2019 Counseling Skills Trainings

Asheville Clinical Counseling Skills is a skills-based series learned and practiced in a small group of counselors and social workers seeking to deepen their professional practice.  This series is limited to 30 participants so that each pair will have the private space to learn, observe, and practice new skills or further develop their existing skills. OUR TRAINING VENUE HAS CHANGED. Trainings are now held at the Sandy Mush Community Center in Leicester, just 30 minutes north of Asheville. The community center is surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in historic Big Sandy Mush Valley, a turn of the century farming community that time has passed by!

Introductory workshops listed prepare the participant to understand the basic dynamics of a particular evidenced based treatment so that an individual may decide whether or not they would like to move forward to invest and train in 2-3 day intensives at a later date.

A farm to table organic continental breakfast and lunch is provided. Vegetarian options. Special dietary requests may be made a week ahead of time.

Emotional Freedom Technique: Managing and Treating Trauma

WHEN: Monday, May 20th

TIME: 9:00 am-5:30 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center in Leicester, NC (just 30 minutes north of Asheville)

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available)

7.0 NCSAPPB Substance Specific and or Evidenced Based Practice contact Hours

7.0 LPC, LCSW, LMFT contact hours

Register and Pay Here

DESCRIPTION:

This workshop will focus on learning and practicing the Emotional Freedom Technique based on the EFT clinical manual, The EFT Manual by Dawson Church. The training is for practitioners who are both beginners and experienced in EFT.  We will learn to remove energy blockages that prevent healing and movement in the psyche. We will practice three additional skills that will broaden and deepen the healing capability of EFT through one- journaling changes in the belief system, two- developing an action plan for those changes that create real life consistent ongoing change, and three-tapping in positive affirmations.

EFT is taught as a self-help skill for one, clearing one’s emotional field on a daily basis (taking an emotional bath) leading to emotional and physical resiliency; two, removing blocks to healing the psyche that prevent full authentic living; and three, developing new beliefs/understandings that come from the quiet core of your highest consciousness in meditation. The last step of EFT leaves the brain and body of the practitioner in a very grounded yet elevated level of consciousness where new beliefs arise that are congruent with one’s highest values. We will identify and record those core values and beliefs creating a new story for living and embracing a holistic life with counseling as our life’s service. Most of this workshop will be practicing EFT so that the skills are well integrated. We will also review the research literature for EFT. This workshop will use specific case studies of dually diagnosed clients to support EFT as a self-help recovery tool. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to evolve!

OBJECTIVES:

1.       Develop a working skill set in practicing beginner and advanced EFT.

2.       Learn and practice the advanced CB (collarbone) breathing technique.

3.       Identify belief blockages, journaling belief changes with an action plan, and tapping in positive affirmations.

4.       Further develop a working knowledge of the research supporting EFT as a treatment for emotional regulation and trauma treatment. 

9:00 am- 10:30 am Understanding trauma and its effects on the brain and body. Basic EFT protocol.

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-Noon  Basic-Advanced EFT Skills: Issue identification and identifying blockages. Practice with CB technique and Reverse Polarity

Noon- 1 pm Organic Farm to Table lunch provided (Vegan and Vegetarian Options)

1-2:30 pm Contemplative problem/block identification and processing. Journaling belief changes after clearing belief blocks. Developing an action plan based on new beliefs for lasting change.

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-4:15 pm Putting it altogether with case studies and practicing skills.

4:15-5:30 pm Continued skills practice adding collarbone breathing technique and tapping in resources.


Self-Inquiry with Bilateral Stimulation and Journaling: A Brief Solution Technique with Immediate Results

WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2019

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center in Leicester, NC (30 minutes north of Asheville)

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available)

7.0 NCSAPPB Substance Specific and or Evidenced Based Practice contact Hours

7.0 LPC, LCSW, LMFT contact hours

Register and Pay Here

Description:

Self-Inquiry is a model of treatment that utilizes the latest in neuroscience, supporting the client to activate the parasympathetic nervous system through contemplation, breathwork, a posture to gently calm the nervous system (the pretzel), bilateral -stimulation/tapping, and journaling. It begins with the client contemplating, “What am I struggling with the most that would be both safe and helpful to work on today?”

