Firefly Institute of Research and Education
Firefly Institute of Research and Education

2018-2019 Continuing Education Courses

The Firefly Institute is an APT Approved Provider #17-510

 

 

The Firefly Institute is an Approved Provider for the National Board of Certified Counselors #6953

NASW: Continuing Education Hours for NASW are available for most trainings. APT, NBCC, NASW Continuing Education Hours are specific to each training. Contact the Continuing Education Director, Lindsay Balboa, for more information.

 

Date Workshop

July 26th & July 27th, 2018; August 17th & 18th, 2018 - Lisa Aasheim, PhD, LPC, ACS (30 credit hours)

 

Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals 

September 28th & 29th, 2018 (12 credit hours)-Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW: SOLD OUT!

 

Foundations of Play Therapy Practice
October 12th, 2018 - Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW (6 Credit Hours)

Play Therapy Works! Addressing Child Abuse and Neglect with an Autocatalytic Model

 

October 18th & 19th, 2018; November 30th & December 1st, 2018 - Lisa Aasheim, PhD, LPC, ACS (30 credit hours)

 

Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals

October 26th, 2018 (6 Credit Hours)-Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, LCSW

 

Foundations of Animal Assisted Human Health 

 

November 2nd, 2018 (6 Credit Hours)-Mark Barzda, JD; Lindsay Balboa, LCSW; Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S

POSTPONED TO Feb. 1st 2019

 

Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice with Court Involved Cases

 

December 7th, 2018 (6 Credit Hours)-Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, LCSW

 

Animal Connections

 

January 11th & 12th, 2019 (12 credit hours)-Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

Foundations of Play Therapy Practice

January 18th, 2019 (6 Credit Hours) Michelle Pliske, Sarah Long, LCSW RYT-200 Lindsay Balboa MSSW LCSW

 

Conversations in the Sand: Sandtray for Child and Adolescent Play Therapy Practices

 

January 19th, 2018 (6 Credit Hours)-Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, LCSW

 

Foundations of Animal Assisted Human Health 

January 24th & January 25th, 2019; March 1st & March 2nd, 2019 - Lisa Aasheim, PhD, LPC, ACS (30 credit hours)

 

Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals

February 1st, 2019 (6 Credit Hours)-Mark Barzda, JD; Lindsay Balboa, LCSW; Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S

 

Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice with Court Involved Cases

February 8th, 2019 (6 Credit Hours) Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa MSSW LCSW 

 

Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children
February 15th, 2019 (6 Credit Hours) Sarah Long, LCSW RYT-200

The Intersection of Yoga and Trauma:

Incorporating Trauma Sensitive Yoga

and Mindfulness Techniques into

Practices

 

February  22nd, 2019 (6 Credit Hours)-Lindsay Balboa, LCSW; Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S

 

Animal Assisted Human Health in Clinical Practice

 

February 23rd, 2019(6 Credit Hours)-Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

Animal Connections

March 8th & 9th, 2019 (12 Credit Hours)- Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

Hope Stretches: Integrating Yoga and
Play Therapy for BIG Feelings

 

March 15, 2019 (6 Credit Hours) Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

Paws and Play: Animal Assisted Neurobiologically Informed Play Therapy

 

March 16th, 2019 (6 Credit Hours)-Lindsay Balboa, LCSW; Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S

 

Animal Assisted Human Health in Clinical Practice
April 4th & 5th, 2019; May 2nd & 3rd, 2019- Lisa Aasheim, PhD, LPC, ACS (30 credit hours) Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals

 

April 12th, 2019 (6 Credit Hours)

 

 

Animal Assisted Human Health Capstones

 

April 20th, 2019 (6 Credit Hours)

The Business of Play Therapy: Creating Successful Assessments, Clinical Documentation and Treatment Planning

 

May TBA (6 Credit Hours) 

 

Clinical Supervision for Play Therapists

 

May 17th& 18th, 2019 (12 Credit Hours)-Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S; Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

Foundations of Play Therapy Practice

 

 

May 31st, 2019 (6 Credit Hours) Rebekah Springs, LMFT Working with Parents in Play Therapy

General Education Registration Information Live or via Webinar:

 

Professional Fee: $100 –6 Credit hour one day training/ $200-12 credit hours / two day training. 

