Workshops for Continuing Education

At CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies at Palo Alto University, we offer a range of training options for a diverse group of mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage & family therapists, law enforcement, correctional professionals, and those wishing to further develop their clinical practice.

In-Person Workshops – Virtual Attendance

Regardless of how long you’ve been working as a mental health professional, our workshops cover a range of topics that can help you further develop your expertise or build new skills. Each session is led by an internationally recognized expert with years of relevant experience. These workshops include evidence-based best practices, the outcomes of related clinical studies, and practical applications for the information covered.

If you’re unable to come to Palo Alto to attend a workshop in person, you can participate virtually, online through Zoom. We will email you all the details you will need to connect to Zoom, as well as digital copies of the training course materials.

The Benefits of Completing Continuing Education Online

By earning continuing education credits online, mental health professionals can maintain their current certifications or further their career prospects by completing new ones. Our virtual workshops provide a convenient option for satisfying your training requirements.

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To expand your skills and earn continuing education credits, sign up for one of the upcoming workshops listed below.

Assessing Civil Capacities

Dr. Randy Otto

October 2nd, 2020

8:30am – 3:00pm, Pacific

6 Hours | 6 CEs

This live workshop on Assessing Civil Capacities is presented by Dr. Randy Otto.

The focus of this 6-hour program is on assessment of civil capacities, which can be more challenging than assessment of criminal competencies, which are typically better defined and operationalized. The program begins with a discussion of assessment principles that apply to all civil capacity evaluations, regardless of their specific focus. Next, characteristics of good and bad civil capacity evaluations and the reports that summarize them are reviewed, using documents extracted from actual cases (i.e., report excerpts, test data, affidavits). Then, for a number of specific rights/capacities, the legal definition/operationalization is offered, followed by a discussion of appropriate assessment strategies. In addition to consideration of specific competencies including the capacity to testify, write a will (testamentary capacity), manage finances, and make health care decisions, related matters are discussed including undue influence and conducting guardianship/conservatorship evaluations.

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Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START)

Drs. Sarah Desmarais & Tonia Nicholls

October 22 – 23, 2020

8:30am – 3:00pm, Pacific

14 Hours | 14 CEs

This live workshop on Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START): An introduction to using structured professional judgement to assess for interconnected risks and case planning for diverse populations is presented by Drs. Sarah Desmarais and Tonia Nicholls.

This 2-day workshop provides foundational training on the use of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), a 20-item structured professional judgement guide developed to support decisions and case planning for persons with mental health and/or criminal justice needs and who may pose a risk of violence to self or others. The START provides for the differential coding of clinically relevant strengths and vulnerabilities to inform the assessment and management of violence and related risks (suicide, self-harm, substance abuse, victimization, etc.). This approach has been implemented and evaluated in more than 70 studies and translated into eight languages. It is recognized as a best practice for the assessment and management of violence and related risks.

Over the course of two days, this workshop will describe the development, design, and format of START as well as the results of existing and ongoing research. A case-based approach will be used to focus this training on the process of using the START to guide assessment and the use of START assessments to improve outcomes.

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Becoming a Transformational Therapist: Introducing Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Dr. Jonathan Peretz

Date: November 20, 2020

8:30am – 4:30pm, Pacific

7 Hours | 7 CEs

This live training on Becoming a Transformational Therapist: Introducing Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is presented by Dr. Jonathan Peretz.

Rooted in the short-term psychodynamic tradition but informed by contemporary attachment theory, affective neuroscience, somatic approaches, and transformational studies, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) seeks to help clients traverse difficult emotional and relational experiences to release blocked energy and regain resources. Through lecture, clinical video, and experiential exercises, participants will learn the basic elements of AEDP’s transformational approach and develop a clear understanding of the affective and relational change mechanisms at the heart of this contemporary model.

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