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“Establishing the Therapeutic Contract,” part of the 2018 Professional Development Series, is set for Tuesday, July 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South. It will be presented by Jeannie Falkner, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. This 1.5-hour seminar will introduce participants to a model for establishing the therapeutic contract.
For this program, Oxford Treatment Center has applied for 1.5 continuing education hours with the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is free for professionals, with lunch provided.
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This one-hour seminar will introduce participants to a model for establishing the therapeutic contract. Often counselors and social workers begin the process without the client’s clearly defined goal for change. The contract is the client’s commitment with the help of the therapist to change feelings or behavior or both. A contract must be clear, concise, and direct. Negotiating the contract requires careful attention both to the client’s language and nonverbal communication and an awareness of the client’s willingness to participate in an authentic contract for change.
About Jeannie Falkner
Jeannie Falkner has more than 30 years of clinical experience in mental health services to individuals, couples, children, and groups in private practice in Dallas, TX, Greenwood, MS, and now Oxford, MS. Dr. Falkner holds an MSSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, TX and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Mississippi. Her clinical expertise is in Redecision Therapy and group counseling. Dr. Falkner is a frequent presenter for regional and national professional associations including an invited keynote address for the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Falkner joined Walden University in 2010 in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Walden, Dr. Falkner was a tenured Associate Professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. Dr. Falkner is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) MS and an Approved LCSW Supervisor. Dr. Falkner is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. Dr. Falkner’s research interests and publications address counselor self-care and wellness, including financial wellness, group process and dynamics, counseling bi-racial youth and teens, and counseling LGBTQ individuals.
Jeannie Falkner, Ph.D., LCSW