Continuing Education
The continuing education seminars are relevant for all mental health disciplines including psychology, professional counseling, social work, and psychiatry.
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Notre Dame of Maryland University Psychology Department, as an APA approved sponsor, is pleased to offer a series of continuing education seminars for psychologists and other mental health professionals. All seminars are held on Fridays from 9am-12pm (3 hours) and upon completion, participants will earn 3 continuing education credits. All seminars will be conducted via Zoom. You must register for the seminar in two steps: (1) Click the registration link under the drop down menu for the seminar you would like to attend; and (2) Click the payment button to enter your payment information. You can pay for more than one seminar at a time but you need to register for each seminar separately.

  • September 11, 2020: Treating Traumatic Reactions Related to the Pandemic with Victor Welzant, Psy.D.
  • October 16, 2020: Healing Racial Trauma with Dietra Hawkins, Psy.D.
  • January 8, 2021: The Psychologist’s Playbook for Working with Individuals on the Gender Spectrum with Kate Thomas, Ph.D., APRN
  • February 12, 2021: Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Telepsychology Services with Richard Bloch, Esq.
9/11/20: Treating Traumatic Reactions Related to the Pandemic

Treating Traumatic Reactions Related to the Pandemic

September 11, 2020
Victor Welzant, Psy.D.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been associated with an increased prevalence of both psychological distress and psychopathology in specific populations. One common set of reactions involve symptoms and adaptations reflective of post-traumatic distress. This seminar will address the treatment of these traumatic stress reactions. Current evidence assed and evidence informed approaches to treatment will be reviewed and illustrated through case examples. Strategies to enhance resilience through psychotherapy will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common forms of distress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Apply evidenced based and evidence informed approaches to traumatic stress to a case study
  3. List 5 evidenced based factors associated with psychological resilience

Speaker Biography

Victor Welzant, Psy.D. is the director of the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship, and coordinator of psychology for the trauma disorders program at at Sheppard Pratt Health System. He is the past Director of the Psychotherapy Training Program of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and served on that organizations Board of Directors. Victor is also the Director of Education and Training for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a nonprofit that provides training in crisis support and resilience for Emergency Services Personnel and Health Care Workers. He has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on trauma treatment, crisis intervention and disaster mental health.

Dr. Welzant is a licensed Psychologist in Maryland and has a consulting and clinical practice in Lutherville, where he specializes treatment of trauma and stress related conditions, workplace violence and threat assessment consulting. He serves as the clinical director of several local peer support teams for law enforcement and the Fire/ EMS services. He is the editor in chief of Crisis, Stress, and Human Resilience: An International Journal. He serves on the editorial boards of Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma and Dissociation, and The International Journal of Emergency Mental Health.

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10/16/20 - Healing Racial Trauma

Healing Racial Trauma

October 16, 2020
Dietra Hawkins, Psy.D.

In cities across our nation racism is being declared a public health crisis; yet many mental health providers are not prepared to adequately assessment, treat or acknowledge Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) experiences with racial trauma.  By avoiding a “colorblind” narrative, clinicians need to be able to directly address the underlying racial discrimination BIPOC experience individually and collectively. Through a virtual platform, participants will be invited to actively participate in activities to define racial bias and identify the subsequent mental health implications.  This workshop will provide participants with the skills necessary to expand their practice, assess for racial trauma and identify the hidden symptoms BIPOC may not readily share. Participants will leave better prepared to recognize and treat the impact of racial trauma and increase their ability to have productive conversations with white and BIPOC clients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of bias and list two ways clinicians can treat racial trauma.
  2. List 3 presenting symptoms associated with direct and indirect exposure to racism.
  3. Apply a race-based traumatic stress frame to assess a client’s treatment needs.

