6 Hour CEU Seminars
9am - 4:30pm
(lunch on your own)
$45 for Early Bird Registration / $60 at the Door
Grief: A History and Its Complications
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
How has death changed in American society, and what impact has that had on people who grieve today? What is the impact of modern media on how our clients experience death, dying, and the grieving process? How do we walk this journey with our clients differently than ten, twenty, or fifty years ago?
Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for Grief: A History and Its Complications, a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own). We'll talk about how death became a business, the modern problem that has become the pornography of death, and how grief experiences have changed for recent generations. Bring your experiences and your questions, and together we will explore answers and share resources.
*THIS COURSE IS APPROVED AS CEU for LPC/LMFT. LCSW's may submit independently.
Early Bird Special Ends February 3rd, 2018
No, We Can't Be Facebook Friends:
A Morning of Ethical Issues
Wait, Can We Be Facebook Friends?
An Afternoon of Supervision Issues
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Ethics are actually very different than laws, and by definition more about discerning what is best when given more than one possible good choice. Laws tell us what not to do, and licensure regulation give us the boundaries within which we can practice. But ethics help us do it well.
In the same way, supervision is more than just record-keeping and paperwork. Your clinical work as a supervisor has an exponential impact on the people in your community and our state as supervisees complete their training and begin their own careers. How is your supervision work impacting the world?
(Ethics from 9am to noon, Supervision from 1pm to 4pm)
$25 for the morning or afternoon only, $50 for both if you register by February 23.
Otherwise, $40 at the door for one session or $70 for both.
Early Bird Special Ends February 23rd, 2018
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
Breaking Down Self-Harm and Crisis Intervention
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
How do you know when things are bad enough to count as a crisis? What happens when the crisis is in your office? How do you handle self-harm and threats of self-harm? When do you draw the line on threats of crisis, and which ones are legit? At what point do you refer a client to inpatient, and how do you get them referred successfully?
Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own). We'll talk about what constitutes a crisis, when you ignore it and when you don't, and what to do about it. Bring your experiences and your questions, and together we will explore answers and share resources.
Early Bird Special Ends April 7th, 2018
Adults Can Do Sandtrays, too!
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Sand isn't just for children! Sandtrays are a highly effective way of engaging both sides of the brain to process emotions and integrate experiences. Dr. Emily Christensen will introduce some of the evidence-based practice of sand tray, and share some of the research of why and how sand works. Melissa Watts, LPC, RPT, will provide you with a travel-size sand tray to get you started and to get you playing!
Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own).
Early Bird Special Ends April 27th, 2018
Did We Even Do Assessments in Grad School?!
Introduction to Assessments and Testing
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Are you amazing at establishing rapport and receiving stories, but struggle to do a proper MMSE for that first intake appointment? Are you are a genius at applying the right interventions, but struggle to discern what is organic and what is behavioral? Do you have parents and teachers and doctors clamoring for an official diagnosis that you can almost see, but can't quite untangle?
Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own). We will review basic assessments that you can already be doing, introduce Level B assessments you can learn more about this fall, and explore how to interpret results and present them effectively to clients, parents, teachers, and physicians.
Early Bird Special Ends June 1st, 2018
Music, Art, and Movement in Play Therapy
Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Are you stuck in a chair day after day? Do you have clients, young or old, who are stuck in their story-telling and need some help? Bring them full circle with music, art, and movement as part of your toolkit. From improving communication to processing trauma, these self-expression activities will keep the energy flowing and open new opportunities for healing. Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own). We will review evidence-based practices and specific applications to help your office be more than just a chair.
Early Bird Special Ends July 20th, 2018
Autism: Regulation Across the Spectrum
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
The fun part about autism is how differently it presents in each individual... but we know that can be the hard part, too! There are so many factors in what makes autism challenging, but this seminar focuses specifically on regulation. Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, September 1st, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own). We will explore amplified emotional responses and poor behavioral and emotional control, and share ideas to improve regulation for these stellar clients.
Early Bird Special Ends July 31st, 2018
Anger, Anxiety, & Depression, Oh My!
Practical Play Therapy Interventions
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Let's get back to the basics, but without being scaredy cats! Anger can get really big really quick, anxiety can spin its wheels, and depression opens a pit that is hard to climb out of, so what do you do? Play therapy is a great way to pace emotional expression and process underlying issues. Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own) to explore practical ideas for how to stay brave when feelings get big - and how to help your clients get through them safely.
Early Bird Special Ends October 5th, 2018
We Dare You to Take a Day for Self-Care
No One Wants Compassion Fatigue
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
It's been a long year of assessments, crises, and healing. What are you doing to take care of you? How can you maintain compassion, while ditching the fatigue? Brace yourself for the holiday season as we gather together for some positive self-care. Join Dr. Emily Christensen and Melissa Watts for a 6 hour CEU training seminar on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own).
Early Bird Special Ends October 26th, 2018
Emily Christensen, Ph.D., has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development, a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling, and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling. Her doctorate is in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a hospital chaplain, serving the Tulsa community since 2014.
A licensed clinician for more than 20 years, Dr. Christensen has primarily served foster, adopted, and blended families struggling with patterns of acting out behaviors and negative interactions in effort to bring clarity and mutual understanding to increase bonding, improve attachment, and create a more peaceful environment in the home. She runs the Parenting Class Solutions website. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Foster Parent Association.
Dr. Christensen decided to serve with her husband as a foster parent when she witnessed the desperate situation of so many little ones who were ready to be discharged from inpatient services but had no placement available. Their dramatic and award-winning story, Keeping Kyrie, tells their story of fostering more than eighty children in four years. Ultimately, they adopted six special needs children that continue to keep them on their toes, with the youngest on palliative care. The book also tells how she survived the death of both her parents: her father, who passed away after a long battle from cancer, and her mother, who was killed by a drunk driver after the funeral. These experiences transformed Dr. Christensen's clinical skills with personal experiences that have shaped her gift for supporting, educating, and healing families.
Dr. Christensen has since collaborated with her children for two series of children's picture books. One series focuses on special needs issues, and the series currently being released is about foster care and adoption.
Orders and pre-orders for all books will be sold half-price (only $10) at these seminars.
Melissa Watts, M.A., earned her Associated Degree in Child Development, her B.A. in Psychology, and her M.A. in in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist.
Melissa has been working with families and children in crisis in some aspect for over 15 years. She began counseling in 2012 and has worked in a psychiatric hospital, as a school based therapist, in a medical clinic, and in home based services. She opened her private practice, Growing Hope Counseling, in March of 2017, where she continues to work with children, families, and adults.
Melissa’s passion is to help traumatized children. She believes firmly in the power of the therapeutic relationship and treating each client as an individual, not a diagnosis. She became a believer in the use of the Sandtray in therapy 2015 and is an avid collector of Sandtray miniatures. Whether she is working with children or adults she is convinced that Carl Jung was a genius when he stated that “often the hands will solve a mystery the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
Melissa has recently ventured into the world of adults dealing with complex childhood trauma and she is actively pursuing certification in Complex Trauma and Dissociation. She is also actively pursuing AutPlay certification to better help children with Autism and their families.
Melissa was married in June of 2017. She married William Watts, who is not only the love of her life, but he is also an electrician with the last name “Watts”. Together they reside in Tulsa, OK with their extremely spoiled Shorkie, Trixie. In her spare time, Melissa can be found at church, cooking, at vintage markets, or binging on The Flash, Supernatural, and Criminal Minds. She is obsessed with essential oils, buying books she never has time to read, loving God, and playing with her niece and nephews.