Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist MFC32136

                                   Psychotherapy for Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, & Families, Consulting, & Training

          433 Estudillo Ave., #305, San Leandro, CA 94577-4915 - Office: (510) 614-5641 - Fax: (510) 889-6553 - e-mail: Ronald@RonaldMah.com - website: www.RonaldMah.com

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For Therapists

 

Articles by Ronald Mah for Therapists & Other Human Services Professionals

How Dangerous is My Client?

Therapy and Life with the Elder from Hell

“Make Me An Offer, so I Can Spit On It!” Problematic Adolescent Games and the Adults Who Get Played

This is What I Choose to Do 

"Huh?  What!?" 13 Reasons for Missing Social Cues

No Broken Clients- A Case Against SOCE

 

Books by Ronald Mah for Therapists and Social Services Professionals (click on image to go to descriptions)

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Individual Consultation and Coaching available.

Contact Ronald at (510) 614-5641 or by email at Ronald@RonaldMah.com

 

 

Professional Development Workshops- CEU

Continuing Education Units available. State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, CEU Provider #PCE3298.

 

If you are willing to sponsor and organize workshops or trainings, please contact Ronald to arrange for any of these workshops to be presented in for your organization or for your area.  All courses met the qualifications for  continuing education for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences- CEU Provider #PCE3298.

 

Follow links for information and for more extensive descriptions:

 

DIFFICULT CHILDREN, When Parents and Teachers demand, “Fix this Kid!!”

 

GAMES, MANIPULATIONS, AND SEDUCTIONS in Counseling the Difficult Adolescent

 

FROM DIFFICULT to DANGEROUS: Acting Out, Aggression, or Volatility versus Dangerous or Violence Potential in Children, Teens, and Others

 

WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW, Theoretical Foundations for Cross-Cultural Therapy 

 

"ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL," Assessment & Practice in Couples Therapy

 

"I  HATE Insurance Companies!!” Conceptualizing Clinical Practice…to Develop Successful PRIVATE PRACTICE w/o 3PPer Dependence

 

BEYOND REASONABLE SUSPICION, Experiential Training for Understanding CHILD ABUSE & Mandated Reporting 

 

SEDUCTIONS and ARROGANCE, Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities That Lead to LEGAL and ETHICAL Violations

 

   

DIFFICULT CHILDREN

When Parents and Teachers demand, 

“Fix this Kid!!”

Processes and Tools for Assessment & Diagnosis 

and Treatment & Intervention 

that also Teach and Train Parents and Teachers (with Integrity)

 

There are often complex issues and circumstances that make a child or teen "act out" or become moody.  Effective treatment comes from appropriate assessments of these issues and circumstances that lead to theoretical clarity that subsequently imply treatment approaches and interventions.   Several diagnostic tools (in the form of short written guides or worksheets) will be presented that the presenter has developed over years of working with children, teens, parents, and teachers and other school personnel. 

 

to download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description about of the "Difficult Children" workshop.

GAMES, MANIPULATIONS, AND SEDUCTIONS IN COUNSELING THE DIFFICULT ADOLESCENT

A Cross-Cultural Theoretical Foundation 

to Teens & Teen Therapy

w/Developmental & Strategic Principles & Approaches

 

The underlying cross-cultural and development principles of the therapeutic and life games, manipulations, and seductions practiced by adolescents (with themselves, with their peers, and with adults) will be conceptualized leading to practical interventions and interactions.  This will allow clinicians to successfully meet the demands of the adolescent inter-relational “game.”  Clinicians will be guided in how to validate the existential world of the teen by “playing” the game successfully (gaining respect and credibility versus losing the same), and then promoting therapeutic change leading to behavior, attitude, and value development.  

 

to download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of the "Games..." workshop.

 

FROM DIFFICULT to DANGEROUS

Acting Out, Aggression, or Volatility versus Dangerous or Violence Potential in Children, Teens, and Others

 

“How dangerous is my client?”  Therapists are often presented with difficult clients to treat.  Among the presenting issues are aggressive, impulsive, and violent behaviors.  Or, there may also be aggressive, obsessive, and violent thoughts or writings.  Sometimes, there are both present. How dangerous is the client?  Is there a likelihood of physical assault on another person?

 

There are often complex issues and circumstances that make a child or teen (and adult) "act out" or become moody.  Effective treatment comes from appropriate assessments of client personality, issues, and circumstances that lead to theoretical clarity that subsequently imply treatment approaches and interventions. 

 

Fifteen or more specific criteria will be introduced to help clinicians differentiate danger potential and treatment and intervention processes.  This information gives guidance for both treatment and preventative work for children and teens.  While the seminar will focus on children, this information is applicable for assessing for potential for domestic violence, child abuse, physical assault, and emotional, psychological, economic, financial, and social attacks by adults.

 

to download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of the "Difficult to Dangerous" workshop

WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW  

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS 

FOR CROSS-CULTURAL THERAPY 

including experiential activities 

to examine areas of diverse cultural expression. 

 

Clients come from diverse cultural backgrounds that may not reflect a therapist’s own background.  Despite caring, commitment and integrity, therapists are often NOT culturally clinically prepared for sound practice.  

