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7th Annual CE You! Summer Conference!

July 30-31, 2024
2 Days, Up to 18 CE Credits!

To Attend the Full Conference Click "Buy Now" Above.

To register for Day 1 or Day 2 only, please use the link provided below.

7th Annual Summer Conference! Day 1 Only

7th Annual Summer Conference! Day 2 Only

To register for just one class, click on the Class/link below.

This Conference will take place completely online.

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

18 Live Interactive CE Credits

The full conference includes Ethics and Cultural Competence!

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

Once you register for this package, there is no need to pre-register or select your classes prior to the conference. At the time of each class, you will select the class from the time slot that you want to enter.

All times listed are Eastern Time.



Day 1 - July 30, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Class A

Can I Be Authentically Me? Examining Disparities in Medical and Mental Health: A Cultural Humility Training (2 CE Credits – Cultural Competence, Anti oppressive Practice)

This interactive training will help mental health professionals look outside of their own lens to allow the clients they serve be authentically themselves and not be held or judged by societal standards of what is considered the "norm". We will take a deep look into healthcare disparities and systemic issues that prevent people of color from receiving access to quality and equitable care. This training will help professionals identify their biases and practice cultural competence and humility to be able to advocate and successfully work with this population. Participants will be provided case studies and engage in group discussions that will help them calibrate their lens to see clearly the societal/systemic impacts and how to provide the best care to their clients.

Trainers: Alesha Perkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and North Carolina and a Certified Case Manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Alesha has over 20 years of experience in the social work field with vast knowledge in medical social work, child protective services, case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling. She has over 10 years of experience in developing and facilitating trainings for mental and medical professionals, state and national professional organizations. She serves as the Mentorship Chair for the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work and is an active member of Toastmasters. Alesha is a former Clinical Director for a mental health agency and currently works for a health insurance provider as a Senior Program Manager. In addition, she provides clinical supervision, has a part-time private practice, and is an instructor for Perkins Medical Services which is family owned. Perkins Medical Services has been in business for over 20 years and provides quality mental health and medical trainings.

Jasetta Perkins is a registered nurse and exercise specialist. She received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from James Madison University, Associates of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Mount Olive, her nursing diploma from Watts School of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from Queens University of Charlotte. She has over ten years of experience in providing health education to clients. She became an exercise specialist to help people live longer lives and became a nurse because she saw a need for patient advocacy and education especially for minorities. Jasetta is currently a diabetes nurse educator and case manager for a health insurance provider. In addition, she is a CPR instructor, MAT trainer, and instructor for Perkins Medical Services which is family owned. Perkins Medical Services has been in business for over 20 years and provides quality mental health and medical trainings.

Class B

Unveiling the Mental Health Benefits of Prayer as a Mindfulness Tool

This presentation explores the mental health benefits of prayer as a mindfulness tool, drawing upon scholarly resources and statistical evidence. Prayer, defined as a practice of communication with a higher power or inner self, shares parallels with secular mindfulness practices in fostering present-moment awareness and emotional regulation. Through an examination of research findings, prayer emerges as a potent means of stress reduction, anxiety management, emotional resilience, and enhanced psychological well-being.

Trainer: Cadija Barnett, LCSW, is the Founder of Holistic Mental Health Services Inc., a full service counseling and coaching organization based in sunny Miami Florida. She has presented at previous conferences on a number of topics. She brings over 16 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, offering comprehensive mental health support to individuals, groups, and organizations, through her organization Holistic Mental Health Services.

12:40 PM to 05:00 PM EST

Class A

The Ear, The Eye and the Heart: How Psychodynamic Therapists Listen for Unconscious Communication

Our interventions can only be as effective as the listening and conceptualization process that informs them. Unconscious messages come to us through diverse channels, including the verbal, nonverbal and countertransferential. In order to “follow the unconscious” of the patient, to form and test hypotheses about the hidden meanings of their speech and behavior, we need a mind that is “well-stocked” with diverse approaches for assessing these channels. This course will offer students an opportunity to deepen their listening process with the goal of sharpening their moment-to-moment conceptualization skills, so that they can better tailor their interventions to the mind of the patient. The following dimensions of listening will be covered in this class.

