Trainings for Clinicians

I am pleased to be able to offer three trainings for agencies and private practitioners. I also offer individual consultation for therapists and other providers.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (2-3 hours)

In this training I introduce key concepts of Motivational Interviewing (MI). We discuss the specific ways that MI can help your clients develop motivation to change problematic and risky behaviors (e.g. substance use disorders, poor eating habits, treatment engagement and adherance, and tobacco use). Strengthen your ability to motivate your clients to make and maintain positive changes. You will become familiar with the spirit, principles and basic techniques of MI. Through interactive exercises, role-play, practice, video, and case examples, you will learn to apply MI flexibly and effectively and to make it a natural and integrated part of your clinical practice.

Integrating DBT in Primary Care Settings (2 hours)

In this training I provide a history and overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) intended for health/mental health professionals who wish to acquaint themselves with the treatment and incorporate it specifically into their work in primary care. The dialectical nature of DBT is explained via the synthesis of change-based (cognitive/behavioral therapy) and acceptance-based interventions (validation). The core components of DBT - Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness - are discussed with particular attention paid to adapting the skills for short/structured visits. You will learn how to integrate DBT philosophies and skills into your work with patients presenting with a wide array of issues.

Introduction to Seeking Safety (2 hours)

In this training I introduce the 5 key principles of Seeking Safety and the 25 treatment topics, each a safe coping skill. Through engaging in interactive exercises, practice, and video, you will learn how to implement a Seeking Safety group in your practice or agency, and/or use it individually with clients. Seeking Safety is an evidence-based model, with over 45 published research articles and consistently positive results and high satisfaction. It has been studied in a broad range of populations in terms of ethnic diversity, gender, setting, and severity of trauma history and addiction. 

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change.  It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.
— Miller and Rollnick 2012
DBT is the only treatment that has been shown effective in multiple trials across numerous independent research studies. DBT is effective at reducing suicidal behavior and is cost-effective in comparison to both standard treatment and community treatments...It is currently the gold-standard treatment for borderline personality disorder and has demonstrated utility in the treatment of high substance abuse and eating disorders.
— Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP - Behavioral Tech
Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It can be conducted in group (any size) and/or individual modality. It is an extremely safe model as it directly addresses both trauma and addiction, but without requiring clients to delve into the trauma narrative (the detailed account of disturbing trauma memories), thus making it relevant to a very broad range of clients and easy to implement.

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