We offer the following courses with 3, 6 ,12, 18 and 36 Contact Hours:

All courses are presented by Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas, LCSW unless otherwise stated.
Yolanda conducts the courses in a captivating, down-to-earth, light, and inviting style.

Most of the courses are offered in the comfort of your home on the zoom platform.
A few are offered in-person during the summer and fall at The Koumidou Retreat Center, upstate New York.

Courses at offsite facilities: All course work listed is also available on a flexible basis offered at your organization or facility by special
arrangement. If you would like us to travel to your area for a presentation, please contact The Koumidou Center here

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Course Descriptions


36 Hour Training in the Method of Voice Dialogue

Often decisions define the level of satisfaction in life. The Voice Dialogue method broadens the practitioner’s skills to enhance decision making abilities in their clients by helping them identify which part of their personality is making the decisions. The Psychology of the Selves is the study of the many selves residing in our psyche and their impact on our lives. Voice Dialogue is the method by which we contact these selves. This system was created by the internationally renowned husband-and-wife team of psychologists Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone and is practiced around the world. Voice Dialogue is a highly effective tool that allows psychotherapists to rapidly gain awareness of their clients’ inner selves and guide their journey toward conscious living. This process can provide amazingly powerful experiences of growth, transformation, and healing. Therapists currently using the Voice Dialogue method in their practice report greater success with their clients because insights and behavioral realizations achieved while using this technique are permanent; it is very difficult to regress to a lesser state of awareness.

Decision Making Without Regrets: Loosening Habit Patterns

Our clients enter therapy when their life becomes unhappy and painful. The state of one's life is the result of decisions made. Decisions are made through different parts of our personality which have been formed into habit patterns. This is a natural, non-pathological process. However, when these patterns begin to dominate the clients' decisions without their awareness, regret and guilt often follow. One needs to reexamine and loosen the grip of these habit patterns. In this course we will explore how these patterns develop and how some of them become dysfunctional over time from both the psychological and spiritual points of view. We will introduce clinical skills to help clients become conscious and take control of their habit patterns, establishing decision making without regrets.

Experiences of Loss and Grief

This course will define grief and loss and revisit the grief process and potential impacting factors. Different types of loss and their complexity will review and explored, expanding the applicability and usefulness of grief work. Various approaches and tools to support the grief process will be introduced and discussed.

Exploring Professional Responses to Child Neglect

3 CE credits / 3 CASAC Hours
Reports of suspected child neglect make up more than three-quarters of all reports made to child protective services in any given year; 6 times more than reports of sexual abuse, and 5 times more than reports of physical abuse. However, neglect reports are least likely to be substantiated after investigation.
The reality is that reporters of suspected child maltreatment struggle with appropriately identifying and reporting this type of maltreatment. This session will explore the legal and ethical obligations of professional reporters, especially as they relate to the concept of child neglect.
Various types of child neglect, including physical neglect, medical neglect and educational neglect will be explored, along with a significant conversation around parental supervision and the use of corporal punishment.

Exploring the Dynamics of Ethical Decision Making

This presentation will invite participants to not only consider what are ethical issues, but also explore how we go about making ethical decisions. This includes our own possible reluctance to reflect on our own ethical vulnerabilities, considerations and approaches to ethical decision making, and offer a framework for making ethical decisions. Strategies to minimize vulnerability to ethical dilemmas and liability will also be offered.

Helping Clients Leap into Retirement

This new frontier of extended lifetime offers surprising gifts and terrific limitations. As our clients prepare to retire or are already retired, they are faced with unfamiliar challenges. Retirement is when the emotional, psychological, mental, physical, and spiritual levels of one's being are directly affected. Necessary information, preparation and adjustments are needed so they avoid getting stuck in the states of disorientation, regret, and depression. In this course we will explore the challenges of every level and demonstrate specific tools you can utilize with your clients in handling this newfound prolong freedom retirement offers.

