Fall 2019 Study Groups

Please join us for one, two or all three sessions!



Lunch & Networking


Continuing Education Presentation


208 Blacks Rd.

Greenville,  SC


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



October 25, 2019


Adverse Childhood Experiences 



Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic and often culturally relevant events that occur in a child’s life. When left untreated, these events can have negative health and well-being outcomes throughout life. The ACE study provides empirical evidence on the impact these traumatic events can have in early brain, emotional, and physical development that increase risks of substance use and abuse, depression, unintended pregnancies, physical disease, mental illness, under and unemployment, poverty, and homelessness.


Discuss how ACEs can be prevented and dealt with constructively in therapy. By building resiliency skills, the counterweight to ACEs, children and adults are more likely to be able to deal with negative situations without prolonged or unfavorable outcomes. Pat will demonstrate how clinicians can change the focus of conversations about trauma from what is wrong with the client to what has happened to the client, in order to facilitate compassionate healing and resilience.   


1.   Explain the significance of the  ACE study and how these risk factors contribute to physical, mental, and behavior problems.

2.  Analyze the sensitive time frames for brain development where childhood trauma most impacts functionality.

3.  Summarize the three variables that determine the effects of maltreatment.

4. Recognize the significance that branching and pruning of complex neural networks have on brain development, cognition, and behavior.

5. Compile a working knowledge of how to implement steps toward prevention of ACEs and the accumulation of ACEs.



Pat Patrick, MSW, LISW-CP currently provides consultative services to organizations enhancing trauma informed services to children and families. He has extensive experience in child welfare and previously served as founder and director of SC Families First, a family empowerment movement within the SC Department of Social Services, successfully implementing family group decision making models. He has extensive experience in child welfare including child sexual abuse prevention campaigns locally, nationally and internationally, program development and service delivery to children and families in both residential and community based settings.  As a Master Trainer in the Adverse Childhood Experiences Interface curriculum, he currently works with communities in raising awareness of the impact of childhood trauma.      














November 22, 2019


Family Therapy: A Distinct Skill Set


This workshop will discuss a short history of the development of family therapy and the various schools of thought.



  1.  Examine and discuss the various roots of family     therapy

  2.  Discuss the differences between family therapy, couples work and individual therapy, past  ???        regarding the therapist’s us of self

  3.  Describe an integrative way of working conjointly with families


Ginger Culbertson    MSW, LISW-CP, LMFT

Psychotherapy with individual, couples and families. Trauma focused work EMDR and other energy work.; NLP Master Practitioner; Clinical diploma of AAMFT; Clinical Supervision and also  a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.

























































September 27, 2019

My Body and My Mind: My Healers.  Alternative Healing in Mental Health




The workshop will be a summary of how non invasive, alternative practices and therapeutic modalities assist in alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress, mainly using the inner resources of our bodies. It will start with an overview of Internal Family System and how this model uses the body’s inner ability to heal, after which there will be a panel of three practitioners, an acupuncturist, a naturopath, and a chiropractor, describing mental health conditions from their frames of reference.  Along with theoretical frameworks, the participants will be given many resources and examples to use with their clients in the sessions.


 The clinicians will:

- learn to assist the clients in trusting their own physical, emotional and spiritual inner resources

-learn the gut and brain connection and what happens with people mental health when this connection is lost, emphasizing different digestive deficiencies and signals when dietary modification is needed, focusing on enzymes, CBD oil, and homeopathic remedies

-different meditation, brain rewiring strategies, and simple Qi Gong exercises

-explain the connection between the nervous system and depression and anxiety and how damage or interference to the nervous system from thoughts, traumas and toxins can trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety

-simple herbal formulas to help in alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and weaning of the psychotropic medication


Angela Mentink, Lac, Dipl. OM, ABT,

Brenda Baker, ND, MH, CNHP, LDHS, 

Brenda Baker is a board certified drugless practitioner and owner of Authentic Health who offers  natural holistic solutions for  health care needs.

Holly Callaway, DC 

 As a Doctor of Chiropractic my primary focus is to ensure proper alignment and movement of the top two bones of the spine to alleviate pressure on the brain stem, creating more effective communication between the brain and body. I specialize in patients previously diagnosed with depression, recognizing that proper nervous system function can alter mental state and mood. 

Elena Corral, LISW-CP

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker she specializes mainly in alleviating early childhood trauma experiences for children, adolescents and adults using integrative modalities, IFS, psychodynamic, CBT, attachment, play and art





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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