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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.

 


Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Kerry Arnold, LSW, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Health Human Services

Date: June 7, 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:

Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that acknowledges how difficult it is to make life changes. This workshop is designed to improve and expand the practitioner’s current range of helping skills. The philosophy and practice of Motivational Interviewing focuses on both empathic/non-judgmental AND time-sensitive counseling approaches. In this workshop, we will begin to learn how to think and “speak the language” of Motivational Interviewing.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Participants will develop and expand current vocabulary to include key concepts of motivational interviewing (M.I.).
  2. Participants will gain a philosophical and conceptual understanding of how to support a client anywhere in the stages of change through M.I. approaches.
  3. Participants will troubleshoot individual cases (including their own) using the M.I. process
  4. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and to do M.I. skills practice.
  5. Participants will learn to utilize practical exercises and tools as part of the M.I. process

This dynamic, interactive program will include individual and small group activities and discussions.

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Introduction of vocabulary and key concepts of M.I., including small group discussions.
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Review of stages of change, with examples and group discussion, to illustrate the philosophy of M.I., how to support individuals with M.I. at each stage. Client scenarios will be reviewed during this section.
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Working with individual cases for the purposes of troubleshooting and being able to identify M.I. approaches that could be beneficial in each case. Participants will be encouraged to provide real examples from their work.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (buffet lunch included)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. An M.I. video session will be viewed; Participants will be grouped in triads for a “live” skills practice using M.I. approaches.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Continue to discuss video; 2-3 exercises/tools used in the M.I. process will be demonstrated, then practiced by participants. Last 10-15 minutes will be reserved for questions, wrap up and 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:

Kerry Arnold, M.S.W., LSW is a Full Time Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator in the Behavioral Health/Human Services program at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kerry is a Licensed Social Worker and received her M.S.W. from Temple University. For 30 years, she has been a behavior specialist, educator, and consultant to a myriad of agencies in the Tri-State area serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring disorders, which include substance abuse.
Kerry has presented at city, state and national conferences in the area of recovery-centered, behavioral support planning for individuals receiving behavioral health services. Since 2008, she has been a primary consultant in New Jersey’s dual-disordered initiative in, spearheaded by Rutgers University.

Kerry co-hosts a television show sponsored by the Community College of Philadelphia, Tapestry of Life, which features interviews with people who have a lived or direct support experience with some aspect of behavioral health/stigma and oppression and their path toward healing.

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

 


Understanding the Culture of Urban Poverty: Building Resilience and Resources in Children & Youth

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

Date: July 26, 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
*Fee includes CEU’s, presentation, all handouts, certificate, continental breakfast, full buffet lunch, PM refreshments, For more information call 610-203-1926

Description:

The culture of poverty is a concept embedded in social theory that explains the cycle of poverty. Although the title of this workshop points to urban settings, the culture of poverty reflects the concept that the economically disadvantaged possess unique value systems that shape characteristics, behaviors and attitudes of individuals and families regardless of geographic location.

Poverty, coupled with disparities associated with mental health and substance abuse treatment, can create great challenges for individuals, families and communities. This workshop is designed to provide participants with a conceptual framework for understanding the impact of poverty on their clients, provide best practices to enhance provider-client relationships and improve treatment outcomes.

Objectives:

At the end of training participants:

  1. Will be able to identify at least three causations of poverty.
  2. Will restate 3-4 hidden rules of class and their impact on generational (cycle of…) poverty.
  3. Will understand situational vs. structural causations of poverty and poverty maintenance factors
  4. Will understand eight essential resources to combatting poverty
  5. Will be able to describe how perceptions and stereotypes of “poor” people can impact social worker’s ability to engage and empower economically disadvantage individuals, families and communities.

