Clinical Training

The Balanced Life, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6838. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

The Balanced Life, LLC is also an approved Continuing Education provider for the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners No. 0667.

The Balanced Life, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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We offer a 50% discount on registration for graduate students currently enrolled in Master's Programs in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or Marriage and Family Therapy. This discount is limited to the first three student registrants.

Please email Dana Hampson at dana@thebalancedlifellc.com  for more information!

 

The Balanced Life, LLC training sessions


Ethics: Let's Talk About Professional Relationships and Boundaries 

3 or 6 Contact Hours (Meets Ethics Requirements for licensure)

Monday, July 8, 2024
9:45 am until 4:30 pm (6 hours). Morning session only (Professional Relationships)- 9:45am-1:00 pm; Afternoon session only (Boundaries)- 1:15-4:30 pm
In Person Training: Madison Public Library Auditorium  142 Plaza Blvd. Madison, AL 35758

Cost to attend: 

Early Bird Rate: 3 hours: $90 by 6/24/2024

Regular Registration: 3 hours: $120 by 7/6/24

Early Bird Rate: 6 hours: $130 by 6/24/2024 (lunch included)

Regular Registration: 6 hours: $160 through 7/6/2024 (lunch included)

Speaker: Dana Hampson, LPC-S, MBA

Learning Objectives:

Morning Session: Professional Relationships

  1. Review the ACA and NASW Code of Ethics to learn about and refamiliarize attendees with our ethical obligations towards other professionals in the field. 
  2. Consider the ethical obligations of educators and supervisors in relation to students and supervisees.
  3. Discuss scenarios that can arise in professional relationships and consider the most effective ways to resolve. 

Afternoon Session: Boundaries

  1. Review the ACA and NASW Code of Ethics for guidance on various boundary issues. 
  2. Discuss pros and cons of social media use by clinicians.
  3. Consider own beliefs/assumptions about social media use and delivery of online clinical services.
  4. Discuss other online boundary situations and appropriate courses of action. 
 

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Complex Trauma in Family Systems

3 Contact Hours 

Friday, August 23, 2024
12:15 pm to 3:45 pm
In Person Training: Madison Public Library Auditorium  142 Plaza Blvd. Madison, AL 35758

Cost to attend: 

$90 by 8/9/2024
$120 through 8/22/2024

Speaker: Laura Boothe, LPC

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Define and learn about the presenting symptoms and diagnosis of complex trauma.
  2. Review Family Systems concepts such as: Balanced and Unbalanced systems, triangulation, parentification, and child roles. 
  3. Identify complex trauma in family systems and learn effective interventions for clients specific to reparenting, inner child work and self-trust.
  4. Identify resources for complex trauma that would be useful for mental health professionals and their clients.

 

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Positive Parenting of LGBT+ Youth

5 Contact Hours 

Tuesday, September 10, 2024
9:45 am- 4:15 pm
In Person Training: Madison Public Library Auditorium  142 Plaza Blvd. Madison, AL 35758

Cost to attend: 

$100 by 8/27/2024
$140 through 9/9/2024

Speaker: Maggie Minsk, LPC

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

1. Have accurate information based on current research to share with parents and caregivers on sexual orientation and gender identity

2. Understand the critical role of family, acceptance and rejection, and contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

3. Learn a family intervention approach, based on research findings and more than a decade of interactions and intervention work by the family acceptance project (FAP)

4. Review recent research on the relationship of family rejection to health risks and family acceptance to well-being of LGBT youth

5. Memorize the PRIDE skills: five ways to provide positive parenting (to share with parents)

 

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Hypnosis Certification Course

Have you always been interested in learning more about hypnosis and being able to add it to your list of specialties and use it with your clients? Maggie Minsk is delighted to announce that she will be offering a hypnosis certification course this FALL, through the National Guild of Hypnotists in Huntsville, Alabama! 

Hypnosis is becoming more widely used these days due to research in the field of neuroscience showing its many uses and benefits. HYPNOSIS is a natural, every-day occurrence that as a counselor you are probably informally using in your practice already, so the more we know about it the more we can increase our effectiveness and use it to our advantage both professionally and personally. 

As a clinician specializing in Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the severe and often multiple traumas that go along with that, Maggie Minsk uses hypnosis as an adjunct to treatment and an additional modality to therapy to increase client success. 

