We ask that all students participating in NEI offerings follow the guidelines for Student Conduct and demonstrate the qualities outlined in the Dispositional Rubric located in the current College Catalog. Failure to adhere to dispositional and conduct guidelines may result in a student being removed from the learning environment at the discretion of the instructor or facilitator. Students who are removed or asked to leave an NEI offering will not receive credit or tuition reimbursement.

I have reviewed and understand the above statement. I agree to follow the guidelines for Student Conduct and demonstrate the qualities outlined in the Dispositional Rubric. I acknowledge that failure to do so may result in being removed from the NEI offering I attend, forfeiting my tuition and any CEs or degree credit.

Summer 2024

  • Presented by: Diana Zumas, MA, LPCC, LPC 

    Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, 6/29 & 6/30, 9am–6:30pm, MST

    DESCRIPTION: We are living in a time when the personal and collective reimagining of our world is crucial. Research in neuroscience concludes that embodied, relational techniques most effectively alter and retrain the deep neurological pathways that govern perception, experience, and our capacity for creative expression and relationship. Psychodrama offers an embodied method for co-creating a sanctuary space where personal and collective storylines can be mindfully explored. Moreover, in psychodrama, differences and borders can be safely and openly examined. The group as a whole becomes the vehicle to expand creativity and to foster relational repair of personal and collective trauma and attachment. Participants will learn and practice action techniques that can be used either on their own or in conjunction with a fully developed drama. Supportive theory from relational neuroscience will highlight: the role of mindful play in cultivating safety and revealing underlying/implicit storylines, awareness of the trauma vortex, ways to maximize co-regulation, the transpersonal aspects of process, and a re-imagining of the role of leader.

    16 contact hours toward the Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program

    16 CEs


    Presenter Bio: Diana Zumas, MA, LPC, LPCC, has 17 years of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy training. She has a psychotherapy private practice in Santa Fe, NM. She has been a psychotherapist since 2008 with a trauma informed, relational and experiential focus. Diana is trained in EMDR I and II, has over 650 hours of psychodrama training, and is Internal Family Systems informed. She has a passion for group process and believes what Thich Nhat Hanh proposed that “the next Buddha may be a Sangha (group).”

  • Presented by: Katie Brammer PhD, LPC, LPCC,

    Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, 7/6 & 7/7, 9am–6:30pm, MST

    DESCRIPTION: Students will explore the foundations of early parent-child relations to recognize how child development and primary attachment imprints affect future well-being and interpersonal relational patterns. Considering heart-opening, ethical, and cross-cultural practices, students will differentiate between early disruptions that can be repaired and strengthened through attuned counseling
    promoting healing and secure attachments between children and parental figures. Lastly, experiential processes designed to strengthen healthy attachment will combine students’ personal and professional development.

    16 contact hours toward the Children’s Mental Health Certificate


    16 CEs

    LOCATION: Zoom Synchronous

    Presenter Bio: Katie Brammer PhD, LPC, LPCC, (She, Her, Hers) is a Counselor Educator with a background as both a Mental Health Clinician and School Counselor and is the NEI Children’s Mental Health Certificate Director. She views her teaching, scholarship, counseling, and supervisory practices as holistic and collaborative, and tailors transformational approaches into her work with the anticipation that needs of each individual are met.

  • Presented by: Rev. Ted Wiard, EdD, LPCC, CCMHC

    Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, 7/13 & 7/14, 9am–6:00pm, MST

    DESCRIPTION: This course will include an in-depth exploration of ethics, not only those required by various counseling organizations, but also the inner ethics of each of us, ethics in our times and the ethics of various cultures, plus legal tools for planning for both pre-death and post-death issues, and family involvement in this process. Compassion fatigue, therapist renewal, self-care and prevention of burn-out, at mental, emotional and spiritual levels, will also be addressed. The class will include experiential work as well as informational presentations.

    16 contact hours toward the Trauma, Grief and Renewal Certificate.

    16 CEs

    LOCATION: Zoom Synchronous

    Presenter Bio: Rev. Ted Wiard, EdD, LPCC, is the Director of the Trauma, Grief, and Renewal Certificate. Dr. Wiard is the founder and Director of Golden Willow Counseling and Golden Willow Retreat Center. He is also the co-author of Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential through Grief and Loss as well and continues to write professional articles pertaining to emotional healing. Dr. Wiard also maintains a private practice.