 

Certificate in Animal Assisted Human Health Live or via Webinar:

 

Animal Assisted Human Health Certificate - $400

Animal Assisted Human Health Certificate with Child Endorsement- $700

 

Clinical Supervision Training Live or via Webinar

30-Hour Clinical Supervision Training- $500

Workshop Descriptions:

 

30 Hour Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals

 

This course is a foundational overview of the primary tenets and best practices in clinical supervision. It is designed to meet and exceed all Oregon state requirements for clinical supervision training (30 clock hours, OBLPCT and 6 clock hours, BLSW).  This course covers best practices in supervision, modalities and models of supervision, legal and ethical matters and procedures, feedback and evaluation practices, sociocultural aspects and cultural competence development, the supervision alliance, documentation, and tools and techniques for maximally effective supervision.  This course is a dynamic, experiential-based workshop in which participants acquire new information, actively work with the new information, and actively consider practical applications through activities, circular inquiry, and guided discussions.

 

Foundations of Play Therapy Practice

 

This 2-day intensive course focuses on the foundational principles of play therapy practice including history, theory and clinical application of expressive arts into our work with children and adolescents. Participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively within play therapy offices for experiential learning. Treatment planning and ethical considerations for child practice will be reviewed with conversion regarding special populations.

 

Play Therapy Works! Addressing Child Abuse and Neglect with an Autocatalytic Model

 

This workshop discusses and evaluates the autocatalytic model of theory that brings integration to adverse experiences for mind body connection using movement, expressive arts and narratives. Current neuroscience is addressed in application with clinical practice.  Experiential learning will solidify constructs.

 

Foundations of Animal Assisted Human Health

 

This course provides a comprehensive beginning to animal-assisted human health. The course reviews the human animal bond theory and begins to make connections to therapy practices. Learning will include history, ethical practices including link violence, current research and various healthcare settings animal assisted therapy can be incorporated. Participants will differentiate between animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activities. The course outlines how to differentiate between emotional support, therapy animals and service animals. First steps towards policy creation for animal assisted human health programs.

 

Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice with Court Involved Cases

 

This workshop will cover current legal and ethical issues of clinical practice including how to successfully prepare and deliver testimony in court involved cases. Legal experts will engage the class in discussion for attorney expectations, do's and don’ts of the art of giving testimony. Case examples will be provided for discussion with time allotted for Q&A to ensure participants can ask pertinent questions pertaining to their own cases and court involved issues.

 

Animal Connections

 

This course reviews the variety of animal species which participate in animal assisted human health, however pays special attention to canine partners. Animal behavior is a central portion of this course study including animal welfare and ethics. The course covers how to select, train, screen and make decisions about animal connections within clinical practice. The course continues to review policy for building successful programs.

 

Conversations in the Sand: Sandtray for Child and Adolescent Play Therapy Practices

 

This workshop will discuss the clinical practice of utilizing sandtray therapy with children and adolescents in play therapy. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own sandtrays and have the experience of learning how to interpret sand trays, ascertain clinical formulation and understand how to process the symbolic meaning in communication with the client experience. This workshop focuses on honoring the client and developmental process along with building treatment planning using sandtray as a modality.

 

 

Clinical Assessment and Play Therapy Practices for Child Sexual Abuse Issues

 

Child sexual abuse in the United States in widespread and mental health professionals need comprehensive training to assess and treat victims of child sexual abuse and should possess a clear understanding of the process of victimization. This workshop will examine the critical components of child sexual abuse clinical practice and describe various methods of intervention utilizing play therapy and expressive arts. Critical attention will be paid to the neurobiology of trauma and how adverse childhood experiences impact development and functioning.

 

The Intersection of Yoga and Trauma: Incorporating Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness Techniques into Practices

 

Research on the integration of yoga and mindfulness techniques into therapy sessions and yoga classes has shown to have a positive impact on populations that have experienced trauma.  Statistics show that 1 in 3 women will experience some form of violence within their lifetime, moving the number of people who have experienced trauma out of the special population category and into mainstream society.  This workshop is designed to train yoga teachers and mental health professionals to bring mindfulness and yoga based interventions to these populations in the mental health, social services or yoga settings they attend. Current research will be presented on the neuroscience of trauma, along with studies on the impact yoga and mindfulness have on the traumatized brain. Participants will learn trauma sensitive yoga and mindfulness tools they can use with students and clients in any healing or social service setting. Participants will engage in both learning theory and experiential applications of knowledge through practicing mindfulness tools in group settings and experiencing a trauma sensitive yoga class conducted by the instructor.

