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.

Refund Policy:
Because ACCT trainings typically sell out, we offer 100% refund or exchange for another training up to 1 week before the training date for which you have registered. No exchange or refund after 1 week prior to the training.

 Dialectical Behavior Skills Training (DBT): A Treatment for Individuals Struggling with Personality Disorder/Personality Adaptation

 WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2019 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

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

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DESCRIPTION: Participants will focus on DBT skills training in four areas:  Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Core Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Relationship Effectiveness.

 The goal of DBT, a cognitive behavior therapy, is to work with individuals that are struggling with personality disorders which are behavioral adaptations in response to childhood developmental trauma. We’ll also visit the adapted curriculum that incorporates substance use disorder.

This is a skills-based training so come prepared to integrate new skills through worksheets, activities, and curriculum for individual or group DBT training. Case studies will include both substance abuse and mental health. 

OBJECTIVES:

1.       Participants will learn and understand how childhood developmental trauma leads to personality adaptations diagnosed as personality disorder.

2.       Participants will learn about attachment theory and its role in personality disorder/adaptation.

3.       Participants will learn the 4 core areas of DBT: Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Core Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Relationship Effectiveness and skills for each.

AGENDA:

9 am-10:30 am Understanding childhood developmental trauma and how personality disorders may be both adaptative and maladaptive.

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-12 pm Understanding and discussing attachment theory and its role in personality disorder/adaptation leading to awareness of how DBT as a cognitive behavioral therapy begins to heal and restructure maladaptive behaviors, beginning with Emotional Regulation

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm DBT Skills for Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness and practice

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm- 3 pm DBT Skills for Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills and practice

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Wrap up with Q & A

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

 

Emotional Freedom Technique: A Trauma Treatment Addressing Both Cognitive and Somatic

WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2020 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

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

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DESCRIPTION: Emotional Freedom Technique is a mind-body therapeutic healing technique that involves tapping neurological points on the head, face, torso, and hands in order to release somatic symptoms caused by trauma or negative memories.  It establishes a healthier mind-body connection leading to the restructuring of old beliefs that can be a barrier to calm mindful living.

You may read evidenced based research at www.eftuniverse.com

According to the EFT Universe website, “EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals.” Come learn basic and advanced EFT to utilize for yourself and with clients. This is a skills-based training using mental health and substance abuse case studies.

 

OBJECTIVES:

1.       Develop an understanding of the neuroscience of how memories, both positive and negative, including trauma are stored both cognitively and somatically.

2.       Learn the basic protocol for EFT releasing negative beliefs or trauma and enhancing positive memories somatically.

AGENDA:

 9 am-10:30 am Develop an understanding of the neuroscience of how memories, both positive and negative, including trauma are stored cognitively and somatically.

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-12 pm Begin learning and practicing basic protocol by “tapping in” positive memories” as resources

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Identify limiting beliefs and continue practicing basic protocol to release old memories and resulting behavior patterns

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm- 3 pm Identify releasal barriers of memories or beliefs using collarbone breathing technique and learn to use polarity reversal breathing with points

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Wrap up with Q & A

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

Understanding Attachment and Using Trauma Informed Interventions to Treat It in Mental Health and Substance Abuse

 WHEN: Monday, February 17, 2020 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

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

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Description: This training will draw from the bestseller book by Christina Reese, PhD, LCPC, Attachment: 60 Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Interventions Across the Lifespan. If you want to quickly learn, understand, and treat attachment disorders, of clients at any age, this is the book to learn from! We'll begin with defining attachment and how brain science helps us understand the importance of attachment, attachment styles, the role trauma plays in attachment, and how to begin healing it. 

Dr. Reese begins with "Attachment in Utero," moves to "Attachment in Infancy," and on to childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle life, later life, and death and dying. We will look at attachment and diagnosis, including discussion of adoption and foster care. Lastly, we'll explore attachment and the therapeutic relationship, "role model and cheerleader." Dr Reese's book is filled with case studies to bring attachment and its healing treatment to therapeutic life. 

PURCHASE this book ahead of time for use in the workshop and bring it to the training as we will not have a powerpoint handout!

Peter Levine states, "Trauma is not who you are, it is what happened to you without an empathic witness." Having a secure attachment with a safe person is that empathic witness. You as a counselor may become that empathic witness as well as others in the client's life.

OBJECTIVES:

1. Develop and understanding of attachment across the lifespan through social and neuroscience and how it may be treated if healthy attachment was absent or lacking.

2. Identify symptoms of poor or no healthy attachment and how to treat it both as a counselor, in the client's family, and community. 

 AGENDA:

9-10:30 am Understanding attachment, attachment styles, the neuroscience of attachment, and trauma

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12 pm Attachment in utero and infancy. Supporting healthy attachment and healing poor or unhealthy attachment. Interventions.

12-1pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Attachment in childhood and adolescence. Interventions for healing.

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-4:15 pm Attachment in adulthood, later in life, death and dying. Interventions for healing.

