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ADHD: Assessment of ADHD in Adulthood
This course discusses the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults. Includes a brief update on DSM-5 criteria for ADHD diagnosis...
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ADHD: Diagnosis and Treatment
ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence. This course provides relevant information on diagnosis and treatment.
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ADHD: Strength-Based Mental Health Counseling for Children with ADHD
The hyperactivity and impulsivity experienced by children who are diagnosed with ADHD can pose challenges for families, teachers, and mental health counselors. The authors present an integrative model of Adlerian play therapy and adventure-based counseling (ABC) that extends beyond traditional talk therapy, fosters a strength-based perspective, and ...
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Adolescent Girls: Development and Treatment Issues
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, interviews Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, PhD, about the differences in male and female development in early adolescence, the kinds of pressure adolescent girls experience from their parents, and ways of helping girls discover their value. In the second interview Lynda Chassler, PhD, discusses the relationship of attachment pa ...
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2 CE Credit(s) $24.00 Add to Cart
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
Dr. Howard Liddle, a nationally recognized family psychologist and Director of the University of Miami Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Substance Abuse, discusses recent developments in adolescent substance abuse treatment. Topics include evidence-based treatments, trends in adolescent drug use, how to establish a therapeutic alliance wi ...
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Adolescents: Treating Difficult Adolescents
Two experts discuss how to work with difficult adolescents using solution-focused brief therapy and methods for treating aggressive adolescents. You can read the text of these interviews and/or access the audio to the interviews via your computer's MP3 player.
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2 CE Credit(s) $24.00 Add to Cart
Alcohol Problems in Intimate Relationships: Identification and Intervention
This guide helps therapists and other health care professionals identify and treat individuals (or families) who currently are experiencing alcohol problems. The guide includes screening and assessment tools, brief intervention strategies, and treatment alternatives for longer term care.
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6 CE Credit(s) $75.00 Add to Cart
Assessing Suicide Risk in Children: Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Interviewing
This program reviews risk factors for childhood suicide and suicidal behavior, provides a commentary on current methods of assessing suicide risk in children, and discusses guidelines for conducting developmentally appropriate risk assessments with children and suggestions for consulting with caregivers.
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Attachment Issues in Foster Children

Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, who discusses the ramifications of grief and loss in children in foster care.

Dr. Webb is the author of 12 books and over 40 articles. Her book, Helping Bereaved Children, grew directly out of her early acclaimed book, Play ...

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Attachment-Oriented Psychotherapy
Dr. David Wallin translates attachment theory and research into a framework that integrates key attachment principles with psychopathology, neuroscience, relational and intersubjective psychotherapeutic approaches, mentalization, and mindfulness. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP ...
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BDD: A Narrative Approach to Body Dysmorphic Disorder
This course discusses treatment issues related to body dysmorphic disorder and describes the application of narrative therapy to work with individuals diagnosed with this disorder. A case example is included.
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Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse
Topics include theoretical concepts of brief strategic family therapy, creating therapeutic relationships with families, diagnosing family system problems, orchestrating change, and how to engage resistant families.
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5 CE Credit(s) $60.00 Add to Cart
Case Management: Confronting Difficult Issues and Addressing Anger
Case managers are often called upon to confront difficult issues when working with clients, collaterals, and colleagues. The author provides tools to help the case manager explore differences and resolve possible conflicts, and she also offers strategies for disarming and managing anger.
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Case Management: The Mental Status Examination
Although a formal mental status examination (MSE) would be done by a physician or psychologist, case managers should be prepared to conduct an informal MSE in which they systematically look at the client’s thinking process, feeling state, and behavior. This helps the case manager understand the way the person functions emotionally and cognitively a ...
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Child Custody: Assessment of Family Custody Issues Using Mental Health
This course provides (a) a description of custody-related mental health evaluations, (b) ethical considerations involved in the evaluation process, (c) recommendations for conducting mental health evaluations, and (d) a format for the written report.
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Childhood Sexuality: Discerning Healthy from Abnormal Sexual Behaviors
This course discusses normal and abnormal childhood sexual behaviors and examines factors that therapists should be aware of as contributing to children’s problematic sexual attitudes and behavior.
