Fall Ceu Workshop Series 2022

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

Discounted prices are available if you register for multiple workshops.  All workshops are approved for continuing education hours for social workers and counselors through the LCA and the LABSWE.

October 13th, 2022

Workshop 1

8:30am - 11:45am

November 17th, 2022

Workshop 2

8:30am - 11:45am

"Understanding Childhood Anxiety: What Providers Need to Know"

Heather Zinna, LCSW-BACS, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor

December 8th, 2022

Workshop 3

8:30am - 11:45am

Workshop 1

"The Art & Science of Getting Along: Compassionate Communication Introduction"

Presented by: Cat McCarthy, ERYT-500, YACEP, RYS, NYCNVC Facilitator
3 CEUs – General
Thursday, October 13th, 2022
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

Conflict happens, so learn to navigate it well.  By excavating what’s beneath any friction, you can focus on the deeper motivation and change the conversation to one of understanding.  Non-Violent Communication (NVC) helps you to compassionately understand your habitual behavior and to translate your judgments. Guided by NYCNVC facilitator Cat McCarthy, this workshop introduces the key concepts of NVC (Compassionate Communication) as a foundation upon which to build a practice.  You will acquire tools of emotional intelligence to help generate new neural pathways for empathy. This workshop will help clinicians improve their therapeutic skills and connections as well as learn essential tools for self care. With a relationship to your own feelings and needs, you can create stronger connection both inside and out.  There will be a mix of playful exercises and discussion, so please bring a journal, an open heart, and a curious mind.  Get ready to be surprised!

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to the map of Needs-based Awareness
  • Learn to distinguish between Strategies and Needs
  • Learn to connect Feelings to Needs
  • Understand and learn to identify Judgments and translate them to Needs
  • Gain skills for an NVC exercise to use the rest of your life both personally and professionally

About The Presenter

Cat McCarthy, ERYT-500, YACEP, RYS, NYCNVC Facilitator meets people where they are and supports them to where they want to go.  She holds space in which others can safely explore the heart mind/body terrain, integrating the practice of Yoga and empathy skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).   A dedicated student and international trainer, Cat has earned certifications in Anusara Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and NYCNVC.  She has studied extensively within the traditions of Rajanaka Yoga, Neelakantha meditation, BMC’s Embodied Anatomy, and is a Compassionate Inquiry therapist-in-training. Cat offers entertaining education with vulnerable humor, dynamic clarity, and compassionate presence, so that all humans can live a more aware and amazing life.  When not traversing the globe to teach yoga, this Emmy-nominated filmmaker directs/produces non-fiction projects.  For more info, please visit: www.catmccarthyyoga.com

Workshop 2

"Understanding Childhood Anxiety: What providers need to know"

Presented by: Heather Zinna, LCSW-BACS, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
3 CEUs – Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday November 17th, 2022
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

Children have anxiety. Most parents struggle throughout their children’s lives to determine what is normal vs. abnormal with children’s behavior. Sometimes, it is not the child, but the parent that is projecting their own anxiety. Professionals, clinicians and teachers all sometimes struggle to tease out normal anxiety from more serious diagnoses. In today’s world, where there is so much illness, information and fear, children are suffering in significant ways and the people who care for them are also struggling to help them cope. This workshop will look at what is developmentally appropriate anxiety and when we, as therapists, should look deeper.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what are developmentally appropriate childhood anxieties, fears and phobias
  • Review common Childhood Anxiety Disorders such as Separation Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, etc.
  • Understand what behaviors to look for when diagnosing Childhood Anxiety Disorders
  • Differentiating Childhood Anxiety Disorders from Childhood mental health disorders
  • Discussion with case examples: when to refer out and why
  • Setting treatment goals with the client and family

About The Presenter

Heather Zinna, LCSW-BACS, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1996 from SLU and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the LSU School of Social Work  in 1999. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, credentialed in AutPlay Therapy and TBRI and working towards her credential in Theraplay. Prior to beginning private practice in 2014, Heather held various positions in Head Start and owned her own business, Toddlearn. She is currently in private practice where she specializes in Play Therapy and sees primarily children 0-12 years old and their families. Heather loves working with young children and is excited to become a professional presenter as well. Heather is a member of NASW, APT and LAPT as well as a past member of the LAPT board.

Workshop 3

"GRIEF: Why Diagnosis Matters"

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

About The Workshop

In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of the different types of grief  which will allow them to develop an appropriate treatment plan when working with clients. Further, they will learn the necessary tools for diagnosing grief per the most recent changes to the DSM (DSM V-TR).  A brief background of the controversy surrounding the argument for or against a bereavement diagnosis inclusion will be provided.  Case studies will be used to assist in applying the diagnostic criteria.

Learning Objectives

  • Assessing for grief: criteria and alternative diagnoses
  • Understanding and exploring various types of grief
  • Overview of options for diagnosing grief per the most recent DSM
  • Prolonged Grief Disorder: understand and treating
  • History of grief as diagnosis: where we began and where we are now
  • Why all the controversy? Understanding bereavement as a diagnosis

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 Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP).  Allison is also a trained in Crisis Intervention, and is a Certified Public Accountant.