All sessions run Monday through Friday from 9am until 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

Monday: Creating hope when clients see none/Matrix Treatment Planning: the biopsychosocial model re-imagined as a tool for creating resiliency/A new definition of “happiness”/Collaborative spiritual exploration

Tuesday: Finding the person beneath the diagnosis/ Helping clients to avoid shame and embarrassment when sharing severe anxiety states as seen in OCD, Panic Disorder, and PTSD/Exploring physical and sexual trauma with sensitivity and compassion/Effectively spotting psychotic process from command hallucinations to paranoid delusions and thoughts of self-mutilation/Video Demonstrations

Wednesday: Seeing the person beneath the borderline and narcissistic personality disorders/Using interviewing techniques from cognitive therapy, object relations, and self­ psychology to sensitively engage clients who are hard to engage /Performing a DSM-5 differential diagnosis in a fifty-minute initial interview/”Facilics”: the art of transforming interviews into flowing conversations

Thursday: Validity techniques for uncovering taboo topics/Effectively uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, behavior, and intent using the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach)/Video demonstrations

Friday: Recognizing and transforming wandering, shut-down and rehearsed interviews/Practical techniques for turning moments of angry disengagement and potentially disengaging questions into moments of therapeutic magic



July 8-12 

Ronald Siegel, PsyD
Forgiveness: Mindfulness and Compassion in Action

Monday: How we learn to blame ourselves and others/Relevant research on forgiveness/What is forgiveness and why is it so hard?/Hurt: you have to feel it to heal it

Tuesday: Liberating the mind and heart through mindfulness and compassion/Cultivating inner forgiveness—for all of our parts/Embracing ordinariness

Wednesday: Mindfulness, compassion, and forgiveness experiential mini-retreat

Thursday: Forgiving without a spiritual bypass/What makes an apology work?/Cultivating trust and common humanity

Friday: Forgiveness is good for your health/Insights from religion and philosophy/Forgiveness-based psychotherapy



July 15-19

Ross Baldessarini, MD
Clinical Psychopharmacology: Overview and Recent Advances

Monday: Introduction to psychopharmacology: History and current trends/Introduction to antipsychotic agents: Their neurobiological action mechanisms and pharmacokinetics/Clinical indications for antipsychotic drugs/Questions and discussion

Tuesday: Short-term management of treatment and dosing of antipsychotics/Comparative efficacy among antipsychotic drugs/Long-term indications, effectiveness and risks of antipsychotics/Questions and discussion 

Wednesday: Mood-stabilizing agents: Lithium, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and others/Short-term management of acute manic-depressive phases of bipolar disorder/ Long-term prophylaxis for bipolar disorder/Assessment and management of adverse effects of mood-stabilizers/Questions and discussion

Thursday: First- and second-generation antidepressants/Their neurobiological action mechanisms/Pharmacokinetics and blood levels/Clinical indications for antidepressants in mood,anxiety, and other disorders/Short-term efficacy and long-term effectiveness of antidepressant treatment/Adverse effects of antidepressants/Questions and discussion

Friday: Pharmacology of suicide and other mortality in psychiatric patients/Enhancing long-termtreatment-adherence through a “consumer’s” perspective/Integration of pharmacotherapy with comprehensive care of patients/Open discussion



July 15-19

Ramani Durvasula, PhD (Monday - Thursday)

Laurie Craigen PhD, LMHC-MA, LPC-VA, NCC, CCMHC and Stephen Brady, PhD (Friday)

Challenging Clients: Creative Use of Best Practices

Monday: What is narcissism? A brief history of narcissism. Etiological models of narcissism. The public fascination with narcissism and our role and responsibility as mental health practitioners to understand it and address it with clients and the public. The difference between narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder. The risk of “medicalizing” bad behavior. Distinguishing between narcissism and psychopathy.

Tuesday: Narcissistic personality disorder. Diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. Comorbidity of narcissism and NPD with other mental disorders and patterns. Impact of NPD on health care delivery. Self-care and self-awareness when working with narcissistic clients.

Wednesday: What is “narcissistic abuse”? Working with clients who may be experiencing narcissistic abuse. The role of narcissism in intimate partner violence and other forms of intrafamilial violence and abuse. Narcissism and antagonistic relational styles in intimate relationships. Working with clients negotiating divorce or co-parenting with a high-conflict partner. Consideration of C-PTSD in relationships characterized by “narcissistic abuse”.

Thursday: Other relationships that may be affected by dynamics of narcissism including family of origin, workplace, friendships, community, adult children. Working clinically with people experiencing high-conflict, invalidating, antagonistic relationships. Consideration of how these patterns play out over the life span and intergenerationally.

Friday: 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.