Day 1 Presenters

Day 2 Presenters


Dates & Times

Thursday & Friday, October 7 & 8, 2021

9am-4:00pm Each Day

Online Training

Live, Real-Time, Interactive
**Earn the same credits as in-person trainings!**

Zoom Training Platform


  • $269 Standard Registration 
  • $240 Groups Registration for Groups of 3+

CEU Credits

12 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs – INCLUDES 3 ETHICS CREDITS

**See below for more details and credit acceptance for other mental health professionals.**

This last year has brought many challenges and many changes in our society. When clinicians need to pivot skills because of these rapid changes and the changing needs of clients, how do you rise to the occasion? It becomes necessary to enhance your clinical toolbox by sharpening or “reskilling” to meet these demands more effectively.

Please join us for our second annual Fall Renewal Conference where the focus will be on reskilling clinical tools to enhance your practice.  This interactive and timely conference will provide mental health professionals with opportunities to learn from experts in a variety of highly relevant areas. This year’s conference will begin with a session on Suicide Prevention Assessment and Safety Planning Skills to provide clinicians with enhanced skills and up-to-date information on this extremely important topic. Day one will also include a three-hour Ethics workshop that will discuss the ins and outs of working with immigrant client populations – a must-know skillset in this day and age.

Day two of the conference will begin with a session on the Patterns of Pain & Habits of Healing: The Neuuropsychology of Treating the Whole Person. This session will explore the deep impact of trauma on the brain and present an evidenced-based approach to healing the whole person through the use of polyvagal techniques. The afternoon will then conclude with an important and timely session on Addressing Racism in the Practice of Mental Health to enhance cultural competency.

 Over the course of two days, clinicians will gain invaluable knowledge while earning 12 Category I CEU credits including 3 ethics credits.  This training is online, live, real-time, and interactive.  It will take place on Zoom. Past attendees have found this platform easy to use and enjoyable from the comfort of home or office.


Suicide Awareness, Assessment, and Safety Planning

Day 1 – Morning

Tammi Ginsberg, LCPC is the president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is also on the board of the Devon C Rubenstein Foundation. In her private practice, she specializes in working with survivors of suicide loss as well as those who are struggling. She has a personal connection to this issue in that she lost her brother to suicide in 1988 and dealt with the fall out at a time when there were very few well trained professionals. In her role with AFSP, she conducts trainings on suicide prevention and awareness, hosts a Survivor Day in November, and advocates for comparable benefits for those with mental health issues.

Ethics in Working with Immigrant Populations

Day 1 – Afternoon

Caitlin Tromiczak, LICSW, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with immigrant communities in Washington DC for over 15 years. Her areas of expertise include trauma, domestic violence, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, immigration, torture, family separation in transnational families, women’s empowerment, community outreach, diversity & inclusion, and using mindfulness practices as an accompanying modality to therapy. She also draws experience from her work with communities abroad in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She embraces opportunities to look deeper into the effects of trauma and migration on the individuals and communities she serves, as she strives to create and provide more culturally responsive and effective services.


Ms. Tromiczak currently manages the Health and Psychological Wellness program at TASSC International in Washington DC, sees clients in her private practice in Silver Spring, and is working on her doctorate in International Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Neuropsychology for Treating the Whole Person
Day 2 – Morning Session

Adele Martelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified trauma professional specialist. She has a Master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in mental health treatment, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Southern Maine. Adele has extensive history working with unique populations to include trauma survivors, the incarcerated, and couples seeking reconciliation. She is a public speaker and writer on topics such as trauma, attachment, intimacy, and mindfulness. Adele seeks to be creative in her practice and speaking engagements by sharing practical examples and tangible skills to utilize. She attempts to meet others where they are and journey with them as they recognize their own potential. Adele strongly believes an important part of her job is to help people heal and empower them to have healthy relationships with others, themselves, and the Divine. Adele and her family are activists for marginalized groups and volunteer with a local non-profit organization. In 2017 she and her husband founded Second Mile Marriage an event-based organization that utilizes multimedia experiences to help couples go beyond common communication skills and develop radical intimacy

