Neuroscience Approach to Counseling Anxiety

Presenter: Dr. David Pittman
Location: Garrett Counseling, LIVE WEBINAR
Date: Friday, September 10th 2pm- 5pm EST (1-4pm CST)
3 NBCC Contact Hours
Cost: $60.00
Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScX-Mg326AE0g-eqZ7RqyFx4b3zwDctMO89YNuO6Et2g8l_WQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2cYlk36OUlYBjw9op_sUS4bAqc3l_7nnuekzlOEOkx1s42yC9IsOoE41E 
Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the representation of anxiety in the brain
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between stress and anxiety versus relaxation and anxiety
  • Gain insight into the relationship between the amygdala and triggers
  • Learn how to utilize retraining of the amygdala through experience
  • Learn how to apply neuro-informed approaches to treat anxiety

Neurocounseling | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL About the Speaker:

David W. Pittman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Wofford College. Dr. Pittman earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Wofford College (1994) and an M.S. degree in psychology (1997) and a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience (2001) from the Florida State University. In addition to teaching neuroscience courses such as Biological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, Dr. Pittman maintains a productive research laboratory involving solely undergraduate students.

Dr. Pittman’s laboratory examines how taste neural signals are sent from the mouth to the brain and how the sense of taste then affects feeding behavior in both humans and rodent animal models. Currently Dr. Pittman is investigating three lines of research. 1) Understanding how dietary fats produce taste sensations and motivate the consumption of high-fat foods. 2) Exploring how anti-anxiety drugs, such as Valium, may alter taste sensations to increase the palatability of food and thus increase our food consumption when taking those medications. 3) Identifying a new mechanism in the tongue to detect and taste glucose. Dr. Pittman has also developed and supports an elementary school-based intervention to reduce childhood obesity. Boss’ Healthy Buddies is an evidence-based nutrition education resource matched to South Carolina elementary education standards for kindergarten through fourth grade. The Healthy Eating Decisions program is a cost-free, sustainable, and effective program to increase healthy eating during school lunch service.

Sexting, Pornography, and the Law

Our adolescent and pre-adolescent children are becoming more exposed to sexually explicit images and behavior in today’s modern society. Why do our children participate in sexting, and how does the law look at problematic sexual behavior. How did pornography become so accessible to our children, and how does pornography affect our youth. Is pornography addictive, and how do we teach our children about the myths of what they see in today’s sexually explicit images. Join us for Sexting, Pornography, and the law….oh my to discuss these topics and much more.

Presenter: John Wiginton, MS, LPC, CJSOTS
Location: Garrett Counseling, LIVE WEBINAR
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021 1:00pm-4:00pm CDT (2pm-5pm EST)
3 NBCC Contact Hours
Cost: $75.00
Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdQPzSpuKY…/viewform…
Learning Objectives:

  • Mental health professionals will be able to define sexting and discuss legal issues related to juveniles sexting.
  • Mental health professionals will be able to discuss the history of pornography and have a clear understanding of what is considered pornographic.
  • Mental health professionals will have a clear understanding of how pornography effect our youth in regards to mental and physical wellness.
  • Mental health professionals will be able to have a clearer understanding of how pornography can be addictive
  • Mental health professionals will gain a clear understanding of mental health treatment options for pornography related concerns.

About The Speaker:

Wes Wiginton received his master’s degree in Counseling from Faulkner University and has his Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and is currently licensed by the State of Alabama as an LPC and provides counseling services for families in The State of Alabama. Wes is also a Certified Adjudicated Juvenile Sex Offender Therapist from State of Alabama Department of Youth Services and provides assessments and counseling with this population.

Wes is a member of The NAFC (National Association of Forensic Counselor’s) as a Certified Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, a member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), and a Certified Therapist for Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors by The State of Alabama Department of Youth Services. Wes resides in Oxford, Al and is owner of Cheaha Counseling and Consulting LLC. Wes currently speaks in the U.S. about working with children with problematic sexual behaviors and how sexting and pornography effects our youth.

