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Families F.I.R.S.T. (Families Investing Recovery & in Supporting Treatment) Program

It can be stressful when a loved one is suffering from mental illness.

Families F.I.R.S.T. is a program designed to support families who have been dealing with a loved one who suffers from mental illness. Our program will focus on education, recognizing red flags, resources in the community, answering questions you may have about your loved ones symptoms and overall support for one another. We meet to discuss various symptoms of mental illness in a supportive environment. If you have a loved one that is currently at Fairmount Behavioral Health please feel free to attend. Our goal is to support the families in our community so they do not feel alone. The Families F.I.R.S.T. Program is held by appointment only. To make an appointment or for questions regarding the program, please call Rebecca Smith, LPC 215-487-4189.

 


Working with Aggressive and Traumatized Youth

Frank Picone, LCSW

Date: February 28, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Philadelphia PA 19128
CEU’S: 5
Cost: $139 per person

Training Objectives:

  1. Identify and understand how cultural influences affect the way a youth views the world
  2. Understand the effects of trauma on our youth and on ourselves youth
  3. Understand what emotional regulation is and how to model and teach it
  4. Identify and understand the components of the Trauma Attuned environment
  5. Identify the 3 phases of the crisis cycle and the relevant responses to each phase
  6. Identify the 10 effective strategies of de-escalating youth and gaining their cooperation
  7. In small group activities, practice creating safe and respectful environments by applying strategies relevant to early warning signs of an impending crisis, de-escalating youth, and gaining their cooperation

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:30 a.m. Introductions, Housekeeping, Objectives
9:45 a.m. Cultural factors and the nature of the work we do
Environmental influences on development
The Journey to War – impact of trauma on development
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. What is Trauma?
What is Trauma Attuned Approach?
What is Emotional Regulation?
The Crisis Cycle
Baseline Safe Environments
Risk Factors – How the youth we work with are like survivors of war
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Optimum Arousal Zones
Soothing Plans
The Crisis Cycle
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. De-Escalation and Post-Crisis Intervention
4:00 p.m. Evaluations

CEU Hours:

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

Presenter:

Frank Picone, LCSW, a certified School Social Worker, is the founder and director of Positive Culture Change, a provider of clinical, communication, leadership and management training to professionals working with youth across the country. He is also an Instructor for the School of Social Work, at Rutgers College and wrote and published a training manual, Managing Crisis in Schools and Residential Settings. Frank has worked in a variety of settings and roles including in community mental health centers as a crisis screener and primary therapist, in a family service office as a family therapist, and in residential treatment settings serving severely emotionally disturbed youth as a clinical and administrative director. Frank served as manager of New Jersey’s Residential Treatment Centers for the NJ Children’s System of Care and was the Director of Residential Services for the Carrier Clinic in Belle Meade NJ. For more information on Frank’s background and trainings visit his website at www.positiveculturechange.com.

Discounts:

Discounts of 20 % per person can be offered for agencies that register 5 or more staff

Registration:

3 ways to register:

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Storiez: Trauma Narratives with Inner City Youth

Meagan Corrado, DSW, LCSW

Date: March 13, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Philadelphia PA 19128
CEU’S: 5
Cost: $139 per person, lunch included

Description:

Every person has a story. Embodied in every story are narratives of pain and suffering as well as narratives of strength and resilience. The Storiez intervention guides therapists through the process of helping inner city youth tell their stories. Participants in this seminar will learn each of the nine steps in the Storiez intervention. They will also learn ways to provide culturally sensitive, client-centered, strengths-based trauma treatment to this specific population. Written and audio examples of real trauma narratives will be presented and analyzed, and an interactive activity will be introduced.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Participants will increase knowledge about the prevalence and impact of trauma on inner city youth.
  2. Participants will learn nine steps to implement when helping a child or adolescent create a trauma narrative.
  3. Participants will learn how to implement the culturally sensitive, client centered, strengths-based Storiez intervention with inner city youth.

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. Understanding Trauma (Defining trauma, trauma exposure and inner city youth, and the consequences of trauma exposure)
10:30 a.m. Trauma Treatment for Youth (Best practices, treatment modalities, common factors, and trauma narratives)
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 am. – 12:00 a.m. The Storiez Intervention (Introduction to the process, resources, and target population)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch- Full buffet lunch provided
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Storiez Intervention (Steps 1-4)
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Storiez Intervention (Steps 5-9 and trauma narrative examples)
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Questions and Evaluation

CEU Hours:

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

Presenter:

Meagan Corrado, creator of the Storiez narrative intervention, is a Doctor of Social Work and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She provides clinical therapy to inner city youth in the Philadelphia and Camden, NJ areas. She earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She earned her Masters of Social Services from Bryn Mawr College in 2009 and her Bachelors of Social Work from Cairn University in 2008. She specializes in work with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. She completed trainings in Childhood Sexual Abuse Treatment, Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Her experience includes clinical work in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, residential treatment facilities, schools, and homes. She takes a creative approach to her interventions with children, adolescents, and families, incorporating elements of art, music, poetry, and play therapy in her clinical practice. Dr. Corrado’s interest in helping others process difficult life experiences began at a very early age when she helped family members and friends process feelings about significant life issues. Storiez stems from Dr. Corrado’s own personal experiences with trauma, as well as her clinical work with children, adolescents, and families.

