2020 Offerings

Mar 21-Apr 4

Individual & Group Crisis Intervention

8am - 4pm

Pittsford

Event Details

Mar 21-Apr 4

Individual & Group Crisis Intervention

3-day course on Saturdays.  More Information here.

8am - 4pm

Pittsford

Apr 3

Telehealth

8:30am - 4:30pm

Springfield

Event Details

Apr 3

Telehealth

More information soon . . .

8:30am - 4:30pm

Springfield

Apr 27

Borderline Personality Disorder & Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

Event Details

Apr 27

Borderline Personality Disorder & Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Monday, April 27

6 CE Credits

Speaker:  Dr. Louis Diguer, Laval University

More information here. 


8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

Jun 26

The Digital World & Social Media: Understanding & Working with Families & Adults

8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

Event Details

Jun 26

The Digital World & Social Media: Understanding & Working with Families & Adults

6 CE Credits.

Speaker:  Dr. Michael Osit

More Information here.  

8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

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Individual & Group Crisis Intervention

Individual & Group Crisis Intervention

17.5 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists and LICSWs)


This is a 3-day intensive course designed to provide an introduction to both individual and group crisis intervention as delivered with the overarching context of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model.


Presenters:

Lori P. Gurney, M.S., CTS, CCISM, Managing Clinician for the Vermont Department of Public Safety

William Elwell, AAS ( fire services); Chaplain; CCISM; Director, First Responder Core Wellness, LLC


Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the natures & definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention.
  2. Discuss the Johns Hopkins’ resistance, resiliency, and recovery continuum.
  3. Describe the nature and definition of critical incident stress management (CISM), its 6 factors, and its role as a continuum of care.
  4. Apply basic crisis communication techniques.
  5. Describe common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions associated with critical incidents.
  6. List the empirically-derived mechanisms of action in psychological individual and group crisis intervention.
  7. Utilize the SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention.
  8. Utilize the SAFER-Revised model for suicide intervention
  9. Describe and apply informational group crisis intervention.
  10. Describe and apply interactional group crisis intervention. 
  11. List and apply the principles of strategic planning.
  12. Describe and discuss the risks of iatrogenic “harm” associated with psychological crisis intervention and will further discuss how to reduce those risks.


Biographical Information:

Lori Gurney is a licensed clinical psychologist-master with over 20  years of experience.  She has worked in many professional capacities, including school settings and community mental health.  Lori has a demonstrated history working with first responders and is currently serving as the managing clinician with the Vermont Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police (VSP) in their wellness program. She provides ongoing clinical support and serves as a member on their Members Assistance Team. In her role with VSP she also provides education and training as well as consultation and direct counseling support to law enforcement personnel.


Lori is trained and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and is an approved instructor with The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). 


Chaplain Bill Elwell found a family in the fire service and larger world of public safety that has been a source of life for over thirty-five years. As a seminary-trained local pastor, chaplain, and first responder, Bill has provided trauma-informed spiritual and emotional care to help some of the bravest among us serve in healthier ways, experience healing from trauma, and overcome the challenges of career or volunteer public safety.


Bill believes that roles of public safety personnel are often misunderstood, their commitment minimized, and their value ignored. “All of us have the capacity to heal, learn from, and grow through some of the most horrific events that happen. The pain experienced in serving a community when the storms of life are raging is inevitable. However, suffering becomes optional when we realize there is an alternative.”    ​Bill has spent the last 20  years studying responder wellness and critical incident stress management and providing peer support. 



March 21, 28, April 4, 2020

This is a 3-day course.  You must attend all 3 days in order to get CE credit from VPA.


Check-in at 8:00 a.m.

Program 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Each Saturday


Vermont Fire Academy

93 Davison Drive

Pittsford, Vermont


Click here for a detailed schedule.

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Borderline Personality Organization

Borderline Personality Organization & Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

6 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists and LICSWs)

  

In this workshop, we will first present the object relations models of the mind and their main differences with the structural model.  Then we will explain that according to these models, personality pathology is best understood and more useful to therapists when it is conceived of in terms of Personality Organizations and particularly Borderline Personality Organizations (BPO).  The main dimensions of BPO will then be explained (such as identity pathology, distortions of reality, primitive object relations and poor regulation of impulses and aggression).  Finally, the workshop will present a specific treatment for BPO in line with this concept: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, which concentrates its action on the present-moment patient-therapist interaction in order to explore and change the relational and self pathology that are at the core of BPO.  Video extracts of therapy sessions will be presented and discussed with participants to help integrate the content of this workshop.


