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Professional Development

WKU Sponsored Continuing Education

Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management, Kentucky Board-Approved Training
Cathy Gamm, LPCC & Jonathan Lee, LMFT
July 26, 2018, 8:30am - 3:30pm; Knicely Conference Center

The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU is pleased to host a Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management workshop which meets the KY State training requirements for LPCC continuing education. This training is sponsored by The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs and Pending Approval for NBCC Credit Hours: 6  (ACEP # 4282). Register online and view additional details there.

Counseling Workshop: Domestic Violence
Drs. Jill Duba Sauerheber & Andrea Jenkins
August 1, 2018, 8:30am - 12:00pm CT; Knicely Conference Center

This Kentucky Board-Approved training meets the Kentucky mandatory training requirement for licensure as a LPCA or LPCC. This training is sponsored by WKU Department of Counseling and Student Affairs. Register online and view additional details there.

Addiction & Trauma: Examining the Brain/Body Connection & Effective Therapeutic Approaches

Paul Markle, LMFT, CBP, CTEAP
TBD Fall 2018, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm CST
Augustein Alumni Center  |  292 Alumni Avenue

Learn about addictions and trauma, how they are related, their origins, and effective modalities of treatment. Gain insight  into how our latent survival behaviors of fight, flight, and freeze condition the brain to seek pleasure and avoid pain from recent neuroscientific research on the nature of addictions and trauma. Also, understand the neuro-adaptive survival strategies involved in substance and process addictions; as well as how patterns of emotional repression modeled by adults in childhood contribute to increased chances of developing an addiction.

Paul S. Markle, LMFT CBP CTEAP, has practiced as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 17 years. He currently works at The Bridge to Recovery as the Lead Therapist, and operates a part-time private practice. He has worked extensively with people and families experiencing both substance and process addictions. Paul is a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner (CBP) having received all training currently offered in that approach, and has conducted over 3000 Brainspotting sessions. He is also a Certified Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapist (CTEAP) and facilitates group and individual Equine Assisted sessions. His integrated approach includes Family Systems Theory, Internal Family Systems Theory, Gestalt Therapy, and neuroscientific approaches, among others. Earn 3 continuing education credit hours through NBCC or KBSW. Register online ( by Friday, March 16, 2018.

Equine Assisted Therapy Experiential Workshop

Equine Specialist Jan Culp; Coordinator: Dr. Cheryl Wolf
Culp Farm, 1089 Pleasant Grove Rd, Bowling Green KY 42101
November  2018; 10am - 12pm

This can be a transformative experience for you and a potentially beneficial experience for your clients. Jan is opening up her farm to help you all get an introduction to this type of therapy. The Culp Farm is a beautiful 30 minute drive northeast from campus so carpooling is recommended. The horse arena is covered but all dirt, so boots or old shoes and casual clothes is recommended; you will get the opportunity to touch and work with the horses.

Counselor Supervision: Kentucky Board-Approved Training
Drs. Jill Duba Sauerheber & Cheryl Wolf
TBD 2018/2019; Knicely Conference Center

The Counselor Supervision: Kentucky Board-Approved Training, provided by the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU, meets the Kentucky mandatory training requirement for persons providing supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Associates. This training is also appropriate for graduate students and site supervisors who provide supervision in academic settings. This training is sponsored by The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs. Visit the registration webpage for details and registration information (

Referrals for Unintended Pregnancy
Liz Epperson & Leigh Koetsch
Fall 2018,  3 - 5 pm CST, Gary Ransdell Hall

The Referrals for Unintended Pregnancy training was provided to 27 agencies last year across the state on providing quality, compassionate referrals for reproductive health care for patients who are experiencing unintended pregnancy. The Referrals for Unintended Pregnancy training discusses barriers to health care access for patients and the intersections of domestic violence and substance abuse with reproductive health care. The training is FREE and we provide free CEUs for nurses, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug counselors. Register online by  Friday, March 16th. The workshop will include the following learning objectives:

  • Provide high-quality referrals for patients with an unintended pregnancy
  • Serve as an informed resource on specialized reproductive health care, including unintended pregnancy and abortion
  • Offer empathy to patients or clients when making referrals even if individual beliefs conflict with the referral

Other Continuing Education

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This FREE web/video-based training course is offered through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Visit the TFCBT webpage  to register and complete the course. Ten units of continuing education credit is approved for the successful completion of the full online training course.

Prolonged Exposure Emotional Processing Therapy for PTSD
This FREE training is offered through PEWeb , which is an "online, interactive, training program designed to teach mental health providers how to implement Prolonged Exposure therapy, one of the most highly effective treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This site has a particular focus on the treatment of military and combat-related PTSD although the principles and methods described work well for any type of traumatic event that results in PTSD." It was “developed through a collaborative Veteran Affairs grant funded project including clinicians and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, and the VA Palo Alto HCS/National Center for PTSD.” Visit the free training webpage for more information.

