Clinical Supervision for Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Supervision for Healthcare Professionals is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that will outline best practices in psychotherapy supervision and review the structure of the supervisory relationship. Topics presented include developmental models of supervision, goals of the supervisory experience, ethics and risk management in the supervision process, using technology in supervision, and diversity awareness training for the supervisee. The vital and, at times, challenging...
Professional Development Resources

Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practical Applications

Topics covered in Motivational Interviewing include: Mindfulness Based Therapies, Integrative Health Coaching, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Chronic Care Model of Disease, Substance Use Disorders, Injection Drug Users and many more. Motivational Interviewing is an introduction to the techniques of motivational interviewing. Gain insights into the assumptions of motivational interviewing regarding a patient's ambivalence to change and learn how to resolve that am...
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The Sanctuary Model: Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Responsive Organizational Cultures

What is the Sanctuary Model? The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture. The Sanctuary Model is the “toolbox” that holds together all of the evidence-based and practice-based approaches that help individuals, families, organizations, and communities to heal and recover. It acknowledges the current reality that mo...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Sanctuary Model: Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Responsive Organizational Cultures

What is the Sanctuary Model? The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture. The Sanctuary Model is the “toolbox” that holds together all of the evidence-based and practice-based approaches that help individuals, families, organizations, and communities to heal and recover. It acknowledges the current reality that mo...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Changing the Face of Bereavement: Caregivers Adaptation After the Death of a Family Member with ADRD

The anticipated increase in incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the U. S. is alarming. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2015) the number of individuals living with AD is projected to grow to nearly 11-16 million by 2050. Additionally, in 2014, an estimated 15 million family members furnished approximately 17.9 billion hours of care to individuals with AD and other dementias (2015). This webinar examines the experiences of caregivers of family members with deme...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Is Evidence-Based Practice Appropriate for Grief Counseling

Evidence-based practice (EBP) was first widely accept- ed and implemented by physicians and then adopted by nursing and other healthcare professions. It has also come into prominence in psychology. Many urge that it should be foundational for grief counseling. This presentation explores the similarities and differences among these disciplines and the appropriate places given to research evidence, clinical expertise, and client needs, values and preferences within them. It invites participa...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Compassion for Ourselves: Rejuvenate Mind, Body, and Spirit;

As professionals, we are experts at supporting clients and patients on their journeys through end of life and grief. We witness the emotional turmoil that ebbs and flows in and around them and we are profoundly transformed by the experience. Along with the many rewards of this intimate, heart-centered work, comes a variety of challenges. Honoring our own need for rejuvenation is an essential component of our well-being. Taking time to nurture and revitalize ourselves is not self-indulgence, it...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

How to Start and Facilitate a Bereavement Support Group

Many people who experience the death of a loved one will state that they feel very isolated and wonder if anyone else is experiencing similar feelings. Sometimes, family and friends aren’t able to provide the support needed. Bringing people together to talk about their loved one and to find a “safe harbor” can ease the burden of grieving alone. It takes a lot of time and energy to get the group started and to keep it going. Recruitment techniques, marketing tips, and other start up issue...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Mindfulness & Grief: Coping Skills for Life After Loss

Facing the reality that a loved one has died is overwhelming, yet bereaved people also have to cope with physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual suffering. Mindfulness-based techniques – including meditation and yoga – can help bereaved clients reduce unpleasant side effects while learning powerful coping skills. During this session she uses case examples and practical instruction to explain how mindfulness can be applied as a grief intervention. From clients in an acute period of gr...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Our Work, Our Selves

As thanatologists, we study, write, teach, and help with the dying and bereavement of other people. But what about our own losses? How have our life experiences with death, dying, and bereavement influenced our work? Have they led us into the field? Have they changed how we do the work? Have they changed how we view our own mortality? These important but rarely discussed issues (even within ADEC) are the focus of this presentation. Four thanatologists describe the role of personal loses in sha...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Deconstructing the Case for Complicated Grief

