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Professional Trainings and Seminars

Upcoming Events:

VIRTUAL TRAINING on Friday February 19th, 2021 9:00AM-12:00PM (3 hours of training – You will be emailed ZOOM credentials)

Event: Secondary Trauma and Self Care: The Therapists Guide

Speaker: Anne Lange, BSN, LMSW, ACSW, MSU School of Social Work

Learning Objectives:

9:00am – 12:00am

Secondary traumatic stress occurs because of exposure to the traumatic experiences of others. Professionals and other caregivers that are exposed to secondary traumatic stress can develop symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. This exposure results in adverse effects to the mind, brain, and body. In this workshop, you will learn about these adverse effects from a physical and emotional perspective. You will discuss concrete intervention models and strategies that promote reduced anxiety and a sense of well-being for both the client and the helper. You will also learn mindfulness techniques and the importance of self-compassion.

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the effects of trauma exposure for clients and helping professionals.
  2. Apply concrete mindfulness strategies to support healing of the brain, mind and body, which promotes a sense of well-being.
  3. Summarize the science based strategies and impact of self-compassion.
  4.  Describe various intervention models that support mindfulness and resilience.

VIRTUAL MEETING on Friday March 5th 9:00AM-12:00PM (3 hours of training – You will be emailed ZOOM credentials)

Event: Practicing Ethically In a Virtual Space: Critical Challenges

Speaker: Dr. Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW

Learning Objectives:

9:00am – 11:00am

Ethics are more than guiding principles; they are foundations for practice. This training will provide an overview of the Code of Ethics which govern the practice of social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Participants will explore critical consideration in tele-behavioral health practice including confidentiality, informed consent, at -risk clients, etc. A model to guide decision making will be explored.

As a result of this training, participants will:

  • Understand the Code of Ethics and standards of their profession.
  • Recognize those areas where ethical breeches are most likely to occur.
  • Recognize the unique challenges at the intersect of Technology Assistance and Ethics.
  • Develop working knowledge of an ethical decision-making framework.

VIRTUAL MEETING on Friday April 9th 9:00AM-11:00AM (2 hours of training – You will be emailed ZOOM credentials)

Event: From Bisexuality to Intersexuality: Rethinking Gender Categories

Speaker: Jack Drescher, MD – Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Learning Objectives:

The study of human sexual identities is changing, and these changes oblige therapists to think about sexualities in ways never envisioned by their forbears. These changes also require that they be aware of some of the limitations imposed upon by their own theoretical traditions. Toward that end, this presentation begins with a definition of terms related to modern conceptions of sexuality and sexual identities. This is followed by a review of historical assumptions underlying the theory of bisexuality. The next section introduces the audience to the role of categories and hierarchies in general, and to the clinical meaning of sexual hierarchies in particular. This is followed by a discussion of the meanings and uses of the “natural.” The final section concludes with a commentary on intersexuality as an example of both the social and surgical construction of gender.

Educational Objectives – After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • formulate the theoretical and cultural context in which Freud developed his theory of bisexuality
  • delineate some of the usually unexamined cultural beliefs about gender that led to medically treating intersex infants and children with unnecessary surgery and secrecy
  • articulate some of the unexamined and often dissociated roles of values in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
  • identify terms from sexology research that are not commonly used in psychoanalytic theorizing and case formulations


  • Drescher, J. (2007). From bisexuality to intersexuality: Rethinking gender categories. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 43(2):204-228.
  • Rubin, G. (1984). Thinking sex: Notes for a radical theory of the politics of sexuality. In: The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, eds. H. Abelove, M.A. Barale, & D. Halperin. New York: Routledge, 1993, pp. 3-44.


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