Featured Courses: Behavioral Health

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This course discusses the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults. Includes a brief update on  DSM-5 criteria for ADHD diagnosis.
ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence. This course provides relevant information on diagnosis and treatment.
The hyperactivity and impulsivity experienced by children who are diagnosed with ADHD can pose challenges for families, teachers, and mental health counselors. The authors present an integrative model of Adlerian play therapy and adventure-based counseling (ABC) that extends beyond traditional talk therapy, fosters a strength-based perspective, and is action-oriented and dynamic. Specific ABC treatment activities for working with children and families affected by ADHD are presented in the context of the four phases of treatment in Adlerian play therapy.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, interviews Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, PhD, about the differences in male and female development in early adolescence, the kinds of pressure adolescent girls experience from their parents, and ways of helping girls discover their value. In the second interview Lynda Chassler, PhD, discusses the relationship of attachment patterns to eating disorders.
Dr. Howard Liddle, a nationally recognized family psychologist and Director of the University of Miami Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Substance Abuse, discusses recent developments in adolescent substance abuse treatment. Topics include evidence-based treatments, trends in adolescent drug use, how to establish a therapeutic alliance with a teenager, and protecting teens from alcohol and drug use. Dr. Liddle uses a case example to address risk factors, therapeutic windows of opportunity, and ways to engage the adolescent.
Two experts discuss how to work with difficult adolescents using solution-focused brief therapy and methods for treating aggressive adolescents. You can read the text of these interviews and/or access the audio to the interviews via your computer's MP3 player.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause irreparable harm to individuals and have profound effects on families and communities. In addition to the physical and neurological effects, brain injury creates an intense boundary experience that forces clients to confront the existential givens of freedom, death, isolation, and meaninglessness. This program provides an overview of TBI and its existential implications for clients, emphasizing interventions and clinical considerations for mental health counselors working with clients who have experienced TBI.
This guide helps therapists and other health care professionals identify and treat individuals (or families) who currently are experiencing alcohol problems. The guide includes screening and assessment tools, brief intervention strategies, and treatment alternatives for longer term care.
Brad Barris, PhD, discusses treatment for anger management. He describes his theories of the causes of anger and presents Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as a model for treatment.
The treatment of anger in people exposed to trauma presents special challenges to therapists. This program discusses the importance of anger in trauma therapy, treatment resistance, precautions for personal safety, the stress inoculation approach to anger treatment, how to avoid hindering the client's ability to express or resolve anger, and recommendations on the use of countertransference to lessen hostilities between the patient and therapist
This course discusses the types of anxiety disorders, prevalence, etiology, risk factors, and treatment in adults and children.
This program reviews risk factors for childhood suicide and suicidal behavior, provides a commentary on current methods of assessing suicide risk in children, and discusses guidelines for conducting developmentally appropriate risk assessments with children and suggestions for consulting with caregivers.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, who discusses the ramifications of grief and loss in children in foster care. Dr. Webb is the author of 12 books and over 40 articles. Her book, Helping Bereaved Children, grew directly out of her early acclaimed book, Play Therapy with Children in Crisis, now in its 3rd edition. Her video tape, Techniques of Play Therapy, won a bronze medal at the New York Festival’s International Non-Broadcast Media Competition.
Dr. David Wallin translates attachment theory and research into a framework that integrates key attachment principles with psychopathology, neuroscience, relational and intersubjective psychotherapeutic approaches, mentalization, and mindfulness. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Autism and Asperger’s Disorder are two of the five pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (fourth edition). These disorders, more commonly referred to today as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication, social skills, and repetitive patterns of behavior. This program is designed to assist health care providers and others in identifying and managing autism spectrum disorders. The course focuses on autism and Asperger’s Disorder.
Sharon O-Hara, LMFT, C-SAT, explains the difference between the outrageous sexual behavior of some noted powerful politicians and celebrities and the desperate behavior and treatment of sexual addicts, whose brains are hijacked by the intensity of their own fantasies.
This course discusses treatment issues related to body dysmorphic disorder and describes the application of narrative therapy to work with individuals diagnosed with this disorder. A case example is included.
