Current Trainings

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2021 Spring Live Online Continuing Education Trainings 

The Childbearing Years: Working with Loss During the Perinatal Period

Date: May 14, 2021 

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CE's: 6.0

Course Description:

This training will focus on understanding and working with both fetal loss and issues related to fertility. When someone becomes pregnant, there is often a sense of hopefulness and looking forward to the future. But when pregnancy loss occurs or it is difficult or impossible to get pregnant, loss becomes a significant part of the experience. This training will help participants understand the experience of loss before, during and after pregnancy as well as explore treatment that promotes healing. The the impact of race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status will be woven into the training to help providers bring greater depth to the treatment they provide.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify stages of grief during the perinatal period
  • Identify and assess risk and protective factors related to perinatal loss
  • Develop therapeutic tools for working with loss during the perinatal period
  • Facilitate a healing process with clients experiencing loss or fertility issues
  • Identify impact of race, gender, sexual orientation and SES on perinatal loss

Trainers: 

Dinnie Goldring, LCSW is a psychotherapist who specializes in working with women during the childbearing years. She has been working in the perinatal arena for almost 30 years, at first as a midwife and then as a psychotherapist. This combination of experience gives her a unique perspective of the perinatal period. Dinnie is a trained Gestalt therapist, leads a Mindfulness Based Anxiety Reduction group, leads consultation groups for therapists specializing in perinatal mental health, and has a private practice in Squirrel Hill.

Registration Linkhttps://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4185

White Privilege: What exactly is it? and why do we all need to know about it?

Date: May 18, 2021 

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description:

This course will define and explore white privilege in a variety of circumstances to help individuals recognize, communicate, and reduce it. We will also explore ways it impacts communities of black and brown people and professionals. Last but not least, this course will provide information regarding common themes, defense mechanisms, and cognitive conditions associated with white privilege

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and Identify White Privilege
  • Communicate White Privilege to others in a way that is both effective and informed.
  • Apply activities and information used in this course to teach others about White Privilege
  • Identify associated distortions related to white privilege.
  • Use White Privilege to help advance, protect, and lessen the disparities and improve the opportunities of BIPOC people; if applicable

Trainers: 

Jessica Gurley MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over eleven years of mental health experience. Jessica currently works as the Facility Telehealth Coordinator and Supervisor for Veterans Affairs (VA) after being promoted from an Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker. In addition to working for the VA, she provides therapy, supervision, and mental health trainings, workshops, and consulting services for both individuals and organizations through her company Social Work Consulting and Counseling (SWCC) LLC. Through SWCC alone, Jessica has presented to the University of Pittsburgh Social Work CEU department, CCAC classrooms, small business, nursing homes and churches. Jessica always communicates in a way that is culturally sensitive, and she is confident when presenting to expert professionals and skilled at including new professionals. She has been providing clinical services to diverse populations of children, adults, older adults, families, and Veterans with mild to severe mental illness, addictions, and intellectual disabilities; including those on the autism spectrum. She has advanced knowledge and expert skill in the range of specialized interventions, theories, and treatment modalities used to treat individuals with complex dual illnesses. Lastly, Jessica recently embarked on a new journey to reduce stigma and reduce the suicide rate by creating a mental health t-shirt line. In a nutshell, Jessica’s and SWCC mission is to H.E.L.P.: Heal, Enlighten, Liberate, and Plan with every person she serves.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4192

Foundations of Working with Eating Disorders and Body Image in the LGBTQ Community 

Date: June 4, 2021 

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description:

Eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns are common among many client populations, and this is especially true within the LGBTQ community. This workshop will increase clinical knowledge and competency in working with people with eating disorders, and discuss why eating disorders occur so frequently within the LGBTQ population. We will look at a range of identity factors including sexual orientation and gender identity, focusing on the interconnections between these factors and minority stress and trauma.

An important aspect of this work involves adopting an open and affirming approach of working with people of all body types. This approach will validate clients’ experiences while promoting body and identity acceptance. The presenters will provide case examples and concrete activities clinicians can apply to their work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the clinical presentation of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other specified feeding and eating disorder (OSFED)
  • Describe terminology connected with the LGBTQ umbrella (gender identity, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Explain the interaction between identity factors, gender and sexual minority stressors, trauma, and body image
  • Conduct a self-assessment of privilege and how this may impact the therapeutic relationship
  • Identify and explain the assessment and treatment planning process for LGBTQ clients with eating disorders and/or body dissatisfaction
  • Adapt an approach to traditional therapeutic practices for working with clients with eating disorders to support gender and sexually diverse clients

Trainers: 

Heidi J. Dalzell, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, and the Clinical Director of the Bucks LGBTQ Center and Bucks Eating Support Collaborative. Dr. Dalzell has been in practice 25+ years and supervises and mentors clinicians who are newer to practice. Her busy private practice specializes in eating disorders, trauma, working with the LGBTQ community, mindfulness and spirituality. Particular areas of interest include gender/gender identity as it relates to body image and mid-life eating disorders. Dr. Dalzell is co-author of A Clinician’s Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image, as well as a contributor to professional and consumer publications including Tiny Buddha, Yahoo Style and Fatherly, and is a teacher on Insight Timer. Dr. Dalzell is a former educator, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics connected to mental health and wellness.

