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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 Psychopharmacology:
An Overview of Commonly Prescribed Medications Used to Treat Behavioral Health Disorders

Craig Strickland, Ph.D.

DATE: February 1, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fairmount Behavioral Health System
CEU’S: 5
COST: $139 per person

Description

This course is designed to provide a basic overview of commonly prescribed medications used to treat behavioral health disorders. Specific diagnoses to be covered include PTSD, ADHD, psychotic spectrum disorder and impulse control disorders. In addition, medications used to treat opioid addiction (MAT) will be reviewed. All medications will be discussed in terms of benefits and cautions associated with the medications. Finally, several age-related factors will be discussed as they pertain to medication administration. Information is presented in such a way that attendees need not have extensive experience with pharmacology

Workshop Objectives:

  • List three classes of medications used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • List three benefits and three side-effects of psychostimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Differentiate between traditional and atypical anti-psychotic medications
  • Compare and contrast buprenorphine and methadone in treating opioid addiction.
  • List two physical care parameters which must be addressed based on the age of the client

Agenda

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (there will be a morning and afternoon break)

Time: Description:
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Welcome / Overview
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
  • PTSD
    • Anti-depressants (SSRIS)
    • Other anti-depressants
    • Mood stabilizers
      • Lithium
      • Anti-convulsant mood stabilizers
      • 2nd generation anti-psychotics medications
    • Anti-anxiety
      • BZDs
      • Buspar
      • SSRIS (again)
      • Anti-adrenergic medication
        • Prazosin
        • Clonidine, etc.
      • Opiate antagonists
      • Sleep disorder medication
10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
  • ADHD
  • Psychostimulants
  • Straterra
  • Second-line/other medications
10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • Psychotic Spectrum Disorder
    • First generation anti-psychotics
    • Second generation anti-psychotics
11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
  • Impulse control disorders
    • SSRIs (impulsive aggression)
    • SNRIS (ADHD; binge eating?
    • Opioid antagonists (alcohol; gambling)
    • Glutamatergic agents (cannabis? Alcohol?
  • ASD and DMDD (meds. for these conditions will be previously covered;
    I will mention the meds. in the context of these previous diagnoses)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet lunch provided
1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
  • MAT medications
    • Methadone
    • Buprenorphine (and associated products)
    • NARCAN (for overdose)
    • Treating secondary symptoms associated with intoxication and withdrawal
2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Age related considerations (the areas listed below are not intended to be exhaustive)

  • Children
    • Growth rate
    • Neural development (limbic, cortical)
    • Suicidality
    • Body fat
    • Cognitive
      • Adults
      • Kidney/Liver function
      • Addiction
    • Elderly
      • Blood pressure
      • EKG
      • Liver/kidney
    • All
      • History of traumatic exposure/ ACES study
      • Sleep
      • Metabolic syndrome
      • WBC
      • Decisional uncertainty
3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up / Questions

Cost, When, and Where:

2-1-19, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Phila PA, 19128, $139 per person (see registration form below) fee includes presentation, 5 CEU’s, buffet lunch, handouts, materials, certificate, continental breakfast, refreshments, etc. Phone 610-203-1926 for more information.

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:

Craig Strickland, Ph.D.,
Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1993 with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research. His dissertation research involved recording neural activity in order to observe the effects of benzodiazepine administration within animal models of anxiety. Past academic positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently has guest lecturer privileges at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and an Adjunct Professor position at Philadelphia University. Dr. Strickland is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation, LLC.

Registration:

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Managing Behavioral Health Issues in the Classroom

DATE: February 8, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128
COST: Free

CEU Hours

This program is pending co-sponsorship by the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists and Fairmount Behavioral Health System. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education forpsychologists. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Three (3) Hours of CE credits for Psychologists and PA Social Work/LPC/LMTF Board licensees and Act 48 credits are pending approval.

Agenda

A full breakfast and snacks will be provided.

Time: Description:
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. First Breakout Sessions (select one)
  Breakout Presentation 1A: The System of a Child: Understanding the Family, School and Societal Systems that Impact Children
  Breakout Presentation 1B: Wellness and Self-Care
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Second Breakout Sessions (select one)
  Presentation 2A: Play Therapy: Children at Work
  Presentation 2B: Verbal De-Escalation for Counselors and School Staff

Registration:

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An Introduction to Eating Disorders:
Signs, Symptoms, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

Fran Gerstein, LCSW, MSW, BCD

DATE: March 1, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fairmount Behavioral Health System
CEU’S: 5
COST: $139 per person, lunch included

Description

This five hour workshop, geared toward all levels of clinical staff, will provide an overview of eating disorders including signs, symptoms, assessment, treatment, and prevention. Discussion of treatment includes individual work as well as family and group treatment. Clinical examples with discussion will be given throughout the presentation and clinical questions answered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with two types of eating disorders
  • Identify two strategies for assessing whether a patient has an eating disorder
  • Define two treatment interventions specific to eating disorders
  • Define two strategies for the prevention of eating disorders
  • Understand two ways in which eating disorders are symptomatic of underlying pathology

Agenda

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (there will be a morning and afternoon break)

Time: Description:
9:00 a.m. Registration and light continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Introduction and description of eating disorders, including case examples:
What are symptoms?
What is the etiology?
How are symptoms expressive of underlying issues?
Who is vulnerable?
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Didactic discussion on how to assess for an eating disorder including barriers and complications including
case examples.
12:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (buffet lunch is included)
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Didactic presentation on best practices for working with eating disorders
The most effective interventions
The use of different modalities (individual, family, group, etc.)
Discussion of relapse and prevention
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Case presentations and case consultations; wrap up, questions, evaluations

Cost, When, and Where

3-1-19, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Phila. PA 19128, 5 CEU’s, $139 per person, see directions below; fee includes CEU’s, presentation, all handouts, certificate, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, PM refreshments, For more information call 610-203-1926.

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:

Fran Gerstein, LCSW, MSW, BCD
Fran Gerstein, LCSW, MSW, BCD has been in private practice for over 30 years and is a frequent presenter on eating disorders, family therapy, and grief and loss. She has presented at several international conferences including the Psychotherapy Networker and The Renfrew Conference. She is a former Clinical Director of the Outpatient Department of the Renfrew Center and teaches at the graduate level at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration:

3 ways to register:

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