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July 22, 2017 General Psychiatric Management (GPM) Workshop
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This 1-day course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach General Psychiatric Management (GPM, which has been demonstrated to equal Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s (DBT) effectiveness in treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (McMain et al., 2009). The course teaches psychiatrists and other primary care clinicians what they need to know to become competent providers who can derive satisfaction from treating these patients.

Management strategies such as involving practicality, good sense, and flexibility are emphasized. Listening, validation, judicious self-disclosures and admonishments create a positive relationship in which both a psychiatrists’ concerns and limitations are explicit. Techniques and interventions that facilitate the patient’s trust and willingness to become a proactive collaborator will be described. Guidelines for managing the common and usually most burdensome issues of managing suicidality and self-harm (e.g. intersession crises, threats as a call-for-help, excessive use of ER’s or hospitals) will be reviewed. How and when psychiatrists can usefully integrate group, family, or other psychotherapies will be described.

The course utilizes small group and large group discussion, video clips and clinical vignettes to promote interactive learning and a comprehensive understanding of the treatment.

November 6 - November 7, 2017 Technology in Psychiatry Summit 2017: Building a More Accessible Future
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Technology in Psychiatry Summit 2017
Building a More Accessible Future

The Technology in Psychiatry Summit will bring together leaders in mental health, data science, and health technology to define specific goals for shaping mental health care and research in the years to come, focusing on the following questions:

  • How do we leverage technology and data analytics to increase the accessibility and research of mental health care services?
  • How do we build a predictive science of mental health, that will allow us to identify who is most at risk and when?
  • How do we ethically address the needs for openness, transparency, engagement, and privacy in the digital era?
February 15 - February 17, 2018 Miami--Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Basic Training
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This will be a 3 full-day intensive course specializing in Mentalization Based Therapy training for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. MBT was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment.

Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice skills. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of interactions with the patient. The therapist stance is of particular importance and differs from the usual therapist stance encountered in psychodynamic and cognitive therapies. It is more active and participatory than dynamic therapy but less specifically so than cognitive therapy and not only focuses on the mind of the patient but also openly juxtaposes the mind of the therapist with that of the patient/family. It shares some components with systemic family therapy but has different aims. Importantly the therapist takes a ‘not knowing’ stance and yet explicitly develops with the patient or family alternative perspectives about what is happening. Participants will learn how to use their own experiences of the patient as a way of increasing mentalizing within therapeutic encounters. The course considers techniques, such as clarification, challenge and basic mentalizing in the context of some of the common clinical situations encountered in treatment with patients. This workshop would give social workers valuable therapy skills in the treatment of BPD patients either alone, or as a clinical team for inpatient unit.

This workshop will equip participants to understand:

  • How mentalizing handicaps derive from early parent-child interactions
  • How mentalizing failures reflect and cause insecure attachments
  • How psychotherapeutic interventions are efforts to correct mentalizing & attachment handicaps

Refund Policy: Due to the small nature of our trainings, the BPD Training Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.

March 23 - March 24, 2018 Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) Conference
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The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) conference is a two-day conference focused on a comprehensive overview of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a prevalent disorder that complicates the care of its co-morbidities. While traditionally characterized by a pervasive sense of grandiosity, need for admiration, interpersonal exploitiveness, and lack of empathy, narcissistic personality is highly stigmatized, poorly understood, and treated with typically incoherent or out-of-date treatment approaches. Experts in the field will present on NPD theory, etiology, and treatment and attendees will engage in discussions to further their understanding of NPD. The conference will include presentations, question and answer sessions, clinical presentations, panel discussions, and group discussions. Over the course of two days, speakers will approach NPD from a variety of theoretical perspectives and multiple veins of empirical research.

Refund Policy: Due to the small nature of this training, refunds cannot be granted. If the registrant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.

April 19 - April 21, 2018 Boston--Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Basic Training
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This will be a 3 full-day intensive course specializing in Mentalization Based Therapy training for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. MBT was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment.

Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice skills. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of interactions with the patient. The therapist stance is of particular importance and differs from the usual therapist stance encountered in psychodynamic and cognitive therapies. It is more active and participatory than dynamic therapy but less specifically so than cognitive therapy and not only focuses on the mind of the patient but also openly juxtaposes the mind of the therapist with that of the patient/family. It shares some components with systemic family therapy but has different aims. Importantly the therapist takes a ‘not knowing’ stance and yet explicitly develops with the patient or family alternative perspectives about what is happening. Participants will learn how to use their own experiences of the patient as a way of increasing mentalizing within therapeutic encounters. The course considers techniques, such as clarification, challenge and basic mentalizing in the context of some of the common clinical situations encountered in treatment with patients. This workshop would give social workers valuable therapy skills in the treatment of BPD patients either alone, or as a clinical team for inpatient unit.

This workshop will equip participants to understand:

  • How mentalizing handicaps derive from early parent-child interactions
  • How mentalizing failures reflect and cause insecure attachments
  • How psychotherapeutic interventions are efforts to correct mentalizing & attachment handicaps

Refund Policy: Due to the small nature of this training, refunds cannot be granted. If the registrant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.

April 21 - April 22, 2018 Mentalization-Based Treatment: Practitioner Level
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This workshop is suitable for mental health and other professionals who are interested in the treatment of personality disorders and have already completed the 3-day Basic MBT Training. Participants are expected to have been using mentalizing skills in their everyday practice and, when possible, to have participated in supervision.

This two-day workshop will expand on previous knowledge and embed the basic skills of MBT. Participants learn how to use the MBT adherence scale for individual therapy and hone their MBT skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays. Using video, participants demonstrate their use of basic interventions within a standardized scenario with an actor. This may be used towards recognition of competence and access to supervision to become a supervisor.

Refund Policy: Due to the small nature of this training, refunds cannot be granted. If the registrant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.