Participants May Log In 15 Minutes Before Presentation

Continuing Education Presentation


Via Zoom

Link Will Be Sent

Upon Registration


These Study Groups are targeted to Clinical Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

The Study Group Will Start at 12:30 and End at 3:30

Registrars Will be Able to Log in 15 Minutes Before Start

Participants Will be Limited to 100




September 11, 2020

Act with Depression


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT pronounced as “act” not A-C-T) is an empirically validated “Third Wave” cognitive behavioral therapy that has shown an ability to address varied forms of human suffering through the development and promotion of psychological 
flexibility. ACT primarily facilitates the development of psychological flexibility by guiding client and therapist to accept, defuse and take valued action in session and in valued life domains outside of session. In clinical studies ACT has proven to be a good treatment for depression, and seems to continue producing benefits well after treatment is completed (Zettle and Rains 1989; Zetttle

and Hayes; 1987). In this workshop, participants will be offered a clinical framework from which to conceptualize and treat depression from an ACT perspective. The information presented will be provided via didactic and experiential instruction to create a context for change 
by practicing. No prior understanding or training in ACT is needed as training materials and objectives are geared toward providing an initial and clinically applicable introduction to ACT, as well as to broaden the repertoire of clinicians who possess beginner to intermediate knowledge of the model.



Participates will be able to identify primary processes of psychological inflexibility that lead to and exacerbate human suffering, including depression.
Participates will be able to identify the six core processes utilized in ACT to promote psychological flexibility, increase a sense of vitality and undermine depression.
Participates will learn how to begin targeting ACT relevant processes in session through functional case conceptualization.
Participates will learn experiential and didactic strategies for presenting, evoking and reinforcing the 6 core processes of ACT in-session.



-Neal Vernon, LISW-CP completed the Masters SocialWork program at the University of South Carolina in 2006. Since that time, he has performed clinical counseling responsibilities within the Palmetto Health Health Care System. Currently he is a program therapist 
and clinical coordinator at Prisma Health Behavioral Care where he provides individual, group and family counseling to a transdiagnostic population within the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Over the past 11 years, Neal has utilized Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a primary mode



           SESSION 3

























































                  SESSION 2

            October 9, 2020

Weaving a Reparative Tapestry

Informed by Brain-Wise Practices



 Experiences that are traumatic literally disrupt the functioning of the brain, and when experienced early in life, can change the developmental trajectory of the shape and structures of the brain and nervous system.  Our understanding of how trauma affects the brain has grown exponentially since the 1990’s, which is known as ‘the decade of the brain’. This presentation will discuss how trauma 
is encoded and impacts the brain; how these changes may be understood as they link with behavioral and affective symptomology; and what ‘best’ practices include, focusing on a few examples of these. Researchers and clinicians including Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dan Siegel, Stephen Porges, Bonnie Badenoch, and Allan Schore, will be referenced, among others. Participants are encouraged to check out the text,

The Body Keeps the Score in preparation for the event.



1)   Participants will identify three ways in which the brain changes when trauma occurs.
2)   Participants will identify three foundational skills required to calm a brain/nervous system that is triggered, within a session.
3)   Participants will describe four examples of treatment approaches that are evidence-based trauma focused treatments.
4)   Participants will articulate the rationale for infusing somatic practices into treatments for trauma, and name three examples that can fit into a ‘traditional’ talk therapy approach.



Deborah Armstrong, Ph.D., LMFT-S, RPT-S, REAT, REACE, has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Expressive and Play Therapies for over thirty-five years. She has been studying within the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology since the early 90’s when she was first introduced into the work of Bessel van Der Kolk and Dan Siegel, who she has taken classes from. She has been teaching about trauma, the brain, and IPNB since the 90’s; as a graduate school faculty member, at workshops and conferences, and out of her practice where she conducts training programs, in Greenville, SC.


                           CREDITS: 3 CEUs

SCSCSW has not vetted all of the opinions, finding, recommendations, or conclusions expressed by our guest presenters. We do not necessarily endorse the material presented as being effective and appropriate within your individual practices. You are responsible for using your own clinical ethics and knowledge of your skills to determine whether and how this material is utilized within your clinical work. We also reserve the right to substitute a qualified instructor for any presentation due to unforeseen circumstances.

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