Workshops

The course objectives are to provide information to clinicians that define, introduce and utilize yoga practices appropriate for clinical settings (no mat or yoga experience required), and to help clinicians think about appropriately applying these techniques with their clients. This includes the yogic view of positive mental health, mood assessment and bringing balance to the emotional body.  Participants will learn practices that energize and reduce feelings of lethargy and depression as well as learn practices that calm agitation and feelings of anxiety.  Another goal of the workshop is to help clinicians develop a plan to use these practices to better care for themselves, and to more effectively encourage clients to use these practices when appropriate.

RELEVANCE TO SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION:

Research data continues to mount proving the efficacy and helpfulness of meditation and other aspects of yoga.  Knowledge about and ability to integrate these practices will enhance what social workers can offer their clients, especially at times when talking and thinking become circular and ruminative, and when the client becomes “stuck”.  These yoga practices offer clients a way to achieve their therapeutic goals by accessing the wisdom of the body (through simple yet effective breathing and body sensing) to calm the anxious mood and bring more energy to the depressed one. These practices do not require yoga training or any modification to the clinician’s work setting.

GOALS:

  • Learn and practice evidence-based yoga practices for anxiety, depression and trauma;
  • Learn about current research in psychoneurobiology that supports ancient practices;
  • Learn and practice self-regulation through yoga breathing and yoga nidra;
  • Learn about Yoga Psychology: positive mental health in yogic terms as a non-pathological framework for working with clients.

SUMMARY:

The yogic strategies and practices will be woven both didactically and experientially throughout the day.  We will begin with an explanation of yoga philosophy and how current science is validating these ancient practices. We will focus specifically upon those practices that do not require a yoga background (or a mat).  Participants’ social work/ mental health backgrounds will be used as the template into which tools of assessment and practical interventions can be woven. The importance of self-care will be highlighted with opportunities to experience how to use these techniques to serve ourselves so that we are better able to serve our clients.

PRESENTER:

Sherry G. Rubin, LCSW, RYT

Sherry received her MSW in 1976 and became a certified yoga teacher in 1999. The blend of therapeutic and yogic wisdom evident in her teaching practices has been earned with experience. Sherry has worked with clients in a variety of settings from schools, child welfare, addictions, community service agencies and private practice.

On the national level Sherry hSherry Rubinas assisted Amy Weintraub, who developed LifeForceYoga® and has published two books about the practice. Through assisting and teaching with Amy over the past five years, Sherry has seen the results first hand: literally hundreds of people have been helped by these ancient teachings and practices.

Included in the offerings of this workshop are yoga nidra practices which Sherry has been studying and teaching since 2007.

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm

Location: Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s

$110.00

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Psychology and counseling had traditionally been problem-focused and emphasized decreasing pathology, maladaptive behaviors, and relief of stress and distress. However, the Positive Psychology movement (late 90’s) has recalibrated the evaluation of individuals’ needs, and brought about a more balanced conceptualization of how to help individuals maximize their satisfaction with life, while still aiming to decrease distress and alleviate suffering and problems. This movement has coincided with the evolution of job coaches, life coaches, mind-body interventions, and other positively-focused interventions to improve life satisfaction and happiness. Individuals need experts who are trained in both life enhancement and in issues typically addressed by social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.

QOL is often a goal of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Improving QOL has become an increasingly important focus of interprofessional care and behavioral medicine interventions for medical populations. This workshop is designed to teach individuals how to assess quality of life; how to help clients or patients identify areas of QOL that could be improved to enhance their resilience and prosocial areas of life to help buffer stressors and improve overall functioning; and how to use existing therapeutic skills to accomplish these goals. The workshop will address the use of cognitive- and behaviorally-based therapies to achieve these goals, and will introduce the more recently formulated QOL Therapy (Frisch, 2013). This presentation will incorporate the presenters more than 20 years of  experience in focusing on QOL in clinical practice and research with varied populations, such as persons presenting for outpatient psychotherapy and couples therapy, and in- and outpatient medical populations and/or caregivers of those with cardiac conditions, cancer, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease), Multiple Sclerosis, and other complex life circumstances.