Trainer: Maury Joseph, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, and is currently located outside Philadelphia, PA. He is an IEDTA-certified (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association) teacher and supervisor of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). He has a background of teaching courses on psychoanalysis and supervising students at the doctoral level. He offers weekly supervision groups and private seminars on psychodynamic topics.

Class B

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For Psychosis: A collaborative and recovery Oriented Approach

CBT for psychosis is an evidence-based method to help people reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery. Learn how to collaborate with people having difficult and confusing experiences, “exploring the evidence" rather than imposing your own beliefs, and helping people develop well informed coping options so they are not forced to rely only on medications that may have limited effectiveness.

Trainer: Ron Unger LCSW is a therapist, and consultant specializing in CBT and related approaches for psychosis. For the past 2 decades he has been providing seminars on therapy for psychosis, on working with the intersection of trauma and psychosis, and on addressing cultural and spiritual issues within treatment for psychosis, at universities and mental health facilities across the US and internationally. He is passionate about making tricky and extreme states of mind understandable, so that pathways to quality human relationship, recover, and healing become possible. He chairs the Pacific Northwest Branch of ISPS-US, and maintains a blog at recoveryfrompsychosis.org. 

Class C

Testing and Psychometrics for Clinicians

An overview of fundamental aspects of testing and psychometrics, geared to clinicians, school psychologists, counseling psychologists, and other regular users of tests. Topics to be discussed include reliability theory, validity, norms and standards, test development, test equating, adaptive testing, bias, intelligence testing, attitude scales, interests, and personality testing. The class assumes a basic understanding of statistical concepts, including central tendency, variability, and bivariate analysis (i.e., correlation). 

Trainer: Eugene Muller is a psychologist/psychometrician with extensive experience in education, higher education, business, government, and consulting environments. He has many years of experience in licensure/certification test development for a number of occupations, and in the application of statistical analyses to student achievement, job performance, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors. He is the President of National Measurement and Testing, and teaches psychometrics, research methods, and experimental psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Evening Sessions

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Class A

Out of Sight, BUT Not Out of Mind: Supporting Families in Recovery

What happens to families during recovery? What do they do? Who are they now? What do they want, what do they need, what is working, and when and how will they move forward? The question is: What's Next? What's next for families when they are forgotten in the recovery journey? What's next when family relationships, dynamics, and systems are disrupted?

Trainer: Lisa Connors, PhD, LCPC, is the Associate Pastor of In His Image International Ministry in Maryland. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, National Certified Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Grief Informed Professional, and is a Fellow in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement). In addition to her pastoral and clinical work, she is a college professor and consultant/trainer. Ms. Connors has a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degrees and has completed her doctoral studies in Psychology.

Class B

Repairing Ruptures in Couples Therapy: A Mind-body Approach

Couples therapy is challenging because there are two people who are in distress, each wanting more from their partner and to be understood. A common denominator in treating couples is verbal communication, which relies on what is available cognitively to the couple. However, sources of tension and disconnection are often outside of their awareness, limiting the effectiveness of the treatment. When couples become emotionally charged or shut down it’s because they’re feeling threatened, by something inside of themselves or something between them and their partner.

Trainer: Deborah J. Fox, LICSW, is in private practice in Washington, DC. She is an AASECT Certified Sex therapist providing individual and couples psychotherapy. She conducts seminars and consultation groups on the integration of couples and sex therapy and the treatment of sexual trauma, with an emphasis on somatic intervention strategies. She has taught the integration of somatic intervention into couples therapy through PESI and the Psychotherapy Networker. She conducts consultation groups on couples therapy, sex therapy and sexual trauma. Her most recent publication is The Integration of Somatic-based Strategies into Couples Therapy. Clinical Social Work Journal (Oct 2023).   

