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Jan. 30 – Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:30 – 11:45 am (Check-in 8:00 am) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.  This seminar will explore the characteristic behavioral disturbances of DMDD, diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis and provide practical, effective strategies and interventions. Distinguishing characteristics and similarities between DMDD, bipolar disorder (BD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) will also be covered.  

Mar. 6 - Understanding and Reducing Violence: The Role of Mental Health Providers and Pastors Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:00 am – 12:15 pm (Check-in 7:30 am) Brook Lane Community Room, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, Hagerstown, MD, 21742.  Throughout history, religious and psychological endeavors have had limited success in curbing societal violence. Using an anthropological and theological framework, this seminar will discuss the escalation of violence and explore the role of the counselor and pastor in helping to mitigate it. Brain research on mirror neurons, and psychological studies of imitative behavior, will be presented. These social issues will be discussed applying the Biblical  interpretive lens of Rene Girard, a French Christian anthropologist.    

Mar. 11 – Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:30 – 3:45 pm (Check-in 8:00 am) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.  This seminar held in recognition of Social Work Month, will explore the profound impact of traumatic stress on childhood development and healthy attachment, and provide helpful information for clinicians treating dissociation in children/adolescents who have suffered early trauma.  

April 3 – Bipolar Disorder Friday, April 3, 2015, 8:30 – 11:45 am (Check-in 8:00 am) Brook Lane Community Room, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.  This seminar will discuss the latest evidence-based practices for the treatment of bipolar disorders. The goal of the program is to supplement the knowledge of clinicians regarding best practices, pharmacological treatment, and the benefits of supportive psychosocial therapy.  

April 21 – 27th Annual Child Welfare Workshop Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 8:15 am – 3:15 pm (Check-in & Continental Breakfast: 7:15 – 8:15 am) Hager Hall Convention & Event Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.  This workshop will provide practical, meaningful and current information about our youth to individuals who work with Our Children in Our Community.  The workshop will provide 5 educational hours (CEUs) featuring eight different topics specifically focused on the welfare of children.    

May 14 – Autism: All Kids Can Succeed – Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenge Thursday, May 14, 2015, 8:30 am – 3:45 pm (Check-in 8:00 am) Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.  This workshop will provide strategies for handling meltdowns and designing effective behavior plans to prevent them by reducing frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers.  

June 5 – Dysfunctional Family Interactions: Strategies for Improving Psychological Functioning Friday, June 5, 2015, 8:30 – 11:45 am (Check-in 8:00 am) Brook Lane Community Room, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, Hagerstown, MD, 21742.  This seminar will contrast psychologically healthy and unhealthy individuals in the context of family dynamics. The characteristics of a psychologically healthy individual will be delineated based on research and anecdotal, clinical  findings. Effective intervention strategies for enhancing positive communication patterns and promoting psychological health will be discussed.  





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