Mathias Counseling & Consulting

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Carlabeth Mathias brings over 30 years of experience as a teacher, school counselor and consultant to schools, churches, and community agencies and groups. She presents one hour to full-day workshops on important topics in education, in mental health and for families. Carlabeth offers training in classroom management, student behavior, attention deficit disorder, self-esteem, grief and loss, parenting skills, and affective education, to name just a few. She frequently makes presentations to Stephen Ministry programs at several local churches.

Sharpen your skills and help your students and clients by attending one of our upcoming workshops!

What do people say about Carlabeth’s workshops?

Here’s what Dr. Scott Robison, Superintendent of Zionsville Community Schools, had to say after Carlabeth trained 85 staff members in QPR - Suicide Prevention, and presented informational suicide prevention programs to approximately 250 middle and high school staff, as well as about 100 parents:

“Carlabeth Mathias provided guidance and assurance as she helped us introduce QPR to the Zionsville Community. Mrs. Mathias’s presentations and conversations with gatekeepers, large groups of teachers, and our parents in a community setting were expertly delivered—chock full of data and insight, but gently so. Calm in the face of urgency is solid, bankable leadership. We are pleased to count Carlabeth Mathias as a go-to expert consultant for our school family.”

--- Dr. Scott Robison, Superintendent, Zionsville Community Schools, Zionsville, Indiana

“The trainings we received from Carlabeth on “Helping Students with Anxiety and Depression” and “Girl Talk” were a hit! The workshops went beyond merely talking about the issues. Carlabeth gave us the tools we need to respond to them appropriately and effectively.”

--- Rob Moore, Former Program Coordinator, Southern Indiana Education Center, Jasper, Indiana

Engaging, Relevant and Practical Workshops for Professionals, Schools, Agencies and Churches!

Current workshop offerings and others that Carlabeth presents are listed below. They vary in time depending on the needs of the audience. CEUs* for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHCs and Certificates of Attendance for PGPs are available. Or, have Carlabeth develop a workshop or seminar that is tailor-made for your group. Contact Carlabeth at 317.586.2141 or by email for details, pricing, and availability. References available.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.



Current Workshops

November 20, 2017
12:30-3:00 p.m.
East Central Educational Service Center
Connersville, Indiana

Registration and full details at:
https://www.ecesc.k12.in.us

Comply with the new suicide prevention training law in Indiana. . .

QPR - Suicide Prevention (K-12)

Teachers, counselors, support staff and others who work with students in schools are in a unique position to help students who may be having suicidal thoughts. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based, SAMHSA-approved training program that teaches participants to recognize the warning signs, clues and communications of suicidal people, and to help them get help. It is not a form of counseling, but rather a way to ACT vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy. Knowing what to do can make a significant difference!

Those who attend this half-day session will leave with the following:

  • Information that is easy to understand and reinforced by a QPR booklet
  • A card complete with warning signs
  • Methods to encourage a person to get help
  • List of resources available in the community

For counselors/social workers/teachers/administrators/psychologists/support staff/childcare workers/K-12. 

QPR is program approved by the Indiana Department of Education to fulfill the licensing requirement for suicide prevention training for teachers and counselors.

Carlabeth is a Certified QPR instructor.

For registration and details, contact the East Central Educational Service Center in Connersville at: https://www.ecesc.k12.in.us

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC.  However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

November 30, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
and/or
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fishers, Indiana

Attend one of both - details below!!

Socially Speaking. . .It’s Elementary! (Grades K-6)
November 30, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Help your students develop better social skills! Join Carlabeth for three hours packed full of engaging, practical, hands-on and low-cost activities designed to help elementary-aged children.
You will take away activities focused on:
  • Identifying Feelings
  • Developing Empathy
  • Recognizing Social Cues
  • Conversational Skills
  • Joining a Group
  • Handling Conflict
  • Assertiveness Strategies

This workshop is designed specifically for elementary school counselors, social workers, home-school advisors, resource/special education teachers, or anyone who is teaching social skills directly to individual students or in small groups. Other educators and professionals are welcome to attend but all the activities and ideas will be aimed to help those in elementary schools who are conducting small groups for social skills or working with children individually to improve their social skills.

