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The Office of Professional Development is pleased to offer a wide variety of training options for community agencies. All trainings are adapted to your unique agency needs and client populations. We also offer fully customized training sessions. Please browse our menu options and scheduling instructions below. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Addiction

Navigating Sex and Sobriety

3 hours
David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Description:

“What do you want your sex life to look like now that you are no longer using?”

The intersectionality of sex and sobriety is a complex dynamic to navigate when working with clients. Many of our clients, who may no longer be using drugs/alcohol, do not have experience being sexual while not using and therefore resort back to the sexual and relational patterns that were familiar to them during active substance use. This often leaves them confused, in pain, questioning their wellness, and might jeopardize their recovery. Through a case presentation approach this workshop will provide an opportunity to explore treatment approaches to help clients find fulfilling, satisfying, and healthy sex lives as sober people.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the complexities surrounding the intersectionality of sex, addiction, recovery, and sobriety;
  • Recognize the impact that homophobia, transphobia, and overall sex negativity has on clients who suffer from or have suffered from substance use disorders;
  • Apply postmodern theory and a sex positive approach when working clinically clients around sexual issues.

About the Presenter:

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.Dr. Wohlsifer is the co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work. He was formerly a clinical faculty member and therapist at Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and have extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. He is also a Florida certified sex therapist.

The Role of Couple Therapy in Substance Use Disorder

3 hours
Erin McNamee, DSW, LCSW

Description:

Couple therapy has been represented in the literature with over 40 years of studies including randomized controlled trials in which it was found to be more effective at treating Substance Use Disorder than individual therapy alone. Yet, most treatment centers do not use couple therapy to treat their clients. In this presentation, participants will learn the value of using couple therapy with clients who are married or cohabitating. Therapists will learn the basic tenets of Behavioral Couples Therapy that can be incorporated into their practice. This presentation is ideal for clinicians and those in positions of clinical leadership.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore recommendations from the literature regarding couples and addiction
  • Learn the basic tenets of Behavioral Couples Therapy
  • Discuss challenges to incorporate couple therapy to treat addiction

About the Presenter:

Erin McNamee, DSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in clinical practice in the state of Florida since 2006. She has extensive experience working in addiction treatment, most recently serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for a women’s recovery program in Delray Beach. Erin recently completed the Doctor of Social Work program at Florida Atlantic University studying barriers to treating Substance Use Disorder. She maintains a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida specializing in trauma, addiction, and codependency.

 

Trauma

Trauma Informed Care

3 hours
Gavin Malcolm, LCSW

Description:

Many clients seeking behavioral health and social services have histories of trauma, but staff often do not attend to the impact it can have on their lives. Additionally, staff and clinicians may not elicit a detailed trauma history due to other responsibilities or may struggle with the skills needed to address these issues. This training will provide an overview of specific trauma-informed intervention and treatment principles to help guide clinicians and other non-clinical staff. It summarizes the nature of many traumatic experiences, briefly reviews various types of trauma, addresses the socioecological and cultural factors that influence the impact of trauma, and discusses trauma-related stress reactions and associated symptoms. Some assessment approaches and barriers will be reviewed. Also reviewed are assessment and screening processes, clinical issues, and specific treatment models for trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the variety of ways that socioeconomic status, family history and trauma interact in a person’s response to trauma.
  • Review and discuss traumatic events that affect individuals, groups, and communities and describe characteristics of trauma.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of trauma, trauma related stress reactions, and associated symptoms.
  • Identify and increase comfort with useful screening and assessment processes and tools to evaluate trauma exposure and its effects.
  • Summarize clinical issues that counselors and other behavioral health professionals encounter and when treating clients who have histories of trauma.
  • Review practical examples that will help professionals as they implement trauma-informed services.

About the Presenter:

Gavin Malcolm is the Director of Population Health at Broward Health as well as an Adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work. Broward Health is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is one of the largest public health systems in the country. Gavin has been with Broward Health since 2005, where he started as Trauma Social Worker and Supervisor for the social work staff. He has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University since 2010.

He attended Oberlin College for his bachelors in Psychology and English. He obtained his MSW from Boston University with a focus on gerontological studies.

Gavin was present at Broward Health North to receive victims from the MSD shooting in 2018 and continued working with some of the survivors to help them cope with the trauma of that day. He is passionate about trauma and ensuring the best possible outcomes for his patients.

Understanding and Working with Layered Trauma: A Case Study Clinical Approach

3 hours
Laurie Suttenberg, DSW, LCSW, DCSW

Description:

Multiple traumatic events experienced by a person result in a layering effect and deeply impact cognitions and life philosophies. Many clients that present for therapy have histories and narratives that are filled with layered trauma, some of which may be intergenerational transmitted. Therapists must determine the specific layer of trauma that is associated with maladaptive cognitions and recognize that automatic thoughts which may be adaptive and appropriate in response to a specific layer of trauma may be dysfunctional outside of that trauma.

This workshop will present a working model for understanding layered trauma through the lens of a case study that was published by Dr. Suttenberg.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will gain insight into identifying whether layered trauma is a factor in a client’s presenting problem.
  • Attendees will gain an understanding of how multiple traumas result in the nesting, compressing, and ingraining of automatic thinking and beliefs.
  • Attendees will gain an understanding of what theoretical modalities can be best applied to identify layered trauma.
  • Attendees will gain an understanding of why, when intervening with layered trauma, interventions that work at one layer of trauma may not be effective in dealing with another layer of trauma.

About the Presenter:

Laurie Suttenberg, DSW, LCSW, DCSW, is an instructor at the FAU Phillis and Harvey Sandler School of Social work. She earned a doctorate in clinical social work (DSW) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Florida and New Jersey and is a diplomate in clinical social work (DCSW). She completed a two year post graduate training program in structural family therapy and person of the therapist with Harry Aponte, ACSW, in Philadelphia, and she has had extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Ellis Institute in New York City. Dr. Suttenberg has been in private practice for over 20 years. She is a FL and NJ clinical social work supervisor, and she has worked in a multitude of mental health settings, including family service agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and a partial hospitalization program. She has designed and presented workshops in corporate and community settings, performed critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) and consulted with a major hospital system in the design and implementation of a women’s behavioral health program.

 

Advanced Clinical Skills in Child, Adult and Elder Care

Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate

40 hours
David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW and Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP

Description:

Proficiency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an area of clinical expertise that remains in high demand in all areas of practice. Obtaining a certificate in CBT from a regionally accredited university will distinguish your resume as well as communicate to your clients and potential employers a level of sophisticated clinical acumen. This certificate program will extend CBT theory beyond the introductory graduate course level and provide the participant with the skills and knowledge to utilize CBT from a more advanced practice perspective.

The curriculum for the program is as follows:

  • Day 1: Review of the CBT Model and CBT Treatment for Depressive Disorders (David)
  • Day 2: CBT Treatment for Trauma Related Disorders (Jeff)
  • Day 3: CBT Treatment for Personality Disorders (David)
  • Day 4: CBT Treatment for Substance –Related and Addictive Disorders & Motivational Interviewing (Jeff)
  • Day 5: CBT Treatment for Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (morning) and CBT Treatment for Couple and Family Therapy (afternoon, David)

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a frameable certificate.

The program begins with grounding in the cognitive behavioral therapy model and accompanying theory. Emphasis is placed on learning to use the cognitive therapy model to specifically treat various issues and clinical disorders. Participants are taught how to apply cognitive therapy techniques in both psychotherapy practice, as well as in other social work settings such as child welfare, schools, foster care, case management, aging, and hospital social work. In order to receive the appropriate amount of credits to be able to apply for membership in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, participants will receive an out of class reading/lesson to accompany each classroom day and along with a brief open book quiz.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of each course unit participants will be able to:

  • apply the cognitive therapy case conceptualization and theory to the specific disorder covered in the course unit
  • implement specific CBT techniques when providing treatment in a myriad of social work settings
  • create treatment plans utilizing CBT theories and interventions
  • describe the DSM-5 categorical grouping as per the disorder discussed in the course unit
  • Summarize clinical issues that counselors and other behavioral health professionals encounter and when treating clients who have histories of trauma.integrate CBT with other approaches to treatment

This program fulfills the education requirement of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT) of a minimum of 40 credit hours of specific education in CBT. For more information about certification in CBT, go to A-CBT.