This course is geared specifically for clinicians and aimed at preparing you to use hypnosis after the first weekend! The course spans three weekends for a total of seven days (October 10-13 and November 8-10). There will be approximately 75 hours of training done face-to-face, with 25 hours of work done on your own time. Fifteen contact hours will be awarded at the completion of the training. The Balanced Life is approved by both NBCC and ABSWE to provide contact hours. 

The trainings will be held at the The Balanced Life in Huntsville at 1101 McMurtrie Drive, Suite A3, Huntsville, AL 35806. 

Registration Fees:

Early Bird-Pay in full by OCTOBER 1st and total is: $2800 

Registration and paying in full after Oct 1st or using payment plan: $2950

This course satisfies the 100-hour training requirement for the Hypnosis Certification, and after completing the course, you will be CERTIFIED through the National Guild of Hypnotists and receive a full year’s membership! All materials, workbooks, test and certificate fees are included in the cost of this course.

Dont delay, registration is limited to 12 participants.  

Please email Maggie at maggie@thebalancedlifellc.com for the registration form or call or text her directly at 252-288-2724. If you have questions about the class or certification, please contact Maggie directly. Once registered, Maggie will also make sure you get a copy of the workbooks that accompany the course.

Presenter Bio: Maggie Minsk is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been a certified hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) since 2006. Maggie is also Certified Instructor (CI) with NGH and travels around the country giving lectures and presentations and workshops on using hypnosis and the neuroscience behind how hypnosis works! Maggie is an independent contractor at The Balanced Life, LLC. 


Treating clients through the lens of Attachment Theory

3 Contact Hours 

Friday, October 18, 2024
12:15 pm to 3:45 pm
In Person Training: Madison Public Library Auditorium  142 Plaza Blvd. Madison, AL 35758

Cost to attend: 

$90 by 10/4/2024
$120 through 10/17/2024

Speaker: Laura Boothe, LPC

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review John Bowlby’s attachment theory as well as current research and the neurobiology related to attachment theory 
  2. Identify how attachment styles connect to a variety of psychopathologies and emotional dysregulation. 
  3. Learn practical interventions that will offer repair and corrective attachment experiences for your clients.

 

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No training ofered in November. Hope to see you at the ALCA Annual Conference in Montgomery! 


Treating Adults with ADHD

3 Contact Hours 

Friday, December 6, 2024
12:15 pm - 3:45 pm
In Person Training: Madison Public Library Auditorium  142 Plaza Blvd. Madison, AL 35758

Cost to attend: 

$90 by 11/22/2024
$120 through 12/5/2024

Speaker: Mackenzie Boothe, LPC

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain confidence in identifying and diagnosing ADHD in your clinical setting.
  2. Learn to identify and treat comorbid disorders which often tag along with ADHD, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sensory issues and more.
  3. Implement strategies to improve several key areas of executive functioning in social and occupational settings.
  4. Use a strength-based approach to help clients channel positive attributes.

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Refund, Transfer, Cancellation and Postponement Policy

Refunds:

If a refund is requested by the participant a refund, minus a $25.00 administrative fee, will be provided assuming the request is received at least two weeks in advance of the event. All cancellations must be in writing and should be emailed to dana@thebalancedlifellc.com. No refunds will be issued if the request is received less than two weeks prior to the training event.  If a participant fails to attend the seminar, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

Transfers:

If a participant is unable to come to a training he/she is registered for, he/she may transfer the registration fee to a future training. The request to transfer the registration must be a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled event. The credit must be used within 12 months of the original training date. If there is a balance due (i.e. the original training fee is less than the one being transfered to), the participant will need to submit a check to The Balanced Life, LLC for the balance a minimum of two weeks prior to the new training date. 

Cancellations:

If The Balanced Life, LLC cancels a seminar, a full refund will be provided. The Balanced Life, LLC reserves the right to cancel any seminar due to low enrollment, weather or other special circumstance. 

Postponements:​

At times, postponing a seminar may be unavoidable. If a seminar is postponed, all registered will have the option to attend the seminar on the newly scheduled date, or have their registration transferred to another seminar of their choice within the next 12 months. No refunds will be given. If a seminar is not attended within that 12-month period, transfer of paid registration to another seminar is forfeited. 

By enrolling, regardless of payment method, means that you agree to and will adhere to the refund, transfer, cancellation and postponement policy. 

 

The Balanced Life, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6838. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The Balanced Life, LLC is also an approved Continuing Education provider for the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners No. 0667.The Balanced Life, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.