The Fourth Annual CE You!
Summer Mini Conference!

"Moving Forward"

July 6-7, 2021
2 Days, Up to 19.5 CE Credits!

Join us for our Fourth Annual CE You! Mini Conference!

This Conference will take place completely virtually.

This 2 day program is jam packed with training and will provide you with up to 19.5 Live Interactive CE Credits.

The full conference includes Ethics as well as Cultural Competence!
You can attend the full conference or select specific classes to attend.

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Mini Conference Schedule 2021

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Day 1 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  1. Creative Counseling Techniques: Engaging Clients in a Virtual Reality
  2. Map Your Vision: How to Create a Vision Board that Works
11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
  1. On-the-Spot Resiliency Skills!
  2. Connecting to the Present with Trauma from the Past: Trauma-Informed mindfulness
  3. Engaging Challenging Clients Using Motivational Interviewing
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  1. Perfectly Hidden Depression
  2. Telehealth: Ethical Implications for Sustaining and Thriving in Virtual Clinical Practice
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  1. Multiracial Identity Development and Suggested Social Supports
  2. Low Literacy Levels and Therapy: What You Need to Know
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  1. Your Feelings Matter: An Exploration of the Psychological Effects of Domestic Violence on "Silent Victims"
  2. The Game of Life: Using Video Games and Board Games in Play Therapy
Day 2 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  1. Do the Right Thing! An Ethics Training
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  1. Using the Family Life Space Drawing
  2. The Ethical Application of Life Coaching for Clinicians
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  1. "The W.I.T.C.H." | Awareness Through Art
  2. Survives Trauma, Thrives in Drama: Incorporating Trauma-Informed Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
  1. No Quick Fixes: Unpacking Racial Bias in Social Work Practice
  2. Increasing Positive Client Outcomes Through the Counselor's Use of Self

Day 1, July 6, 2021

9:00 am to 11:00 am EST

Select one of the following classes

Class A

Creative Counseling Techniques: Engaging Clients in a Virtual Reality

The COVID-19 pandemic has many mental health providers working virtually through telehealth services. A year later, many professionals struggle to find new ways to engage clients during a virtual session. Therapist burnout can add to the ongoing pressure felt by many professionals providing therapeutic services online. Adding creative art techniques can bolster therapeutic rapport and connection to deepen the healing experience of traditional talk therapy.

Join us in a unique 2-hour experiential and interactive workshop where you will learn to use creative interventions in a virtual therapy session. Attendees will be actively engaged and will leave the workshop with creative techniques that can be applied and modified across diagnoses, populations, ages, and situations. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a variety of creative activities for assessment, rapport building, exploring emotions to help their clients to heal while also inducing creativity in the therapist.

(Trainer, Mary L. Affee, Ed.D, LCSW, CTP, RPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut. Mary has extensive clinical experience in trauma informed practice and earned an award of excellence from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in 2014. She is a frequent guest speaker locally and nationally, and the owner and Clinical Director at Horizon Integrated Wellness Group, PLLC, a private practice that specializes in expressive therapies for children, teens, families, and adults. Mary is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and a Holistic Health Coach. Mary earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership in Education from Gardner-Webb University. Mary earned her MSW from Fordham University. Mary also earned a second master's in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University. She is Licensed School Administrator and has spent more than 12 years in public education serving as a School Social Worker.)

Class B

Map Your Vision: How to Create a Vision Board that Works (2 CE Credits)

Life doesn't always go as planned. 2020 definitely showed us that! But when we are clear about who we are and what we wantand we have a framework to guide us, we can always find our way.

That's what a vision board can do. It's a strategic visual roadmap that clearly outlines the vision you have for yourself and your life what do you want, who do you want to become, and what exactly do you need to get there. It's an integrated, strengths based approach to creating change.

In this class we will learn how to use a vision board with our clients. We will learn how a vision board can be used to teach people how to build the foundation of their life based on what's most important to them and we can help them achieve their most important goals.

