Owner

I founded this company after attending one too many unstimulating and, well, tedious training workshops. One of my many passions is getting together a group of professionals and leading a discussion on the topic of the day. The backbone philosophy of my company approach to providing education is that there is just as much learning to be gained from each other as there is from the expert facilitator. As such, CE Training Workshops are highly participatory and interactive – both in-person and in our live webinars!

I am trained in learning methodologies and instructing techniques as well as course material development to meet any of your professional training needs. I have 20+ years of combined training & development and social services experience in the corporate sector, substance use recovery programs, and mental health and have had the pleasure of working with large brand organizations as well as the homeless population.

I am grateful that you have chosen CE Training Workshops for your professional development needs as I realize that there are many options from which to choose. Be prepared to learn, engage, and have your mind stimulated!

Sincerely,

Lorna Simmons, Owner

Lorna-Simmons-Lead-Facilitator

Lorna Simmons

Owner CE Training Workshops,
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (I),
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional,
MSW Candidate Specializing in Clinical Trauma

Lead Instructor

Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang-involved youth.

After transitioning from education to full-time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believes strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.

Shannon Facilitator

Shannon McCabe, MA, LCAS, CCS, CCJP, CSAPC, CSARFD

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional

Training Instructor

Stacy Blankenship is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapist completing her training by The Linehan Institute in 2015. Her passion to empower others is enhanced by more than ten years of experience working with individuals and groups in a variety of therapeutic settings. Stacy is adept at matching various forms of clinical interventions to best meet the needs of each individual.

In her current professional capacity Stacy designs and teaches group therapy sessions for people attending the IOP and PHP programs, administers clinical assessments, conducts individual and family therapy sessions and supervises interns. She has a wide range of knowledge and interests to supplement her clinical approach. Stacy is proficient in teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Illness Management Recovery, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, Positive Psychology and Emotional Agility techniques. Stacy has thorough knowledge of crisis management skills and has a certification in Critical Incident Stress Management.

Stacy Blankenship, LCSW

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional

Training Instructor

Portia Purcell is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Board-Certified Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She earned her Masters degree in Community Counseling with a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2011 from UNC Charlotte ‘s CACREP program.

As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, Portia has provided counseling to clients ranging from adolescents to elder adults with a wide variety of clinical symptoms and concerns. Her primary focus for the last few years has been treating patients with high suicidality, self-harm behaviors, family functioning issues, as well as depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders. Utilizing her eclectic clinical approach, she has effectively treated high risk, and often deemed “ difficult to treat ” clientele using CBT, DBT, and other interventions within the individual, group, family, and crisis response settings.

It is Portia’s hope to continuously learn and grow as a clinician and to help others create and live a life worth living.

Portia L. Purcell, MA, NCC, LCMHC, LCAS

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional