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Behavioral Healthcare Education In-Person Courses

COVID-19 Precautions

Only vaccinated participants are invited to attend in-person classroom sessions. We will observe safety precautions including masks, sanitizer and social distancing.

 
In-person Regional and Reserve Courses are offered to behavioral health practitioners. Regional courses offer priority enrollment for those who are employed by programs receiving funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Reserve courses have an open enrollment with no registration limits. Continuing education credits are available.

Cancellations and Refunds

For possible weather cancellations, please call toll free 877.243.3033 after 6:30 a.m. the day of the training to confirm either cancellation or presentation of the course. If you must cancel your attendance, please call. Keep in mind that attendance will be electronically tracked and if you register for a course that you do not attend and do not cancel prior to the offering, your future registration may be blocked.

If you need to cancel your attendance at a course, please notify us within 24 hours of the training by calling 877.243.3033 or emailing bheweb@drexel.edu. We will credit your account for a future trainings. Refunds will not be made for any trainings (virtual or in person). Accounts will be credited for future training interests.

Same-Day Registration

We will no longer allow walk-in/onsite registration.

June 1, 2022, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
TR176 “It’s Just Weed!” Adolescents and Cannabis Use

Training fee: No fee
Location: Friends Hospital, Scattergood Building
Instructor: Lindsay Martin, PhD, LPC, NCC

Cannabis use continues to increase in the United States as cannabis potency rises to levels never seen before. With the introduction of medical and recreational policies in states throughout the country, the perception that cannabis use is problematic is dropping to all-time lows. While there are possible medical benefits for the use of cannabis, there are also concerns and consequences related to its use, specifically among adolescents. This course will examine the reversal of stigmas once related to cannabis use and how those changes may be detrimental to our adolescents. We will review the extreme changes in cannabis potency, modern methods of consumption including the use of cannabis concentrates, and the related consequences including cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, “greening out,” and associations with psychosis and other psychiatric disorders. We will also outline screening and assessment measures, diagnosis of cannabis-related disorders, and empirically supported treatments and prevention opportunities for adolescent cannabis use.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe cannabis prevalence rates and factors contributing to increasing rates of use among adolescents
  • List three main classes of cannabinoids and their effects on the mind and body
  • Differentiate varieties of cannabis concentrates and how rising potency contributes to negative outcomes
  • Summarize risk factors for adolescent cannabis use and consequences of use, including associations with accidents, acute medical issues, increased prevalence of psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders, and negative psychosocial outcomes
  • Outline DSM-5 criteria for cannabis-related disorders, identify screening and assessment tools, and describe empirically supported treatment and prevention strategies for adolescent cannabis use

CE Credits:
APA-5, CPRP-5, LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT-5, NBCC-5, PA Act48-5, PCB-5, PSNA-5, IACET-.5

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June 2, 2022, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
TR319 Healing Justice: Addressing Neutrality and Legacies of Discrimination

Training fee: $40
Location: Friends Hospital, Scattergood Building
Instructor: Brenda J. Weaver, MA, CPRP

This training presents a framework to enhance awareness of the striations of identity that individuals and communities embody. The session will offer how-to tips to facilitate respectful dialogues about experiences with oppression, domination, or discrimination. Based on the belief that naming a thing can change the thing, trauma informed principles are used to engage in an affirming process for self-determination while exploring boundless ways to actively resist marginalization and re-traumatization for all who seek services, supports and well-being.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concepts of power, privileges, oppressive structures, bias, disparities, inequality and marginality in the context of mental health recovery
  • Discuss intersectionality – the complexities of identity development, accumulated -isms and sense of self
  • Outline the unspoken impact, risks and vulnerabilities associated with race-related traumatic distress
  • Identify intentional actions to transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds
  • Develop a healing plan for self-preservation and wellbeing

CE Credits:
APA-5, CPRP-5, LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT-5, NBCC-5, PA Act48-5, PCB-5, PSNA-5, IACET-.5

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June 15, 2022, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
TR427 DSM-5 and Substance Use Disorders – Symptoms and Diagnostic Features

Training fee: No fee
Location: Sure Stay Plus Hotel by Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel Conference Center
Instructor: Christopher M. Owens, MA, LPC, CCTP

This course provides an overview of substance use disorders as described in the DSM-5. The use of the DSM-5 is briefly reviewed in terms of examining substance-related disorders. Included in this course will be a description of various classes of substances, including intoxication and withdrawal symptoms; substance use disorders on the spectrum of mild, moderate or severe; general approaches to assessment and treatment; and the need for examining individual factors when working with a person with a history of substance use disorders.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between intoxication, withdrawal and a use disorder
  • List major substances by category
  • Describe the effects of various substances
  • Review general approaches to assessment and treatment
  • Recognize the importance of individual factors with people presenting for treatment

CE Credits:
APA-5, CPRP-5, LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT-5, NBCC-5, PA Act48-5, PCB-5, PSNA-5, IACET-.5

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June 16, 2022, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
TR057 Borderline Personality Disorder – Issues and Intervention

Training fee: $40
Location: Sure Stay Plus Hotel by Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel Conference Room
Instructor: Christopher M. Owens, MA, LPC, CCTP

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness generally characterized by instability in affect, relationships, self-image and behavior. This course will provide a general overview of BPD including information on: DSM-5 criteria, etiology, suicidality and para-suicidality, therapeutic approaches and theoretical orientations. Treatment challenges are discussed; of primary importance is the need to maintain empathy and rapport.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize basic diagnostic criteria for BPD, including recognizing common CODs
  • Describe the role of trauma and abuse in the development of BPD
  • Discuss the role of self-injury and suicide in BPD
  • Review basic therapeutic approaches, as well as specific theoretical orientations, notably DBT
  • Recognize the importance of counter-transference issues in treating a person with BPD

CE Credits:
APA-5, CPRP-5, LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT-5, NBCC-5, PA Act48-5, PCB-5, PSNA-5, IACET-.5

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