Kayti Protos, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania.  She earned her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her MSW from the Middle Tennessee Collaborative MSW Program. Additionally, Kayti is completing her Doctorate of Social Work at Rutgers, focusing her research on the unique challenges facing gender diverse clients with eating disorders. Currently, Kayti is the Clinical Coordinator for Bucks Support Services. She specializes at the intersection of trauma, eating disorder, addiction, and the LGBTQ+ community. Her professional background includes: counseling and program development related to emerging adults struggling with substance use; eating disorder treatment; specialized services with gender and sexually diverse populations; co-authoring A Clinician’s Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image; and serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Rutgers School of Social Work and the Graduate Counseling & Psychology program at Holy Family University.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4223

Preventing Suicide in Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

Date: June 4, 2021 

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

CE's: 1.0

Course Description:

In a 2019 survey conducted by the Trevor Project, 1 in 3 transgender youth reported attempting suicide. Suicide attempts, suicidal ideation and clinical depression are significantly higher among trans and gender diverse youth. This workshop will discuss factors connected to suicidal risk, including internal conflicts about gender identity, discrimination and minority stress, bullying and cyber-bullying, and lack of social and familial support. We will look at interventions and ways that clinicians can support systematic and individual change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe risk factors which contribute to suicide attempts, suicidal ideation and clinical depression among transgender and gender diverse youth
  • Discuss 3 ways to support transgender and gender diverse youth

Trainers: 

Heidi J. Dalzell, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, and the Clinical Director of the Bucks LGBTQ Center and Bucks Eating Support Collaborative. Dr. Dalzell has been in practice 25+ years and supervises and mentors clinicians who are newer to practice. Her busy private practice specializes in eating disorders, trauma, working with the LGBTQ community, mindfulness and spirituality. Particular areas of interest include gender/gender identity as it relates to body image and mid-life eating disorders. Dr. Dalzell is co-author of A Clinician’s Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image, as well as a contributor to professional and consumer publications including Tiny Buddha, Yahoo Style and Fatherly, and is a teacher on Insight Timer. Dr. Dalzell is a former educator, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics connected to mental health and wellness.

Kayti Protos, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania.  She earned her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her MSW from the Middle Tennessee Collaborative MSW Program. Additionally, Kayti is completing her Doctorate of Social Work at Rutgers, focusing her research on the unique challenges facing gender diverse clients with eating disorders. Currently, Kayti is the Clinical Coordinator for Bucks Support Services. She specializes at the intersection of trauma, eating disorder, addiction, and the LGBTQ+ community. Her professional background includes: counseling and program development related to emerging adults struggling with substance use; eating disorder treatment; specialized services with gender and sexually diverse populations; co-authoring A Clinician’s Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image; and serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Rutgers School of Social Work and the Graduate Counseling & Psychology program at Holy Family University.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4224

NEW! CE On-Demand 

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Continuing education can now be taken on your schedule! Topics include: Ethics, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, LGBTQIA+ Populations, and many more! All at the click of a mouse, at your own pace, and to fit your busy schedule! Check out our recorded self-paced CE programs now! 

Recorded Trainings 

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures focuses upon assessment and differential diagnosis.  Emphasis will be on explaining how to use screening tools and to differentiate various types of dementia.  Participants will be asked to think about how to incorporate these tools into mental status examination and community practice.  The information will be useful for other health care providers as they interact with primary care and help persons who have ADRD or their families navigate the health system.

Pharmacologic Interventions for Dementia Syndromes

Pharmacologic Interventions for Dementia Syndromes will explore interventions with an emphasis on using the published literature to choose pharmacological interventions for cognitive and behavioral manifestations of dementia, including the roles (i.e., indications and benefits), cautions (i.e., risks, side-effects, warnings) and potential alternatives to using cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, antipsychotics, and antidepressants in ADRD.  Finally, given the recent FDA approval of 3 amyloid imaging agents, this program will also help participants better understand how biomarkers are changing practices with regard to clinical research and management of ADRD.