Thriving as a Therapist

Exploring Advanced Professional Development Opportunities

January 29, 2013

Join us February 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a symposium for therapists looking for fresh enrichment in their professional lives. Cost: $25

Session 1 Options, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.:
Navigating the World of Licensing Boards – Steve Benson, MA, M.Div., LPC, LCAS-A
In this seminar, we will focus on navigating licensing boards, exploring practical steps, and receiving general tips to advance through the process of obtaining full professional licensure.

I have a map with EFT/Gottman – Jennie Hopper, LMFT-A, LPC-A and Mike Vaughn, LPC
An overview of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Family Therapy, what is involved in advanced training, and how they enrich work as a couples therapist.

Big “M” Little “m”: Marketing for People Helpers – Kelley Bolton, Ph.D.
This seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about marketing yourself and your services in order to grow your practice and ultimately help more people. Participants will gain exposure to successful models of marketing for independent practice and they will be presented with practical tools and strategies for building and implementing an effective marketing plan.

Session 2 Options, 2:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.:
Additional Opportunities for Training in Psychotherapy – David Carl, M.Div., BCC, APCE Supervisor and Steve Bennett, Th.M., Ph.D.

This seminar will focus on the multiple placement opportunities for advanced training within the Carolinas HealthCare System and at the Psychoanalytic Training Center of the Carolinas.

Entering and Engaging In the Beauty of Chaos – Steve Benson, MA, M.Div., LPC, LCAS-A
In this seminar, we will explore important thoughts about how we, as professional counselors, can engage in relational brokenness and enter the beauty of chaos through the power of the gospel.


Chaplain David Carl, M.Div., BCC, ACPE Supervisor, is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. He has served for 38 years in specialized ministry with the last 24 at the Carolinas HealthCare System. Chaplain Carl oversees three schools of Pastoral Care within this department: 1) An ACPE accredited school to teach Chaplains how to become Board Certified; 2) an AAPC accredited school to teach Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy; and 3) a school accredited by San Francisco Theological Seminary to teach persons Spiritual Direction.

Jennie Hopper graduated from GCTS with her MA in Christian Counseling in 2011 and is now working primarily with couples at Wellness Counseling Center. Sitting with couples in the midst of their distress can be overwhelming, and she has felt "lost" and unsure how to help them. EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) advanced training has helped Jennie understand the patterns at play between the spouses so that together they can be supported to take the courageous moves to reconnect.

Mike Vaughn is an LPC at Carolinas Counseling Group in Charlotte, NC. He specializes in working with couples and has been trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. He is a frequent contributor to the Charlotte Today show and does group therapy for people in marriages affected by infidelity.

Kelley Bolton earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She joined Southeast Psych this fall as a licensed psychologist. Kelley provides therapy to individuals of all ages, and her specific areas of interest and expertise include: Aspergers, learning challenges, adjustment issues, anxiety, selective mutism, self-esteem, and spiritual issues. She is also developing a growing specialization in therapy and consultation services for ministry leaders, churches, and faith-based organizations.

Steve Benson, MA, M.Div., LPC, LCAS-A, graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Counseling and also earned a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Steve started Grace Roads Counseling Center in Concord, NC, so he could help engage people with the gospel of grace as they walk along the roads of life. For more information on him and his ministry, go to

Steve Bennett, Th.M., Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and seminary graduate who, as the Director of the Center for Psychological and Family Services in Chapel Hill, NC has consulted with numerous ministers and congregations and trained psychotherapists in the integration of psychology and theology.

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