Professional Seminars

Advanced practice professional seminars, taught by Sheralyn Cox, Ph.D., offer mental health professionals in the region an opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in specialized areas of practice.  To determine if a seminar is currently scheduled locally, please click on the image below.  Professionals interested in attending a seminar not currently available may add their names to a waiting list by calling our office at (402) 475-5069.

Trauma and Health:

Findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Delayed Memory of Trauma:

Treatment Guidelines & Risk Management for Psychotherapists

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand the psychobiology of normal and delayed memory;

 

Be familiar with the standard of care for clients exhibiting psychogenic amnesia and delayed recall of traumatic events;

 

Recognize professional and legal implications of the "False Memory" movement;

 

Know how to avoid unduly influencing client recollections;

 

Be able to apply risk management principles to clinical practice.

 

 

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Psychobiology of Delayed Memory

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Standard of Care for Dissociative Amnesia

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Understanding the "False Memory" Movement

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Ensuring Client Incormed Consent

 

Day 2

 

9:00-10:15 Avoiding Undue Influence of the Client's Recollections

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Client Self-Doubt and the Retractor Phenomenon

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 When and How to Use Hypnotic Techniques

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Guidelines for Management of Clinical Records

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

Psychotherapy Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 11.0 CE hours will be issued. Psychotherapy Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 11.0 credit hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners.

Ethical Principles for Trauma Therapists

Description:

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who wish to enhance awareness of ethical principles and professional boundary issues as they relate specifically to treatment of trauma disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Be familiar with ethical standards of mental health practice of particular relevance to treating truma disorders

 

Be able to identify most common ethical lapses in work with trauma clients

 

Recognize ways in which therapist denial and rationalization may impact ethical practice

 

Be familiar with and able to implement an ethical decision making model

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Ethics Defined

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Common Breaches of Ethical Standards

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:15 Boundaries Defined, Common Boundary Brasches

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 How to Avoid Ethical Violations

 

Please call 402-437-2712 if you require assistance with hearing, vision, or mobility to make this program accessible.

 

Meeting room temperature fluctuates. Please bring a sweater or jacket.

 

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 5.5 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners. nurses, and psychologists. Substance abuse counselors are urged to confirm CEU availability via Southeast Community College.

Psychotherapy of the Dissociative Disorders:

An Overview of the Standard of Care

Description:

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who are experienced psychotherapists but who have had minimal formal training in treatment of the dissociative disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand the etiology, types, signs and symptoms of pathological dissociation

 

Recognize the difference between dissociative and other mental health disorders with similar presentations

 

Be able to identify and develop a treatment strategy for the patient with a dissociative disorder

 

Develop tools for decreasing cognitive confusion and suicidality

 

Be aware of how to avoid common treatment errors and complications

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Nature and Cause of Abnormal Dissociation

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Signs and Symptoms of Dissociative Disorders

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Discriminating Dissociative from Other Disorders

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Video

 

Day 2

 

9:00-10:15 Techniques for Screening and Assessment

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Principles of Treatment of Dissociative Disorders

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Symptom Control and Behavioral Management

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Avoiding Common Treatment Complications

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 11.0 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners. Nurses, psychologists and substance abuse counselors are urged to confirm CEU availability via Southeast Community College.

Psychotherapy of the Dissociative Disorders: Advanced Techniques

Description:

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who are experienced psychotherapists but who have had minimal formal training in treatment of the dissociative disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Develop techniques for increasing collaborative action and co-consciousness across states of consciousness

 

Recognize and be able to use transference, countertransference, and traumatic re-enactment

 

Be aware of and able to respond to attachment to perpetrator complications

 

Develop tools for management of panic episodes and abreactions

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Treatment Goals and Tasks

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Breaking Down Dissociative Defenses

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Facilitating Consistency Across States of Consciousness

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Managing Traumatic Re-enactments

 

Day 2

 

9:00-10:15 Managing Boundary and Transference Problems

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Understanding Traumatic Attachment to the Perpetrator

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Maintaining Stabilization and Symptom Suppression

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Developing Tolerance For Recall of Traumatic Events

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

Psychotherapy Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 11.0 CE hours will be issued. Psychotherapy Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 11 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, psychologists, and substance abuse counselors.