(Trainer: Emily Capuria, LISW-S, CHHC is author of the book Happiness Happens and founder of "Balance & Thrive" a business that offers an integrated approach to eliminating stress, improving overall well-being, achieving goals and living a happy, fulfilling life. Emily has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and a Master's degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University. She is also a certified holistic health coach.)

11:15 am to 1:15 pm EST

Select one of the following classes

Class A

On-the-Spot Resiliency Skills! (2 CE Credits)

On the spot resiliency skills are based on the principles and skills of DBT, CBT, and additional stress management techniques. This class presents some of the most effective and quick skills for helping our clients improve resiliency.

These skills are designed for ease of use and can be adapted to a variety of settings. They are designed to be easy to use "on the spot" and are presented in a toolbox format to aid in our building and strengthening our resiliency. Participants will examine a program has been particularly beneficial when utilized in the workplace as part of an overall wellness program.  This is a skill-based program that is designed to be effective in improving a person's ability to deal with stressors and daily struggles.

(Trainer, Denise Quirk Bundick, LCSW - Ms. Bundick is a founding partner of Falls Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy Associates locate in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to providing clinical psychotherapy services within the practice, Ms. Bundick also provides Corporate Trainings and workplace consultations to several NC Triangle based companies.)

Class B

Connecting to the Present with Trauma from the Past: Trauma-Informed mindfulness (2 CE Credits)

As Mindfulness continues to be an increasingly popular component of mental health treatment, it is pertinent to consider ways to engage in these interventions from a trauma-informed perspective. Research shows that use of mindfulness can reduce trauma-related symptoms (Kelly & Garland, 2016).

While research largely focuses on the benefits of these interventions in treatment, it is equally important to consider the risks of these practices with clients who experience trauma-related disorders and symptoms. In some instances, it may even be retraumatizing to explore this level of connectedness to the body without first establishing the presence of safety (Treleaven, & Britton, 2018). This two hour training will focus on understanding mindfulness and trauma as they relate to benevolent and effective treatment. We will highlight the benefits and risks of utilizing mindfulness practices to increase sensory awareness in clients who experience trauma. Participants will explore and demonstrate use of trauma-informed interventions with other treatment modalities; and, identify ways to skillfully utilize mindfulness interventions to promote better client outcomes.

(Trainer: Tyler P. Mabry, LCPC is a Trauma Certified practitioner located in the state of Maryland. She specializes in supporting black men and women with processing emotions, including but not limited to, trauma, depression, anxiety, and daily stressors, using a variety of therapeutic and holistic approaches that focus on mindfulness, motivation, and emotional regulation.)

Class C

Self motivation is key! Engaging Challenging Clients Using Motivational Interviewing (2 CE Credits)

When clients are not interested in working with a mental health professional, it can be hard to create a therapeutic relationship with them. This training is designed to help experienced practitioners build on their current approach to working with clients who are difficult to engage. Attendees will learn new ways of applying supportive techniques to improve outcomes with this population.

During this class, the definition and basic principles of Motivational Interviewing will be reviewed. Strengths Based Theory will be applied to creating a therapeutic alliance with mandated or ambivalent clients. Motivational challenges on the individual and systemic levels will be identified and explored for how they impact treatment. The training will incorporate group practice exercises to allow participants to combine their new knowledge with what they already practice. A segment on coaching supervisees and non-clinical staff will be included.

(Trainer: Lissa Ramsepaul, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker in MD and DC. She currently works as a nonprofit management consultant after years of working in the homeless services and mental health sectors in DC. She has a passion for working with clients that are mandated, ambivalent about services, and report a history of bad experiences with mental health services in the past.)

