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Professional Development Opportunities Counselors and Human Relations Professionals

The College of Health and Education is offering an excellent opportunity for counselors and human relations professionals to enhance their skillset with a slate of courses offered this summer and fall.

One Week Courses

Topics in Introduction to Play Therapy: Theories & Applications -

CO 799

Instructor: Gretchen Fall-Sawyer, M.Ed., CAS, LCPC, RPT-S

This course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge of play therapy theories (the history, philosophy, beliefs, techniques and outcomes) and the application of these theories to special settings and special populations. Students will examine the various theories of play therapy in the social, cultural, and economic contexts in which they were first implemented. Applications of the theories to special settings and with special populations will be explored. The introductory course is one of the required courses for becoming a national registered play therapist (RPT).

July 22-26 | 8 am-4:30 pm

Topics in Exploration of Animal Assisted Activities & Therapies

CO 799

Instructor: Clare Thomas-Pino

This course provides an overview of the use of animals in the therapeutic process for persons of all abilities with focuses on the role of animals in counseling, education and rehabilitation. The course provides the necessary foundation for understanding animal assisted activities and therapies in improving the lives of humans with a basic overview of animal assisted activities and therapies (AAA/T). Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the human-animal bond as part of AAA/T for clients, practitioners, and their animal partners.

June 17-21 | 8 am-4 pm

Summer 2019

Addictions Counseling: Treatment and Contemporary Issues

CO 805

Instructor: John Yasenchak, Ed.D., NCC, LCPC

This course provides an introduction to theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide addictions counseling services in both school and mental health settings. Emphasis is on diagnosis and evidence-based treatment for addictions, problem gambling and co-occurring disorders. The impact of “stigma” as well as the history and contributions of the recovery movement are explored. Consideration is given to current trends, cultural context and primary prevention resources.

Ethical and legal considerations in practice are addressed.

May 13-June 28 | Wed., 4-9 pm

Fall 2019

G2 Topics in Art Therapy

CO 799

Instructor: Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR

Art therapy embraces the use of creative expression as a path toward healing, growth and self discovery. This class will explore what art therapy is and how it is used in a wide variety of settings. Students will examine their own healing traditions in the context of creativity within their home communities. The course will provide students with personal experience and an introductory knowledge of art therapy.

September 3-December 20 | Thursdays 4-7 pm


Husson University prepares graduate counseling students for the highest level of practice in Maine and around the world. Our clinical mental health and school counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Some courses may have prerequisites or require permission of the program director.

For more information

For more information or to register for classes, please contact:
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130 Peabody Hall
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401