Past Workshops for Clinical Social Workers

Previous workshops sponsored by LACSW

Anthetic Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:30pm




Baton Rouge, La., October 17th, 2014, Friday

Location: Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center (Catholic Life Center)

1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, La.


6 Clinical Continuing Education Units

LACSW Members: $100.00

Non-Members: $140.00


In this workshop, you will learn how, in only 4 sessions, you can equip your clients to master the concepts needed for overcoming depression, make the basic value shift essential to recovery, and learn the skills that will empower them to overcome depression and prevent relapse.   You will take away structured protocols to intervene on various types of depression and anxiety.  You will learn a solid approach that directly addresses the key feature in the anxiety/panic process – a fear of exercising one’s own power.   Dr. Elliott will explain how learning a sense of one’s self in relationships contributes to the onset of symptoms.  She will explain the 6-step WILFY process for equipping the client to unlearn such faulty learning.  In addition, she will offer two essential therapeutic interventions to empower the client in avoiding relapse.  Anthetic is a term that means “blossoming”.  This model, called Anthetic Therapy, fully and creatively supports the unfolding of the inner freedom we are called to support and develop in our clients.

Presenter:  Kathryn Elliott, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has presented at dozens of professional conferences, including American Psychological Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.  She has published articles in such professional journals as Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy and Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.  She is a published book author and has also appeared in such magazines as Modern Bride, Good Housekeeping, and Web MD, and appeared regularly on television.  She consistently receives high accolades for her presentation abilities and useful concepts which are immediately applicable in practice.   Dr. Elliott is a highly esteemed counselor educator, retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she trained graduate students in mental health counseling, and is currently in full time private practice as Director of Anthetic Psychology Center in Lafayette, La.   She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Union Institute Graduate School.


Heart Centered Digital Ethics

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Few things move as fast as the speed of technology, and the mental health professions are certainly no exception. This program is designed to help you learn what you need to be able to approach technology courageously, ethically and safely.


  • Communicate with clients using electronic tools in a manner that is compliant with legal and ethical standards, including HIPAA
  • Incorporate concepts of security and privacy into both clinical practice and practicemanagement, including awareness of counter transference towards technology and HIPAA mandates as well as client approaches to dealing with risk in their lives
  • Take necessary legal (e.g. HIPAA and others) and ethical precautions to use modern payment systems, including credit cards and online payments, in private practice
  • Describe the confidentiality and law-related concerns around telehealth tools, and how to find tools that fit clinician and client needs (smart phones, iPads, computers, etc.)
  • Professionally and ethically navigate the use of a professional website, including online reviews
  • Describe Meaningful Use and the role of mental health clinicians in the national adoption of Electronic Health Records


Presenter Biography:

Roy Huggins, MS NCC is both a practicing therapist and technology expert in the field of mental health, having authored several digital ethics courses for the esteemed Zur Institute where he is on the Zur Institute Advisory Board. He is the Tech Committee Chair for the Oregon Counseling Association and has provided numerous HIPAA, security, safety and digital ethics trainings to therapists in many settings. He holds a Masters of Science in Counseling from Portland State University, where he is on the adjunct faculty. Roy’s years of professional experience in web development prior to becoming a therapist uniquely qualifies him for the subject.


DSM-5: A User’s Guide

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Workshop approved for 6 CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers--Louisiana Chapter.

Presenter: Gary G. Gintner, Ph.D., LPC


The DSM-5 represents a fundamental shift in how disorders are conceptualized and diagnosed.  The workshop provides an overview of the manual’s new organization, other innovations such as spectrum disorders and the relationship between DSM-5 and the ICD. Participants learn the nuts and bolts of using the manual and coding a DSM-5 diagnosis. The program reviews major classes of psychiatric disorders with particular attention paid to significant changes in the diagnostic criteria. Throughout the workshop participants are given opportunities to practice making a diagnosis using the new system.

Program Objectives:

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three major innovations of DSM-5.
  2. Describe the relationship between DSM-5 and ICD.
  3. Write a DSM-5 diagnosis using the manual.
  4. Describe at least two changes to each class of psychiatric disorders covered in the workshop.
  5. State at least four new disorders introduced in DSM-5.
  6. State at least two strengths and two weaknesses of the new manual.

Program Outline

  1. Overview of DSM-5
  1. The evolution of DSM-5
  2. Nuts and bolts of the manual
  1. Organization of chapters
  2. Steps in writing a diagnosis
  1. Major Classes of Psychiatric Disorders
  1.  Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  2. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  3. Bipolar Disorders
  4. Depressive Disorders
  5. Anxiety Disorders
  6. Trauma- and Stressor Related Disorders
  7. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  8. Feeding and Eating Disorders
  9. Personality Disorders
  10. Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
  11. Other Disorders and Conditions
  1. Putting all together


Bio: Gary G. Gintner, Ph.D., LPC is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of the Counseling Program at Louisiana State University.  He has published numerous articles on topics such as differential diagnosis, mood disorders, substance abuse and best practices for the treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders.  He is a nationally recognized trainer on the DSM and best practice guidelines.  His thirty years of clinical experience includes inpatient care, substance abuse counseling, and outpatient mental health.  He served as the 2007-2008 President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and is currently the DSM-5 Task Force Chair for AMHCA.


Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy: Theoretical Framework and Interventions

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Marie O'Neil will lead an all-day workshop on incorporating mindfulness techniques into your clinical practice.  $75 for LACSW members; $100 for non-members.

This program was approved for 6.0 Clinical hours of continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers--Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Register online (below), or at the door.  Doors open at 8 a.m.


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