Curriculum Vitae & Continuing Education

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

  • 1991 - M.A. Counseling, Sioux Falls Seminary
  • 1991 -  Master of  Divinity at Sioux Falls Seminary
  • 1985 -  B.A. Religious Studies, University of Sioux Falls

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

PRCT/Paul Ritter Counseling & Training, LLC (Sioux Falls, SD) 2009- Present
  • Providing counseling services for outpatient & EAP clients
  • Consulting with regional companies to assist with personnel matters
  • Conducting over 400+ cooperate training for teams, managers and organizations
  • Consulting with family businesses to work on interpersonal challenges regarding succession planning
ELEV8 Coaching (Sioux Falls, SD) 2014 - 2019
  • Providing professional coaching services
  • Providing leadership development services
Director of Heuermann Counseling Clinic at Family Service Inc. (Sioux Falls, SD) 2012 - 2019
  • Providing administrative leadership over free counseling clinic
  • Work with the Sioux Empire United Way providing free counseling for those without means
  • Work with University of South Dakota, MSW program as a training facility for students

Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient/EAP as a Counselor/Trainer (Sioux Falls, SD) 2006-2009

  • Providing counseling services for outpatient & EAP client
  • Consulting with regional companies to assist with personnel matters
  • Conducted training for Avera departments and EAP companies

Lutheran Social Services as the Director of Summit Oaks Center (Sioux Falls, SD) 2 002-2006

  • Managed 50 staff at a 24 hour residential treatment and day program for adolescents aged 10-18
  • Maintained financial obligations required of non-profit organization

Volunteers of America as a Therapist (Sioux Falls, SD) 2 000 - 2002

  • Managed a residential caseload by providing individual, group and family therapy

Children's Home Society as a Therapist (Sioux Falls, SD) 1988 - 2000

  • Managed a residential caseload of children ages 4-10 conducting individual and group therapy
  • Managed a day treatment caseload of children ages 8-13
  • Wrote and received a grant to fund day treatment program

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1996 - Licensed Professional Counselor #839
  • 2018 - Licensed Professional  Counselor - Mental Health #30506

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Level I Gottman Certified Therapist
  • Level II Gottman Certified Therapist

CONTINUUING ED UCATION

ADHD: (2 hrs)

  • 1 hr: Treating ADHD
  • 1 hr: Treating Adult ADD

Anxiety: (25 hrs)

  • 18 hrs: Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment: Applied Neuroscience Treating Anxiety, Panic Worry
  • 6 hrs: Treatment Resistant Anxiety, Worry & Panic: 60 Effective Strategies
  • 1 hr: The Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

Brain: (10 hrs)

  • 6 hrs: Brain-Based Therapy & Practical Neuroscience: Attachment & Emotion Regulation
  • 6 hrs: Calming An Overactive Brain
  • 1 hr: Understanding Brain Chemistry
  • 1 hr: Concussion Syndrome
  • 1 hr: Dementia: Medical Perspective
  • 1 hr: Treating Dementia

Career Development: (125 hrs)

  • 100 hrs: Capella University: Life Planning and Career Development
  • 25 hrs: Capella University: Assessment Techniques in Career Planning

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training: (18 hrs)

  • 6 hrs: CBT & Mindfulness
  • 6 hrs: Happiness: How Positive Psychology Changes Our Lives
  • 3 hrs: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness
  • 3 hrs: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness II

Conduct Disorder: (7 hrs)

  • 6 hrs: Overindulged Children and Conduct Disorder: Treating Overindulgent Families
  • 1 hr: Treating Conduct Disorder

Cultural Awareness: (3 hrs)

  • 3 hrs: Integrate DSM-5 Guidelines for Cultural Competencies in Your Practice

Diagnosis/Assessment:  (152 hrs)

  • 100 hrs: Capella University: Assessment Test and Measures
  • 100 hrs: Capella University: Principles of Psychopathology Diagnosis and Treatment
  • 25 hrs: Capella University: Assessment and Appraisal
  • 25 hrs: Capella University: Diagnosis and Psychopathology
  • 1 hr: DSM-V Suicidal & Bereavement Disorders
  • 1 hr: Evaluating the Criminally Insane

Ethics: (40 hrs)

  • 9 hrs: Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur
  • 6 hrs: Applied Ethics for Behavioral Health Practitioners
  • 6 hrs: The Nuts and Bolts of Legal and Ethical Practice
  • 6 hrs: Keeping Ethics in Clinical Practice: Everyday Issues and Dilemmas
  • 4 hrs: Inside Look at Complaint Process & Unique Ethical Considerations in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 4 hrs: Ethical Issues in Technology
  • 1 hr: Ethical Issues in Small Communities
  • 1 hr: Ethic in Transference & Countertransference
  • 1 hr: Ethics and Social Media
  • 1 hr: Ethics & the Insanity Plea in Legal System
  • 1 hr: Treating Dementia

Gottman Institute/Certifications: (25 hrs)

  • 11 hrs: Gottman Level I Certification: Bridging the Couples Chasm
  • 10 hrs. Gottman Level II Certification: Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities
  • 4 hrs: Gottman Refresher

Grief and Loss: (1 hr)

  • 1 hr: Complicated Grief

Legal: (2 hrs)

  • 1 hr: Testifying In Court
  • 1 hr: Legal Cross Examination

Psychopharmacology: (142 hrs)

  • 125 hrs: Capella University: Psychopharmacology
  • 15 hrs: Psychopharmacology
  • 1 hr: Psychotropic Medications: Side Effects & Interactions
  • 1 hr: Psychosomatic Aspects of Medicine

Trauma:  (7 hrs)

  • 6 hrs: Trauma, PTSD & Traumatic Grief: Effective Assessments and Immediate Interventions
  • 1 hr: Psychiatric Issues Related to Trauma

Spirituality/Mindfullness: (13 hrs)

  • 6 hrs: Wisdom of the Dream: A Jungian Approach to Dream Interpretation
  • 3 hrs: Spirituality and End-of-Life Care
  • 2 hrs: Faith, Grace and Transformation
  • 1 hr:  Laughter and Joy in Therapy
  • 1 hr: Understanding the Jungian Shadow

General Training; (206 hrs)

  • 100 hrs: Capella University: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • 25 hrs: Capella University: Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
  • 20 hrs: Meditation Skills Training
  • 13 hrs: Basic Critical Incident Stress Management Training
  • 10 hrs: Wellcoach Training Workshop
  • 8 hrs: Disaster Response: Social and Psychiatric Dimensions
  • 6 hrs: Introduction to Refugee Mental Health
  • 6 hrs: The Secrets to Using Art as a Healing Process in Therapy
  • 5 hrs: Mobbing and Risk Management – The Double Whammy
  • 2 hrs: Healing Therapy
  • 1 hr: Engaging Resistance
  • 1 hr: Motivational Interviewing
  • 1 hr: Treating Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia
  • 1 hr: Treating Autism
  • 1 hr: Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • 1 hr: Continuity of Sexuality
  • 1 hr: The Basics of Neurolinguistic Programming
  • 1 hr: Treatment of Midlife Crisis
  • 1 hr: Treatment of the Conversion Disorder
  • 1 hr: Schizoaffective Spectrum
  • 1 hr: Narcissism and Sexual Addictions