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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training


This workshop is designed to establish a beginning set of skills in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).  The program will present the psychological flexibility model underlying ACT, and to describe the six flexibility processes, that are commonly are used in ACT interventions, which are:

  • Acceptance,
  • Defusion,
  • Self,
  • Now,
  • Values, and
  • Committed Action

The workshop will relate psychological flexibility to language and cognition from a RFT point of view and embed this work in the contextualistic behavioral and evolutionary perspectives from which they come. The workshop will show you how to apply the psychological flexibility model to case conceptualization and treatment planning; how to form a therapeutic agreement in ACT; and how to help shift clients away from a needless control agenda. You will have a limited opportunity to explore the ACT model experientially and to learn a set of core intervention skills in the major flexibility processes. Case presentations and video examples will help you see how the model appears in the real world of clinical work. The goal is to provide a workable set of core intervention skills in ACT and to get a sense the space within which the work is done. Throughout the workshop, we will discuss current data on the effectiveness of ACT.

Learning Objectives:

Objective #1: Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility

Objective #2: Formulate common clinical problems using a psychological flexibility model

Objective #3: Explain how the six flexibility processes can be organized into three major chunks that underlie most 3rd wave interventions

Objective #4: Demonstrate the ability to formulate an ACT consistent therapeutic agreement

Objective #5: Show how to use “creative hopelessness” to motivate a change in the control agenda

Objective #6: Relate defusion, the observing self, and values to core RFT ideas

Objective #7: Describe the state of ACT as an evidence based treatment

Objective #8: Describe how the Matrix can be used in ACT case conceptualization


September 29, 2017 REGISTER HERE

TIME: 9:00am-5:00pm

LOCATION: CHRIS 180 Main Office – CHRIS Training Institute; 1017 Fayetteville Rd., Ste. B Atlanta, GA 30316 (FREE PARKING)

COST: $140.00

PRESENTER: Rita Mathis, LCSW and Jessica Donaldson, LMSW

CEUs: 6 CORE Continuing Education Units applied for through LPCA of

Trauma STARs

DESCRIPTION:Trauma STARs : Understanding Trauma & Trauma Informed Practice  provides training participants with an understanding of how trauma impacts children, families, adults, caregivers and providers. The content will aid in an increased understanding of trauma, implications of complex trauma exposure, address child traumatic stress and secondary trauma with professionals and caregivers, and considerations for practical approaches that can be used to enhance interactions and engagement with youth that have been exposed to trauma.  The workshop will address the creation of a trauma-informed practice through Trauma STARs (Safety. Trustworthiness. Awareness. Relationship Driven) model of integration. Finally, this workshop will address the self-care strategies needed by clinicians to promote caregiver effectiveness.

Training Objectives:

Participants that successfully complete the course will be able to:

 Trauma – Understand the impact of trauma

 Trauma Research – Understand the trauma research and the implications of exposures to adverse childhood experiences (ACE)

 Brain Development – Understand the effects of complex trauma on the developing brain

 STAR – Understand the trauma informed practice framework and guiding principles

 Self-Care –  Learn self care strategies to promote caregiver effectiveness

Demonstration of Learning:

1. Describe the impact of trauma on children and into adulthood.

2. Define complex trauma, and child traumatic stress.

3. Describe the impact trauma has on brain neurodevelopment.

4. Describe the guiding principles of trauma informed practice (STAR) and the importance of creating an environment that supports the healing of complex trauma.

5. Describe self-care practices that can be implemented


June 23, 2017 – REGISTER HERE

TIME: 9:00am-4:30pm

LOCATION: CHRIS 180 Main Office – CHRIS Training Institute; 1017 Fayetteville Rd., Ste. B Atlanta, GA 30316 (FREE PARKING)

COST: $140.00

PRESENTER: Alisha C. Walker, LPC, CPCS and Melissa Graves, LMFT

CEUs: 6 CORE Continuing Education Units applied for through LPCA of Georgia and 6 related hours for NASW.

Trauma: Impact and Assessment

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this training is to provide professionals with a comprehensive understanding of trauma and the impact of child and adolescent trauma/complex trauma on multiple domains (Neurobiology, Physiology, Attachment, Affect Regulation, Behavioral Control, Cognition, Memory, Dissociation and Self Concept.) Participants will learn and/or review DSM 5 Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and values needed to provide comprehensive trauma assessments and build competency in completing the trauma assessment component of the Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments (CCFA).  Participants will be trained to use UCLA PTSD RI, CATS (Child and Adolescent Trauma Screening), Life Events Checklist (LEC) and PTSD Checklist (PC-L) assessment tools, complete a written report of assessment, and make recommendations.