Registration:

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Raising Awareness in a Multi-Cultural Workplace

Keva White, LCADC, LSW, VIP Community Services, Inc.

Date: June 19, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Philadelphia PA 19128
CEU’S: 5
Cost: $139 per person, lunch included

Description:

Raising Awareness in a Multi-cultural Workplace is a workshop designed to increase both self-awareness and cross-cultural awareness of employees working within diverse organizations. Key elements to enhancing relationships in a multi-cultural work environment are presented in a comprehensive manner by a certified Cultural Competence Trainer. Workshop components will highlight how personal bias and/or stereotypes can impact working relationships, impede workplace harmony and diminish overall productivity. Through lecture, experiential learning, creative training techniques, group discussion and film review, workshop participants will embark upon a “personal journey of discovery” to enhance working relationships with co-workers and diverse populations served.

In today’s multi-cultural society, organizations recognize the importance of maximizing the diverse talents of their workforce.

Workshop Objectives:

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to –

  • Define and be able to distinguish between the meaning of Diversity, Cultural Competence, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Identify 2-3 strategies to achieving workplace harmony across cultures.
  • Review and understand six stages of cultural sensitivity.
  • Be aware of how perceptions and stereotypes impede organizational success.
  • Re-state how everyday micro-aggressions can impact workplace environment.
  • Increase knowledge and skills necessary for enhancing cross-cultural relationships by engaging in exercises, learning activities, role playing experiences and related activities

Agenda:

Segment #1: Establishing a Rationale for Engaging in Cultural Competence work: to ensure that staff are continuously engaged in cultural exchange process to raise awareness, knowledge and skills in cultural and linguistic competence. Impact of health care reform and provider readiness to serve diverse populations; reality of demographic shifts; improvement of health outcomes; guided by principle embedded in social work code of ethics.

Segment #2: A philosophical viewpoint of cultural competence: – no experts in the field of cultural competence, organizations who are culturally competence look beyond diversity; personal journey requires a balance between humility and open mindedness; creativity is in proportion to an organizations level of cultural competence; increase levels of cultural competence decreases organizational crises and conflict. Promotion of workplace harmony is essential to successful organizations.

Segment #3: Six stages of cultural sensitivity: overview of six stages of (‘becoming’) culturally competent as developed by psychologist Milton Bennett. The concepts of Ethno-centric and Ethno-relativity will be explored in the context of how employees build relationships with one another. The six stages: denial, defense, minimization, acceptance, adaptation, and integration will be defined and illustrated. Participants will be able to identify elements of each stage and engage in self-discovery exercise.

Segment #4: Impact of perception and stereotypes in the workplace: – in this segment participants will engage in an experiential exercise to develop skills for retaining tendencies to assign perceptions, stereotypes and labels based upon cultural differences. Emphasis will be place on the importance of getting “off automatic” when it comes to perceptions/stereotypes in order to develop meaningful relationships with co-workers and consumers. Activities: Cultural iceberg analogy, perception test and “Lunch Date” film review.

Segment #5: Culture, Conflict, Communication: – No conflict occurs in the absence of culture; view of overt conflict may vary based on culture; conflict resolution can be culturally driven; the style of communicating about conflict varies across cultures. Participants will identify their preferred style of and annoyances when engaged in cross-cultural communication. Activities: Communication worksheet, “Back Talk”, Fix-the Lock film clip.

Segment #6: Implicit bias and micro-aggressions tend to erode cross-cultural relationships and negatively impact workplace environment. This segment uncovers 7 everyday microaggressions and how they are manifested. In addition, the distinction between promoting a sense of equality vs. equity in organizations will be explore.

Group Activity: Identifying Micro-aggressions – theme, type, message.

CEU Hours:

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

Presenter:

Keva White is an educator by profession and entrepreneur by nature. With a master’s degree in social work, he spent several years working for community-based social service organizations before founding his own company, VIP Community Services. He develops and, with a cadre of other teachers, conducts courses for executives, trustees and social work and health care professionals on a wide range of topics dealing with diversity, equity and inclusion and cultural competence. His signature “Understanding the Culture of Urban Poverty” program is particularly impactful. Keva is a dynamic presenter with an embracing sense of humor who uniformly receives high marks for his teaching skills. He is a certified cultural and linguistic trainer for licensed substance abuse, social work and health care professionals and is a Part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University, School of Social Work.

Discounts:

Discounts of 20 % per person can be offered for agencies that register 5 or more staff

Registration:

3 ways to register:

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