Wes has spoken at the following conferences and organizations:

  • 2017-Cleburne County Department of Human Resource, Defining Juvenile Offenders.
  • 2017-Calhoun County Guardian Ad Litem Association, Defining Juvenile Offenders.
  • 2017-Calhoun County Department of Human Resources, Defining Juvenile Offenders.
  • 2018-Cherokee Policy Counsel, Juvenile Offenders and School Polices. 2018-JSU Hope Series, Ethical Considerations when working with Juvenile Sex Offenders.
  • 2019-The Alabama Employee Association Conference, Ethical Considerations when working with Juvenile Sex Offenders.
  • October 2019-National Association of Forensic Counselors Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • November 2019-Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) Annual Conference, Montgomery Al.
  • August 2021-YPSB Certification Program at The University of Alabama for Youth Services Institute.

Neuroscience and Sleep in Counseling

Presenter: Dr. David Pittman
Location: Garrett Counseling, LIVE WEBINAR
Date: Friday, August 20th 2pm- 5pm EST (1-4pm CST)
3 NBCC Contact Hours
Cost: $60.00
Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeJRrtxLjP…/viewform…

Learning Objectives:
Counselors will gain a general neuroscience refresher where they will:

  • Gain increased understanding of neuroanatomy related to counseling: Amygdala: fear; Hippocampus: memory; Insula: interoception; Prefrontal Cortex: cognition; Cingulate Cortex: self-regulation.
  • Gain a greater understanding of communication and connectivity in the brain (the importance of electrical signals and neurotransmitter chemicals and receptors especially related to plasticity of circuits and connections).
  • Increase understanding of the sleep-wake system in the brain and what other systems influence it.
  • Increase understanding of the difference and importance of both slow-wave sleep and REM sleep.
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between memory formation and sleep patterns.
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between mood, emotion and sleep patterns.
  • Gain basic understanding of the relationship between successful therapy and sleep patterns.
  • Learn how to apply techniques to improve the sleep quality of clients.

Neurocounseling | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL

About the Speaker:
David W. Pittman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Wofford College. Dr. Pittman earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Wofford College (1994) and an M.S. degree in psychology (1997) and a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience (2001) from the Florida State University. In addition to teaching neuroscience courses such as Biological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, Dr. Pittman maintains a productive research laboratory involving solely undergraduate students.
Dr. Pittman’s laboratory examines how taste neural signals are sent from the mouth to the brain and how the sense of taste then affects feeding behavior in both humans and rodent animal models. Currently Dr. Pittman is investigating three lines of research. 1) Understanding how dietary fats produce taste sensations and motivate the consumption of high-fat foods. 2) Exploring how anti-anxiety drugs, such as Valium, may alter taste sensations to increase the palatability of food and thus increase our food consumption when taking those medications. 3) Identifying a new mechanism in the tongue to detect and taste glucose. Dr. Pittman has also developed and supports an elementary school-based intervention to reduce childhood obesity. Boss’ Healthy Buddies is an evidence-based nutrition education resource matched to South Carolina elementary education standards for kindergarten through fourth grade. The Healthy Eating Decisions program is a cost-free, sustainable, and effective program to increase healthy eating during school lunch service.

Ethics in Counseling Part 2: Live Webinar

This live webinar will require a test at the completion of workshop. You must score 80% or more to receive CEUS. Cameras are required to be on the entire time, per NBCC rules. If you do not have camera on you will receive non-contact hours.

Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S

Location: LIVE WEBINAR

Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2021 830am-1245pm CDT

4 NBCC Contact Hours

Cost: $80.00

Program Content Description / Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss an ethical decision-making model and practice applying model to case studies on highest ethical violations
2. Discuss two case studies specific to COVID-19 and Telehealth modality of counseling
3. Explore 10 ways to be ethical and reduce ethical violations
4. Exploring boundaries with clients and the Code of Ethics – with case study discussion

To register, click here! 


*Garrett Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6763. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Garrett Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs NBCC ACEP Provider No. 6763.

Making Payment: Once you register, you will receive a link in the email you provided to make payment. You have not RESERVED your seat until you have paid. Limited seating.

Cancellation Policy: If you contact us before the program date, you may exchange for a certificate to attend another program or a tuition refund less a cancel fee. Occasionally, changes are made due to unforeseen circumstances or participant demand. While Garrett Counseling will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Garrett Counseling’s liability is limited to the tuition fee only. If you cancel, 10 business days before the event, you will receive a full refund. Cancellation must be received in writing and can be faxed to 1-256-217-4162 or emailed to garrett@garrettcounseling.com. If cancellation is not received in writing, you will be charged the full amount of tuition.