About the Presenter:

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.Dr. Wohlsifer is the co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work. He was formerly a clinical faculty member and therapist at Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and have extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. He is also a Florida certified sex therapist.

Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP earned his Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University in 1992 and attained his LCSW in 1994. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a Certified Addictions Professional credential from the Florida Certification Board, as well as Nationally Roster Child Parent Psychotherapist. Mr. Shearer served as the Chief Executive Office and co-founder of Tykes & Teens, Inc. in Stuart, Florida, an agency that provides counseling services to infants, children, adolescents and their families, and is currently in private practice in Wilton Manors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

42 hours (or individual modules of 6 or 12 hours)
Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC

Description:

Module 1: Introduction and overview of DBT Basics (Principles, Development, and Research)

This module will provide an introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The foundations for the development of DBT will be explored including concepts of Zen Buddhism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Marsha Linehan’s conceptualization of individuals through the Biosocial Theory and the subsequent modifications she created in the DBT program will be presented. Early research regarding BPD and chronic depression will be presented as well as more current research that supports the use of DBT with a variety of population.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the foundational components of DBT
  2. Develop a basic understanding of the word “Dialectical”
  3. Recognize the implications of research findings on the increased use of DBT with various populations
  4. Recognize the biosocial theory behind DBT
  5. Discuss the concept of invalidation as presented in the biosocial theory and have a basic understanding of the six levels of validation as per DBT theory

Module 2: DBT Skills Training, Common Protocols and Behavioral Chain Analysis

This module includes a discussion of the impact of the Biosocial Theory on the conceptualization of behavior and how this is addressed in DBT, the four modules of DBT and how they relate back to the biosocial theory. Common protocols will include the suicide protocol as well as protocols for placing clients on vacation from treatment due to interfering behaviors. Behavioral Chain Analysis and accompanying Solution Analysis will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the four modules of DBT which include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  2. Develop a basic understanding of the relation between the four modules of skills training and the Biosocial Theory.
  3. Identify and describe the common protocols used in DBT including the suicide protocol, egregious behavior protocol, PE protocol and Self-Harm Protocol
  4. Be able to comprehend and complete all of the components of a Behavioral Chain Analysis and accompanying Solution Analysis

Module 3: Strategies in DBT: DBT Structure and Modes of Delivery

This module will include discussions of the structure of treatment including stages of treatment, skills training, individual DBT sessions, the first few sessions and obtaining commitment. The creation and structure of a DBT program, as well as the structure and development of a consultation team, will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the four components of comprehensive DBT and have an understanding of the purpose of each component
  2. Develop a basic understanding of the structure of a DBT individual therapy session and be able to identify commitment strategies that are use in the pre-treatment and commitment phase of therapy
  3. Prioritize life-threatening, self-harming, and treatment interfering behaviors
  4. Integrate the use of diary cards into your client’s treatment plans
  5. Formulate a consultation team and have a basic understanding of the consultation meeting agenda, format and purpose.
  6. Have the ability to structure a DBT skills training group and a general understanding of how to structure a DBT program at varying levels of care (private practice, residential, inpatient, acute care, PHP and IOP)
  7. Use personal stories and anecdotes to enhance skills training sessions and use creativity to develop interesting skills presentations which will increase the feeling that clinician is genuine and increase the motivation for group members

Module 4: DBT Oriented Case Conceptualization and Stylistic Strategies of DBT

In this module, participants will learn to identify stage of treatment, as well as identifying primary and secondary targets for the client. Case conceptualization will be taught in detail and participants will gain an understanding of how to create treatment goals and structure treatment using the case conceptualization as the foundation.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the stages of DBT treatment
  2. Develop a basic understanding of the difference between primary and secondary targets and be able to identify primary and secondary targets for a client
  3. Formulate a DBT case conceptualization with fidelity to the DBT model, which will include identifying the client’s life worth living goals, the target behaviors, and the stage of treatment for the client
  4. Apply DBT treatment strategies in the clinical setting
  5. Recognize the biosocial theory behind case conceptualization in DBT
  6. Discuss the concept of validation and the six levels of validation as per DBT theory
  7. Identify and possess an understanding of the four categories of DBT treatment strategies

