Thursday, April 10, 2014

Write it Right! An Online Resume Workshop

 
Union Institute & University - Career Services
 
April 30, 2014
6-7:00pm EST
Online

This is a free special event for all Union Institute & University students and alumni.

Join us for the Career Center’s first webinar on resume writing. This is a great opportunity to get the extra help you need to start your resume or learn some new tips to polish an existing resume.

We’ll discuss:
--The difference between a CV and a resume
--Different resume formats and which is best for you
--How to write a marketable resume for today’s competitive job market
--How to make your resume stand out

For more information or to register contact Stefanie: 305-653-7141 x2170, 800-861-6400 x2170 or CareerServices@myunion.edu

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Faculty Highlight: Dr. Michael Raffanti

Dr. Michael Raffanti, Union Institute & University

Dr. Michael Raffanti takes the value of social responsibility seriously—and he lives out the definition of that value in his work, his teaching, his life in the surrounding community and in his outreach.

Dr. Michael A. Raffanti is the Associate Dean in Union Institute & University's Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies, and he is also a faculty member within the Ed.D. program. Dr. Raffanti has been with Union Institute & University since 2007, but the passion for combining education and social engagement is something that has characterized his life and work for decades.

“Union’s long-time focus on social responsibility is what attracted me to join the doctoral faculty. My professional life has, I think, reflected my desire to connect social responsibility with my day-to-day work," he said. Dr. Raffanti is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the subject of education, legal issues, social justice, leadership, systems change, qualitative methods, and action-oriented research. Grounded Theory Review, Journal of Qualitative and Ethnographic Research, and Journal of Integral Theory and Practice have all been venues for Dr. Raffanti's research to be published.

His background in history and philosophy, law, and teaching has provided him with an integrated intellectual framework for his engagement of the surrounding community in very practical ways.

In his former career as an attorney in San Francisco, he specialized in issues of poverty law. "My first career as an attorney was primarily spent working in non-profit organizations that focused on serving low-income communities,” said Dr. Raffanti. “This work took the form of housing, immigration, and domestic violence matters; it was a combination of legal advocacy and educating the community of their rights."

He has also worked with outreach organizations supporting the AIDS community, and helping develop HIV prevention programs. In addition, teaching elementary school in high-poverty, urban environments and mentoring high school students through weekend tutoring and workshop programs have been signatures of Dr. Raffanti's commitment to being a socially responsible scholar practitioner.

"By the time I came to Union in 2007," Dr. Raffanti said, "my professional career was a bit eclectic, but it had a common thread of educating people of all ages in the hope that such education would improve lives as it had mine. At Union Institute & University, my sense of worth now comes from helping adult learners, mostly nontraditional doctoral students, achieve something that perhaps would otherwise seem out of reach—a doctorate. As a first-generation college graduate and someone who grew up poor, I understand some of the obstacles that people may face, not only the financial barriers and the academic challenges of higher learning, but also the self-doubts that can arise when perhaps one hasn’t been groomed for higher education. In my current work as an educator and administrator, I gain some satisfaction from knowing that I am helping to facilitate adult learners in their educational journeys. What really motivates me from the perspective of social responsibility is the knowledge that our doctoral students (who already come to us with strong values of social responsibility), will use their enhanced knowledge, skills and credentials, to better serve their communities.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Psychology Workshop: Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative Disorders, Union Institute & University

An overview of Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
 
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:00am – 12:15pm
3 CE Credits
 
Cincinnati Academic Center
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Please join us for a presentation on Dissociative Disorders: An overview of Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment by Jaime B. Willis, Psy.D. This class is part of Union Institute & University’s Spring 2014 Psychology Workshop Series focused on applications of evidence-based practices. Register for this workshop at www.myunion.edu/ce. Regular price is $75 or register 30 days in advance or earlier for $65. Workshop tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Description
Despite the high prevalence rates of Dissociative Disorders (10-15% of US outpatient clients) the almost complete absence of training provided by graduate programs leads to the frequent misdiagnosis of Dissociative Disorders. Often these clients are diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder, Affective or Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Eating Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Somatic Disorders, etc., and end up appearing treatment resistant, decompensating, leaving therapy prematurely or committing suicide. When not accurately identified these can be extremely frustrating and daunting cases. With the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic tools, these previously challenging clients can transform into remarkably fascinating and rewarding cases.