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Couples Therapy: Recreating Partnership - A Solution-Oriented Collaborative Approach
Veteran therapists Phillip Ziegler and Tobey Hiller provide a pragmatic approach to couples therapy that is solution-oriented, collaborative, and strength-based with the couple at the center of the process.
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Domestic Violence: Counseling Clients Involved with Violent Intimate Partners
This program provides information about how to assess for intimate partner violence, explores safety-related ethical issues that arise when counseling clients in IPV relationships, and explains the use of safety plans as a tool for promoting the safety of clients in IPV relationships. The material includes additional information on safety planning.
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2 CE Credit(s) $24.00 Add to Cart
Domestic Violence: Intimate Partner Abuse
Mental health professionals and other health care providers regularly counsel clients who are in intimate relationships with partners who are violent. Topics include understanding the dynamics of abuse, screening, assessment, and intervention strategies, barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, cultural issues, and safety planning.
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7 CE Credit(s) $84.00 Add to Cart
Engaging Children and Families: The Helping Relationship
In case management and child welfare practice, successful intervention and treatment depend heavily on the quality of the caseworker's relationship with the children and family. This program describes core elements of the helping relationship, provides techniques for building rapport, and includes strategies for engaging children and families in th ...
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1 CE Credit(s) $10.00 Add to Cart
Ethical and Legal Issues: Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Helene Snyder, JD, discusses the specific legal duties that are imposed on mental health professionals regarding the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. She also discusses proper record keeping procedures. A course addendum provides references to federal and state statutes throughout the US.
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1 CE Credit(s) $15.00 Add to Cart
Ethical Boundaries and Custody Evaluations
Brandt Caudill, JD, LMSW, an attorney who has co-authored two books on legal/ethical issues for mental health professionals, discusses the problem of boundaries in custody evaluations, a major source of ethical complaints.
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Ethics and Risk Management: E-mail Communication - Issues for Mental Health Counselors
The authors discuss both the positive use of electronic communication and the need to address fundamental counseling issues that arise in using it. The article examines the AMHCA and ACA ethical codes for the use of technology in the counseling relationship.
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Family Counseling: Family Involvement, Assessment, Closure, and Ethical Issues in Family Work
This program is for therapists who want to improve their ability to manage family issues. Topics include identifying the need for family involvement; assessing family issues related to the presenting problem; closure issues with families; and ethical issues in family work.
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7 CE Credit(s) $80.00 Add to Cart
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Interview with Julie Poehlmann, PhD
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Julie Poehlmann, PhD, who focuses on the phenomenon of grandparents raising grandchildren from an attachment perspective. Dr. Poehlmann discusses her research, which suggests bi-directional links between grandparent depression and children’s behavior problems. She expla ...
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Grief: Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence: Interview with Colin Pereira-Webber, MA
Colin Pereira-Webber, MA, talks about how the death of a parent and the subsequent mourning and grief process shape developing children and adolescents.
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1 CE Credit(s) $12.00 Add to Cart
History and Principles of Wraparound Services
The wraparound process is a collaborative, team-based approach to service and support planning. This program gives a brief history of the development of the wraparound process and describes ten principles that guide wraparound services for children, youth, and families. Source: National Wraparound Ini ...
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2 CE Credit(s) $18.00 Add to Cart
Interviewing Children
The author describes children’s developmental stages and age-appropriate interviewing techniques that can be used in child custody evaluations. These strategies can also be used by child welfare workers when assessing a child’s safety and well-being.
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1.5 CE Credit(s) $12.00 Add to Cart
Introduction to Case Management
This course provides a brief history of case management and discusses case management functions, principles, competencies, and models.
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Issues in Foster Care: Overview of Attachment Theory
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Fran Stott, PhD, who provides an overview of attachment theory. Attachment theory posits that children instinctively attach to caretakers in order to achieve security and survival.

