Professional Development Series

This series enables licensed mental health professionals to meet DORA (Department of Regulatory Agencies) requirements through workshops conducted by outstanding professional presenters. People House’s Professional Development Series can help you meet DORA licensing requirements. These workshops do not count as CEU’s.

If you are interested in applying to present a Professional Development Series workshop for 2018, please contact Ellie Patterson at 303-480-5130 or

All workshops are held the second Tuesday of every other month month from 1:30-6:00 PM at People House in Denver, located at 3035 W. 25th Avenue, off of Federal. Each workshop provides 4 hours of Continuing Professional Development credit. Investment per workshop: $65. Buy a package of 4 workshops for $200 and save $60 PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!  Register using the links below, or call PH 303-480-5130.


May 9th |Motivational Interviewing: Guiding Therpeutic Change with a Client-Centered Approach to Transforming Ambivalence | Presented By: Ryan Kennedy

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is, a collaborative, conversational style for strengthening a person’s own motivation to change. Though it originated in substance abuse treatment it is effective in working with a wide range of therapeutic issues and populations. Many counseling techniques you learned in graduate school are only geared at working with the 10-15% of your clients who are ready for change, but what about your clients who are ambivalent about change or trying to maintain changes they have already made? MI offers a potent, evidence-based approach to help you “dig for treasure, together” with the rest of your clients.



June 13th |Purpose and Meaning in the Treatment of Eating Disorders | Presented By: Dr. Elena Estanol

This workshop delves into the understanding of eating disorders (ED), the integrative treatment of ED, women and ED, use of psychological skills as protective attributes in eating disordered clients, and ED in athletic populations.



July 11th | Attachment Theory and Addictions in the Therapy Room| Presented By: Jason Polk

Applying attachment theory to addiction in the context of therapy. That is, individual therapy, couple therapy, and helping concerned significant others (CSOs) work with loved ones struggling with addiction. With the philosophy that addiction is an attachment disorder, influenced by Philip Flores’ work, I would like to address core competencies for clinicians working with individuals, couples, and CSOs. In the context of attachment: what are barriers that prevent individuals from maintaining sobriety? What are barriers that prevent couples from addressing the problems effectively in their relationship? What are barriers that prevent CSOs from getting their loved ones in treatment? I will discuss these barriers then address ways to address them in through the lens of attachment in the context of therapy.



August 8th |Contact: Accessing the Body to Heal the Mind | Presented By: Inga Larson

Touch is one of the most powerful ways we can receive healing. Yet psychotherapists still suffer from the terrible misunderstanding that touch is considered either unethical or pathologizing. In this workshop, attendees will be given an understanding of the science and ethics behind the effective use of touch in therapy, as well as essential practices that can be utilized immediately with clients. A discussion of attendees’ fears will also be included.



September 12th | Spirituality and Aging| Presented By: Barbara Warner

Your sixty year old clients aren’t just forty year old clients twenty years older. They are different people with uniquely different ways of seeing their world and their lives.  They are wiser, possessing greater knowledge and having the potential for making better life choices than ever before.  And often they don’t even realize that.  You have the opportunity to help them set aside cultural aging stereotypes that are often based in fear, isolation and personal diminishment and see their lives with new and exciting possibilities.



October 10th | Neurofeedback: Facilitating Change in Therapy and Treatment| Presented By: Susan Tzankow

Do you have clients who are endlessly stuck? According to trauma specialist Bessel van der Kolk, neurofeedback is the missing link in resolving trauma, the underlying factor in most dysfunctional mental, emotional and behavioral adaptation. Neurofeedback has been proven effective in resolving issues of ADD/ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions, chronic pain, sleep, and much more as well as facilitating peak performance, well-being and spiritual growth. Through presentation and live demonstration, Certified Advanced NeurOptimal™  Neurofeedback Trainer, Susan Tzankow will introduce you to how this cutting edge modality can be a game changer for your clients.



November 14th | The Complexity of ADHD: A Holistic Approach| Presented By:Dr. Christl Everett

Have you ever wondered why you can write a paragraph in 15 minutes one day and the next it takes you all day? Does sound disrupt your thought process? Does your child have an A intelligence but brings home D’s on his/her report card? This class will help you understand these and other symptoms of ADHD. Throughout this class we will draw upon personal and professional experiences and current research to understand the social and personal implications of ADHD. Topics covered include: history of ADHD, learning diversity, current diagnostic protocols, heredity, comorbid conditions, nutrition, physical health (GI tract & allergies), environmental factors, executive functioning, neurodiversity and personality niching, resources, and managing ADHD holistically.

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