Office of Professional Development

Welcome to the Office of Professional Development.


FALL 2017 and Spring 2018:


Understanding and Treating Sexual Addiction

Presenter: Yehudah Alcabes, LCSW, CASAC-G, CSAT

Date: Friday Nov. 3, 2017

Time: 9:00 – 4:00

Location: Boca campus

CEUs: 6

Today’s therapists are finding that patients with behaviors indicative of sexual addiction are developing higher levels of dysfunction at faster rates than ever before because of the availability of technological advances that make sexually explicit materials highly accessible. With the rapid increase in the prevalence of sexual addiction, understanding its causes and developmental trajectory, and learning effective ways to treat it, has become essential even for the generalist clinician. This workshop is designed to help social workers and mental health professionals prepare for the upward trends of sexual compulsivity and the integration into general mental health practice. It will focus on: the etiology of sexual addiction, and its assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Participants will have the opportunity for practical application of skills through role-plays and other experiential exercises that will give them tools for assisting individuals in recovery from sexual addiction.

Yehudah graduated from Long Island University with a master’s degree in clinical social work with a focus on treatment of addictive disorders. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist. In addition, he is credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor and has been acknowledged by New York State Council on Problem Gambling as a specialist in the treatment of pathological gambling. Yehudah brings a unique blend of highly-respected professional training with a passionate belief in the recovery process, utilizing cognitive behavioral and client-centered therapy modalities. He has served as a Primary Therapist at The SAFE Foundation in Brooklyn NY where he facilitated group and individual sessions in treatment of substance dependency and gambling addiction with a focus on relapse prevention, emotional sobriety, and preparing for long term recovery. He currently treats individuals with sexual addiction in his private practice in Boca Raton.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification

Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Dates: Oct. 10, Nov. 4, Dec., 2, 2017 and Jan 6, Feb 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, and June 6 (make up class), 2018

Time: 9:00 – 3:00

Location: Boca campus

CEUs: 40 for entire series (5 CEU’s each class)

This program is an 8-part series of workshops that provide the participant with advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Participants will be required to take 8 of the 9 courses to receive the post graduate certificate in CBT. The 9th course can be used for a make up class or taken as the 8th course in the series.

The program begins with an introduction and grounding in the cognitive behavioral therapy model and accompanying theory. Emphasis is placed on learning to use the cognitive therapy model to specifically treat various issues and clinical disorders as well as work with specific populations. Participants are taught how to apply cognitive therapy techniques in both psychotherapy practice, as well as in other social work settings such as child welfare, schools, foster care, case management, aging, and hospital social work.

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Clinical Instructor at the School of Social Work at FAU. He is also the owner of the Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy. Dr. Landsman-Wohlsifer completed his post graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Cognitive Therapy. After completing his post graduate year he was hired by the Center for Cognitive Therapy and spent several years there on staff as a clinical faculty member and educator. He is a diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has extensive experience as a CBT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.


Interpersonal Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence in Relationship

Presenter: Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC

Date: March 9 and 10, 2018

Times, 9:00 – 5:00 both days

Location: Boca campus

CEUs: 12

Much of the time as humans we live, not so much in life as in our mental patterns, our conditioned views about life. When an internal or external experience arises, we meet it with a mind state, a thought, an emotion or a whole story that colors the actual experience and leads to distorted views of reality and, ultimately to increased suffering. The practice of mindfulness reveals this process directly and opens the door to cultivating embodied awareness, nonjudgmental attention, and emotional regulation. We can learn to work with emotions as discreet phenomena that come, go, and change, and develop wholesome practices that create a foundation of clarity and resiliency in our lives and the lives of our clients. This workshop will offer an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness through learning the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue.  Practicing in this way, participants learn to integrate the relational aspects of mindfulness and wisdom into their personal experience and their professional work. This can lead to greater clarity about the nature of suffering and its release, to increased regulation of mental and emotional states, and to more accurate insight and empathy.  The wholesome impact on therapeutic relationships is immediate and lasting.

Dr. Hicks is a licensed psychotherapist and meditation teacher. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at Duke Integrative Medicine and directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit center for counseling and clinical education. She teaches the interpersonal mindfulness practice of Insight Dialogue in workshops in various locations in both the United States and Europe. Phyllis lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


LCSW Exam Prep Course

Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Date: TBD (estimated Apr 21 and May 19, 2018)

Time: 9:00 – 4:00

Location: Boca campus

The best time to take your LCSW exam is right at the end of your MSW when the academic material is still fresh!

Learn how to answer the questions by understanding what is expected by test makers. This 6-hour course includes a comprehensive workbook and study aids (including study materials for DSM V). The course will cover:

  • The Exam structure
  • Study and test-taking tips
  • Extensive review of test questions & answers, provided by a special program from ASWB only available for use at Schools of Social Work
  • Review of course content areas
  • Strategies for home study

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Clinical Instructor at the School of Social Work at FAU. He is also the owner of the Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy. He has been a clinical social worker and social work educator for 23 years and has extensive experience teaching licensee applicants how to PASS the LCSW exam.


If you have any questions about Professional Development please contact Dr. David Landsman-Wohlsifer at or 561-297-3234.