Introduction to the Enneagram

This course will introduce the Enneagram as an ancient instrument - a tool for self-understanding, self- compassion and compassion toward others. The Enneagram identifies three perspectives (gut, heart and head) from which we primarily experience the world. It further delineates these three areas into nine basic personality patterns or styles and defines how each of these perspectives and styles impact how one copes with their reality. The Enneagram tool is utilized in psychological and spiritual development as well as in business and leadership development. It is relevant to the current need for and appreciation of diversity.

Introduction to the Theory of the Psychology of the Selves

The theory of the Psychology of the Selves is the study of the many selves residing in our psyche and their effect on our lives. The course will offer an overview of the theory and demonstrate its application in clinical interventions.

Making the Tough Call: Advanced Issues for Mandared Reporters

Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals throughout the United States are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment. However, our legal requirement to report is often confusing to navigate in relation to our other professional responsibilities. This workshop is intended for mental and behavioral health who already have a basic understanding of their obligations as mandated reporters and want to explore areas that are complicated by our professional relationships with clients in light of our legal obligations. Specifically, we will explore informed consent practices with different client populations, supporting practice with clients after making a report, and how to work with child protective services, especially considering concerns for racial and social justice in the child welfare system.

Parenting Adult Children

Parenting adult children requires an entirely new set of skills to avoid conflict and/or distance between parents and their adult children. The course will focus on the necessary adjustments our clients need to make to transition from parenting teens to parenting adults. We will compare and explore the consequences of parenting according to one’s personality vs utilizing the system of Parenting with Love and Logic in the early parenting years. We will then demonstrate four significant shifts a parent needs to make in parenting their adult children.

Promoting Wellness

3 CE credits / 3 CASAC Hours
In this workshop we look at the interplay of the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of overall wellness and good health.
We will focus on physical wellness. We will examine how, as therapists, we can mindfully promote our clients' physical health by looking at all aspects of health, and how to intertwine focus on clients' daily behaviors, into the therapeutic process. We will learn how to better support clients' growth in confidence as they integrate more positive self-care.

Psychotropic Medications

This course will open with an overview of the different types of psychotropic medications including their relation to specific diagnoses. This will be followed by discussion concerning when and why medication might be helpful to both the patient and the therapeutic process.
Dr. Hoetzel will further discuss the interaction between medication and psychotherapy and the essential nature of the interaction between the psychiatrist and the non-medical psychotherapist.

Recovery from Love-Obsession in Women

Expressions and gestures of love can inspire solutions in relationships. However, when these expressions and gestures transcend into obsession, they create immense suffering. We will examine some of the reasons why this occurs more often in women and offer psycho therapeutic interventions enhancing the recovery from love-obsession.

Responding to Loneliness in Our Clients

Loneliness is universal. Loneliness is the main underlined cause for obsessions and multiple regretful actions in our clients. All efforts to eliminate loneliness fall short and yet, these efforts never cease. This course, which is based on the book, Responding to Loneliness and Longing, attempts to explain the origin of loneliness from a psycho-spiritual angle and thus offering our clients alternative ways to perceive and handle this universal state of profound uncomfortability.

The Art of Fighting with Loved Ones

Clients coming to therapy with the presenting problem of "conflict in relationships" are often stuck, hurt and helpless as to how to disentangle from these conflicts. In this course you will be introduced to the Language of Vulnerability. Vulnerability will be presented from a new psycho-spiritual angle. We will explain the significant role vulnerability plays in the formation of conflict and demonstrate ways you can help clients utilizing it for effective resolution of conflict in any relationship.

The Inner Eater Selves: Integrating the Parts of the Personality Involved in Eating

The course which is taught in a 3-day retreat format, is based on the theory of the Psychology of the Selves. It focuses on identifying the various parts of an individual who do the eating; it teaches professionals how to work with clients with eating disorders to help them develop control over these various personality parts and how to master the necessary skills needed to deal with the “new person” as natural weight is reached and maintained. Natural weight is where one is comfortable without inner conflict about their body image.

The Legalization of Cannabis: Emerging Issues for Clinicians

As cannabis products become legalized and commercialized across the country, we have seen the emergence of old, new and evolving issues regarding their use, concerns, risks and stances which clinicians might need to consider in their professional work (as well as perhaps personal decisions about cannabis use). This presentation will review some of these emerging issues and invite participants to consider how the anticipated expansion of cannabis use might be integrated into our work and culture.

