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Problem-solving therapy, originated by Marvin Goldfried and further developed by Thomas D’Zurilla, Arthur Nezu, and colleagues, is based in cognitive-behavioral theory and uses many familiar cognitive and behavioral techniques. Effective problem solving, according to the social problem-solving model, offers a structured approach to coping and adjustment to major and minor life events. In brief, social problem solving is a rational and systematic way of thinking about problems in daily living. The major components of social problem solving include the following: problem orientation, problem definition and formulation, generation of alternatives, decision-making, solution implementation and verification.

This introductory training course is designed to provide learners with an understanding and ability to implement this empirically-supported, manually-driven approach to help persons cope with daily medical and non-medical problems resulting from diagnosis, treatment, terminal illness, or living with medical conditions. Emphasis will be on problem-solving therapy for persons with medical conditions such as cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, and cardiac disorders; discussion and examples of problem-solving therapy’s application to treatment of anxiety and depression will also be highlighted. Problem solving techniques can also be used in stress management training, couples therapy, management of acute, chronic, and terminal health-related problems, and programs or interventions designed to enhance quality of life and well-being.

Methods of instruction will include interactive lecture, video and live demonstrations, and role-playing. Foundations in cognitive and behavioral therapies are useful for advancing participants’ ability to implement this therapy.

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the social problem-solving model of distress, and how to assess and teach problem-solving skills to persons with medical conditions and other emotional difficulties.
  • Examine individual differences and diversity among persons and populations and how problem-solving therapy can be instrumental in facilitating individual coping across backgrounds.
  • Identify, define, and help clients overcome maladaptive behavioral response styles to problems.
  • Understand how to adapt problem solving therapy and skills training for different formats (i.e., couples, groups, workshops).

Presenter: Stephanie H. Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

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 MedicFelgiose, Stephanieine. 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: Friday, May 16, 2014

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 and NJ Social Workers

$110.00

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Military Sexual Trauma among women and men veterans of Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom is a major emerging issue for our time. The most widely type of trauma researched thus far is trauma in female veterans who experienced sexual assault (MST) while serving in the military. Despite recent and ongoing research, the study of MST is still in its infancy stage. This presentation will explore risk factors, prevalence, mental and physical consequences and implications for treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the prevalence of Military Sexual Trauma among women veterans of OIF and OEF.
  2. Describe the risk factors associated with sexual assault.
  3. Explore many of the key points presently researched including mental health and physical health consequences.
  4. Discuss mental health treatment interventions with the strongest levels of empirical support including Prolonged Exposure Treatment and Cognitive Processing Therapy among others.

Presenter:DeCesare, Nancy

Sister Nancy DeCesare has over thirty years of experience working in the fields of administration, social work and teaching. As a frontline social worker on the streets of New York City, a supervisor, and executive director and now as an associate professor of Human Services at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA She holds both bachelors and masters in Social Work from Marywood University, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Sister received her PhD in Clinical Social Work from the Shirley M. Ehrenkraus School of Social work, New York University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and Pennsylvania.

Sister has received many honors for her work with marginalized populations including the National Jefferson Award, an award founded by Jackie Kennedy given for outstanding public service, the No Time to Lose Award, presented by the Governor of New York and the Beloved Award for her work with street children.

Sister is the former Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, an international program for homeless youth. In addition, Sister is a grant writer, teacher and author. She has served on several boards including the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation and the Governor’s Advisory Board for People with Disabilities for the state of Pennsylvania.

Sister Nancy’s professional life has complemented her desire to make a difference. Her research centers on improving both personal and educational opportunities for young people. Her work in the areas of social policy, mental health and clinical counseling are notable. In 2010, Sister started The Soldiers Project for the State of Pennsylvania. The Soldiers Project provides services to veterans and their loved ones from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts free of charge. It is part of the National program of The Soldiers Project. The Soldiers Project PA also provides ongoing continuing education opportunities about the psychological effects of war.  These trainings are open to the public, and free to members of The Soldiers Project. 

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 8:30am Registration, Workshop 9am to 4pm

Location: Belmont Behavioral Health

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

$110.00

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According to Alfred Kasdushin, long considered the father of social work supervision, there are three components to effective social work supervision: administrative, educational and supportive. Supervisors must provide all three components to new and seasoned social workers in order to be an effective supervisor.

This training will address the various areas of educational supervision – how the supervisor teaches his or her supervisees what he or she needs to know to get the job done. This includes helping staff develop professionally, solve problems, develop self-awareness and giving feedback to the supervisee.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of this six hour training, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize the six principles of learning
  • Discuss the three stages of staff development and identify his/her own staff within this framework
  • Learn how to give constructive feedback
  • Identify supervisee resistance and how to help him/her develop self-awareness

Presenter: Allene Lyons, LCSW Lyons, Allene

Allene Lyons graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1974.  Her career has been spent in the mental health sector, working in a variety of settings with children and their families. For the past 20 years Allene’s career path has gone from Clinical Supervisor to Director to Regional Director of Behavioral Health for a number of agencies overseeing multiple programs. In addition, Allene has provided clinical trainings to a variety of agencies. Allene’s interest is in providing clinical supervision to graduate students and clinicians working towards their LCSW.

 

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

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 and NJ Social Workers

$110.00

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SUMMARY

According to Alfred Kasdushin, long considered the father of social work supervision, there are three components to effective social work supervision: administrative, educational and supportive. Supervisors must provide all three components to new and seasoned social workers in order to be an effective supervisor.

This training will address the various areas of supportive supervision – how the supervisor motivates his or her staff, the use of empathy, secondary trauma and how it effects staff’s ability to provide services (including burnout), and recognizing and rewarding staff.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of this six hour training, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a positive work environment
  • Discuss the five modes of empathy and when to use each with staff
  • Discuss the characteristics of vicarious trauma and how to assist the worker in coping with it
  • Develop ways to reward staff for a job well doneLyons, Allene

Presenter: Allene Lyons, LCSW

Allene Lyons graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1974.  Her career has been spent in the mental health sector, working in a variety of settings with children and their families. For the past 20 years Allene’s career path has gone from Clinical Supervisor to Director to Regional Director of Behavioral Health for a number of agencies overseeing multiple programs. In addition, Allene has provided clinical trainings to a variety of agencies. Allene’s interest is in providing clinical supervision to graduate students and clinicians working towards their LCSW.

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 – 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 and NJ Social Workers

$110.00

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