Addressing Racism in the Practice of Mental Health
Day 2 Afternoon Presenter

Shardae Washington is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Virginia. She received her Master’s in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has a wealth of experience within the mental health field but more importantly, my specialty is working with underserved families of color with recognizing, identifying and addressing the contextual factors that impact families that have been barriers to obtaining the education and the success that they desire. Ms. Washington worked in the Prince George School District in Virginia as a supervisor for the Therapeutic Day Treatment and Community Based Counseling Program for almost 9 years. In April 2018, she formed her own Private Practice in Colonial Heights, VA. In September 2020, Ms. Washington became the Clinical Director with National Counseling Group in Chesapeake/Newport News/Suffolk Region in Virginia. In March 2021, she became the Site Director for the National Counseling Group Richmond office.

Ms. Washington also provides trainings on various topics including racism within the Black community, providing therapy for people of color and Person of the Therapist issues to a multitude of agencies including Norfolk Department of Social Services, the VALPCA, the Maryland CEU Institute, etc.

She has a vibrant and energetic personality uses her great gifts to facilitating trainings for various agencies and platforms. Ms. Washington has a great passion for families and couples but in addition to that, she has dedicated her focus on social and racial issues as well as exploring the needs and growth of the African American community. She is a caring and compassionate therapist who works diligently to support and guide her clients through their journeys through life. 


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Day 1 Morning Suicide Awareness Agenda

Day 1 Afternoon Ethics with Immigrant Populations Agenda
Day 2 Morning Neuropsychology Agenda
Day 2 Afternoon Addressing Racism in MH Agenda

CEU Credit Info

How many CEU credits will I receive for attending this event?
A total of 12 Social Work Category 1 CEU credits are offered for full attendance to this live, real-time, interactive online event. This includes 3 Ethics CEU credits. These are the same credits that we provide for in-person trainings.

**Anyone who is not present for a portion of any workshop will have credits deducted from their CEU certificate. **

**Please note: There is no additional charge for these CEU Credits – the cost is already included in the registration fee.**

What type of CE Credits are offered for attending this event?
You will receive Maryland Social Work Category I CEU Credits and DC Social Work Credits when you attend this event. Although this is an online training, these are the same credits that you would receive for attending an in-person training.  Sign-in each day of the training, full attendance, participation, and workshop evaluation are required to receive CEU credits.
What if I am licensed in another jurisdiction?
Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs) for licensed social workers in Maryland. MD CEU Institute has also received written approval from the DC Board of Social Work for all workshops.  These credits are accepted for many other mental health professionals in the region (see below for list).  

If you are licensed in another jurisdiction or are unsure your board accepts our credits, we suggest that you check with your licensing board to determine if they will accept Maryland or DC Social Work CEU credits.  Many states have reciprocity to accept credits that have been approved by  another state board.  With changing laws and regulations due to COVID-19, including the number of credits that may be earned online, we strongly encourage attendees to double check with their own board to be sure they will accept the credits we offer.

CE Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CE credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CE Credits). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.

Day 1 Overviews and Objectives


Suicide Awareness, Assessment Skills and Safety Planning

Presenter: Tammi Ginsberg, LCPC

Suicide and suicidal ideation have become very prevalent in our communities. It is important to have practitioners who are well versed on how to work with those who are struggling. In this workshop, we will cover suicide statistics, risk factors, protective factors, asking about suicidality and safety planning. We will use role play and case studies to practice working with “at risk” clients and discuss some of the pitfalls that we may run into. We will also discuss empathy vs. sympathy vs. compassion and how to take care of yourself when working with this population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the statistics on suicidality as well as risk signs including mood, talk and behavior
  • Understand the mind and limited thinking of a suicidal person
  • Understand how to use various assessment tool
  • Demonstrate how to talk to a suicidal person and when to refer out
  • Demonstrate how to use a safety plan.
  • Discuss best practice interventions including CBT and DBT
  • Discuss ethics and duty to report as a practitioner
  • Discuss coping and what to do after a suicide