Notwithstanding the rejection of a proposed grief-related Mental Disorder after the DSM-5 Task Force determined there was insufficient evident to warrant inclusion, the term, “Complicated Grief” has infiltrated the bereavement field vernacular as a bona fide “chronic debilitating condition” for which CG treatment is required. The dominant discourse and increasingly prevailing paradigm focuses on symptoms and pathology, with little reference to social contributors to grief-related compl...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Two-Track Model of Bereavement: A Contemporary Look at Theory, Research and Practice;

Living in the present, looking to the future, and maintaining bonds with the relationships of the past--relationships shape who we are and influence who we become. The loss of a close family member has the potential to be a catalytic and/or cataclysmic, life-changing event. The early formulations of the Two-Track Model of Bereavement (Rubin, 1981, 1984, 1999) sought to clarify and chart a pathway to make sense of the tremendous variation in the response to loss. With the passage of time a...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Trust-Building Among African-Americans in End of Life Care

Barriers to trust and quality in end of life care are numerous among marginalized populations. Cultural mistrust, related to factors such as privilege, power, and discrimination has been associated with significant costs for African Americans, including patient dissatisfaction (Moore, Hamilton, Pierre-Louis, & Jennings, 2013) and delayed and underutilized health and end of life care services. This interactive session explores issues related to cultural mistrust among marginalized populations ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Research that Matters: Social Media and Bereavement

Dr. Mary Alice Varga provides an overview of the existing research on the role of social media and bereavement, and discusses the practical implications of social media as it relates to assisting grieving individuals. Dr. Carla Sofka focuses on the pros and cons of the use of social media in bereavement contexts. Dr. Illene Cupit focuses on the iconography of Facebook postings by both adolescents and emerging adults with regard to their grief expressions. Learning Objectives 1. Cite c...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Coloring Your Grief

Coloring is an activity that we associate with children. However, coloring is beneficial for grieving adults. One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl Jung. He found that coloring activates different areas of our brain which we know are needed to process the grief experience. It has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on coloring, we focus on it and not on our worries. This session explains the research and gives actual case examples showing v...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Impact of our Fear of and Fascination with Death on our Children

Why is it that stories of death, dying, and grief in our entertainment draw such a large audience and why are we silent on the subject when death hits close to home and our children? This presentation provides an overview of death, dying, and grief in various modes of entertainment in our current society. He discusses the impact our silence on the subject might have on our children and ideas about how to better engage our children on the subject in a way that provides reassurance, understandin...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

An Attachment Informed Approach to Grief and Grief Therapy

An Attachment Informed Approach to Grief and Grief Therapy In this session the presenters introduce a perspective on grief therapy that integrates current theory and practice in thanatology with contemporary research on attachment, interpersonal neuroscience, and psychotherapy. Attachment Informed Grief Therapy is grounded in a set of assumptions about the central role of attachment in how people form relationships, how they grieve, and how grief therapy helps them manage the dysregulat...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Ambiguous Loss, Nonfinite Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief: Connections and Implications for Clinicians

While a great deal of focus in bereavement theory and practice is upon grief that occurs after the loss of a loved one through death, recent research demonstrates that profound grief may also occur in losses that don’t necessarily involve death. These types of loss experiences present unique challenges and forms of grief that are often disenfranchised. In this panel, three experts in the field will discuss specific types of non-death loss experiences, including the clinical implications r...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Addressing the Needs of Families

Bereavement camps provide opportunities to learn about loss, dispel misperceptions, develop coping skills and build self-confidence which increases their resilience. By including the adults involved in their life, they gain a better understanding of their grieving child’s needs and have the opportunity for their own support. Family camps can provide the adult with time for reflection and renewal as well as family fun. As a result, adults are able to more effectively parent their bereaved chi...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress: Key Findings and Methodologies

Recent advances in neuroimaging, biochemistry, and genetics research have paved the way toward a greater understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and stress. As new technologies and methods are discovered and applied to neurobiological work, it becomes increasingly important for individuals interested in treating and studying PTSD to learn the tools necessary to evaluate the latest research findings. The purpose of this pre-meeting institute is to provide attendees an introduction to conte...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Revisiting Loss and Restoration

