Spring Ceu Workshop Series 2022

All spring PDN workshops will be offered live online via Zoom.

Discounted prices are available if you register for multiple workshops.  All workshops are approved by the LABSWE & LCA for continuing education hours for social workers and LPC’s.

February 17th, 2022

Workshop 1

8:30am - 11:45am

Erin M. Dugan, Ph.D., NCC, CRC, LPC- S

"Shifting Through Today’s Global Changes:
Utilizing Play Therapy to Facilitate Children’s Adjustment to Today’s Stressors"

March 24th, 2022

Workshop 2

8:30am - 11:45am

Allison Durant, LPC

"Grief and Loss: The impact of loss on mind, body and soul"

April 7th, 2022

Workshop 3

8:30am - 11:45am

Mark Skellie, Psy.D.

"Ethics in Practice: Managing Boundaries Within the Therapeutic Relationship"

Workshop 1

"Shifting Through Today’s Global Changes:
Utilizing Play Therapy to Facilitate Children’s Adjustment to Today’s Stressors"

Presented by: Erin M. Dugan, Ph.D., NCC, CRC, LPC-S
3 CEUs – Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday, February 17th, 2022
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

This workshop will identify global changes that have occurred over the past two years and the many stressors evident in children’s and adolescents’ lives today. The use of play therapy will be reviewed and discussed to further expose practitioners to evidence-based modality in treating children, adolescents, and families. The therapeutic powers of play, inherent in play therapy, will be identified. Specific disorders including anxiety, mood, behavioral, and adjustment will be discussed and how play therapy can be used to facilitate progress and change.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the global changes and stressors in our world today impacting children, adolescents, and families. 
  • Discuss the evidence-based literature in the use of play therapy to support children, adolescents, and families.
  • Review the therapeutic powers of play in play therapy. 
  • Discuss incorporating play therapy in individual, parent-child, and family therapy sessions. 
  • Identify how play therapy facilitates change for presenting issues/diagnoses such as including anxiety, mood, behavioral, and adjustment disorders.

About The Presenter

Erin Dugan, Ph.D., NCC, CRC, LPC- S  is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Associate Professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Allied Health, Interim Department Head, Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling and Clinic Director, LSUHSC Child & Family Counseling Clinic. She serves as Professor in the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling Director, LSUHSC Child & Family Counseling Clinic. Erin earned her BA in Psychology from  University of Mississippi in 200 and her MEd from UNO in 2002. She  earned her PhD in2005 in Counselor Education and Supervision With an Emphasis:  Play Therapy from University of Mississippi.  Since 2014 she has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions where she also serves on numerous committees and advises 9 academic programs both Undergraduate and Graduate level.  Previous Erin served as Associate Professor and Interim Department Head in the Dept of Rehabilitation Counseling,  Interim Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Allied Health LSU Health Sciences Center and Director of the LSUHSC Child and Family Counseling Clinic.

Workshop 2

"Grief and Loss: The impact of loss on mind, body and soul"

Presented by: Allison Durant, LPC
3 CEUs – Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday March 24th, 2022
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

This workshop will define the concept of loss. What is a loss? Participants will learn to differentiate grief  from Depression and Anxiety diagnoses including specialized intake assessment tools. They will learn tools for healthy coping skills and how to utilize attachment theory in grief work. Attendees will discuss specific issues that can affect grief and coping, including substance use and anxiety as well as discuss very specific losses that bring unique issues with them, including motherless daughters and traumatic loss.  Participants will learn specific techniques and tools for healing including mindfulness and meditation tools.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate Grief from DSM Diagnoses
  • Unresolved grief and loss
  • Coping with Grief: Healthy vs. unhealthy coping skills
  • Attachment theory and utilization in grief work
  • Substance abuse/use with grief
  • Anxiety and grief
  • Specific Losses: Motherless daughters/mothers, Traumatic loss/covid
  • Techniques and Tools for healing
  • Mindfulness and meditation tools
  • Resources 
  • Group work vs. individual work

About The Presenter

Allison Durant, LPC developed a passion for helping others on their grief journey after a personal loss and the resulting feelings of aloneness and confusion led her to put her heart back together and live a full life. She feels strongly about the grief process and the importance of safe, healthy, individualized grief.  In 2017 Allison earned her MA in Counseling from UNO and she is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Orleans. She has been a program counselor at B ridge House/Grace House and is founder of Motherless Daughters of New Orleans, a support group for women and girls who have experienced the loss of their mother prior to the age of 25.  Allison founded the New Orleans Grief Center to provide a safe space for individuals struggling with grief to find their way into healing. In addition to the New Orleans Grief Center, she has a private practice supporting adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety and substance use disorder. Allison is also a trained in Crisis Intervention, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Workshop 3

"Ethics in Practice: Managing Boundaries Within the Therapeutic Relationship"

Presented by: Mark Skellie, Psy.D.
3 CEUs – Ethics
Thursday, April 7th, 2022
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

This workshop will cover potential ethical issues with therapist self-disclosure, focusing on ethical problems with multiple roles and poor professional boundaries. Dr. Skellie will also address positive and ethical use of self-disclosure in therapy.  The workshop will address the NASW and LPC Code of Ethics specific to rules around ethical responsibilities as professionals, towards clients and in practice settings. Clinical vignettes will be utilized for group discussion. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding professional boundaries & issues with therapist self-disclosure
  • Distinguishing between Boundary Crossing & Boundary Violations
  • How to Manage Multiple Roles in Psychotherapy
  • Ethical Use of Flexible Boundaries in Psychotherapy
  • Vignettes for group discussion on Ethical decision making

About The Presenter

Mark Skellie, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psychotherapy and psychological assessment of adults. Dr. Skellie is currently a therapist in a study utilizing the breakthrough treatment of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and has been trained as the lead therapist in another study using psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to treat depression. Dr. Skellie focuses much of his clinical work on helping individuals with anxiety, trauma, depression, impulse control problems, and psychological issues associated with chronic illness develop the resiliency to live fuller and more satisfying lives.