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Debbie Urban, MEd, NCC, LPC, EFT-ADV






MASTERS OF EDUCATION in GENERAL COUNSELING with an emphasis in CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY awarded January 6, 1991, from the University of Missouri in St. Louis (UMSL).

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION in Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT-ADV) June 6, 2008.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION from the St. Louis Institute of Art Psychotherapy, (certificate program accredited by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), July 26, 1996.

BACHELORS IN THERAPEUTIC ART with a minor in PSYCHOLOGY awarded May 5, 1985, from Maryville College in St. Louis.


PRIVATE PRACTICE: Specializing in single parents, children, and teens, eating disorders, abuse victims, and families. (3/2000 - Current)

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER: Family Therapist, providing office and in-home therapy to individuals, children, and families. (7/2000 - 5/2003)

COMTREA (Community Treatment, Inc.) - Providing Art Therapy Groups to teens in the C-Star Program (Substance Abuse Treatment). (11/2000 - 5/2001)

LA MONTAGNE, residential treatment facility for girls and women with anorexia or bulimia. I was at the ground floor level, setting up and implementing the treatment program, organizing the Clinical Directing Team, formulating policies, standards, schedules, advertising, organizing of staff, and array of other duties required of a newly formed treatment center. I created and maintained the web page, chat room, and message board, while operating as Clinical Therapist and Art Psychotherapist, providing one-on-one counseling and supportive therapy, facilitating healing, emotional growth, and cognitions using art therapy methods as well as counseling theories and techniques. (11/98 - 3/2000)

COMTREA (Community Treatment, Inc.) - working in the Youth Services Department as a Clinical Therapist providing therapy in the Festus and Arnold offices, and education and counseling services in Jefferson County schools. I also supervised Art Therapy students and provided clinical supervision for counselors-in-training working towards a license. (9/97 - 11/98)

PROVIDENT COUNSELING - worked as Clinical Therapist, Art Therapist, and Coordinator of the VOCA program for sexually abused children and their non-offending parents in the "Save the Children" program. Also, consulted in the Psychiatric Diversion Program at the Division of Family Services in Jefferson County, provided Consultation for staff members regarding the use of Art Therapy methods, and was appointed member of The Professional Staff Organization (PSO). (4/94 - 9/97)

HYLAND (UNITY) BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEMS - worked as Art Therapist for several departments including the inpatient and outpatient Eating Disorder units, Adult Stress units, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric units, and Chemical Dependency units. I also worked as a Family Weekend Counselor providing family members of patients with education and information to help them in dealing with a family member with a mental disorder. (4/91 - 7/96


Energy Psychology and EMDR: Combining Forces to Optimize Treatment” distance-earning online interactive course presented by The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource, 3/10/2011, 11 CEs.Topics presented by ACA:

Gender and Diagnosis:Struggles an Suggestions for Counselors, completed 3/14/2011, 1 CE.

Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment and Treatment Strategies, Completed 10/31/2010, 1 CE.

Animal Assisted Play Therapy: Canines as Co-Therapists, completed 10/31/2010, 1 CE.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttrumatic Stress Disorder: Time for Integration, completed 10/31/2010, 1 CE.

Understanding and Treating Social Phobia, completed 10/31/2010, 1 CE.

The Process of Suicide Risk Assessment: Twelve Core Principles, completed 71/2010, 1 CE.

Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia in Adults: A Guide for Clinicians, completed 7/1/2010, 1 CE.

"Ethics: A Musical Comedy" presented by Dancing Moose Productions, 3/10/2010, Received 3 CEs.

"Starting, Developing, or Expanding a Private Practice" Seminar provided by ACAM, 10/31/2009, Received 3CEs.

“Online Counseling and Electronic Records,” Article excerpted from the book “Documentation in Counseling Records, Third Edition.” Written by Robert Mitchell. CEUs provided by ACA, completed 1/24/2010, 1 CE.

Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Certificate Program, completed 6/2/2008. Received Certificate of Completion, EFT-ADV.

Basic Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Certificate Program, completed 5/18/2008. Received Certificate of Completion, EFT-CC.

"Energy Psychology Interactive: The Advanced Topics" (18 CEs), Home Study Course presented by The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource, 4/28/2008.

"Energy Psychology Interactive: Basic Principles and Procedures" (18 CEs), Home Study Course presented by The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource, 4/23/2008."The Promise of Energy Psychology" (10 CEs), Home Study Course presented by The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource, 3/12/2008.

“PSYCH-K Basic Workshop" presented by Beth Holstein, MS, LMSW, Inner Journeys, March 1st &2nd, 2008, received Certificate of Completion.

"Introduction to Energy Psychology" (8 CEs), Home Study Course presented by The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource, 2/17/2008.