This presentation teaches powerful theoretical foundations (not solely knowledge based) to promote successful cross-cultural therapeutic processes, even if the therapist is unfamiliar with clients' cultural values. 

Common theoretical approaches will be examined to reveal their cross-cultural and multi-cultural therapy roots, including connections w/ systemic theories and cross-cultural theory.  

 

Five common problematic approaches will be examined, including those that lead to advanced stereotyping (potentially simplistic), divisive moralizing, recriminations, guilt, and hatred—the very antitheses of successful therapy.  Participants will be led through an experiential "quiz" that will simultaneously reveal, facilitate deeper understanding of, allow proper "use" of, and yet will free therapists and clients (individuals and families) from many common cultural stereotypes.

 

to  download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of the "When You Don't Know" workshop

ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL  

Assessment and Practice in 

COUPLES THERAPY

 

Any given couple can present a complexity of issues.  One couple’s challenges may be completely different from another couple’s problems or needs.  One particular or favored theory or therapeutic approach CANNOT fit all couples.  Does the therapeutic approach fit the particular couple? This training focuses on multiple assessments that clarify complexities in couple’s presentation, which then leads to more effective treatments. Anxiety? Depressed? Narcissistic? PTSD? Borderline? Addiction? Co-dependency? Abuse? Passive-Aggressive? Attachment Issues? Communication Styles? Cross-cultural Issues? Trauma? Temperament? Processing Issues? Family of Origin? And more!  The presenter will discuss cases from pragmatic, therapeutic, and theoretical perspectives from experiences with a vast cross section of couples a variety of clinical presentations.

 

to download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of the "One Size Doesn't Fit All" workshop

" HATE Insurance Companies!!”

Conceptualizing Clinical Practice…

to Develop Successful PRIVATE PRACTICE

w/o 3PPer Dependence

Conceptualize and Articulate WHO and WHAT

you are as a therapist (the "PRODUCT") to 

Discover and Articulate WHAT and HOW to

Develop ("SELL") a Successful Private Practice ("BUSINESS")

 

This workshop will work interactively with therapists to begin conceptualization of their own clinical practices for articulation in their subsequent marketing processes.  Writing articles, getting published, networking, presenting workshops, and getting onto managed-care provider panels make up the second step of a four-step process to develop a successful private practice.   Only if you're able to clearly conceptualize your clinical practices would you be able articulate what those practices are (this is your product).  And, then you can be not only a good therapist but also, a successful financially viable private practice business.  

 

to  download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of the "I HATE Insurance Companiesl" workshop

BEYOND REASONABLE SUSPICION

Experiential Training for Understanding 

CHILD ABUSE & Mandated Reporting 

with Practical Guidelines for Professional Interventions

to Address Problematic Parental Discipline

 

“My momma took a belt to me.  And, I never did it again.  I’ll take a belt to him if he ever does that again!” declares a mother.

 

 “You’re too damn easy on them kids.  Back talk me or you and no TV, no story, no dinner.  Straight to bed,” declares the dad.

 

 “I can’t even touch my kids.  They’ll… their teacher will call CPS on me.  You can’t discipline your own child, that’s why my kids get out of control.  What am I supposed to do?  Let them run wild?  Or, smack ‘em to learn ‘em?  And, go to jail!?”   

 

“He’s been real moody a lot lately.  His grades are down.  He don’t wanna to go to school.  He used to love school.

“She’s got new clothes and an Ipod, she won’t tell me how she got them.  What’s going on? 

 And what do you say?  What do you think?  What do you do?  

 

to download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of the "Beyond Reasonable Suspicion" workshop

SEDUCTIONS and ARROGANCE

Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities

That Lead to LEGAL and ETHICAL Violations

A different LEGAL and ETHICAL Seminar to fulfill the CEU requirement.

(This Seminar fulfills the BSE Legal & Ethical CEU requirement for license renewal for MFT’s & LCSW’s.)

 

A Legal & Ethical Seminar Addressing Client Types and Issues and Clinician Personality and Counter-transference Leading to Boundary Violations.
Who Messes You Up (including who is mostly likely to elicit an ethical or legal breach and who is mostly likely to make a complaint).
How You Screw Up Anyway (despite knowing better)!

Education, Knowledge, and Training in graduate programs and Law & Ethics seminars every license cycle inform the therapist of the “what” of legal and ethical boundaries and violations, but do not necessarily address the client and therapist “whys” of how a therapist comes to make errors anyway.

 Topics to be included:

Legal and Ethical issues for psychotherapists,

Client presentations (personality disorders, abuse survivors, sexualizing therapy, neediness, etc.),

Legally and ethically challenging issues (letters, custodial disputes, mandated counseling, etc.), therapy configurations (family, couples, parents and children or teens, etc.),

Professional practices (insurance, billing, debts), and

Therapist vulnerabilities (ignorance, arrogance, being the "gallant knight" or rescuer, being "special," relational self-medication, and so forth.

to download a Microsoft Word Document w/ a more extensive description of "Seductions and Arrogance" workshop

For Therapists (click to download file) for filling out HCFA1500 forms:

Template for CMS-1500 (02/12 version)- updated Mar30-14 printing using WORD

Sample of filled out CMS-1500 (02/12 version)- updated Mar30-14 using template

 

 

 

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