Borderline Personality Disorder- Online
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that centers on the inability to manage emotions effectively. The disorder occurs in the context of relationships: sometimes all relationships are affected, sometimes only one. It usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood. While some persons with BPD are high functioning in certain settings, their private lives may be in turmoil. Most people who have BPD suffer from problems regulating their emotions and thoughts, impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior, and unstable relationships. The diagnosis of BPD is frequently missed and a misdiagnosis of BPD has been shown to delay and/or prevent recovery.
Officially recognized in 1980 by the psychiatric community, BPD is more than two decades behind in research, treatment options, and family psycho-education compared to other major psychiatric disorders. BPD has historically met with widespread misunderstanding and blatant stigma. However, evidenced-based treatments have emerged over the past two decades bringing hope to those diagnosed with the disorder and their loved ones.
As treatment providers, we have a responsibility to learn, understand and begin to dispel the stigmas surrounding BPD and to not only seek education ourselves but elicit education for clients and other mental health providers, as well. This workshop will provide education, the origins of BPD, possible causes, the brain differences in someone with BPD and the latest research on treatment for individuals who suffer from this illness. Upon completion of the workshop/training you will have more confidence in diagnosing, understanding and having compassion and empathy for those suffering from this debilitating mental illness.
Mindfulness seminar- Online
Emerging from meditative and contemplative traditions, mindfulness is increasingly used in Western psychology and medicine to alleviate an array of conditions. Mindfulness practices can help across a wide spectrum of issues from relationships issues, health issues, workplace effectiveness and reducing anxiety and depression.
With the increased pace and often conflicting demands of practicing in the field of Mental Health we are subject to the effects of internal and external stress. Mounting evidence shows that mindfulness practice can reduce job burnout, anxiety, depression and stress, improve focus and empathy, and increase well-being for practitioner and patient alike. It can also provide an excellent conduit for self-care which has become a necessity and requirement for practicing in the field of Mental health, Social Work and Psychology.
This workshop will provide a conceptual framework for mindfulness, a variety of tools and techniques for mindfulness practice, along with ample time for guided mindfulness practices, dialogue and Q&A. Therapists, Psychologists and Case Managers alike are welcome, including those new to the field or veterans.
Impact of Social Media On Youth- Online
Research reflects adolescents spend several hours daily on social media. To manage social media use, it is necessary to understand social media itself, cyberbullying and other online threats, and impact on youth mental health. This workshop examines prevalence, history of social media, in-depth exploration of the impact of social media on youth, empowerment and strengths-based strategies for proactive address, tips to manage social media use, adolescent developmental stages and tasks, and theoretical treatment approaches for clinical treatment of associated anxiety, depression and other disorders.
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Suicide Assessment for Clinicians Working with Individuals & Families - WebinarRegistration Closed
As a field, Suicidology offers a variety of trainings in assessing and treating individual risk for suicide. However, these trainings fail to integrate a family component. During assessment, family members can provide collateral information that allows a clinician to develop a richer picture of suicide risk. It is also important to assess how much family members contribute to suicide risk or present barriers both to receiving treatment and to treatment being effective. Family Navigation for Suicide Risk will cover a variety of topics needed for professionals to become Certified Family Navigators for Suicide Risk. Over 3 days, attendees will (a) learn how to conduct a suicide risk assessment and determine the appropriate level of response, (b) specific family factors affecting both youth and adult suicide risk, (c) how to consider a family component even when working with only the suicidal individual, (d) how to help families understand how they can best support their suicidal loved one. Each day 5-6 modules that end by a content-specific experiential exercise. These include multiple opportunities to review case studies, complete scripted role-plays, and review critical thinking worksheets.
Risks and Benefits of Technology for Social Work Practice- Online
This workshop will address the wide range of risk factors related to technology for populations served by social work. There will be a discussion mental health risks associated with social media use, technology addiction and habits, predatory practices, and more. There is significant evidence on the negative effect of these forms of technology on depression, anxiety, abuse and other trauma experiences, social isolation, and relationship conflict. The workshop will review these risks and impacts, as well as assessment strategies to screen clients for these risk factors and promote safe and healthy technology practices. In the second half of this workshop on the benefits of technology for social work populations, there will be a review of a range of technology based interventions. This will include web- and app-based interventions such as the computerized cognitive behavioral therapy program for depression that the presenter has conducted research on for the past few years. Other technology based interventions that will be discussed include telehealth and social media based interventions. Telehealth takes a variety of forms and can be used to addressed mental health, relationship, and other issues. This may include disease management/education, phone or video based therapy, or support sessions related to live or web-based therapy. There are best practice, ethical, and legal guidelines that will be discussed. There are also a wide range of social media based interventions that can offer support and education with proper guidelines which may be provided by social work professionals. The workshop will discuss research on these risks and benefits, best practice guidelines, ethical considerations and future directions for social work and technology.
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
9:00 AM to 12/11/2020 3:30 PM