Goals:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Operationally define quality of life (QOL) according to several leading sources, and guide patients to operationalize QOL for themselves.
    Be able to assess Quality of Life in all individuals who present for services, with consideration of cultural and individual differences.
  • Identify at least one general and one condition-specific QOL measure that can be used for assessment and outcome in clinical practice.
  • Identify and explain how QOL can be addressed through use of cognitive and behavioral therapies.
  • Explain what QOL Therapy (Frisch, 2013) is, and how treatment goals are made.

Objectives:

  • Learn different ways of operationally defining QOL.
  • Learn how to conduct a QOL assessment via interview and standardized measures.
  • Conceptualize QOL as targeted factors for goal-setting in therapy.

Presenter; Stephanie H. Felgoise, PhD, ABPP Felgiose, Stephanie

Dr. Felgoise is a licensed psychologist, Professor, Director of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her degrees and postdoctoral fellowship from Hahnemann (Drexel) University, and completed an APA-accredited internship UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ.  Dr. Felgoise earned her diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is a clinician, educator, mentor, scholar, researcher, and consultant trained in the scientist-practitioner model. She teaches doctoral courses and gives workshops regularly in Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients and general clinical populations; Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Improving Quality of Life; Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Health; Qualitative Methodology, among others.

Dr. Felgoise’s clinical research focuses on quality of life in, and psychosocial aspects of, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia condition). Research on these topics have emphasized factors relating to quality of life, social problem solving, coping and adjustment, resilience factors (hope, optimism, spirituality), and comorbid psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression). Her work has been grant supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. These research projects have been funded by the ALS Association and the Christopher Reeves Foundation, and presented at the Heart Rhythm Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Neurology Associations, and other conferences.  She and her collaborators have published their works in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Neurology, and Quality of Life journals.

Dr. Felgoise has also co-authored numerous national conference presentations in her areas of research, and previously on coping with cancer, including a book published by the American Psychological Association, Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach.  She is also an associate editor and author for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies by Kluewer, and co-author of a graduate textbook, Clinical Psychology: Integrating Science and Practice.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Felgoise has been an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, American Psychological Association, Div. 12 (Clinical), Div. 38 (Health), Div. 54 (Pediatrics), the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Consulting Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Psycho-Oncology and others.

Dr. Felgoise has been in private practice for 15 years helping individuals cope and adjust to daily life stressors, medical conditions, sexual health and dysfunction, couples and family problems, anxiety, grief, depression, and helping individuals improve their overall quality of life and positive experiences by use of problem solving therapy and other empirically-supported cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 12pm

Location: Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Credits: 3 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s

$55.00

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This 1-day program will be an interactive, experiential, and didactic training based on Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition (Miller & Rollnick, 2013) which includes important updates to the framework of MI. This workshop is appropriate for participants who have had limited or no prior exposure to MI. Participants who have had some formal training previously in Motivational Interviewing may find this day to be a useful refresher.

Trainees can expect a fun, challenging 8 hours where they will explore their experiences as clinicians and practice MI skills at a beginner’s level. The day will begin with a discussion of barriers to behavior change, the role of empathy in the change process, and a brief history of the development of Motivational Interviewing. Core topics that will be covered include OARS, MI Spirit, change talk, the 4 processes of a change conversation, avoiding clinical “traps,” and approaches to client discord. Video demonstrations will show expert application of MI and experiential activities will guide trainees in trying out MI in real plays.

Trainer: Scott Glassman, Psy.D. Glassman, Scott

Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Associate Director of MS Program in Mental Health Counseling at PCOM

Scott Glassman is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the MS Program in Mental Health Counseling at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his doctorate from PCOM in Clinical Psychology in 2012 and consults with the Family Medicine department on patient-centered care and integration initiative. His dissertation examined the effects of MI on hope, meaning, and empowerment with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. He began practicing MI in 2007 and has applied it in mental health settings and medical settings. Scott joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in September 2012 and has offered trainings throughout the Philadelphia area.

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm

Location: Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131 

Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s

$110.00

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