Here are the upcoming, open-to-the public workshops at the Connecticut Women’s Consortium, as well as a three-day opioid conference later this month hosted by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Children and Families, and the Consortium. These can be accessed through their website: http://www.womensconsortium.org/. All are accredited for both CEUs and CMEs (six/day). Some of these may have sold out, but add your name to the waiting list, as sometimes we’re able to add another date.
1. Bipolar Disorder: From Diagnosis Through Treatment and Into Recovery
I come from a family that is no stranger to bipolar disorder. So, when a publisher asked my literary agent for a book on the subject, I was front and center with my hand in the air.
This day-long workshop covers both mainstream paradigms as well as strategies that focus less on medications and following doctor’s orders and more on doing what’s effective to have a full and rich life. Yes, we’ll cover the medications and high-risk scenarios, such as pregnant women with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders, but we’ll also look at the successful management of bipolar and proven strategies.
July 14th (Friday)–The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (6CEUs/CMEs)
2. Three Day Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Conference
This three-day conference offers a broad range of opportunities for clinicians to deepen their understanding about the current Opioid epidemic and strategies to help stem the tide.
Day 1: This is for prescribers only and covers the 8-hour DATA 2000 waiver training necessary to receive the DEA credential to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv) for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorders. I will present alongside Dr. Kevin Sevarino, Medical Director of the Provider’s Clinical Support System, and Dr. Craig Allan, Medical Director of Rushford
Days 2 and 3: Open to all interested clinicians. There will be a broad range of plenary sessions, breakouts, and workshops. We will explore Issues across the life span, as well as those related to gender and trauma. Keynote speakers include Dr. Marc Fishman from John’s Hopkins, who will discuss the treatment of opioid-use disorders in adolescents and young adults, and Patrick Kennedy, who will present his unique perspective and lived experience. I will present two workshops on day 2. One will focus on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid-Use Disorders, and the other will focus on women’s issues relative to opioids.
July 17-19 at the Connecticut Hospital Association in Wallingford Connecticut. Registration will be through the Women’s Consortium, and the link(s) may not be up by the time this mailer goes out, so keep your eyes open and mark your calendars. Day one for prescribers has sold out. There is very limited seating left for days two and three.
3. Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias (Neurocognitive Disorders):
This is a day-long overview that covers all aspects from diagnosis to treatment. We’ll focus on helping families, people with these disorders, and caregivers plan and make it through. Like all of my workshops, this is highly interactive and will include case studies and a reality-based look at what resources do and don’t exist and how to access them.
August 4th (Friday)–The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (6CEUs/CMEs).
4. An Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a powerful evidenced-based therapy for women and men who struggle with emotional and behavioral control. While originally intended for people who carry diagnoses of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT’s core components, which include Mindfulness, all of behaviorism and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, skills training in interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance/crisis management and emotion regulation–provide useful trans-diagnostic strategies for most clients. It’s a big tool box.
This interactive training presents an overview of the therapy and how it works. Throughout the day attendees will be involved in skills-training exercises that teach Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. They will learn how to construct behavioral chain analyses that analyze a problem and offer a framework to solve it.
September 8 (Friday)–The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (6CEUs/CMEs).
5. Serious Mental Illness and Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders
This training focuses on people with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders who are most likely to seek, and receive, services in public sector and clinic-based settings. These individuals, who carry diagnoses of: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, complex trauma, and disabling anxiety and personality disorders present with a broad array of needs that involve thorough, and ongoing assessment combined with approaches that respect and empower the individual. It’s not a matter of “Gee, if they’d only stay on their medication.”
This workshop uses a flexible and integrated approach that helps clinicians prioritize the client’s goals and needs and how to turn these into action steps. This training strikes a balance between the regulatory realities clinicians face: Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, DPH, and such with how to effectively partner with clients in their recovery. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to work with dense case studies to problem solve through everything from diagnostic dilemmas to tangled psychosocial realities and access-to-care hurdles.
October 6 (Friday)–The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (6CEUs/CMEs).
As for book news, the final edits of Hound, the third in my (Caleb James’s) Haffling trilogy are complete. The release date is in October. This final chapter focuses on the heroism of confronting addiction, whether to drugs or to impossible relationships. For anyone who’d like a snippet from book two, Exile,here’s a post I put up for July 4th on the subject of freedom.
For anyone who’d like to arrange a workshop or other event, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m currently booking into the middle of 2018 so the more lead time, the better. Also, starting in December I will again hit the road with PESI and a new co-occurring workshop. The first stops will be in White Plains, Plainview, and Manhattan.