About the Webinar Loss of a loved one is a uniquely challenging experience that closes a chapter in our lives. To move forward we must adapt to the loss and restore our capacity for finding purpose and meaning as well as joy and satisfaction in life. Grief therapists can be most effective when they foster adaptation. This webinar revisits the Dual Process Model of loss and restoration and discusses some revisions to this model. We will fit revised concepts of loss and restoration to a f...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children

Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers a valuable compilation of practical and ready-to-use strategies and techniques for achieving more effective communication through active listening. One of the fundamental tools of clinicians who work effectively with children and adolescents is the art of listening. Without this set of skills, clinicians are likely to miss essential pieces of information their c...
Professional Development Resources

Two Empirically Based Models for the Treatment of Complex Trauma in Adolescents: Central Components and Cultural Adaptations

This pre-meeting institute will describe two empirically based treatments (EBTs) developed to treat the immediate and long-term impacts of complex trauma, and will describe cultural adaptations that optimize their effectiveness with socio-culturally marginalized youth. Complex trauma, often involving repeated exposure to multiple forms of childhood abuse, neighborhood violence, and peer assaults, frequently in the context of parental neglect and racial/cultural discrimination, is especially co...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Integrating Expert Knowledge About Traumatic Stress Into Statistical Models Assessing Individual Change Over Time by Using Bayesian Statistics

In statistics, tools have been developed to estimate the existence of latent trajectories, where individuals belong to trajectories that are unobserved, can be evaluated: Latent Growth Mixture Modeling (LGMM). Researchers typically have specific expectations about the outcomes of their study, in case of LGMM, these expectations might be concerned with the number and shape of latent trajectories. For example, most empirical evidence points to four distinct trajectories of PTSD patterns labeled ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

How to Treat Concurrent PTSD in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder: Principles and Evaluation of DBT-PTSD

Approximately 60% of treated patients with borderline personality (BPD) disorders suffer from severe co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mostly related to sexual abuse during childhood. Even successful standard dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) requires additional treatment with these clients. In cooperation with M. Linehan at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, a three-month residential treatment program has been developed. It is based on the principles and rules...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Genomic Regulation by Early Life Experience: Epigenetics and Psychopathology

The early-life environment has important consequences on behavioral development, and specifically, adversity experienced during early life is associated with increased risk for psychopathology in adulthood. Only until recently have we started to uncover some of the mechanisms accounting for the behavioral changes induced by early-life adversity. The epigenome is responsive to the environment and indeed, landmark studies in rodents have described variations in early-life environment that stably...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Functional Neuroimaging of Neural Circuits in PTSD: From Hyperactive Amygdala to Altered Contextual Processing

The brain mechanisms that lie at the core of PTSD are not yet understood, and may perpetuate or sustain this disorder. Over the past decades, functional neuroimaging studies uncovered a complex network of brain regions involved in PTSD, progressively improving our understanding of the PTSD pathophysiology. The evolution of functional neuroimaging studies from early studies of responses to emotional probes to recent multi-day studies of fear associated learning, and of intrinsic connectivity ne...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Finding Feeling: Treating Traumatic Dissociation

Trauma is a both a physical and psychological disruption, a discontinuity in experience. The helplessness associated with it challenges a person’s sense of agency and therefore their customary control over mind and body. Dissociative disorders constitute a failure of integration of identity, memory, or consciousness, andmost often occur in the aftermath of trauma. A Dissociative Subtype has been added to the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder the DSM-5. This requires all of the DSM-...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma: Finding Life Beyond the Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a principle-based behavioral intervention designed to address human suffering in a mindful and compassionate way. Many individuals who have experienced a trauma suffer due to painful memories, feelings and thoughts related to their traumatic experience. Avoidance or control of these private experiences is often seen as a solution to suffering. This kind of control, however, can lead to further difficulty in returning to valued activities in life. One...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Treatment of Trauma-Related Problems

Description Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993) is a comprehensive, cognitive-behavioral treatment with strong empirical support for the treatment of suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, particularly among individuals meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common co-occurring diagnosis in this client population and often maintains or exacerbates many of the high-risk and severe problems exhibited by clients receivi...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Domestic Violence Update

This course defines domestic violence as family violence, and further differentiates the categories of intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and elder & dependent adult abuse, mistreatment and neglect. The dynamics of domestic violence are presented using Pence and Paymer’s power and control wheel as a guiding explanatory model.1 Common forms of domestic violence are described and categorized and their effects within the family are reviewed. The core content within this course ...
Slack Inc.

