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PEF members can register to attend three virtual Public Service Workshop training programs with CEUs in April and May, covering aggression within the therapeutic process, suicide intervention, and counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Managing Aggression within the Therapeutic Process will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19. The focus of this virtual workshop is on aggression and anger management.  Participants will learn that, although resistance is a part of the therapeutic process not uncommon to clinicians, aggression can be disruptive on a multitude of levels, and even dangerous. Participants will become familiar with theories focusing on aggression and impulse control challenges, stages of aggression and corresponding de-escalation strategies, skills to more effectively regulate affect, and self-nurturance for client and counselor alike.

Register here by April 15.

A virtual interactive workshop, Suicide Prevention: Building Your Confidence & Clinical Skills, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 29. Participants will gain confidence in their decisions, know what their options are as clinicians, and know how to use the tools at hand. Suicide prevention, intervention and assessment will be discussed. The presenter will illustrate the nature of the problem and dispel common myths regarding suicidal individuals. Individual and social/environmental risk factors will be discussed and explored in order to assist participants with feeling comfortable with their safety assessment. Mental health law will also be discussed as a tool for the clinician to utilize with involuntary clients. This workshop is best suited for beginning practitioners or those who would like to refresh their knowledge about suicidal individuals.

Register here by April 15.

Learn about Counseling Those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 26. In this virtual workshop, participants will learn that exposure to trauma manifests itself in a variety of environments. What was once believed to have been solely tied to combat experiences, has permeated life domains at an incredibly rapid pace. School systems, family units, workplace environments, neighborhoods, and communities, etc., are not insulated from the effects of trauma. Those that suffer the effects of PTSD oftentimes have difficulty in relationships, struggle with depression and anxiety, and have difficulty managing emotions. Participants will explore the dynamics and symptoms associated with PTSD, effective clinical treatment approaches, and strategies to promote healing and self-growth based upon each client’s unique persona and experiences.

Register here by May 12.

The Public Service Workshops Program is funded through the negotiated agreement between the state and PEF, and through additional Management/Confidential funds. The program is administered by the Professional Development Program of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany, under contract with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.

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