 

Animal Assisted Human Health in Clinical Practice

 

This course provides instruction for successfully incorporating animal assisted human health within clinical practice. Discussion will include successful treatment plan writing, clinical interventions and incorporating research and best practice guidelines into the work for effective management of the animal partners in session. The course provides opportunity to finalize policy and decision making for animal assisted human health programs in private practice or clinic settings.

 

Hope Stretches: Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy for BIG Feelings

 

This 2-day intensive workshop strengthens our understanding of the clinical research and practice-based work for integrating yoga and play therapy with attention paid to attachment patterns within the nervous system. Expressive yoga therapies create opportunities in the clinical setting for children to develop safety within therapy and to integrate the mind and body for physiological, emotional and cognitive repair. Theoretical constructs for child mental health issues will be discussed with special consideration paid to the implications of trauma and adverse life experiences. Participants will engage in both didactic learning of theory and applications of practice in addition to experiential practice-based experience utilizing a wide spectrum of supplies to enhance their growth within practice. Curriculum will be reviewed and deconstructed to help participants understand the design of expressive clinical yoga.

 

Paws and Play: Animal Assisted Neurobiologically Informed Play Therapy

Combining animal assisted interventions and play therapy creates the unique opportunity for children to develop safety within the therapeutic context and have means for creative expression while processing adverse experiences. The integration of these evidenced based practices needs to be addressed carefully with focus for the ethical treatment of children and animals. This course provides information about the neurobiology of trauma and the human stress response system in conjunction with animal assisted human health. This course focuses on clinical applications and practice of animal assisted play therapy for adversity and trauma.

 

Animal Assisted Human Health Capstone

 

Students will complete a paper and deliver a capstone presentation ‘Ted Talk’ style integrating learning from coursework into their own specialized research topic. Participants will be asked to engage in experiential demonstration of animal assisted human health applications. The session includes dialog with those in the field of animal assisted human health, group discussion and opportunities to continue connection and consultation with the animal assisted human health community

 

Clinical Supervision for the Play Therapist

 

Clinical supervision within play therapy is a meaningful way to ensure the next generation of play therapists receive quality education and training within the field. This workshop will provide a foundation of understanding for theories associated with clinical supervision and play therapy along with playful ways of interacting with supervisees. This training meets the qualifications for those who currently have an RPT and wish to pursue and RPT-S within the Association for Play Therapy.

 

Date/time is TBA as we are awaiting confirmation from the speaker.

 

The Business of Play Therapy: Creating Successful Assessments, Clinical Documentation and Treatment Plans

 

This workshop focuses on the business of play therapy practices including setting up paperwork to ensure ethical client care guidelines are being met. Participants will engage in the art of facilitating successful assessment, development of comprehensive play therapy treatment plans which meet managed care rules and receive education regarding managing and maintaining routine clinical documentation within progress notes. This is an experiential workshop to involve active participation with case examples.

 

Working with Parents in Play Therapy

 

Working with Parents in Play Therapy provides professionals with a deeper understanding of the value of including parents in the play therapy process. This six-credit hour workshop with emphasize strategies for strengthening the connection between the clinician and parent as well as between the parent and child. Forging a therapeutic alliance with parents can be particularly challenging, and effectively engaging parents in the play therapy process through relationship and empowerment can be difficult. This workshop draws from current research and insight from the fields of attachment theory, neuroscience, infant mental health and play therapy to provide clinicians with tools for working with a broad range of parents and caregivers. The course will cover parent consultation, treatment planning, the stages of change and loss grief cycle when confronting diagnoses and neurodevelopmental differences, how and when to engage parents in the play therapy room, and appropriate documentation as well as legal and ethical issues in working with a diverse range of parents. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Registration Instructions:

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Please submit your online registration form and complete the payment option below. If you are unable to complete payment via Paypal, you may request to pay over the phone with our continuing education director (she will contact you) or by requesting a credit card authorization form and mail to our offices 4950 NE Belknap Ct. Ste 205 Hillsboro, OR 97124 

 

We have the ability to accept payment for courses and registration online through paypal. Please select your course(s) below and complete the paypal process (you will be redirected to the paypal website; you can select multiple courses by simply toggling back to our webpage and adding another course to your cart. Paypal will update your shopping cart accordingly). We limit course registration to ensure comfort within the space and quality within the education e.g. provides more time for discussion, experiential work and questions. 