This workshop will aim to provide clinicians with a general background in the Dissociative Disorders area. It will draw from a broad range of research, clinical experience and case vignettes to educate and illustrate the concepts. The material will provide participants with tools to enable them to assess for, rule out the presence of, appropriately refer or begin to treat these complex and fascinating cases.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand the etiology, theoretical models and prevalence rates of Dissociative Disorders.
2. Identify signs and symptoms of Dissociative Disorders.
3. Know how to use relevant assessment devices that assist in proper identification of Dissociative Disorders.
4. Navigate complex differential diagnostic issues.
5. Become prepared as a therapist to competently treat this population.
6. Become familiar with different therapeutic approaches and standards of care in the treatment of Dissociative Disorders.
7. Access available resources and literature to assist in continued training in this field.

Presenter
Jaime B. Willis, Psy.D.
Jaime B. Willis, Psy.D. earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) in 1999 and completed five postdoctoral years of training in the area of Dissociative Disorders through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Currently she hosts a consultation group for local psychologists treating Dissociative clients, provides training and consultation to colleagues, graduate programs and regional professional organizations. Dr. Willis maintains a generalist private practice in Cincinnati with a focus on assessment, treatment and consultation in the area of Dissociative Disorders.

For further information about this event, or to register, please visit myunion.edu/ce or contact Lauren Wenstrup | 1-800-861-6400 x1269 or 513-487-1269 | lauren.wenstrup@myunion.edu

Union Institute & University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Union Institute & University maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Psychology Workshop: Multicultural Competencies in the Era of Evidence-Based Practices

 
Multicultural Competencies in the Era of Evidence-Based Practices

Friday, June 6, 2014
9:00am-12:15pm
3 CE Credits
 
Cincinnati Academic Center
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Please join us for a presentation on Multicultural Competencies in the Era of Evidence-Based Practices by Brian D. Riker, Psy.D. and Jessica R. Bunce, Psy.D. This class is part of Union Institute & University’s Spring 2014 Psychology Workshop Series focused on applications of evidence-based practices. Register for this workshop at www.myunion.edu/ce. Regular price is $75 or register 30 days in advance or earlier for $65. Workshop tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Register at www.myunion.edu/ce

Description
All clinical interactions are cross-cultural interactions. As mental health therapists, we strive to understand and assist our clients with professional competence and respect. However, culturally appropriate diagnosis and treatment require the ongoing development of certain awareness, knowledge, and skills to work competently and respectfully with people from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. With the rapid growth of evidenced based practices, which provide clear and supported treatment direction for various diagnoses, it is also important to consider the cross-cultural applicability of these protocols. This training will review the current theories, research, and applicability of multicultural competencies within the context of evidence-based practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to implement culturally relevant thinking and practice into their work through clinical case examples.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Review the definitions, rationale, and ethical obligations around Multicultural Competency
2. Identify the most common Multicultural Competency theories
3. Review the latest research evidence for Multicultural Competencies
4. Describe the assessment and determination of Multicultural Competency
5. Understand the application of Multicultural Competencies to Evidence Based Practices via clinical case examples.

Presenters
Brian D. Riker, Psy.D.
Brian D. Riker, Psy.D. earned his Psy.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in the San Francisco Bay area in 2002 with a child clinical and community psychology emphasis. Dr. Riker currently works in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, family, and couples therapy. As a subspecialty, Dr. Riker has extensive experience and particular interest in working with a pre-adolescent and adolescent population. Dr. Riker also conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments and consults with local public and private schools. In addition to his independent practice, Dr. Riker supervises postdoctoral fellows who are looking for private practice experience. Dr. Riker’s research and training interests have also focused on cultural competency within the field of psychology, as well as issues of cultural diversity within organizations. Dr. Riker has provided many consultations and presentations on culturally competent practices and organizational diversity. Other professional experiences have included several years of clinical and administrative work in various community mental health systems and teaching as adjunct faculty at Xavier University in the graduate department of psychology. As part of his passion for cross cultural psychology, Dr. Riker spent time living and studying in Spain and continues to use his Spanish-language skills in his clinical work.
 
