What follows is a list of various workshops and presentations I’ve provided in recent years, and some that will be on tap in the coming months.
Bipolar Disorder: From Diagnosis Through Treatment and Into Recovery
I come from a family that is no stranger to bipolar disorder. So, when a publisher asked my literary agent for a book on the subject, I was front and center with my hand in the air.
This day-long workshop covers both mainstream paradigms as well as strategies that focus less on medications and following doctor’s orders and more on doing what’s effective to have a full and rich life. Yes, we’ll cover the medications and high-risk scenarios, such as pregnant women with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders, but we’ll also look at the successful management of bipolar and proven strategies.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias (Neurocognitive Disorders):
This is a day-long overview that covers all aspects from diagnosis to treatment. We’ll focus on helping families, people with these disorders, and caregivers plan and make it through. Like all of my workshops, this is highly interactive and will include case studies and a reality-based look at what resources do and don’t exist and how to access them.
An Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a powerful evidenced-based therapy for women and men who struggle with emotional and behavioral control. While originally intended for people who carry diagnoses of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT’s core components, which include Mindfulness, all of behaviorism and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, skills training in interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance/crisis management and emotion regulation–provide useful trans-diagnostic strategies for most clients. It’s a big tool box.
This interactive training presents an overview of the therapy and how it works. Throughout the day attendees will be involved in skills-training exercises that teach Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. They will learn how to construct behavioral chain analyses that analyze a problem and offer a framework to solve it.
Mindful Writing: The Synthesis of Mindfulness, Cognitive Process, and Creativity.
This is an immersive two-day writing seminar with myself and editor Liz Fitzgerald. We keep this smallish to provide ample individual attention. For those who attended prior writing workshops with us, to push things further, Liz and I recommend you come prepared to work on your current project, or to get started on something you are burning to write. This can apply to those coming for the first time, as well. Be aware that this is a true workshop—work will be done.
Serious Mental Illness and Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders
This training focuses on people with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders who are most likely to seek, and receive, services in public sector and clinic-based settings. These individuals, who carry diagnoses of: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, complex trauma, and disabling anxiety and personality disorders present with a broad array of needs that involve thorough, and ongoing assessment combined with approaches that respect and empower the individual. It’s not a matter of “Gee, if they’d only stay on their medication.”
This workshop uses a flexible and integrated approach that helps clinicians prioritize the client’s goals and needs and how to turn these into action steps. This training strikes a balance between the regulatory realities clinicians face: Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, DPH, and such with how to effectively partner with clients in their recovery. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to work with dense case studies to problem solve through everything from diagnostic dilemmas to tangled psychosocial realities and access-to-care hurdles.
The Unique Nature of Opioid Use Disorders
As the opioid overdose epidemic worsens, fueled in part by an illicit drug market flooded with potent fentanyls, it’s incumbent on clinicians to improve their assessment and treatment skills. This day-long workshop, based on years of working with complex individuals with opioid use disorders and a broad-range of co-occurring mental health and medical conditions, is a rubber-meets-the-road exploration of how to keep effective treatment on course. The day consists of didactic learning combined with hands on small-group work with dense case studies. The following link takes you to a list of upcoming dates and locations..https://www.pesi.com/events/detail/62572/the-unique-nature-of-opioid-use-disorders-neuroscience
To arrange a workshop or other event, feel free to contact me at: email@example.com. I’m currently booking into the middle of 2019 so the more lead time, the better.