Ethics in Counseling Part 1: Live Webinar

Today, licensed professional counselors face complex ethical issues. Counselors are charged with being knowledgeable of these ethical and legal issues to ensure ethical practice. Working knowledge of the ACA and NBCC Code of Ethics, along with state ethics and laws is required of all licensed professional counselors.

This live webinar will require a test at the completion of workshop. You must score 80% or more to receive CEUS. Cameras are required to be on the entire time, per NBCC rules. If you do not have camera on you will receive non-contact hours.

Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S

Location: LIVE WEBINAR

Date: Saturday, June 12th, 2021 830am-1245pm CDT

4 NBCC Contact Hours

Cost: $80.00

Program Content Description / Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and define the key elements of the NBCC, ACA, and ABEC Code of Ethics
2. Select and discuss the six purposes of the ACE Code of Ethics
3. Discuss an ethical decision-making model and practice applying model to case studies
4. Identify two situations that may warrant the disclosure of confidential information and give examples for each through the use of case studies.

To register, click here!


*Garrett Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6763. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Garrett Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs NBCC ACEP Provider No. 6763.

Making Payment: Once you register, you will receive a link in the email you provided to make payment. You have not RESERVED your seat until you have paid. Limited seating.

Cancellation Policy: If you contact us before the program date, you may exchange for a certificate to attend another program or a tuition refund less a cancellation fee. Occasionally, changes are made due to unforeseen circumstances or Ethics in Counseling participant demand. While Garrett Counseling will do everything possible to ensure Ethics in Counseling participant satisfaction, Garrett Counseling’s liability is limited to the tuition fee only. If you cancel, 10 business days before the event, you will receive a full refund. Cancellation must be received in writing and can be faxed to 1-256-217-4162 or emailed to garrett@garrettcounseling.com. If cancellation is not received in writing, you will be charged the full amount of tuition.

4th Annual Brave Play Retreat – Intimacy and Vulnerability

***This event is full. We hope to see you in June 2022 for the 5th Annual Brave Play Retreat! Check back soon for information regarding next year.***

An experiential retreat for personal and professional growth in a post-pandemic world.

Date: June 4th-6th, 2021

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Neurocounseling: The Basics

This is a total of 6 hours over two different days. There is only one registration option which is attend both days. Day one is foundational and required for day two.

Day One Learning Objectives (3 Hours) Friday, March 5th, 2021 11am-2pm CST

  • Participants will gain a clearer understanding of basic neuroanatomy (structures and functions).
  • Participants will increase understanding of communication in the brain (the importance of electrical signals and neurotransmitter chemicals and receptors necessary to understand how drugs work).
  • Participants will learn the stress system (HPA axis and interactions with other systems like sleep, cognition, eating, obesity).
  • Participants will learn the sleep-wake system and the importance of both slow-wave sleep and REM sleep.

Day Two Learning Objectives (3 Hours) Friday, March 12th, 2021 11am-2pm CST

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the neurological basis, common medical treatment, what role neuroeducation, neurofeedback, and metaphor-based approaches to improve mental health for clients diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the neurological basis, common medical treatment, what role neuroeducation, neurofeedback, and metaphor-based approaches to improve mental health for clients diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the neurological basis, common medical treatment, what role neuroeducation, neurofeedback, and metaphor-based approaches to improve mental health for clients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the neurological basis, common medical treatment, what role neuroeducation, neurofeedback, and metaphor-based approaches to improve mental health for clients diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the neurological basis, common medical treatment, what role neuroeducation, neurofeedback, and metaphor-based approaches to improve mental health for clients diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the neurological basis, common medical treatment, what role neuroeducation, neurofeedback, and metaphor-based approaches to improve mental health for clients diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

About the Speaker: David W. Pittman, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology at Wofford College

David W. Pittman, Ph.D.Dr. Pittman earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Wofford College (1994) and an M.S. degree in psychology (1997) and a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience (2001) from the Florida State University. In addition to teaching neuroscience courses such as Biological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, Dr. Pittman maintains a productive research laboratory involving solely undergraduate students.