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

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Class A

Perfectly Hidden Depression (3 CE Credits)

Many people are raised to believe that expressing painful emotion is a sign of weakness or that being emotionally vulnerable is far too unsafe. Emotional survival often came by creating a defensive strategy - that of a perfect-looking life. In this groundbreaking presentation, Dr. Margaret Robinson Rutherford, author of Perfectly Hidden Depression; How to Break Free From the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression (New Harbinger Publications, 2019) will discussed the symptoms of this overlooked "silent" depression.

Dr. Rutherford, will discuss early research on perfectionism that noted its connection with depression, as well as the difference between constructive and destructive perfectionism. She'll also present more recent studies revealing three types of perfectionism that have been discovered by research and their unique potential for lethality. Dr. Rutherford will present her work on the ten core traits of Perfectly Hidden Depression and will discuss the treatment model she's defined, using mindfulness, cognitive/behavioral, family systems approaches and more, guiding the patient toward greater vulnerability, and thus relief from the burden they've been carrying.

(Trainer: Dr. Margaret Rutherford, a clinical psychologist from Fayetteville, Arkansas, hosts a highly popular podcast, The SelfWork Podcast, consistently ranked in the top 50 of US mental health podcasts. Her column in Psychology Today and her book, Perfectly Hidden Depression; How to Break Free From the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression (New Harbinger Publications, 2019), focuses a much-needed light on the dangerous link between destructive perfectionism and depression)

Class B

Telehealth: Ethical Implications for Sustaining and Thriving in Virtual Clinical Practice (3 CE Credits - Ethics)

This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to learn about Telehealth Counseling as a treatment modality. In light of the fact that this mode of healthcare delivery is being adapted as a standard platform for care, it is important for clinicians to understand the basics and be prepared to go beyond that into excellence in service delivery to our clients.

This workshop will also review the relevant ethical principles and how they apply to the provision of services in this modality, while keeping clinicians updated on legislative changes that impact this field of practice.

(Trainer: Kim Cook, LCSW, has clinical and administrative background in outpatient mental health. She is the Director of Elu: Counseling, Consulting, and Coaching with offices in Tennessee and North Carolina and virtually serves others through telehealth. She does consulting work with non-profits and has a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership. Kim maintains her LCSW licensure in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina.)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST

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Class A

Multiracial Identity Development and Suggested Social Supports (1.5 CE Credits)

Multiracial identity is a growing category in racial identification. Therefore, more representation and information is needed for service providers to best service this growing population. This presentation will bring awareness to service providers about the Multiracial population as well as educate on Multiracial Identity development and identity process. Discussion will briefly touch on the different Multiracial Identity Theories (social, psychological, environmental etc). A brief overview of a Multiracial study conducted on two local college campuses will be presented with a discussion of the findings. Finally, suggested methods to support this population will also be presented.

(Trainer: Dr. Vercera Harvey-White, LMSW, PhD, is a social worker who works with special needs children in Maryland. Dr. Harvey-White has provided numerous trainings on the topics of Suicide Prevention, Boundaries and Zones of Regulation. During her doctoral training she conducted a study on Multiracial Identity and Social Supports needed on college campuses.)

Class B

Low Literacy Levels and Therapy: What You Need to Know (1.5 CE Credits)

40-50 percent of adults in the USA have basic or low levels of literacy in English. Many have become adept at hiding this from others, but it has a tremendous impact on daily life -- including therapy. When therapy falls flat, sometimes it is due to a mismatch between the interventions and a client's literacy skills.

This workshop will cover how to identify if a client may have low levels of literacy, how to adapt therapeutic paperwork and interventions for clients with low literacy, and how to empower clients in both their mental health and literacy journeys.

(Trainer: Lindsey Foss is a therapist and private practice owner. She emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, centered on the premise that complete wellness involves balancing mind, body, spirit, and relationships. Her professional experiences include working in crisis intervention, school-based therapy, and private practice as both a therapist and administrator. Prior to becoming a therapist, Lindsey was an educator. Lindsey has a M.Sc. in couple and family therapy and completed her thesis on the intersection of depression and literacy.)

