DBT Academy
Jan
8
to Dec 17

DBT Academy

Thinking about becoming certified in one of the most researched and highly effective treatment modalities to date?  Does the process seem daunting or overwhelming?  Our 1 year program can help you get through it all easily and efficiently.

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Battling Borderline: Understanding, Treating, and Surviving BPD
Aug
10
11:30 AM11:30

Battling Borderline: Understanding, Treating, and Surviving BPD

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Elements Behavioral Health and Gateway Wellness Associates present, as part of the monthly Elements of Wellness Workshop Series:

 

Casey Limmer, MSW, LCSW

DBT-LBC Certified Clinician and owner of St. Louis DBT and Gateway Wellness Associates, LLC

Battling Borderline: Understanding, Treating, and Surviving BPD 

3.0 credit seminar. This is an Intermediate Level Course (for those with experience in the field of mental health, counseling, life coaching, pastoral care, trauma therapy, social work or education) or Advanced (for those with extensive experience in this field)

Madonna said it best -- "Borderline -- feels like I'm going to lose my mind."

Borderline Personality Disorder can be tough to treat and even tougher to live with. I recall being told in grad school that people with BPD were untreatable. "Run for the hills if you get assigned someone with that diagnosis." As health and mental health professionals, we pride ourselves on busting the stigmas that surround mental illness, yet, somewhere along the line, it was deemed appropriate to not extend that courtesy to people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

  • Do you find yourself cringing when a potential client suggests they have BPD?

  • Do you automatically reject clients or patients based on this diagnosis?

  • Do you struggle to work with people with BPD?

As a therapist, I was bound and determined to take on the "challenge" of specializing in the treatment of BPD. Little did I know that I would find the challenge so rewarding and not really a challenge after all. When you understand the excruciating nature of the illness and discover tools for validating the exquisite pain they experience, you find your way to effective treatment of the disorder.

Over the last 18 years, I have successfully treated hundreds of people with BPD. During this presentation, I will be sharing my tricks and tips for not just surviving these cases but thriving with them. Through understanding comes hope and through hope comes healing.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify 9 signs and symptoms of BPD while effectively and responsibly conveying that diagnosis to their clients

  2. Participants will be able to discuss the Biosocial Model of the etiology of BPD with their clients in an affirming and validating way

  3. Participants will learn 3 crucial strategies they can use immediately when working with complex clients

 

$45, includes 3 CEUs AND Lunch

$30 Early Bird pricing before July 25th

Registration and Networking lunch begin at 11:30am

The workshop will begin promptly at 12pm.

 

Presenter: 

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Casey is St. Louis DBT’s Founder/CEO and Lead DBT Trainer. She is one of the first therapists in the world to have completed the rigorous national certification process for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinicians from the DBT- Linehan Board of Certification. For 9 years, Casey also taught courses in DBT, Applied Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Additionally, Casey's most recent project has been creating a wellness collaborative called Gateway Wellness Associates which houses over 30 professionals in private practice.

Location:

Vue 17 -- Enjoy amazing views in every direction from the 17th floor of the University Tower building across from the St. Louis Galleria. See downtown St. Louis and Clayton from a perspective unlike any other in the city in this beautiful venue!

 

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Soul Light for the Dark Night: Healing the Spiritual Wounds of Trauma, Abuse and Addiction
Jul
13
11:30 AM11:30

Soul Light for the Dark Night: Healing the Spiritual Wounds of Trauma, Abuse and Addiction

This presentation, drawn from the presenters’ personal and clinical experience, will demonstrate to participants the psychological and spiritual damage caused by trauma, abuse, and addiction. This month, we focus our Elements of Wellness series on the element of Spirituality. We aim to discuss ways you can bring this element into your sessions, engaging more ways to help abuse survivors to heal.

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Willpower: The Science of Self-Control
Jun
8
11:30 AM11:30

Willpower: The Science of Self-Control

Free Will is the currency of free societies; we exercise free will whenever we decide. Our decisions are the building blocks of our characters, of morality and personal freedom. Nowhere is the loss of this freedom more painfully obvious than in end-stage addiction. When it comes to working with the resistant client, addiction professionals are expert decision-ologists; interventionists are 'decision-neuroscientists', but rarely are we provided with the basic decision-neuroscience findings we need to enhance our trade. Blending recent insights from neuro-law, neuro-economics and decision-neuroscience with lively anecdote and learning, Dr. La Riche invites you on an interactive journey under the hood of our actions to learn what drives our decisions, our ethical dilemmas and meaning itself.

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Weighing In: Behavioral Strategies for a Healthy Lifestyle
May
11
11:30 AM11:30

Weighing In: Behavioral Strategies for a Healthy Lifestyle

In this month’s Elements of Wellness Workshop Series, we will be exploring ways of incorporating weight management techniques into mental health treatment sessions and behavioral interventions into dietary consultations.

Cari Breckel, a weight management specialist with SSM Health will share with us:

  • Some of the myths and facts about weight loss, including how to spot and confront "Failure Syndrome"

  • The key components of a weight management program such as improving attendance, accountability, motivation, and practice

  • Tangible weight management tools you can use with clients in your sessions starting today! 

  • What is a "minimum prescription" and how can you use it to help patients attain and maintain weight goals?

  • Learn 6 strategies for Long-Term Success

  • So much more!

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A Day for Disabilities -- programming honoring Disability Awareness Month
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

A Day for Disabilities -- programming honoring Disability Awareness Month

A Full Day of Programming Dedicated to Honoring Disability Awareness Month

Gateway Wellness Associates presents a Day for Disabilities, including a continuing education opportunity for professionals wanting to learn more about the impact of disability on their clients and real tools for effectively assisting consumers to achieve their goals. This will be followed by two FREE presentations for anyone in the community with a disability or supporting someone with a disability.  Come for the whole day or choose the workshops that fit your interests.

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