Gestalt Internation Study Center Presents: Working with the Body in Mind, November 7-9 on Cape Cod: Embodied Presence in Practice

Presence - Awareness - Impact   

November 7-9, 2014
Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod
The way in which we embody ourselves is integral to our experience of others, and to others' experience of us - our impact. This highly experiential workshop will draw on knowledge from the frontiers of neuroscience and clinical practice to help practitioners exert a powerful, mindful influence on their client's conscious and unconscious experience. Learn more

The messages we send before we even open our mouths are the ones that others respond to most directly and most powerfully. Becoming more aware of these messages means becoming more aware our physical carriage: the timbre, pace, and pitch of our voice; the speed of our gestures; the engagement of our facial expressions; the ebb and flow of our breathing; and more. 

Awareness of these typically unconscious aspects of our physical presence allows us to experiment with them, to gain greater and greater skill with them, and to recruit them as powerful allies in our work. In addition, the body is an extraordinarily sensitive "register" of subtle events in the field. Attending to our own physical responses gives us a great deal of information about what's happening in our environment and offers insight into a client's reality that is unavailable through direct questioning.

This workshop will allow participants to understand and work with their embodied presence in new ways and to track their moment-to-moment physical awareness with growing precision. Using these foundations, participants will begin to build fundamental body-oriented observation and intervention skills.

Participants will:
  • Gain insight into their own physical presence.
  • Experience and practice new techniques to support their own embodied experience and awareness.
  • Develop a wider range of options in using their physical presence to heighten their impact.
  • Develop deeper access to relevant information
    in the field.
  • Start to build body-oriented intervention skills for heightened impact.

ovember 7-9, 2014
Begins Friday, 9am; Ends Sunday, 1pm
Fee:  $600; GISC members: $550 
CE hours: 19 - APA, ICF
Faculty: Ann Carr, MA, MCC, GPCC; Archie Roberts, MA 


Continuing Education

Coaches: This program is International Coach Federation (ICF) certified for 19.25 core competency hours. 

Psychologists: GISC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychotherapists (APA, CE).  GISC maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.

Please see the Continuing Education page for full details.  

Contact the GISC office at 508.349.7900 or or visit the program page online for more information. We are happy to assist you in selecting the best training to meet your professional development needs.

Seminar: Mind Stimulation Therapy

Join us on Monday, October 20th for 2.5 CEUs, breakfast, and more!

Mesa Cafe
100 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI, 02910

8:15-9:00am: Registration & breakfast
9:00-11:30am: Presentation
$10 for RIMHCA members
$15 for non-members


Mind Stimulation Therapy: Working with Varied Clinical Populations
Presented by:
Mohiuddin Ahmed, Ph.D.
Charles M. Boisvert, Ph.D.

Clinicians will learn the fundamental components and goals of Mind Stimulation Therapy (MST) – an innovative model designed to help clinicians work with varied clinical populations such as clients with schizophrenia, substance abuse clients, traditional outpatient clients, and geriatric clients. 
Clinicians will learn practical counseling techniques and strategies outlined in the book Mind Stimulation Therapy: Cognitive Interventions for Persons with Schizophrenia (Ahmed & Boisvert, 2013).  Clinicians will learn how to use multimodal communication strategies to more actively engage clients in the therapy process, particularly clients who may not respond optimally to traditional verbal therapy interventions.  This may include, for example, traditional outpatient clients who do not seem to be making expected gains from the therapy and who may continue to present the same symptoms and problem areas.

Attention will be given to helping clinicians learn practical strategies to access clients’ intact skills, strengths, and adaptive capabilities, and most importantly helping clinicians develop competency and confidence in working with clients.

The MST model is grounded in information processing and cognitive stimulation techniques and operates out of a positive psychology framework. The three core MST activities include: 1) body movement-mindfulness-relaxation exercises; 2) cognitive stimulation using discussions of various mental health and general knowledge topics; and 3) cognitive stimulation using paper-pencil cognitive exercises and self-reflection exercises. The presentation will cover the core MST interventions, illustrate various ways that these activities can be implemented in clinical practice, and invite clinicians to present clinical cases.  The presentation will also discuss homework recommendations to help clients practice various skills and exercises in between the therapy sessions. 

