The West Virginia University School of Social Work Office of Professional and Community Education and the Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program will co-sponsor two training workshops featuring Eliana Gil on March 14-15.

The events will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on the WVU Evansdale Campus. Practitioners can earn 6.5 social work and 6 licensed professional counselor continuing education hours per day. A registration form is available for download from the school’s website. The cost is $70 per day. Both workshops can be taken together or separately.

Eliana Gil, Ph.D., has 39 years of experience in child abuse prevention and treatment. She is the director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy in Fairfax, Va. Gil is an approved Marriage and Family Therapist supervisor, registered play therapy supervisor, registered play therapist, registered art therapist and licensed marriage, family and child counselor. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy.

At the March 14 session, participants will focus on play-based developmental assessment with children who have experienced trauma. A manual will be provided to all attendees.

The March 15 session will investigate a treatment model based on the pioneering work of Dr. Judith Herman. The model incorporates current research from neuroscience, attachment and the potential benefit of expressive therapies when working with trauma. Specific targets of treatment will be explored including both directive and non-directive approaches and including family in treatment.

The West Virginia University School of Social Work was recently awarded a Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant funds the implementation of the Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program within the WVU Master of Social Work program.

One component of the training program involves co-sponsoring specialized training workshops with the School of Social Work’s Office of Professional and Community Education. These workshops will focus on areas of practice emphasized in the program. They are offered (with continuing education credits) free of charge to program trainees and their field instructors, and open to the community for registration at a cost consistent with other Office of Professional and Community Education offerings.

To learn more about the training program, contact Carrie Rishel at

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