This program fulfills the education requirement of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification of a minimum of 40 credit hours of specific education in DBT. For more information about certification in DBT, go to DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

About the Presenter:

Michelle Quilter is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. Her dissertation focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. She also holds two Masters degrees – an MA in Community and Counseling Psychology from Marist College and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. A Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor since 2006, Dr. Quilter has received specialized training in both Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology. She has worked in an array of settings, including inpatient hospitals, emergency psychiatric care, and multiple levels of care in substance abuse treatment. Certified by DBT-Linehan Board of Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Quilter has been utilizing this approach for over a decade in clinical practice and currently serves as the director of the DBT program at Lifeskills South Florida.

Motivational interviewing: Eliciting Change Talk in a Variety of Settings

3 hours
Gavin Malcolm, LCSW

Description:

Motivational interviewing was initially developed by Miller and Rolnick in the 1980s for use in substance abuse treatment.  It is a directed, client-centered approach for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to understand and resolve ambivalence. It is more focused and goal-directed, and departs from traditional client-centered therapy through this use of direction.  Clinicians attempt to influence clients into making changes, rather than focusing on simple exploration. Since its development, this approach has been found to be effective with other issues outside of substance abuse such as medication non-adherence and depression and anxiety.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of the phases of addiction and resistance to change;
  2. Understand concepts of motivational interviewing and brief intervention;
  3. Role play assessment of motivation and confidence in change;
  4. Increase understanding and comfort with eliciting and supporting change talk;
  5. Review and address barriers to change

About the Presenter:

Gavin Malcolm is the Director of Population Health at Broward Health as well as an Adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work.  Broward Health is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is one of the largest public health systems in the country.  Gavin has been with Broward Health since 2005, where he started as Trauma Social Worker and Supervisor for the social work staff. He has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University since 2010.

He attended Oberlin College for his bachelors in Psychology and English.  He obtained his MSW from Boston University with a focus on gerontological studies.

 

Specialized Populations & Topics

Intimate Violence and Sexual Assault

2 hours
Gavin Malcolm, LCSW

Description:

In 2018, 104,914 crimes of intimate violence were reported to Florida law enforcement agencies but many survivors of intimate violence do not report crimes or access services due to reasons such as shame, fear, lack of finances, or being prevented from doing so by their abusers.  As a result, many clients seeking behavioral health services for other issues experience the impact of intimate violence that need treatment to address in a safe environment.  Given precipitating factors, there are safety and security considerations for the course of treatment as well as ambivalence from survivors in seeking and continuing treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different types of intimate violence and the barriers to seeking treatment and leaving.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of intimate violence, related stress reactions, and associated symptoms.
  3. Review and discuss ethical and legal issues when dealing with survivors of intimate violence.
  4. Identify and increase comfort with useful screening and assessment processes and tools to evaluate intimate violence and its effects.
  5. Summarize clinical issues that counselors and other behavioral health professionals encounter and when treating clients who have histories of intimate violence.
  6. Increase comfort with assessment and treatment interventions through experiential learning

About the Presenter:

Gavin Malcolm is the Director of Population Health at Broward Health as well as an Adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work.  Broward Health is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is one of the largest public health systems in the country.  Gavin has been with Broward Health since 2005, where he started as Trauma Social Worker and Supervisor for the social work staff. He has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University since 2010.

He attended Oberlin College for his bachelors in Psychology and English.  He obtained his MSW from Boston University with a focus on gerontological studies.

Gavin was present at Broward Health North to receive victims from the MSD shooting in 2018 and continued working with some of the survivors to help them cope with the trauma of that day.  He is passionate about trauma and ensuring the best possible outcomes for his patients.