Gender Identity and Transgenderism

Gender Identity and Transgenderism is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews issues in the formation of gender identity and the possible resultant condition of transgenderism, formerly transsexuality. After viewing oneself as a human being, the most important aspect of our self-concept is that we are a male person or a female person. That is the very essence of our humanness and the most basic sense of who we are. To experience a conflict between our physical body and ou...
Professional Development Resources

Attachment Informed Grief Therapy - Perspectives on the Therapeutic Relationship

About the Webinar Attachment theory has served as a theoretical foundation for the thanatology field for many years. In a new book, titled Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications, (Routledge) Phyllis Kosminsky, Ph.D. and John Jordan, Ph.D. have used attachment theory to advance our understanding of a person’s response to loss, as well as their response to the process of grief therapy. This webinar will focus on the lens of attachment the...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Secrets in Grief Counseling and End-of-Life Care

About the Webinar Working with people facing grief, loss, and life-threatening illness ushers us into a world of secrets in which our responses to the emotional cutoffs, hidden grief, self-blame, unfinished business, infidelities, trauma, and serious illnesses of our clients can be turning points in counseling and in the healing process. In this seminar we will look at secrets in clinical practice and identify counseling strategies that can bring the dialectic of concealment and disclos...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Baldrige Criteria and Sustained Organizational Transformation

Implement world class results with the Baldridge framework overview, transformational change and recognize why the Baldridge criteria is preferred. Dr. Hertz will present a structured approach to performance improvement, common language for facilitating communication and share best practices including a framework for a systems view of performance management. Create outstanding customer experiences by building and integrating business culture, systems and technologies. Dr. Timmerman will di...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss

Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that exposes the many thought errors that confound the problem of weight loss and demonstrates how when we use behavioral strategies – known as commitment devices - we change the game of weight loss. While obesity is arguable the largest health problem our nation faces today, it is not a problem that is exclusive to those who suffer weight gain. For therapists and counselors who work with those who w...
Professional Development Resources

BoardVitals Addiction Medicine Board Review Question Bank

The BoardVitals Addiction Medicine Board Review Question Bank offers over 800 Addiction Medicine Certification Review / Addiction Board Review questions. The exams cover recognition, intervention, and treatment of addiction. This question bank specifically covers the topics published by the ABAM and ABPN for Addiction Medicine Certification. The BoardVitals Addiction Medicine Board Review Question Bank features: • Timed Mode • Statistical Comparison to Other Addiction Medicine Test Take...
Board Vitals

Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician: The Oakstone Institute Clinical Review

Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician prepares clinicians to better assess and treat patients with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. Topics covered in Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician include: Substance Abuse, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders, Geriatric Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Sexual Dysfunctions, Sleep Wake Disorders and many others. After viewing Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician, you will be better able to: • Outline evid...
CMEInfo

Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice

Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that focuses on the interdisciplinary team approach to identifying, treating and managing dysphagia. Dysphagia is a wide spread problem in the elderly, with many going untreated. Older adults are at an increased risk due to having many factors that lead to swallowing difficulties. Some of these are a diagnosis of stroke, dementia, pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease. Many have generalized weakn...
Professional Development Resources

Keeping Up in Grief: A Vital Component in Self Care

About the Webinar Field leaders maintain that keeping up with the newest information in one's field is vital to effective practice. However, researchers and educators often become so focused on a small part of the field, they lose sight of what is happening in the larger arena of bereavement care. Overworked professionals with ever-expanding caseloads rarely feel they have the time for professional reading, attending seminars, and talking with colleagues about cases and new "best practices....
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Cannabis and PTSD: Existing Evidence and Clinical Considerations