To support the client to be grounded and centered while contemplating the question, a client will utilize a simple relaxing posture called the pretzel which uses the arms and legs to cross the body’s midline which activates a gentle pulse to the right and left brain.  Following through with bilateral stimulation or tapping will create a processing affect with the struggle, leading to journaling and restructuring the problem or struggle into understanding, compassion, acceptance, and an action plan.

Because this technique is so quickly effective, it may be thought of as a technique for brief solution therapy or when a client presents with hopelessness.

Self-inquiry is an excellent technique for teen clients as it supports an internal locus of control, a key stage of human development for the adolescent.

Case studies will include both substance abuse and mental health.

Objectives:

1.      Participants will learn and understand the trauma response of flight, fight, and freeze and how it leads to clients responding from their emotional midbrain instead of the prefrontal cortex where their values are generated.

2.      Participants will learn and practice self-inquiry by utilizing the pretzel posture, extended exhale breathwork, bilateral stimulation/tapping, and journaling to support client in restructuring their trauma experience.

3.      Participants will assist clients in journaling the insight from their process leading to an action plan for application in their daily life to support recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.

Agenda:

9-10:30 am Understanding the language of trauma: fight, flight, and freeze and how it shows up long after the trauma is gone. Understanding the neuroscience of trauma and the 3 part brain.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-Noon Learning the protocol beginning with the pretzel posture, 4 extended exhale breaths and contemplation of the client identified struggle or problem.

Noon-1 pm Lunch -Organic Farm to Table Lunch Provided (Vegan and Vegetarian Options)

1-2:30 pm Continued skills practice with bilateral tapping and journaling with client identified problem.

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-5:30 pm Practice skills with 1-2 problems ending in an action plan for change. Use of scaling to identify readiness for change and any barriers.

EMDR for Children and Teens

WHEN: Monday-Wednesday, June 3-5, 2019

TIME: Monday- Tuesday 9 am-5:30 pm and Wednesday 8:30 am-12:45 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!)

18 Contact Hours of Continuing Education: LPC, LCSW, LCAS, LMFT

Cost: $300 (Includes organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch with 18 contact hours) Vegan and Vegetarian Options

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Description:

This 2 ½ day training will focus on Child EMDR, 0-6 years, preteens, and adolescents. We will explore the basic child EMDR protocol as it applies to each developmental stage and the incorporation of techniques for play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy. The  full 2 ½ day training in May will utilize the text and treatment manual, EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy with Children: Infants to Adolescents by Robbie Adler-Tapia and Carolyn Settle.

The two books are mandatory for this training so purchase them ahead of time allowing for shipping time.

Please bring your sand tray and figurines, art therapy projects/materials, and play therapy gear that you would like to share and or incorporate into your training.

The texts are based on Francine Shapiro’s EMDR protocol. Prior training for EMDR is not necessary but will certainly support learning and practicing of the skills as they are adapted to children.

Objectives:

1.       Develop a basic understanding of assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning for a child leading to treatment with EMDR.

2.       Identify and explore the phases of EMDR with children: preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan and closure.

3.       Learn to integrate play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy into the EMDR protocol.

  

Self-Inquiry with Journaling and Bilateral Tapping

WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 8:30 am-5:15 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

               19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!) 

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available)

Register and Pay Here

 Description: Self-Inquiry is a model of treatment that utilizes the latest in neuroscience, supporting the client to activate the parasympathetic nervous system through contemplation, breathwork, a posture to gently calm the nervous system (the pretzel), bilateral -stimulation/tapping, and journaling. It begins with the client contemplating, “What am I struggling with the most that would be both safe and helpful to work on today?”

To support the client to be grounded and centered while contemplating the question, a client will utilize a simple relaxing posture called the pretzel which uses the arms and legs to cross the body’s midline which activates a gentle pulse to the right and left brain.  Following through with bilateral stimulation or tapping will create a processing affect with the struggle, leading to journaling and restructuring the problem or struggle into understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

Because this technique is so quickly effective, it may be thought of as a technique for brief solution therapy or when a client presents with hopelessness.

Self-inquiry is an excellent technique for teen clients as it supports an internal locus of control, a key stage of human development for the adolescent.

Case studies will include both substance abuse and mental health.