Class C

Unveiling Misdiagnosis: Mental Health Disorders in Black Children

This training delves into the critical issue of the prevalence and consequences of misdiagnosis of mental health disorders among Black children. The misdiagnosis is often exacerbated by a range of factors, including both explicit and implicit biases held by clinicians. Additionally, issues such as historical medical mistreatment leading to a lack of trust, communication barriers like African American Vernacular English, and clinicians' unfamiliarity with cultural norms and expressions further contribute to this problem.

Trainer: Tiffany Sanders, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in North Carolina with a strong background in supporting traumatized individuals and families. Specializing in trauma-focused modalities, she is trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Currently, she serves as a Clinical Supervisor for her local government, collaborating with local law enforcement to offer therapeutic assistance to children impacted by traumatic events. Ms. Sanders is the founder of Sunflower Therapeutic Solutions PLLC and co-owner of Harbour & Holmes Publishing LLC. She co-authored “Your Feelings Matter, A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence” and “Addy’s Summer Adventure: A Story of BIG and Small Feelings”. She has been a conference speaker at the NASW Conference, NC trauma conference, and at previous CE You! Conferences, sharing her passion for educating communities and professionals on mental health issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, escape rooms, and traveling to immerse herself in new cultures.


Day 2 - July 31, 2024

 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM EST

Class A 

Examining Mood Disorder from a Biopsychosocial Model among Women who Identify as BIPOC

The workshop will provide the attendees with an interactive discussion that will include an overview of the Biopsychosocial Model as part of a comprehensive health assessment and treatment model. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the World Health Organization's (WHO) suggestion for comprehensive evaluations using the Biopsychosocial Model as the tool. Such will be applied explicitly to building an assessment of Mood Disorders among Black Women. Research postulates that mood-related difficulties and cardiovascular are interconnected and remain higher for Black women compared to other groups. There is a need to understand the impact of unique and potential generational stressors on health outcomes experienced by women who identify as BIPOC. Such could aid in reducing health disparities maintained in 2024 and beyond. 

Trainer: Eugena Griffin, Ph.D. received her degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2008 and obtained licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of New York in 2010. As a Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Griffin provides comprehensive assessments and psychotherapy to impoverished and disenfranchised children, adolescents, and adults presenting with mild to severe mental health concerns. Dr. Griffin continues to engage in health disparity research as a means to further examine the racism-coping phenomena among BIPOC in America. She holds a tenured-Associate Professor of Psychology position at City University of New York where she provides instruction and mentorship to a diverse undergraduate student population. She is the author of the books, Letters to the Black Community and The Steps I Took: How My Journey to Success Can Help Guide Your Success.

Class B

Funding: The Fifth Component of Social Work

The old saying is that an army runs on its stomach. Likewise, programming and treatment require resources to occur, to be implemented. Regardless of the line items, the unifying element for all of these is the funding that pays for it. Hence, the fifth component of Social Work is Funding.

The search for funding actually requires that one understand and have developed and written about program, background and experience, and even the more mundane tasks to operate any type of social work practice. Hence, understanding that there is an extra Social Work component and how it acts as an organizer for the others will put practitioners in good stead moving forward.

Trainer: Nathaniel Warshay, MA, LBSW, has worked for more than two decades in the nonprofit sector in organizational development, including accreditation, strategic planning (and implementation), program development, inter-agency networking and coalition building, and developing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research studies. He has helped some 10,000 people move from homelessness and housing insecurity to permanent homes, and developed wrap-around supportive services programs. He has helped raise more than $98 million for homelessness and other human services programs, academic excellence, healthcare and medical research, capital grants, and community development. Nathaniel has worked both sides of the grants table, having recommended approximately $63 million for funding awards.


