Mental and Behavioral Health

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Deepen your understanding and tools for supporting the mental health and well-being of clients/patients through PCC’s Institute for Health Professional’s Mental and Behavioral Health classes. Whether you are seeking foundational knowledge or professional development, our innovative classes will provide you with new skills.

Courses are designed for health professionals, law enforcement, government employees, counselors, social workers, educators, nurses, addictions professionals, and more. Meet your continuing education needs while learning the latest emotional, cognitive, and behavioral health tools from experts in the field.

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Mental and Behavioral Health Courses

Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Discover the scientific framework and multi-disciplinary tools to develop a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and compassionate, connected relationships.

Awareness-Based Mindfulness: Clinical Applications for Anxiety and Depression

Positive psychology literature is filled with clinical evidence of how mindfulness can effectively manage moods and enhance life success and experience. In the Awareness-Based Mindfulness course you will learn:

  • How mindfulness and neuroscience combine to unlock hidden strengths and the power of intentionality
  • Solution-oriented interventions that will help clients rewire their brains, more effectively regulate emotions, and manage daily stress
  • Practical and creative methods for quickly shifting clients’ anxiety and depression in positive directions
  • How to use breath to regulate the brain and body

Instructor: Gina Purl is an Advanced Certified Rolfer® with a certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology and trainings in multiple somatic modalities, including yoga. Bridging the Rolfing® structural integration model of the embodied Line with the IPNB triangle of integration, Gina Purl blends her interdisciplinary roots to facilitate understanding of mindfulness in working with clients.

Format: 1 day, 8 hour course

CEU Eligibility: 8 hours of professional CEUs

Cost: $159

Clinical Evaluation: ASAM Criteria & DSM

Learn clinical evaluation based on ASAM Criteria 3rd Edition & DSM-5 to attain latest requirements. Includes applications to Adult Special Populations and a review of DSM-5, Substance Use Disorders.  After the Clinical Evaluation: ASAM Criteria & DSM course you will:

  • Be able to describe the 6 assessment dimensions of the ASAM Criteria
  • Be able to articulate or describe the parameters for each of the 5 broad levels of service
  • Be able to understand and determine Level of Care placement

Note: All NEW Oregon CADC 1 applications after July 1, 2016 must include Clinical Evaluation ASAM education hours.

Instructors: Nick Reguero, CADCII, LPC

Format: 1 day, 8am – 5pm

CEU Eligibility: Approved by ACCBO to receive 8 CEU hours

Cost: $159

Cultural Competency & Ethics

Increase your cultural understanding to customize treatments and meet diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors of patients. You will learn how to:

  • Customize patient treatments to meet diverse cultural values and beliefs
  • Increase your self-awareness and sensitivity to the cultural implications, impact, and understanding of health care encounters
  • Assess patients’ health literacy
  • Create a non-judgmental, inclusive environment for patients
  • Improve your ability to involve patients in cooperative health care decision making processes
  • Engage in intercultural communication using a variety of tools and resources

For organizations seeking to train many staff members, we can customize this training and deliver it on-site for you. For more information, please contact Amy Evans.

Instructors: April Lewis was the Countywide Diversity Manager for Multnomah County for 3 years, followed by 5 years working as the NW Regional Diversity Manager at Kaiser Permanente. Carol French started her career as a Guidance Counselor, then spent 6 years as a Diversity Trainer for Evergreen School District. Since 2005, both instructors have co-facilitated cultural agility trainings, organizational development, and consulted to help businesses and organizations maximize their people resources and achieve desired results.

Format:  1 day, 6-hour course or 1 day, 4-hour live-streamed course

CEU Eligibility: This course is approved by the Oregon Health Authority and fulfills Ethics CEU requirements for many professionals. Approved by Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO), National Association of Social Workers Oregon (NASW-OR), Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Oregon Board of Massage Therapists for 6 CEU hours.

Cost: $119 for 6 hour class; $79 for 4 hour class

Enteric Nervous System: Gut-Brain Axis for Mental Health & Wellbeing

Research demonstrates how your Enteric Nervous System, known as the “Gut-Brain Axis,” is essential for overall health. Healthy digestion is closely interrelated with mental and physical wellbeing. In this course you will learn to:

  • Define and differentiate the Enteric Nervous System, the autonomic nervous system, and the somatic nervous system
  • Understand the role of the Enteric Nervous System as it relates to body and brain health
  • Recognize internal cues between body and brain
  • Apply techniques to regulate the autonomic nervous system
  • Learn somatic and cognitive exercises
  • Demonstrate how to integrate nutrition into the conversation of mental health

Instructors: Holly A. Shumway, NCC and LPC, and Melissa Lovett, MA and Certified Holistic Nutritionist, are co-facilitating this innovative course. Both operate private practices. Holly Shumway’s additional specialties include International Trauma Professional (2015), Nationally Certified Counselor National Board of Certified Counselors (2011), and Eating Disorder Certificate (2011). In addition to a Certificate in Nutritional Therapy program, Melissa completed a Master Choa Kok Sui Pranic Healing Course. Melissa works in all areas of dis-ease, including GI disorders, lifestyle changes, mood and hormonal balance, stress-related illnesses, inflammatory diseases, to help clients move towards homeostasis within their own bio-individualist needs.

Format: 1 day, 6-hour classroom course

CEU Eligibility: Approved by Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, and Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners for 6 professional CEUs. This course qualifies for Level II CEUs for National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).

