This presentation will introduce participants to the latest approach to support help seekers. The Empowerment Model of Emotional Wellness was designed as an online delivery product before the high demand for online service. It is not a response to COVID quarantines. Instead, it is a response to the need to remove help-seeking obstacles. The Empowerment Model of Emotional Wellness offers a prescribed curriculum to increase the efficacy of the practitioner and maximize the therapeutic value for the client. It aims to neutralize the negative power dynamics between client and practitioner and reorient clients to their inner world using experiential processes.
The presentation will educate participants on the eight modules of the Empowerment Curriculum and discuss its theoretical foundation. Two case studies will be presented during the session to demonstrate the potential effectiveness of the model. The case studies reveal how empowerment enhances clients' ability to regulate emotions, delay gratification, and predict outcomes based on effort.
Participants will understand the model to be compatible with research-supported approaches to mental wellness. Practitioners are still responsible for applying sound therapeutic engagement. The essence of the model is the use of the curriculum and its therapeutic objective of empowerment.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
Instruction consists of 1.5 hours of video instruction and a post-test.
Participants have 6 months from the time of registration to complete learning content and claim certificate of completion indicating CEs.
Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:
- Describe the Empowerment Curriculum Module and its eight modules
- Explain how barriers to traditional mental health counseling access and completion can be minimized by using the Empowerment Curriculum Model
- Explain how reframing the role of behavioral health practitioner can enhance mental wellness
- Identify three research-supported wellness approaches that are compatible with the model
Dr. Rosenna Bakari, PhD
Dr. Rosenna Bakari, a Philadelphia native, is an empowerment expert psychologist. Her professional background varies from working as a drug recovery counselor to training preservice teachers and counselors. In 2010, she founded Talking Trees, Inc., the only international organization that focuses exclusively on empowering adults who experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18. She developed the Living Openly Model of Advocacy and Support based on her work with survivors worldwide. In a world that requires survivors’ silence, the model supports survivors who choose to heal by living openly.
One of Dr. Bakari’s goals is to support the shift of psychology from a focus on mental illness to mental wellness and break down barriers to wellness resources. As an empowerment coach, she works with clients worldwide using online one-on-one and group platforms to support life changes, help resolve trauma, and reset healthy life narratives. She bases her practice on her 8-week empowerment curriculum that restructures power in the help-seeking relationship.
Dr. Bakari graduated from Cornell University in 1984 and went on to earn her Master’s degree from SUNY at the age of 22. She later earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Her most recent professional presentation was for the 2021 American Counseling Association Conference, where she presented on Online Advocacy.
In addition to her professional endeavors, she promotes mental wellness through transformational poetry. This year, she also published her sixth book related to empowerment. Her latest book, The Healing Journey: Relationships Health and Wellness, is a radical new book on healing intended to meet people where they are on their healing journey with such topics as “How to heal childhood trauma without forgiving the person who caused it.”
You can find Dr. Bakari here and here
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This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.
To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.
Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
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Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.
This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation. The courses may include required reading.
This course was recorded 3/21/23