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LEARN

Science tells us we learn better when we're relaxed. Our hearts tell us we need to rest. Our minds know there is more work to be done. Each workshop has been crafted with this in mind. Creating spaces for YOU as a professional therapist and everyday human to

LEARN, PLAY & BE.

 

Allowing the magic of integration to infuse our beings as we hold it all.

 
 
 

MEET OUR TEACHERS

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Nakeya Fields

MSW, LCSW, PPSE, RPT

Nakeya is the Owner and Executive Director at Fields Family Counseling Services and the author of a new book, Mental Health Entrepreneur.  She is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist and registered yoga instructor who utilizes talk psychotherapy, play, art, music, mindfulness, yoga and movement therapy in her practice as a mental health provider.  Nakeya’s energy will leave you wanting more. 

Play 1 CEU

with Nakeya Fields, MSW, LCSW, PPSE, RPT

Toys are the child's words and play is a child's language.  This introductory course will provide some basic interpretations of themes commonly found in children’s play.  We will explore the positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions and how this can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing.  In addition, this play therapy course will assist the practitioner with an understanding of how play may also be used to promote cognitive development and provide insight about, and resolution of inner conflicts, or dysfunctional thinking in the child.   We will end with a play activity of our own to facilitate a deeper understanding of how play can communicate thoughts more naturally then words can even for adults.

Comfort 2 CEU's 

with Nakeya Fields, MSW, LCSW, PPSE, RPT

Clients with chronic pain present with complex physical, psychological and social issues that provide challenges to their recovery.  Utilizing  yoga to break free of pain is a therapeutic intervention that provides the tools to introduce mind body centered exercises that can be helpful with pain management.  In this workshop, learn how yoga can be integrated into client's health care goals to reduce pain in the body.  Together we will explore the research on yoga outcomes and the effects yoga has on the body and mind.  Providers in attendance can expect to learn how to provide informed answers to their clients about the benefits yoga has on chronic pain.  In addition, therapists will learn how to teach and demonstrate how to safely start, continue or modify yoga practices so that clients can access poses and help their physical pain.  Lastly, therapists will learn about the use of essential oils as a complimentary practice in assisting their clients who live with various forms of pain-both for physical and mental health.

Ariel Macon-Richard, MSW, LCSW  is a licensed clinical social worker who serves as a clinical supervisor for the Val Verde Unified School District supervising staff within the school-based mental health program. Ariel developed the Master of Social Work internship and marriage and family therapist traineeship program, which serves hundreds of students throughout the district.  She is a field liaison at California State University, San Bernardino for the Master's of Social Work program. Ariel is a believer and holder of space for mindfulness, a true gift. 

Ariel Macon-Richard, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who serves as a clinical supervisor for the Val Verde Unified School District supervising staff within the school-based mental health program. Ariel developed the Master of Social Work internship and marriage and family therapist traineeship program, which serves hundreds of students throughout the district.  She is a field liaison at California State University, San Bernardino for the Master's of Social Work program. Ariel is a believer and holder of space for mindfulness, a true gift. 

Breathe 1 CEU

with Ariel Macon-Richards, MSW, LCSW

Psychotherapists can benefit greatly from learning about, incorporating and utilizing themselves mind-body practices.  Breathing with gentle movements is highly effective in self-regulation techniques that helps relieve anxiety, insomnia, improve mental focus, increase feelings of well-being, and enhance capacities for bonding, closeness, and empathy. During this course therapists will engage in slow gentle rhythmic breathing and mindfulness of breath. With practice, it can be done during daily activities to enhance and optimize brain, heart and lung function, while stimulating the nervous system’s relaxation response. Through the experience of repeated rounds of breath work and meditation, gentle movement and small group interactions, participating therapists will discover these benefits. The neuroscience of breath practices and supporting research will be a part of this presentation as well. The discussion of how to integrate these practices with psychotherapy will include case examples. Those interested in learning how to teach these practices to clients will obtain information on tools and opportunities for such training.

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Norina Murphy

MSW, LCSW

Norina is a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Norina Murphy MSW, LCSW & Associates.  She provides mental health care to adults, teens, and children at her group practice.  Norina is also a Master's of Social Work field instructor for USC’s School of Social Work and a Field Liaison for the Master's of Social Work advanced year students at the School of Social Work for California State University, San Bernardino.  Norina has a genuine passion for helping the client as much as she does her fellow colleague…hence why CEU Retreat was born. She is the co-organizer for this event.

