CE Workshops Descriptions

The Interweaving Of Ethics, Technology, And Practice
Judy R. Bruton, JD, MSW, LCSW
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own: Noon – 1:30 p.m.)
Antioch University Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, 93101
BBS Approved Provider Number PCE44

Technology has changed the world.  It has also changed our world as therapists.  This new workshop will explore some of the most interesting, complex, legal and ethical issues that arise from this new frontier, including but not limited to:

  • How therapists are using technology in their practice and the legal and ethical questions that follow that use;
  • How technology is impacting our relationship with our clients and what legal and ethical issues arise from that;
  • How technology has changed the lives of our clients and how that is reflected in the kind of issues we face in our work with them.

New laws and ethical rules that address these challenges are being considered, and we will discuss the pros and cons of tighter restrictions on the use of technology in our practice.  We will talk about the pros and cons of advertising on the web, using email, Skype and other technology as part of our practice.  We will look at how the use of social media can inadvertently complicate our relationship with our clients, and how the types of problems our clients are bringing to us have changed with the increased use of technology.

About the Presenter
Judy R. Bruton, JD, MSW, LCSW, is a private practice psychotherapist in Santa Barbara.  She also has a consulting practice working in the fields of leadership and law and ethics and is a trained mediator.

Judy practiced as both a criminal and corporate litigator for years before becoming a therapist.  She was trained in both behavioral and in-depth psychotherapy.  In addition, Judy is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch, where she teaches law and ethics to students in the Masters in Clinical Psychology Program in Santa Barbara. This course is designed to satisfy the BBS requirement that all LCSWs and MFTs complete six or more hours of continuing education in law & ethics each licensing cycle.  Please arrive on time.  No partial CEU credits are being offered.

Co-Sponsored By: National Association of Social Workers Santa Barbara Chapter,
& Antioch University Santa Barbara
Cost (Includes snacks and 6 CEU’s):
$110.00 for General/ $90.00 for Members/ $45.00 for Students
Limited Space Available        
RSVP to Jtoth@antioch.edu  by 10/29/12


Integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into Clinical Practice
Presenter: Neil Friedman, LCSW
Saturday, November 17, 9 am-3 pm
(Lunch on your own: noon-1 pm)
Antioch University, Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, 93101
BBS Approved Provider Number PCE44

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been identified as an evidenced based treatment for borderline personality disorder during the past two decades.  Additionally, it has been found to be effective for several other conditions, including substance abuse, PTSD and impulse control problems.  This six hour workshop will focus on the basics of how to implement a Dialectical Behavior Program and will discuss the parallels of DBT to other treatment approaches.  Topics will include:

  • The definition of dialectics and its application to the therapeutic process
  • The DBT definition of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • The structure of the DBT Model (Problem and solution analyses, Skills group, Phone consultation, Diary cards, Consultation to the therapist)
  • Secondary Targets

Neil Friedman, LCSW has been practicing psychotherapy for over 30 years.  He is an adjunct faculty instructor at Antioch University, Santa Barbara and is a clinical supervisor at Mental Health Association and CADA.  He received his MSW from the University of California in 1978 and has since, been involved in program development and management. He received his MSW from the University of California in 1978 and has since, been involved in program development and management.  Mr. Friedman developed and managed the DBT program for Columbia River Mental Health 10 years and developed and administered a partial hospitalization program for over 10 years.  He also was a consultant for the Daybreak Residential Treatment Program to implement their DBT for adolescents and worked with Portland DBT as a therapist for four years.   