General Registration Discounts for Non-Members:

Academic/Researchers ($25 off):  use coupon code RSRCH

Students ($130 off):  use coupon code STUDENT


Presenter:

Dr. Louis Diguer, Ph.D.


Objectives:

  

  1. Describe the object relations approach to personality disorders.
  2. Explain some problems with the categorical definition of personality disorders (like the DSM).
  3. Define the Borderline Personality Organization and its main dimensions.
  4. Describe the main characteristics of Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).


Biographical Information:

Louis Diguer, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and full professor in the Department of Psychology at Laval University.  After earning his Ph.D. in Canada, he did post-doctoral research with Lester Luborsky at the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  Back in Canada since 1994, he is now very active in psychotherapy training and supervision of doctoral students and professional therapists, and he does research on personality pathology and its treatment.  He is an accredited therapist and supervisor in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy and is associated with the Personality Disorders Institute of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Check-in 8:30 am

Program 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Hampton Inn by Hilton

42 Lower Mountain View Dr.

Colchester, Vermont

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Social Media

The Digital World & Social Media: Understanding & Working with Families & Adults

6 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists & LICSWs)


Digital devices and social media are embedded in our lives.  They are not just a conduit in our culture, they define our culture.  The unique and clinical issues screens are having on child development, parenting, family functioning, and adult relationships will be presented.  Clinicians now need to be equipped with a unique understanding and strategic clinical approaches in working with 21st-century clients.


General Registration Discounts for Non-Members:

Academic/Researchers ($25 off):  use coupon code RSRCH

Students ($130 off):  use coupon code STUDENT


Presenter:

Dr. Michael Osit, Clinical Psychologist/Author


Objectives:

By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss at least 3 developmental issues that screens and social media impact child development in the digital age.
  2. Apply at least 5 clinical interventions to help 21st-century parents.
  3. Identify and describe unique clinical strategies in working with today’s youth.
  4. Describe how screens and social media affect self-esteem in adults.
  5. Explain  at least 3 ways screens and social media impact social relationships.
  6. Apply unique strategies in working with adults and couples immersed in the digital world.


Biographical Information:

Dr. Michael Osit is a practicing psychologist with over 40 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples.  Dr. Osit is a frequent presenter, using an info-tainment format, to psychological, educational, and parenting organizations both locally and nationally on a wide variety of topics.


In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Osit is the author of Generation Text: Raising Well Adjusted Kids In An Age Of Instant Everything (Amacom, 2008), which was awarded “Best Book of the Year” by Instructor Magazine, and was one of 5 finalists out of 440 books reviewed for the 13th Annual Books For Life Awards in the category of "Parenting."  His most recent book is entitled The Train Keeps Leaving Without Me: A Guide To Happiness, Freedom, and Self-Fulfillment  (Creative Publishing, 2016).  Dr. Osit also writes a monthly health psychology column called Mind the Mind" in a New Jersey publication, and has had a strong media presence appearing on local, national, and cable TV shows.  Additionally, he has been interviewed in the print media for magazines such as Parenting, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Self, and Parade.

June 26, 2020

Check-in:  8:30 a.m.

Program 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Hampton Inn by Hilton

42 Lower Mountain View Dr.

Colchester, Vermont

CE Workshop Policies

The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for its  programs and their content.


The Vermont Psychological Association is also pre-approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners and the Office of Professional Regulation  to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW).  Licensed mental health counselors (LCMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) may receive approval for this course from the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health.


  • Certificates for continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  


  • Partial credit will not be awarded.  


  • Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.


  • Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only.


  • Registrations at the door for all individuals are $195, regardless of  membership or professional status.


  • No refunds can be offered for our programs.  If you find yourself unable to attend a workshop for which you registered, please contact us as soon as possible.


  • If you have any difficulties or complaints about one of our CE offerings, please refer to our CE Grievance Policy for information on filing that complaint.

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