Great Oak Counseling Continuing Education Series

Great Oak Counseling Continuing Education Series is a new branch of Great Oak Counseling that aims to provide the highest quality continuing education in specialized forms of treatment, ethical practice of counseling and other areas focused on optimizing your skill as a licensed professional counselor. In order to stay up to date with the latest advancements, issues and trends in the practice of counseling, licensed professional counselors are required to attain a certain number of continuing education hours or units in order to maintain your license or certification.

Approximately 5 -6 times per year, Great Oak Counseling Continuing Education Series will offer trainings in Cape Girardeau covering a variety of topics. Experts in the field will share their knowledge and experience to enhance your clinical skill. All of our continuing education instructors have extensive training, certification and education in a variety of specialties.

Workshops will be announced periodically and posted on our website.

People working as licensed mental health clinicians pursue certification or licensure through a variety of private and state run organizations. In order to stay up to date with the latest advancements, issues and trends in the practice of counseling, licensed professional counselors are required to attain a certain number of continuing education hours or units in order to maintain your license or certification.

To preview our scheduled events or to register for an event, you can contact us or register online.

Upcoming Continuing Education & Training Events

A Cop and A Counselor: A Frontline Wellness Story

March 20, 2024; Cape Public Library

Presenter: Jody Petzoldt, LPC & Detective Matt Cotner

Jody Petzoldt is an LPC with Great Oak Counseling and works with local law enforcement, fire fighters and first responders. She has specialized training in trauma informed care and is dedicated to changing the landscape of mental health awareness in this population. Matt Cotner is a 17 year veteran in law enforcement. His own mental health journey has motivated Matt to share his story and experience for the purposes of improving mental health for those working in first responder careers. Together, Jody and Matt are addressing important issue related to first responder mental health with their experiences.

Program Summary:

Participants will hear a story of post trauma recovery from a 17 year law enforcement officer/detective and a first responder counselor. Be able to discuss with others and identify your own barriers to recovery. The presenters will teach about traumatic event reactions in the nervous system and recovery process after the event. The presenters will discuss natural regulation and identity signs of dysregulation, leading to post traumatic stress. Through storytelling and audience participation discussion, participants will list daily self care techniques for regulating nervous system on and off shifts. Participants will hear of several available resources for mental wellness and trauma recovery and how they have been utilized in the healing process. The learning objectives for attendees are:

The workshop is POST Approved; Control # 26707.

This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5  hours of continuing education units approved by NBCC under provider number 7044.