Past Workshops for Clinical Social Workers

Previous workshops sponsored by LACSW


Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:45pm to 4:30pm


Sponsored by:  The Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers ( and                                                                                            Recovery Division of Acadia Health Care (

Continuing Education Credit:The morning program is approved for three (3) Ethics CEU contact hours and the afternoon program is approved for three (3) Clinical contact hours for Social Workers by the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers as authorized by the La. State Board of Social Work Examiners.

What You Will Learn:  Current research and documentation of occurrences of reincarnation by noted scientists will be presented, along with first hand accounts and clinical examples.  In Social Work, we are constantly developing our understanding of who and what we are individually and collectively.  Cultural changes bring a diversity in belief systems.  Social Workers will explore how the possibility of past lives can be a factor in understanding their clients in a new way, especially clients who have diagnoses of DID, anxiety and depression. Participants will also hear an extensive first hand account from Suzanne Peyton, author of Virginia’s Diary, which will include very convincing evidence validating the phenomenon of reincarnation, with opportunities to discuss and ask questions.


Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 11:45pm


Sponsored by:  The Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers ( and                                                                                   Recovery Division of Acadia Health Care (

Continuing Education Credit:  The morning program is approved for three (3) Ethics CEU contact hours and the afternoon program is approved for three (3) Clinical contact hours for Social Workers by the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers as authorized by the La. State Board of Social Work Examiners.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:   Increase cultural competence regarding LGBTQ issues.  Understand how this intersects with the NASW Code of Ethics and Mission. The presentation will involve handouts, music, and small/large group examination of professional case study scenarios along with a discussion and questions and answer session.

Strategies for Successful Addiction Intervention and Recovery: Critical Skills for Counselors and Therapists

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:00am
Continuing Education Credit:  *This program is approved for six (6) clinical CEU contact hours for Social Workers by the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers as authorized by the LA State Board of Social Work Examiners. *This program has been approved by The Louisiana Counseling Association for 6 CE Clock Hours in Diagnosis. The Louisiana Counseling Association is approved by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners to offer continuing education for LA Licensed Professional Counselors and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors. *Approved by LASACT for 6 Addiction credit hours under AEP #002 with ADRA.  Refund Policy: Full refund two weeks prior to event; Full credit of tuition toward future event if cancelled less than two weeks prior to the event, to be used within one year toward another LACSW event or membership.


Professional counselors and therapists who work in Louisiana are often overwhelmed by the pressing need to assist those who are living with a range of active substance abuse issues. This includes their family members. 

Individuals with substance dependence issues are a diverse group whose efforts in recovery require a continuum of urgently wanted care including screening, assessment, intervention, treatment, case management and support.

What You Will Learn

This workshop will provide training and resources for clinical social workers, licensed addiction counselors,  licensed professional counselors and other health professionals.  Participants will learn 7 specialized service areas of therapy and counseling specific for serving clients and families suffering from substance use disorder.

Progressive treatments for individuals with substance dependence will be presented and will include a plethora of newly developed methods and techniques which impact the health and recovery of special populations: adolescents, women, men and the elderly. Substance dependence is categorically defined as the uncontrolled usage of alcohol, marijuana, opiates, designer drugs and general habitual use patterns of illicit substances. In particular, opioid addiction is a serious concern in the state of Louisiana.

Participants will learn 6 assessments for screening alcohol and other drugs; learn 6 areas of difference between men and women along with gender differences in consumption patterns; acquire 5 techniques to overcome resistance while working with highly functioning clients; access 6 practices in using harm reduction methods; review 4 defenses often used by those seeking treatment; engage in 5 approaches to networking with professionals in the field of addiction to strengthen the overall treatment plan for your client and facilitate meeting his or her goals and objectives related to the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders.

This workshop will improve the objective tools many counselors and therapists already have and build critical skills for those who want to learn more about diverse, meaningful, and effective procedures used in treating people with substance abuse and dependence.  Participants will review 4 alternative strategies for recovery, and 8 progressive recovery processes including Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, CBT, DBT, art and music therapy and other professional interventions.