Psychotherapy of Trauma Disorders:

Treating Complicated P.T.S.D., Borderline Personality Disorder, and Other Disorders of Extreme Stress

Description:

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who are experienced psychotherapists but who have had minimal formal training in treatment of the dissociative disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand the etiology, types, signs and symptoms of chronic post-traumatic stress

 

Recognize the role trauma history plays in development of personality disorders and treatment-resistant affective disorders

 

Be able to identify and develop a treatment strategy for the patient with a complicated post-traumatic stress disorder

 

Be aware of how to avoid common treatment errors and complications

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Dimensions of Traumatic Stress

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Trauma Disorder Signs and Symptoms

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Developmental Impact of Childhood Trauma

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Identifying Psychophysiological Responses to Trauma

 

Day 2

 

9:00-10:15 Treatment Implications and Principles

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Managing Splitting and Polarization

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Working Through Traumatic Acting Out

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Avoiding Common Treatment Complications

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

Psychotherapy Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 11.0 CE hours will be issued. Psychotherapy Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 11.0 credit hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners.

Hypnotic Principles for Psychotherapists

Description:

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who are experienced psychotherapists but who have had minimal formal training in treatment of the dissociative disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand what hypnosis is and how it may be applied in clinical practice

 

Be able to identify and apply principles of hypnotic induction and suggestion

 

 Recognize cases in which hypnotic techniques may be indicated or contraindicated

 

Be aware of ethical-legal issues and standards for professional conduct in using hypnosis clinically

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 What Hypnosis Is and Is Not

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Therapeutic Applications of Hypnotic Phenomena

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 How to Induce and Re-alert from Hypnotic States

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Demonstration & Supervised Small Group Practice

 

Day 2

 

9:00-10:15 Therapeutic Use of Hypnotic Suggestibility

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 How to Deepen and Guide Hypnotic Involvement

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Demonstration & Supervised Small Group Practice

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Treatment Planning & Legal and Ethical Principles

 

Day 3

 

9:00-10:15 Hypnotic Techniques for Brief Therapy

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Use of Hypnosis in Psychodynamic Therapies

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Hypnotic Approaches to Post-Trauma Disorders

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Using Hypnosis in Treatment of Dissociative Disorders

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

his seminar is approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis to fulfill the educational requirements for membership in the Society and earns 20 credit hours which may be applied toward ASCH certification in clinical hypnosis.

 

Psychotherapy Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 20 hours will be issued. Psychotherapy Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

 

The Nebraska Division of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Addiction Services has approved this seminar for 20 CE hours for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. Approval number is 04.004.

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 20 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners; Iowa Licensed Psychologists; Nebraska, Kansas and So. Dakota Licensed Social Workers; Nebraska and Kansas Licensed Professional Counselors; Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

Psychotherapy Associates is accredited by the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor continuing education. Sponsor number is 00284.

 

Psychotherapy Associates is accredited by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners to sponsor continuing education. Sponsor number is 7-01.

 

The South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners has approved this program for 2.0 CEUs. Approved program number for March 2002 was 891.

 

Compulsive Hoarding:

Helping the Client With Too Much of Everything

Description:

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who are experienced psychotherapists but who have had minimal formal training in treatment of the dissociative disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand the characteristics, types, and impacts of pathological hoarding

 

Recognize cognitive distortions common to the hoarding client

 

Be able to identify and develop a treatment strategy for the client who hoards

 

Be aware of how to avoid common treatment errors and complications

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Nature And Cause Of Hoarding Behavior

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Assessment Of Hoarding as a Mental Health Issue

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Developing a Workable Treatment Plan

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Common Treatment Errors and Complications

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

Psychotherapy Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 5.5 CE hours will be issued. Psychotherapy Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 11 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners.

Trauma and Health:

How Child Abuse and Neglect Impact Adult Health Years Later; How Mental Health Treatment Can Help

Description:

 

New research indicates that individuals who have endured childhood abuse or neglect suffer early disability and premature death at a much higher rate than non-traumatized peers.  This seminar addresses how childhood trauma impacts adult health status and how mental health professionals can help.

