Workshop features renowned family therapist

The Youngstown State University School Psychology and Counseling program sponsors a workshop for mental health professionals titled “Shake-UP: Enhancing the Therapists Role, Flexibility, Maneuverability and Effectiveness in the Therapeutic Session,” featuring Lars Brok, psychiatrist and international-renowned family therapist.

The workshop will be Nov. 30 at YSU.

Also presenting at the workshop will be Audrey Ellenwood, director of the YSU School Psychology program and Kenneth Miller, YSU professor of Counseling. The workshop is based on a book recently published by Brok and Ellenwood and edited by Miller.

Brok was the director of a Multi-Function Psychiatric Center in Rotterdam for 26 years and serves on the International Committee of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia in Rome, Italy. He has presented internationally on various mental health subjects, especially schizophrenia, and has hosted many international training programs for enhancing professional development for psychiatrists, counselors, social workers and psychologists around the world.

The workshop is designed to enhance professional therapeutic skills of mental health providers.

The cost of the workshop is $75 for professionals and $20 for students. All proceeds will benefit graduate students in the new school psychology and counseling programs at YSU. The workshop has been approved for CEU’s for counselors and psychologists. Attendees will earn 6 MCE’s and psychiatrists will qualify for category 2 CEU’s.

Interested parties can contact Calie Makoski at This is the first joint workshop for YSU’s new School Psychology program with the Counseling program. Both programs are recruiting applicants to apply for admission for next year. More information about both programs is available online at YSU Counseling, Special Education and School Psychology or 330-941-3257.