Overview

Boston University School of Medicine is delighted to present the 2019 annual Cape Cod Summer Symposia, continuing the series offered for many years by Dr. Rob Guerette.

These lectures will provide psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, and allied mental health professionals with an outstanding opportunity to combine a stimulating symposium with a relaxing, sunny summer vacation. Distinguished faculty, each a leader in their field, will present four different 15 hour symposia. These symposia have been designed to offer professionals an update in recent advances in several widely varied areas of mental health. In addition to the didactic lectures, there will be ample time for interchange between the participants and presenters.

Seminar Schedule:  Daily from 9am – 12:15pm 

 

July 8-12

Shawn Shea, MD
Transformational Moments: How Master Clinicians Think, Talk, and Listen When Facing the Most Challenging of Clinical Tasks

Ronald Siegel, PsyD
Forgiveness: Mindfulness and Compassion in Action

 

July 15-19

Ross Baldessarini, MD
Clinical Psychopharmacology: Overview and Recent Advances

Ramani Durvasula, PhD

Challenging Clients: Creative Use of Best Practices

 

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Shawn Shea, MD
Transformational Moments: How Master Clinicians Think, Talk, and Listen When Facing the Most Challenging of Clinical Tasks

This symposium will offer a variety of innovative treatment strategies and interviewing techniques for transforming many of the most problematic clinical challenges encountered in everyday care. The techniques described are immediately applicable to therapists in all clinical settings from community mental health centers, college counseling centers and private practices to emergency departments and inpatient units.

Traditionally daunting clinical tasks such as creating hope in the hopeless, gracefully exploring our client's spirituality, exploring incest and domestic violence, unstalling stalled treatment planning, eliciting hidden suicidal ideation, uncovering dangerous psychotic process, and avoiding our own burn-out will be approached through the revitalizing lens of spirituality and philosophy as delineated in Dr. Shea’s conception of the human matrix, a philosophical concept used to add consistency, integration and a sense of meaningful direction to transforming clinical conundrums.

 

Ronald Siegel, PsyD
Forgiveness: Mindfulness and Compassion in Action

Research confirms it—holding onto anger is like drinking a cup of poison and expecting the other person to die—it’s terrible for our health. So why do so many of our clients cling to hurt and blame? Why do they get paralyzed by shame? Can we help our clients learn to genuinely forgive themselves and others?

Now that mindfulness and compassion practices are being widely integrated into psychotherapy, medicine, education, and other settings, we’re discovering their potential to move us beyond stress reduction toward radical psychological freedom. We can use them to help our clients heal deep wounds, accept their shortcomings, and develop wisdom and compassion—including the ability to effectively apologize for mistakes and forgive others for theirs.

This workshop will explore how we might use mindfulness and compassion practices to free our clients from cycles of hurt and blame—whether triggered by ordinary events or by more serious trauma. Clinicians will learn how to utilize mindfulness and compassion practices to overcome shame, self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy, and to safely connect to others and sustain intimate relationships. Participants will also learn practical skills to help their clients forgive themselves and others more readily, enriching their lives and improving their mental and physical health.

Optional periods of guided meditation practice will be offered Tuesday through Friday morning and on Wednesday afternoon at no extra charge. While this course is suitable for seasoned mindfulness practitioners, no prior experience with meditation is required. (These optional sessions do not offer credit.)

 

Ross Baldessarini, MD
Clinical Psychopharmacology: Overview and Recent Advances

Dr. Baldessarini’s symposium will review the current status of psychotropic drug treatment of psychotic and major mood disorders, with an emphasis on the research base on which sound clinical practice rests. Participants will learn an integration of research findings and relate these to principles of informed clinical decision-making so as to enhance treatment effectiveness and safety. Participants will learn an updated view of the chemical nature of agents in each class, their major actions, and disposition, short- and long-term clinical treatment, including applications in pediatric and geriatric practice, risks of adverse effects, and emerging advances in new and experimental treatments.

 

Ramani Durvasula, PhD
Challenging Clients: Creative Use of Best Practices

Monday - Thursday, As clinicians are often we are often faced with very challenging clients. Dr. Durvasula’s program will address narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder, other high-conflict and antagonistic personality styles (e.g. borderline and histrionic personality styles) from a various vantage points.  First, we will focus on narcissism, the key diagnostic elements and etiology of narcissistic personality disorder. We will also consider the diagnosis of “narcissistic personality disorder” as postulated by the DSM-5 as well as the new trait formulations of NPD. We will also focus on how narcissism has pervaded the popular consciousness , and our responsibility as clinicians to understand the facets and nuances of this pattern and its impact on relationships.  A major focus of this workshop will be a consideration of tools for working with individuals who are being negatively impacted by a partner, or other significant relationship (e.g. parent, adult child, other family member, colleague) with prominent narcissism.  

Friday, a special session on Self- Injury and Expressive Arts presented by faculty from the Boston University School of Medicine Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program,  and Laurie Craigen PhD, LMHC-MA, LPC-VA, NCC, CCMHC and Stephen Brady, PhD.  Self-injurious behavior is a major public health concern. The topic of self-injury is very timely and relevant as mental health counselors increasingly have exposure to clients who self-injure. This presentation is based on theory, research, and clinical experience and practice. The presenters will examine foundational knowledge about self-injury behavior and will share creative and expressive interventions for work with this population. Participants will walk away with applicable interventions for their current and/or future clients.

 

More details on all of these programs can be found on the agenda tab.

 

 

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Speakers

Ronald Siegel, PsyD



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Laurie Craigen, PhD, LMHC-MA, LPC-VA, NCC, CCMHC



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Shawn Shea, MD



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Ramani Durvasula, PhD



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Ross Baldessarini, MD, MA (hon.), DSc (hon.), DLFAPA, FACP, FACNP, FCINP



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Stephen Brady, PhD



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Accreditation

Psychologists

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

15 units of continuing education

These sessions are suitable for beginner and intermediate levels for psychologists.

Physicians

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers – New York State
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Nurses

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state