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration, light continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Introduction
Review of workshop objectives
Rationale for engaging in cultural competence/diversity work – eliminate disparities; improve quality of service outcomes
NASW Code of Ethics (1.05c)
Trainer’s philosophy re: poverty: nobody wants to be poor, relativity of poverty, dichotomous nature of poverty, cognitive dissonance created by being poor in America.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Segment One
A framework for understanding poverty: Resources, Resilience and Relationships! (R3)
Working definitions: poverty, culture and persistent poverty; Social theorist perspective(s) on causations of poverty; Situational vs. Structural Causations of poverty; Poverty Maintenance Factors – social welfare policy (help or hindrance), media portrayal of poor people, legal system
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Segment Two
The working poor!; Income and Poverty; Understanding the Hidden Rule of Class; Eight Essential Resources to combatting poverty – money, physical health, mental/cognitive, emotional/self-regulation, role models, support system, spiritual and knowledge of Hidden Rules; Film Review & Analysis: Boys from Baraka
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch- buffet lunch provided
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Segment Three
Resilience as a tool of empowerment; What is resilience? Characteristics of resilient children living in poverty; Three types of resilience: Overcoming the Odds, Surviving Traumatic Event, Sustained Competence in Stressful Environment; The Three Doctors! – a model of urban youth surviving poverty
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Segment Four
Defining generational poverty; Characteristics of generational poverty; Hierarchical structures of impoverished families; Causations and Predictors of generational poverty; Case Analysis
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Segment Five
Overcoming perceptions & stereotypes; Cultural iceberg analogy – how we build relationships cross-culturally; Group Activity: The Perception Test – “Getting Off Automatic”; Cumulative Impact of Poverty on children/families; Breaking the Cycle of Poverty; Overview of Effective Strategies and Interventions
3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Q&A/Evaluations
Open floor for questions, comments and closing remarks; Participants complete and submit workshop evaluations; Distribute certificates ; Adjourn

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

Keva White, LCADC, LSW, Mr. White is a dually licensed professional with over 20 years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health fields both on programmatic and systems level within urban settings. He has served as trainer and consultant for New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations, American Institute for Research and the Georgetown University Training Institutes on Cultural and Linguistic competence. He is trained through the National Multicultural Institute and is a certified cultural competence trainer who is called upon nationally. Mr. White also teaches on the graduate level at Rutgers University School of Social Work. He currently serves as board co-chairman for New Jersey Social Workers Scholarship, Education & Research Corporation. He is most recognized for his high energy, creatively balanced, experiential and valued based presentation style.

Discounts:

Discounts of 20 % per person are offered to agencies that register 5 or more staff

Registration:

3 ways to register:

Register or Learn More

 


Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Persons Sensitively

Date: August 15, 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 5 CEU’s, presentation, all handouts, certificate, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, PM refreshments, For more information call 610-203-1926

Description:

This workshop provides an opportunity to increase awareness and sensitivity and to develop skills in working with persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).

Workshop Objectives:

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand personal and societal biases and stereotypes that impact LGBTQ persons
  • Identify appropriate terminology and concepts pertaining to LGBTQ culture
  • Examine current emotional, mental, and environmental challenges that are specific to LGBTQ persons
  • Practice and implement sensitive communication and support approaches toward relationship building and trust with LGBTQ persons

This dynamic, interactive program will include individual and small group activities, and discussions.

Agenda:

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome; Societal biases and stereotypes (small group activity)
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Terminology and concepts pertinent to LGBTQ culture
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Part 1 of emotional, mental, environmental challenges specific to LGBTQ
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (buffet provided)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Part 2 of emotional, mental, environmental challenges specific to LGBTQ
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Communication and support approaches with LGBTQ persons (practice opportunities with reals scenarios in small group role plays; evaluation, closing

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:

Kerry Arnold, M.S.W., LSW is a Full Time Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator in the Behavioral Health/Human Services program at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kerry is a Licensed Social Worker and received her M.S.W. from Temple University. For 32 years, she has been a behavior specialist, educator, and consultant to a myriad of agencies in the Tri-State area serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring disorders, which include substance abuse.

Kerry has presented at city, state and national conferences in the area of recovery-centered, behavioral support planning for individuals receiving behavioral health services. Since 2008, she has been a primary consultant in New Jersey’s dual-disordered initiative in, spearheaded by Rutgers University. Kerry co-hosts a television show sponsored by the Community College of Philadelphia, Tapestry of Life, which features interviews with people who have a lived or direct support experience with some aspect of behavioral health/stigma and oppression and their path toward healing.

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