Registration is now closed. Thanks to all who signed up!

Congratulations to new and upcoming Mental Health Counselors!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of RIMHCA, I would like to congratulate our newly licensed mental health counselors and the recent graduates.  We all know the effort and dedication it has taken to reach this point.  Now, you can enjoy your accomplishment and look forward to continuing the work you have begun.  In recognition of your achievement, the Board of RIMHCA is offering you to attend the seminar on June 27 free of charge as a congratulatory gift.
I hope you will consider joining RIMHCA, if you haven’t already done so, as a way to remain connected with your classmates and to form new relationships with those working in the field.  Our members work in schools, agencies, and private practices and have a wealth of information and an abundance of support to offer.  The benefits of joining and becoming active in the Association are numerous.
Membership also provides a formal way of advocating for our profession.  With the changes in health insurance, current and future, it is critical that we have a voice in crafting these policies for the benefit of our clients and our colleagues.
I hope to see you at the seminar.  You can also join us at any Board meeting, the schedule for next year will be on the website, and learn more about your colleagues and your profession while sharing your talents.


Vera DeMarco


Join us!

JUNE 27TH, 2014
Mesa Cafe, 100 Rolfe Square, Cranston

Counselors with cultural awareness of the military will find it easier to build rapport and work more effectively with military clients. This presentation will explore unique characteristics of military culture through case scenarios.
2.5  CEUs

PRESENTER:  Monica G. Darcy,  Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Go to for further description, learning objectives and Biography of Monica Darcy.
This is Part II of the fall seminar Titled “Counseling and MIlitary Culture”

8:00 - 8:30am - Registration and Full Breakfast Buffet
8:30am - Opening Remarks/Welcome
9:00 - 11:30am - Presentation

Registration via email at:
Cost:  $15, non members
To show our Appreciation to RIMHCA Members; fee waived
As a Congratulations to:
2014 Graduates and 2014 Newly Licensed LMHCs
this event is complimentary and is our gift to you; “Welcome to the Mental Health Profession!”

DATE: June 27th - 9:00-11:30

TITLE: Working with military clients: Counseling scenarios

Counselors with cultural awareness of the military will find it easier to build rapport and work more effectively with military clients. This presentation will explore unique characteristics of military culture through case scenarios.

The lack of knowledge of a military lifestyle is a roadblock to establishing rapport in a counseling relationship.  Understanding military culture includes topics such as:
a)     Branch of service, rank, combat arms vs non-combat arms;
b)     Indoctrination to a military mindset in which affinity to team and unit supersedes individual needs;
c)      Deployment cycles and the impact of transitions on families;
d)     National Guard and Reserve service members with different military experiences from active duty or full time military personnel due to their civilian status in our communities;  
e)     Retirement or discharge from the military with identity challenges separating from the Armed Forces.

1) Explore unique characteristics of military culture through case scenarios;
2) Practice rapport building skills for military clients;
3) Understand the impact of military culture on military clients particularly related to stigma and mental health .  

Presenter: Monica G. Darcy,  Ph.D., LMHC, NCC
Dr. Monica Darcy is a military spouse and counselor educator, bringing an informed perspective to understanding military culture. Her personal experiences, clinical practice as a mental health counselor, and scholarly inquiry have all involved military service members and their families.   She has presented at several local, regional, and national conferences on the topic of infusing military culture in counselor preparation both pre and post license. 

Mental Health Month

Dear Colleagues,
May is Mental Health Month and for 2014 the theme is “Mind Your Health”.  Mother Nature seems to be supportive of this theme by allowing Spring to peek through and hopefully, to begin in earnest soon.  So, mind your health—go outside, get comfortable in the sun, meditate (or take a nap). 

