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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 Dawn Collinge at

Virtual Workshop - Becoming One Treatment Team: Involving the Family in Your Work with Teens and Young Adults

Friday, September 11, 2020
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Ashley Lanier-Pszczola, LMFT
Family Therapist, Skyland Trail Adolescent Program

Family involvement in therapy for struggling teens and young adults is critical for the client's success. It can often be challenging to gain buy-in from caregivers about the importance of their role in the client's life and the therapeutic problem. This workshop will provide therapists with concrete techniques on how to engage caregivers of teens and young adults who experience depression and anxiety, and concrete skills therapists can teach caregivers to set the family up for long term success.

This workshop will be held through a ZOOM Webinar.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
• assess family appropriateness for engagement in treatment, and distinguish when a family is able to participate in family skill-building or needs a referral for more intensive family therapy.
• demonstrate their ability to have motivating conversations with families that will assist in gaining buy-in from family members of teens or young adults.
• identify skills and resources that are helpful for families of teens and young adults struggling with anxiety and/or depression, be able to create individualized skills plans for families, and continually evaluate the effectiveness of skills being used in the family system.

Education Credits:
Approved for 5 Core Hours with LPCA-GA and GSCSW. Application pending with GAMFT.

Cost: $80 (non-refundable)

Virtual Workshop - What Clinicians Need to Know About Telemental Health from a Treatment, Digital Marketing, and Ethical Perspective and Updates

Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Lucy Cannon, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS

Telemental Health (TMH) in recent years has become an increasingly popular and necessary way to provide services to clients with mental health and substance use disorders. It has been around in some manner or context from a historical perspective since the 1950s. (National Center for Telehealth & Technology) Historically it has been considered one of the possible solutions to meeting the needs of clients who are in need of mental health and substance use disorders treatment in rural cities in Georgia and other rural cities across the United States because of the shortage of mental health professionals. According to Quashie (2015), over the last few years, there has been a wider variety of care models—from hospitals establishing telepsychiatric assessment programs in their emergency departments to virtual networks of mental health professionals providing telemental health services to underserved areas to remote substance abuse counseling being provided to inmates in state prisons. “Telemental Health is a subset of telehealth that uses technology to provide mental health services from a distance. TMH includes terms such as telepsychology, telepsychiatry, and telebehavioral health.” (National Center for Telehealth & Technology). This workshop will focus on helping professional licensed practitioners gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of telemental health and treatment implications for the clients they serve. Participants will learn how to implement key processes and practices according to various ethical and clinical practices for their organizations based on Georgia and federal state TMH laws. Participants will be updated on relevant telemental health laws and COVID-19 HIPAA laws.

This workshop will be held through a ZOOM Webinar.

Education Credits:
Approved for 6 Telemental/Ethics Hours with LPCA-GA and GSCSW. Application pending with GAMFT.

Cost: $80 (non-refundable)

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