Finding Stability in Uncertain Times
February 26, 2020 | 3 p.m. EST
Exploring the psychological dangers of epistemic uncertainty is important for clinicians across the mental health continuum of care. Compounding our clinical practices is also COVID related stressors. To combat these stressors, we must find a new outlook on self-care. And when it comes to Essential workers – who helps the healers? Finding help when needed and finding the balance between bravery and vulnerability is paramount in today’s clinical environment. Clinicians need to embrace uncertainty and find joy in the mundane, as it’s all a gift.
Navigating through Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): An Interactive Discussion
December 17, 2020 | 3 p.m. EST | 2 p.m. CST | 1 p.m. MST | 12 p.m. PST
Statistics show that about 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Although trauma affects people in different ways, there are some common reactions that individuals may experience. This interactive presentation will focus on increasing awareness about trauma and PTSD, while also exploring protective factors that help build resilience. Participants will also learn how to best support others with trauma and/or PTSD, and learn evidenced based treatment modalities to improve coping.
Trauma and Substance Use in the Military Population
October 16, 2020 | 12 p.m. EST
Our service members, past and present, deserve the best in substance use treatment. The complexities of military service and lifestyle can compound the effects of substance use in persons who serve. This presentation will discuss the prevalence or trauma and substance use in the military population, while describing specialized addiction and psychiatric treatment that encourages service members to participate in various interventions that assist in their long-term recovery journeys. Customized therapeutic programming allows individuals to heal from the effects of substance use disorders, learn how to manage cravings for drugs or alcohol, and continue thriving within the community. The presentation will also describe treatment trends in trauma and substance use, as well as define evidence-based practices (EBPs) for treatment of substance use.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Sleep Disturbances
October 23, 2020 | 12 p.m. EST
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are very complex and have lasting physical effects on persons. This presentation will discuss how patients get a TBI, the impact of TBIs on sleep and other functions, and how patient’s lives differ when living with a TBI. The presentation will also discuss the intersection of TBIs and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and highlight treatment modalities for patients suffering from a TBI.
Compassion Fatigue and Provider Resilience
November 6, 2020 | 12 p.m. EST
This presentation will describe the elements that make up compassion fatigue and the potential impact on all aspects of life including; work, relationships and self-capacities. Compassion fatigue markers will be detailed and how to watch for them in oneself and co-workers in order to best support quality of care for clients. Solutions for personal and professional application on how to build provider resilience and compassion satisfaction including the importance of self-care and professional regulation.
Trauma Informed Care Infused with Deaf Culture
Featured Facility: Little Creek Behavioral Health
September 11, 2020 | 12 p.m. EST
In today’s world, the transparency of social media has us exposed to more than ever before. This informs our culture, communication, interactions and our exposure to traumatic experiences. We are exposed through videos and photos to things that we previously read about. Our brains are dealing not only with our own but others’ traumatic experiences every day. This onslaught of exposure reminds us as professionals in mental health of the prevalence of trauma in all our lives. We are seeing increased need for Trauma Informed Care, understanding secondary exposure and its impacts on us, along with human to human connections. Through discussion of the principles in Trauma Informed Care, and by using examples from Deaf cultural experiences, we will identify strategies of how practitioners can work to incorporate cultural sensitivity into TIC, and how we can all become more open to the varied experiences of the people we work with in this field.
- Participants will understand how common deaf cultural experiences tie into Trauma Informed Care.
- Participants will learn how they can incorporate increased cultural sensitivity into their work.
Identifying Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Featured Facility: McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers
August 21, 2020 | 12 p.m. EST
This presentation will be a discussion of risk factors, warning signs, and diagnostic criteria of eating disorders specific to children and adolescents. Case examples will be utilized to guide participants through screening questions and identification of disordered eating behaviors. The presentation will also explore treatment objectives and supportive modalities and theoretical orientations in the treatment of eating disorders in children and adolescents.
- Participants will be able to name symptomatology associated with Anorexia, Bulimia, Other Specified Feeding/Eating Disorder, and Binge Eating Disorder in children and adolescents.
- Participants will be able to articulate at least two psychological risk factors for the development of an eating disorder.
- Participants will be able to generate at least two open-ended questions to initiate conversations regarding body image.