Professional Education

Continuing Education Workshops for Therapists, Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals

Skyland Trail offers continuing education workshops for mental health professionals throughout the the year. Professional workshops for therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals feature Skyland Trail clinicians as well as mental health clinicians from the community. Mental health workshops focus on best practices for treating mood, thought and anxiety disorders as well as topics related ethics, telemental health and professional self care.

For questions about continuing education workshops, please contact Molly Mercer-Deadman at

Upcoming Workshops

Intergenerational Race-Based Trauma: Ethical Conceptualization & Clinical Intervention

Saturday, November 11, 2023
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Utilizing didactics, case studies, and experiential exercises, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers will gain greater clarity about intergenerational and historical trauma, its development within families and communities, and how these can present in the treatment with clients of diverse racial backgrounds. The relationship between epigenetics and intergenerational trauma and resilience will be covered as part of clarifying clinical conceptualization and treatment of race-based stress injury and trauma. Instruments for the assessment of micro-aggressive related trauma for clarifying racial trauma presentation will also be introduced. ACA, AAMFT, NASW, and APA Codes of Ethics will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between intergenerational trauma and historical trauma.
  • Discuss two instruments that can be used for ethically assessing the impact of microaggressions and race-based trauma in clients.
  • Identify three ways both racial and intergenerational trauma can present in clients.
  • Describe the role of epigenetics in the presentation of intergenerational trauma and the development of intergenerational resilience.
  • Demonstrate an ethical case conceptualization using an intergenerational genogram.
  • List key treatment themes needed for ethical clinical intervention.

Instructional Level: Introductory, no prerequisites.

Target Audience
This live interactive Zoom workshop is intended for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

Continuing Education
Pending GSCSW, LPCA-GA, and GA-MFT approval for 6 Ethics CE credit hours.

Cost: $99

Refund Policy: Refunds are possible up to 2 business days prior to the event.


Dr. Sutherland

Sonja Sutherland, PhD, LPC, BC-TMH, CPCS, ACS
Professor of Counseling at Walden University and Chief Diversity Consultant to the President of Richmont Graduate University
Founder and CEO of Legacy Changers Worldwide

Prior to beginning her tenure at Walden, Dr. Sutherland served at Richmont as an Associate Professor, the Dean of Assessment, Planning, and Accreditation overseeing programmatic and institutional accreditation, and was the Inaugural Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, a Board Certified Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMH), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Sutherland is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA). Dr. Sutherland earned her PhD (Counselor Education and Supervision) from Regent University, Masters of Science (Professional Counseling) from Georgia State University and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from New York University. In the mental health field since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. She has specialized in working with adolescents, couples, and families for the last 22 years.

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