Love 1 CEU

with Norina Murphy, MSW, LCSW

We all know we love our children, but do our children know it? Gary Chapman, Ph.D., a senior pastor and relationship expert, says parents sometimes express love to their children in ways their children don't understand. He wrote "The Five Love Languages of Children," along with child psychiatrist Ross Campbell, M.D. The premise, to have parents identify their child's primary love language, meaning the way the child gives and receives love most naturally.  The belief is that love is the primary human emotional need. Parental love is critical to helping a child develop into a healthy, loving adult. Children who feel unconditionally loved also behave better and learn better.  This workshop will assist Clinicians who have children in their own lives, in the ability to assess, identify and utilize their own child’s love language to assist with guidance and positive parenting practices.  In addition all clinicians will learn how to teach the parents they work with about the 5 love languages to help create lasting, loving connections between children and their parents. 

Boundaries 1 CEU

with Norina Murphy, MSW, LCSW

Ahhh boundaries… to cross or not to cross that is the never ending psychotherapist’s question.  This course is intended to give clinicians the tools they need to resolve the common and not-so-common ethical and boundary issues and dilemmas that they may expect to encounter in their everyday professional practice in the 21st century. We will have a mutually responsive discussion on a multitude of topics concerning boundaries which includes the definition of boundaries; boundary crossings vs. boundary violations; how rigid boundaries can be counter- productive in the therapeutic relationship; dual relationships; ethical boundaries in the use of social media;  and boundaries in clinical supervision.  Lastly, we will delve into the necessary topic of our own boundaries as therapists in our personal lives and how our time should be our most guarded commodity.

Deborah Vinall, MA, LMFT   is the Owner of Tamar Counseling Services.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping women and children overcome trauma and the effects of painful relationship experiences. Deborah is an EMDR certified therapist,   certified yoga instructor, and trained in hypnosis through California Southern University, where she is completing her Psychology Doctorate. Deborah is a passionate and extraordinary expert in all things she loves.

Deborah Vinall, MA, LMFT  is the Owner of Tamar Counseling Services.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping women and children overcome trauma and the effects of painful relationship experiences. Deborah is an EMDR certified therapist, certified yoga instructor, and trained in hypnosis through California Southern University, where she is completing her Psychology Doctorate. Deborah is a passionate and extraordinary expert in all things she loves.

Meditate 1 CEU

with Deborah Vinall, MA, LMFT

Therapists will study meditation and the use of mantras as it relates to mental health and spiritual development. Within this personal study, therapists will learn and practice different techniques that can be used in teaching clients meditation and mantra.  The clinician will learn the benefits that these techniques have on healing traumas, empowering clients, lifting depression, easing anxiety, treating ADHDand increasing feelings of self-worth in clients and self-confidence as a practitioner.  Mastering the mind helps clients control their thoughts and thereby regulates emotions. 

Care 2 CEU's

with Deborah Vinall, MA, LMFT

This presentation is geared to assist the therapist in two ways- learning techniques that help their clients and, assisting the therapist in learning how to care for self too!  In this workshop the clinician will be confronted with the power of interoception: moving from the somatic to cognitive and affective transformation.  Therapists will learn the meaning of yoga as well as how to embrace empowerment through the concept that pushing self while gradually building skill can result in realizations that often we can do more than we realize-in more ways than one.  This 2 hr interactive presentation will emphasize how the focus on our own practice trains us to decrease comparison and embrace self-compassion-both in yoga and our professional lives. Therapists will learn how to identify the process of carrying vicarious trauma and the heaviness of others’ stories.  Participants will discover ways to release these experiences.  Based on the foundational idea that the body remembers, the yoga techniques used and taught will help alleviate many therapists feelings related to the seriousness and extreme nature of our work.  Participation in movement exercises is optional.

 

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Angela Barrios-Lucero

MA, LMFT, ATR i

Angela s a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a registered art therapist. She currently provides services to children, teens, adults, and couples at Norina Murphy, MSW, LCSW & Associates.  Angela has extensively worked with trauma, child abuse, domestic violence and sexual exploitation/human trafficking. Her additional training includes A Window Between Worlds art program and Parent/Child Interaction Therapy.  Angela is the kind of unique therapist that brings welcomed good vibes to any space you invite her in.

Art 1 CEU

with Angela Barrios-Lucero, MA, LMFT, ATR

Most of us have only known art as a childhood school crafting activity and not as a real experience. We have forgotten that we once knew how to draw freely and experience delight, anger, and all kinds of other emotions through art without self-consciousness. Making things is natural to man.  Humans both need and want to make things--to engage in creativity and expression.  In this workshop, we will be led by a certified art therapist in creating our own art.  We will learn how art is a medium of expression that can make it easier for ourselves and thereby empowering our clients of all ages to express themselves.  Further, we will find that creating art is a right brain function and allows people a healthy release of other right brain buildup such as their stressors, emotions and/or traumas. Participants will learn how art ultimately provides the client with a deeper understanding of him/herself and promotes therapeutic healing. 