This publication is the latest edition of the previously published manual entitled, Psychotherapeutic Medications 2011: What Every Counselor Should Know. Patients who are in combined treatment often see a pharmacotherapist for their medication therapy and a psychotherapist for their talk therapy. This material provides a quick "desk reference" on psychotherapeutic medications for substance abuse and mental health treatment providers. The following topics are included for each medication type: Generic name/Brand name; Purpose of the medication; Usual dose, frequency, and side effects; Potential side effects; Potential for abuse or dependence; Emergency Conditions; Cautions; Special Considerations for Pregnant Women.
Mourning is the term for the culturally-informed practices through which grief is expressed. Although grief is a universal human experience, mourning varies greatly by culture and ethnic group. This material examines bereavement and mourning in African American and Latino/a American groups, discusses broader cultural issues related to assessment and intervention, and suggests questions for health providers to ask that show respect for a family’s cultural heritage.
Bipolar disorder is a complex disability that presents substantial challenges for diagnosis and treatment. A growing body of literature indicates that psychotherapeutic interventions benefit bipolar clients and have the potential to significantly improve their psychosocial functioning and decrease the substantial social costs of the illness. This program examines psychoeducational interventions along with three evidence-based interventions that address the complexity of bipolar disorder.
Three experts discuss various aspects of diagnosing and treating borderline personality disorder. Topics include brief treatment with borderline patients, borderline marriages, and the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat borderline personality disorder.
This program examines behavioral and cognitive therapies and focuses specifically on the cognitive-behavioral model. The material discusses how to help clients recognize situations in which they are likely to use, find ways of avoiding those situations, and cope more effectively with situations, feelings, and behaviors related to their substance abuse.
Brief interventions and therapies, including solution-focused brief therapy, have become increasingly important modalities in the treatment of substance abuse. This program provides a discussion of the general theories that provide the basis for strategic / interactional therapies, information on when to use brief therapy with substance abuse clients, and a case study using strategic / interactional approaches with a substance-abusing client.
Topics include theoretical concepts of brief strategic family therapy, creating therapeutic relationships with families, diagnosing family system problems, orchestrating change, and how to engage resistant families.
Case managers are often called upon to confront difficult issues when working with clients, collaterals, and colleagues. The author provides tools to help the case manager explore differences and resolve possible conflicts, and she also offers strategies for disarming and managing anger.
Although a formal mental status examination (MSE) would be done by a physician or psychologist, case managers should be prepared to conduct an informal MSE in which they systematically look at the client’s thinking process, feeling state, and behavior. This helps the case manager understand the way the person functions emotionally and cognitively and can be made an integral part of the assessment interview.
This course provides (a) a description of custody-related mental health evaluations, (b) ethical considerations involved in the evaluation process, (c) recommendations for conducting mental health evaluations, and (d) a format for the written report.
This course discusses normal and abnormal childhood sexual behaviors and examines factors that therapists should be aware of as contributing to children’s problematic sexual attitudes and behavior.
The authors discuss biopsychosocial factors related to chronic pain as a necessary foundation for understanding and helping clients who are in pain. They review familiar evidence-based counseling approaches including assessment considerations, use of psychotropic medications, cognitive-behavioral strategies, hypnosis and imagery techniques, family considerations, and positive psychology.
Scott Miller, PhD, talks about how therapists can achieve superior performance. Dr. Miller outlines steps that therapists can take to determine their level of performance, develop a plan of deliberate practice to improve outcomes, set specific target behaviors the therapist wants to change, and develop a detailed plan to accomplish that objective. This CE courses is designated intermediate to advanced.
Three experts discuss various aspects of counseling with older adults. Topics include how to complete a therapeutic life review, differences in the treatment of older adults from that of younger adults, marital conflicts in older couples, and methods of identifying early signs of elderly suicide.
Veteran therapists Phillip Ziegler and Tobey Hiller provide a pragmatic approach to couples therapy that is solution-oriented, collaborative, and strength-based with the couple at the center of the process.
Few people encounter tears in a professional setting as often as psychotherapists, counselors, and others in the field of mental health. Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Judith Nelson, PhD, on the role of crying in psychotherapy. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
To work effectively with people of diverse identities, health care providers must learn to deal with difference and conflict in ways that empower patients and encourage mutual respect for one another. Pamela Hays, PhD, discusses the importance of cultural competence in the therapeutic relationship and provides a paradigm for identifying cultural biases.
