At CAPS we are engaged in ongoing, yearly continuing education beyond what is required of our various licensing boards and agencies (please see a list of these requirements for psychologists and social workers). Primarily, this education occurs as part of our “training program” for graduate and postgraduate student trainees, which provides us numerous opportunities to study and learn as a staff. This helps ensure we are staying current on issues important and relevant to college students.
As part of this process, CAPS staff engages in a weekly full staff reading group throughout each semester. Topics range from reading specific theorists and practitioners who are important to us, such as Donald Winnicott, Jessica Benjamin, and Thomas Ogden to specific areas of interest including: eating disorders, anti-racism, attachment, suicide, trauma, gender, sexuality and intersectionality. (View examples of recent reading lists.)
Trainees engage in further weekly reading groups focusing on matters specific to learning to work with college students, including: conceptualizing students and their context, thinking about the role of the counseling center and learning about development within society and culture. (View the Training Seminar schedule.)
Staff, trainees and contractors meet regularly as well to share ideas, provide feedback to one another and work to ensure we are practicing at the highest level possible.
Beyond these trainings, CAPS has annual speakers and consultants. This provides us with opportunities to work closely with outside therapists and consultants on a variety of specialized topics. For example, Anton Hart will be coming in February of 2021 to talk about "radical openness."
Past speakers have included:
- Robert Tyminski, DMH "Apocalyptic themes in times of trouble: when young men are deeply alienated" (2/24/2020)
- Michelle Stephens, Ph.D. Rage and Guilt: The Continuing Difficulties of Discussing Race on College Campuses (3/23/2018)
- Jeanine Vivona, Ph.D. “Feeling, Action, and Thought in the Language of Late Adolescents.” (10/30/2017)
- Eugenio Duarte, Ph.D. “It’s Just Sex”: The Challenges and Opportunities of Talking about Sex with College Students (3/27/2017)
- Sergio Salvatore, Ph.D. “Interpreting felt experience as a means of self-reflection” (10/17/2016)
- Eliot Jurist, Ph.D. “Mentalizing Well” (3/16/2015)
- Richard Gartner, Ph.D. “Betrayed as boys: Understanding sexually abused and assaulted men” (10/26/2015)
- Todd Essig, Ph.D. “Non-prescription ADHD stimulant usage among young adults” (11/3/2014)
Lastly, CAPS staff is active in their local psychological and social work communities. They attend conferences, write papers, lead workshops and reading groups and edit journals. All of this ensures a vibrant staff that views professional identity as “ongoing” and evolving and not stagnant and fixed.
If you have ideas for specific areas of growth for CAPS and/or speakers and topics please let us know at: HC-CAPS@haveford.edu. Please note, we are sometimes limited by funding and time. Also, unsolicited emails from outside vendors/speakers will not be returned.