Jessica R. Bunce, Psy.D.
Jessica R. Bunce, Psy.D. earned her MA degree in Sport Psychology in 2011 and Psy.D. in 2013 through the linked program at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) in Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Bunce is currently a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in private practice under the supervision of Brian D. Riker, PsyD. Dr. Bunce has experience providing clinical services, such as individual, group, and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. She also conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments. Dr. Bunce has specialty training and professional interests in Sport Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, and University Counseling. Prior to the start of her fellowship, Dr. Bunce’s predoctoral internship was at Alameda County Medical Center—Highland Hospital Campus, where she received specialized training and experience with neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment, consultation, social justice, advocacy, and triage. In addition, Dr. Bunce completed a year of training in the Career Counseling Program at the University of California, Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services, providing mental health support and consultation services for university students and athletes. Along with her clinical training, Dr. Bunce has served as a sport performance consultant to athletes and organizations at a range of competitive levels, including high school, Junior Olympic, and collegiate sports. Dr. Bunce was a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team while earning her bachelor degrees at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which inspired her interests in pursuing a career in Clinical and Sport Psychology.

For further information about this event, or to register, please visit myunion.edu/ce or contact Lauren Wenstrup | 1-800-861-6400 x1269 or 513-487-1269 | lauren.wenstrup@myunion.edu

Union Institute & University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Union Institute & University maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Psychology Workshop: The Competent and Ethical Practice of Clinical Supervision

 
Union Institute & University, Clinical Supervision
Thursday, May 29, 2014
8:30am – 4:00pm
6 CE credits
 
Cincinnati Academic Center
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Please join us for a presentation on The Competent and Ethical Practice of Clinical Supervision by Union Psy.D. faculty members Jennifer Ossege, Psy.D. and Joy McGhee, Psy.D. This class is part of Union Institute & University’s Spring 2014 Psychology Workshop Series focused on applications of evidence-based practices. Register for this workshop at www.myunion.edu/ce. Regular price is $145 or register 30 days in advance or earlier for $130. Workshop tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Description
Providing clinical supervision can be exciting and daunting for both novice and seasoned professionals, yet many of us have not received specific training in the area of supervision. This whole day workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of individuals who currently provide supervision to trainees and those who wish to add supervision to their professional/clinical repertoire.

This workshop will address the practical, legal and ethical issues related to supervision. Participants will examine the role and purpose of supervision, various models of supervision, current best practices and the legal and ethical responsibilities of the supervisory relationship. By engaging in a self-reflective process, participants will be better equipped to: identify how culture and gender influence the supervisory relationship, identify and articulate one’s supervisory style and utilize strategies to avoid common “pitfalls.”

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of a clinical supervisor
2. Identify various models of clinical supervision
3. Understand how one’s own personal characteristics influence the supervisory relationship
4. Recognize the influence of culture and gender on the supervisory relationship
5. Recognize common mistakes made by supervisors
6.Generate strategies to avoid and resolve supervision issues
7.Generate a personal supervisor “toolkit”

Dr. Jennifer Ossege, Union Institute & University
Presenters
Jennifer Ossege, Psy.D. earned both her MA and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a part of her Doctoral training, she also obtained a certificate in Organizational Concepts and Management. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Kentucky, where she is in practice. Her clinical concentration in psychology has been working with children and adolescence. While she continues to enjoy this work, she also has increased her focus in working with adult clients, and enjoys the variety that a diverse range of clients provides.

In 2004, Dr. Ossege co-founded Viewpoint Psychological Services, a group private practice in Northern Kentucky. She enjoys the balance of providing direct services to a variety of clients, as well as teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. These experiences provide opportunities to interact with a multi-disciplinary group of professionals, as well as opportunities for mentoring those new or developing within the field of psychology. Dr. Ossege’s experience includes residential treatment, crisis stabilization, and outpatient mental health services. She is a full time, core faculty member at Union Institute & University, where she also serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology.
 
Dr. Joy McGhee, Union Institute & University
Joy McGhee, Psy.D. earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology, where she received training with a variety of client populations. Her professional clinical work has included extensive work with children and families in both school and private practice settings providing therapy, assessment and consultation. Some of Dr. McGhee's professional/clinical interests include child development, the development of emotional regulation, and disorders of childhood, specifically ADHD. She values opportunities to work with students in their scholarly pursuits in these and other related areas. Currently Dr. McGhee maintains a private practice and is a core faculty member in the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute & University.

For further information about this event, or to register, please visit myunion.edu/ce or contact Lauren Wenstrup | 1-800-861-6400 x1269 or 513-487-1269 | lauren.wenstrup@myunion.edu

Union Institute & University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Union Institute & University maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.