Clinical practice currently faces a crisis of competence and conscience in the treatment of clients whose ethnicity, race, or class renders them minority groups in American society. Ethnic minority groups are the smallest users of mental health services, and when these groups do use treatment, they show the highest premature termination rate of any social group. Three experts discuss culture, class, gender, the family life cycle and how to work more effectively with minority and immigrant clients and families. This CE course is designated as intermediate.
This course gives an overview of personality disorders and provides a more detailed discussion of borderline, antisocial, narcissistic, and passive-aggressive personality disorders. Topics include diagnostic criteria, assessment, engagement, crisis stabilization, treatment, continuum of care, and alcohol and drug use among people with personality disorders.
The purpose of this article is to update counselors on the expansion of bipolar disorder in the psychiatric literature, present evidence for the validity of borderline personality disorder, discuss strategies for the differential diagnosis of it from bipolar disorder, review proposed changes in DSM-V, and integrate the literature into a mental health counseling framework.
This program provides information about how to assess for intimate partner violence, explores safety-related ethical issues that arise when counseling clients in IPV relationships, and explains the use of safety plans as a tool for promoting the safety of clients in IPV relationships. The material includes additional information on safety planning.
Mental health professionals and other health care providers regularly counsel clients who are in intimate relationships with partners who are violent. Topics include understanding the dynamics of abuse, screening, assessment, and intervention strategies, barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, cultural issues, and safety planning.
In counseling sessions, clients often present dreams as material to use in making meaning of their experiences. This course provides a brief review of historical perspectives on dreams and dream interpretation and provides a foundation for examining dreams as an integral part of counseling practice.
In case management and child welfare practice, successful intervention and treatment depend heavily on the quality of the caseworker's relationship with the children and family. This program describes core elements of the helping relationship, provides techniques for building rapport, and includes strategies for engaging children and families in the work that needs to be accomplished.
Four experts discuss such topics as how to reason out clinical and ethical dilemmas using the principle of the best interest of the client as the primary principle, self-disclosure in the therapeutic relationship, personal involvement with patients and/or their families, and boundary violations. You can read the text of these interviews and/or access the audio to the interviews via your computer's MP3 player.
This course discusses five principles of ethical decision-making in mental health practice and provides a step-by-step model for resolving ethical dilemmas. The course also explores specific ethical and legal issues as they relate to substance abuse treatment and the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Topics include duty to treat, duty to warn, dual relationships, confidentiality, and end-of-life issues.
Helene Snyder, JD, discusses the specific legal duties that are imposed on mental health professionals regarding the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. She also discusses proper record keeping procedures. A course addendum provides references to federal and state statutes throughout the US.
Brandt Caudill, JD, LMSW, an attorney who has co-authored two books on legal/ethical issues for mental health professionals, discusses the problem of boundaries in custody evaluations, a major source of ethical complaints.
Barton Bernstein, JD, LMSW, an attorney and social worker who has written two books on legal/ethical issues for mental health professionals, discusses his positions on fees, billing, and collections. The material includes a sample intake form.
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, takes a close look at countertransference, which is often at the root of ethical transgressions. Frank Summers, PhD, explains how ethical conduct motivated by respect for others is part of achieving selfhood. This CE course is designated as intermediate.
The authors discuss both the positive use of electronic communication and the need to address fundamental counseling issues that arise in using it. The article examines the AMHCA and ACA ethical codes for the use of technology in the counseling relationship.
A practitioners' use of digital technology has become enormously complex. Therapists are confronted with what to do about managing their online presence whether or not they are actively using social media. In addition, therapists face challenges in managing confidentiality and privacy issues, personal disclosure, dual relationships, and documentation of electronic contact, as well as multiple issues related to clinicians' use of the Internet, email, or texting to provide therapy. Our speaker addresses some of the ethical and legal ramifications of these challenges.This CE course is designated as intermediate.
