July 16, 2019

Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

***Live Webinar***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

E. John Kuhnley, M.D.
 

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Webinar Presenters

 

E. John Kuhnley, M.D., is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Lynchburg, Virginia. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, General Psychiatry training at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at Yale University. Dr. Kuhnley is an adjunct faculty member in the Liberty University School of Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Primary Care. He provides presentations throughout the U.S. and in the U.K. on diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions.

Abstract

 

Children and adolescents are vulnerable to the same mental health conditions as adults. They express themselves differently based on their age. The most common mental disorders of childhood and adolescence include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and disruptive behavioral disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder. These conditions may impact the child’s entire world, including family and school, and cause considerable distress. They may deteriorate and persist with dire consequences on the personal, behavioral, educational, emotional, social, relational, spiritual, physical, and medical function of the individual.



Participants will:

 
  1. Be able to identify and understand mental illnesses in children and adolescents
  2. Understand the impact of mental illness on a child’s world
  3. Identify strategies for evaluation and treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents
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August 13, 2019

Reproductive Loss and Sexual Trauma

***Live Webinar***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Jared Pingleton, Psy.D. Kay Lyn Carlson, LSW
 

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Webinar Presenters

 

Jared Pingleton, Psy.D., is a Christ-follower, husband, father, and grandfather. He is also a minister, clinical and consulting psychologist, professor, author, and international speaker who is passionate about communicating Jesus’ love, mercy, and grace to a hurting and conflicted world. A respected leader in the Christian mental health field, Dr. Pingleton has been in professional practice since 1977. Dually trained in theology and psychology, he has been a professor at several Christian universities and seminaries, served on the pastoral staff of two large churches, and has authored or coauthored eight books. Formerly Director of Counseling Services at Focus on the Family, Dr. Pingleton serves as Director of Mental Healthcare and Ministry for the AACC.

Kay Lyn Carlson, LSW, is the founder and director of Choose Grace International and specializes in reproductive loss. She also serves as a division leader for the American Association of Christian Counselors’ Reproductive Loss and Sexual Trauma Network. Kay Lyn lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Abstract

 

Grief and trauma are some of the most prevalent presenting issues that clinicians, lay counselors, and pastors encounter today in practice and ministry settings. This Webinar will facilitate understanding of the multidimensional therapeutic needs of women and men who have experienced a reproductive loss through infertility, miscarriage, abortion, and stillbirths—including related shame and trauma responses. This interactive, multifaceted presentation will outline the latest trends and research, as well as discuss evidence-based treatment strategies and practices that are essential to walk clients through these particular types of grief, loss, shame, and trauma.



Participants will:

 
  1. Understand the widespread incidence of, and mental health implications pertaining to, reproductive loss
  2. Gain knowledge regarding reproductive bereavement among women and men and learn healing interventions for grief work
  3. Learn effective intervention strategies for both women and men who have experienced trauma symptoms/PTSD from a reproductive loss
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September 3, 2019

From Surviving to Thriving: Helping Victims Heal from Human Trafficking

***Live Webinar***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Shannon Wolf, Ph.D.
 

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Webinar Presenters

 

Shannon Wolf, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor with supervisory status in Texas and has served as the director of Southcliff Christian Counseling Center since 2003. More recently, Dr. Wolf joined the faculty of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute as the Associate Director of Counseling Programs and Professor of Psychology and Counseling. Before locating in Fort Worth, Dr. Wolf and her family served as missionaries in Eastern Europe. Her love for culture is reflected in her humanitarian work both nationally and abroad. Dr. Wolf works with a wide range of client concerns, including various types of marriage and family matters and generational issues; however, her primary focus is in the area of human trafficking. She continues to research issues concerning trauma and recovery related to human trafficking. Her approach to helping people is Christ-centered and biblically-based.

Abstract

 

The past decade has witnessed the Christian community and mental health field working diligently to understand and treat the many needs of human trafficking survivors. Indeed, a lack of clear understanding of the world of trafficking has led to misunderstanding of symptoms, poor treatment choice, and a level of frustration for both counselors and minsters. A more comprehensive training is needed for professionals and ministers. This Webinar is designed to better equip both of these groups in their work with survivors of trafficking. Part 1: Understanding the Survivor Part 1 of the Webinar will focus on understanding the human trafficking survivor. Special attention is given to development, family of origin, foundational life views, and the impact of trafficking on the individual. Part 2: Treating the Survivor Part 2 of the Webinar will focus on a holistic treatment model for the trafficking survivor. A treatment plan will be offered and examined. Much of the information will apply to professionals, as well as lay ministers.