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Attachment and diagnosis. Attachment in the therapeutic relationship.

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

 

Natural Flow EMDR with Experiencing Somatic Bodily Sensations

WHEN: Monday, March 30, 2020 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

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

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DESCRIPTION:

Natural Flow EMDR uses a similar protocol as EMDR. It was created by David Grand, PhD, who also created the Brainspotting Technique.  The difference is that he uses more experiencing of somatic sensations in the body and allows the client to stay with the sensations. He also supports the client to close their eyes if it is helpful and uses a tactile or auditory form of bilateral stimulation instead of eye movement. Closing the eyes seems to have a “deepening effect,” which creates a natural, internal flow of trauma release that leads to an internal restructuring of thought and sensation, i.e. moving from “tight squeezing tension in my chest and belly” to “a warm, opening, expanded feeling in my chest and belly”. The restructuring then takes place at the physical and mental level as the client may describe a shifting of beliefs. If they gesture in describing pleasantness or relief, he invites them to enhance the gesture by slowing the movement thus, emphasizing the sensation.

This is a master's level clinician training only. Previous training and experience in EMDR is preferred but not mandatory. You must purchase either theratappers from the DNMS Institute or another company. OR purchase one of David Grand's Biolateral Music audio files/CD and headphones to utilize in the sessions.

OBJECTIVES:

1. Participants will identify and explore trauma treatment as body centered.

2. Participants will learn and practice the basic protocol for Natural Flow EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. 

AGENDA:

9-10:30 am Understanding trauma, the 3 part brain, and the role of bilateral stimulation. Identifying and resourcing positive or neutral memories.

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12 pm Introducing the thera-tappers and identifying negative memories and or traumatic memories with processing.

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Using the thera-tappers to process negative memories or trauma memories observation and practice.

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-4:15 Additional practice with development of an action plan based on restructured cognitions.

4:14-4:30 pm Break

4:30-4:45 Q and A

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

 

Acceptance Commitment Therapy Made Simple(r)

 WHEN: Monday, April 27, 2020 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

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

 Register and Pay Here

DESCRIPTION:

Acceptance Commitment Therapy or ACT is an acronym for A=Accept your thoughts and feelings and be present; C=Choose a valued direction; and T=Take Action. The ACT Therapy/Training:

•       Is a third wave cognitive behavioral model (CBT) that uses 6 core positive psychology processes leading to:

•       Acceptance of what’s out of your personal control

•       Commitment to taking action that improves one’s life

•       Mindful values and congruent living

•       The living of a rich, full, meaningful life.

We will utilize the ACT Made Simple text by Russ Harris so that you will not only have a great primer for the workshop but also have the 6 core positive psychology skills and worksheets to reflect back on after the training.

 

***YOU WILL NEED to PURCHASE, ACT Made Simple, by Russ Harris and bring it to the training.

 

OBJECTIVES:

1.       Learn and discuss the basic 3 tenants of ACT.

2.       Learn and develop skills for all 6 core positive psychology processes.

 

AGENDA:

9-10:30 am Third wave CBT and understanding the basics of communicating ACT to clients:  A=Accept your thoughts and feelings and be present; C=Choose a valued direction; and T=Take Action

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am-12 pm The Six Core Therapeutic Processes of ACT and beginning with

                    Step 1 Skills: Contacting the present moment, being in the present with mindfulness skills

                    Step 2: Skills: Defusion, observing one’s thinking

12-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Step 3 Skills: Acceptance, opening Up

                   Step 4 Skills: Self as Context, developing awareness

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 Step 5 Skills: Identifying Values, knowing what matters

                   Step 6 Skills: Committed Action

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30-5:30 pm Review and wrap up

 

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

  

EMDR Self-help and Self-Inquiry Techniques

 WHEN: Monday, May 18, 2020 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $100 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

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

 Register and Pay Here

DESCRIPTION:

The discoverer of EMDR, Francine Shapiro, wrote and published a book in 2012, Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. It was ground-breaking as EMDR and previously was only utilized by master’s level clinicians or a higher level of education in a therapeutic setting. This book advocated learning and utilizing self-help techniques for everyone.

This training will draw from Dr. Shapiro’s book, self-help techniques as well as the model of “Self-Inquiry” that utilizes the “pretzel posture”, extended exhale breaths, contemplation, bilateral tapping, and journaling to identify and release conscious and unconscious beliefs that may sabotage a person’s life.

Both EMDR Self-Help and Self-Inquiry tap into the brain’s and body’s natural healing process, accessing both cognition and somatic constructs.

Purchasing Dr. Shapiro’s book is not required; however, she has created a reference in the Appendix A of all the self-help skills as well as an excellent listing of guided visualization and meditation audio recordings.

