Continuing Education for Psychologists
Continuing Education for Social Work
Continuing Education for Counselors
Continuing Education for Nurses
High rates of adolescent depression and suicide present as a major international public health problem. Suicidal adolescents are often a daunting population for clinicians to work with given their high-risk. Of the few effective treatments for this population, many are often multi-modal involving individual and group therapy, medication, etc. An empirically supported family therapy for adolescents struggling with depression and suicide that requires only weekly sessions and which can be conducted on an outpatient, home-based, or inpatient basis is Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories suggesting adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated, or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal family relationships. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model aiming to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based, parent-child relationship. The therapy is trauma-focused while also being brief and structured. Treatment is characterized by five treatment tasks: a) reframing the therapy to focus on interpersonal development, b) building alliance with the adolescent, c) building alliance with the parents, d) facilitation conversations to resolve attachment ruptures and e) promoting autonomy in the adolescent.
In this workshop, Dr Levy will use lecture and case studies to provide an overview of the theoretical principles, research support, and clinical strategies forABFT. Dr. Levy will review how attachment theory,emotional regulation, and trauma resolution informthe delivery of this treatment approach. She will review the goals and structureof the five treatment tasks that provide a roadmapfor delivering this interpersonally focused psychotherapy effectively and rapidly in community mental health.
“Very well explained and organized. Easy to
follow and understand. I will use his plans to help me with creating effective
behavior plans.”-Deborah S., Professional Counselor, New York
adolescent behavioral issues can cause significant disruption to family
life. In addition to the effects on family, it may impact academic and
social life. Although many parents understand the concepts of reward and
punishment, they may not understand the most effective ways to implement behavior
management techniques.In addition, many parents may be overly reliant on
punitive consequences for negative behavior rather than focusing on ways
increase positive,pro-social behaviors. Dr. Hannan’s seminar
Understanding and Implementing Parent Training in Clinical Practice will teach
clinicians how to instruct parents in behavior management. Parent
training is essential to positive outcomes in treatment for both externalizing
and internalizing disorders. This webinar will include instruction on
performing a functional behavioral assessment, case conceptualization, and
devising an appropriate behavior plan. Beyond positive reinforcement and
punishment,this webinar will present a variety of behavioral techniques
including shaping,extinction, and differential reinforcement of alternative
behavior. Clinicians will learn how to tailor treatment according to
developmental level and co-occurring psychiatric conditions, as well as how to
address problems within typical development. Research into the factors
associated with successful implementation of behavioral principles will be
discussed as well.
“Enjoyed how this CEU went further than domestic violence education and actually educated us on how to apply that to mental health practice. Gave a nice range of materials to access and consider. She was also obviously knowledgeable about the topic and gave concise explanations on various items that was beneficial compared to just reading slides.”-Kelley K., Social Worker, Maryland
The field of domestic violence has been evolving over the past thirty plus years as the knowledge base has increased and new assessment and intervention techniques offer assistance to the families in which it occurs. This Webinar will begin by reviewing identification and assessment tools for victims, perpetrators, and children that can assist mental health professionals. We will then review the field of trauma and the psychological impact on victims. Finally, we will look at one specific treatment program that can be used with victims of domestic violence and other gender-based trauma.
“Brava, Dr. Ruth Ellington. The best Webinar I've experienced yet. Well done. I learned strategies to teach ASD clients and parents about handling bullying.”-William C., Psychologist, CaliforniaDeficits in social skills are considered one of the defining challenges among young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), yet few evidence-based social skills programs exist for higher functioning youth with ASD. This seminar will provide an overview of the social skills needed for making and keeping friends and handling peer conflict and rejection. You will be given tips on how to provide social coaching using concrete rules and steps of social behavior derived from the widely popular PEERS® program, the only known evidence-based social skills program for teens and young adults with ASD. Within the framework of solid research evidence about what works and what doesn’t work socially, attendees will be given easy-to-use strategies to assist young people with making and keeping friends. The seminar will include topics such as appropriate use of conversation skills; strategies for entering conversations; and advice for managing arguments and handling teasing, physical bullying, cyber bullying, rumors, and gossip.
“I enjoyed learning from this presenter. This helped me reevaluate what I have been doing in groups and helped me improve to create a better learning environment.”-Kaleena K., Counselor, Wisconsin
Groups are a central part of virtually all treatment programs, whether in residential, intensive outpatient, hospital or forensic settings, and yet there is a dearth of
useful and practical information on how to create and facilitate groups. This seminar is intended to provide pragmatic solutions to thorny group problems as well as coach
the participant in ways to create exciting and compelling
groups. Participants will learn new and effective ways of
working with difficult group clients such as the Monopolizer, the Coach, and the Sleeper, specific techniques on
providing structure, the importance of establishing and
maintaining rules, and the elements needed to create a
compelling group on any assigned subject or topic.
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