MAY 25, 2016 CEU EVENT

Parenting Tots Through Teens: Helping Clients Attend To Age And Development Considerations

Offering 2.5 CEU Credits for LCSWs, LPCs, and PhDs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
6:00 – 8:30pm


Through this workshop, practitioners will gain a greater understanding of how to empower adult clients to effectively parent with regard to age-specific needs and individual differences. Attendees will become more skilled at recognizing the pitfalls of “one size fits all” parenting and be equipped with specific parenting interventions that attend to emotional, cognitive, and social development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the significance of young brain development.
  • Understand the implications of developmental tasks.
  • Learn age-appropriate behavior management interventions.

Dr. Staci Passe earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. Through her 13 years of education, training and experience, Dr. Passe has served hundreds of families by providing individual, group, and family therapy. She is currently licensed as a social worker and is earning licensure as a psychologist. Through her work at outpatient, inpatient, residential, school, agency, private, and community settings, Dr. Passe has gained proficiency in tailoring treatment to meet the needs of each client. Through talk therapy, play therapy, and expressive arts, clients are provided the opportunity to express themselves in the most natural and comfortable manner. Dr. Passe is also able to provide both English and Spanish services to individuals.

Dr. Passe is skilled at working with young people challenged with various problems. Dr. Passe has extensive experience with issues related to trauma, relationships, emotion dysregulation, body image, abuse, bullying, poor coping skills, self-harm, and the onset of mental illness. Dr. Passe has provided intervention for numerous diagnoses including Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustment Problems, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is skilled at implementing evidence- based intervention with attention to individual differences and is committed to partnering with the families she serves to promote wellness and healing.


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It’s Not Gibberish: Helping You Understand & Integrate Neuropsychological Evaluations Into Your Practice to Answer Your Questions, Improve Clinical Outcomes & Make Your Clients Happy

Offering 2.5 CEU Credits for LCSWs, LPCs, and PhDs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
6:00 – 8:30pm


Dr. Carlson is a neuropsychologist in private practice and a licensed professional counselor. In this session she will explain in practical terms how neuropsychological evaluations are useful tools to mental health professionals and their clients. Participants will review what neuropsychological evaluations actually assess and how to review findings in reports. Clinicians will discover how evaluation results can be integrated into their practice to improve clinical outcomes and to provide solutions to clients/families that help solve problems and make them happy.


  • Define the utility of neuropsychological evaluations for healthcare providers and clients. What will the evaluation offer that is different than another form of intervention?
  • Identify cognitive domains commonly assessed within neuropsychological evaluations.
  • Learn how to review test data and neuropsychological reports so that the information is useful to 1) you as a clinicians, and 2) your clients/families.
  • Discuss how to apply the findings into your clinical practice.


Dr. Holly Carlson Zhao

Licensed Psychologist, Founder and Director of the Center for Optimal Brain Health

Dr. Holly Carlson Zhao is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor, with neuropsychological and forensic experience working with adults and older adults in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. She founded the Center for Optimal Brain Health in Houston, Texas to help adults achieve healthy brain functioning and preserve their independence for a full life, support caregivers and offer forensic solutions with impeccable service and no scheduling delays.

Prior to her work at the Center Dr. Carlson Zhao provided neuropsychological evaluation services in association with Dr. Matthew Nance, Baylor College of Medicine Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, and at Amazing Place Memory Care and Wellness Center, and forensic evaluation services to private corporate clients and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. She is also an experienced psychotherapist and researcher. Dr. Carlson Zhao is passionate about the Center’s mission and the benefits of brain healthy living.


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The Lovett Center is pleased to host Robert Hilliker, LCSW, LCDC and Mitchell Baldridge, CPA for a presentation on creating and growing a successful private practice.


Create & Grow a
Successful Private Practice

Offering 1.5 CEU Credits for LCSWs, LPCs, and PhDs.

Friday, March 4, 2016
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch Provided


This workshop will provide clinicians and physicians the opportunity to learn about the tools necessary for building a thriving and fulfilling private practice.


  • Participants will learn essential elements to create and grow a successful private practice.
  • Learn the steps to take in going out on your own, and how to structure your business for maximum tax benefits.
  • Understand how to leverage business development, brand development, and marketing to grow your practice.

Robert Hilliker, LCSW, LCDC is the co-founder of The Lovett Center. He works with patients in private practice there and serves as the Clinical Director for the Center for Integrative Healing (CFIH) at The Lovett Center. CFIH offers intensive outpatient, supportive outpatient, and aftercare programming for people struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Robert’s private practice focuses on work with professionals, addictive disorders, shame resiliency, and behavioral health issues. He provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy.

Mitchell Baldridge is a CPA with experience in corporate and small business accounting. Mitchell has worked with clients in the real estate, healthcare, construction and oil & gas industries and is well versed in the challenges of growing and running a business. After having the chance to work with both large and small-scale clients, Mitchell found that his passion lies in building relationships with individuals and helping small businesses achieve their financial goals.

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Trauma-Informed Yoga

Offering 2.5 CEU Credits to LCSWs, LPCs, and PhDs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

6:00 – 8:30pm

The Lovett Center
900 Lovett Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006

This program will explore the value of yogic practices in the clinical setting, particularly when treating trauma. The role of the body in treatment will be thoroughly explored, as well as the benefits of utilizing yoga as either a central or adjunctive element in clinical treatment. There will be didactic and experiential portions to this course. Clinicians will participate in guided meditations and a short trauma-informed yoga practice, and will be taught ways in which yoga and mindfulness can be seamlessly integrated into treatment.LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Participants will learn the difference between “regular” yoga and Trauma informed yoga and will understand the therapeutic value of Trauma-Informed Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
  • Participants will understand the benefit of integrating or adding body-based therapeutic modalities into their clinical practice and their self care.
  • Participants will directly experience a trauma-informed yoga practice (no need for special yoga clothes) during this workshop.

The Lovett Center is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Haberer, LCSW, RGP and Keeley Michael, RYT-200, presenting on Trauma-Informed Yoga.

Elizabeth has over 15 years of clinical experience in private and community settings in both Houston, TX and Pittsburgh, PA, most recently having worked several years at The Compass Program for Young Adults at The Menninger Clinic.  Her areas of expertise include dual diagnosis disorders, anxiety, mood regulation issues, family dynamics, and OCD.   She has specialized training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, ERP (exposure and response prevention therapy for OCD), and mindfulness-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and DBT. Elizabeth also hold accreditation as a Certified Group Psychotherapist by the International Board Certification of Group Psychotherapists and has designation as a Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor for clinicians working toward their full licensure.

Clinical interests include working with emerging adults and their families, addressing embodied trauma through yoga, addressing acculturation issues, and finding creative ways to utilize yoga and meditation as integrative pieces of the healing process.  Having been born and raised abroad, Elizabeth is attuned to the unique challenges of acculturation and relocation.  She also provides clinical services in Spanish.

Elizabeth is a certified yoga instructor who has taught and continues to teach private and public classes and workshops at various yoga studios, conferences and fitness centers in Houston.   She is launching a trauma-informed yoga program for women as part of her private practice, Mindful Psychotherapy, PLLC.  Elizabeth also currently teaches trauma-informed yoga classes at The Lovett Center, where she also leads a therapeutic group for families as part of the Center for Integrative Healing’s Intensive Outpatient Program.

Keeley Michael, RYT-200, will also be speaking on Yoga Therapy during this workshop.

Keeley is a certified yoga instructor who believes yoga relieves physical and emotional suffering. It’s Keeley’s mission to use the tools of yoga to allow others to find freedo

m, peace, and confidence. Yogic philosophy and texts, practices including āsana (postures), prāṇāyāma (breathing techniques), meditation, vedic chanting and the practical application of the tools of yoga for therapy are all a part of Keeley’s ongoing practice and study.