Dr. Shapiro also shares information about EMDR-Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP) in Appendix B, a program to take EMDR into 3rd world countries to assist with trauma treatment. The Butterfly Hug, an emotional regulation technique created to help traumatized children is a hallmark of this worldwide outreach. Dr. Shapiro quotes a young 10 year old child after her trauma was processed, “Don’t you just feel like you want to hug the whole world?”

Participants will apply the self-help techniques to both mental health and substance use issues.

OBJECTIVES:

1.       Participants will learn and practice a minimum of 10 EMDR self-help skills for children and adults.

2.       Participants will learn and practice Self-Inquiry with Bilateral Tapping and Journaling using the protocol worksheet.

AGENDA:

9-10:30 am Develop an understanding of trauma as affecting both the brain and the body through the 3 part brain model and the trauma responses of fight, flight, and freeze

10:30-10:45- am Break

10:45 am- 12 pm Learn and practice EMDR Self-help skills

12 pm-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Learn and practice Self-Inquiry with Contemplation, Bilateral Tapping, and Journaling

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 pm Tapping into the brain and body’s natural healing process. EMDR Humanitarian Programs

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Wrap up and Q &A

 Instructor: Linda Harrison, LPCS, CCS, MAC

 

EMDR for Children and Teens: Incorporating Play Therapy and Sand Tray

WHEN: Monday, June 15-17, 2020 (Come visit Asheville on the weekend and train on Monday!)

TIME: 9 am-5:30 pm

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

19 School Rd., Leicester, NC 28748 (ONLY USE GOOGLE MAPS app as no other apps work in the mountains)

COST: $375 covers your contact hours and an organic farm to table continental breakfast and lunch (Vegan and gluten free options available) 

CONTACT HOURS: 21.0 NCSAPPB, LCAS, CSAC, LPC, LCSW, LMFT Contact Hours for Substance Specific and or EBP

Register and Pay Here

DESCRIPTION:

EMDR for Children and Teens: Incorporating Play Therapy and Sand Tray will focus on the 8 core steps of EMDR while incorporating play therapy and sand tray into the steps of assessment, processing, and evaluation. We will draw from texts for this 3-day intensive. Participants must purchase and bring to the training the following 3 treatment manuals. The 3 texts are very practical, user-friendly manuals that you will draw from time and time again.  

EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children: Infants to Adolescents (Treatment Manual) by Adler-Tapia and Settle (PLEASE note, this is not the text, it is the TREATMENT MANUAL)

Sandtray Therapy: Everything You Need to Know to Start Using Sandtray Therapy With Your Clients Today by Michael Schlein, LCPC

Play Therapy: Engaging and Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders by Mellenthin.

Optional for more in-depth study: EMDR and The Art of Psychotherapy with Children: Infants to Adolescents (main text), Play Therapy: The Art of Relationship by Landreth, and Sandplay Therapy by Boik and Goodwin.

 

***Participants for this training must purchase and bring the 3 recommended manuals above, a sandtray, therapeutic toys and figurines, Theratappers by Neurotek (if available), and other toys for engaging in the therapeutic process of sandtray and play therapy. We will have a limited supply of toys so if you don’t bring some toys to augment our supply, you won’t have much fun or props to practice with!

 

Case studies will incorporate both mental health and substance use disorders as it applies to children or teens who are using substances, or process addiction as well as working with parents who have substance use disorders and how it affects parenting and attachment.

 

OBJECTIVES:

1.       Participants will learn and practice the EMDR protocol for infants, children, and teens.

2.       Participants will learn and practice incorporating both play therapy and sandtray therapy in the EMDR stages of assessment, processing, and evaluation.

3.       Participants will learn to utilize both EMDR visual and tactile bilateral stimulation in the stages of resourcing and processing.

 

AGENDA:  

DAY 1

9-10:30 am Understanding and learning the 8 step protocol of EMDR: History Taking and Treatment Planning Phase, Preparation Phase, Assessment Phase, Desensitization Phase, Installation Phase, Body Scan Phase, Closure Phase, Re-evaluation Phase

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am- 12 pm Understanding and introducing Sandtray Therapy

12 pm-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Play Therapy and how it works

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 pm Skills development using play and sandtray in the preparation and assessment phase of EMDR for children

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Skills practice, play and sandtray for the preparation and assessment phase

 

Day 2

9-10:30 am Installing Resources using play and sandtray with bilateral eye and tactile stimulation

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am- 12 pm Installing Resources Skills Practice

12 pm-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Learning skills for Desensitization and Body Scan Phase

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 pm Practicing skills for Desensitization and Body Scan Phase

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Wrap up and Q &A

 

Day 3

9-10:30 am In-depth techniques for Play Therapy and skills practice

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am- 12 pm In-depth techniques for Sandtray Therapy and skills practice

12 pm-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Working with parents to incorporate emotional regulation at home

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 pm Skills practice incorporating EMDR, Play and Sandtray

4:15-4:30 pm Break

4:30-5:30 pm Wrap up and Q &A

 Instructor: Linda Harrison, LPCS, CCS, MAC

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