 

The Firefly Institute is not able to confirm your registration seat until payment is made. Registration is first come first serve; we cap our courses to ensure comfort and necessary time for experiential activities and questions throughout the day.

Animal Assisted Human Health Certification Program (You will be registered for all courses necessary to complete the certificate program). 

Animal Assisted Human Health Certification
Animal Assisted Human Health Certificate with Child Endorsement

Continuing Education Courses (multiple courses can be added into your paypal cart prior to final check out)

30-Hour Clinical Supervision
Foundations of Play Therapy Practice (Jan 11th & 12th, 2019)
Conversations in the Sand (January 18th, 2019)
Foundations of Animal Assisted Human Health (Jan 19th, 2019)
Clinical Supervision for Social Work Practice (Jan 26th, 2019)
Legal and Ethical Issues with Court Cases (Feb 1st, 2019)
Clinical Assessment Child Sex Abuse (Feb 8th, 2019)
Intersection of Yoga and Trauma (Feb 15th, 2019)
Animal Assisted Human Health Clinical (Feb 22nd, 2019)
Animal Connections (Feb 23rd, 2019)
Integrating Yoga and Play for BIG Feelings (March 8th & 9th)
Animal Assisted Human Health Clinical Practice (March 16th, 2019
Paws and Play (March 15th, 2019)
Animal Assisted Human Health Capstone (April 12th, 2019)
The Business of Play Therapy (April 20th, 2019)
Clinical Supervision for Play Therapists
Foundations of Play Therapy Practice (May 17th & 18th, 2019)
Working with Parents (May 31st, 2019)

Continuing Education Provider Information

The Firefly Institute is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy. All trainings for expressive therapy and play therapy practice meet the criteria and guidelines for continuing education credits. APT has issued new practice standards for continuing education which the Firefly Institute supports. 50 non-contact hours (webinar registration) can be applied towards a registered play therapy certificate (RPT) and 100 hours of training needs to be in-person contact. Participants will receive a certificate of education in completion of classes that can be applied towards their registered play therapy credentialing or certification process with this policy in place.

 

(Please note, in 2020 guidelines for webinar instruction change with the APT board. All participants must attend live and in-person to be awarded credit hours towards an RPT or RPT-S or to maintain their credentialing status.)

 

The Firefly Institute is an approved provider for the National Board of Certified Counselors. Trainings at the institute are supported with credit hours for LPC and LMFT. Live webinar instruction is also supported as direct contact hours through the board, participants can earn credit hours through this distance learning option. 

 

Participants seeking credit hours for other licensing boards, please inquire with our continuing education director. We apply for credit hour certification program by program with other governing boards per their program policies. 

 

Distance learners may attend via webinar. We use Zoom technology and will provide all registrants with information about webinar procedures following enrollment within any of our courses. 

Registration can be completed at this time by completing the online registration form which will be sent to the continuing education director. You may also email the continuing education director Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

Email: balboa@fireflyknowledge.org 

 

Institute Contact Information:

Phone: Director of Program Operations: Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S

503-915-3737

Fax: 888-503-2864

Mail: Firefly Institute of Research and Education Attn: Lindsay Balboa or Michelle Pliske 4950 NE Belknap Ct. Ste 205 Hillsboro, OR 97124

 

Please include the course you're interested in attending and your preference for attendance (live in person or via webinar). Lindsay will respond with confirmation and payment information about the upcoming event.

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing to the Continuing Education Director seven days prior to the event to receive a refund, and are subject to a $25 processing fee.

 

At Firefly Institute for Research and Education we aim to deliver events that provide participants with quality learning experiences. Material and curriculum are tailored to post-graduate level participant learning and aim to advance knowledge and enhance the skill base of Mental Health Professionals within the community. Complaints and grievances should be directed in writing to the Continuing Education Director at balboa@fireflyknowledge.org.

Firefly Institute

To find out more about the programs we offer, please call:                503-560-5822 -or- email:  balboa@fireflyknowledge.org

 

You can also use our contact form for questions.

News & Events

New book to be released July 2019!   

"Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Experiences" 

Authors: Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S & Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW

 

We are excited to be launching new continuing education programs in play therapy practices! The institute partners with Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. and all trainings include experiential work within the play therapy clinic and is approved for continuing education by the Association for Play Therapy.

 

Please see our continuing education program brochure for more information!

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