Sex and Autism Spectrum Disorders

3 hours
David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Description:

People on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) are often misunderstood sexually. Working from a perspective of empowerment this workshop seeks to challenge the dominant neurotypical discourse about all aspects of sexuality and make room for the experiences of people on the ASD spectrum.  This workshop will serve as an opportunity to examine the complexities of sexuality, sexual expression, sexual identity, gender expression, and relationships from a perspective of people on the ASD spectrum. Emphasis will be placed on best practices in addressing sexual concerns in psychotherapy when working with people on the ASD spectrum.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this workshop attendees will:

  1. Increase their understanding of sexuality and its complexities for people on the ASD spectrum.
  2. Distinguish best practices for addressing sexual concerns when working with people on the ASD spectrum in psychotherapy.
  3. Identify the dynamics by which the dominant neurotypical discourse around issues of sexuality marginalizes people on the ASD spectrum.

About the Presenter:

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.Dr. Wohlsifer is the co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work. He was formerly a clinical faculty member and therapist at Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and have extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. He is also a Florida certified sex therapist.

Working with Trans/gender Variant Kids, Teens, and Their Families

3 hours
David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Description:

In recent years there has been an increased number of kids and teens identifying as trans/gender variant. New concepts of self-knowledge and self-expression are emerging. Parents, family members, teachers, therapists, and other professionals, often well intended, struggle to find a way to understand and help kids who may be struggling to understand themselves. Influences such as the internet can be valuable resources as well as possess danger. Utilizing a systemic and developmental lens, this course will exam the biopsychosocial concerns that trans/gender variant children, teens, and their families frequently bring to psychotherapy. Emphasis will be placed on best and empowering practices with trans/youth and their families.

Learning objectives:

At the close of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Increase their understanding of how to approach this population in a manner that is gender affirming.
  2. Improve their knowledge of the biopsychosocial issues that trans/gender variant kids, teens, and their families are experiencing today.
  3. Incorporate techniques for clinical practice that will enable therapists to not only help but also empower trans/gender variant kids and teens clients and their families.

About the Presenter:

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.Dr. Wohlsifer is the co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work. He was formerly a clinical faculty member and therapist at Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and have extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. He is also a Florida certified sex therapist.

 

General

LCSW Exam Prep Course

6 hours (0 CEUs)
David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Description:

The LCSW is the premier credential in the field of social work. It opens doors and establishes you as licensed mental health professional. Don’t be afraid of the licensure exam! This course will help you master the material. You will learn how to answer the questions by understanding what is expected by test makers. This 6-hour course includes a comprehensive workbook and study aids (including study materials for DSM 5).

Learning Objectives:

  1. The exam structure
  2. Study and test-taking tips
  3. Extensive review of test questions & answers, provided by a special program from ASWB only available for use at Schools of Social Work
  4. Review of course content areas
  5. Strategies for home study

About the Presenter:

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW is a Clinical Instructor at the School of Social Work at FAU. He is also the owner of the Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy. He has been a clinical social worker and social work educator for 23 years and has extensive experience teaching licensee applicants how to PASS the LCSW exam.

DSM-5: What Clinicians Need to Know

6 or 12 hours
David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Description:

The ability to utilize the DSM has become a standard competency in clinical practice. This course will offer a thorough introduction and overview of the DSM 5. Participants will learn the process of making a differential diagnosis using the DSM 5.  Participants will be instructed on how to utilize the DSM-5 as a resource for the assessment and treatment of clients.  Discussion will include the use of the text as a reference for intervention both as clinicians and solo practice as well as when working as part of a treatment team.  Specific attention will be paid to the challenges the DSM-5 continues to present when paired with the values of the profession.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate improved competency utilizing the DSM-5 in clinical practice
  2. Differentiate specifics of the range and classification of the disorders listed in the DSM-5
  3. Explain the limits of the DSM-5, in particular with regard to the text’s continued assumption of universal applicability.

About the Presenter:

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Wohlsifer is the co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work. He was formerly a clinical faculty member and therapist at Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and have extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. He is also a Florida certified sex therapist.

