I founded this company after attending one too many unstimulating and, well, tedious training workshops. One of my many passions is bringing together a group of professionals and providing education while allowing them to share and explore their own knowledge. The backbone philosophy of my company’s 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!

I am trained in learning methodologies and instructing techniques as well as course 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!


Lorna Vanden Heuvel, Owner

Lorna Vanden Heuvel, LCSWA, LCAS, CSI, CCTP-I, SEP-I

Owner & Training Development Officer

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. Shannon also provides Clinical Supervision for aspiring Alcohol & Addiction Counselors and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists through our Clinical Supervision Services (https://cetrainingworkshops.com/clinical-supervision-services).

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 McCabe, MA, LCAS, CCS, CCJP, CPS

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 at 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, MSW, 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

Training Instructor

Leo DeBroeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington State. He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center. He has completed his Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in several different levels of care for mental health treatment including long-term inpatient care, WISe wraparound intensive services, school-based therapy services, and outpatient clinical settings.

He has published peer-reviewed scientific research on young adults related to suicidality. He has written several children’s therapy books, which are self-published and available on Amazon.com, for use in therapy settings addressing grief, self-confidence, addiction, neglect, abuse, and others. He is the president and founder of Counselor’s Choice Award, LLC which reviews and promotes scientifically validated counseling products, therapeutic tools, and books.

Leo Bio

Leo DeBroeck,LMHC, Child Mental Health Specialist, CBT Plus Certified

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional

Training Instructor

Dreya Blume is a licensed clinical social worker, with her MSW from Radford University and an MA in anthropology from the University of Hawaii. Dreya has twenty years of experience working in mental health, from case management to intensive in-home services to leading groups for addicts in recovery. Dreya began a part-time counseling practice in 2004, and as a psychotherapist, her focus has been on serving the LGBTQ+ community. Dreya also has been a teacher for thirty years. Prior to her career in social work, she taught English in places such as Japan, Thailand, Australia, and Hawaii. Since 2010, Dreya has been an adjunct professor for Virginia Western Community College, preparing future social workers for the field.

In her spare time, Dreya loves to write. She is the author of a number of books (published under her former name, Andy Matzner), including “Everyone Has a Story: Using the Hero’s Journey and Narrative Therapy to Reframe the Struggle of Mental Illness,” “The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards,” and “The Buddha Diet: A Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship with Food and Eating.”

Dreya Blume, MA, LCSW

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional

Training Instructor

Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors in Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ashley’s nine years of experience include working at inpatient, residential, and outpatient levels of care, specializing in addiction and mental health.

Ashley’s training includes Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Internal Family Systems. In her current private practice, Ashley works with adolescents and adults with a focus on developmental trauma, attachment wounds, and anxiety. Ashley is passionate about trauma-informed care and a whole-person approach to healing. She brings to CE Training Workshops a diverse range of modalities and experiences and an excitement for learning and teaching.

Ashley Esry, MSW, LCWSA, LCASA

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional