September CE Blast
Continuing Education Seminars Approved for 5 CECs
Sept. 17

Sept. 21

Sept. 24

Oct. 19

Oct 22

Oct. 29

Dec. 7

Dec. 14
* Satisfies the continuing education requirement for training in Cultural Competence
** Satisfies te continuing education requirement for training in Veterans Services
Questions ? Contact us at or 959.200.3617
Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC
offers 4 State-of-the-art Practical Applications Workshops
Fall 2018/Winter 2019

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5:30 to 9:00
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 5:30 to 9:00

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 5:30 to 9:00
The above workshops are approved for 3 CECs each by NASW/CT and the cost of $65 per workshop includes handouts and refreshments. Workshops take place at the office of Psychotherapy Healing Services at
10 Grassmere Avenue, Suite #300, West Hartford, CT 06110

On Friday October 26 , and repeated on Saturday, October 27 , Psychotherapy Healing Services will offer Celestial Psychology ® Practical Applications from 9:30 am to 4 pm. This workshop will propel your professional and personal work to new levels of expanded consciousness and awareness.
Approved for 6 CECs by NASW/CT . The cost is $150.00
and includes handouts & a Catered Lunch

For more information, click here or call CE Mattingly, LCSW (workshop presenter and creator of Celestial Psychology®) at 860-586-8700
The CEC credits meet the continuing education criteria for LCSWs, LMSWs, LPCs, LMFTs and Licensed Psychologists for Licensure renewal.
DBT Skills Training:
The Essentials
co-hosted by Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital

October 11-12, 2018

Yale New Haven Hospital –Saint Raphael Campus
Cronin Auditorium
1450 Chapel Street
New Haven

This two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to plan, structure, and conduct DBT skills classes. This workshop also addresses the targets for skills training, as well as how to apply fundamental DBT strategies in skills training. Extensive teaching and use of clinical examples are used to illustrate specific skills training procedures, assignment and review of homework with clients, and troubleshooting common skills training obstacles. This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach DBT skills or to improve their teaching with clients. This training will include the original DBT skills as developed by Dr. Linehan, and will incorporate material from her recently published DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition.

Approved for 12.5 CECs by the Washington State NASW Chapter
These credits are accepted by the CT Department of Public Health.
Join NASW/CT for an engaging workshop to examine emerging knowledge

Sacred Science for Clinicians
October 16, 2018
Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Followed by an amazingly delicious and healthy lunch
Approved for 3.5 CECs
Given the interest in complimentary alternative methods of treatment expressed by members of NASW/CT, we are following up on the workshop offered at our Spring Conference with this informative seminar presented by Jessica Serra, LCSW. The workshop will focus on two treatment paradigms within the realm designated as the “sacred sciences”—Ayurvedic Medicine and Botanical/ Earth Medicine.
Workshop participants will be guided through the Ayurvedic philosophy, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in Northern India. How this eastern psychological and "whole self-health" framework conceptualizes anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic stress will be explored. Attendees will learn about balancing nutrition/digestion and sample herbal and botanical supports for mental wellness and the role they play as healers while learning fundamental self-care rituals that can be adapted to clinical work with clients. Comfortable clothing is suggested as this experiential workshop may include some simple stretching and a short walk.
Facilitator: Jessica Serra, LCSW, C-IAYT, AHC, E-RYT is clinical faculty within Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry as well as a seasoned integrative wellness practitioner and educator. Her work in the mental health arena of evidence-based practice and trauma informed care has spanned the last two decades. Jessica is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor through the Himalayan, Institute/National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She is trained in holistic nutrition, herbalism, somatic/energy healing, indigenous and community medicine and is an IAYT certified yoga therapist who leads workshops and retreats both locally and internationally.
Investment: $75 Members + $99 "Non Yet" Members * Price includes lunch
Click here to register:
Offered through the West Hartford Continuing Education Program

TUESDAY NIGHTS October 16, 2018- November 20, 2018

The medical model (approach) to extreme states; so called “psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder” and other psychiatric labels, have for much too long dominated the mental health landscape. Now we have alternative views and ways to heal. This course is for anyone interested in finding meanings and understanding of distressing experiences. This course is relevant for all mental health professionals, for persons with lived experience of the mental health system, to their families, relatives and interested others. In each of 6 sessions we will view and discuss some videos and talk about a revolutionary report recently out for the general public (you will get a PDF). We will examine your questions and discuss how these alternatives are coming to CT.

Approved for 12 CECs by NASW/CT

Go to under Adult Enrichment then Personal Development for registration instructions. For more information please e-mail   
Managing Your Private Practice
For Social Workers Looking to Start
or Enhance a Private Practice
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9 to 12:30 (Registration and Coffee from 9 to 9:30)
Village at East Farms, 180 Scott Road, Waterbury 06705

Presented by Patricia Carl-Stannard, LCSW and
Ginna Swan, Founder and CEO of Med-Direct, LLC

Are you considering going into private practice? Are you looking to improve the business functions of your current practice? This workshop will address the questions you might have at this juncture in your professional career including setting up a practice, getting paneled, maintaining good records, the “business” of billing, and developing both a clinical plan and a business plan. Learn about claim forms and billing, communicating with insurance companies, and balancing the therapy side of your business with the revenue side. A Q & A session will follow the presentation.
Patricia Carl-Stannard, LCSW, ACSW has over 20 years of private practice experience and Ginna Swan, medical claims specialist, opened Med-Direct LLC in Cromwell over 20 years ago after working for 11 years in a private mental health practice.
Fee includes morning coffee and tea, handouts, and a CEC Certificate
$50 for NASW Members
$80 for Not Yet Members
Approved for 3 CECs by NASW/CT
Go to for more information. Registration to open 9/1/18

The Art of Diagnosis
by Dr. Berton, LICSW, CADC-II
October 23, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Norwich, CT
Although a large component of the daily work of social workers is to diagnose psychiatric illnesses, there is little education on how to do that well. There is a wealth of knowledge about each disorder, but there is a lack of training on what questions to ask a client in order to properly develop a thorough and accurate diagnosis. This training teaches how to differentially diagnose using specific questions and provides decision trees that clinicians can use in clinical sessions.

This program is being offered by The Willow Center. Register online at:

This program has been approved for 5 CECs by NASW/CT.

Clinical Interviewing
by Dr. Berton, LICSW, CADC-II
November 16, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Norwich, CT
This is the training you need to learn how to gather the information in the clinical interview. What questions do you ask your clients that get at the information you need? What language do you use? How do you take into account a client’s culture in the questions that you ask? How do you address silence, or an unwillingness to participate in the interview? How do you refocus a client or de-escalate his or her aggression? What questions can you ask to get at specific symptoms and how do you adjust your query in session as needed? All of these questions and more will be answered in this training. Clinicians will be able to practice and hone their clinical interviewing skills through direct observation of interviewing styles.

This program is being offered by The Willow Center. Register online at:

This program has been approved for 5 CECs by NASW/CT

Building a Private Practice
by Dr. Berton, LICSW, CADC-II
December 11, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Norwich, CT
Do you have a private practice or are you interested in opening one? Are you utilizing all the available tools to protect and build your practice? This is the training you need to ensure you are building a private practice that adheres to HIPAA regulations, ethical principles, and scope of practice restrictions. It explores the necessary paperwork to use with clients, as well as steps you need to take to protect your practice. This training will also provide a plethora of ideas about how to grow your business to its full potential. If you have a private practice, or wish to build one, you need this training to make sure the practice you build is at its clinical best.

This program is being offered by The Willow Center. Register online at:

This program has been approved for 5 CECs by NASW/CT.