Professional Development

Whether you are a clinician in private practice, work in an agency, or are responsible for organizing Continuing Education opportunities for your employees, Mental Health America has options to meet your needs.


In the community

We offer CEU events for professionals at a variety of locations throughout the metropolitan area. Each seminar is 3 hours and is approved for 3.0 CEUs for social workers and psychologists. Professionals in other disciplines should consult their licensing board to ensure credits are accepted. 

Enhancing Productivity: Master Motivation, Banish Procrastination teaches the psychology of goals and how to create and achieve goals, combined with the psychology of procrastination and how to avoid it.
Helping Clients Navigate Transitions offers suggestions to constructively address transition in the therapeutic setting. Content considers the ambivalence created by transition, as clients often experience a complicated mix of loss and gain, apprehension and elation. This healthy process of change will be contrasted with adjustment disorder.
Managing Difficult and Resistant Behaviors in Clients provides training on productive confrontation and paradoxical interventions to help you better engage with and treat clients.
Building Resilience in Your Clients provides a strengths-based model full of essential information and skill-building activities to help mental health professionals encourage clients to adapt well to life changes, transitions or challenging circumstances.
Treating Phobias and Anxiety in Adults will help you treat these disorders using cognitive behavioral, systematic exposure and relaxation therapies. Through interactive exercises, you will gain confidence in your ability to develop treatment plans and deliver clinical application of these techniques.
Engaging Men in the Therapeutic Process includes clinical examples and will help you understand male conflict in seeking therapy, concepts of masculine gender role stress and normative male alexithymia.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Treatment includes diagnostic criteria and symptomology associated with the disorder, different treatment options and therapy skills for these treatments.
Introversion in an Extroverted World explores specific challenges introverts face and helps you develop strategies for maximizing clients’ strengths, both during their work in therapy and in their workplace. Information will also be provided on helping introverts and extroverts better manage their relationships.

At your location

If your agency or practice would like us to bring a seminar to your location for employees, the above sessions are offered for a fee of $300 each. If attendees want formal CEU credit, there is an additional charge of $15/CEU.

Additional opportunities

If your non-mental health agency, small business or corporation would like a 2-hour non-CEU training for your employees, we offer two seminars, appropriate for a wide variety of audiences. Recognizing Mental Illness provides a knowledge base that can help staff interact more effectively with clients or co-workers who experience emotional distress or clinical symptoms. Mental Health in the Workplace can help employees manage stress and incorporate skills to increase their overall mental wellness. 

  • Recognizing Mental Illness teaches you how to recognize the most common mental illnesses, their causes and symptoms. We’ll also provide a thorough overview of resources, available services and how to effectively encourage people to seek help. Depending upon the needs of your organization, we can also include an interactive session on escalation prevention. 
  • Mental Health in the Workplace explores factors in the work environment that influence employee engagement, affect workplace stress and mental health, and helps create positive change in the workplace culture, all with an eye to improving mental well-being.

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About the Presenters

Chris Frey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 38 years’ experience as a therapist, educator and author. Chris has presented nationally and regionally on a wide range of topics including, healthy relationships, balancing personal and professional life, stress management, men’s issues and psychosocial cancer care. Chris is the author of four books and several articles including the books, Men at Work: An Action Guide to Masculine Healing and I’m Sorry It’s Cancer: A Handbook of Help and Hope for Survivors and Caregivers.



Provider Network: Expand Your Referral Sources

Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri maintains a Referral database of mental health professionals in the St. Louis area. We are frequently asked to make referrals to mental health professionals who meet specific needs, such as:

  • Expertise in certain presenting issues, ranging from grief, Personality Disorders, improving self-esteem, parenting, depression, trauma, etc.
  • Expertise in specific treatment modalities, such as DBT, EMDR, etc.
  • Group therapy for a specific concern
  • Specific ethnic, cultural, religious or spirituality perspective as a component of clinical therapy
  • Foreign or Sign language
  • Sliding scale fees
  • Accepts clients with Medicaid coverage

Complete our Provider Form to tell us about your areas of clinical expertise, types of services, populations served, etc. 

If you have questions or need more information, contact LaDonna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-773-1399.