Conversations Worth Having for Clinicians, Caseworkers, and Coaches

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April 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm to April 27, 2023 at 6:30 pm EDT - Virtual Event


Dates: Thursdays – April 6, April 13, April 20 and April 27, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm Eastern Time (2:00 – 3:30pm Pacific Time)


As helping professionals, our conversations are instrumental in our work with clients. They can support our clients in moving into a place of curiosity, creativity, and connection or in staying stuck in a place of fear, blame, or shame. This series explores simple strategies and applications for turning all of your conversations with clients into ones worth having.


  • Coaches
  • Therapists, counselors, psychologists
  • Case workers
  • Counselor/social work educators and supervisors
  • Graduate/undergraduate students
  • Anyone else in the wellbeing or helping field


You’ll leave with:

  • An understanding of the nature of conversation and why our words are important (drawing from neuropsychology, Appreciative Inquiry, and positive psychology).
  • A mindfulness practice that you can do on your own and share with clients.
  • Two simple strategies to transform your conversations.
  • Increased ability to access your curiosity in sessions.
  • Increased understanding of the power of our framing as it relates to outcomes.
  • Tools and practices that you can integrate into your work immediately.
  • A renewed sense of inspiration and excitement around the work you get to do!

Conversations Worth Having for Clinicians, Caseworkers, and Coaches has been approved by NBCC* for NBCC credit. Institute for Just Outcomes through Conversations (IJOC) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3900.

*National Board for Certified Counselors

You only need to register once to participate in the four (4) weekly sessions. Successful completion of all four (4) sessions is required for individuals who want to pursue Conversations Worth Having certification with this course.


These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile.

You will receive the Zoom login information upon registration. If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Michael Emmart at



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Registration Includes

Registration includes:

  • 4-weekly 90-minute live streaming events exploring simple strategies and applications for turning all of your conversations with clients into ones worth having;
  • Participant Workbook which will be sent before the first session.
  • Successful completion of all four (4) sessions earns eligibility for Conversations Worth Having certification.

AI Practitioners

Laura Torres, LCMHC

Laura has been practicing psychotherapy for more than 10 years. She is currently working in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and 8-year-old son. Laura has worked in a wide range of settings with various populations spanning community mental health settings with adolescents and their families to working in a private residential setting for adults with chronic mental health challenges to working in an outpatient setting supporting folks with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, and problematic relationship dynamics.  Laura’s therapeutic approach and background is eclectic in that it draws on a variety of different modalities including Internal Family Systems, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Hakomi, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR, Dynamic Attachment Repatterning, Trauma Resiliency Model, Gestalt, and Expressive Arts Therapy (in addition to integrating practices from CWH!).

Laura also integrates her background in the Enneagram and as a certified life coach and yoga instructor into her work as a counselor. Laura is a co-author of Conversations Worth Having for Clinicians, Caseworkers, and Coaches: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Foster Wellbeing.



Michael Emmart, Ed.D. 

Michael has worked in child welfare for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including: direct care staff, caseworker, counselor, trainer, senior administrator, nonprofit executive, and university-based consultant. He is often sought out as a subject matter expert in support of child welfare, justice involved, and crossover youth. He is also a founding member of the Institute for Just Outcomes through Conversation (IJOC), which is housed within Case Western Reserve University’s Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World benefit.  Michael currently serves as IJOC‘s Executive Director.  He has taught and written extensively on the value of incorporating appreciative inquiry-based conversations within the human services field and is co-author of Conversations Worth Having for Clinicians, Caseworkers, and Coaches: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Foster Wellbeing.

Michael lives in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Central New York where he and his bride, Jodi, raised six of the world’s most amazing people. He is a tireless advocate for positive nonviolence and for understanding its value in our homes and workplaces.

Event Cost

Space is limited to ensure the best experience.

Register early to receive discounted Early Bird Pricing of: $295.00

After March 23, 2023, the price for this training increases to: $395.00

    A flexible Payment Plan is available to reserve your seat and utilize any discounts before they expire.

    Payment options include Credit/Debit card, PayPal, and Venmo.


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