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Empowering Confidence: Best practices in completing clinical reviews

This 3-hour law and ethics course focuses on knowledge needed to complete clinical reviews and defining medical necessity. Participants will gain understanding into what insurance companies focus on and are looking for in clinical reviews so that clinicians will confidently pass audits.

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“One Size Doesn’t Fit All” Assessment and Practice in Couples Therapy

This presentation will discuss clinical cases from pragmatic, therapeutic, and theoretical perspectives. The training will include examples from the presenter’s client experiences with couples. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own relevant experiences with couples both professionally and personally to gain insight into a larger theoretical picture.

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Hitting Bullseyes When Aiming at the Standard of Care: Learning from One of the Worst Malpractice Cases Ever!

In this 6-hour law and ethics presentation, which will fulfill your state-mandated requirement for law and ethics, we will explore the concept of the standard of care. Doing so can help you practice psychotherapy with greater insight and confidence.

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Therapist Do’s and Don’ts: Best practices for clinical documentation (3/3/2022)

The Therapist Documentation Do’s and Don’ts course helps clinicians across the mental health field to build confidence in their documentation processes. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of clear and concise documentation, what third party payors look for in documentation, and the importance of accurate documentation to guide effective treatment.

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Therapist Do’s and Don’ts: Best practices for clinical documentation (2/28/2022)

The Therapist Documentation Do’s and Don’ts course helps clinicians across the mental health field to build confidence in their documentation processes. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of clear and concise documentation, what third party payors look for in documentation, and the importance of accurate documentation to guide effective treatment.

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Therapist Do’s and Don’ts: Best practices for clinical documentation (2/24/2022)

The Therapist Documentation Do’s and Don’ts course helps clinicians across the mental health field to build confidence in their documentation processes. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of clear and concise documentation, what third party payors look for in documentation, and the importance of accurate documentation to guide effective treatment.

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Therapist Do’s and Don’ts: Best practices for clinical documentation (2/17/2022)

The Therapist Documentation Do’s and Don’ts course helps clinicians across the mental health field to build confidence in their documentation processes. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of clear and concise documentation, what third party payors look for in documentation, and the importance of accurate documentation to guide effective treatment.

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Making Therapy Come Alive

What makes therapy come alive? Irvin Yalom, Fritz Perls and Louis Ormont focused on what was happening in the immediate present, not just what the client wanted to talk about. How do you do that effectively? This course explores the theory and practice of the Here and Now technique, in the experiential process-group format. The course content encompasses several opinions on theory and technique all related to the clinical approach of working in the Here-and-Now, whether in individual therapy or in groups. Working in the Here-and-Now is a specialized clinical technique useful for assessing, diagnosing and strengthening ego-functioning and treating mental and emotional disorders that interfere with intimacy, relationships and self-advocacy. Course clinical content comprises 2 hours of experiential process group discussions illustrating key concepts of articles related to working in the Here-and-Now. During these discussions members are exposed to techniques and theory by witnessing and participating in the techniques. In addition there is supervision on applying the Here-and-Now to clinical cases.

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The Power of Attachment (Part 1)

This course will explore the power of Attachment Theory to unlock our deeper understanding of human
development, social bonds and our innate need for connection. This course will take participants on a journey through the development of Attachment Theory, from John Bowlby’s and Harry Harlow’s first observations of the mammalian attachment system to Mary Main’s and Mary Ainsworth’s development of attachment style classifications to the most recent neuroscientific discoveries by Alan Shore and Steven Porges.

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Dealing with Holiday Stress: “This is for Fun?” (During Quarantine?!)

While individuals, families, and especially society and the media promote holiday celebrations as joyous often family focused events, they can create extraordinary stress for a multitude of reasons. Some reasons are practical, others are tied to expectations (reasonable and unreasonable), and others still have deeply (and sometimes, problematic) symbolism. Some circumstances, experiences, or memories can be stressful, triggering, and even traumatic depending on individual development. Who and what may be triggering will be discussed, along with direction to modulate potential issues. Holiday stress will be related to other stresses that are often the focus of therapy, along with principles and strategies to empower individuals through it and heal and grow.

Celebrations and holidays often have ethnic, racial, historical, and cultural foundations that may or may not be lost or emphasized. Conflict between more traditional and more derivative (including commercialized) customs and expectations will be considered that reflect the diversity of celebrations and celebrants.

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Seductions and Arrogance: Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities That Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations

This seminar will use case vignettes derived from published cases of BSE and Psychology Board disciplinary actions, CAMFT Therapist journal articles, and from experiences of the presenter (including his participation on the Ethics Board of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists- CAMFT) to examine Legal and Ethical issues and boundaries, the client behaviors, issues, seductions, and circumstances; the presenting issues and configurations in therapy; and the personal issues and vulnerabilities of therapists that combine to increase the probability of legal and ethical violations in therapy. In the small group format of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to interact and offer their own experiences, both for consultation and for enhancing the breadth and depth of the seminar’s goal to help therapists be more clear and secure dealing with legal and ethical issues as they practice.

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