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2024 Virtual Training Series

All workshops will be presented as webinars via Zoom.  Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link to log into the training. The webinars will be live streamed and then available for purchase as a recording after their live stream date.

All trainings have been approved for continuing education units by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. Please see each trainings below for credit information.

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*Please note that there are no refunds for the virtual webinars.

    • February 22, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • December 31, 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Virtual webinar

    Mariya Javed-Payne MSW, LICSW, LADC

    Presenter Bio: Mariya Javed-Payne is a Minnesota-based Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and International Brainspotting Trainer and Consultant. She is the owner of Awaken Consulting Services, where she offers somatic therapy intensives for complex PTSD and addictions, as well as training and consulting on the topics of cutting edge PTSD and addiction treatments. She has over 13 years of experience working with SPMI and addictions and leading teams of mental health professionals in various settings. Her passion is offering depth of heart and human connection as well as therapeutic methods that have a strong basis in neuroscience. She identifies as a somatic abolitionist working to dismantle oppressive forces within systems as well as within our bodies.

    Description: Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with BioLateral sound, adn can be adaptable to almost all areas of specialization. Brainspotting identifies activated eye positions designated as Brainspots through identifying and locating somatic activation around an issue. Once located, Brainspotting utilizes focus on these eye positions to mindfully observe and process the physiological and emotional experience held within, allowing clients to discharge truncated survival reflexes stored in the body and return to homeostasis. Brainspotting's core foundations includes a strong emphasis on relational and neurobiological attunement, which sets the frame for clients to process difficult issues in a contained way, including clients who experience dissociation. Brainspotting provides therapists with powerful tools to enable their patients to quickly and effectively process through the deep brain sources of many held traumas, emotional, somatic and performance problems.


    1. Identify 4 ways that trauma can be defined or show itself

    2. Understand the neurobiological underpinnings of Brainspotting

    3. Understand the theory and principles of Brainspotting.

    Please be advised that this training session you are about to access are pre-recorded and not delivered in real-time. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and relevance of the content, it's important to note that this session was conducted live and may not reflect the most current information or developments.

    Participants are encouraged to engage with the material critically and understand that any interactive elements such as quizzes or discussions may not be available for participation or immediate feedback. Additionally, any references to specific dates, events, or circumstances within the training may be based on the time of recording and not necessarily reflective of the current context.

    By accessing and utilizing this pre-recorded training material, you acknowledge and accept the aforementioned disclaimer.

    • July 29, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • December 31, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar

    Live Stream: Monday, July 29th | 9am-12pm

    Leah Seeger, MA, LMFT, LADC

    Presenter Bio: Leah Seeger, MA, LMFT, LADC is a second career therapist who specializes in serving individuals, couples, and families with struggles complicated by trauma, challenging upbringings, and/or addictive issues. Leah provides therapy from a social justice, feminist, trauma-informed lens and is working to finalize her certification in Brainspotting. Leah worked in MICD (mental illness/chemical dependency) drug treatment facilities prior to entering private practice. Leah is currently the President-Elect for the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT), and has previously worked as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Addiction Studies program at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Leah’s commentary on mental health issues in America has been featured in the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, and the Washington Post.

    Rachel Cavegn, MA, LMFT

    Presenter Bio: Rachael Cavegn, MA, LMFT, Rachael Cavegn MA, LMFT is a mental health professional specializing in the use of neurofeedback training to address struggles with trauma/addiction, depression, anxiety, SPMI diagnoses and a wide range of additional mental health concerns. Her approach to therapy is through an Adlerian, feminist, social justice, trauma-informed lens, paying particular attention to how relationship dynamics and social systems impact our ability to establish and maintain good health. Prior to working in private practice Rachael spent 10 years specializing in trauma and addiction treatment in community-based programs and MICD (mental health/chemical dependency) treatment clinics. Rachael is a Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (MN BMFT) approved supervisor, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) supervisor candidate and is presently pursuing her certification as neurofeedback provider through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). She has presented to community organizations throughout the metro area on the topics of trauma/addiction, grief and loss, and systems/relationship dynamics, and has developed and facilitated trainings for People Incorporated Mental Health Services, Minnesota CarePartner and Adler Graduate School.

