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We offer trainings in many Clinical Topics, three modules of Professional Development, and two parts of Private Practice Foundations. Browse below to explore the options.

Professional Development

Professional Development I: Basic Practice Management at Therapy Austin - Danielle Hayes
In this course we will review how to use metrics to help you understand your practice, dig into setting boundaries around time and money, practice embodying the role of therapist, and explore some of the common dilemmas in the early stage of therapy practice.

Professional Development II: Settling In - Ellen Lindsey
In the second of this series, we will begin to deepen and broaden our competence in running a practice. We will revisit metrics, look at revising your profiles to reflect your expanded skill-base, explore self-care, and discuss the best way to handle vacations and schedule changes.

Professional Development III: Deepening the Work - Danielle Hayes & Ellen Lindsey
In the final session of this series, we will reflect on the supervision counselors are receiving, take a look at inactive cases to find patterns and identify needs in self-development, consider further trainings with an eye on expanding profiles further. (No prerequisite required - "Basic Practice Management" and "Settling In" suggested.)


Private Practice Foundations

Private Practice Foundations I - Ann Stoneson
Participants will learn about fundamental skills and considerations in building a private practice. 
1) Participants will observe a live critique of a website bio. They will learn about the elements of an effective bio that they can use to edit their written work and further refine their niche;
2.) Participants will participate in a discussion about the skills and ethics of working with a sliding scale. They will explore fee-setting and fee increases as both a business issue and a clinical matter;
3.) Participants will explore the pieces of community infrastructure at Therapy Austin, to better understand what they will need to recreate to support their own practices. These include a discussion of expenses and development associated with start-up business costs, referral network, metrics, recordkeeping & notes, troubleshooting, scheduling and time management, training, billing, accountability and community;
4.) Participants will adapt basic market research principles to their preferred population/niche in order to gain a clearer sense of market saturation, opportunities for collaboration and referral, and future clinical training;
5.) Through a guided self-assessment, participants will consider how their strengths and growing edges interact with the tasks of practice-building. 

Required: Must be employed at TA for a minimum of 10 months
Suggested: Completion of Professional Development I, II, III

Private Practice Foundations II - Ann Stoneson
Participants will learn advanced skills and considerations in building a private practice. 
1) Participants will review their current caseload and develop a thoughtful exit strategy from Therapy Austin. They will choose a date to stop receiving referrals and develop a client transfer plan;
2.) Participants will sequence the tasks and infrastructure needed for independent practice, including developing and securing a website, new client forms, office space, and niche refinement;
3.) Participants will discuss online and offline marketing and outreach strategies and will discuss the costs and implementation strategies for several of these;
4.) Participants will consider which business structure (DBA, LLC, S-Corp) best suits their short- and long-term business needs;
5.) Participants will learn the difference between self-developed website options (e.g., Wordpress) and plug-and-play options (Weebly, Wix, Squarespace, etc.). They will explore the time and financial costs associated with each of these options.

Required: Must be employed at TA for a minimum of 16 months
Required: Completion of PPF I
Suggested: Completion of Professional Development I, II, III

Clinical Topics 

Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia and Common Sleep Disorders - Shanna Willner
Having a sleep disorder often feels like living in a haunted house. Everything subtly alters, simple things become complicated, and we can’t tell what’s safe or dangerous. This course will cover sleep issues and ways to help clients navigate these difficulties. 

Exploring Career and Educational Interests with the Strong Interest Inventory - Joseph Porter
You'll identify career options through defining client's interests, discover educational options that will align with client's identified interests, determine client's preferences for leadership and risk taking, and decide on and focus towards your/client's future.

Getting Started with Couples - Amelia Canally
This training will help increase comfort and confidence for those interested in couples therapy, and address early therapist woes and fears.

Introduction To Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Lindsey Lucius
Learn how and when to utilize the 6 key components of ACT’s concept of Psychological Flexibility: Present Moment, Values, Acceptance, Cognitive Defusion, Self as Context, Committed Action.

Deepening Emotional Work in Session - Lindsey Lucius
This offering will address how to help clients access and be with their emotional selves in the room. Training will include concepts and techniques from Mindfulness, Focusing, Ego-State Therapy and the commonly used notion of resourcing.

What’s So Scary About “Problem Thoughts”? - Lindsey Lucius
Explore the spectrum of interrupting thoughts, from fixation to obsession to self-harm ideation, in addition to learning to differentiate in order to determine appropriate interventions.

Exploring Personality Preferences with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Joseph Porter
Learn how identifying client's personality preferences informs how they: act and react, make life choices, relate to others, and relate to the world around them.

Client Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault - Claire Perella Baxter
This discussion will include the counselor's role in exploring the clients' experiences, maintaining safety in the therapy room and outside, and harnessing the strengths and empowerment of clients.

Clinical Topics offered by DeLinda Spain:

Eating Issues 101
Attendees will be able to establish levels of care based on the American Psychological Association, learn how to assess clients' current eating disorders behaviors and determine best practice for treatment. Additional discussion will include the "normal" trajectory of eating disorder treatment for each level of care.

Working with Dangerous Behaviors (Shoplifting, Drunk-driving, Sex with Strangers)
Clients can "act out" in dangerous ways to help manage their internal regulation. This training will focus on working in a harm-reduction model for reducing self-destructive behaviors and facilitating better coping skills. This training will also focus on ethical dilemmas regarding "duty to warn" and behaviors that have a negative impact on the community at large.

In this offering, you'll determine the difference between self-harm and suicidal/para-suicidal behaviors, identify the range of behaviors that "self-harm" encompasses, and explore techniques and strategies to decrease self-harm behaviors and increase positive coping skills.

Talking about Sex and Money in Therapy
Explore the benefits of discussing sex and money in the therapeutic relationship as well as in our clients lives, the benefit of discussing the erotic transference and how to use that transference therapeutically by discussing how shame prohibits open and free communication about these topics.

Emotion Regulation for You and Your Client (CBT/DBT)
Emotion Regulation includes understanding our emotions, why we have them and what to with them when we have feelings we are uncomfortable with or feel overwhelmed by. This training will utilize the skills outlined in DBT for both our clients and ourselves.

Distress Tolerance Skills (CBT/DBT)
Distress Tolerance Skills are also called crisis survival strategies. This training will focus on "in the moment" techniques to help clients manage difficult feelings and situations.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills (DBT)
This set of skills facilitates better communication and deeper relationships. This training will focus on both the theory and the techniques DBT uses to help clients express their needs in more effective and satisfying ways.

This offering will explore and discuss transference and countertransference and how to use these concepts with clients, in addition to understanding how transference and countertransference facilitates a deeper understanding of the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

Clinical Issues in Termination (Rupture-Repair), Splitting
Discover how to work with clients around endings in relationships, graduating and ending therapy. Discuss how clients can use "splitting behaviors" to diffuse treatment and to facilitate early terminations.

Substance Abuse 101 and Substance Abuse 102
You'll learn how to assess for use and abuse of drugs and alcohol and explore how this use and/or abuse affects clients lives, and how to determine level of care appropriate to treat use and/or abuse and appropriate referrals for ongoing treatment.

Working with Anger (Aggression) in the Room and Anger Management
Using Modern Analytic theory to explore the use of anger and aggression in the therapeutic process, explore strategies to help clients with anger issues outside of sessions manage their impulses and learn appropriate communication styles.