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST

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Class A

Your Feelings Matter: An Exploration of the Psychological Effects of Domestic Violence on "Silent Victims" (2 CE Credits)

Awareness about the effects of Domestic Violence (DV)/Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on victims should extend beyond providing therapeutic support solely to adult survivors. Many studies have proven that children exposed to DV can be impacted negatively whether in the short-term and/or long-term. Children, while resilient, are a vulnerable population and are often identified as "silent victims" or survivors of DV. These young survivors experience a realm of emotions and physical responses relative to their exposure to DV. In the blink of an eye, their norm changes and there is little to no time to adjust.

(Trainers: Amber Holmes LCSW & Tiffany Sanders LCSW, LISW-CP, Amber Holmes, LCSW

Amber Holmes, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Professional Coach based in NC. With a passion for working with children, families, and adolescents, Amber started her trauma focused work in an intensive in-home setting. Today, Amber works for her local county in partnership with the police department, responding to incidents involving child victims or witnesses exposed to traumatic events. Amber is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and continues to enhance her knowledge and therapeutic skills with the latest evidenced based findings centered around trauma. Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, being a foodie, traveling, and nature adventures.

Tiffany Sanders LCSW, LISW-CP is a Licensed Social Worker in North Carolina and South Carolina. Tiffany has extensive experience working with traumatized children and their families. She is professionally trained in trauma focused modalities and treatment approaches including the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Tiffany currently works full-time as a clinician with her local government to aid the local police department with providing therapeutic support to children exposed to traumatizing events. Tiffany currently lives in North Carolina, where she enjoys reading, photography, and traveling.)

Class B

The Game of Life: Using Video Games and Board Games in Play Therapy (2 CE Credits)

Games provide opportunities in both directive play therapy approaches as well as a fun and interactive outlet for more non-directive interventions within the play therapy room.

While the average play therapist may be no stranger to traditional board games, or games created for therapists by therapists, additional opportunities exist for the use of games in play therapy. This training will introduce less traditional board games which can be used to promote play therapy goals, discussing the benefit of using these types of games with clients who appear resistant as well as older children and adolescents. As recent trends illustrate the growing importance of technology within the language of play today, this training will also explore how to therapeutically, and ethically, use video games as play therapy interventions.

(Trainer: Christina Scott, LPCC-S, NCC, is a licensed counselor and supervisor, Registered Play Therapist, and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. A proud geek therapist, Christina co-authored a chapter in the book, Using Superheroes and Villains in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (edited by Lawrence C. Rubin). Her newest ventures include starting an online solo private practice and teaming up with her pal Elise Gambill in starting the Two Nerdy Counselors YouTube channel where they share free interventions. Christina strives to help her fellow geeks reach their full potential.)

Day 2, July 7, 2021

9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

Do the right Thing! An Ethics Training

Let's face it, ethical dilemmas can sometimes leave you at a crossroads!

This interactive course will provide education on ethics with use of the Code of Ethics as an ethical guideline. It will allow participants to take a step back and identify their driving force for making decisions.

Participants will identify ethical dilemmas and use of best practices in telehealth and in-person settings to prevent ethical misconduct or violations. Clinicians will participate in group discussions on use of ethical decision making models to help participants "Do the right thing!"

(Trainer: Alesha Perkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and North Carolina and a Certified Case Manager. Alesha has over 19 years of experience in the social work field with focuses on medical social work, child protective services, case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling. Ten years ago she began her instructional career providing ethics trainings to dialysis providers, and since then has created and facilitated numerous trainings for mental health and medical professionals. Alesha is a former Clinical Director for a mental health agency and currently works for a health insurance provider as a Program Manager. In addition, she provides clinical supervision and is an instructor for Perkins Medical Services which is family-owned and has been in business for 21 years.)

