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Cost: $25/hour.  $22.50/hour for alumni.  $25/course for students.


Instructions for JCU Continuing Education Live Webinar Participants

Refunds are given in form of a workshop credit for up to one year.

Please note that if you register at the student rate of $25 for a course, no certificate will be issued for continuing education hours.

Download the Fall 2020 JCU Continuing Education Flier (PDF)

We offer our community partners (site supervisors) who are currently supervising one of our students at their site the opportunity to take one free workshop per calendar year for up to six clock hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. LIVE WEBINAR

OPA: 3 hours
OCSWMFT #20-700451: 3 hours
OCDP #20-700451: C2 – Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations and C3 – Group Process & Techniques Working with Addicted Populations 1.5 hours OR P2 – Prevention Education & Service Delivery 3 hours 

Mustafa Aydogan, M.A.

Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S

This workshop introduces mental health providers to our new paradigm of telehealth counseling. The workshop will provide an overview of this forum, a discussion of how to engage clients, deal with obstacles and manage technological barriers. The workshop will include video segments from various mental health providers discussing their experience with telehealth. It will also review ethical and legal challenges of this forum. Multicultural issues regarding telehealth and its implications on various culture related concerns will be explored for both formats of individual and group counseling. Several online resources to assist mental health providers learning this platform will be provided by demonstrations and activities and a resource list.


9:00        Overview of using telehealth in mental health counseling. Presentation and group activity.

10:00      Video discussions of counselors’ experience with telehealth, including how to engage clients effectively using this forum.

11:00     Discussion of technological barriers and ethical legal issues that can arise using telehealth.

12:00      Adjourn

Workshop Objectives

  1. Increase their knowledge regarding the use of telehealth in mental health counseling.
  2. Expand their skill in engaging clients using telehealth both in individual and group formats.
  3. Develop their awareness and skill in managing the technological barriers in providing service via telehealth.
  4. Improve their awareness of ethical and legal issues as well as multicultural themes in telehealth counseling.
  5. Gain knowledge and access to resources to assist them in providing telehealth.


Mustafa Aydogan, M.A. is a part-time counseling faculty member at John Carroll University and a current doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Kent State University. Prior to his academic career, he was a school counselor in Istanbul, Turkey working with Turkish high schoolers implementing technology and online means in his day-to-day counseling work. Currently as a counselor educator, Mustafa has been providing workshops and training around the issues of technology, online resources in counseling and counselor education, and cultural issues in supervision. His research interests also include self-efficacy, self-advocacy, and multicultural counseling competency of counselors. Mustafa has presented on various topics at state level, national, and international conferences.

Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S is a professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at John Carroll University. She is a licensed psychologist and a PCC-S, with over twenty years of diverse clinical experience. Along with being a full professor, she works in private practice treating adults and couples. She is an experienced workshop presenter and has given over 100 local, state, and national professional presentations and workshops.

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Friday, September 25, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (LIVE WEBINAR)

OPA: Ethics and Professional Conduct 3 hours
OCSWMFT #20-777158: Ethics 3 hours
OCDP #20-777158: C9 – Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3 hours OR P7 – Ethics for Prevention 3 hours 

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S

This workshop will guide participants through an in-depth presentation of the role and function of boundaries for helping professionals. The workshop will first review the guidance provided by mental health codes of ethics and by the law of the State of Ohio. Next, through a mix of small group discussion and mini-lecture, common boundary violations, boundary crossings and ethical dilemmas around boundaries will be analyzed. Once this ethical foundation has been built, participants will spend time reflecting on their own potential areas of vulnerability. Finally, each participant will develop a proactive personal plan to avoid breaching ethical guidelines.


9:00        Review of ethical codes and Ohio law

9:40        Analysis of boundary violations, boundary crossings, and ethical dilemmas

10:40     Break

10:55     Large group discussion and questions and answers

11:15     Individual reflection time: Identifying personal vulnerabilities

11:35     Sharing personal plan

11:55     Summary and Q&A

12:15     Adjourn

Workshop Objectives

  1. Identify appropriate boundaries, boundary crossings and boundary violations in the work setting.
  2. Identify vulnerabilities for blurry or unhealthy boundaries.
  3. Identify guidelines for establishing professional and appropriate boundaries in the workplace.

Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., LPCC-S is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation, a counselor educator and a clinician in private practice. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University. During her time at John Carroll, she was the first chair of the newly established Department of Counseling, developed a certificate program in Spiritual Wellness & Counseling and helped establish the substance-use disorder concentration and certificate program. Dr. Brennan’s primary areas of scholarly inquiry are counseling ethics, the interface of spirituality and counseling, and the socio-cultural context of mental dysfunction.

Dr. Brennan is active in a number of professional organizations and regularly presents at local, state and national counseling conferences. In addition, she has written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters. Prior to her present position at John Carroll University, she taught in the Art Therapy & Counseling Program at Ursuline College and had earlier worked as a high school teacher and counselor.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (LIVE WEBINAR)

OPA: 3 hours
OCSWMFT #20-749900: 3 hours
OCDP #20-749900: C6 – Pharmacology 3 hours OR P6 – Professional Growth & Responsibility 3 hours

Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S

This workshop will provide a summarization of existing research on the treatment of mental health disorders using medical marijuana (Brooks, Gundersen, Flynn, Brooks-Russell, & Bull, 2017; Jetly, Heber, Fraser & Boisvert, 2015; Jurkus, et al., 2016) as well as results from a pilot study examining the attitudes and experience of professional counselors towards this option (research in process). Both pros and cons of this method of treatment will be discussed. Information about the process of referring a client to a recommending psychiatrist will also be outlined.


9:00 a.m.     Review of the literature on the use of medical marijuana

10:00 a.m.   Review of the data on a small research study exploring knowledge and attitudes of mental health providers in Ohio regarding this mode of treatment

11:00 a.m.    Break

11:15 a.m.    A case discussion of not only the red flags to this form of treatment but includes the how and why to make a referral

12:15 p.m.   Adjourn

Workshop Objectives

  1. Attendees will become familiar with existing research regarding the efficacy of treatment of mental health disorders with medical marijuana as well as potential problems with the treatment.

  2. Attendees will be provided with preliminary data on the attitudes of counseling professionals towards the use of medicinal marijuana and mental health disorders in a state where medicinal marijuana is legalized.

  3. Attendees will obtain relevant information regarding the implications of marijuana use on their therapeutic work with clients as well as the process of making a referral.

  4. Participants will explore the possible dangers of this process, and the importance of screening for substance use disorders.


Paula J. Britton, Ph.D., LPCC-S is a professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at John Carroll University. She is a licensed psychologist and a PCC-S, with over twenty years of diverse clinical experience. Along with being a full professor, she works in private practice treating adults and couples. She is an experienced workshop presenter and has given over 100 local, state, and national professional presentations and workshops.

Martina Moore, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS holds a Ph.D. in counseling, education, and supervision. She is the President and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc., (MCMS). This organization has seven outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers in Northeast, Ohio. MCMS is also an employee assistance provider (EAP) for many local and national organizations. Dr. Moore and her team started along with Judge Marilyn Cassidy, the first Human Trafficking court in Northeast, Ohio. This program has successfully touched the lives of over 100 human trafficking victims. Her agency is also the provider for four City of Cleveland specialized dockets. Including drug court, mental health court, veterans court, and human trafficking. 

Dr. Moore is faculty at John Carroll University and an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Moore is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization where she works on philanthropic activities to provide services such as building dispensaries, schools, and libraries in under developed countries. In August of 2017 and 2018, Dr. Moore traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she taught students and psychology professionals treatment methods for the substance use disorder population.

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Friday, November 6, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (LIVE WEBINAR)

OPA: 3 hours
OCSWMFT #20-777160: Supervision 3 hours
OCDP #20-777160: S6 – Supervision Specific Other 3 hours OR R1 – Field Related Other 3 hours

Nathan Gehlert, Ph.D., LPC

Motivational Interviewing addresses many of the key tasks of supervision, including fostering a strong supervisory relationship, addressing supervisee anxiety and resistance, and providing a framework for delivering feedback. In this workshop, participants will learn how to apply the spirit and processes of Motivational Interviewing in supervision. Participants will practice applying these techniques with a case study.


9:00        Defining Motivational Interviewing

9:30        The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

10:30     Break

10:45     The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing

11:15     Case Study and Debrief

12:15     Adjourn

Workshop Objectives

  1. Describe the transtheoretical approach of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. Apply the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing in a supervisory relationship.
  3. Apply the Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing in a supervisory relationship.



