Our highly qualified team presents on a variety of topics stemming from our various areas of expertise. Below is a sampling of the topics we have presented. All presentations can be customized to meet the individual needs of an organization. Continuing Education Units have been offered for some of these workshops. Some presentations may be done pro bono. If you are interested in having us present these or others presentations please feel free to contact us anytime.
Brain-wise teaching: helping early childhood educators to affect positive brain development in children
Due to discoveries in the field of neuroscience we now realize that the brain is much more changeable and adaptable than was previously thought, and children’s brains are even more flexible and adaptable than adults. As such, early childhood educators have a very special role in the brain development of children. This workshop helps participants gain an understanding of basic concepts of neuroscience and neuroplasticity and learn how to apply these concepts to create positive brain development in the classroom.
Codependency vs interdependency
This presentation distinguishes between co-dependent and interdependent relationships, how to identify these patterns in relationships, and how to shift to more interdependent relationship styles.
Creating a life balance
This seminar addresses creating life balance, explores the roles of a mom and motherhood, and identifies the difference and impact of saying yes or no. The Wheel of Life Activity is presented which allows attendees to evaluate their level of balance, increase awareness, and better address areas of need.
Distinguishing shame from guilt: healing from shame
The focus of this presentation is on distinguishing shame from guilt and exploring the impact that shame can have
on our lives, relationships, and parenting styles.
Early divorce support
This divorce support group has an open group format and addressed issues that may arise during the early stages of divorce and may include: addiction, co-parenting, communication, emotional health, and developing new supports.
How do we deal with the ups and downs of everyday life? Do you become overwhelmed with strong emotions or do you push them away and pretend they are not there? Learn about the importance of emotional regulation and how you can improve it at any stage of life.
Halfway home: the social and emotional battles of returning soldiers
The purpose of this presentation is to provide information and insight into the unique experiences of military men and women, who experience combat-related post-traumatic stress symptoms following deployment. This presentation is intended for therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who want to supplement their knowledge of post-traumatic stress and tailor interventions with specific consideration of combat-related traumas and experiences.
Importance and roles of attachment styles
Early experiences matter and they have long lasting impact on how we perceive the world and how other people perceive us. Learn what your attachment style is and how it impacts your life.
Keeping intimacy in marriage
This seminar focuses on the importance of attending to the connection in one’s marriage. Discussion points are assessing the “state of the union” during different stages of marriage, determining the intimacy needs of each partner, uncovering the barriers that keep us from prioritizing the relationship, and practical strategies for keeping intimacy in marriage.
Mental health plate
Most people know what to do to maintain physical health. This workshop reviews the necessary ingredients for maintain good mental health.
Many people associate meditation with relaxation or even falling asleep. But can we be relaxed and alert at the same time? Mindfulness mediation can reduce anxiety and help you feel more alive and present. Some techniques will be taught.
Motivation, learning and change
This presentation explores theories/models of motivation and change and how to apply concepts from these theories/models to self, relationships and learning. Findings from research are reviewed as well as the application of these findings to behavioral change, renewing relationships and learning.
Myths about marijuana and alcohol
There are separate workshops for parents and their teens. Parents are taught what to look for and what to do if they suspect that their teen is involved with drugs or alcohol. The teens participate in an open discussion that dispelled myths about marijuana and alcohol. They also role-play how to handle various situations where drugs / alcohol use might arise.
Post partum depression
This seminar defines signs, symptoms, and models of support for new mothers. Attendees are taught how to recognize PPD in themselves and loved ones as well as ways to be a support for another mom.
Preventing emotional indulgence
This parenting workshop focuses on the topic of emotional indulgence. The different types of emotional indulgence are defined as well as how an emotionally overindulged child looks as a teen, young adult, and adult. The workshop also discusses the benefits of parent engagement, mentoring, and healthy exploration, tolerance and understanding of their child’s range of emotions/feelings.
Signs, symptoms, and solutions for alcohol and drug use
This discussion includes why people use, current trends, signs and symptoms for marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs, and how clinicians should assess and respond to clients.
Learn what happens in your body, mind, and brain when you are stressed. There are simple techniques you can learn that can help you stay calm in tense situations.
Teens and addiction: helpful hints for working with families
The issue of alcohol and drug use can often be overlooked and may even be mistreated. With many teens’ and parents’ responses to questions about alcohol and drug use as, “everybody is doing it”, the problems that arise from it are often attributed to some other disorder. Many clients’ substance abuse problems can be masked as mental health issues. A thorough assessment is critical to developing effective treatment and intervention. Attendees learn why adolescents use and why we should care. Discussion topics include: Spectrum of Abuse, Current Trends, Signs and Symptoms, and How to Respond.
The neurobiology of prayer and meditation
This lecture identifies the positive effects of prayer and meditation on brain firing, specifically focusing on areas of the brain that are integrated through prayer and meditation, resulting in better mental health.
The neurobiology or psychotherapy: theory and practice
This workshop focuses on the neurobiology of psychotherapy. Participants gain an understanding of basic concepts of neurobiology and neuroplasticity and learn how to apply these concepts in therapy with clients. Attendees learn how to look beyond symptoms, to see how the brain fires and how to intervene in therapy to redirect the firing of the brain so as to actually change the brain and reduce or eliminate adverse symptoms. Specific focus is given to the neurobiology of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder and correlated clinical applications.
A sampling of location where our team has presented:
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference
- Capital Community Church
- Centreville Baptist Church
- Fairfax Community Church
- Fairfax County Bar Association
- Fairfax County Department of Family Services
- Fairfax County Substance Awareness Week
- Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
- Fairfax Public Schools Cable TV
- George Mason University
- High Schoolers, parents, teachers, administrate and guidance staff in Northern Virginia
- St. John’s United Methodist Church
- McLean Bible Church
- Middle School parents, teachers, and staff in the Northern Virginia Area
- Mothers of Preschoolers Groups
- Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors
- Ever Changing River Divorce Support Groups
- Private group practices of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists
- United Prevention Coalition Conference
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Centreville High School
- Christ the King Church
- Connect Point
- Life Discovered
- Madison Trust Magnet School
- Northern Virginia Academy of Clinical Dentistry Study Club
- Rotary Club