Upcoming Events

    • January 10, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Danversport Yacht Club, 101 Elliot Street, Danvers, MA


    This workshop is offered as a 3-hour training for clinicians and is focused on the assessment and treatment of problematic technology use. Given the emergent and rapidly evolving nature of these issues, clinicians can feel unprepared to properly treat their clients. Problematic use of technology is often overlooked and comorbid disorders involving anxiety, depression and attention issues become the primary target of treatment - leaving the root causes unattended.

    This workshop provides a framework for responding to a variety of problematic technology uses, including those related to digital media, gaming, Internet use, and pornography. The workshop will discuss the history of problematic technology use, assessment of problematic use, and tools to help families become informed and mindful technology users.

    Course Objectives:

    1.  Describe the trends and the etiology of problematic use of technology. (25min)

    2.  Describe behavioral use problems through a neurobiological lens. (25min)

    3.   Assess problematic technology use. (35min)

    4.   Describe and apply the main intervention strategies used for problematic technology use.          (35min)

    5.    Develop their own strategies to practice mindful technology use. (30min)


    Ozgur Akbas, MA, LMFT believes in the resilience of the human spirit. Wellness is

    more than an absence of problems; it is an experience of living life to the fullest.

    Recognizing that his clients already possess the tools for healing and negotiating

    interpersonal conflicts, Ozgur relies on a sensitive understanding of each individual

    client and their potential to develop those tools to achieve their therapeutic goals.

    Ozgur is a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides psychotherapy for

    teens, adults, and couples. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and

    problematic pornography use. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Ozgur offers

    workshops designed to translate the latest research findings into principles that can be

    practically applied by those who seek healing and growth. Ozgur also facilitates support

    groups that focus on topics such as adolescent brain development, brain-based

    parenting techniques, and mindfulness-based coping strategies. Ozgur is licensed in the

    state of New Hampshire. He holds two graduate degrees from the University of New

    Hampshire in Experiential Education (2005) and Marriage and Family Therapy (2010).

    Continuing Education authorization pending.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION POLICIES

    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation of your registration with full refund can be done up to 7 days before the event. Simply send an email requesting to cancel to office@privatepracticecolloquium.com

    Accommodations for the Differently Abled

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars' training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact the Private Practice Colloquium office@privatepracticecolloquium.com

    Grievance Policy

    The Private Practice Colloquium, Inc. (PPC) and Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to PPC, 564 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact PPC at (978) 741-8066 or Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

    Continuing education credit is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following disciplines:

    Social Workers:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive __ clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.

    Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit.

    Psychologists:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

    Nurses:

    As an American Psychological Association approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 3.0 CE hours of credit. Please provide us with any promotional materials, online and/or hard copy brochures/flyers which have the above required statements.  Please provide us with your evaluations and/or an evaluation summary.

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit.


    • March 27, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hilton Garder Inn 5 Wheeler Road, Burlington, MA


    This workshop will explore the current call for evidence-based treatment (EBT) and evidence-based practice in psychotherapy and related fields. The perspectives of different key stakeholders– patients, therapists, government policymakers, corporate payors – will be elucidated, as will attempts to build bridges between these varied constituencies.

    Evidence-based practice is often conceptualized as being built on a tripartite foundation: a research base, clinician expertise, and patient values/preferences. However, sometimes these foundations are reduced simply to research, ignoring the other two essential aspects. The arguments for the importance of psychotherapy research will be presented while the current state of research on psychotherapy will be examined to determine whether it is strong enough to support practice.

    Special attention will be devoted to the strengths and weaknesses of randomized controlled trials (RCT) which are often viewed as the gold standard for studying psychotherapy. The importance of RCTs as the only research methodology that allows unambiguous assignment will be explained while weaknesses in current applications of this methodology to psychotherapy will be explicated. Alternative research methodologies for the study of psychotherapy outcomes and processes will also be described, also with emphasis on their strengths and weaknesses. These ideas will then be examined as they apply to the American Psychological Association’s current Clinical Practice Guidelines and to psychodynamic psychotherapy.

    Finally, we will discuss the state of relations between researchers and practitioners in mental health. Different models of these relations will be described concluding with the presenter’s concept of a researcher-practitioner alliance.

    1. – Attendees will be able to articulate the perspectives of different stakeholders on the push toward evidence-based treatment.

    2. – Attendees will understand the strengths and weaknesses of randomized controlled trials as they are currently used in studying psychotherapies.

    3. – Attendees will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different models of the relationship between researchers and clinician-practitioners.

    Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, social activist, and research methodologist. He is a Professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and has taught at several other universities in the Boston area. One theme of Dr. Soldz's professional work has been the building of bridges between psychological researchers and practitioners. He coedited (with Leigh McCullough) Reconciling Empirical Knowledge and Clinical Experience: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2000). Dr. Soldz is currently a Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) representative to the American Psychological Association Council. He is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a cofounder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and an Adviser to Physicians for Human Rights. His social justice work has been featured in media from the New York Times and National Public Radio to radio in South Africa, Jamaica, Switzerland, Ireland, New Zealand, among many others.