Cost: $119

Foundations in Mindfulness: Empowering You and Your Clients

Experience key components of the evidence-based, 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The course will provide didactic and experiential education to create a foundation for mindfulness practice to support you and your clients. In the Foundations of Mindfulness course you will learn about:

  • Brain neuroscience and mindfulness meditation
  • Biochemistry of stress reactivity and stress response
  • Both formal & informal meditation practices, engaging in direct experience with these practices

Instructor: Surja Tjahaja holds a MBA degree from the University of Southern California. He is especially interested in how meditation promotes neuroplasticity and healing. A BRAINET board member (associated with OHSU), Surja draws upon scientific understanding in his teaching as well as his 19 years of meditation practice and chaplaincy experiences. He currently teaches meditation in the Portland, Oregon area in the cities of West Linn, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie and Oregon City.

Format: In person, 1 day, totaling 8 hours of instruction

CEU Eligibility: 8 hours of professional CEUs

Cost: $119

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Learn how to use the core Motivational Interviewing strategies to facilitate alterations in the behaviors your clients. In the Foundations of Motivational Interviewing course you will learn about:

  • Methods and principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Motivation theories underlying MI
  • The 4 processes of Motivational Interviewing, and how to apply them
  • The stages of change, using Wheel of Change as a tool
  • Integrating the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing into your practice
  • Applying the core strategies of MI: Open ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, Summaries

Instructor: Charles Smith, MSW, CSWA, is the Principal at Charles Smith and Associates LLC, providing clinical services and therapeutic martial arts with adults, youth and families. He is a also teaches at Portland State University and Tennessee State University. He has 17 years of family preservation treatment experience, 27 years of training experience, and 19 Years of supervision and management experience. He became a Certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer in 1993, and is also a Certified Trainer in Social Services Competency Based Training (1996).

Format: 1 day, 8 hours of in-class instruction

CEU Eligibility: Approved by NASW-OR and ACCBO to receive 8 CEU hours.

Cost: $159

Intermediate Motivational Interviewing (MI)

You already have a basic understanding of Motivational Interviewing, but there are additional skills you’ll need to implement MI effectively with your clients and patients. In the Intermediate Motivational Interviewing course you will learn about:

  • Further applications of Motivational Interviewing as an approach to facilitate change
  • Using the 4 processes of Motivational Interviewing in your practice
  • Preparatory change talk
  • Gauging readiness to change
  • Transitioning to planning
  • Supporting change as a daily, long-term practice
  • Cultural considerations, and how to adapt MI strategies accordingly

Instructor: Instructor:Charles Smith, MSW, CSWA, is the Principal at Charles Smith and Associates LLC, providing clinical services and therapeutic martial arts with adults, youth and families. He is a also teaches at Portland State University and Tennessee State University. He has 17 years of family preservation treatment experience, 27 years of training experience, and 19 Years of supervision and management experience. He became a Certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer in 1993, and is also a Certified Trainer in Social Services Competency Based Training (1996).

Format: 1 day, 8 hours of in-class instruction

CEU Eligibility: Approved by NASW-OR and ACCBO to receive 8 CEU hours.

Cost: $159

IPNB of Perinatal Mood Disorders and Birth Trauma

Learn Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), including for families affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and birth trauma. Explore impact and practices of attachment and bonding, including development and interventions of affected families.

After the IPNB of Perinatal Mood Disorders and Birth Trauma course, you will be able to:

  1. Define Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and apply IPNB concepts to perinatal social work.
  2. Recognize and identify a spectrum of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and the effect of birth trauma on the brain and nervous system of the month.
  3. Describe the effect Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and birth trauma have on the attachment bonding process.
  4. Summarize how the child’s brain and nervous system are impacted by a caregiver who is experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders or birth trauma.
  5. Apply IPNB concepts to interventions used with caregivers experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders or birth trauma.

Instructor:  Fawn McCool, LCSW received her Masters of Social Work at California State University and a certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology through Portland State University. As an LCSW, Fawn has worked in a variety of settings providing skilled trauma-informed services to families, women and children. Additionally, she has had the honor of presenting at several professional conferences focused on Behavioral Health counseling in Primary Care and School Based Health Centers.

Format: 6 live-streamed, online classroom sessions with live video engagement with instructor and students. Sessions are recorded for viewing later if you cannot attend live.

CEU Eligibility: 15 hours of professional CEUs (approved by DONA for 13.3 CEU hours)

Cost: $299

Trauma Informed Care: A Continuum of Care

Leaders in the field are beginning to teach about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. This course prepares professionals and organizations at all levels to adopt trauma aware approaches and practices. In the Trauma Informed Care course, you will:

  • Learn the science and principles of trauma, resilience and self-care
  • Understand the impact of traumatic events (mental, emotional, physical) overtime
  • Incorporate knowledge about trauma and resilience into your work
  • Develop and practice skills/tools to enhance current work with your clients

Instructors: Marsha Morgan, MPA, former Chief Operating Officer of Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health. Marsha recently retired from Truman Medical Center (TMC); Dr. Tara J Gunther, PSYD, Clinical Psychologist at Allegheny Health; and Dena Sneed, Community Occupational Therapist at Truman Medical Centers

Format: 5 live-streamed, online sessions

CEU Eligibility: 10 hours of professional CEUs

Cost: $199

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Contact Amy Evans for questions about Mental and Behavioral Health courses.