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May 2 Compassionate Care Seminar Responding to the Homeless Individual with Mental Health Needs Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm (11:30 – 12:00 pm: Check-in, Vender Visitation) Washington County Library, Community Room 1 & 2, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, 21740. This complimentary seminar, being held in recognition of Mental Health Month, is designed to help attendees understand the mental health concerns that the homeless population may be facing. Attendees will learn to recognize potentially disruptive situations and how to respond appropriately to individuals who are uncooperative, confused or agitated. This is an excellent educational opportunity for pastors, church members, parish nurses, business operators, law enforcement and other community members.  

May 19 The Hemingway Curse: A Study in Family Depression, Substance Abuse and Suicide Friday, May 19, 2017, 8:30 am – 3:45 pm (8:00 – 8:30 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast – Lunch provided) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  The dynamics of the Hemingway multigenerational family history will be used in this seminar as a template for exploring the DSM-5 depressive disorders and related conditions, co-occurring illnesses, substance abuse and suicide within families. Seminar content will include evidence-based aspects of the heritable and environmental origins of depressive illness, exploration of documented suicide risk factors, acute illness intervention factors, evidence-based individual and family interventions, and suicide prevention strategies.  

June 1 CBT: Helping Children & Adolescents Identify and Change Unhealthy Thoughts Thursday, June 1, 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. Cognitive behavior therapy is the most evidenced-based treatment for several mental health disorders in both children and adolescents. This 4-hour workshop will include demonstration and practice of several techniques to improve the therapists’ skills in helping the client move from unhealthy to healthy thinking.  

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. 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.  

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