Counselor & Social Workers Workshop Schedule & Descriptions


  • June 19 , 2015 | 9am-4pm | Bensalem Site
    Making the DSM-5 a Dynamic Tool for Mental Health Providers (6 CEUs, 3 of ethics)
  • July 17, 2015 | 9am-4pm | Bensalem Site
    Good Grief: Helping People Cope with Loss (6 CEUs)
  • August 7, 2015 | 9am-12pm | Newtown Site
    Academic Honesty and APA Writing Skills (3 CEUs)


Title: Making the DSM-5 a dynamic tool for mental health providers
Presenter: Linda Thompson, PhD, LPC
Date: 6/19/15
6 CEUs, with 3 hours of ethics included

Changes to the process of diagnosis with the introduction of the DSM-5 have many clinicians confused about the value of the new approach. This workshop will provide an over view of changes, and how to make the changes enhance the clinical diagnostic process and improve treatment planning. Also discussed are the ethical implications of the new DSM-5 from a clinical and forensic perspective.

Linda Thompson, PhD, LPC, is currently the director of the Counseling Psychology Program at Holy Family University. Her career in mental health and administration includes more than 25 years in community mental health, managed care, residential care, and forensics. Dr. Thompson graduated from Saint Louis University with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She serves on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association and continues her clinical work as a contracted consultant for the Department of Defense and a private practitioner with an office in Newtown, PA.

Title: Good Grief: Helping People Cope with Loss
Presenter: James Huber, PhD, LMFT
Date: 7/17/15
6 CEUs

In this six-hour, interactive seminar, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Jim Huber will affirm the strengths of professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, hospice providers, and clergy members and offer practical suggestions for understanding grief, responding to the bereaved, and working well in a professional relationship with persons who may be struggling to live beyond loss.

James R. Huber, PhD, LMFT, Associate Professor at Holy Family University, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Wyomissing, PA. Dr. Huber has over 25 years of clinical experience in working with individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan on loss, grief, bereavement, and recovery. Dr. Huber is a member of both AAMFT and ACA and has presented numerous workshops, courses, and training programs for corporate, governmental, educational, human service, and religious organizations in the US, Canada, Greece, and the Czech Republic. An award-winning educator, speaker, and author, Dr. Huber's interactive presentation style is an enjoyable combination of affirmation, information, and skill building.

Title: Academic Honesty and APA Writing Skills
Presenters: Ellen Henderson, EdD, and Diane Shea, PhD
Date: 8/7/15
3 CEUs

This is a workshop designed for PACES audience on student academic integrity and developing graduate level scholarly writing skills. It is based on current literature and best practice models on academic honesty, faculty/administrative responses and practices, and will provide a collaborate platform to discuss teaching practices for developing writing skills at the graduate level.

Dr. Henderson is a student affairs professional with over 10 years of experience in counseling and administration. She is a full-time assistant professor and advisor in the Counseling in Student Affairs in Higher Education concentration in the graduate counseling psychology program at Holy Family University. Dr. Henderson has researched both student and faculty ethical decision-making in issues involving academic integrity. She was a co-founding member of the Council for Academic Integrity at Temple University and has presented her research at several conferences and workshops.

Diane J. Shea, PhD, is an assistant professor at Holy Family University. She is also a member of Menago Associates, who offer educational and consultant services to various Intermediate Units in PA. Dr. Shea was the former Director of Residential Services for the Child Welfare Division of Elwyn Institute. She has served as supervisor for school counselors and school psychologists in the non-public schools throughout Bucks County. She has experience working as a therapist for adolescents in the Juvenile Justice system in MI and was director of a residential facility for homeless teenage mothers and babies in NY. Dr. Shea received her BA in from Immaculata University, her MA in School Psychology from St. John's University, and her PhD in Academic/Counseling Psychology from Walden University. Dr. Shea is a PA certified school psychologist, a nationally certified psychologist, and a PA licensed professional counselor.