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Center for Professional Development

Counseling Psychology

We are pleased to offer Mental Health Continuing Education Courses this year. Fulfill all your unit renewals by taking these courses!

**Dr. Larson's course, Getting Grief Working: An Integrative Person-Centered Approach to Counseling for Grief and Loss, has been cancelled**

**Please note that the postcard you may have received for Dr. Shapiro's course had an incorrect date. Her correct class date is May 2nd, 2017, 1pm - 4pm**

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Getting Grief Working: An Integrative Person-Centered Approach to Counseling for Grief and Loss with Dale Larson, Ph.D.

February 25th 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Dale Larson, Ph.D. is an accomplished Psychologist whose published work on Grief and Loss has made him a well-respected member of the field. He is currently a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and has been published in numerous academic journals. As a recent recipient of the ADEC Death Educator of the Year award, he will be co-hosting a webinar called “Grief: Finding Your Own Path” on September 20th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET. Register for the webinar here.

Course Description: 

A growing number of therapists are specializing in work with clients facing grief and loss, and all therapists will at some time find their clients struggling with these issues, whether it be the loss of a loved one through death or illness, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of personal health. In this seminar, Dr. Larson brings together innovations in theory and practice that will enhance your efficacy and personal growth as a therapist counseling clients facing grief and loss. Because loss is such an inescapable part of life—one that is present in all stressful events--the concepts and skills focused on in this class are applicable across all counseling situations and in our personal lives as well.

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The Art and Science of Mindfulness with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D.

May 2nd 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. With twenty years of meditation experience studying in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, Shapiro brings an embodied sense of mindfulness to her scientific work. She has published over 100 journal articles and chapters, and coauthored the critically acclaimed book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, as well as her newest book, Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to setting limits and raising an emotionally intelligent child.

Course Description: 

Based on Dr. Shapiro’s book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness the workshop offers scientific research and meditative practices for anyone interested in awakening the mind and opening the heart. Drawing on current research in psychology, medicine and cognitive neuroscience, we will investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on decreasing pathology and increasing positive psychological and physiological states. Further, we will explore the mechanisms of action through which mindfulness meditation has its transformation effects.


Our Mental Health branch provides workshops that meet licensing requirements for Psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, Counselors, Nurses, and other mental health professionals. View the calendar for more information about upcoming courses.


We are accredited through the following associations and boards:

American Psychological Association Provider 1455- Santa Clara University, Center for Professional Development is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider PCE321- Please refer to each course to determine if it meets qualifications.