Date Event Description
March 16 - March 17, 2018 Posttraumatic Stress and Related Disorders: The Latest From Neurobiology to Treatment

50- 70% of adults in the Unites States have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Up to 15% of them will go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a 12 month period, about 3.6% of the US population has PTSD. Rates are higher in women and military veterans. PTSD often goes unrecognized, with only about half of those suffering getting treatment for it, and even when they do get treatment, only 42% are getting minimally adequate treatment. Related disorders, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and substance abuse, add to the confusion in recognizing this disorder and providing effective treatment. The costs of untreated illness are high. People suffering from PTSD use medical and mental health services at much higher rates, even though their PTSD is often unrecognized, and the costs of decreased productivity, missed work, and disability add to the economic burden of this illness.

Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital are pleased to offer this comprehensive conference on Posttraumatic Stress and Related Disorders. This intensive, two-day course brings together some of the foremost authorities in the field, with expertise in not just the science of this disorder, but the art of treating suffering patients and families. Numerous aspects of treatment will be covered, including psychopharmacology, different psychotherapeutic approaches, family work, and neurotherapeutics. Additionally, emphasis on working with high-risk populations, such as women, veterans, and adolescents will be addressed. Diagnostic confusion and controversies around issues such as dissociation, distinguishing borderline personality disorder from complex PTSD, and substance abuse will also be addressed. Panel presentations, question and answer sessions, and other engaging learning formats will be used to assist you in developing new strategies that you can apply as soon as you return to your practice setting.

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.

May 18 - May 19, 2018 Addictions 2018
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It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from an addiction to alcohol or drugs and approximately 20% of all Americans smoke cigarettes. The recent surge of opioid addiction and deaths from overdose are a national crisis. The consequences of addiction are numerous; it results in myriad health problems, harms and disrupts families and other relationships, and can leave individuals isolated, depressed and even suicidal. Addictions can lead to vulnerability to comorbid disorders and comorbid disorders can sometimes lead to addictions, making treatment of either condition particularly complex. Individuals with an addiction often deny the extent of the problem and resist treatment altogether. Despite all of these difficulties, countless Americans confront and overcome their addictions every year, often with the help of healthcare professionals and formal treatment programs. McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital of Harvard Medical School, is pleased to offer this annual conference bringing together some of the foremost authorities in the addiction field. Topics will include new, evidence-based treatments, the nuances of treating comorbid disorders along with addiction, and special populations. We are honored to have a prestigious and accomplished faculty. Smaller, breakout sessions each afternoon will allow for in-depth exploration of topic areas in an interactive and stimulating format that should enhance learning and skill-building.