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Harrison, NCC, MAC, LPCS, CCS

CONTACT HOURS: 7.0 NCSAPPB, LCAS, CSAC, LPC, LCSW, LMFT Contact Hours for Substance Specific and or EBP

OBJECTIVES:

1.      Participants will learn and understand the trauma response of flight, fight, and freeze and how it leads to clients responding from their emotional midbrain instead of the prefrontal cortex where their values are generated.

2.      Participants will learn and practice the skills of self-inquiry to move the client from an activated midbrain/sympathetic nervous response to a frontal cortex response.,

3.      Participants will learn and practice self-inquiry by utilizing the pretzel posture, extended exhale breathwork, bilateral stimulation/tapping, and journaling to support client in restructuring their trauma experience.

4.      Participants will assist themselves and clients in journaling their process leading to an action plan for application in their daily life to support recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.

AGENDA:

8:30 – 10 am Understanding trauma as body centered and the 3 part brain’s response to fight, flight, and freeze through the Sympathetic Nervous System and Vagus Nerve.

10-10:15 am Break

10:15-Noon  Learn and practice problem or struggle identification with Pretzel Posture and extended exhale.

Noon- 1pm Lunch and hiking or “Rest and Digest” in an Ecotherapy Setting

1-2:30 pm Learn and practice bilateral stimulation/tapping along with journaling thoughts and beliefs as they shift and change moving from being enamored in the problem/struggle to a perspective of acceptance and insight.

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-4:15 pm Supporting the client to develop an action plan based on new insight, acceptance and understanding. Utilization of MI scaling to support commitment to change and identification of barriers to change. Putting it all together with mental health and SA case studies. Practice skills.

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30- 5:15 Questions and Wrap Up 

Introduction to Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and Trauma Resiliency Model Skills (TRM)

WHEN: Monday, July 29, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 8:30 am-5:15 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

               19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!) 

CONTACT HOURS: 7.0 NCSAPPB, LCAS, CSAC, LPC, LCSW, LMFT Contact Hours for Substance Specific and or EBP

Register and Pay Here

Description: Participants will get an introduction to a clinician’s trauma treatment model, Trauma Resiliency Model, and a community treatment model, Community Resiliency Model, for building resiliency. These models come out of the Trauma Resource Institute in California. They have been successful in treating trauma as a body centered concept. They have also been instrumental in going into communities both in the US and abroad, teaching peer support skills to re-build community resiliency after devastating hurricanes and war. 

This introductory workshop will support counselors and social workers to begin thinking about how to support resiliency not only in the client but also themselves.

Both CRM and TRM utilize skills based on understanding trauma as “what has happened to a person” instead of “what is wrong with a person”. It recognizes that each individual has varying levels of resiliency and that trauma is a biological response. What is biological is psychological and what is psychological is biological. They are NOT separate. Come learn the basic skills of Tracking Sensation, Resourcing, Grounding, Gesturing, Help Now, Shift and Stay, basic Pendulation. For more in-depth study, see www.traumaresourceinstitute.com for 3 day trainings.

Case studies will focus on both mental health and substance abuse.

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Harrison, NCC, MAC, LPCS, CCS 

OBJECTIVES:

1.      Participants will learn and understand the functions of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System and their roles in the trauma response of fight, flight, and freeze.

2.      Participants will learn and understand the resiliency zone and how it applies to individuals who may be “stuck on high”, activated, angry, or hostile vs. “stuck on low”, depressed and or withdrawn.

3.      Participants will learn how trauma is stored in the brain and body and can be triggered long after the traumatic event leading to emotional dysregulation and chronic disease, i.e. the ACE Study.

4.      Participants will learn and practice, the basic skills of Tracking Sensation, Resourcing, Grounding, Gesturing, Help Now, Shift and Stay, basic Pendulation.

AGENDA:

8:30 – 10 am Understanding trauma as body centered and the 3 part brain’s response to fight, flight, and freeze through the Sympathetic Nervous System and Vagus Nerve vs. the Parasympathetic Nervous System response of “Rest and Digest” or “Rest and Repair”.

10-10:15 am Break

10:15-Noon Understand the concept of the “Resiliency Zone” and how it applies to individuals with ACEs and trauma. Introduction of Tracking Sensation and Resourcing.

