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Helping Clients Ovecome FONO (Fear of Normal)

Wednesday, June 25, 2022, Catholic Charities via Zoom
8:25am-12:35pm

An emerging body of research shows that most Americans reported negative mental health effects related to the primary and secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rates of anxiety, depression, addiction, fatal overdoses and suicide skyrocketed during the pandemic, leading to a mental health epidemic of global proportions. Unsurprisingly, those most affected were the most vulnerable in our society, including kids, teens, young adults, people with pre-existing mental illnesses or other social, cultural, and economic disadvantages. 

The demand for counseling has never been greater, with some research showing that more Americans sought counseling for the first time during the pandemic. While the rise in telehealth has expanded access to care for many in need of treatment, counselors are struggling to meet the increased demand for their services. Higher rates of burnout, vicarious trauma, and personal hardships and impacts related to the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic have further strained our field.

This course will review key findings about the widespread mental health effects of the pandemic, as well as providing insight into how to best support the changing needs of clients in a post-pandemic world. As societies around the world open back up, a growing number of people (including counselors) are struggling with FONO (a fear of returning to normal). A comprehensive overview of FONO will be provided, along with skills to help clinicians recognize and overcome this fear as they return to pre-pandemic routines.

Course learning objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the most commonly reported mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, associated risk factors, and populations most likely to be affected
  2. Participants will identify signs and symptoms of FONO, which often manifests as symptoms of generalized or social anxiety, phobias, OCD, PTSD or mood disorders and how to differentiate these in clients, families, and themselves
  3. Participants will learn about specific changes in the demand, delivery, and structure of therapy and ways to adapt their practice and approach to continue to improve access and quality of treatment
  4. Participants will learn about individualized methods to support clients and families struggling with post-pandemic transitions, including research-backed and evidence-informed interventions

Agenda:

8:25am-8:45am: Introductions & overview of agenda & course format

8:45am-9:30am: Review of direct and indirect effects of the pandemic on mental illness, risk and protective factors, and populations most likely to be affected

  • Major findings that demonstrate 3x rises in anxiety and depression, 2x rise in SI, 20-30% rise in fatal overdoses, and other concerning findings in recent studies
  • Examples and case studies to illustrate the primary and secondary stressors and risk factors associated with poorer outcomes and declines in mental wellbeing during the pandemic
  • Review of vulnerable populations most likely to experience negative psychological effects related to the pandemic, including kids, teens, young adults, abusive families, or those with other risk factors or disadvantages
  • Review of resilience and protective factors proven to provide a buffer against negative psychological effects related to the pandemic

9:30am-10:30am: Introduction to the term “FONO”, research and studies that illustrate this phenomena, case examples, and differential diagnosis 

  • Defining FONO as “fear of normal” and describing how, when, and why it is an emerging trend in mental health
  • Description of different clinical manifestations of FONO with case examples and researched trends
  • Examining key differences between FONO as an adjustment disorder vs chronic mental health conditions including anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, PTSD, and SUD
  • What to look and listen for when assessing FONO, setting individualized goals for treatment, and making a comprehensive treatment plan to address relevant issues and needs of clients and families

10:30am-10:40am: Break

10:40am-12:00pm: Implications of post-pandemic societal changes affecting the field of mental health and the role, setting, and structure of individual and family treatment, introduction to a variety of evidence-informed interventions to help clients and families with FONO successfully transition to pre-pandemic routines

  • Review of specific impacts on counselors and mental health professionals related to mental wellbeing, burnout and barriers in the delivery of services
  • Burnout prevention, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma and ways mental health professionals can monitor, prevent, and manage these issues to minimize interference in clinical work
  • Discussion of telehealth, continued coverage of telehealth, benefits and challenges for individual and family therapists & ways to optimize engagement and progress online
  • Open dialogue about safety protocols for those returning to in-person work in office or home settings and assessment of pros & cons of virtual vs in-person treatment
  • Evidence-informed interventions for clients experiencing different clinical presentations of FONO:
    *Exposure therapy for anxious, avoidant or phobic clients struggling with avoidance
    *Stress management, burnout prevention, and ways to help working individuals self-advocate in work settings
    *Case management services to support clients struggling to transition including ADA and
    IEP accommodations, ESA letters, and other methods of advocacy,
    * Behavioral activation for individuals struggling with depressive symptoms, social withdrawal, and avoidance
    * Trauma-informed interventions for individuals and families who experienced trauma, loss, or hardship during the pandemic
    *Lifestyle medicine for kids, teens, parents, and families including reduction of screentime, emphasis on quality time and family activities, and open communication and support
    *Social skills, conflict resolution and communication training to improve confidence, reduce social anxiety, and prepare kids, teens, and adults for a return to in-person social and vocational activities
    *Collaborative work with caregivers and school personnel to support kids and teens struggling socially or academically in schools
    *Stress management techniques including relaxation training, mindfulness, healthy lifestyles, CBT reframing, acceptance, self-compassion, and other proven remedies to aid regulation

12:20-12:35pm: Wrap up, summary, and Q & A

About The Trainer
Hailey Shafir is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, a licensed addiction specialist, and a board-approved clinical supervisor for newly licensed mental health and addiction counselors. She has more than a decade of experience providing counseling, developing programs for at-risk youth, people struggling with addictions, and providing training and supervision for clinicians. She is the owner of several businesses including Keep Counsel, Plan-it Therapy, IndyWind, and Therapy Cred. Hailey is also a content writer and medical peer reviewer for Addictions.com, the National Drug Helpline, Choosing Therapy, Rehab Adviser, Searchlight, Social Pro Now, and other sites, and has worked to develop online recovery apps and programs for people struggling with addictions and impulse control disorders.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
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What Didn’t Get to Happen: Understanding the Lasting Effects of Childhood Trauma & Helping Clients Heal

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Catholic Charities via Zoom
8:30am-12:30pm

Extensive research has shown that childhood trauma has many adverse physical, social, and emotional effects that can persist across the lifespan. This course will provide an advanced understanding of these effects with specific examples of ways they can present later in life. Clinicians will also learn about specific relationship patterns, mental illnesses, and physical health problems that are commonly reported by people who experience different types of early trauma.

Clinicians will be provided with case studies, breakout activities, and interactive discussions aimed at helping to identify old trauma wounds and to facilitate the healing process. A wide range of theories, interventions, and exercises will be shared and practiced to help equip clinicians with applicable skills they can use in sessions. Clinicians will leave the training with a more advanced understanding of childhood trauma, how it can show up later in life, and specific ways to help clients build resilience and begin the process of healing.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Participants will learn about major findings of the Adverse Childhood Events study including specific adult risk health and mental health factors linked to childhood trauma
  2. Participants will become familiar with the ACES, PCES, and Adult Resilience surveys and know how to use these responsibly in therapy sessions with clients and families
  3. Participants will be able to identify the 3 categories of coping styles, examples of maladaptive styles of coping, ways they can manifest in adulthood
  4. Participants will learn at least 3 different trauma interventions drawn from Evidence Based Practices they can use with survivors of childhood trauma to help build resilience

Agenda:

8:30am-8:45am: Introductions & overview of agenda & course format

8:45-10:30am: Introduction & review of ACES, PCES and Adult Resilience surveys:

  • Major findings of the foundational Keisler ACEs study & specific risk factors correlated with high ACE scores
  • Overview of attachment wounds and trauma responses and what to look and listen for in sessions
  • Introduction to ACES & PCES surveys, how to use them, ethical and therapeutic benefits & risks associated with their use, as well how to identify and prevent retraumatization and ‘flooding’ in sessions
  • How to provide psychoeducation to clients about ACE scores and childhood trauma
  • Strengths-based approaches that can be used to incorporate PCES and Adult Resilience surveys with clients who experienced childhood trauma

10:30-10:40am: Break

10:40-12:200pm: Identifying coping styles & helping clients who experienced childhood trauma heal using Evidence-based treatment interventions:

  • Introduction to the 3 major styles of coping and examples and case studies of each
  • Breakout activities with case studies to identify coping styles and evaluate adaptive and maladaptive consequences of different coping skills
  • Examples of interpersonal patterns and conflict and communication styles typical in those who experienced early childhood adversity and trauma
  • Review of corrective emotional experiences in counseling, their effects, and how to facilitate the use of them to accelerate healing in clients who experiences early trauma and attachment wounds
  • Review, role-play, and practice of interventions for trauma drawn from: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including TF-CBT), Somatic theories (EMDR, SE and EFT), & 3rd wave behavior therapies (including DBT, MBCT, and ACT)

12:20-12:30pm: Wrap up, summary, and Q & A

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

About The Trainer
Hailey Shafir is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, a licensed addiction specialist, and a board-approved clinical supervisor for newly licensed mental health and addiction counselors. She has more than a decade of experience providing counseling, developing programs for at-risk youth, people struggling with addictions, and providing training and supervision for clinicians. She is the owner of several businesses including Keep Counsel, Plan-it Therapy, IndyWind, and Therapy Cred. Hailey is also a content writer and medical peer reviewer for Addictions.com, the National Drug Helpline, Choosing Therapy, Rehab Adviser, Searchlight, Social Pro Now, and other sites, and has worked to develop online recovery apps and programs for people struggling with addictions and impulse control disorders.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.

Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships in Multi-Stressed Families

Thursday, 3/10/22, Venango County via Zoom
8:30am-12:30pm

Children treated for serious emotional problems in community agencies often live in multi-stressed families.  These families face grave and chronic personal, social, and economic challenges which can impede caregiving and disrupt family process.  Developmental science suggests that the parent-child relationship is one of the most important protective factors for children who are struggling, yet it is severely threatened in multi-stressed families.  This workshop presents an attachment-focused eco-systemic lens for identifying risk in the parent-child relationship, and how to use experiential methods such as enactment to help strengthen these relationships.   This interactive training will demonstrate concepts and methods through review of treatment videotapes.

Objectives 

As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to:

  1. Describe the science on the role of the parent-child relationship as both a risk and protective factor  
  2.  Identify common psychological and relational barriers which can create ambivalence in caregiver’s commitment to leaning into the parent role
  3. Describe how to use enactments to facilitate emotional connection and boundary setting 

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.

Recognizing & Responding to Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Catholic Charities via Zoom
9:00am-4:00pm

The US is currently experiencing simultaneous public health issues.  The COVID crisis is obvious but the other crisis, trauma created and maintained by patterns of violence, is often less visible and gets too little attention.  Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is of pandemic proportions.  IPV creates adverse childhood experiences as well as significant life adversity for adults, both of which are social determinants of health linked to chronic disease, poor health outcomes, and premature death.  Utilizing a trauma focused lens, this training explores contributing factors of IPV, including what many families describe as generational curses related to IPV.  This training highlights the contexts that maintain and perpetuate these “curses” involving the intergenerational transmission of this form of violence.  Videos and case scenarios are utilized to help identify different types of IPV, the structural and systemic issues that intersect with IPV, and the indicators for predicting lethality. 

 As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Explain the link between IPV, adverse childhood experiences, and the long-term adverse effects on adult physical, emotional, and relational health. 
  2. Describe the Cycle of Violence 
  3. Describe the role of intersectionality and systemic structural issues that contribute to re-traumatization of individuals and families seeking services and support
  4. Explain the role of stigma and the concept of generational curses in the intergenerational transmission of IPV  
  5. Identify types and lethality indicators for IPV  

Agenda
9:00am-12:00pm: Objectives 1-3
12:00-1:00pm: Break
1:30-4:00pm: Objectives 4-5

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


About The Trainer

Lisa Christian is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She completed a post graduate training program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center (PCFTTC) where she is a faculty member.  She is employed full time at the Anti Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) and has been working in the area of victim’s services for the past 5-years.  At AVP she provides in-office individual and family therapy as well as in school counseling, trauma focused crisis response, clinical consultation, training and support to middle/high school students and faculty impacted by violence and violent crime. She also provides clinical supervision, training and support to the Philadelphia (CARES) Peer Crisis Response Program.  Prior to her work in victim services, she worked in varied capacities with homeless adolescents and families for 26-years. She has an extensive background as a trainer, group and workshop facilitator. Her engaging and interactive teaching style incorporates more than 30-years of work as a practitioner in homeless as well as victim services.  

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.

Shifting Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

Thursday, 10/7/21, Venango County Human Services via Zoom
8:30am-12:30pm

Therapists working in the community see many families who are stuck in negative, self-defeating interactional patterns that create a toxic relational environment for their children and themselves. These negative patterns result in caregivers struggling to find empathy and compassion for their children and struggling to maintain a leadership role in the family.  Caregivers often also struggle with co-parenting with their partners. Therapists relying strictly on methods directed at changing cognitions or behavior often fail with multi-stressed families.  This workshop describes how to use a method that is the cornerstone of EcoSystemic approaches to family therapy – enactments. This approach involves therapists assuming a facilitative role, seizing on opportunities in sessions to help family members to experience themselves in more functional interactions with one another. 

Objectives 

As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of supportive counseling, psychoeducation, coaching, and enactment in family therapy
  2. Describe the nature of an enactment and the reasons this approach is effective in shifting negative family patterns
  3. Recognize when to use an enactment in sessions and how to set it up to be effective

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.