Nathan Gehlert, Ph.D., LPC has served as Chair of the Department of Counseling since 2018, the same year he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University Maryland in 2011. He was honored at graduation as the inaugural recipient of the Barry K. Estadt Medal for excellence as a clinician, teacher, supervisor, and researcher. He keeps an active research agenda in the areas of couples counseling, personality theory, the psychology of religion and spirituality, and motivational interviewing. Dr. Gehlert uses motivational interviewing as a framework for teaching students in the Counseling Techniques course. He has trained as an Imago Relationship Therapist and has eight years of experience working with both individuals and couples. He also enjoys mentoring students who seek to continue their training at the doctoral level.

   Dr. Gehlert is active in the counseling field in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he has taught counseling workshops each summer since 2015. He is co-organizer of the Vietnam Psychology Professional Development Conference, an international training collaboration between John Carroll and the Psychology and Education Scientific Association, Ho Chi Minh City. Dr. Gehlert also serves as liaison for collaboration initiatives with the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City. He enjoys leading an annual short-term study abroad counseling course in multicultural counseling for John Carroll students in Vietnam.

   Dr. Gehlert works in the Department as the Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Specialization, a training program for John Carroll counseling students that is supported by $1.3 million in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Gehlert was the author of the grant that secured these funds for the University.

   Outside of the University, Dr. Gehlert loves exploring the globe. As an adventurer, he’s particularly drawn to the solitude of the wilderness and is an avid backpacker. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and restoring mid-century modern furniture.

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Friday, November 13, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (LIVE WEBINAR)

OPA: 3 hours
OCSWMFT #20-700383: 3 hours

Staci Hayes, Ph.D., LPC

There is no greater link between human beings than our ability to connect to each other's humanity. The most prevalent and substantiated way to accomplish this is through the sending and receiving of therapeutic empathy. The counseling profession is difficult and often time ambiguous in nature. Our ability to connect with others can be jeopardized if we are not feeling empathy and also if we are unable to convey this all to necessary trait. This program will discuss empathy, how we as counselors define and measure it, and what we can do when we notice deficits in empathy in both ourselves and others.


9:00        More than a feeling: How we define, measure, and express empathy in counseling

10:00     It's time for a breakdown: How to recognize and identify deficits in empathy in ourselves, students, supervisees, and colleagues

11:00     Break

11:15     So, what are we going to do about it: Strategies and interventions for alleviating these deficits

11:45     Questions, Processing and Wrap-up

12:15     Adjourn

Workshop Objectives

  1. Discuss the current definitions and conceptualizations of empathy in the counseling fields today.
  2. How to identity deficits of empathy in ourselves in others.
  3. Discuss and implement strategies for alleviating these perceived deficits.


Staci Hayes, Ph.D., LPC received her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision in 2019 from Kent State University where she taught classes in both Counseling and Human Development and Family Studies. She was honored with being awarded the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the Education Health and Human Services Department in 2019. As a counselor educator, she has a continued commitment to challenge students and create enthusiasm and joy for the profession she is passionate about. Dr. Hayes has a personal goal to seek training opportunities and mentorship that diversifies her ability to incorporate an understanding of how social, economic, and political inequities directly impact students and their ability to integrate and experience learning. It is her hope that counseling students gain the confidence to bring who they are as people to who they are going to be as professionals.

   Dr. Hayes is a licensed counselor and enjoys challenge and variety in her clinical work. Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, families, careers, college students, severe and persistent mental illness and forensic populations. She has also worked across 4 school districts as a school-based consultant.

   Dr. Hayes is an active member of local and national counseling organizations. As a member of ACA, she enjoys ACES and is on the Awards and Emerging Leaders committees for AHC.

   Her research interests include accurately identifying and measuring the concepts of cognitive complexity and empathy. Dr. Hayes seeks to investigate these concepts and provide actionable and practical applications for counseling, counselor education, supervision, supervision, curriculum, programming and gatekeeping.

   Dr. Hayes loves playing outside with her children and dogs. She also enjoys kayaking, watching movies and visiting new places with her husband.

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John Carroll University Office of Continuing Education is an approved provider for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapists Board (provider #RCS030604 and #RTX091802).  John Carroll University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP Number 4064. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  John Carroll University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  CE hours are also available for nursing professionals–the Ohio Board of Nursing recognizes educational activities that have been approved for other disciplines. John Carroll University is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association – MCE Program to offer continuing education for psychologists. John Carroll University [tax id: 00PO-340714681], maintains responsibility for the program.  John Carroll University is an approved course provider for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (50-21692.)

Participating Ohio psychologists’ signatures are required on the day of the class. All workshops are offered in conjunction with the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.

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