Participants will:

 
  1. Explain how development plays a key role in trafficking victimization
  2. Describe the role of trauma on brain functioning in trafficking victims
  3. Demonstrate treatment techniques in caring for victims of trafficking
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October 22, 2019

Underrepresented Traumas in the Family System

***Pre-recorded Webinar***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Kathie T. Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, NCGC
 

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Webinar Presenters

 

Kathie T. Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, NCGC, is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University and Director of the Global Trauma Education Center in the Tampa Bay area. As a Certified Field Traumatologist, Dr. Erwin has led international trauma teams with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and the Ukraine Project. She is the author of six academic books and serves as Secretary of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. Dr. Erwin was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to work at the University of Iceland in the fall of 2018.

Abstract

 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with domestic violence, sexual assault, and military combat. This Webinar explores the “underrepresented traumas,” such as medical, caregiving, neglect, disability, witness to violence, and experiencing natural disasters, and how they can shake the family system and leave other mental health crises in its wake.



Participants will:

 
  1. Recognize underrepresented traumas within the family system
  2. Choose assessments appropriate for diagnostic evaluation
  3. Develop approaches to treat direct and indirect trauma
  4. Integrate supportive resources for the family
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November 12, 2019

When War Comes Home: Equipping Helpers for Effective Care for Military

***Live Webinar***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

David P. Mikkelson, Ph.D., M.Div. and Suzanne Mikkelson, Ph.D.
 

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Webinar Presenters

 

David P. Mikkelson, Ph.D., M.Div., grew up in a military family and served as a Marine Corps artillery officer and Army Chaplain for 29 years. He has counseled hundreds of soldiers and families affected by combat, and clinically supervised dozens of pastoral counselors. Dr. Mikkelson has a private practice in Forest, Virginia, as a marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant.

Suzanne Mikkelson, Ph.D., is a military spouse with more than 20 years of Christian counseling experience with military families. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, an EMDR Consultant, and currently serves as the Program Director for Marriage & Family Counseling at Liberty University.

Abstract

 

Modern warfare has significantly impacted a generation of warriors and their families. Beyond the physical wounds of battle, families may face post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, and strained relationships. A career military couple leads this discussion on how key elements of military culture powerfully shape the ways warriors and families face these challenges. Licensed clinicians, pastors, and other helpers will find practical, faith-based ideas for effective ministry to military clients and their families.



Participants will:

 
  1. Identify several unique, but influential, military cultural dynamics and modern warfare stressors that impact warriors and how military families face stress
  2. Identify effective mental health treatments for PTSD, as well as practical actions churches can take to minister to military members and families successfully
  3. Explore useful ways mental health professionals and pastors, including those with no military background, can improve their effectiveness with the military community
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December 10, 2019

Restoring the Shattered Self: The Treatment of Complex Trauma

***Live Webinar***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D.
 

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Webinar Presenters

 

Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D., is a counselor, scholar, teacher, and former missionary. She is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and specializes in the treatment of complex trauma. Dr. Gingrich is the author of Restoring the Shattered Self, coauthor of Skills for Effective Counseling, and coeditor and contributor to Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling.

Abstract

 

Complex trauma survivors (e.g., adult survivors of child abuse and intimate partner violence, torture, kidnapping, sex trafficking victims) present unique counseling challenges. In this Webinar, the following will be discussed: three-phased treatment, safety, therapeutic boundaries, symptom management, trauma processing, spiritual issues, and working with the local church. Special attention will be given to using clients’ dissociative abilities for symptom containment throughout the process.



Participants will:

 
  1. Be able to distinguish between PTSD and more complex trauma reactions
  2. Be able to clinically manage post-traumatic and dissociative symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, terror, memory gaps, and physical pain
  3. Be able to identify common spiritual issues for survivors of complex trauma and learn how to utilize spiritual resources, church support, and lay helpers in the healing process
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