Registration and details listed after afternoon workshop information below.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


Girl Talk: Empowering Friendships and Preventing Relational Aggression (Elementary/MS)
November 30, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This experiential workshop equips school counselors and social workers with small group counseling activities to use with girls in elementary and middle school. The activities are designed to help girls learn how to develop healthy friendships, practice appropriate, positive social skills and prevent and reduce relational aggression. This workshop focuses on activities for counselors/social workers in school. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

Location: Fishers United Methodist Church, 9691 E. 116th Street, Fishers (near Hwy 69 - exit 205)
Cost: $75 for one workshop or $135 to attend both workshops
Discount: $70 per person for AM workshop for 3 or more registrants from same organization if submitted together
OR
$70 per person for PM workshop for 3 or more registrants from same organization if submitted together OR $130 per person for both sessions for 3 or more registrants from same organization if submitted together
PGPs/CEUs: 3 CEUs* or 3 PGPs for each workshop

Click here for registration, cost, and location details.




Bring Carlabeth to YOUR school community!
Choose a workshop below to bring to your school, parent group or community organization.
Workshops for educators are listed first, followed by workshops for parent and community groups.


Complete Listing of Workshops for Educators:

Selective Mutism: How Can I Help This Child? (K-12) 3 hours


Children and teens with Selective Mutism have a type of social anxiety where they are able to talk comfortably in some situations, often with families at home, but are persistently silent in other situations. It is more than being “shy.” They experience anxiety daily in many settings that otherwise should be an enjoyable part of their lives —- school, sports, extracurricular activities, peer interaction and even ordinary tasks, such as ordering a meal in a restaurant!

What is this challenging condition? What interventions are most helpful? What approaches are counterproductive? How can I support the parents of a child with this condition? What can teachers do? Whether you are a school counselor, social worker, teacher or private therapist, you will leave with effective, practical strategies, many of which can be included in a 504 Plan. Carlabeth has worked successfully with a number of children with Selective Mutism.



“Preventing Youth Suicide: What Can I Do to Help?”
A Program for Educators

Teachers, counselors, administrators, school safety officers, support staff and others who work with students in schools are in a unique position to help students who may be having suicidal thoughts.

Bring a 60-90 minute program to your school staff to educate them on the warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors for youth suicide, as well as how they can help. This is a perfect opportunity to discuss the responsibilities of school employees and the procedures you wish for them to follow if they suspect a student may be considering suicide.

Give your staff the awareness and information they need to best serve your students by contacting Carlabeth to schedule your professional development training now.

Or, schools may wish to train their staff with QPR, a more in-depth approach . . .see below.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

QPR - Suicide Prevention (K-12)

Teachers, counselors, support staff and others who work with students in schools are in a unique position to help students who may be having suicidal thoughts. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based, SAMHSA-approved training program that teaches participants to recognize the warning signs, clues and communications of suicidal people, and to help them get help. It is not a form of counseling, but rather a way to ACT vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy. Knowing what to do can make a significant difference!

Those who attend this two-hour session will leave with the following:

  • Information that is easy to understand and reinforced by a QPR booklet
  • A card complete with warning signs
  • Methods to encourage a person to get help
  • List of resources available in the community

Counselors/social workers/teachers/administrators/psychologists/support staff/childcare workers/K-12. 

QPR is program approved by the Indiana Department of Education to fulfill the licensing requirement for suicide prevention training for teachers and counselors. Carlabeth is a Certified QPR instructor.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC.  However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

Socially Speaking. . .It’s Elementary! (Grades K-6)

Help your students develop better social skills! Join Carlabeth for three hours packed full of engaging, practical, hands-on and low-cost activities designed to help elementary-aged (Grades K-6) children.
You will take away activities focused on:
  • Identifying Feelings
  • Developing Empathy
  • Recognizing Social Cues
  • Conversational Skills
  • Joining a Group
  • Handling Conflict
  • Assertiveness Strategies

This workshop is designed specifically for elementary school counselors, social workers, home-school advisors, resource/special education teachers, or anyone who is teaching social skills directly to individual students or in small groups. Other educators and professionals are welcome to attend but all the activities and ideas will be aimed to help those in elementary schools who are conducting small groups for social skills or working with children individually to improve their social skills.
*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

Helping Students with Anxiety and Depression (K-12)