Noon- 1pm Lunch and hiking or “Rest and Digest” in an Ecotherapy Setting

1-2:30 pm Learn and practice Grounding and Gesturing

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-4:15 pm Learn and practice Help Now skills and Shift and Stay

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30- 5:15 Learn and practice basic pendulation. Questions and Wrap Up

 

EMDR with Somatic Experiencing

WHEN: Monday, August 26, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 8:30 am-5:15 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

               19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

Register and Pay Here

Description: Natural Flow EMDR uses a similar protocol as EMDR yet different. It was created by David Grand, PhD who also created the Brain-spotting Technique.

 Participants will develop a basic understanding of trauma as body centered and understand the efficacy of using body centered treatment such as Natural Flow EMDR and Somatic Awareness. Training will begin with basics of resourcing and move to identification of adverse childhood experience and or trauma. Skills will utilize resourcing, somatic identification, and auditory or bilateral stimulation. A self-help component of bilateral stimulation will also be taught for emotional regulation. Case studies will be utilized in both SA and mental health.

This workshop requires either the purchase of thera-tappers through the DNMS Institute at www.dnmsinstitute.com/theratapper or downloading bilateral (NOT Biaurnal) music for use with the Natural Flow EMDR protocol. David Grand has Bilateral Music available at his website or on Amazon. You must bring headphones or earbuds for listening to the auditory bilateral stimulation.

Case studies will include both substance abuse and mental health. 

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Harrison, NCC, MAC, LPCS, CCS

CONTACT HOURS: 7.0 NCSAPPB, LCAS, CSAC, LPC, LCSW, LMFT Contact Hours for Substance Specific and or EBP

WHEN: Monday, August 26, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 8:30 am-5:15 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

               19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (Google Maps will take you there!)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

Objectives:

1.      Participants will explore and develop an understanding of trauma as body centered and the importance of utilizing body centered treatment.

2.      Participants will learn and utilize the ACE’s and protective factor questionnaire.

3.      Participants will develop skills in resourcing, somatic identification, and bilateral stimulation, either tactile or auditory as a mechanism for stabilization and trauma release leading to restructuring of traumatic memory.

4.      Participants will develop skills and a comfort level with Natural Flow EMDR.

Agenda:

9-10:30 am Understanding trauma as body centered using a bottom up approach. Explore 3 types of trauma and 2 emotional regulation techniques. Explore the ACEs questionnaire and a protective factor questionnaire.

10:30-10:45 am BREAK

10:45 -Noon  Resourcing and resource enhancement with somatic tracking, trauma or ACEs identification

Noon-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Trauma or problem identification, building the skill of somatic awareness and tracking.

2:30-2:45 BREAK

2:45-4:15 Understanding and using bilateral stimulation either, tactile bilateral stimulation with thera-tappers and or auditory bilateral stimulation in dyads.

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30- 5:30 Practice using all skills. Questions and Wrap Up

 

Introduction to Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Skills for Healing Trauma

WHEN: Monday, September 30, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9:00 am-5:30 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

               19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748

 COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available)

Register and Pay Here

DESCRIPTION: Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences can lead to a life of a person being defined by their trauma or adverse childhood. This identification and the stored trauma in the biological body often leads to physical and mental distress that interrupts the individual’s life through emotional dysregulation both abrupt and constant, loss of relationships, unemployment, addiction, chronic health conditions, loss of spiritual comfort, and hopelessness.

The hypnotic trance of self as the victim of trauma as well as the biological distress is treatable. Hypnosis or rather, de-hypnosis is the foundation of trauma and ACE releasal. Using evidenced based therapeutic hypnosis, a trauma, ACE, or sabotaging belief about the individual can be identified, explored, and released from the brain and body.

Just as more popular clinical hypnosis has been very successful at treating smoking addiction and weight loss, several protocols support the alleviation of the distress from trauma and supporting the individual to regain their hope, their life, and their peace.

Case studies will include both substance abuse and mental health. 

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Harrison, NCC, MAC, LPCS, CCS

CONTACT HOURS: 7.0 NCSAPPB, LCAS, CSAC, LPC, LCSW, LMFT Contact Hours for Substance Specific and or EBP

OBJECTIVES:

1.      Participants will explore, discuss, and understand a transpersonal approach to hypnosis allowing for the treatment to be client led and centered.