Description Dr. Bonn-Miller will provide an overview of cannabis, including associated consequences and benefits stemming from its use. He will then summarize epidemiological data, particularly from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), related to recent and emerging trends in cannabis use/disorders, including among veterans with PTSD. Limitations of epidemiological tracking will be discussed and methods for improving cannabis use/disorder identification will be provided. Following, Dr. Bo...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Loss Upon Loss: Caregivers, Dying Persons and the End of Life

About the Webinar There are layers of progressive losses facing persons at the end of life and their caregivers. This presentation will explore the impact and losses caregiving and the end of life generate. The end of life presents great challenges and also opportunities for meaning creation. Perhaps the most important dimensions involved for caregivers and persons at the end of life center around their ways of coping and the ways they are able to access and utilize meaningful support. ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices

E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the advantages, risks, technical issues, legalities and ethics of providing therapy online. E-therapy can be used to address age-old problems, such as how to reach out to those who might not otherwise avail themselves of psychotherapy services even though they are in acute need. At the same time, it is clear that many providers have embraced the new technologies without a firm grasp on the new ...
Professional Development Resources

Pennsylvania: Child Abuse, Recognition, and Reporting for Mandated Reporters

This course is approved by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of State. It fulfills the 3-unit requirement for training in child abuse recognition and reporting for mandated reporters. PA CE Provider #CACE000044. Program #CAPR000042. This online course is for healthcare providers and other professionals in Pennsylvania who are mandated to report suspected child abuse. It begins with historical information about child abuse recognition in the United S...
ATrain Education Inc.

Life After Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Revitalize Interrupted Lives

Description The concept of emotional avoidance offers organization to the functional analysis of trauma-related problems and lends coherence to understanding the sequalae of trauma (Walser & Hayes, 2006). Many individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD are struggling with traumatic memories, painful feelings and unwanted thoughts and they take great efforts to avoid these private experiences. The avoidance or control of private negatively evaluated internal experience, understandably, ofte...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Top 10 Mistakes Made in Treating the Bereaved: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

About the Webinar As the knowledge base of thanatology expands through integration with other social and physical sciences, there is much that directly impacts our clinical work with the bereaved. The purpose of this practice-oriented workshop is to draw upon clinical and empirical literatures, along with the presenter’s decades of professional experience, to identify what she perceives as the most prevalent and problematic mistakes that occur in treatment of bereaved persons. The focus i...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Helping Children Grieve: Bereavement Camps and More

About the Webinar Grief counseling with children shares similarities with other counseling topics and techniques, yet also shares unique challenges as well; some of which are common misconceptions about the grief of children and contextual attitudes which may include mistaken notions that the topic of grief is best left unaddressed. Successfully working with bereaved children is both personally gratifying and has the potential to be of lifelong benefit for the bereaved. Unique features of gri...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Therapy Tidbits - March/April 2016

This course is comprised of select articles from the March/April 2016 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Depression Screenings Urged During and After Pregnancy, ACA Constantly Changing, Social Media and Ethics: Self-Reflection in Context of Technology, RxP Battle May Not Be Worth the Cost, Psychologists Mus...
Professional Development Resources

Death, Dying and Bereavement: Multicultural Competence in Psychotherapy

Are grief and loss a unitary or universal psychological phenomenon which transcends culture? Or are they themselves a product of culture and therefore as variable and diverse as the cultures themselves? Although attachment is universal, there may be a variety of grief reactions that come into play when somebody important to us or our social group dies (Klass, 2000). The purpose of this talk is to provide an evidence-based analysis of how mental health service providers may unintentionally inte...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

We Don't Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make About Dying

Prior experiences with death can lead us to believe that we know what to expect the next time we encounter a dying individual. However, for hospice staff, this “knowing” can lead to inappropriate conclusions. This presentation will explore assumptions professionals often make regarding the dying process. We will review the types of situations in which we may romanticize dying. The presenter will share how dying individuals can surprise us and act in ways that we might not have anticipated....
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

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