02:00 PM to 05:00 PM EST

Class A

Ethical Practice and Boundary Management in Mental Health: A Comprehensive Training

This comprehensive training is tailored for mental health professionals seeking to deepen their understanding and application of ethical practices and boundary management within their work. Participants will explore the core principles of ethics in mental health, confront common boundary issues, and discover effective strategies for managing these challenges to safeguard the well-being of both clients and professionals. Integrating lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions, the program aims to cultivate a profound comprehension of the critical role that ethical considerations and boundary management play in enhancing therapeutic processes and maintaining professional integrity.

Trainer: Amy Smitke, LISW-S, LICDC, is an experienced & passionate Licensed Independent Social Worker and clinical supervisor. With a background in psychology and a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University, she is the founder of Motivated Wellness Solutions and Coaching Upwards, and the co-founder of TheraVault. Amy has presented nationally and been featured on podcasts on mental health issues and supervision.

Trainer: Victoriya Reich, LISW-S, LCDCIII, is a seasoned mental health therapist and clinical supervisor committed to the betterment of mental health professionals and their clients. She holds degrees in psychology and criminal justice, and co-founded TheraVault. She teaches at Cleveland State University and provides social work supervision. Victoriya has been featured on podcasts, presenting nationally on mental health and supervision.

Class B

Cannabis Induced Psychosis: Recent Trends in Cannabis Use

Cannabis ranks as the second most commonly used substance nationwide, trailing only tobacco and alcohol (NIH). Approximately 16 million Americans report regular cannabis use (NIH), with the majority initiating use during their teenage years (NIH). The broad legalization of marijuana has brought about challenges, with a failure to address increased toxicity and adverse effects on early teens and young adults. Notably, there has been a marked rise in cannabis-related hospitalizations for anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis, causing significant concern.

Trainer: John Puls, LCSW, MCAP is a licensed clinical social worker and master’s certified addiction professional in the state of Florida. He has worked in all levels of care, both as a support staff and a psychotherapist. Mr. Puls is a qualified expert witness, reviewing cases for legal proceedings involving substance use disorder and mental health. He is the owner of a private psychotherapy, crisis intervention and case management company located in Boca Raton, FL.


 Evening Sessions

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Class A

Treating Impulsive, Addictive, And Self-Destructive Behaviors

Clients with impulsive and addictive behaviors often have trouble engaging in treatment, completing home-practice, and/or attending sessions regularly. As a result, treatment outcomes are often disappointing, and drop-out rates are high. To address these issues, Mindfulness and Modification Therapy (MMT; Wupperman, 2019) offers time- and cost-effective strategies for helping clients break free from dysregulated behavior. MMT integrates key elements from Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other evidence-based approaches. Preliminary trials of MMT have shown decreases in alcohol use, drug use, binge eating, and verbal/physical aggression in both self-referred and court-referred clients. Case studies have shown decreases in trichotillomania, skin picking, compulsive shopping, and other dysregulated behaviors.

Trainer: Peggilee Wupperman, PhD, is a Psychology Professor at John Jay College and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Medical School. She has authored numerous journal articles and the award-winning book, “Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy.” She conducts trainings for mental-health professionals across the nation.

Class B

An Overview of EMDR: Key Concepts and Applications

This course is an overview of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for therapists who are interested in understanding or reviewing the basics about the model. This does not serve as the EMDR Basic Training; rather, it is intended as an introduction or a refresher course, and it provides useful information for referring clinicians. Key concepts, an outline of treatment, up-to-date research, and case examples will be presented. 

Trainer: Amanda Good, LICSW, EMDR-C, is the Clinical Director at The Sibley Group in Washington DC, where she has been a psychotherapist for adolescent and adult clients for 15 years. She specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and trauma related symptoms, and is certified in Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR).


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Medical Doctors and Other Health Professionals
  • 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 webinar and course evaluation form.

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