Free Yoga and Meditation Classes at Alliance Counseling Associates
1048 Ashley Street, Suite 201, Bowling Green, KY

  • Mondays 12pm - Yoga with Sarah Freeman
  • Wednesday at 11:30 and 5:00 - Meditation 

Mindful Leadership Online Training Conference
March 1-10, 2017
This FREE event features sessions with more than 40 top mindful leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and teachers. It provides access to over 35 video sessions from many of the world’s foremost experts on mindful leadership

Campus & Community Outreach

Bowling Green Mental Health Providers "Lunch & Learn"
The Bowling Green Mental Health Professionals will have quarterly sessions each year for our mental health providers in the area. A five dollar annual contribution will go to support these efforts, but is not required.  Please extend this invitation to other mental health providers in our area who might be interested in attending.

Come, learn, and do a little networking. Clinical students are welcome. Please contact Chuck Webb,,   or Jeff Rose, for more details or to sponsor a future luncheon. These lunch and learn meetings are a great way to stay connected and meet some new and old mental health professionals. They anticipate having 3-4 sessions each year for mental health providers in the area and suggest a five dollar annual contribution to support these efforts, but is not required.

Collaborative Family Practice:  Transforming How Families Facing Divorce and Other Disputes Reach Resolutions
When: Friday, November 17, 2017,11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mariah's Restaurant, banquet room, 2nd Floor.
360 East 8th Avenue, Stadium Park Plaza, Bowling Green, KY
Sponsor: Paid lunch to be provided by English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP
Speaker:   Rebecca Simpson & Derrick Mason
Rebecca Simpson is an attorney and mediator with English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP in Bowling Green.  Rebecca has been a family law practitioner for more than 18 years and has dedicated her career to helping families with a vast range of domestic relations issues including divorce, child custody and adoption. Rebecca has obtained extensive training in mediation and collaborative family practice to help families facing divorce or other disputes minimize conflict and resolve their issues in a more respectful and efficient manner outside of the courtroom.

Derrick Mason is a Level 2 trained Gottman Couple’s Therapist, a Level 2 CrossFit Coach, a trained Family Law Mediator and a trained Collaborative Divorce Coach.

They will speak on their topic for about 30 minutes. Then we will have questions and answers from those attending, for about 15 minutes.

RSVP:  Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, November 8th, to Jeff Rose; 270 779 – 7395, or Chuck Webb @; 270 781- 0466. 

You will need to RSVP, if you would like to attend. This is so the proper amount of food can be arranged.  Our lunch and learn meetings are a great way to stay connected and meet some new and old mental health professionals.

P.S. Mariah's Restaurant, banquet room, 2nd Floor, can be a little hard to find if you have never been there.

There is a parking structure available.  You can enter the parking structure from either 7th or 8th Avenue.  You will proceed up the ramp to park underneath the restaurant.  Inside the parking structure you will see double doors that say "Mariah's banquet room, 2nd floor."  Go through those doors, go left and the Banquet room is there.  You can also park at the farmer’s market parking lot, across 7th Avenue from the main entrance to Mariah's. Go in the main entrance and the maître d' will tell you how to find the banquet room, on the 2nd floor.

The Bridge to Recovery
Accelerated Program for Behavioral Health Professionals
Upcoming 2017 dates: Oct 14-21, Nov 25-Dec 2
1745 The Bridge Road, Bowling Green, KY

The Bridge residential programs were designed to assist individuals and family members suffering from codependence, trauma and related issues that hinder growth, joy and personal effectiveness. The accelerated program based upon their core residential program was created to heal and help the professional, so that they can do the same. This intensive program is specifically designed for professionals in the field of recovery and addiction but can benefit any helping professional. The week-long residential program is separate from the main client population and allows for professionals to focus on their own recovery in a peaceful place free from professional duties or dual roles. Visit The Bridge website to learn more. 

Bowling Green Mental Health Providers Peer Support Group
Next date & location TBD

If you have any particular case you would like to discuss, or a particular topic, bring it to the discussion. Please contact Chuck Webb at or (270) 781-0466 for more details or future dates.

NBCC ACEP logoThe Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4282. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Local Professional Associations

Bowling Green Mental Health Professionals
Networking, lunch trainings, and peer supervision for professionals. Email Jeff Rose ( to join the email listserv.

SKY Mental Health Providers
Facebook page to allow for networking and collaboration with other mental health providers.

Kentucky Counseling Association
Professional networking, conferences, state advocacy, and resources. Visit

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