Clinical Mental Health
Creative Counseling Techniques: Engaging Clients in a Virtual Reality
Fully Online Program Through Zoom
*Two Sessions to Choose from:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021; 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (2 CE hours)
Thursday, March 18, 2021; 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (2 CE hours)
*Due to the overwhelming demand, this workshop is being offered on two separate days and times to accommodate the need.
Speaker: Mary L. Affee, Ed.D, LCSW, CTP, RPT-S
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program will be hosting an Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference on: "Creative Counseling Techniques: Engaging Clients in a Virtual Reality". You will be able to select one of two dates/times to attend. One session will be held on to be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021; 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (2 CE hours) and another session will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021; 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (2 CE hours).
The most up-to-date conference information can be found on this conference webpage at: www.molloy.edu/ce/mhc. To be placed on our mailing/email list, call Ramona Ali at 516.323.3553 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Background and Description
The COVID-19 pandemic has many mental health providers working virtually through telehealth services. A year later, many professionals struggle to find new ways to engage clients during a virtual session. Therapist burnout can add to the ongoing pressure felt by many professionals providing therapeutic services online. Adding creative art techniques can bolster therapeutic rapport and connection to deepen the healing experience of traditional talk therapy. Join us in a unique 2-hour experiential and interactive workshop where you will learn to use creative interventions in a virtual therapy session. Attendees will be actively engaged and will leave the workshop with creative techniques that can be applied and modified across diagnoses, populations, ages, and situations. Play therapists often use a variety of art and creative activities in their work with children, teens, and adults. This workshop will introduce creative and expressive art activities to be used in therapy. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a variety of creative activities for assessment, rapport building, exploring emotions to help their clients to heal while also inducing creativity in the therapist.
Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the mental healthcare profession, including: clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, and other creative arts therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, students and all those interested in their own health and well-being.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
- Understand and appreciate the power of creative expression in virtual therapy
- Identify at least one activity for establishing a therapeutic rapport with clients virtually
- Identify basic supplies needed to incorporate creative techniques in virtual therapy
- Identify at least one activity for assessment with clients virtually
- Understand how to use at least one activity as a measurement tool virtually
· white drawing paper
· pencil and eraser
· crayons, markers, colored pencils,
· Printed templates that will be provided
Mary L. Affee, Ed.D, LCSW, CTP, RPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and a Holistic Health Coach. Mary earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership in Education from Gardner-Webb University. Mary earned her MSW from Fordham University. Mary also earned a second master's in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University. She is Licensed School Administrator and has spent more than 12 years in public education serving as a School Social Worker. Mary has extensive clinical experience in trauma informed practice and earned an award of excellence from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in 2014. She is also a frequent guest speaker locally and nationally, and she is the owner and Clinical Director at Horizon Integrated Wellness Group, PLLC, a private practice that specializes in expressive therapies for children, teens, families, and adults.
Online Zoom Information
This program will be conducted as a "live" online course using Zoom. It will be held on the same dates and times as indicated above. You will be able to take the programs using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. You will receive the Zoom link to join the programs via email within a week of the date of the programs. If you are not familiar with Zoom please visit the following webpage prior to the course start date on "Joining a Zoom Meeting" at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193. More detailed information on Zoom can be found on the following link: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206175806
Regular Registration, through 3/12: $50
Late Registration, After 3/13: $60
Molloy Students: $10, (please register using your Molloy email)
Non-Molloy Students (please register using school email): $20
Molloy Alumni 25% discount
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge (please register using your Molloy email)
Click here to register online. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.
To register by phone, please call 516-323-3550. We are still working remotely, so please leave your name, phone number, a date/time to call you back and we will return your call. Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration. Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by March 17. Refunds will not be granted after March 17: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education Credit Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This program is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/
NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs)
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This conference is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.
Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 2 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.
Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This conference is offered for two (2) CE contact hours for NYS Licensed Social Workers.
Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
CE credit through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) has been approved for for two (2) CE contact hours in the following areas:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS
Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This conference is approved for two (2) CE contact hours of nursing continuing education.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Please click here for the webpage for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College.
Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact Conference Chair: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College
Phone: (516) 323-3842
Questions regarding registration?
Contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program