More and more children and teens are experiencing anxiety or depression. In this intensive three-hour workshop, you will be able to identify the key elements and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and teens, learn about treatment for each disorder, and leave with practical strategies that you can use in your setting to provide specific help and interventions for children and teens who suffer from anxiety and depression. A variety of materials will address the needs of different grade levels, K-12. Counselors/Social Workers/Teachers/Psychologists/Support Staff/Childcare Workers/K-12. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance for PGPs are all available and included in the cost.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


Girl Talk: Empowering Friendships and Preventing Relational Aggression (Elementary/MS)

This experiential workshop equips school counselors and social workers with small group counseling activities to use with girls in grades 4-8. The activities are designed to help girls learn how to develop healthy friendships, practice appropriate, positive social skills and prevent and reduce relational aggression. This workshop focuses on activities for counselors/social workers in school. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.



Helping the ADD/ADHD Child (K-8)
Children with specific disorders, such as ADD/ADHD, may exhibit challenging behaviors and need additional accommodations and support to succeed in school. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will better understand these difficulties and learn practical strategies to implement to help students affected by this disorder. Teachers/counselors/support staff/ K-8.
*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


“No Bullying Now” --- Bullying Prevention for Schools (K-8)

A trainer in bullying prevention/intervention, Carlabeth also educates teachers, counselors, nurses and administrators in this 5-hour workshop, “No Bullying Now!”  This comprehensive program is designed to reduce bullying in elementary, junior high and middle schools by addressing all the major components of the bullying problem.  Counselors/Social Workers/Teachers/Psychologists/Support Staff/Childcare Workers/K-8.   CEUs* for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC  and Certificates of Attendance for PGPs are all available and included in the cost.

Topics include:
  • Definition and key elements of bullying
  • Roles of the bully, target, and bystander
  • Bullying prevention strategies to use in the school setting
  • Interventions for bullying behaviors
  • Interventions for helping targets
  • Techniques to empower bystanders
  • Establishment of a support team for bullying prevention
  • Developing procedures for reporting and responding
  • Educating staff, students, parents, and the community in bullying prevention
  • Resources, including websites and books

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC.  However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

Making a Difference: Small Group and Classroom Activities That Work (K-6)

Enliven and energize your students (and yourself!) with new ideas and activities for small groups and classroom guidance lessons! Topics will address anger management, friendship and social skills, communication, cooperation and positive self-talk. Boost your repertoire of activities and lessons and come away with fresh, new ideas ready to use the next day! Your presenter brings many years of small group counseling and classroom guidance experience as an elementary school counselor. While this workshop focuses on activities for school counselors and teachers, grades K-6, all interested professionals are welcome. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


A Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Children and Teens Heal

In this intensive three-hour workshop, you will learn about the different kinds of losses students can experience, identify key elements of grief, understand the developmental phases of grief, infancy through adolescence and identify how children and teens express their grief. You will leave with many practical counseling interventions and strategies for grieving children and teens and how the school community can support students in the midst of their grief. You will also learn how to help children and teens deal with grieving classmates. This workshop is appropriate for professionals who work with children and teens, grades K-12. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance for PGPs are all available and included in the cost.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.



Tales That Teach: Life Lessons in Literature (K-5)

Enjoyable, exciting, and easy --- the use of literature to support important character traits, teach key guidance concepts, and help children learn to deal with specific issues! Hands-on activities help you delve into wonderful children’s books you can use in classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and with individual students. Significant issues such as friendship, feelings, communication, decision-making, bullying and others will be addressed. Take away complementary activities and lots of ideas! Teachers/Counselors/K-5. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance for PGPs are all available and included in the cost.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


Helping Students Develop Assertiveness Skills (K-12)

This practical workshop equips professionals to help students develop appropriate assertiveness skills, through individual or small group counseling. Participants will learn what part of the student population needs assertiveness training and how to teach its various components. You will experience and practice many practical strategies you can use immediately upon returning to your work setting. Excellent training for those who want to offer more services for students who are bullied, those who are bullying others, or for increasing social skills counseling in general. Counselors/Social Workers/Teachers/Psychologists/Support Staff/Childcare Workers/K-12. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance for PGPs are all available and included in the cost.

