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5th Annual CE You! Summer Mini Conference! DAY 1


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5th Annual CE You!
Summer Mini Conference!

August 9 - 10, 2022
2 Days, Up to 20 CE Credits!

Join us for our 5th Annual CE You!
Summer Mini Conference!
This Conference will take place completely online.

This 2 day program is jam packed with training and will provide you with up to

20 Live Interactive CE Credits

The full conference includes Ethics and as well as Cultural Competence!

You can attend the full conference or select specific classes to attend.

Summer Mini Conference Schedule 2022

Click class name to scroll to details. All times listed are EST.

Day 1, August 9, 2022


9:30 am to 12:30 pm EST

Select one of the following classes

Class A

ReImagining Mandated Reporting (3 CE Credits)

The United States has historically relied heavily on mandated reporting, believing it is a causal factor in child abuse prevention. However, to date, there has not been any published research suggestive of such causation. In fact, our reliance on mandated reporting as the primary response to help families arguably introduces more opportunity for systemic racism, implicit biases, and the unwarranted removal of children from their homes.

This presentation reviews the legal and social history of mandated reporting laws and family separation, examines the ethical conundrum of mandated reporting as it relates to evidence-based practice, and discusses alternatives to mandated reporting as a primary prevention strategy.

The presentation includes an examination of “reasonable belief” or “suspicion” requirement in mandated reporting laws and guidance on how to respond to a child disclosure of maltreatment, and what to do when a professional observes maltreatment “warning signs”. We will also focus on alternative responses, highlighting how and when to implement them without violating mandated reporting laws. Overall, this presentation challenges participants to think of consequence beyond just the reporting call, and to be creative in implementing family support systems.

This presentation recognizes and acknowledges that there are many cases where reporting is important and required to ensure child safety. We will discuss, briefly, ways to distinguish cases of maltreatment from cases of poverty and other non-maltreatment stressors where alternative responses may be appropriate.

(Trainers: Katie Olson, J.D, is the Training Director in the Institute to Transform Child Protection at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St Paul, Minnesota. Katie has gained multiple child welfare perspectives working as victim liaison, maltreatment investigator, child's attorney, and training director. Her work focuses on promoting safe and strong families through trauma responsive legal advocacy and inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Miriam Itzkowitz, MSW, LISW, is the Director of Trauma-Informed Care for the Institute for Children, Families and Communities at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St Paul, Minnesota. Miriam develops and provides training on best practices at the intersection of legal services and trauma-informed care. She also serves as the social work supervisor for graduate social work students to link theory and practice and to serve the clients represented through ITCP.)

Class B

The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Helping Your Clients Find Peace When Their Relationships Go Bad (3 CE Credits)

Every client you will see is likely to have hurt or been hurt by their loved ones. This is understandably true of most of those who come to see you for marriage counseling and trauma, but it’s also the case when the presenting problem is addiction or another mental health condition. The focus of treatment may not be on the harm caused or suffered, but relationships need to be mended before recovery can be solid.

This workshop describes a process of healing and potential forgiveness for anyone in a relationship affected by selfishness, violence, abuse, addiction, or betrayal; whether they are the victim, the perpetrator, or both. It guides participants on how to assess the damage done and recognize codependency and vindictiveness, blocking the way from injury to peace. It gives pragmatic advice on how to help clients find safety, assert needs, apologize, make amends, and promote change. 

This presentation recognizes and acknowledges that there are many cases where reporting is important and required to ensure child safety. We will discuss, briefly, ways to distinguish cases of maltreatment from cases of poverty and other non-maltreatment stressors where alternative responses may be appropriate.


1:10 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Select one of the following classes

Class A

The future of diagnostics in treating mental health issues (4 CE Credits)

How is the world of Mental Health diagnostics changing? This new training will cover a variety of topics that have to do with diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, and a look at multiple diagnostic systems. Epigenetics will be discussed, including their impact on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developmental Trauma. There will be a discussion of the neurobiological and neuropsychological basis of depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD.

(Trainer: Dr. Donna Veraldi, PhD is retired from over 40 years practice as a psychologist. Most of Dr. Veraldi's work involved a private practice of clinical and forensic work in Billings Montana. Dr. Veraldi has presented numerous papers and publications, is a past president of the Yellowstone Psychological Association, has taught at the college level, and has been a frequent presenter for the American College of Forensic Psychology.)