2.      Participants will develop an understanding of how “The most profound aspects of the hypnotic trance of self (or the bundle of trances of self) are established in childhood prior to our development of a discriminating perspective.

3.      Participants will learn the basic skills of progressive relaxation and suggestion to support the individual client to narrow their attention and focus to a trauma or life problem that they select.

4.      Participants will support the individual to bypass the critical mind or thinking faculty and move towards a broader less judgmental mind or faculty that has the ability of

observing greater perspectives as well as developing insight into trauma release and problem-solving. 

 AGENDA:  

9 am -10:30 am Define Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and its use in a clinical setting. Begin developing skills and languaging for progressive relaxation.

10:30-10:45 am Break 

10:45-Noon Breaking free from the hypnotic trance of trauma and ACEs through awareness building using the body and mindfulness. Exercise as de-hypnosis. Exploring and treating shame and the addictive personality through dialogue with the subpersonality.  

Noon-1 pm Lunch with hiking or “rest and digest” in an ecotherapy setting 

1 pm-2:30 pm Emotion is Energy in Motion. Guidelines for supporting emotional release. Subpersonality Therapy introduction and practice.  

2:30-2:45 pm Break 

2:45-4:15 pm Anchoring the stimulus to the response to build a present and positive mind state of living in the now. Pulling forth old anchored states and merging with the new positive anchored state. Practice in small groups for identification of positive  

4:15-4:30 pm Break 

4:30-5:30 pm Case studies, follow-up practice, question and answer.

 

Brainspotting: A Brain Based Therapy for Treating Trauma 

WHEN: Monday, October 21, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday! This will be peak leaf weekend in Asheville)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

WHERE: Sandy Mush Community Center (30 minutes north of Asheville)

               19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and 

            lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

DESCRIPTION: Brainspotting utilizes the visual field to access brainspots that hold traumatic memory in the brain as the body responds by sending reflexive cues. Once found, the brain and body seek to heal itself by turning its focus upon the stored stress or trauma, releasing it from the cellular body and restoring balance and homeostasis. The cognition then may restructure based upon the person’s values, i.e. acceptance, understanding, compassion. David Grand, 2013.

Participants must purchase and prepare for this training by reading the first 2 chapters of Brainspotting: A Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change by David Grand. Not to worry, the chapters are short and very interesting! Participants must also purchase and download Bilateral Music by David Grand or another author, bringing headphones/earbuds and your cellphone or CD recorder with bilateral music.

Case studies will include both substance abuse and mental health. 

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Harrison, NCC, MAC, LPCS, CCS

OBJECTIVES:

1.      Participants will explore the key concepts and skills of Brainspotting.

2.      Participants will develop and practice the skills of Resourcing, Outside and Inside techniques of Brainspotting.

3.      Participants will develop and practice the skills of and Gazespotting, Dual Attunement, and Self-Brainspotting.

AGENDA:  

9-10:30 am Develop a basic understanding of Brainspotting as a brain and body-centered treatment. Begin with resourcing skills. 

10:30-10:45 am Break 

10:45-Noon Outside vs Inside Brainspotting. Developing basic skills with small group practice. Adding Dual Attunement Brainspotting. 

Noon-1 pm Lunch- Organic and Farm to Table with Vegan and Vegetarian Options

1 pm-2:30 pm Gazespotting skills incorporating the Z axis. 

2:30-2:45 pm Break 

2:45-4:15 pm Self-brainspotting for healing the counselor.  

4:15-4:30 pm Break 

4:30-5:30 pm Case studies, follow-up practice, question and answer.

 

  Linda provides monthly trainings and workshops through FIRST at Blue Ridge in Black Mountain. You may view these opportunities here: https://www.continuingeducationwnc.org/workshops.html

“Linda’s workshops are the perfect blend of acquiring knowledge and building skills. Information is relevant in any therapeutic setting, regardless of where you work or what license you have. Inspirational and informative, set in the middle of paradise. Linda feeds the mind, Soul, and body. I always leave transformed in some manner.” - Dori E. 10/7/2018

“Linda is a compassionate and dedicated healer. She understands the process of healing (as few do) and making sure healing is deep and restructured in the body and brain. She has the great gift of being vulnerable and making it safe to learn and make mistakes. She is a gift.” - Lynne N. 10/7/18