Frederic Reamer, PhD, discusses ethical guidelines pertaining to privacy and confidentiality and recommends specific actions for therapists to take to protect clients from disclosure and therapists from potential licensing board complaints or malpractice lawsuits. Dr. Reamer also offers clinicians a series of steps to take when they face an ethical dilemma where it is unclear what the standard of care is in that particular circumstance. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Kathleen Murphy, PhD, presents principles of ethical decision-making in setting fees and billing for psychological services, and Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD, discusses the psychological meaning of money in the therapeutic relationship, including the difficulty that therapists have in talking to patients about money. These interviews are text-based.
Making the best ethical decisions can be challenging given the multitude of complex ethical situations that arise in practice. This program examines the ethical values that ten master therapists draw upon in their work.
The author discusses the extent and nature of client gift-giving in counseling, ethical and therapeutic issues, a scheme for categorizing and assessing gift-giving behavior, and general suggestions for handling these incidents.
There are a number of ethical questions that arise out of the incorporation of spirituality into a clinical practice. This program is a series of four interviews that focus on such questions as informed consent, self disclosure, practice competence and training, documentation, dual relationships, boundary violations, client self determination, undue influence, whether and how spiritual/religious issues should be addressed in therapy, and potential malpractice claims when ethical standards are violated.
In this interview, Denise Davis, PhD, identifies five types of terminations and discusses how clinicians can end therapy responsibly, even when conditions are challenging. She discusses how to handle pitfalls in the process and presents a number of essential steps for negotiating a clinically and ethically sound termination. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
This program is for therapists who want to improve their ability to manage family issues. Topics include identifying the need for family involvement; assessing family issues related to the presenting problem; closure issues with families; and ethical issues in family work.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Julie Poehlmann, PhD, who focuses on the phenomenon of grandparents raising grandchildren from an attachment perspective. Dr. Poehlmann discusses her research, which suggests bi-directional links between grandparent depression and children’s behavior problems. She explains the use of the Attachment Story Completion Task to assess attachments in young children.
Colin Pereira-Webber, MA, talks about how the death of a parent and the subsequent mourning and grief process shape developing children and adolescents.
The wraparound process is a collaborative, team-based approach to service and support planning. This program gives a brief history of the development of the wraparound process and describes ten principles that guide wraparound services for children, youth, and families. Source: National Wraparound Initiative
The author describes children’s developmental stages and age-appropriate interviewing techniques that can be used in child custody evaluations. These strategies can also be used by child welfare workers when assessing a child’s safety and well-being.
This course provides a brief history of case management and discusses case management functions, principles, competencies, and models.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Fran Stott, PhD, who provides an overview of attachment theory. Attachment theory posits that children instinctively attach to caretakers in order to achieve security and survival.
Because of the adverse effects of PTSD on relationships, couples therapy can be a powerful adjunct treatment; however, few receive this service. A new framework for conceptualizing couples therapy organizes treatment around the 3 PTSD symptom clusters (re-experiencing, avoidance, and arousal). The authors summarize the relationship consequences of each symptom cluster and provide specific treatment interventions and a case study as an illustration.
This program describes the task-based approach to life-threatening illness, anticipatory grief, the stages of grief, and general aspects of grief therapy. The course also includes sections on children and grief and cross-cultural responses to grief and mourning.
This program describes the process of moving an individual from assessment and diagnosis into treatment intervention. The course offers techniques for motivational interviewing and provides empirical support for various types of substance abuse treatment interventions.
This course is designed to address the problem of marijuana use by adolescents. The program provides instruction on how to conduct a brief, five-session treatment intervention for teens with cannabis use disorders in an outpatient setting.
The material provides five basic principles of motivational interviewing that address ambivalence and facilitate the change process. The course offers opening strategies to use with clients in the early stages of treatment and concludes with a summary of research on the effectiveness of motivational interviewing.
This program discusses the influence of culture in the delivery of health and human services. Participants will be able to identify the components of cultural competency and will learn techniques for working effectively across cultures. Topics include practice in a multi-cultural environment, elements of cultural competence, diversity and ethics, delivery of services to various ethnic groups, structural racism, influence of culture on the family, interviewing techniques, decision-making models that foster inclusion, applying cultural knowledge to practice, understanding personal biases, and handling intolerance.
This program discusses the meaning of cultural values and treatment issues, including the neglected dimension of the cultural background of the therapist. The course illustrates the application of the multidimensional cultural approach in the case of a rebellious Mexican-American teenager.
