Helping students excel academically


  • Course Description

    Recognizing that confidence and enjoyment in learning are two important variables in achieving academic success, this podcast provides a paradigm and specific interventions for mental health professionals and school counselors to help students who are not performing up to their potential. The context of this podcast is a program developed at California State University, Northridge, called Experiencing Confidence and Enjoyment in Learning (ExCEL). The ExCEL program covers psycho-social learning concepts such as: developing a growth mind-set, empowering help seeking behaviors, increasing academic self-worth, applying purposeful effort, recognizing and changing restrictive attitudes about learning, reducing learning distractions and utilizing a model of resiliency by remembering proud learning moments.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List at least three of the seven principles associated with helping clients build academic self-confidence; Discuss how negative compensatory learning behaviors and attitudes develop for students who are experiencing poor academic self-confidence; Describe at least two examples of academic mini traumas that many students experience and how those experiences impact learning attitudes and behaviors.

  • Downloadable Audio Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Continuing Education Approvals

    This course meets the requirements for Continuing Education credit hours by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). See full list of Continuing Education Approvals below, as well as information about these approvals.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: All levels.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course and hit the 'Generate Certificate' button, a new window will open up with your certificate; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the Distance Learning Policies link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

Continuing Ed Details
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Educator and Self-Compassion Extraordinaire

Dr. Mark Stevens, PSY

Senior Instructor

Dr. Mark Stevens is a Professor in the Education Psychology and Counseling Department at California State University Northridge and teaches in the MFT program. Previous to this position he was the Director of the University Counseling Services at California State University Northridge (CSUN). He is the chair of the student-veteran advisory committee and also a member of the retention/graduation think tank group at CSUN. Dr. Stevens has written and presented extensively in two clinical areas: 1) counseling and psychotherapy with men and 2) rape prevention and education workshops for college students. He was the co-editor of the first Handbook on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Men, published by Sage in 1987. His latest book (Co-edited with Dr. Matt Englar- Carlson) is titled In the Room With Men: A Casebook of Therapeutic Change, was published by the American Psychological Association in 2006. Dr. Stevens is also the featured therapist in an APA produced video (2003) on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Men. For the past 10 years Dr. Stevens along with Dr. Englar-Carlson have been facilitating retreats for men at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He has private practice in Encino and Westlake Village and for the past 10 years has been co-facilitating a Men’s Group with Dr. Chen Oren. Dr. Stevens is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and past President- Elect of APA Division 51-The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity. In 2007, Dr. Stevens coordinated the first National Psychotherapy with Men Conference at CSUN.

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