Professional Development (ProDev department)

PsychSolutions approaches professional development as an extensive, continuous, and collaborative process that requires aligning employee training and development efforts with our organization's mission, goals, and objectives. At PsychSolutions, we guide our professionals toward greater success in their current position, as well as help them devise a plan for their career advancement. The ProDev department provides ongoing trainings that enable our employees to improve their performance and offers internal career development opportunities that prepare them for job growth and greater responsibilities. Employees should contact Dunja Pacirski, PhD, LCSW, CAP to suggest any additions to ProDev content. See the sections below to access the information resources and workshops schedule.


Training Opportunities

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caretakers overcome the negative effects of sexual abuse and other trauma-related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following traumatic events by integrating several therapeutic approaches and treating both child and parent in a comprehensive manner. As a part of PsychSolutions team, you will receive training, supervision, and consultation in the TF-CBT model and will be skillful in delivering all of the components of TF-CBT protocol (e.g. affective expression and regulation, trauma narrative, etc.), while intervening with the child and parent in both individual as well as joint sessions.

Problematic Sexual Behaviors-Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) is a therapeutic intervention for children 12 years of age and younger who exhibit intrusive sexual behaviors with a primary goal to reduce and eliminate sexual behavior problems among school-age children. It is designed to increase awareness of sexual behavior rules and expectations, strengthen parent-management skills, improve parent-child communications and interactions, improve children’s self-management skills related to coping and self-control, improve children’s social skills, and decrease children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors. As a part of PsychSolutions team, you will have an opportunity to receive training, supervision, and consultation in the PSB-CBT model and learn how to help clients increase appropriate sexual behaviors strategies and skills related to coping and self-control, as well as to teach their parents/caregivers effective parenting strategies, such as how to communicate about sex education and implement appropriate sexual behavior rules in the home.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) “is a way of being with a client, not just a set of techniques for doing counseling” (Miller & Rollnick, 1991). MI is a powerful interaction style of counseling that can help resolve the ambivalence that prevents clients from realizing their personal goals as it activates their capacity for beneficial change that everyone possesses. As you join PsychSolutions team, you will receive the MI training, as well as annual refreshers every year thereafter, which will equip you with skills to establish therapeutic partnership and to enhance individuals’ readiness for change.

Therapeutic De-Escalation Techniques: A Positive Approach for Interacting with Patients training is specifically designed for the staff of Psych Solutions, Inc., teaching techniques for communicating effectively with the clients and their parents. Therapeutic de-escalation techniques combine the use of empathy with behavior management and provide healthier, more productive alternatives for staff. This training will prepare you to interact with clients in a positive, non-coercive manner while fostering a healthy rapport and modeling effective ways to handle problem situations.

Supporting Teens’ Academic Needs Daily (STAND) is a weekly program developed at the FIU Center for Children and Families designed for students in grades 6-12 who struggle academically due to attention, behavior, or organization problems. STAND is a family-based program as parents and adolescents participate together and learn how to form a partnership that builds academic success. Through a myriad of therapeutic activities, a STAND clinician psycho-educates parents and adolescents on use of organization practices, home-school communication, creating a homework plan, and other interventions as needed.

Mindfulness-Based Intervention Approach: With its roots in ancient, Eastern ideologies; benefits of mindfulness meditation in promoting wellbeing are more appreciated than ever in the West. With increasing empirical evidence, mental health practitioners are incorporating meditation training into their self-care, educational and professional settings, as well as their clinical work with clients. During this training, you will be introduced to and trained in different types and dimensions of mindfulness meditation practices, as well as will be able to creatively diversify your both professional practice and personal life by integrating different mindfulness techniques.

Personalized Organizational Consulting: B-TIDY is a 5-sessions long protocol that was designed to teach clients and their children specific tidying methods to declutter and organize all belongings through the home including clothes, books, movies, toys, paper items and sentimental items. As a trained personalized organizational consultant, you will offer an in-depth and practical advisement on organization, moving, packing and dealing with hard-to- part-with items. You will acquire specific set of skills to coach your clients how to identify and keep only those items that truly spark joy and teach them how to maintain a home environment that is easy to clean, tidy and remains organized.


Professional development resources:

“Creative Mindfulness: Where East Meets West” – Integrating Mindfulness into Personal and Professional Practice

While mindfulness has roots in ancient, Eastern practices; its benefits in promoting well-being are more appreciated than ever in the West. With increasing empirical support to back it up, the helping professions are incorporating mindfulness approach and techniques into their work with patients and clients. This workshop will help you do the same.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of Mindfulness practice and its importance from Bio-Psycho- Social-Spiritual Aspect
  2. Identify opportunities to creatively diversify both professional and personal practice by integrating aspects of mindfulness intention, attention, and attitude training.
  3. Identify different types and dimensions of mindfulness practices along with instructional practical exercises.

Meditation SW 101: Integrating Meditation into Personal Self-Care and Professional Clinical Settings

With its roots in ancient, Eastern ideologies; benefits of meditation in promoting well-being are more appreciated than ever in the West. With increasing empirical evidence, social work practitioners are incorporating meditation training into their self-care, educational and professional settings, as well as their clinical work with clients. This workshop will help you do the same.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of meditation practice and its importance from Bio-Psycho- Social-Spiritual aspect
  2. Identify different types and dimensions of meditation practices and their applicability across various social work professional and educational settings
  3. Identify opportunities to creatively diversify both professional and personal practice by integrating different meditation techniques along with instructional practical exercises.

Transtheoretical Model of Change in Treatment Planning: From Performance to Outcome Goals

Although setting SMART goals is a known requirement across the clinical settings, little training is devoted to improving competence in devising well-defined, written-out performance objectives needed to achieve desired outcome. This workshop will demonstrate how to utilize the model of change to develop goals that are both process- and outcome-centered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of Transtheoretical Model of Change and its applicability to treatment planning.
  2. Identify the importance of both process- and outcome-centered treatment plan goals.
  3. Identify opportunities to diversify and individualize goal-setting by incorporating model of change in treatment.
  4. Identify opportunities to implement model of change in treatment planning for myriad of emotionally- and behaviorally-based diagnoses along with instructional practical exercises.

More so today than ever before, continued learning and professional growth are important for one to succeed. From its early days, PsychSolutions supports our employees’ desire to become licensed clinicians by providing free supervision as a benefit of employment. For those employees who have sought to earn a degree, whether a Bachelor, Master or Doctorate, support is provided through flexible work hour schedules. With the implementation of the Licensure/Education Benefit Program, we are taking a step further in our support of continued learning and professional growth by recognizing our employees’ individual commitment and rewarding their successful effort toward licensure and academic advancement.

Therapists who demonstrate consistency and excel in their job performance in all areas, including clinical service delivery, documentation quality with meeting deadlines, punctuality, attendance, as well as participation in clinical supervision, ongoing trainings and in-services are given an opportunity to advance their career by assuming the leadership position. With their thorough knowledge of agency operations and capacity to train others, Team Leaders mentor and provide ongoing support to therapists in order to maximize productivity and efficiency, foster link between mental health staff and agency departments and reduce learning curve of new employees.

Most of our therapists are also registered interns and on their way to become licensed clinicians in the state of Florida. As a form of support, we conduct weekly study groups to help our interns prepare for their licensure examination, including providing them with the study materials. Our study group activities include reviewing old exam questions, taking various practice tests, as well as the group takes a mock examination that it is a simulation of the official examination (e.g. timing the test and using the exact software with recycled questions from previous exams).