TIME: 9:00am – 4:30pm (Day 1); 9:00 – 3:00 (Day 2)

LOCATION: CHRIS 180’s Main Office – CHRIS Training Institute; 1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316 (FREE PARKING)

COST: $190.00

PRESENTER: Jennifer Packard, LCSW

CEU: 10 Core CEU hours have been applied for through NASW, LPCA, of Georgia


Writing Quality Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments Training- REQUIRED FOR CCFA PROVIDERS

DESCRIPTION: This training course, sponsored by the Division of Family and Children Services, is designed to provide approved CCFA Assessors with a thorough review of the major components of the Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment, including the “products” that make up the CCFA, as well as the major milestones in the 25-day “process.” This is a highly interactive and engaging program intended for those agency personnel recently approved by the state office and new to the CCFA process. The design of the day is intended to be both “hands on” and focused on the “nuts and bolts” of a CCFA.


Obtain an overview of DFCS vision, mission and core values
Review the major components of the CCFA – Family Assessment, Trauma Assessment, Medical/Dental screenings, Form 419 and Genogram
Review the major milestones during the 25-day CCFA process
Practice completing sections of the Family Assessment
Review and practice writing strengths and needs statements
Complete a Genogram and Form 419
Practice writing recommendations for the Family Assessment

A Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment template
A Genogram template
A copy of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale Assessment
A copy of the UCLA PTSD Assessment


April 20,2017 (Day One) April 21, 2017 (Day Two) REGISTER HERE

August 17,2017 (Day One) August 18, 2017 (Day Two) REGISTER HERE


TIME: 9:00AM – 4:00PM (DAY ONE); 9:00AM – 1:00PM (DAY TWO)

LOCATION: CHRIS 180, Inc – 1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316

COST: $190.00

PRESENTER: Lorraine Joseph,  Ed. S., LPC

CEUs: 9 CORE Continuing Education Units through NASW, LPCA, and LMFT of Georgia


The purpose of this interactive workshop will be to focus on sharing practical information about the use of art with clients in individual, couples, family, and group therapy settings.


  • Review a brief history of art therapy and four primary uses of art in therapy.
  • Discuss the benefits of using art with different populations.
  • Experience the use of a variety of art materials.
  • Gain an awareness of how to respond therapeutically to artwork.
  • Receive specific art interventions via suggestion and handouts.


TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOCATION: CHRIS 180, Inc; 2nd Floor Training Room, 1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316

COST: $135.00

PRESENTER: Ann Kelahan, MA, LPC, A.T.R., B.C.

CEUs: 5.5 Core Continuing Education Units have been applied for through NASW and LPCA of Georgia.

First Aid/CPR Certification Trainings

American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid/CPR Certification Training – REGISTER HERE


  • November 9, 2016
  • December 7, 2016

TIME: 8:30am – 12:30pm

LOCATION: CHRIS 180 Main Office – CHRIS Training Institute; 1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316 (FREE PARKING)

COST: $60 (includes cost of certification card)

DESCRIPTION: This American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED course was developed on the basis of evidence-based guidelines.  It is a modular course that includes essential information and training in the first-aid skills recommended by OSHA and provides the skills to effectively assess and maintain life from the critical minutes immediately following an emergency, until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel.  The course provides a complete health and safety training solution for first aid, adult CPR, and AED.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainings - Darkness to Light STEWARDS of CHILDREN

CHRIS 180 sponsors child sexual abuse prevention training to state and local agencies, community programs, schools, faith-based organizations and other groups in metropolitan Atlanta. Stewards of Children is the only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors. This revolutionary program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children. It is also appropriate for youth-serving organizations (sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children’s clubs, church groups and more). It is also used by individuals, organizations, businesses, and corporations who:

  • Seek training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.
  • Look to enhance their child protection policies and procedures or respond to insurance requirements.
  • Want to lead a community-based initiative and offer prevention training to the community.

Upcoming Stewards of Children Training(s) – REGISTER HERE

  • November 7, 2016
  • December 5, 2016

TIME: 2:00pm-5:00pm

LOCATION: CHRIS 180 Main Office – 1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B Atlanta, GA 30316 – FREE PARKING

COST: $25 (includes 2.5 CEUs)

What Topics are Covered in Stewards of Children?

  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse.
  • The types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur.
  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse.
  • The importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults.
  • The signs of sexual abuse so that you might intervene and be able to react responsibly.

What Outcomes Can Be Expected After Training?

  • Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse
  • New skills for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
  • Proactive, positive change to organizational policies and procedures
  • Individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan
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