Sand 1 CEU

with Angela Barrios-Lucero, MA, LMFT, ATR

Sand Play Therapy is an incredible tool to promote healing from self-esteem issues, trauma, abuse, and anxiety in children and adults. In this workshop, therapists will learn how sand play provides a safe, creative method of communication. Through creative expression, your client will be able to manifest in the sand, things they were previously unable to verbalize.   You will learn how to set up sand play, what is needed, and ideas on how to implement it into your practice. We will talk about how to use sand play as a directive and non-directive play therapy tool. You will learn how to help children and adults use the sand play to interpret what they create, and how to help them understand their interactions, communication and connections with us as the professional. We will integrate other play therapy techniques in the sand such as, play, symbols, fantasy, mindfulness, storytelling, assessment, cognitive behavioral techniques, and emotions.  Through the process of creating your own sand play you will learn more about yourself and therefore find an even more compassionate, deeper level therapist then you already know yourself to be.  This workshop will equip you with the abilities to assist your clients in tapping into their own emotions and thoughts they otherwise couldn’t articulate. 

Maritza Nigro, MSW, LCSW, PPSC  is the owner of Maritza Nigro, LCSW, Inc.  At her private practice, she provides individual, couples, and family therapy.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a credential in school-based mental health services allowing her to provide supervision for mental health providers in school settings.  She also provides clinical treatment to students and couples at California State University, Los Angeles.   Maritza consults with staff and faculty in k-12 school settings and college campuses.  She is also an Academy of Cognitive Therapy Diplomate and certified in CBT.  Maritza’s calm way makes anyone in her presence see why she is so good at what she does.

Maritza Nigro, MSW, LCSW, PPSC is the owner of Maritza Nigro, LCSW, Inc.  At her private practice, she provides individual, couples, and family therapy.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a credential in school-based mental health services allowing her to provide supervision for mental health providers in school settings.  She also provides clinical treatment to students and couples at California State University, Los Angeles.   Maritza consults with staff and faculty in k-12 school settings and college campuses.  She is also an Academy of Cognitive Therapy Diplomate and certified in CBT.  Maritza’s calm way makes anyone in her presence see why she is so good at what she does.

Think 1 CEU

with Martiza Nigro, MSW, LCSW, PPS

When emotional needs—one’s basic needs for affection, guidance, love, shelter, and safety—go unmet in childhood, individuals often enter adulthood with deficits in their abilities to find ways for these needs to be met, both independently and through healthy relationships with others. Schema therapy is based on the belief that early maladaptive schemas form based on these adverse childhood experiences. These maladaptive schemas (ways of thinking) which can be described as ways individuals interpret life events and the behavior of others, can later disrupt life: Individuals may make unhealthy choices, form toxic relationships, lack fully developed social skills, engage in destructive behavior patterns, have a poor sense of judgment, and experience feelings of worthlessness. In this workshop, the presenter will show attendees how identifying and modifying maladaptive schemas is central to schema therapy. How one thinks really does affect how are client’s often behave.  CBT intervention will be taught to assist in changing client’s schemas.

Sarah Scheidler , BSW, RYT  is a photographer, artist and registered yoga instructor. She owns Mystic Yoga Los Angeles, a place where she uses breath and body work to bring healing and wholeness. Sarah is also the co-organizer of CEU retreat.  Through her own life journey and training her commitment to help all adults continue to “play” while learning provides for the perfect compliment to this retreat setting. Lastly, Sarah also owns Sarah Scheidler Photography….you will find her images are as beautiful as her soul.

Sarah Scheidler , BSW, RYT is a photographer, artist and registered yoga instructor. She owns Mystic Yoga Los Angeles, a place where she uses breath and body work to bring healing and wholeness. Sarah is also the co-organizer of CEU retreat.  Through her own life journey and training her commitment to help all adults continue to “play” while learning provides for the perfect compliment to this retreat setting. Lastly, Sarah also owns Sarah Scheidler Photography….you will find her images are as beautiful as her soul.

Light (Optional Self Care Workshop)

with Sarah Scheidler, RYT Yoga Instructor, BSW

This is a candle light yoga- self care workshop that will incorporate positive affirmations, address imposter syndrome and empower the practitioner.  

*The CEU Retreat has been APPROVED

by National Association of Social Workers for Continuing Education Credits