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST

Select one of the following classes

Class A

Using the Family Life Space Drawing (3 CE credits)

This workshop describes and demonstrates an exciting, interactive way to conduct initial family assessment meetings with clients having multiple family members. Participants will learn an expressive technique that helps to engage all of the clients in the family sessions by exploring, family of origin as well as environmental and stress factors experienced by all of the clients at the same time within the family system.

Attendees will discover a process where clients symbolically present nonverbal information that can help therapist and client to explore counseling goals. Attendees will learn to utilize an expressive technique in first sessions that help client and therapist interact on a deeper level of connection.

Discover a process where clients symbolically present nonverbal information that can help therapist and client to develop effective alliances and develop therapeutic goals. Utilize an expressive technique in first sessions that help client and therapist interact on a deeper level of connection.

(Trainers Ron Clark and Theresa Beeton are clinical social workers with a long career of helping families and couples improve relationships. They have created a manual describing the use of a graphic expressive tool that helps mental health workers join couples and families. They have worked in agencies, private practice and University settings.)

Class B

The Ethical Application of Life Coaching for Clinicians (3 CE credits)

Clinicians have much to gain from learning the skills of Life Coaching. While life Coaching is often considered a subset of CBT in truth it is much more.

Social Workers who learn the art of coaching can expand their expertise beyond basic clinical service provision. They can Empower clients and colleagues to be more autonomous. They can enhance their leadership, consulting and mediation skills, as well as these skills in their clients. And facilitate change that comes from the client (inside out vs. outside in).

This training will address ethical applications of life coaching techniques practiced by licensed clinicians.

(Trainer: Michell Stanley, LICSW, RYT, CLC is the founder and director of Moksha Living. Michell helps individuals to develop more Trust, Intimacy, and Balance in order to thrive in the present and secure their legacy. Michell uses the combination of yoga, life coaching, somatic experiencing and mindfulness training for a more "wholistic" approach to psychology. Her experience includes social work in mental health, education, criminal justice and community development arenas. She aims to empower professionals to maximize their potential by expanding their impact and understanding of their own value, through the service they provide and the role they serve in relationships. Michell is currently living in D.C. and L.A while virtually managing a business and working with clients and organizations all over the world. Her practice that started as a 1-woman-show, has expanded into a multi-disciplinary coaching and leadership school that serves the Federal Government, NASA, DC Courts and the NFL by helping their employees tap into their purpose by learning to coach others.)

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST

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Class A

"The W.I.T.C.H." | Awareness Through Art (2 CE Credits - Cultural Competence)

This continuing education treat will begin with a performance of selected scenes from "THE W.I.T.C.H" by playwright and actress Morgan Breon.

"THE W.I.T.C.H." shows the joys, pains, and struggles of Ms. Morgan, a newly hired Behavior Specialist at a Detroit public high school. When hope begins to crack open her students' hearts and minds, Ms. Morgan's office might just be the most dangerous room in the entire school. Featuring Morgan Breon in a tour de force role as she portrays an array of characters in the public school setting including a behavior specialist, students, teachers and administrators. THE W.I.T.C.H. stands for Wound Intervention Through Care and Healing.

Participants will identify ways in which the themes of: generational trauma, secondary trauma, historical racism, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), repressed and suppressed trauma and the possibilities of misdiagnoses among black youth come across through performance.

Please note, the performance of THE W.I.T.C.H., which depicts the discourse of high school students, contains language that some may find offensive

(Trainer: MORGAN BREON graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2011 (Dual Bachelors in Psychology and English), 2012 (Masters in Social Work) and 2013 (Masters in Education Policy and Leadership. Morgan's core passion is fostering healing and support for Black youth and young adults. In addition to facilitating youth workshops for over 8 years, Morgan was the Behavior Specialist for the 9th Grade Academy at Denby High School in 2017, and most recently served as the Manager of Behavior and Culture for the Detroit Community Education Commission. In 2017, Morgan decided to incorporate theatre into her healing work, and founded Heal.Be.Live., LLC, a for-profit company that uses art to heal a variety of communities through guided discussion and connections to available resources. #ARTivism.)

