Training & Supervision 2017-02-06T15:23:29+00:00

Training & Supervision

Washington Center for Mental Health Training
(Professional CEUs provided by Rathbone & Associates)

Committed to providing mental health professionals high quality, state of the art trainings on cutting edge topics to improve clinical outcomes.

January-June, 2017 Training Schedule

January-February, 2017: 28.5 Category I CEUs SOLD OUT

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Mental Health Professionals
Instructor – Paul Jones, MD

Rathbone & Associates
4701 Sangamore Road, Suite 260-N
Bethesda, Maryland 20816

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an evidence-based eight week course that teaches clinicians specific skills to reduce both physical and emotional stress as well as cultivating the ability to attend to clients in an effective way. MBSR for mental health providers has been shown to enhance therapist-patient communication, listening, and empathy.  MBSR has also been shown to reduce chronic pain, acute pain, anxiety and other serious symptoms in clients, and is increasingly being incorporated into clinical practice. This program follows a nationally standardized, evidence based format comprising eight 2.5-3  hour weekly classes plus a seven hour intensive weekend workshop in the latter half of the course.  This course is taught by a psychiatrist who has received formal training in MBSR.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will be able to explain the essential role of learning and using mindfulness skills in their own life to improve their clinical skills and attention.
  • Participants will learn specific techniques for teaching these skills to clients
  • Participants will practice, and have an experiential understanding of at least 3 core formal meditation practices central to the teaching of mindfulness skills: a) the body scan; b) sitting meditation; c) nonchoice awareness
  • Participants will gain an experiential understanding of 2 brief mindfulness tools (STOPP and the 3 minute breathing space) that they can incorporate into their clinical work
  • Participants will practice these techniques daily and will document their experience for the duration of the course

Additional objectives

  • To improve social worker-client communication and rapport
  • To increase provider focus and concentration in professional settings
  • To increase the ability of social workers to respond, rather than to react in difficult situations
  • To decrease professional burnout
  • To reduce symptoms of perceived stress, anxiety and depression


March 17, 2017: 8:45-12 noon, 3 Category I CEUs.

EFT In Action: A Workshop About Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Instructors – Marie Chopin, LCSW-C and Gail Schumann, LCSW-C

Rathbone & Associates, Bethesda, Maryland
4701 Sangamore Road, Suite 260-N
Bethesda, MD 20816

Cost: $65

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Many couples struggle with connection and feeling “alone” in their relationships. They develop negative patterns or cycles in how they relate which impact their relationship and ability to feel emotionally connected. Therapists often see couples in their practice and may not always know how to understand this dynamic and sometimes feel lost. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy helps couples understand the underlying emotions that trigger or drive the reactive responses in which couples engage.

In this workshop experienced EFT therapists will provide information about attachment theory, the underlying constructs of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and the 3 stages and 9 steps involved in creating a solid roadmap for therapists to use as a guide to help couples reconnect. They will also discuss Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) as a way of working with parents to solidify their own “blocks” to being available to their children.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will understand

  • The basics of attachment theory and how it informs EFT
  • The 3 Stages of EFT therapy & the 9 steps involved in EFT therapy
  • Negative cycles and patterns in distressed relationships and what underlying primary emotions drive behavior

Marie Caterini Choppin, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, Certified EFT Therapist. Marie is the Founder and Director of Lotus Point Wellness, an integrative and holistic counseling and wellness practice aimed at providing evidence-based approaches to overall wellbeing, including counseling, yoga and nutrition services. Marie has been providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families for over 20 years in the Maryland/DC area

Gail Schumann, MSW, LCSW-C, has worked with Marie since 2011 as the first therapist at Lotus Point Wellness and has provided therapy to individual, families and couples for over 7 years. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry and has taken advanced training in EFT and AEDP.


April 21, 2017: 8:45-12 noon, 3 Category I CEUs

Technology and Adolescents: Harnessing Videogames to Affect Change
Instructor – Ben Pleasure, LCSW-C

Rathbone & Associates, Bethesda, Maryland
4701 Sangamore Road, Suite 260-N
Bethesda, MD 20816

Cost: $65

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Since the Atari 2600 first made its way into homes in 1977 video games have become a cultural phenomenon that has redefined play for every generation that has followed. Video games are so integrated into our daily lives that more than likely you have access to at least one at all times of the day.  Whether it is at home or work, on a computer, console, or phone; video games are everywhere. As with any new cultural movement there has arisen a societal fear of overuse, addiction and corruption of impressionable minds.  If you are a therapist working with children or adolescents you have had parents ask you to help them stop their child’s addiction to video games, or to get them interested in “real life” instead of wasting time with the virtual world. Video games are here, like it or not, and they provide a window into our clients lives that we can use to help them achieve their goals.  The line between “real” and “virtual” continues to blur. Instead of fighting this generation’s rock and roll, learn to adapt and harness the power of games to affect real change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the reality of the video game “epidemic”
  • Reconsider the addiction paradigm as it applies to video games
  • Learn the basics of the language and culture of gaming
  • Examine the research on the costs and benefits of video games
  • Explore the clinical significance of gaming habits and of the different types of gamers
  • Explore current and future trends in gaming and their impact on society
  • Learn how to depathologize gaming and instead use it to foster real connection with our clients

