Continuing Education in Greater Seattle

Helping Counselors, Therapists, and Social Workers feel rejuvenated with new learning, faith encouragement and amazingly supportive professional community.

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For therapists and clinicians looking for training and continuing education. Our clinicians come from King County, Snohomish County, Island County, Kitsap County and beyond. Navigate Family Therapy has just what you need to grow your practice and your faith.

  • Do those Continuing Education Units sneak up on you?
  • Are you looking for a community of supportive and relational colleagues to learn and network alongside you?
  • Are you a Christian in the field and would appreciate a supportive and caring place to find encouragement for your faith as a professional?

We know therapeutic work can often feel isolating. It is so important to have excellent education resources to stay current with your work.  We also know the value of being in supportive relationships with other professionals and finding places where your faith can be honored and encouraged. We want to take good care of you so that you can feel filled up to take good care of your clients.

As a training cohort we can help you feel sustained in your work.

Navigate’s training cohort will help you feel rejuvenated with new learning, encourage your integration of faith, and help you find an amazingly supportive professional community. We bring in only the best in the field of counseling, social work, relationship coaching, and marriage and family therapy. We care very much about bringing our practitioners evidence-based, relevant and proven strategies for helping their clients. We are also intentional about cultivating a caring and faith-integrated experience for Christian clinicians to have a supportive professional community.

Continuing Education Can Improve Your Work as a Clinician:

As a counselor, therapist, or social worker looking for continuing education with intentional faith integration and relational community of colleagues, Navigate Family Therapy’s Group Training can help you. Over the course of  the year together you will gain:

  • All Continuing Education Credits, including Legal and Ethical Issues.
  • Build a strong referral stream with a supportive network of professional friends.
  • Learn only the most relevant, evidence-based topics to keep improving your clinical work.
  • Find a safe and supportive place to be encouraged as Christian professional.

What: Intentional community building Continuing Education cohort offering evidence-based, faith-integrated trainings for mental health professionals.

When: 9:30am-12:00am on First Wednesday of the Month (except January) for 8 sessions

Where: Downtown Edmonds on the border of King County and Snohomish County

What Participants are Saying:

“The experience of being in the room with other therapists, knowing that we are all in this work together, even when we are scattered across the city in separate offices, was one of the most meaningful aspects of the year for me.” Annie D.

“This training has brought so much to our community, I am so grateful to be a part of it. It has been my self-care as a clinician!”

“I so appreciated the integration of faith and learning, including practical ways of improving my work as a therapist.” Paul G.

“This time each month reminded me of my original call to this work. It has felt inspiring to remember that and recognize it again through these trainings. Thank you!”

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Our Presenters and Topics for 2019-2020

Heather Sund, MS LMFT

Relational, Strength-Oriented, Faith-Integrated, Evidence-Based Systemic Therapy For Impactful Change

  • Participants will gain a clear understanding of the importance and process of relational therapy approaches

  • Participants will be able to utilize and bring out strengths in a client that can guide healing

  • Participants will be able to ethically and meaningfully integrate faith into counseling where appropriate.

  • Participants will gain expertise in the research that supports creating change from a systems perspective.


Cynthia Benge, MSW, LMHC

Addressing Shame in the Therapy Hour

Shame is a common emotion that contributes to many problems clients bring into therapy.

Participants will be able to

  • Recognize the 3 key symptoms of Shame in their clients presenting problems
  • Explore how shame developed in their client’s lives and the messages shame delivers
  • Identify the 3 key defensive moves clients use to protect themselves from feeling shame
  • Learn the 3 antidotes to shame
  • Identify their own shame triggers and how to manage those in our work with clients

The Awareness Wheel

The Awareness wheel is a tool used to help clients explore their reactions to triggering events and experiences. Using the Awareness Wheel-Participants will learn to help clients:

  • Identify the interpretations and mistaken assumptions clients are making in their triggered experiences.
  • Identify their feelings and emotional responses to triggering events in their lives
  • Identify the attachment needs and longings that underly those feelings and responses.
  • Move towards behaviors that are purpose driven and value fueled rather than reactionary & defensive responses.

James Furrow, Ph.D

Healing Broken Bonds: Utilizing Attachment Injury Repair for Reconciliation of Families

  • Participants will identify the EFFT process for working through attachment injuries in family therapy.  
  • Participants will describe the impact of attachment injuries in family relationships.  
  • Participants will examine EFT practices used in injury repair in EFFT.

Supporting Stepfamilies: Honoring and Strengthening Family Systems As They Change

  • Participants will identify the developmental tasks and needs of a stepfamily system.  
  • Participants will describe principles and practices that support effective parenting in stepfamilies.
  • Participant will  the impact of competing attachments on the development of a step family.

Hee-Sun Cheon, Ph.D.

Ethical Consideration for Working with Ethnically Diverse Clients: An integrative framework

  • Participants will describe major challenges and ethical consideration for working with ethnically diverse clients.
  • Participants will identify an integrative model for working with ethnically diverse clients.
  • Participants will compare different levels of socio-culturally attuned cases in clinical practice.

Ethical consideration for Working with Ethnically Diverse Clients: Practice in Action

  • Participants will apply interventions to increase intrapersonal self-awareness.
  • Participants will apply interventions to increase interpersonal awareness.
  • Participants will describe practical strategies to promote cultural humility as lifelong learners.

Kerry McCarter, BSN, RN, MSW, LSWAIC

Staying the Course by Faithfully Implementing Self-care Practices that Nourish our Souls

  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of what burnout is and identify ways to decrease it.
  • Participants will demonstrate their ability to recognize indicators of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue and acknowledge ways to find support.
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of how stress and increased levels of cortisol can impact a clinician’s well-being.
  • Participants will describe how our faith and spiritual care can impact our brain.
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of how, self-compassion and prayer can reduce stress.

Registration is now open! There are two steps to register:

  1. Fill out the registration form below.

  2. Purchase your ticket [click here!]

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