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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 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.

Presenter:

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:

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Using Motivational Interviewing: Practical Techniques and Strategies

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

This training is best suited for persons who have had previous training or familiarity with Motivational Interviewing

Date: January 17, 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:

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.

Workshop Objectives:

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

  • Assess an individual’s readiness for change
  • Identify an individual’s strengths, resources, and obstacles toward change
  • Demonstrate and practice the core skills of motivational interviewing: open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries, etc.
  • Demonstrate and practice the use of tools to facilitate the motivational interviewing process, including decisional balance, weighted scales, and developing discrepancy

This program will include partner 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. Overview of stages of change in relationship to individual readiness. Group discussion with real work examples
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Identifying an individual’s strengths, resources, obstacles toward change. Group discussion with real work examples
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Review of the core skills of M.I.: OARS: Open ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries. Demonstration with volunteers to model the skills
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (buffet lunch provided)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. OARS Partner practice, with observers to provide feedback, using real individual scenarios.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Introduction to tools (decisional balance, weighted scales, developing discrepancy)

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:

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.

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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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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