Ethical Concerns Working with Immigrant Populations

Presenter: Caitlin Tromiczak LICSW-C, LCSW


As there are increasing changes to the immigration systems and policies in the U.S., it is important for clinical professionals to feel prepared for the range of ethical issues that they may encounter working with immigrants of various cultures and statuses. Many asylum seekers, refugees, and other immigrants deal with complex legal processes, face cultural barriers adapting to the U.S., and experience complex trauma and grief. Clinicians require increased awareness and skills to identify and address the obstacles their clients may be facing in an ethically appropriate manner.As there are increasing changes to the immigration systems and policies in the U.S., it is important for clinical professionals to feel prepared for the range of ethical issues that they may encounter working with immigrants of various cultures and statuses. Many asylum seekers, refugees, and other immigrants deal with complex legal processes, face cultural barriers adapting to the U.S., and experience complex trauma and grief. Clinicians require increased awareness and skills to identify and address the obstacles their clients may be facing in an ethically appropriate manner.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify their own and societal biases about migration and how this might impact their work with clients.
  • Understand ethical dilemmas via case studies and relevant research findings
  • Learn to work with clients through a trauma-informed and culturally responsive lens
  • Address issues such as:o Culturally relevant assessment tools and strategies.
  • Managing confidentiality of undocumented status clients.
  • Working with mixed-status familieso Managing boundaries in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Risk management strategies 
  • Vicarious trauma and self-care to prevent triggers and burnout 

Day 2 Overviews and Objectives


Patterns of Pain & Habits of Healing: The Neuropsychology of Treating the Whole Person

Presenter: Adele Martelle, LCSW-C


You are what you think. Cognitive behavioral therapy has long taught us this valuable truth. However, as research expands in the field of psychology, we are faced with the undeniable reality that we are also what we eat AND what we are NOT feeling. Trauma bonds stored in the neural networks of our minds and bodies impact our ability to fully implement the important core belief shifts taught by Cognitive psychology. In order to live fully alive with a sense of purpose and worth we have to take responsibility for our own emotions, nutrition, mental and physical exercise. This workshop presents an evidenced based approach to healing the whole person through the use of polyvagal techniques, neuroplasticity training with the use of breathwork and amygdala de-escalation skills. In order to get out of patterns of pain we have to create habits of healing. This means utilizing the science of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy to rewrite the narratives of our core self while seeking to get into the places of self where we are numbing. Somatic activation of those desensitized areas helps us develop a powerful sense of self and in return equips us to fully empower our clients.  The neuropsychology of top down (CBT) and bottom up (Somatic activation/polyvagal training) can help guide our treatment of the whole person!

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the research behind top down and bottom-up neuropsychology.
  • Explain the cognitive and biological theories for why the treatment of the whole person is essential to healing client’s with anxiety, depression, and trauma.
    • Demonstrate the importance of implementing a practice of neuroplasticity training through breathwork and amygdala de-escalation skills.
  • Identify the stuck points of clients who are only approaching therapy from a top-down format.
    • Demonstrate and implement somatic activation and poly vagal stimulation to challenge stuck points.
    • Use CBT to guide clients in engaging their negative sense of self, opposed to resorting to avoidance and distraction techniques, while helping them rewrite their core beliefs.

Addressing Racism in the Practice of Mental Health

Presenter: Shardae Washington, LMFT


This training will focus on the racial tensions and trauma that impact people of color within the mental health field. The training will identify how racial trauma is incurred and expressed within therapy and how to address it appropriately and sensitively within session.

Learning Objectives:

  • To briefly explore race relations within America’s history between POC (People of Color)
  • To define Racial Trauma and to explore its impact on client’s mental health and how it will impact treatment within therapy
  • To discuss mental health provider’s role to addressing the racial tension and trauma
  • To evoke respectful but open and honest dialogue regarding the mistreatment of People of Color and to address the mistrust for mental health providers
  • To provide education around how to attempt to create strong therapeutic relationships and address cultural differences in the context of therapy of AA families

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