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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.

 


Getting Comfortable with Self Injury: Personal Perspectives on Identifying, Understanding, and Responding

Talya Lewis, BA, Peer Educator

Date: November 1, 2019
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
*Fee includes CEU’s, presentation, all handouts, certificate, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, PM refreshments, For more information call 610-203-1926

Description:

This seminar is designed to assist professionals and care givers in identifying and responding to self-injury via an exploration of the underlying motivations of the behavior and ways to effectively respond. Both clinical and personal experiences provide invaluable insight into the mind of the individual who self-injures, allowing the mental health professional to better connect with, validate and empathize with those who engage in this behavior. The presenter, Talya Lewis, has been on the receiving end of the intense stigma that accompanies serious behavioral health issues. She has been inspired by her own history to educate those working in clinical and other service settings by conducting workshops to foster an understanding of SI, building a greater sense of compassion for the individuals for whom we provide services.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Review and learn statistics regarding self-injury
  2. Learn from the trainer’s personal insight and direct experiences with self-injury
  3. Learn at least three common traits of the typical person who self-injures
  4. Learn at least two typical misconceptions about self-injury
  5. Be able to identify the six main reasons why people self-injure
  6. Learn the course of self-injury and the instruments commonly used
  7. Identify the reinforcing cycle for self-injury and its causes
  8. Be able to identify early warning signs of self-injury
  9. Learn at least three techniques for responding to self-injury
  10. Learn and practice how to assess clients who self-injure and what and how to ask about it
  11. Understand Trauma Reenactment as a model for working with self-injury
  12. Understand validation techniques and practice the use of validation skills

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Introduction, statistics regarding self-injury.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Trainer’s personal insight and direct experiences with self-injury; review of common traits of person who self-injures, typical misconceptions about self-injury, six main reasons why people self-injure
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The course of self-injury and the instruments commonly used, the reinforcing cycle for self-injury and its causes, identification of early warning signs, learning new strategies.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (buffet lunch included)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Techniques for responding to self-injury; how to assess clients who self-injure and what and how to ask.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Trauma Reenactment as a model for working with self-injury; validation techniques and an exercise in the use of validation skills.
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Questions, discussion, summary, 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.

About the Speaker:

Talya Lewis Psychoanalytic Fellow (Academic), Peer Educator, is an animated, articulate, and passionate presenter who has captivated audiences throughout the region, including those from the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA, Gaudenzia House, Girls Space, the Montgomery County Behavioral Health Court, Montgomery County Youth Center, Psychiatric Nursing Conference, 2009, Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, LaSalle University, and was a guest on Dan Gottlieb’s Voices in the Family radio program, WHYY/NPR and Maiken Scott’s Morning Edition.

Talya now facilitates two support groups, one for women who have traits consistent with BPD and trauma and one for parents/caregivers to help ease their isolation and to equip them with the education necessary to cope and respond effectively to their loved one. She co-developed and co-authored a manual for a ten-week workshop on working with borderline disorder (a diagnosis that is often linked with trauma) and bipolar disorder (often co-morbid with bpd). As she worked with those struggling with this painful symptomology as well as their loved ones, Talya was asked repeatedly by people desperate for help to enter treatment with her. She now has a private practice as a successful trauma coach or “lay therapist.”As her final venture, her most cathartic yet most difficult project, Talya has written her memoir, The Boom Boom Retreat, a deeply moving personal account. With her lived experience, her education, and her lifelong learning about BPD, self-injury and trauma, her workshops offer invaluable personal insight and direct experiences.

Discounts:

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

Registration:

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Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC

Date: December 13, 2019
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:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an innovative, evidence-based treatment developed by Marsha Linehan Ph.D. specifically for chronically suicidal patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). More recently, DBT is being used to treat other populations including patients with eating disorders and addictions, and has been specifically adapted for the treatment of emotionally dysregulated adolescents. This empirically validated treatment has been shown to help patients reduce suicidal and self-harm behavior, reduce frequency of hospitalizations, remain engaged in therapy, and decrease substance use. DBT blends cognitive and behavioral interventions with acceptance-based strategies derived from mindfulness. A primary therapeutic task is to foster a balance of acceptance of the client with a focus on change. Clients are taught a number of specific skills including mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, middle path, and distress tolerance. Problematic behaviors are addressed in therapy using behavioral chain analyses and are hierarchically targeted.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of DBT treatment
  2. Understand the biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation
  3. Detect how humans interact with the world to get their needs met through a behavior shaping role-play
  4. Define the four modules of DBT
  5. Understand the differences between clinical and school-based application of DBT skills only groups
  6. Apply specific DBT skills to adolescent skills-only groups
  7. Identify potential barriers to clinical application of DBT skills groups
  8. Role play teaching and learning of DBT skills from various modules

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. DBT overview: treatment effectiveness and the focus of DBT treatment
10:00 a.m. Understanding the biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation
Experiential: The Behavior Game
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 am. – 11:30 a.m. Overview of DBT Modules
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. School Based Application: rationale and overview of 8 session curriculum
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch- Full buffet lunch provided
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Skills Group Experiential: States of Mind, Validation of Self and Others, Dialectics, The Function of Emotions
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. DEAR MAN, STOP Skill, TIPP Skill, Radical Acceptance
3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Small Group to Large Group Guided Discussion
3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Evaluations and Closing Activity

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.

About the Speaker:

Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC is the Assistant Director of Art Therapy at Cedar Crest College as well as owner and practitioner therapist of Mangata Services. Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered, Board Certified and an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor through the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She received her graduate degree from Drexel University. Denise received her DBT training from the University of Washington and has opportunity to learn directly from DBT founder Marsha Linehan. For over 20 years, Denise has been practicing as a therapist primarily treating adolescents with histories of complex interpersonal trauma. She works as a consultant for many local agencies and organizations including Mastery Charter Schools and The Philadelphia Art Museum providing clinical supervision and programming related to trauma-informed care.

Denise has presented at city, state, national and international conferences in the areas of DBT, trauma informed care, trauma and neurobiology, pedagogy, and clinical supervision. She has several articles published in peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to seminal texts on her clinical work with adolescents.

Discounts:

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

Registration:

3 ways to register:

Register or Learn More