The Use of Meditation in Psychotherapy

Research has proven and demonstrated the positive affects meditation has in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. In this course we will explore various methods of meditation and demonstrate ways to incorporate them in the psycho therapeutic work with clients.

Transforming the Inner Critic

This workshop will enhance your professional skills to help your clients free themselves from selfcriticism, lift obstacles from their life path and almost immediately enhance their relationships. By transforming this inner critical voice into a supporter, your clients will learn how to stop being their own worst enemy.

Understanding and Supporting Transgender Clients and their Families

Many transgender individuals avoid seeking therapy due to a lack of awareness and information about the transgender culture. This course is targeted to help clinicians become culturally competent by understanding the role of gender and sexual orientation within the transgender population. Topics include gender dysphoria, hormone replacement therapy, family & social adjustments, risks associated with the population, and current trends of the LGBTQ community.

Utilizing Dream Work to Enhance the Therapeutic Process

Dreams are mirrors of our inner process. Utilizing the Psychology of the Selves theory we will demonstrate how dreams are truly the perfect guides revealing which parts of our clients are in harmony and which are out of balance affecting their lives. We will further demonstrate various ways you can teach your clients to recall their dreams’ content. We will teach at least five ways to process dreams offering a deeper understanding of inner life according to the dream’s messages communicated from the unconscious. We will also demonstrate and explain different ways you can teach your clients to work with their dreams’ content.
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"Whether in conference, therapeutic, or classroom setting, Yolanda Koumidou is informative, intuitive and inspiring." – Alice Scourby, PhD, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Long Island University
"I have had the pleasure of attending several of Yolanda’s trainings and she is exceptional. She is very knowledgeable about the subject matter, always providing vignettes, techniques and tools. A very engaging, energetic and interesting speaker who encourages audience participation. I would recommend her trainings to all my colleagues without hesitation." – Anita Mancini, LCSW
"Yolanda Koumidou is an enthusiastic, exciting, and knowledgeable teacher. She has studied Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of the Selves with us for many years and we are happy to recommend her work - both as a teacher and as a therapist." – Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone, creators of Voice Dialogue
"A beautiful enriched experience that took me on a journey which highlighted how psychology and spirituality intertwine." – Marshalee Brown, LMSW
"Working with Voice Dialogue has helped me manage myself more effectively; learn my assets, blind spots and hidden biases. It raised the volume on my inner voices; gave me a respect for the many facets of my personality and brought me to greater balance." – Mary Adamo, MSEd, SPHR, Director, Leadership, Human Resources
"Yolanda Koumidou has an exceptional ability to present complex topics in a clear manner. The blend of experiential, psychological and spiritual concepts of the Psychology of the Selves breaths life to the material, gathering it all in a comprehensive whole." – R. Gasparik, LCSW
"Yolanda's message is clear, unflinching, and convincingly optimistic. She is a therapeutic force to behold." – Richard Hoetzel, MD, Psychiatrist
"Yolanda creates a dynamic workshop packed with her remarkable insights into the links between the wisdom of certain spiritual teachings and the Theory of Psychology of the Selves. Her discussions are useful as well in deepening the understanding of curative factors found in other theories and techniques of psychotherapy." – S. Perkins, LCSW
"...In my almost 40 years in social work practice, this training was the most dynamic and impactful of any training over the years. Yolanda brings deep passion and expert leadership to her work. Participants cannot be disappointed; but forever changed by her training..." – Sherry Fraser, LCSW
"This training will take you on a self-awareness journey that will have a tremendous impact on how you view yourself and how you relate to others in your personal and business relationships." – SL, Attorney
"I had one of the best experiences in my career. The combination of teaching and nature was an excellent component. I never expected to learn so much in these last three days. The different exercises, even when challenging, were instrumental in learning and appreciating the material." – W. Rodriguez, LCSW
"Profound spiritual experience that put me on a path of more in depth learning for my personal and professional life. Eternally grateful." – Yana Gaykov, LCSW