Session I: Friday, January 8 – Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:00 – 5:00 Held Remotely, Zoom link will be sent the week of the workshop Psychopharmacology for the Mental Health Professional Presented by: Olin Martin, MA, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC The aim of this course is to provide mental health clinicians a synopsis of the use of psychotropic medications for treating mental disorders. The emphasis is on what mental health clinicians need to know in order to provide clients with the best treatment possible. An overview of neurotransmitters, neuropathways and the mechanism of action of medication classes will be provided. Common terminology associated with psychotropic medications, who prescribes them and the role of the prescriber will be discussed. Different classes of medications will be reviewed with a chance to test knowledge both before and after each session. Case examples will also be provided to facilitate discussion and time will be allotted for Q and A. Learning Objectives: After completing the workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of: · How to best educate clients about their medications · What positive effects clients can hope to experience from specific medications · What side effects might clinicians observe and clients experience and how clinicians can help clients navigate them · What dangerous side effects clinicians should be aware of · How to effectively collaborate with prescribers Presenter Bios: Olin Martin, MA, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC Olin Martin graduated from the University of Montana in 2007 with an MA in mental health counseling. Work experience includes three years in school-based and residential counseling for adolescents and six years for the United States military as an embedded mental health counselor. In June of 2018 Olin graduated with a Master’s of Science in psychiatric nursing. While in school Olin worked as a psychiatric RN for an agency serving homeless and severely mentally ill clients on Social Security Disability and as a contractor for emergency departments in Seattle conducting psychiatric assessments. Olin’s clinical rotations included outpatient psychiatry at the Puget Sound VA in Seattle, inpatient psychiatry at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, WA and outpatient as well as consultation liaison psychiatry at Virginia Mason hospital in downtown Seattle. Olin currently works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Therapeutic Health Services in Seattle where he provides medication management, facilitates groups and provides training for clients and staff on psychotropic medications. In his spare time Olin likes to travel, try to be outdoorsy and follow the NBA. University of Montana Students cost to participate is $300. Community professionals cost to participate is $300.
Session II: Friday, January 29 – Saturday, January 30, 2021, 9:00 - 5:00 Held Remotely, Zoom link will be sent the week of the workshop Working Effectively with Parents Presented by: John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D
Parenting has always been challenging, but now, with ubiquitous social media influences, the global pandemic, and increasing rates of children’s mental health disorders, parenting in the 21st century is more stressful and demanding than ever before. As a consequence, many parents turn to mental health, healthcare, and school professionals for help with their family problems. However, partly because parents can be selective or picky consumers and partly because children’s problems can be complex and overwhelming, many professionals feel ill-prepared to work effectively with parents. This class will teach participants a model for working effectively with parents. The model, which has supporting research, can be used for brief individual consultations or longer-term parent counseling. Practitioners who want to work with parents will learn methods for quick rapport, collaborative problem formulation, initial interventions, and optional follow-up strategies. Learning Objectives:
Understand a consultation model, with supporting research, for working effectively with parents.
Learn skills for brief individual consultations or longer-term parent counseling.
Utilize methods for quick rapport, collaborative problem formulation, initial interventions, and optional follow-up strategies.
Presenter Bio: John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana, a clinical psychologist, and author or coauthor of over 100 publications, including nine books and numerous professional training videos. His books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen, Clinical Interviewing, Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Strengths-Based Approach, and more. John is a sought out keynote speaker and professional workshop trainer in the areas of (a) counseling youth, (b) working with parents, (c) suicide assessment, and (d) happiness. He has published many newspaper columns, Op-Ed pieces, and an article in Slate Magazine. He is also co-host of the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast.
University of Montana Students cost to participate is $540 (this includes both the Working Effectively with Parents & Promoting Professional Resiliency Workshops). Community professionals cost to participate is $300.
Session III: Friday, February 19- Saturday, February 20, 2021, 9:00 - 5:00 Promoting Professional Resiliency: Combating Compassion Fatigue Julie Ballew, Ph.D., LCPC
This professional training is designed for workers in caring professions including: mental health and health professionals, school employees, law enforcement professionals, among others. Participants will learn the essentials of preventing compassion fatigue and bolstering their resiliency. This knowledge will be highlighted with opportunities for professional caregivers to continue the process of intentional self-growth and maturation. This is an invitation to rediscover joy, purpose and enthusiasm in their professional mission in the midst of challenging and sometimes painful work. A combination of didactic, reflective, and experiential learning activities will be utilized. Participants will be provided with the training’s companion workbook, “Professional Resilience: Helping Doesn’t Have To Hurt” by J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC and Marette Monson, LCSW. This workshop is based off of Dr. J. Eric Gentry’s compassion fatigue seminar and the training itself is an evidence-based treatment for ameliorating the symptoms of compassion fatigue. Learning Objectives:
Understand the history, causes, treatment and prevention of work-related stress for professional caregivers
Identify the true causes of stress in personal and professional life
Learn skills for successful self-regulation of anxiety, no matter the external context
Develop knowledge and skills necessary to prevent the symptoms of work-related stress and fatigue through enhanced resiliency
Utilize self-regulation and perceptual maturation skills to significantly lessen the negative effects of work
Develop a self-directed Professional Resiliency Plan that can be easily integrated into professional practice and personal life
Presenter Bio: Julie Ballew, Ph. D., LCPC Julie Ballew, LCPC, CCFP has over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. Her professional interests include: promoting resiliency, trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, and couples counseling. Following her passions, she completed advanced training to become a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) as well as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. She has witnessed burnout and secondary traumatic stress symptoms in the workplace (and in her own life) and is passionate about educating professionals about the topic and assisting the cultivation professional resiliency. As a recent graduate of the Counselor Education and Counseling at the University of Montana, she balances her studies with a part-time private counseling practice. Additionally, Julie facilitates resiliency workshops and groups. She can often be found along a mountain trail with her beloved husband and dogs.
University of Montana Students cost to participate is $540 (this includes both the Working Effectively with Parents & Promoting Professional Resiliency Workshops). Community professionals cost to participate is $315.
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