Dr. Pittman’s laboratory examines how taste neural signals are sent from the mouth to the brain and how the sense of taste then affects feeding behavior in both humans and rodent animal models. Currently Dr. Pittman is investigating three lines of research. 1) Understanding how dietary fats produce taste sensations and motivate the consumption of high-fat foods. 2) Exploring how anti-anxiety drugs, such as Valium, may alter taste sensations to increase the palatability of food and thus increase our food consumption when taking those medications. 3) Identifying a new mechanism in the tongue to detect and taste glucose.

Dr. Pittman has also developed and supports an elementary school-based intervention to reduce childhood obesity. Boss’ Healthy Buddies is an evidence-based nutrition education resource matched to South Carolina elementary education standards for kindergarten through fourth grade. The Healthy Eating Decisions program is a cost-free, sustainable, and effective program to increase healthy eating during school lunch service.


National Board for Certificate Counselors ­ Provider No. 6763

6.00 Clock Hours (Contact Hours)


COST: $140.00 (Contact Hours included)
ALC Apprenticeship Program: $6.00

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by 03/01/2020

MAKING PAYMENT: Once you register, the link will be provided in the submission box. You have not RESERVED your seat until you have paid.

FORMAT: We will use Zoom. A link will be sent to the email you use to register.

To register, click here.


Cancellation Policy:
If you contact us before the program date, you may exchange for a certificate to attend another program or a tuition refund. Please note there will be a cancellation fee subtracted from your refund. Occasionally, changes are made due to unforeseen circumstances or participant demand. While Garrett Counseling will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Garrett Counseling’s liability is limited to the tuition fee only. If you cancel, 10 business days before the event, you will receive a full refund. Cancellation must be received in writing and can be faxed to 1-256-217-4162 or emailed to garrett@garrettcounseling.com. If cancellation is not received in writing, you will be charged the full amount of tuition.

Grievance Policy:
When a complaint, either verbally or written, is filed the following guidelines are followed with respect to achieving resolution:

  1. Complaints relative to the presenter, contents being presented, or educational style, the individual voicing disapproval is requested to first address concerns to the presenter. If the presenter is not available, place his/her comments in writing. These comments will then be conveyed to the speaker while maintaining confidentiality.
  2. If the complaint concerns a continuing education activity, its content, level of presentation, or facilities in which the event is being held, the Director will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. If the offered resolution is not satisfactory to the individual filing the complaint, then further action may be taken.
    In the latter instance, the individual is requested to place his/her complaint in writing to the attention of the Director. The complaint is then reviewed and a written response will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.

Brave Play Kit

Brave Play Kit The Brave Play kit is a tool used in therapy as a form of expressive therapy. Very similar to sand tray without the sand, the Brave Play kit was developed by Ashley Garrett as a portable and less intimidating method of processing through experiential Play Therapy. Used with children, teens, and adults, Brave Play allows a person to reflect on their own life with opportunities to resolve conflicts, increase self-acceptance, and develop plans to remove obstacles in their life. Each year a new edition is published and builds your kit with more atoms (the minis that make up the kit) to expand your practice. Each kit is individually built and includes 20 minis which vary from kit to kit.

This kit is a great tool for experiential learning in secondary and higher education. It is also great for team building of all kinds, organizational psychology, partnerships, and for use in the corporate world.

Pricing:

2020 Edition: $20.00

2021 Edition: $25.00

*Free Shipping Within The U.S.

To order, click here to complete the order form. Once you complete the form, you will receive an email with a link to complete your payment.


Testimonials

“I absolutely love my Brave Play Kit. It is a great way to get a session started with adults, especially adults new to counseling, who are having a hard time verbalizing their experiences. I also use my kit with kiddos to encourage them to describe themselves.” – Madalyn Caldwell, Ed.S., LPC

 

“Working as a school counselor, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t pull out my Brave Play kit! I love how it breaks language barriers, cultural barriers, and enables students to communicate with me, with their peers, and with authority figures. It gives someone the power to start a conversation, without having to use words! I also use it weekly in my supervision sessions with my counselors-in-training. Conceptualization, assessments, diagnosis- we cover all these areas by exploring counselor ideas and concerns through the use of the Brave Play Kit!” – Mindi Amberson, LPCS, RPTS, School Counselor

 

