James Madison University

Workshop Descriptions

Working with Seriously Mentally Ill Clients      

Many counselors attended training programs that focused primarily on the “walking well.” However, there are an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with serious mental illness (SMI) such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or major depressive disorder. This number represents 4.2% of all U.S. adults, so it is likely that counselors will encounter individuals with SMI in their work. This one-day workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of SMI and the Recovery model, an introduction to treatment strategies including evidence-based practices, responding to client crises, and an overview of wrap-around and adjunctive services commonly used with individuals with SMI. More Details

Trauma Informed Schools  

This workshop will provide an introduction to trauma-informed care in schools. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of trauma and leave with strategies for their classroom, school, and school system. Specifically, we will briefly outline the neurodevelopmental effects of trauma in school-aged children and adolescents. Then, we will explore what it means to be trauma-informed in general and what being trauma-informed in the context of school can look like. Finally, we will share programmatic strategies starting with the classroom and ending with system-wide initiatives. More Details

Family Matters: The Impact of Trauma in Families

Trauma has the potential to significantly impact families as they work to adapt to the changes in their circumstances and environment. Researchers have demonstrated that trauma can have a range of influences on individual family members, their relationships with each other, and overall family functioning. This workshop is intended to offer an overview of trauma, its potential influence on families, and offer ideas for conceptualization and effective intervention. More Details

Clinical Hypnosis and the Relaxation Response    

This workshop is an introduction to the use of relaxation and hypnotic techniques in clinical settings. Interventions related to deep focus and relaxation can be beneficial for counselors working with clients regarding anxiety, distraction, and related-concerns. This session will provide an overview and foundation for counselors who have not had formal training in clinical hypnosis. Participants who complete this session are welcome to participate in the second day of training: Advanced Interventions in Clinical Hypnosis. More Details

Advanced Interventions in Clinical Hypnosis

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2015), anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders experienced by people in the U.S. Clinical hypnosis, as well as interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication, may be particularly helpful in soothing anxiety. This session will build on counselors’ existing skills and training to offer specific strategies for working with clients. Prerequisite – Completion of Hypnosis I: Introduction to Hypnosis and Relaxation Techniques (or its equivalent). More Details