Bad Dogs; Bad Men; Bad Storms: Anthetic Therapy for PTSD AND Client Resistance

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

(6 Clinical CEUs-LCSW) (6 CE Contact Hrs.-LPC)

Anthetic Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (December 9, 2016)  (6-Clinical CEUs)

Individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder live plagued by helplessness, horror, and fear.  This workshop offers a new approach for setting sufferers free from the numbing and constricting effects PTSD has on their lives.  We will also address disorder related treatment resistance. Whether the traumatic trigger was animal, human, or natural disaster, Dr. Elliott will offer Anthetic Therapy techniques to help the individual confront the traumatic event.  Using intriguing case examples from her clinical practice, she will teach skills to help clients disengage from automatic internal responses, as well as from the burdensome expectations of significant others.  In this workshop, you will learn the central intrapsychic process that complicates PTSD recovery, along with demonstrations of how to equip your client with skills for setting themselves free.  This experience will provide opportunities for participants to apply these concepts and techniques in their own lives and in client cases with which they have worked.  You’ll leave with a powerful guide for facilitating your clients’ transformation from helplessness to empowerment.

Learning Goals &Objectives

  1. List 3 ways individuals with PTSD re-experience the traumatic event
  2. Define the term Anthetic Dialogue
  3. Name the intrapsychic element that complicates PTSD recovery
  4. Name one simple technique the individual can use to get free from a re-experiencing event
  5. Define the Inner Critic

Client Resistance? No Problem! (December 9, 2016-Continued)

Client resistance in PTSD treatment, as well as anxiety disorders such as Panic Disorder, Simple Phobias, Social Anxiety D/O, and the Depression mood disorder diagnoses cannot only stymie therapeutic progress but also can be a major source of burnout for therapists.   It doesn't have to be. This workshop will offer concepts for quickly identifying the root of resistance as relates to these diagnoses along with six innovative advanced techniques for unblocking the logjam of resistance and facilitating therapeutic progress.  Through examples of challenging cases, examples and opportunities for case discussions, and demonstrations, participants will leave with interventions immediately usable in practice.

Learning Goals & Objectives:

  1. Identify the core dynamic that is at the root of resistance.
  2. Describe how the core dynamic may manifest in resistance.
  3. State 6 Anthetic Therapy techniques for facilitating clients' freedom from resistance.
  4. Experience use of the techniques for personal transformation from resistance that surfaces in the therapist's functioning.    

Presenter: Kathryn Elliott, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT 

Dr. Elliott provides inspiration to understand your clients’ pain, deepen your clinical wisdom, and learn exciting new methods for facilitating clients’ freedom and growth.  A psychotherapist and counselor educator with 25 years of experience, Kathryn brings practical insights to her audience by drawing on the stories of intriguing clients whom she has helped.  In addition, she offers a personal perspective of applying in her own life the methods she teaches.  She is committed to providing her audiences with unique insights into psychological dynamics, fresh clinical concepts, and therapeutic techniques immediately useful in practice.



EFT: Emotion Focused Therapy For Couples

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

(6 Clinical CEUs-LCSW) (6 CE Contact Hrs.-LPC)

EFT is an empirically proven approach to couple's therapy, with more than 29 studies supporting its efficacy.  Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson (, and supported by the esteemed researcher Dr. John Gottman, see for more info on EFT.  Join us for this overview of EFT and leave with concrete skills to take back into your couple's therapy work that is based on Attachment and bonding in a practical way.

Learning Goals & Objectives:

1. Participants will gain knowledge of EFT theory, goals, stages, steps and skills.

2. Participants will obtain knowledge of Attachment theory and how it is applied in EFT couple therapy.

3. Participants will have an understanding of how to develop a safe and secure alliance with each partner in the couple which is necessary to be effective using the EFT model.

4. Participants will learn skills to use in their practice to help couples begin to identify and to de-escalate their negative interactional cycles.


Steven K. Bordelon, LCSW, Certified EFT Therapist, and Supervisor Candidate in private practice in B.R.

Michele Louviere, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor, Clinical Director, Celebration Hope Center, Metairie, La. 

Tanya Radecker MS, RN, LPC-S, NCC, Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor, in private practice in New Orleans, LA


Previous workshops approved for CE credits by LACSW

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