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Key Elements in Couples Therapy with Veterans
Because of the adverse effects of PTSD on relationships, couples therapy can be a powerful adjunct treatment; however, few receive this service. A new framework for conceptualizing couples therapy organizes treatment around the 3 PTSD symptom clusters (re-experiencing, avoidance, and arousal). The authors summarize the relationship consequences of ...
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Motivational Enhancement Therapy and CBT for Adolescent Marijuana Users
This course is designed to address the problem of marijuana use by adolescents. The program provides instruction on how to conduct a brief, five-session treatment intervention for teens with cannabis use disorders in an outpatient setting.
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Multiculturalism and Cultural Competence
This program discusses the influence of culture in the delivery of health and human services. Participants will be able to identify the components of cultural competency and will learn techniques for working effectively across cultures. Topics include practice in a multi-cultural environment, elements of cultural competence, diversity and ethics, d ...
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4 CE Credit(s) $40.00 Add to Cart
Multiple Dimensions of Culture in the Treatment of Adolescents and Their Families
This program discusses the meaning of cultural values and treatment issues, including the neglected dimension of the cultural background of the therapist. The course illustrates the application of the multidimensional cultural approach in the case of a rebellious Mexican-American teenager.
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Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Motivational Interviewing: Enhancing Readiness for Change
The authors discuss motivational interviewing and the transtheoretical model of change as a conceptual framework for counseling clients who engage in non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. The major principles of motivational interviewing are applied in a case study of a client who self-injures.
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Psychotherapy with Traumatized Foster Children: Interview with Cynthia Monahon, PsyD
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Cynthia Monahon, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and founding Director of the Children's Clinic of the Cutchins Program in Northampton, MA, where she also consults in private practice. Dr. Monahon has specialized in the treatment of pediatric psychological trauma ...
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Rebuilding Attachments and Encouraging Resilience
Richard Kagan, PhD, offers tools that practitioners can use to help parents or other family members and children rebuild fragile or disrupted attachments, change patterns of destructive behavior, and implement safety plans to prevent further neglect, abuse, and trauma.
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Schizophrenia: A Psychoeducational Model for Treating the Adolescent Who Is Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
Schizophrenia, one of the most serious and chronic mental illnesses, often begins in adolescence. It affects every aspect of individual and family functioning. The authors discuss a treatment model that includes establishment of a collaborative relationship between therapist and family, the provision of information and support, and the creation of ...
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Solution - Focused Brief Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a competency-based, collaborative psychotherapeutic approach that is both effective and time-sensitive. Although it is a relatively brief form of treatment, SFBT is capable of initiating profound change in people's lives by helping them to resolve the most challenging and intractable problems. The author exp ...
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Suicide Crisis Intervention Model with 25 Practical Strategies for Implementation
Suicidal clients are a difficult and challenging population in counseling. This article contains 25 practical, hands-on strategies for counselors to assist in their interactions with suicidal clients. The strategies are situated within a seven-step model for crisis intervention that is specifically tailored to suicidal clients.
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2 CE Credit(s) $24.00 Add to Cart
Supervision: Clinical Supervision - Principles and Practice
This course outlines principles of clinical supervision and guidelines for supervisors, addresses such issues as cultural competence, ethical and legal issues, and documentation, and provides information on various methods of monitoring and observing clinical performance. The material is relevant for both supervisors and supervisees. Vignettes are ...
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5 CE Credit(s) $40.00 Add to Cart
Transgenerational Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse: Reconceptualizing Cases Involving Young Survivors of CSA
Transgenerational trauma is defined as trauma that has been passed down from one generation to another, either directly or indirectly. The authors review the literature on child sexual abuse (CSA), the influence of primary caregivers and transgenerational trauma, and present a case illustration. Specific interventions are offered to provide mental ...
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Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorders
Attachment and caregiving systems are at the heart of that crucial first relationship. This program discusses the diagnosis and treatment of attachment disorders.
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2 CE Credit(s) $24.00 Add to Cart
Working with Gay Youth
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Ritch Savin-Williams, PhD, Director of the Sex and Gender Lab at Cornell University, and Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and co-author of The Course of Gay and Lesbian Lives about issues related to psychotherapy with gay youth ...
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