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Sept 15 Mental Health Law & Ethics: Clinical Considerations Friday, September 15, 2017, 8:30 am – 11:45 am (8:00 – 8:30 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21740. It is estimated that between 30-40% of incarcerated individuals have a diagnosed mental health disorder. Mental health providers are increasingly being asked to testify in court as their clients initiate or respond to legal proceedings. It is important for the clinician to understand proceedings and how to appropriately respond to assure the most  factual exchange of information. This seminar will walk through the legal issues  associated with a court-involved client’s mental health treatment and offer valuable tips for the clinician who may be asked to be a part of the process.    

Oct 6 Neurological Impact of Substance Use/Disorder on the Brain Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:30 am – 11:45 am (8:00 – 8:30 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast) Mount St. Mary’s University –Frederick Conference Center, 5350 Spectrum Dr., Frederick, MD 21703.  Brian R. Sims, MD, forensic psychiatrist will discuss the neurological changes that occur in the brain as a result of substance use and substance use disorders and the short and long-term effects on the mental health of the individual. The connection between psychological trauma and substance use will be covered as well as the neurological changes that occur with different categories of substances. Useful assessment tools, interventions and treatment options will be provided.  

Oct. 20 Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Friday, October 20, 2017, 8:30 am – 3:45 pm (8:00 – 8:30 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast –Lunch will also be provided) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Rd, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.  This full-day training will offer clinicians the opportunity to learn new techniques in the treatment of individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental challenges. Assessment and treatment modalities will focus on the developmental, individual difference, relationship-based model, (DIR®/Floortime Model). Clinicians will learn how to use interventions based on emotional developmental levels which take into consideration the client’s ability to maintain calm, make emotional  connections, communicate back and forth, problem solve, share ideas and understand cause and effect. Specific tools and techniques will be presented that clinicians will be able to put to use in their own practices.  

Nov. 3 DBT Skills for Working with Parents Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:00 am – 12:15 pm (7:30 – 8:00 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Rd, Hagerstown, MD, 21740. This workshop will provide clinicians with effective tools to help them engage parents in a therapeutic process which will enable parents to learn effective parenting skills. Taught by an experienced clinical social worker and parent coach through anecdotes and the teaching of specific DBT skills, clinicians will learn strategies they can utilize to teach parents how to understand behaviors, recognize family patterns, and make effective parenting decisions to establish a healthy and safe environment for the entire family.  

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