“Recently used the Brave Play Kit with an adolescent moving from foster to adoption. For the first time, he was able to talk about his heartbreak of living without a father for his entire childhood. He surprised himself and commented that he had never told anyone that secret regret. The Brave Play method is a powerful clinical tool.” – Ginger Caudell, LPC

 

“I love the Brave Play Kit! I have used it for teaching graduate students, supervising counselors in training, counseling adolescents and families, and Motivational Interviewing in substance abuse treatment with adults. It is a great counseling or self-reflection tool. I look forward to the next edition!” – Laura Browder, EdS, LPCS, AADC

 

“It’s like sandtray therapy without the sand! Clients both young and old love to utilizing the Brave Play Kit because they help so much with communicating their thoughts and feelings clearly without words.” – Caroline Allen-Ross, LPC

 

“The Brave Play Kit is a go-to for me when working with clients and students. It is so versatile, and the variety of items allows for rich discussion and insight for all ages. I have used this kit with ages 5 through adult with good responses at each level.” – Dr. Amy Davis


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Winter Wellness Wheel 2021

Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPCS, RPTS, NCC

Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2021

Time: 9am-4pm CST (10am-5pm EST)

Platform: Zoom. Live Web-Based Workshop- Limited to 30 participants

Agenda: Two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break for lunch

6 Contact CE Hours
APT Approved Provider
NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (6 hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. Quiz will be given at the end of the workshop.

Cost: $75.00 ($6.00 for ALC Apprenticeship program)
Add on: If you want a Brave Play kit we will mail you one, to keep, for an additional $20.00 (two weeks before the event to allow time for shipping).

Program Description: Mental health professionals not only strive to model wellness but also benefit significantly from developing an emotionally stable sense of self. Engaging in wellness, as a form of mental practice, has shown to provide many benefits including reduction of burnout. The Five-Factor Wellness Inventory addressing all aspects of wellness while expanding on the necessity of creativity. This training will empower mental health professionals to better understand the research of creative wellness and create a SMART personal practice guide to reduce the negative impact of compassion fatigue. 6 APT Contact Hours / 6 NBCC Contact Hours

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will learn to identify and will experience 3 key factors of self-care.
2. Participants will learn the 5 key concepts of the Five-Factor Wellness Inventory Wheel (5f-welp).
3. Participants will gain an understanding of and list 3 reasons why self-care is an ethical practice for mental health professionals, specifically for Play Therapists.
4. Participants will demonstrate 3 play therapy techniques that facilitate self-care in for clients. (Wellness map, sickness map, brave play, Sandtray
5. Participants will complete a self-assessment for burnout and compassion fatigue and be able to describe the symptoms.
6. Participants will learn and engage in 2 creative wellness techniques based on the Creative Self aspect of the Wellness Wheel.
7. Participants will develop a personal self-care plan that is influenced by Creative Self research.

NOTE: Quiz will be given at the end of each day and the camera must be on during entire training to receive contact hours.

To register, click here

BRAVE PLAY: Cancellations & Grievances

Sandtray for the Novice Mental Health | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL

Cancellation & Grievances Policies: For complete information regarding cancellations or filing a grievance, please use the button below. 

Ethical Considerations for Professional Counselors: Telehealth Counseling

Ethical Considerations for Professional Counselors: Telehealth Counseling

Presenter: Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S

Date: Monday, May 25th, 2020

Time: 6pm-8pm CST

Location: LIVE Webinar Due to COVID-19

This training will provide counselors with standards to help them practice telebehavioral health in an ethical manner. It will also provide resources on the use of technology in telehealth. Topics will include ethical standards related to telebehavioral health; use of technology in telehealth; social media policies; intervention and reference applications. Case studies will be utilized.

Learning Objectives: Identify five additional standards you can utilize to help you practice telebehavioral health in an ethical manner; and examine sample technology to assist you with sending and receiving HIPAA compliant information to your clients.

2.00 Clock Hours (ETHICS)
National Board for Certificate Counselors ­ Provider No. 6763

COST: $40.00 (Contact Hours included)
GCC Team Members: FREE

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by 05/22/2020

Making Payment: Once you register, the link will be provided in the submission box. You have not RESERVED your seat until you have paid.

FORMAT: We will use Google Meet for this training. A link will be sent to the email you use to register.