The authors discuss motivational interviewing and the transtheoretical model of change as a conceptual framework for counseling clients who engage in non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. The major principles of motivational interviewing are applied in a case study of a client who self-injures.
This course provides interviews with two pain management experts. Randall Busch, MD, describes some of the new techniques that are used to treat chronic pain, and Kenneth Sharoff, PHD, outlines a cognitive coping skills approach to pain management.
This course discusses prevalence of pathological gambling, diagnostic criteria, screening and assessment, treatment, and gambling and substance use. The program includes case examples.
The guide looks at aging as a developmental stage, describes attributes that can make older persons vulnerable to the effects of disasters, and explains how disaster mental health services differ from those in "normal" times. The material includes a section on disaster counseling skills.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Cynthia Monahon, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and founding Director of the Children's Clinic of the Cutchins Program in Northampton, MA, where she also consults in private practice. Dr. Monahon has specialized in the treatment of pediatric psychological trauma and is the author of Children and Trauma: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. Dr. Monahon discusses a case example of her work with traumatized children.
Hugh Johnston, MD, discusses some of the controversies associated with PTSD and reviews diagnostic and treatment issues as discussed in the DSM-IV-TR, including the difference between acute stress disorder and PTSD. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Gerald Rosen, PhD, answers questions about the challenges clinicians face in determining malingering and how to assess for it. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
James Herbert, PhD, describes various aspects of the culture of PTSD and its influence on diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Herbert also discusses how clinicians can encourage resilience. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
PTSD is characterized by symptoms that reflect some form of persistent re-experiencing of the original traumatic event. Anthony M. D’Agostino, MD, discusses the impact of trauma and stress on the brain and explains the use of neurological findings and medication to treat adults and children with PTSD. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Cognitive Behavior Therapies (CBT) are currently the most empirically supported treatments for individuals who experience persistent symptoms following a traumatic event. Steven Taylor, PhD, describes CBT and its use in the treatment of PTSD. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, encourages psychotherapists working with traumatized individuals to learn as much as possible about theory, tools, and treatment so that they will be well-equipped to work with the unpredictability of trauma and the diverse needs of clients. She offers principles to guide therapists in treating traumatized patients. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Martha Bragin, PhD, has spent her professional career working with survivors of extreme violence. She describes her work and discusses how therapists can understand and connect to these survivors, who feel so isolated by their experiences. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Froma Walsh, PhD, discusses family and community resilience-oriented approaches to recovery from traumatic loss. Her multi-systemic practice approach contextualizes the distress in the traumatic experience and taps strengths and resources in relational networks to foster resilience and healing and posttraumatic growth. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, presents alternative perspectives on the development of trauma-related disorders as well as powerful new methods for their successful resolution. He offers three specific actions that can promote posttraumatic growth and success. You can read the text of this interview and/or access the audio to the interview via your computer's MP3 player.
Topics include the efficacy of exposure therapy in the treatment of PTSD, common myths associated with the use of exposure therapy, overview of clinical guidelines for exposure treatment, and helping patients "re-author" their view of the trauma and develop coping skills to manage PTSD and co-morbid symptoms.
Richard Kagan, PhD, offers tools that practitioners can use to help parents or other family members and children rebuild fragile or disrupted attachments, change patterns of destructive behavior, and implement safety plans to prevent further neglect, abuse, and trauma.
This course provides practitioners with essential information on how to reduce the potential for becoming the subject of a malpractice lawsuit or licensing board complaint. Topics include meeting the standard of care, record keeping, confidentiality, office policies, and boundary violations.
Bryant Welch, JD, PhD, answers questions about risk management and how practitioners can protect themselves from professional liability exposure. The course also provides information on the elements of a suicide risk assessment.
Schizophrenia, one of the most serious and chronic mental illnesses, often begins in adolescence. It affects every aspect of individual and family functioning. The authors discuss a treatment model that includes establishment of a collaborative relationship between therapist and family, the provision of information and support, and the creation of highly structured environments in the treatment setting and in the home.
Many adults complain of poor sleep yet engage in behaviors that are counterproductive to sleep. This article reviews recent research on the treatment of insomnia and discusses application of mental health counseling strategies for treatment. Case studies illustrate the application of current research within counselor areas of expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral counseling.
