Continuing Education for Psychologists
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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.
“Dr. Hannan was
extremely informative, knowledgeable, and easy to listen to. His clinical
examples enhanced the learning experience. Great presentation. I learned
techniques on how to effectively engage in a therapeutic relationship with a
BPD patient.-Shayna S., Professional Counselor, Illinois
This seminar will talk about the All-or-None
Phenomenon in Borderline Personality (BPD), looking at it from both a
psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral perspective. The talk will define
the All-or-None Phenomenon, as well as providing clinical examples. It
will also look at the reactions this elicits in treating professionals. You
will leave this webinar will techniques that are useful in helping patients who
suffer from BPD.
“This was my favorite webinar. I learned the most about myself as a therapist and a great deal about the borderline elicitation of counter transference. This webinar was a revival of things I learned in graduate school and that I needed a refresher course in.”-Jane K., Social Worker, New York
Recent research suggests that the therapeutic alliance and the ability to heal ruptures in the therapeutic relationship are key elements of successful treatment for individuals with personality disorders. Yet, these patients tend to stimulate strong countertransference reactions that can derail the treatment. This seminar elucidates common countertransference reactions to each of the personality disorders. There is also discussion about how to manage these reactions and to use them to better understand the patient and thus, provide better care.
“The material was
clearly presented and case vignettes were plentiful and helpful. I learned
about the expanded information on the role the unconscious plays in
symptomatology.”-Stephen K., Professional Counselor, Massachusetts
Psychodynamic therapy (PDT) is a widely practiced
form of psychotherapy for a variety of different problems and disorders.
Nevertheless, the concepts and techniques used in PDT are often taught in a way
that obscures rather than clarifies their nature. In addition, a gap
remains between the theoretical, clinical, and empirical literature of
PDT. This seminar presents a series of evidence-based psychodynamic
techniques and processes, grounded in coherent theoretical formulations,
systematic research, and applied clinical examples. You will also learn
about meta-analytic research on the overall efficacy and effectiveness of PDT.
“The presentation was great. The speaker gave great insights. I would have not changed anything about it. I learned different ways to view personality disorders to help better treat them. This will help me better serve individuals who make up this population.”-Nicolas F. Social Worker, Maryland
Personality disorders are a common co-occurring condition in about half of the patients seeking outpatient mental health treatment. While most clinicians regularly see patients with a personality dysfunction, it is not always identified and may complicate treatment. Left untreated, personality disorders place a great burden on health care systems, families and communities. When you are equipped with a basic knowledge of personality disorders and their treatment, you can incorporate strategies to increase effectiveness in reducing therapeutic ruptures and achieve better outcomes. Personality dysfunction complicates and reduces efficacy of first line treatment approaches to clinical syndromes such as anxiety, depression, and addiction, as well as increasing the challenge of working with couples and families. When patients with personality dysfunction are unidentified and untreated, therapist frustration may ensue and lead to unintended therapeutic ruptures and treatment dropouts. Early identification and appropriate treatment reduce susceptibility to addictions and other comorbid disorders. Clinicians who understand and identify personality disorders and possess a cohesive conceptual framework can effectively treat personality dysfunction, optimize treatment and Improve outcomes. This seminar provides you with the foundation necessary for identification, conceptualization, effective management, and treatment of personality dysfunction.
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