    Authorization for Continuing Education pending.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION POLICIES

    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation of your registration with full refund can be done up to 7 days before the event. Simply send an email requesting to cancel to office@privatepracticecolloquium.com

    Accommodations for the Differently Abled

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars' training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact the Private Practice Colloquium office@privatepracticecolloquium.com

    Grievance Policy

    The Private Practice Colloquium, Inc. (PPC) and Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to PPC, 564 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact PPC at (978) 741-8066 or Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

    Continuing education credit is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following disciplines:

    Social Workers:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive __ clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.

    Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit.

    Psychologists:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

    Nurses:

    As an American Psychological Association approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 3.0 CE hours of credit. Please provide us with any promotional materials, online and/or hard copy brochures/flyers which have the above required statements.  Please provide us with your evaluations and/or an evaluation summary.

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit.

Past events

October 18, 2019 Middlesex County Networking Event
October 04, 2019 Cannabis: Science, Policy and Practice Kevin Hill, MD 6 CEs
September 27, 2019 Friday After Work Networking Event
June 21, 2019 Middlesex County Networking Event
June 07, 2019 Friday After Work Networking Event
May 21, 2019 Annual Meeting: Come Talk with the Board
May 03, 2019 Newburyport/Northern Essex County Networking Evening
April 26, 2019 Anatomy of Litigation: Malpractice vs Licensing Board Matters (and how to avoid them) Jennifer Boyd Herlihy, Attorney 3 CEs
March 15, 2019 DREAMING OUR WAY BACK HOME: USING DREAMWORK FOR HEALING & GROWTH LINDA YAEL SCHILLER, LICSW 3 CEs OFFERED
February 08, 2019 INTRODUCTION TO EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED COUPLE'S THERAPY DEBORAH CURTIS, LICSW & NAOMI RATHER, PhD 3 CEs OFFERED
January 25, 2019 PUTTING THE CHILD BACK IN CHILDHOOD JEANINE K. FITZGERALD, MA 3 CEs
November 09, 2018 ADHD AND COUPLES: MOVING FROM BLAME TO ACCEPTANCE, SUE HALLOWELL, LICSW 3 CEs OFFERED
October 19, 2018 MIDDLESEX COUNTY FRIDAY AFTER WORK NETWORKING EVENT
October 05, 2018 HOARDING DISORDER TREATMENT IN THE PRIVATE PRACTICE OFFICE AND BEYOND, PATTY UNDERWOOD, LICSW 3 CEs OFFERED
September 28, 2018 FRIDAY AFTER WORK GATHERING IN SALEM
September 18, 2018 Northern Essex County Networking Evening
September 14, 2018 DEALING WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE: FAMILY ALIENATION, EVAN LONGIN, EdD 3CEs offered
June 01, 2018 What Neuropsychology Can Add to Mental Health Services Robert Sedgwick, EdD
May 11, 2018 PPC Annual Meeting
May 11, 2018 What Neuropsychology Can Add to Mental Health Services Robert Sedgwick, EdD
April 27, 2018 Friday After Work Gathering
March 09, 2018 The Politics of Helping: Distinguishing Narrative and Normative World-Views Stephen Gaddis, PhD, LMFT
March 06, 2018 Introduction To Neurofeedback David Helfand, PsyD, BCN
February 09, 2018 Update in Medication Management: Review for Therapists Liz Alfson, MD
January 12, 2018 Misery or Mastery: Documenting Medical Necessity Beth Rontal, LICSW
November 10, 2017 Introduction To Neurofeedback David Helfand, PsyD, BCN
October 13, 2017 Friday After Work Gathering
September 15, 2017 Refueling Your Creative Self, Christine Routhier, MA, LMHC, MT-BC & Marina Strauss, MA, LMHC
August 11, 2017 Salem (Circulating) Practice Circle
June 17, 2017 Essential Oils 101
June 16, 2017 After Work Gathering for Middlesex County Members
June 16, 2017 PPC Annual Meeting
June 09, 2017 Salem Practice Circle
May 12, 2017 Social Justice Matters!: The Liberation Health Framework for Mental Health Practice, Dawn Belkin Martinez, PhD, LICSW
April 28, 2017 Friday After Work Gathering
April 14, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event North Reading Friday
April 07, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event Salem
March 10, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event Salem
March 10, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event Stoneham Friday March 10, 10:00 to 11:30
March 05, 2017 Theory To Practice: Incorporating Telemental Health Into Your Psychotherapy Practice Jennifer Tsappis, MSW, LICSW
February 10, 2017 Insurance and Investments for Psychotherapists
January 13, 2017 Lyme Disease: The Hidden Epidemic
December 07, 2016 Health Care in the Commonwealth: Now and Looking Ahead

Private Practice Colloquium, Inc.
564 Loring Avenue
Salem, MA 01970

Phone: 978-741-8066
Fax: 978-979-8989
Email: office@privatepracticecolloquium.com