Douglas Weiss, PhD, sexual addictions expert, describes six different types of sexual addictions and provides tools that can be used for assessment and treatment.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a competency-based, collaborative psychotherapeutic approach that is both effective and time-sensitive. Although it is a relatively brief form of treatment, SFBT is capable of initiating profound change in people's lives by helping them to resolve the most challenging and intractable problems. The author explains the development of this clinical approach and describes the unique characteristics of the solution-focused, brief therapy model practiced by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Berg. The author presents valuable examples of SFBT interviewing techniques and provides therapists with tools to help patients form clear treatment goals.
Suicide assessment and intervention is a topic relevant to all health care providers. Research shows that most people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental or substance use disorder, or both, and that the majority of them have depressive illness. This course discusses prevalence, risk factors, suicide assessment, and intervention.
Suicidal clients are a difficult and challenging population in counseling. This article contains 25 practical, hands-on strategies for counselors to assist in their interactions with suicidal clients. The strategies are situated within a seven-step model for crisis intervention that is specifically tailored to suicidal clients.
This course outlines principles of clinical supervision and guidelines for supervisors, addresses such issues as cultural competence, ethical and legal issues, and documentation, and provides information on various methods of monitoring and observing clinical performance. The material is relevant for both supervisors and supervisees. Vignettes are included to illustrate various clinical supervision scenarios.
Clinical supervision, while appearing on the surface to be similar to psychotherapy, is a different relationship, a different set of skills, with unique qualities and characteristics that set it apart. Four experts discuss various aspects of supervision, including the dimensions of supervision from a systemic point of view, the relational model of supervision, focal process analysis, an example of the classical model of supervision, and ethical issues related to supervision.
This program presents detailed descriptions of the teacher, counselor, and consultant roles of supervisors. Psychotherapy-driven supervision is illustrated for three theoretical approaches: humanistic-relationship oriented, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused.
This manual is designed for mental health practitioners who want to establish a solid foundation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills. The manual details the basic steps needed to provide cognitive behavioral therapy with the intent that the therapist will feel increasingly comfortable using CBT. The manual is not designed for advanced CBT practitioners.
Shame co-occurs with many disorders and client concerns, such as self-harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, interpersonal conflicts, self-criticism, trauma, and personality disorders. The authors review the complexity of shame and present a rationale for using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat it. The article presents primary ACT techniques and a case study.
Transgenerational trauma is defined as trauma that has been passed down from one generation to another, either directly or indirectly. The authors review the literature on child sexual abuse (CSA), the influence of primary caregivers and transgenerational trauma, and present a case illustration. Specific interventions are offered to provide mental health counselors with innovative tools for ameliorating the effects of transgenerational trauma with this client population.
Attachment and caregiving systems are at the heart of that crucial first relationship. This program discusses the diagnosis and treatment of attachment disorders.
Suicide in the military is a significant concern. The authors review empirical studies and use two case studies to illustrate the potential explanatory role of Joiner's (2005) interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior: The theory posits that three variables--perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and acquired capability for suicide--determine the risk of an individual engaging in a lethal suicide attempt. The case studies provide a framework within which to understand the phenomenon of suicide in the military and illustrate how the three variables might be affected in an active duty population post-deployment.
This program explores the use of mindfulness interventions in trauma counseling, with particular attention on how mindfulness can address the neuropsychological aspects of trauma. The material includes a case example that illustrates the use of mindfulness techniques in trauma counseling.
The use of marijuana is associated with several brain-based risks. The authors provide an historical perspective on marijuana and review contemporary research on its potential for negative effects on the brain.  They discuss the risk of cannabis dependence, driving under the influence of cannabis, underachievement, inducing (or worsening) certain psychiatric conditions, and the potential for progression to use of more dangerous drugs -- summarized by the acronym DDUMB, a cognitive tool that will help healthcare providers in their risk/benefit discussions with patients who use cannabis. This CE course is designated as intermediate.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, president of On Good Authority, interviews Ritch Savin-Williams, PhD, Director of the Sex and Gender Lab at Cornell University, and Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and co-author of The Course of Gay and Lesbian Lives about issues related to psychotherapy with gay youth and their families.
 
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