"Creative Energies" (6 CEs), Home Study Course presented by 2/10/2008.The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource,

"An Energy Medicine Overview" (1 CE), Home Study Course presented by The Energy Medicine Institute and Innersource, 2/5/2008.

Professional Growth onsite Eating Disorder Workshop” sponsored by Remuda Ranch Center, Inc., Wickenburg, AZ, October 18 & 19, 2007, 4 CEs, including topics on:

“Overview of Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment” by Kari Anderson, MS, LPC.

“Family Therapy with Eating Disorders” by Kelly Cassady, MA, LMFT.

“Nursing Interventions & Treatment Team Participation - Inpatient Eating Disorder Programs” by Marta Harris, RN.

Psychiatric Medications with Eating Disorders” by Eric Hegybeli, DO.

Primary Care Medicine” Mark Schulke, MD, PCP.

Nutrition Counseling and Issues with Eating Disorders” by Amanda Buller, RD.

Therapeutic Interventions with Eating Disorders” by Pam Micca, MA, LPC.

Psychological Assessment with Eating Disorders” by David Wall, PhD.

Prognosis and Outcomes of Eating Disorder Treatment” by Edward Cumella, PhD.

Communication Counseling as Part of a Treatment Plan for Depression,” American Counseling Association, 1 CE, (9/22/2006).

“Disaster Mental Health Intervention for Mental Health Workers,” Riverbend Behavioral Healthcare Associates, 2 CEs, (9/22/2006).

“Bipolar Disorder Course,” Riverbend Behavioral Healthcare Associates, 3 CEs, (9/20/2006).

TF-CBT Web, an On-line TrainingCourse for Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, 10 CE hours, (8/15/2006).

“Accounting For Play Therapy Workshop,” presented by ESPAVO Wellness Center, 6 Hours, 6/16/2006.

“Herbaceuticals: An Overview for Counselors, Self Study Unit” provided by the American Counseling Association, (11/3/2005). 1 CE.

“Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children & Adolescents” presented by Matt Kliethermes, PH.D., sponsored by COMTREA (10/28/2005). 4 Contact Hours.

“8th Annual Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse” presented by Children's Advocacy Service of Greater St. Louis, (5/11-13/2005) 18 CEs.

“Dual Diagnosis: Management and Treatment Issues in an Outpatient Setting,” 2 Audio Conferences presented by Dr. Avram Mack, Sponsored by United Behavioral health, (7/22 & 23/2004). 2 CEs.

“Substance Abuse Assessment, Diagnosis, and Initial Treatment Planning for Behavioral Health Clinicians,” presented by David Mee-Lee, MD, sponsored by United Behavior Health, (6/16/2004). 1 CE.

“A Symposium: Art Therapy and Addictions” co-sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association and the Kentucky Art Therapy Association, Louisville, KY. (3/2004). 8 CEs.

“A Symposium: A Contemporary Approach to Family Art Therapy” co-sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association and the Kentucky Art Therapy Association, Louisville, KY (3/2003). 8 CEs.

“Eating Disorder Seminar” provided by Academy for Eating Disorders in San Diego (6/1999). 10 CEs.

Provident Counseling sponsored courses:

“Clinical Recording” (5/1996). 6 hours.

“Violence in the Workplace” (5/1996). 3 hours.

“Child Assessment” (6/1996). 12 hours.

Screening and Diagnosis of the Pathological Gambler” (6/1996). 3 hours.

Legal Issues” (6/1996). 4 hours.

Ethics Training” (1/1997). 6.5 hours.

DSM IV-Axis I” (3/1997). 3 hours.

DSM IV-Axis I-V” (4/1997). 3 hours.

DSM IV-Axis III” (6/1997). 3.5 hours

Ethics” (6/1997). 3 hours.

Christian Institute of Individualized Development: “Creating a Therapeutic Home Environment” (7/1996). 5 CEs.

Carondelet Mgt. Inst.: “The Lasting Scars of Sexual Abuse-Child Sexual Abuse and Its Aftermath” (7/1996). 5.25 CEs.

Duquesne University: “Play Therapy with Children” (4/1996). 12 hours.

Play Therapy Institute: “Play Therapy” (3/1996). 13 hours.

“Multi-Cultural Counseling” (4/1995). 3 Credit Hours.“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders” sponsored by the Hyland Training Institute. (6/1993). 6 CEs.

“Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders” sponsored by the Hyland Training Institute. (6/1993). 6 CEs.

“Eating Disorders” sponsored by the Hyland Training Institute (5/1992). 6 CEs.

“Delayed Memory and Risk Management” sponsored by the Hyland Training Institute (4/1995). 6 CEs.

National symposium sponsored by The American Art Therapy Association: “Art Therapy and Addiction Treatment” (4/1990)