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Family, Men and Trauma 101 – 6 NBCC Clock Hours


Rules of the Game—Understanding the Family

Course Details:

Portland Course

Date: TBD

Venue: TBD

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with check-in from 8:30 AM – 9 AM (1 hour break for lunch 12-1 PM). Continental breakfast provided.

Seattle Course

Date: TBD

Venue: TBD

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with check-in from 8:30 AM – 9 AM (1 hour break for lunch 12-1 PM). Continental breakfast provided.

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Course Description

Healthy Minds Group, LLC has been approved by the National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6922. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Healthy Minds Group, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Training Components

  • Understanding healthy family functioning and therapeutic models
  • Understanding toxic family structures
  • Understanding the impact of diversity variables on male identity development within family systems
  • Develop a model of family assessment

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will develop strategies on how to teach families about healthy families  
  • Participants will increase their understanding of the undercurrents of healthy versus unhealthy or toxic roles, rituals, and rules
  • Participants will be able to identify systemic changes and how the systemic changes interact and change the pattern of functioning within the family system
  • Participants will be able to identify how different diversity variables impact male identity development and risk and resiliency factors that mitigate traumatic stress reactions
  • Participants will increase their understanding of how to assess family functioning and the impact of trauma on communication, discipline, relationship rules, roles, emotionality, identity, caregiving, and attachment

Group Activities

  • Metaphors
  • Conceptualization
  • My family and me
  • Family Assessment tools

Course Presenters:

Shefali Gandhi, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Arizona specializing in care for patients coping with anxiety, depression, grief, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, PTSD, Autism, Asperger’s, poor social skills, poor anger management skills, parenting difficult adolescents and children, attachment issues, identity development and the LGBT population. Shefali also treats disruptive behavior disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. She is the Clinical Director of ChildHelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona. ChildHelp responds to the overwhelming needs of abused children with community partners: the Phoenix Police Department, the Office of Child Welfare Investigations, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Anne Ngamsombat, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has extensive experience working with law enforcement, department of child safety, juveniles, families, courts and corrections. She received a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver in 2007. As the Lead Victim Advocate at Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona, she developed and supervised the advocacy center’s extensive victim advocacy program. Through policy development and leadership, she has improved victim services to serve over 150 families each month at the center. Her contribution to the center has had a tremendous positive impact on the investigation outcomes for these families. Prior to her leadership position at the Children’s Advocacy Center, she was a treating clinician in the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation program providing treatment to detained youth. She helped to develop and implement holistic treatment programs in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards thereby increasing the safety and well-being of incarcerated juveniles. She is passionate about providing support for healing in a safe environment and has trained professionals in the areas of child sexual abuse, adolescent brain development, mental health, suicide prevention and intervention, and vicarious trauma..

Our cancellation policy

We reserve the right to cancel a Continuing Education Course and refund all fees in the event of insufficient registration. Participants who cancel their registration will receive a 90% refund when notice is given at least 7 days prior to the course date.

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