 

Class B

Survives Trauma, Thrives in Drama: Incorporating Trauma-Informed Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2 CE Credits)

As many therapists know- or really, any of us who once walked the halls of middle school, drama is a culture of childhood and adolescence. Beneath the drama of catty comments and backhanded compliments often lies a foundation built on complex trauma. Drama is another word for play, and external drama can offer a mask to underlying trauma ingrained in a person's psyche. Adolescence is a time of uncertainty, of transition, of multiple changes into the unfamiliar and unknown. Add in the pervasive effects of complex trauma- multiple traumatic events or exposure, and viola! You have concocted a perfect storm of tumultuous teen angst.

This training aims to examine the underlying factors of complex trauma, as this form of developmental trauma influences all facets of a young person's life. Therapists can benefit from a three-phase play therapy approach to stabilizing that traumatized child or teen, addressing underlying trauma themes and helping the young person reconnect with self, others, and the world around them. As deep-seated as trauma can be, it can defy any language to describe it. Therapists can use the language of play to cross these barriers and help the child client access and share their story.

(Trainer: Christina Scott, LPCC-S, NCC, is a licensed counselor and supervisor, Registered Play Therapist, and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. A proud geek therapist, Christina co-authored a chapter in the book, Using Superheroes and Villains in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (edited by Lawrence C. Rubin). Her newest ventures include starting an online solo private practice and teaming up with her pal Elise Gambill in starting the Two Nerdy Counselors YouTube channel where they share free interventions. Christina strives to help her fellow geeks reach their full potential.)

7:15 pm EST

Select one of the following classes

Class A

No Quick Fixes: Unpacking Racial Bias in Social Work Practice (2 CE Credits - Cultural Competence)

Everyone has racial biases either conscious or unconscious, whether individuals act on them explicitly or not. It is critical as social workers to uphold ethical duties by collectively acknowledging and challenging implicit biases within micro, mezzo and macro social work and intentionally exercising mindful practices promoting equality and social justice.

This workshop will explore implicit biases, microaggressions and unconscious stereotypes in order to highlight the impact that such practices have on the social worker and client relationship. It is of special interest to helping professionals to challenge Western cultural practices of racism, oppression and injustice influencing the profession so as to not cause further damage by way of retraumatization and revictimization of vulnerable and marginalized clients and client systems.

(Trainers: Aaliyah Nurideen, LSW is a licensed psychiatric social worker, community mental health therapist, advocate, writer and speaker. Through her professional experience -- working directly with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness -- she finds impactful purpose in providing: interventions, strategies and techniques that support healing individuals to become the best versions of themselves. Aaliyah is dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are marginalized and silenced by creating avenues for dialogue.)

Latifah Green, BS is a seasoned Senior Care Manager for youth with mental and behavioral health needs and is currently in pursuit of an MSW degree. Latifah is a forward-thinker and an activist for social justice. She passionately pushes for equity for oppressed groups. Latifah is a change-agent and firm believer in the anti-racism movement therefore she currently co-facilitates monthly discussions regarding community organizing and systemic racism.)

 

Class B

Increasing Positive Client Outcomes Through the Counselor's Use of Self (1.5 CE Credits)

Andrew Rose, LCSW leads a fun and interactive workshop focused on maximizing your counselor "Self" to affect positive client change. Large and small group discussions will focus on counselors' blind spots, attuning to a range of clients, and customizing treatment goals. An interactive review of theoretical orientations will be included.

(Trainer: Andrew Rose, LCSW earned his MSW from UC Berkeley in 1998, and has worked in private practice, clinical training, hospice and addiction services. He is an instructor of psychology and human services, with teaching experience at several colleges and universities. Andrew is also a professional speaker and consultant for global corporations in the areas of wellness, trauma and grief.)

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