  • Presented by: Richard Pelfrey, BA, LADAC, NCAC,

    Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, 7/20 & 7/21, 9am–6:00pm, MST

    DESCRIPTION: How has the dominant cultural paradigm promoted and perpetuated a culture of addiction across the socio-economic spectrum? How do we break out of the dominant cultural paradigm in order to decentralize our theoretical understanding of addiction and recovery?  How do we support healing and recovery while living in a toxic and traumatizing industrial cultural complex? In this course, students will analyze the etiology of all forms of addiction through the lens of modern culture, using relevant contemporary professional literature, and systemic ecological theoretical models. Mainstream approaches to addictions treatment and its historical roots will be examined and strategies for detoxifying from dominant cultural programming will be explored.  Cultural considerations and comparisons regarding treatment access and approaches for both privileged and marginalized populations will be discussed.  Students will also gain pragmatic clinical skills for decentralizing treatment, in order to apply innovative and holistic interventions that can help guide clients back to lasting sustainable healing and recovery.  

    16 contact hours toward the Addictions, Abuse, and Recovery Certificate

    16 CEs

    LOCATION: Zoom Synchronous

    Presenter Bio: Richard Pelfrey, BA, LADAC, NCAC, has been holding space for the resolution and reintegration of trauma and addictions of all forms for the past 12 years. While becoming licensed as an addictions counselor, Richard heard the call to expand his work with people beyond traditional models and began exploring alternative methods for the resolution of trauma. Richard is trained and certified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Wim Hoff method, and Brainspotting, meditation leadership and grief counseling, and incorporates all of these modalities as well as a decade of apprenticeship in the Toltec wisdom path and traditional earth-based ceremony in his focused work with individuals and groups for the purpose of healing and finding our highest joy and artistry in life.

  • Presented by: Amy Wong Hope, MA, LCSW,

    Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, 7/27 & 7/28, 9am–6pm, MST

    DESCRIPTION: This course will challenge students to apply ethical considerations in psychedelic-assisted therapy to enhance safety and reduce risk. Through reflective practice, this course will help students identify and deconstruct myths and biases that they may hold from historical and cultural influences. The extent and limitations of professional roles and scope of practice will be examined, while considering the scientific and cultural resources used to inform ethical decision-making. Students will explore topics of sustainability, appropriation, and other social justice issues and identify best practices for determining readiness, appropriateness of fit, and informed consent.

    16 contact hours toward the Psychedelic Studies Certificate


    16 CEs

    LOCATION: Zoom Synchronous

    Presenter Bio: Amy Wong Hope, MA, LCSW, is the Certificate Program Director of the Psychedelic Studies Certificate. Amy is trained as an MDMA-assisted therapist through the (MAPS) Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and co-author of Small Doses of Awareness: A Microdosing Companion (due to be published spring 2024). Amy maintains a private practice with a focus on trauma-informed modalities and shame-resilience approaches that support clients in restoring emotional, somatic, and relational resiliency.

  • Presented by: Rochelle Calvert, PhD, CMT, SEP & Marna Hauk, PhD

    Dates/Times: Saturday & Sunday, 8/10 & 8/11, 9am–6:30pm, MST

    DESCRIPTION: The Earth is a sacred being. She reminds us that we are part of one ecosystem, of life sustaining life. Many of us experience the historical and cultural norms of cultures of domination that create separation and disconnection and reinforce a strong sense of individual identity. We often lose the sense of belonging to and with the Earth. Awakening to animate the sacredness of the Earth to move through us is a way to deepen our interconnectedness and knowing of this belonging. In this course, we will explore through deepening our presence in meditation practice, practices of Earth dreaming and Terrapsychology, ceremony/ritual and connection to the mystery, Earth art, and deep ecology. These Earth-honoring practices for enriching our relationship with ourselves, one another, and the Earth will remind us of our deep connectedness. We will activate the sacred animacy of the Earth to move through us, to bring this into greater consciousness. We will examine the ways that we are disconnected and blocked. We will identify and practice releasing resistance and barriers to this divine truth that we are part of all life as we open embodied pathways allowing the transformative and healing qualities of life to move through us. We will explore these mutual, life-giving practices of connectedness as acts of regenerative remembrance. During the course, you will have the opportunity to develop and deepen your personal relationship with the sacred aliveness of the Earth and learn to bring this alive into the ecotherapy work you plan to share with your clients.

    16 contact hours toward the Ecotherapy Certificate.

    LOCATION: Zoom Synchronous

    16 CEs

    Presenter Bio: Rochelle Calvert, PhD, CMT, SEP, is the author of Healing with Nature: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma. She has studied and taught mindfulness for the past 19 years and personally knows the transformational potential. Dr. Calvert currently leads courses, workshops, and treats in mindfulness and somatic experiencing in nature. As a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of New Mindful Life, she supports her clients, taking them into nature with the aid of Bertha Grace, a Sprinter van that serves as a mobile therapy office. www.newmindfullife.com


    Classes @ SWC Campus

    Location Information

    • Friday - Sunday Workshops @ SWC CAMPUS
    • 3960 San Felipe Rd, Santa Fe, NM, 87507 US

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