Assessment and counselling are integral components of the psychotherapy process. Assessment occurs in the initial stages and is often ongoing to inform the psychotherapy process. Topics for this workshop will include mental status examinations, psychometrics, screening measures, and limitations of self-report. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a broader understanding of general assessments for psychotherapists.
Personality. How often have you heard someone say: “It's just the way I am/She/He is/They are.”? What do you find first comes to mind for you? A word used but often misunderstood and even misapplied at times. A model for the New Big Five is used to zoom in on personality, and four of the five major sections are unpacked. This six-session composition is designed to unpack, educate, reorganize, and vitalize the perception of how to work with your clients.
DBT is the gold standard treatment for severe emotion dysregulation, particularly for clients who are at high risk for suicide or who have multiple comorbidities. This workshop will begin with a description of the transdiagnostic biosocial model of emotion dysregulation and how this theory informs case conceptualization and treatment
Psychological practice invariably leads to encounters with third parties and organizations requesting access to our work: From a client requesting a simple treatment summary letter, to a lawyer’s request for a copy of a clinical file and even a subpoena to appear in Court. Most of us practice with the hopes of avoiding these types of situations—leaving us ill prepared to respond to them when they do and potentially exposing us to professional disciplinary action.
While the field of psychology continues to move toward greater cultural sensitivity, research, education, and practice remain grounded primarily in dominant Euro Western approaches.
This workshop will have both a professional and personal emphasis. Professionally, it is intended for those who are interested in learning more about working with older clients and their families. Personally, it will explore participants’ own planning for future aging and negotiating age-related transitions such as retirement
While there will be a brief review of diagnostic criteria, the workshop will address those with an existing knowledge base who are interested in developing greater clinical skills and understanding related to the first responder population.