 

Wellness for Professionals

Compassion Fatigue

3 hours
Heather Howard, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Description:

The purpose of this course is to discuss the importance of self-care and wellness in the workplace and within daily living. This course will assist individuals in the helping profession to develop coping skills and adaptive behaviors that will assist in experiencing more joy in daily living and the workplace. The focus will be on a variety of self-care exercises and wellness practices. The course will be interactive and will include self-reflective exercises, and an examination of our use of self within a variety of settings. The course will also identify the factors that contribute to occupational burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress, and explore the connection of professional ethics to these areas. Finally the theoretical approach of transactional stress and coping and structural empowerment will be applied to discuss best practices within the helping professions.

Learning objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge of risk and protective factors of occupational burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress
  2. Apply a theoretical lens to address these issues
  3. Identify ethical concerns when not addressed
  4. Complete an individualized wellness packet.

About the Presenter:

Heather Howard’s research and clinical expertise focus on gender-specific and trauma-informed care for women that reduces stigma and encourages health empowerment.  She has been awarded several local and national foundation grants for clinical research involving women’s health issues such as substance use disorders and trauma. Prior to her position at Florida Atlantic University, she was a perinatal social worker specializing in perinatal mental health and maternal substance use for over 20 years. Her recent peer-reviewed publications focus on factors associated with adherence to standard of care and the use of shared decision making with pregnant women presenting with opioid use disorder. These publications emphasize the importance of decreasing stigma for perinatal women who are opioid dependent, and to utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches involving clinicians, social workers, and health educators, focusing primarily on health disparities and public health responses to maternal substance use.  She is active in the peer-recovery oriented community in South Florida, and created the trauma-informed care-learning module for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative. She is a co-investigator with FAU’s College of Medicine for the SAMHSA State Opioid Response Grant Curriculum Development and Implementation Project.  Her current research is a community-based study with mothers impacted by substance use and the intersection of the child welfare system with preliminary results of pregnant women needing information regarding treatment resources and non-stigmatic support due to the traumatic experience of infant removal.

Emotional Intelligence

1 hour
Donna Drucker, LCSW

Description:

Emotional Intelligence is the set of skills involved in healthy communication through words and actions while knowing the effects on relating to others.  In this workshop we will explore the five basic competencies of Emotional Intelligence: Awareness, Handling emotions, motivation, empathy and social skills.   Together we will look at knowing and recognizing our own emotions.  Each participant will build their Emotional Intelligence personal strategic plan.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore and gain an understanding of managing emotional impulses
  2. To understand the Benefits of Emotional Intelligence
  3. To identify the major skills that make up Emotional Intelligence
  4. To develop strategies to enhance personal EI
  5. To understand the difference between IQ and EI

About the Presenter:

Donna Drucker, LCSW brings 30 years of combined professional experience as: a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an EAP trainer and Crisis Responder, a faculty member with FAU Phyllis and Harvey School School of Social Work, trainer for FAU Professional Development, holding her own private practice, and in serving as President of the S. Florida EAPA Board.    This balance keeps her current on the ever-evolving issues and depth of concerns individuals carry with them each day.  Donna’s work focuses on building through equipping and empowering each one to be balanced, productive, and at the top of their capabilities.   It is said that Donna’s trainings are educational, interactive and relatable, with a friendly splash of humor.  When “Life gets in the way”; Donna is there to guide, link resources, and to assist in regaining a work-life balance; to restore and renew for maximum quality of life.

Donna’s background includes: Behavioral Health First Responder, Critical Incident, and teaches in the Disaster Management Certification Program at FAU.   Donna’s Professional Development trainings cover such areas of:  Work-Life balance, Conflict Resolution, Resiliency, Professional Behaviors, Parenting, Digital Distractions and the Brain, Caregiving, Stress, Mindfulness, and Work Ethics.   These workshops are custom designed for the population she is serving, in our communities and for many National EAP’s:  Police and Fire/Rescue, School Personnel, School Families, Airlines, Banks, Professional Organizations, Hospitals, Churches and Community Organizations.