    Description: We know many mental health providers feel they have inadequate training to address addiction issues. And that addiction is regularly viewed as a separate entity from other mental health concerns.

    In 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that “16.5 percent of the population met the applicable DSM-5 criteria for having a substance use disorder.” If 16.5% of the population is actively struggling with an addiction issue, then the people around them are likely suffering from the effects as well.

    In this training we will help providers start to think systemically and take a trauma-informed approach to addiction, just like we already do for other mental health struggles. And we will provide attendees tools to approach the root of many addiction issues. Together we can take the stigma out of addiction and equip mental health providers to support clients and families struggling with addictive issues!


    1. How addictive behaviors are linked to trauma and other mental health struggles and how this lens may impact diagnosing.

    2. What is harm reduction vs traditional approaches to addictive behaviors, and what are the benefits and drawbacks to various treatment programs/approaches (12 step/traditional, medication assisted treatment, harm-reduction).

    3. How the language we use with clients influences the way they see themselves and their ability to heal.

    4. Why connection/relationship is the key to helping clients heal from trauma and strategies for helping clients learn/develop skills to connect.

    5. How to help clients support a loved one struggling with trauma/addiction through language, and setting appropriate boundaries that still allow for relationships/connection.

    • September 23, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 31, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Virtual Webinar

    Live Stream: Monday, September 23rd | 8am-9am

    Tessa Gittleman, MA, LMFT

    Presenter Bio: Tessa “Tess” Gittleman, MA, LMFT, is an AAMFT and MN BBHT Approved Supervisor, working in private practice in Golden Valley, and is the current Treasurer for MAMFT. Tessa’s specialty is in working with individuals whose success at work doesn’t translate to interpersonal success, and often feel like failures. Many of these clients have OCPD. Tessa also works as an organizational consultant and public speaker where she focuses on helping businesses think through the “Emotional Economics” of their practices, the “Emotional Infrastructure” needed for increased sustainability, and how to best manage the internal polarity that cultural and generational differences compound in the workplace.

    Description: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is one of the most common personality disorders in the US, affecting 3-8% of the US population. Despite its prevalence, it is often eclipsed in education, research, practice, and culture, by other personality disorders, like Borderline Personality Disorder, which affects 1.4%, or its clinical cousin, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which affects 2-3% of the US population. This discrepancy leaves clinicians under-prepared to support people and relationships impacted by the unique set of issues that OCPD brings forth. Consequently, clients with OCPD, many of whom experience distress from their acute awareness of the problem and feel helplessness in being able to “fix it,” can leave therapy feeling even more misunderstood, broken, and hopeless. In this presentation, you will learn how to differentiate the pervasive pattern of perfectionism, rigidity, and rules from other, more familiar disorders. You will be able to understand how OCPD personality traits, such as a commitment to extreme efficiency or a preoccupation with structures and equity, can result in both occupational/academic success and interpersonal catastrophe. You will understand what about that personal paradox increases acute distress for these clients, and why they often experience a “Crisis of Competence” before reaching out for help. You will hear about what modalities and approaches have had success in helping clients work through these issues, and develop more clinical skills for overcoming the opposition, frustration, and stuckness that this population can present with in therapy. Before the conclusion of this presentation, you will have the opportunity to hear a case presentation and participate in a Q&A with the presenters. If the training is successful, you will feel you have the clinical competence to ensure you aren't doing harm to these clients, even if you find you're not the best person to help them long-term.


    1. Increase clinical competence diagnosis and working with OCPD individuals

    2. Identify common traits, developmental patterns, and primary features of OCPD in both typical and a-typical presentations

    3. Be able to differentiate OCPD from other disorders, as well as correlated conditions

    4. Understand the impact of OCPD on individuals, relationships, and society

    5. Learn clinical interventions that benefit people with OCPD

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