor within hospital systems and state funded facilities. As a professional trainer, speaker and consultant Brian has presented on mental health and addiction topics at state conventions, to businesses and industry, state and national addiction certification associations, colleges, community services organizations and to community groups.

Training Objectives:

  • List all process/behavioral addictions presented.
  • Assess for signs and symptoms of process/behavioral addictions.
  • Describe assessment strategies and treatment interventions for process/behavioral
  • Utilize addiction interaction disorder concepts into counseling/therapy skills.

Behavioral addictions Flyer



**These trainings are provided at no cost to: D203/204/202 professionals, Ask an Expert Live partners, Linden Oaks and SamaraCare Employees.

Lisle202, Downers Grove 58,99,68 and Woodridge D68 professionals are also provided at no cost.

Social Workers/Psychologists/Counselors

CE Credits for Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors



FEE (Includes Lunch at Noon):

3 hour CEU cost- $ 45

6 hour CEU cost- $ 90

 Please email to register or for questions about any of our upcoming Continuing Education opportunities. 

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