 

This seminar addresses issues most relevant to mental health professionals who are experienced psychotherapists but who have had minimal formal training in treatment of the dissociative disorders.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Become familiar with the findings of the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

 

Understand the mechanisms linking childhood trauma to adult health problems

 

Be able to identify the at-risk client

 

Be able to develop a trauma-informed treatment strategy

 

Be aware of how to avoid common treatment errors and complications

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

Psychotherapy Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 11.0 CE hours will be issued. Psychotherapy Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 11.0 credit hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners.

Mentalization Based Treatment:

Evidence-Based Treatment for Borderline & Other Complex Personality Disorders

Description:

 

Providing effective treatment for individuals with Borderline and related personality disorders has long been a challenge and frustration for mental health professionals. While standard forms of psychotherapy have been found to have limited benefit, new treatment approaches are showing positive outcomes. Mentalization Based Therapy now joins Dialectical Behavior Therapy as an effective evidence-based treatment.

 

This practical seminar addresses issues most relevant to the mental health professional with experience working with the complex client who presents with a history of trauma, attachment disruption, self harming behavior or personality disorder features. Intervention demonstration and practice will be emphasized.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand what mentalization skills are and how they develop

 

Identify mentalization deficits of clients with BPD and related disorders

 

Differentiate mentalization and non-mentalization treatment interventions

 

Be aware of and use a mentalizing therapeutic stance

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 How mentalization abilities normally develop. Causes of mentalization deficits Impact of mentalization failures upon client functioning

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Treatment approaches for correcting mentalizing and attachment errors

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 Maintaining a mentalizing stance in treatment. Basic mentalization skills for clinical work

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Avoiding and managing common therapeutic problems

 

 

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 5.5 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners. Applicatin for CE credit for nurses, psychologists, and alcohol counselors has been made.

Vicarious Traumatization:

Preventing, Recognizing & Treating Disorders of Empathy

Description:

 

Emotional attunement is the cornerstone of healing relationships - in psychotherapy and within the client's personal life. As researchers learn more about the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of empathy, our understanding of how exposure to traumatic events can harm not only the client, but also those who witness the client's suffering has also grown.

 

Focusing upon practical prevention, assessment, and treatment interventions, this workshop will be of particular interest to professionals who work extensively with traumatized clients. Case assessment and small group problem solving will be used extensively.

 

Participants are advised that some material presented in this seminar may be stressful or distressing, especially to individuals who are abuse survivors.

Learning Objectives

 

Participants will:

 

Understand the neurobiology of empathy

 

Recognize the similarities and differences of vicarious traumatization in client loved ones and in mental health treatment providers

 

Be aware if risk factors, signs and symptoms of vicarious traumatization

 

Be able to develop an action plan for prevention, management, and transformation of vicarious traumatization.

Agenda

 

Day 1

 

9:00-10:15 Vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Neurophysiology of empathic attunement in therapist and client loved one

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 How vicarious traumatization of significant others impacts the client.

Risk factors for vicarious traumatization

12:00-1:00 Lunch on own

1:00-2:30 How to recognize vicarious traumatization in self and others

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Prevention and intervention strategies

About the Presenter:

 

Sheralyn Cox, MSW, Ph.D.

 

Sherry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1974 and has obtained specialized post-graduate training in hypnosis and treatment of trauma disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, for which she is also an approved teaching consultant.

Continuing Education Credits

 

This seminar meets criteria of an approved 5.5 hour continuing education program for Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioners. Applicatin for CE credit for nurses, psychologists, and alcohol counselors has been made..

Psychotherapy Associates

In psychotherapy, you and your therapist work out strategies for handling problems of daily living.  Examples of problems which can be effectively addressed include depression, anxiety and panic, "flashbacks," guilt, low self-esteem, eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, couple and family difficulties, and general interpersonal difficulties.  Additionally, psychotherapy can lead to personal growth through clarification of your thoughts and feelings about yourself, others, and events in your life.

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Lincoln, Nebraska 68502

phone:  (402) 475 - 5069

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email:  office@psychotherapyassoc.com

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