*The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


Play With Purpose: Fostering Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships (K-5)

Boost your repertoire of activities and lessons that are fun, yet which build relationships and inspire cooperation among your students. Come away with fresh new ideas ready to put into play! Teachers/Counselors/K-5. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

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The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

You Do Make a Difference. . . Promote Your Program! (K-12)

Rapport, communication and visibility are the keys to helping both parents and staff better understand your role as a school counselor, what you are doing, and just how good you are at it! Participants will take away many easy-to-implement strategies. If you don’t promote your program, who will? Counselors/K-12. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

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The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


Meeting the Needs of Students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder pose a unique challenge. Learn more about this disorder, its symptoms, and interventions to help these students become more successful at school. Teachers/Counselors/K-12. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

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The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.


Reaching Each Student: School-Wide Guidance Programs and Classroom Lessons

Make an impact on all your students by implementing school-wide programs that provide key strategies for both students and staff and that promote respect, responsibility, and relationships. Classroom guidance lessons complement and reinforce these significant programs. Counselors/K-5. CEUs* and Certificates of Attendance are all available and included in the cost. Certificates of Attendance will serve for PGPs for educators.

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The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board has approved this organization to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.

Workshops for Parents or Community Groups

"No More Bullies" Popular with PTO groups!

Bullying is a growing trend --- at school and on the internet. In this one-hour presentation, parents learn about different types of bullying, how to recognize that their child might be a target or a bully, and what they can do about this challenging problem.
Audience: Parents of K-12 children.
Program length: 1 hour.
Please call 317.586.2141 for dates and fee information.

How to Talk with Your Kids. . .So They Will Want to Talk to You

Communication is such an important part of the parent-child relationship.  Improve communication. . .and relationships can improve!  Participants will examine three different parenting styles and their impact. Ten different communication "blockers" and their effects will be studied.  Participants will learn and practice the process of "active listening," as well as how to use descriptive encouragement, appreciation, constructive feedback, and other communication devices for improving their relationships with their children.
Audience: Parents of K-12 children.
Program length: 1-2 hours.
Please call 317.586.2141 for dates and fee information.

The "Other 3R's" - Raising Responsible, Resilient and Resourceful Children 
 
What kind of adults do I want my children to become?  What are their needs as they grow? How can I best meet those needs? As a parent, how can I help my children develop their potential, navigate the ups and downs of life, handle difficult situations, and become happy, productive, and independent adults?  Which approaches create obstacles? What strategies are most effective to raise responsible, resilient and resourceful children? Even the best parents are eager to acquire new tools for effective parenting. Committing time now can result in a lifetime of benefit!
Audience: Parents of K-12 children.
Program length: 1.5 hours.
Please call 317.586.2141 for dates and fee information.

“How Can We Help Prevent Suicide?”
A Program for the Community

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Indiana and the second leading cause of death in our young people, yet it is one of the most preventable. What are the warning signs, clues and communications of suicidal people? What are the risk factors? Protective factors? What can we do if we suspect someone is considering suicide, regardless of age?

This one-hour program for businesses, faith-based and philanthropic organizations, and parent groups offers suicide awareness, education, and insight about this very difficult topic. Knowledge is power!  Be a part of suicide prevention!

Audience: ALL members of our community, including parents of K-12 children.
Program length: 1 hour
Please call 317.586.2141 for dates and fee information.

QPR for Suicide Prevention

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is intended to teach those who are in a position to recognize the warning signs, clues and suicidal communications of people in trouble to ACT vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy. The training takes just one or two hours and is taught in a format that is clear and concise. Gatekeepers – those who may come on contact with others who may be considering suicide – are given information that is easy to understand and reinforced by a QPR booklet and card complete with warning signs, methods to encourage a person to get help and a list of resources available in their community. It is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, but it is intended to offer hope through positive action.
Audience: ALL members of our community, including parents of K-12 children.
Program length: 1.5-2 hours.
Please call 317.586.2141 for dates and fee information.

QPR is program approved by the Indiana Department of Education to fulfill the licensing requirement for suicide prevention training for teachers and counselors. Carlabeth is a Certified QPR instructor.

Contact Carlabeth at 317.
586.2141 or by email if you are interested in any of the consulting services she offers.



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