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

EMDR Review and Integration Course

This course helps EMDR-trained therapists build new skills, increase confidence, and deepen their understanding of how to use EMDR with their clients. It is open to any clinician who has completed at least Part I of an EMDRIA-approved EMDR Basic Training. You will learn to:

  • Describe the EMDR eight-phase treatment approach and three pronged protocol.
  • Explain the Adaptive Information Processing model and its role in case conceptualization.
  • Use trauma-based history-taking and the floatback technique to help develop EMDR targets.
  • Use EMDR Resourcing to prepare clients for EMDR trauma processing.
  • Identify, set up, and reprocess EMDR targets.
  • Explain how Cognitive Interweaves work.
  • List ways to close down an incomplete EMDR session.

Instructor: Ross Cohen is an LPC Private practice focused on using EMDR and Ego state approaches to treat adult individuals for anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, and attachment issues. Since 2013, he has been an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and an EMDR Training Facilitator (EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training, Part I & II) with Philip Manfield.

Format: 1 day, 4 hour classroom course

CEU Eligibility: 4 hours of professional CEUs

Cost: $109

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: Nancy Boros has served the community as a health educator for 20 years. Nancy is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, trained through the Uni of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Health Care and Society and through the Uni of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, MBPTI. She is trained in Wellness Coaching through the Mayo Clinic.

Format:  Online, 1 day/week for 2 hours, over a period of 4 weeks, 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

Methods for Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Based largely on Doug Braun-Harvey’s research and methods, this course equips LPCs, CADCs, QMHPs, MSWs, MFTs, and others with the tools to help patients with the sexual health and addictions-linked aspect of their recovery. Core treatment areas addressed include: Sex/Drug-Linked Sexual Health; Sexual Attitudes & Values; and Sexual Health. You will learn to:

  • Practice sexual health conversation skills.
  • Comfortably initiate and direct conversations and interventions related to sexual health.
  • Assess thoughts and feeling about commonly held sexual attitudes.
  • Explore judgmental thoughts and statements that interfere with sexual health conversations.
  • Recognize and be sensitive to the “Questioning” clients often face in treatment settings.

Instructor: Jerry Moreau has helped clients for over 20 years. As a Psychotherapist, trainer of sexual health conversations, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, holistic health practitioner, and Certified Massage Therapist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. Jerry values the unique relationship and trust that must be developed to support deep therapeutic work with clients. A long-time therapist and instructor, he holds degrees in Business, Computers, Counseling Psychology, Exercise Science, and certificates in many forms of body therapies. He has experience working with a varied population such as community mental health, serving individuals with severe mental illness, LGBTQ, hospice, and dual diagnosed clients. Jerry has taught clinical counseling and other courses as faculty in both graduate and undergraduate programs for more than 10 years.

Format: 10 hour, live-delivery online course. Participants meet in an online classroom for 5, 2 hour sessions, over 10 weeks (sessions held every other week)

CEU Eligibility: Approved by ACCBO to receive 10 CEU hours

Cost: $159

Narrative Health

Narrative Medicine helps physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains, other healthcare professionals improve the effectiveness of care by approaching patients as individuals with stories, rather than focusing only on the signs and symptoms of the disease. Students will learn the three tenants of narrative medicine: attention, representation and affiliation. Participants will also begin to develop skills in narrative competence, which is the ability to listen, absorb and be moved to action by stories of illness and wellness. The Narrative Health workshop will include didactic and small group active learning, and will incorporate close reading of texts, discussion and prompt writing.

Instructors: Elizabeth Lahti, M.D., is a Portland-area hospitalist and writer. Dr. Lahti is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Director of Narrative Medicine in the YourMD curriculum transformation at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

Martha Driessnack, Ph.D., PNP-BCis a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a background in art therapy and genetics. She believes both are important in gaining insight into the intergenerational nature of stories and storytelling. Martha’s program of research focuses on the engagement of children in health-related research using novel, child-sensitive approaches to data collection. One such approach is the Draw-and-Tell Conversation (DTC), which she developed and continues to use with children as she explores their experiences and family stories. Of particular interest is her work with children related to understanding what “runs” in their family and how children learn about genetic/health risks.

Format: 1 day, 6 hour in-person class

CEU Eligibility: 5 hours of professional CEUs

Cost: $179

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.