Resilience and the Trending Track for Success

1 hour
Donna Drucker, LCSW

Description:

Resilience is a trait that is taught and learned as it enhances our lives by acting as a buffer against the stressors placed on us.  Together we will explore:  Acceptance of change, Emotional Awareness AND Emotional Self-Regulation, Internal Locus of Control, Social Connections, Problem Solving Skills, Realistic Positivity and the importance of having a personal sense of meaning and purpose.  Each participant will be equipped and empowered with the tools to assess a situation through one’s own emotional reactions while being aware of the behavior of those around them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To identify the ability to adapt positively to change, challenge and adversity
  2. To gain skills to bounce back stronger after a set back
  3. To identify one’s personal “never give up” attitude
  4. To build a personal action plan:improvise, adapt, overcome
  5. To learn and practice infusing positive cognitive thinking skills in our own processing

About the Presenter:

Donna Drucker, LCSW brings 30 years of combined professional experience as: a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an EAP trainer and Crisis Responder, a faculty member with FAU Phyllis and Harvey School School of Social Work, trainer for FAU Professional Development, holding her own private practice, and in serving as President of the S. Florida EAPA Board.    This balance keeps her current on the ever-evolving issues and depth of concerns individuals carry with them each day.  Donna’s work focuses on building through equipping and empowering each one to be balanced, productive, and at the top of their capabilities.   It is said that Donna’s trainings are educational, interactive and relatable, with a friendly splash of humor.  When “Life gets in the way”; Donna is there to guide, link resources, and to assist in regaining a work-life balance; to restore and renew for maximum quality of life.

Donna’s background includes: Behavioral Health First Responder, Critical Incident, and teaches in the Disaster Management Certification Program at FAU.   Donna’s Professional Development trainings cover such areas of:  Work-Life balance, Conflict Resolution, Resiliency, Professional Behaviors, Parenting, Digital Distractions and the Brain, Caregiving, Stress, Mindfulness, and Work Ethics.   These workshops are custom designed for the population she is serving, in our communities and for many National EAP’s:  Police and Fire/Rescue, School Personnel, School Families, Airlines, Banks, Professional Organizations, Hospitals, Churches and Community Organizations.

Peace in Our Home! Active Parenting Planning during a Pandemic (For Ages 4-12 or for Ages 12-18)

6 weeks, 1 hour per week or 3 weeks, 1.5 hours per week
Donna Drucker, LCSW

Description:

All we are asking for is a little peace!  This pandemic has turned our homes upside down and inside out – we know what needs to be done, and we are all functioning as best we can.   Many homes are now described as having “organized chaos”.    Together we will look at a family plan for success that includes:  Cooperation, Healthy Communication, Discipline, Mutual Respect, and Responsibility.   We will utilize Dr. Michael Hopkins Active Parenting Now;   a Video program with interactive discussion as a base line for each family to build their own plan for peace and success.

Learning Objectives:

To support the development of human potential through the family structure by providing parents with the information and skills to foster in their children the qualities necessary for thriving in a democratic society:  Cooperation, Courage, Responsibility, Self-esteem, and Respect.

About the Presenter:

Donna Drucker, LCSW brings 30 years of combined professional experience as: a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an EAP trainer and Crisis Responder, a faculty member with FAU Phyllis and Harvey School School of Social Work, trainer for FAU Professional Development, holding her own private practice, and in serving as President of the S. Florida EAPA Board.    This balance keeps her current on the ever-evolving issues and depth of concerns individuals carry with them each day.  Donna’s work focuses on building through equipping and empowering each one to be balanced, productive, and at the top of their capabilities.   It is said that Donna’s trainings are educational, interactive and relatable, with a friendly splash of humor.  When “Life gets in the way”; Donna is there to guide, link resources, and to assist in regaining a work-life balance; to restore and renew for maximum quality of life.

Donna’s background includes: Behavioral Health First Responder, Critical Incident, and teaches in the Disaster Management Certification Program at FAU.   Donna’s Professional Development trainings cover such areas of:  Work-Life balance, Conflict Resolution, Resiliency, Professional Behaviors, Parenting, Digital Distractions and the Brain, Caregiving, Stress, Mindfulness, and Work Ethics.   These workshops are custom designed for the population she is serving, in our communities and for many National EAP’s:  Police and Fire/Rescue, School Personnel, School Families, Airlines, Banks, Professional Organizations, Hospitals, Churches and Community Organizations.

 

Next Steps: Please connect with Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu or 561-297-6680 to discuss the training needs for your agency.