Ben Pleasure LCSW-C graduated from The National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America in 2009 and has since been working primarily with adolescents and their families. Mr. Pleasure has worked in alternative and comprehensive high schools within the Montgomery County Public School System. In these settings he provided students with individual, group, and family psychotherapy as well as case management and academic advocacy services. Mr. Pleasure has experience in working with anxiety and mood disorders, academic difficulties, trauma, substance use and abuse; both in an agency setting and in private practice.


May 19, 2017: 8:45-12 noon, 3 Category I CEUs

Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) for Children and Adolescents
Instructor – Julia Felton, PhD

Women’s Club of Bethesda
5500 Sonoma Road
Bethesda, Maryland, 20817

Cost: $65

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Learn specific evidence based techniques for working with youth who have experienced trauma. This training will provide attendees with an overview of child trauma and evidence-based approaches for treatment.  Common affective, behavioral, and cognitive reactions to trauma will be discussed.  Trauma-Focused CBT, an empirically supported intervention for addressing symptoms related to trauma-exposure will be reviewed.  Discussion will include the evidence for this approach and will detail the specific components and techniques of treatment.  Participants will gain a better understanding of trauma exposure and cutting-edge interventions for children and adolescents.

Learning objectives:

  • Define trauma in childhood and identify common causes of trauma-related mental health disorders
  • Understand common post-traumatic reactions among trauma-exposed youth
  • Gain familiarity with the principles of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

Dr. Julia Felton is a licensed clinical psychologist at Alvord Baker and Associates and Director of the Master’s in Clinical Psychological Sciences program at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Felton’s research and clinical work focuses on developmental psychopathology, with a specific interest in mood and substance use disorders as well as post-trauma functioning.  Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Felton received her PhD from Vanderbilt University and completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.


June 23, 2017: 8:45-12 noon, 3 Category I CEUs

ETHICS - Clinical Documentation and Record Keeping: Ethics and Law
Instructor: Michael Heitt, PsyD

National 4H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Cost: $65

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Have you struggled with what you should and shouldn’t write in a client’s chart?  Or whether it is okay to let your clients read your progress notes?  Or how to deal with dueling parents’ demands to see their children’s medical record?  In this workshop we’ll review the relevant ethical codes and laws, and discuss scenarios like these.  You will learn what you should include in every clinical note you compose, “over-documentation” pitfalls to avoid, and why this is all so confusing.  This is an ethics training.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will appreciate several purposes of clinical documentation.
  • Participants will review several resources for relevant laws and ethical codes regarding clinical documentation and record keeping.
  • Participants will learn several items that should be included in all clinical documentation.
  • Participants will understand when and how to appropriately release records to their clients, their client’s family members and others.

Dr. Michael Heitt is a licensed psychologist in private practice.  The primary focus of his clinical and consultative activities center around working with physicians, executives and other professionals who are dealing with personal and occupational challenges. He frequently consults to small and mid-size companies on a variety of workplace and organizational issues, and is recognized by local Courts as being an expert witness in the fields of Clinical and Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Heitt has presented internationally on topics ranging from workplace violence and professional impairment to human resources and personnel development, as well as topics such as psychological ethics, disaster psychiatry and clinical assessment.  He is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association’s (MPA) Ethics Committee and has formerly been the Chair of MPA’s Ethics Committee and Colleague Assistance Program.

Dr. Heitt earned his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 1996.  He’s been a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland.  Additionally, he is the instructor for the Maryland State Jurisprudence Licensure Exam preparatory course offered by MPA.



Cancellation policy:
Refunds for cancellations are provided if notified 5 days prior to the training date.

Continuing Education Information
Rathbone & Associates is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for the programs and their content.  These trainings qualify for Category I continuing education units. The D.C. and Virginia Boards of Social Work usually recognize the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners’ approval. Please contact your state boards for verification.

Rathbone & Associates is a sponsor of continuing education credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rathbone & Associates maintains responsibility for the program content.

In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session.


Individual and group clinical supervision services are available with the highly experienced therapists at Rathbone & Associates. Many of our therapists are authorized to provide the supervision necessary for licensure to social workers and professional counselors in Maryland.

Learn more about our training and supervision services here.