Class B

What Communication Language Do You Speak? A Blueprint for Conscious Communication in a Virtual World for Mental Health Professionals (4 CE credits)

Living in the pandemic has exposed lots of relationship challenges on a personal and professional level, poor communication being one of them. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in exponential growth in teletherapy services. This paradigm shift did not require training in delivering telehealth services and came without uniform standards of practice. However, it is acknowledged that mental health professionals providing telehealth services need advanced communication skills.

This communication’s skill building training will introduce clinicians to the Kendall’s Life Languages System of Communication, also known as the 7 Life Languages™ Profile (Kendall & Kendall, 2019). This communication tool captures how people communicate based on how they act, think, and feel. Clinicians will learn the concept of conscious communication, which will help them to listen with empathy, speak responsibly, build relationship equity with their clients, and help clients effectively manage conflict.

(Trainer, Veronica Powell, PhD, LPC. has practiced as a Behavioral Health Clinician and trainer for more than 25 years, Dr. Powell's mission is to transform the lives of her clients so that they will experience sustained holistic emotional, mental and behavioral health growth. She describes herself as an "Educator of Life" with expertise in the areas of trauma informed care, substance abuse, communication and emotional intelligence.)


6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Select one of the following classes

Class A

Cannabis and Mental Health (3 CE Credits)

This presentation will help participants understand how cannabis affects mental health and why people with mental health difficulties use this drug. We will explore options for supporting cannabis users in social service settings. Cannabis is more available across North America than ever before and there are many misconceptions about the effects of this drug on mental health. Participants will receive an overview of the research examining the relation between cannabis and stress, trauma, common health difficulties, and a variety of mental health concerns.

This overview will lead into material on clinical assessment, education, treatment, and harm reduction strategies with cannabis consumers. Material will cover topics including the effects of cannabis use on stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, pain, anger, psychosis, and more. There will be implications for engagement, education, applying evidence-informed therapies for cannabis use disorder, and relapse prevention.

(Trainer, Amar Ghelani is a registered social worker, PhD Candidate, and instructor with the Wilfrid Laurier Faculty of Social Work in Toronto, Ontario. He has over 15 years of social work practice experience in addiction rehabilitation, shelters, prisons, schools, outpatient mental health, and healthcare settings. His research focuses on the relation between cannabis, psychosis, and social relationships.)

Class B

See My Color - Why Racial Colorblindness is Unethical

More than 50 years after Dr. King's speech, racial disparities continue to exist in various systems, including healthcare, education, the criminal justice system and those impacted by poverty. As a counselor, not only is it unrealistic to be racially colorblind, it is dangerous and does more harm than good. If you don't see my color, you can't see me. And if you can't see me how can you empathize with my racial experiences, accept my whole being and validate my perspectives.

(Trainer, Crystal Bennett is an educator, an advocate, a survivor and a self-proclaimed thriver! For the past 25 years she has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to elevate and amplify the voices of individuals and communities in order to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving.)


Class C

Human Trafficking of People with Disabilities (3 CE credits)

The world's largest minority group is people with disabilities, and this populations experiences crime, including human trafficking, at far higher rates than their counterparts without disabilities. Yet people with disabilities are often left out of programming, education, and services. Many service professionals also report not feeling comfortable or equipped to work with people with disabilities, despite the reality that they will likely interact with people with disabilities regularly. This presentation provides an overview of disabilities , an introduction to human trafficking, and guidance on how to interact and service human trafficking victims who have disabilities.

(Trainer, Laura Cusack is a Senior Crime Victim Practitioner at the Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. and serves as the President for the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches. . Laura’s experience includes providing training to service providers on specific needs of crime victims with disabilities according to the Rehab Act, ADA, and fair housing act, as well as providing training on human trafficking and crimes against children; facilitating psychoeducational groups for high-risk youth with trauma-related disabilities; and leading community outreach efforts.)


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: beginner
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the workshops and course evaluation form.

  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
  • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
  • CE You LLC #1573 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE You LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 3/27/2021-3/27/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 23 continuing education credits.

Registrants who are unable to attend a CE You! seminar or live workshop may ask for, and will receive, a credit or refund (your choice). Refund requests will be processed within 3 business days. When an attendee knows in advance that they are unable to attend we ask that they inform CE You! ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (631) 202-1010 this allows us to free up the spot in the training in the event that a training is at or near capacity.