Co-sponsored by:  National Association of Social Workers, Santa Barbara Chapter & Antioch University Santa Barbara
Cost: $95 (Includes snacks and 5 CEUS)
$85 for NASW and CAMFT Members $35 for Students

Limited Space Available
RSVP: Jtoth@antioch.edu by November 15, 2012


Body, Mind and Movement: Somatic Experiencing in Clinical Work
Presenter: Wendy Elliot, M. Ed.
Saturday Dec 1, 2012- 9 am-3 pm (Lunch on your own: noon-1 pm)
Antioch University Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa Street  Santa Barbara, 93101
BBS Approved Provider Number PCE44

Drawing from the emerging field of somatic psychology as a foundation, this course will provide participants with a basic understanding of how the body, somatic experiencing, movement and mindfulness may be used in our work with clients. The presentation will discuss how healing trauma is supported through a somatic approach that works directly with the neurophysiology of the fight, flight, and freeze response to help clients regain a sense of emotional stabilization, reconnection, and the capacity to experience pleasure and integrate positive experiences. In this course participants will:

  • Gain understanding in the fields of somatic psychology, somatic experiencing and mindfulness based psychotherapy.
  • Learn how to integrate basic concepts of somatic experiencing and mindfulness into your practice.
  • Practice how to integrate a variety of somatic techniques (movement explorations, breathing exercises, sensory awareness exercises, journaling and kinetic visualizations, and so forth) with verbal counseling techniques.

Wendy Elliott, M.Ed is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, Board-Certified dance-movement therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner. Wendy has been practicing as a body-centered psychotherapist for the over 25 years, served as an adjunct faculty member for Antioch University New England for 25 years and currently teaches in the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara. Wendy is a Board member of the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, facilitates dance-movement therapy and authentic movement groups locally, and has a private practice in Ojai, California.

Co-Sponsored By:  National Association of Social Workers Santa Barbara Chapter & Antioch University Santa Barbara
Cost (Includes snacks & 5 CEUS):  $95.00 General Admission/ $85.00 for NASW and CAMFT Members/ $35.00 for Students

Limited Space Available           
RSVP to Jtoth@antioch.edu by 11/26/12


Children and Trauma
Presenter: Deborah Smilovitz Foster, Ph.D., M.A.
Saturday January 26, 2013 9 am-12 pm
Antioch University Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, 93101
BBS Approved Provider Number PCE44

Theories of development suggest that psychologists who work with children experience a child to be naturally intuitive and scientific. Most studies, however, have not found the correlation between transference and neuropsychoanalysis, neuropsychological and cognitive behaviors, and levels of trauma in relation to intuitive capacity.  There is a difference between children who have experienced severe trauma and those who experience mild/normal levels of trauma. Children are naturally intuitive, and those who have experienced severe trauma have increased pathology and decreased intuitive capacity and exhibit behavioral manifestations of intuition in a skewed, hyper-vigilant, and sensitive manner.  Intuition correlates with mutual emotional and cognitive responses in the psychologist. Children demonstrate that they intuitively know what they need to work on, where to go, and what path to follow, and have a greater capacity for intuition when having a mother present in their life (both psychologically and physically).  These results further suggest that the relationship between intuition and transference is not separate and that intuitive response in the child relates to progress in therapy.

3 learning objectives for the audience:

  1. What is intuition and how does it affect healthy psychological development?
  2. Understanding from a neuropsychological perspective how trauma can affect the developing child.
  3. How the therapeutic process of transference and intuition relate to progress in therapy.

Deborah Smilovitz Foster, Ph.D., M.A. has been trained as a nurse and teacher (pre-school and elementary), and specializes in pediatric neuropsychology.  Deborah has studied and worked with children for over 15 years.  Her clinical training began at the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (El Puente High School), Domestic Violence Solutions & Anger Management for Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara County Mental Health Access Team/A.D.M.H.S., and Family Service Agency.  Dr. Smilovitz Foster has given talks and led workshops at schools, Mental Health centers and to parents and professionals for the last several years.  She offers consultation to parents who are looking for a nonviolent, healthy, balanced way to relate with their family members and themselves.  Dr. Smilovitz Foster currently works at the Mental Wellness Center/NAMI Clinic in Santa Barbara, in addition to her private practice.  

Co-Sponsored By:  National Association of Social Workers Santa Barbara Chapter & Antioch University Santa Barbara
Cost (Includes snacks & 3 CEUS):
$65.00 General Admission/ $50.00 For NASW and CAMFT Members/ $25.00 for Students

Limited Space Available           
RSVP to Jtoth@antioch.edu by 1/12/2013