Lunch & Learn offers CE credits


Oxford Treatment Center is expanding its professional training offerings to provide Continuing Education credits for regional professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare.



The center’s first CE-credit program, “Working Through Forgiveness and Conflict,” is set for Wednesday, March 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South. It will be presented by Richard Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi.

The Lunch & Learn is approved for 1.5 continuing education hours by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and by the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is free for professionals, with lunch provided. Download brochure

To register, email Brian Whisenant,, by March 19.

Oxford professional development series



Working Through Forgiveness & Conflict

In this presentation we will examine different types of forgiveness by presenting and demonstrating a model on the forgiveness process that is client-centered and empirically based. Within this model we will identify various client worldviews related to forgiveness and conflict, and introduce assessment and processing strategies for working through issues of forgiveness and conflict.

Spiritual, ethical and religious orientations toward forgiveness and reconciliation will be addressed, with attention related to the role of reconciliation. We will also cover and discuss ethics involved in counseling individuals struggling with conflict and forgiveness.

Participants will leave this workshop with training on the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model and use of the Forgiveness Reconciliation Inventory—an intervention strategy counselors and social workers can use with clients to help them evaluate and process a path to addressing conflict and forgiveness.

  • Express the differences between interpersonal and intrapersonal forgiveness.

  • Examine various cultural worldviews related to forgiveness and reconciliation and how to address such diversity in social work and counseling.

  • Learn how to implement the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model in social work and counseling.



About Richard Balkin


Richard S. Balkin is a Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi. He is editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association, and past president for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.

He is a past recipient of the ACA Best Practices Research Award and the ACES Counseling Vision and Innovation Award., and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. His primary research interests include counseling outcomes, research methods, counseling adolescents, and cultural differences in counseling.

Rick has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, books and book chapters. He has three recently published or soon-to-be published books with the American Counseling Association, including Relationships in Counseling and The Counselor’s Life (with Jeffrey A. Kottler); Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach (with David M. Kleist); and The Counselor’s Guide to the Dissertation Process: Where to Start and How to Finish (with Brande Flamez, A. Stephen Lenz and Robert L. Smith).

Professor richard s. balkin



About Professional Development at Oxford Treatment Center


CE events at Oxford Treatment Center are planned through guidance from our Continuing Education Advisory Planning Committee.

Members include:

  • Richard Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi
  • Jeannie Falkner, LCSW, Ph.D., Mental Health Counseling Core Faculty, Walden University
  • Marc Showalter, Ph.D., LPC, Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education, University of Mississippi
  • Larry Wills, LPC, M.Div, Clinical Outpatient Therapist at Oxford Treatment Center


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