Speaker Biography

Dietra D. Hawkins, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who works nationally and internationally with state and local government organizations, public and private schools and behavioral health agencies as the owner and lead consultant with Both And Partners, Inc.  She is a published author and frequent speaker for workshops addressing Appreciative approaches toward system change; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, Asset Based Community Development and Inclusion, and the Healing of Racism. Dr. Hawkins holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, Program for Recovery and Community health. Her primary research interests address racial and ethnic health care disparities; cultural competence, organizational systems change and transformation; and qualitative and community based participatory research. She is highly regarded for her positive energy and personable approach toward difficult conversations.This seminar will integrate the principles of existential psychotherapy, i.e. especially the work of Dr. Viktor Frankl (Meaning and Life) and Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (Meaning and Death). The goal will be to introduce a clinical model for the assessment and treatment of grief and bereavement. Participants will examine the phenomenology as well as a treatment model for facilitating the grief process and dealing with complicated grief.

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1/8/21 - The Psychologist’s Playbook for Working with Individuals on the Gender Spectrum

The Psychologist’s Playbook for Working with Individuals on the Gender Spectrum

January 8, 2021
Kate Thomas, Ph.D., APRN

This three hour seminar is designed to enhance the psychologist’s understanding of the social, political and personal challenges faced by those who are on the gender spectrum. It will highlight ways to assess, diagnose and treat patients in effective, knowledgeable and compassionate ways. The seminar will be multifocal. It will review some of the relevant history of gender treatment. It will include a discussion of the ever changing landscape of gender, including terminology and the array of identities that make up the spectrum. Attention will be given to ways in which the psychologist can interface with and assist this population. Developmental considerations that impact diagnosis and treatment will be included. Understanding how the socio-political backdrop has impacted this frequently marginalized minority will be discussed throughout the seminar.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the seminar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Integrate historical conceptualizations with current and evolving understandings of gender.
  2. Develop comfort in meeting the needs of patients who are on the gender spectrum.           
  3. Apply current principles of assessment, diagnosis and treatment to working with   patients on the gender spectrum.
  4. Examine the impact of various ethical, social and political forces on those who are on the gender spectrum.

Speaker Biography

Kate Thomas, PhD is a clinical sexologist with over 30 years of experience working with patients who have sexual and gender based concerns.  She is the Director of Clinical Services at the Johns Hopkins Sex and Gender Clinic, which is a clinic, established in 1971, devoted to the training and education of psychiatric resident physicians and medical students as well as to the provision of patient care.  She is also the Director of Mental Health Services at the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.  This is a center founded in 2017 and devoted to providing medical, surgical and psychological care to the gender variant community.  She holds faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and the University of Senchen in China.  She has taught undergraduate, medical and graduate students in topics related to sex and gender throughout her career.  Dr. Thomas maintains a private clinical practice, specializing in sex, gender and couples issues and concerns.  She frequently lectures locally, nationally and internationally on related topics.

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2/12/21 - Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Telepsychology Services

Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Telepsychology Services

February 12, 2021
Richard Bloch, Esq.

This workshop will discuss the various aspects of electronic communications and telehealth sessions with clients, the use of social media, and the impact of modern technology on clinical practice. There will be analyses of the legal and ethical issues impacting the use of email, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, blogs, telephone, and communicating with clients out of state. We will look at how the role of the therapist changes, boundary issues, informed consent, and the potential legal risks associated with electronic/telehealth therapeutic communication with clients other than face-to-face in the office, and the use and maintenance of information in a digital world.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Know how to comply with the requirements for telehealth in Maryland
  2. Recognize and avoid practicing in a jurisdiction without a license
  3. Understand the boundaries of the use of social media

Speaker Biography

Richard Bloch is President and Senior Attorney at Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A. Mr. Bloch has been in the private practice of law in Baltimore, Maryland since 1972. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University in 1968, and his J.D. from The University of Maryland, School of Law in 1972. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice focuses on health law, general business matters, trade association law, estate planning and administration and civil litigation. He also represents health practitioners before the Maryland Health Occupation Boards of Examiners, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Physicians. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979, He writes and lectures regularly on the legal and ethical issues relating to the practice of psychology and the mental health professions. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association.

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APA Approved SponsorAPA Approved

Notre Dame of Maryland University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Notre Dame of Maryland University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


May cancel one week prior to the event with a $30 cancellation fee.

University Closings

If the University is closed for inclement weather, or any other reason, class is cancelled.


Any ADA accommodations must be requested at least two weeks prior to the event. 

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The fee for each session is $89.

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Dr. Maria Mouratidis
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Licensed Psychologist