On Wednesday, April 30th, an event to recognize and begin the month will be held at the State House in the Governor’s State Room.  Beginning at 11:30, the program is free and open to the public.  It will include a keynote address by Patrick Hendry, Senior Director of Consumer Advocacy at Mental Health America.  Mr. Hendry has worked as a mental health advocate for the past decades and has assisted in the development of many peer-run programs. 

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has offered some suggestions for promoting mental health through sharing ideas and information with parents’ groups.  These include:

  • Help family members stay in good physical health by maintaining a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
  • Encourage everyone (even adults) to participate in play—indoors and outdoors.
  • Promote activities at the school your child attends which promote the well-being of all students.
  • Discuss the importance of open communication and the need to express love, trust, and understanding at home.
  • Suggest ways that family members can demonstrate that they value each other
  • Promote a sense of belonging at home and in the community.
  • Suggest ways that parents can help their children develop resilience to help them cope with challenges and solve problems in healthy ways.
  • Parents should have a warm, open relationship with their children to help them feel comfortable in confiding in them when experiencing challenges.
  • Parents should help their children and teenagers who are experiencing long term distress and negative feelings by providing them with professional resources outside the home.
  • Children and teenagers experiencing problems at school should be encouraged to turn to a school nurse, counselor, teacher or psychologist for help.
  • School and medical professionals can help families by referring them to other professionals when necessary.
  • Family doctors should be encouraged to include a depression screening as part of an adolescent’s regular yearly physical.  In addition, doctors should have a list of professionals that can help with different mental health issues.

Do what you can and take the time to recognize all that you do.  Now, go take that nap.  You deserve it. 
Be well.

President, Rhode Island Mental Health Counselors Association

Seasons Greetings

Dear RIMHCA Members,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a New Year of health and happiness.  As I write this (very) short note, I am looking around at the work I have yet to do in order to prepare my house for a family celebration.  Simultaneously, I am thinking of all the ways I can avoid the less-preferred activities e.g., cleaning and substitute a preferred activity e.g., baking.  It seems to me that guests are more likely to appreciate and remember  a tray of homemade Italian cookies than  whether the dust has been banished from my bookshelves.
With so many things to do, it is easy to let stress work its way into the minutes of my day.  At these times, I try really hard to remember the strategies for stress management that I have taught others and apply them to myself.  Having worked with adults and children with intellectual impairments for many years, I am reminded of the value of learning to ask for help.  It is a skill with which I, personally, struggle but provides benefits that far outweigh its simplicity. 
I will be practicing that skill as the New Year begins when I ask for assistance from RIMHCA members and all mental health counselors as we work to ensure that the valuable services that we provide are available to all who need them. 
The topics to be developed are:
  • Medicare:  Is there a reason for “cautious optimism” Licensed Mental Health Counselors will be eligible as providers?
  • Affordable Care Act:  Will the State be prepared to address the increase in numbers of people eligible to receive services?
  • Tricare:  What role can LMHCs have in the VA?
  • Medicaid:  What steps should be taken on the State level to help regulate availability and rates?
Clearly there is much to be done but I think the first task is to enjoy the many gifts of the season.
Wishing you peace, hope, health, and happiness.
Vera DeMarco
President, RIMHCA

DSM 5 Workshop at Rhode Island College

In this 4 week workshop, you will learn the new diagnostic system as outlined in the DSM-5. Students will learn about the new structure of the DSM-5 diagnostic system and the diagnostic changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5. Students will also learn about the rationale for the changes to the current diagnostic system.

CEP 580: DSM-5: Update
Credit Hours: 1
Instructor: Diane Logan, Ph.D.
Course Start/End Dates: January 6- January 14
Meeting Days & Times:
  • Monday Jan. 6th 9:00am-2:00PM
  • Tuesday Jan. 7th 9:00am-1:00PM
  • Monday Jan. 13th 9:00am-1:00PM
  • Tuesday Jan. 14th 9:00am-12:00PM
This is a 1-credit grad course, so sign up via MyRic or, if you do not have a student ID, you can get one from the RIC Records Office by calling (401) 456-8213.