Keeley has over 6 years of personal practice and over 3 years of yoga training. She has specialized training in yoga therapy (through the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar) and will continue her studies with the exceptional faculty and peers of the YATNA yoga therapy training program.

Keeley offers individual yoga therapy and group instruction at Dan’s House of Hope and group instruction at Equinox River Oaks. Her gentle and therapeutic approach allow her student’s to have a relationship their body, breath, and mind so they can begin to reveal their true nature.


Hatred, Object Relations and the Power to Be

An Evening Exploring the Liberating Power of Hatred with Michael Lassoff, LMSW and Barrett Estess, LPC.  A program offering 2.5 CEU credits for LCSWs, LPCs and PhDs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 – 8:30pm

“Even the darkness is not too dark for Thee, but the night shineth as the day; the darkness is even as the light.”  Psalm 139

In this class, we offer a revisionist and liberating understanding of hatred’s origin and true function. Although hatred is often expressed in destructive and traumatic ways, it is nonetheless the psyche’s best attempt at approximating power, peace and stillness. And as such, hatred explored within a safe and mature setting leads to authenticity, intimacy, and confidence.

Participants will learn:

1.  To discern and explore hatred in themselves and their clients.
2.  How hatred manifests symptomatically within anxiety, depression and character disorders.
3.  About the true function and origin of hatred within the psyche.
4.  How sincerely exploring hatred yields greater authenticity, integrity and personal power.

Recommended Readings:

D.W. Winnicott. (1949). Hate in Counter-Transference.

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Unraveling the Gordian Knot: Records Privacy and Client Confidentiality in a Digital World

An Event Offering 3 Ethics Hours of Continuing Education Credits to LCSWs, LPCs and PhDs on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Clients want confidentiality. Healthcare Professionals build relationships based upon privacy and trust. Clients also want convenience. They text and email and want services way beyond the limits of traditional therapy. Clients also get into lawsuits and other legal proceedings and healthcare professionals get subpoenaed, most of the time without much notice or professional courtesy. There are many statutes, rules and regulations that impact all facets of clinical practice at the intersection where digital record-keeping, modern clinical practice and legal proceedings meet and sometimes collide head on. This interactive, hands-on, practical presentation will go into detail on how to deal with HIPAA, Medical Records Privacy, Substance Abuse Treatment Confidentiality (42 CFR, Part 2) and other Texas law and provide specific responsive techniques to these issues as they arise in clinical practice.

Training Objectives:

1. To set out in simple terms, the legal and ethical principles and current state of Texas and Federal law on Confidentiality, Privilege and the electronic storage and transmission of Protected Health Information;

2. To examine, unpack and reconcile ethical and legal dilemmas facing health care professionals in dealing with Protected Health Information;

3. To set out specific ideas and practical suggestions on how to respond to subpoenas and other intrusions into otherwise confidential health care relationships.

The Lovett Center is pleased to welcome William B. (“Bill”) Connolly, J.D. for our December CEU Event.

William B. (“Bill”) Connolly, J.D., is a 1974 Graduate of the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada and a 1979 graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. His practice is focused mainly in the areas of Family Law, Juvenile Law and Civil Appellate Law. He is Board Certified in both Family Law and Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a former Professor of Juvenile Law at South Texas College of Law and is a past Officer, Director and Chair of the Juvenile Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Bill is a frequent author and presenter at CLE programs throughout Texas. He has lectured and presented extensively on the subject of therapeutic privilege and confidentiality. Bill is a current member of the Collaborative Council to The Permanent Commission on Children Family and Youth of the Texas Supreme Court and is a member and former Director of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Texas (“AFCC”), a member of Texas Academy Family Law Specialists (“TAFLS”) and is a member of Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. He is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and a past member of Collaborative Family Lawyers of Houston.

Bill is married to Lind Butler and is an Elder at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, creative writing and digital photography.

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