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Requirements for completion: 

This is considered a home-study course for reporting purposes, and in order to get CE credit you must pass the post-test (75%) and submit a completed evaluation.


Full Course Description: 

This presentation introduces new concepts from neuroscience research and connects them with patient case formulation for psychotherapists. Part one covers new research about executive functions from cognitive and affective neuroscience. This includes discussion and examples of how attention, working memory, task oriented behaviors and emotional self-regulation develop. Part two covers how the executive functions are impacted by acute and chronic trauma (including cross generational trauma generated by adverse experiences like racism and ethnic persecution), neurodivergence, and mood disorder. Part three is group case study analysis with discussion and application of concepts.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to explain concepts from neuroscience such as predictive coding and dual process theory as they apply to attention, working memory, and information processing
  2. Attendees will be able to identify how factors such as trauma (including acute, chronic and cross-generational trauma), neurodivergence, and mood disorder, impact attention, working memory, and information processing
  3. Attendees will apply concepts from neuroscience as well as new information about trauma, neurodivergence, and mood disorder to case analysis and formulation (confidential anonymized case study materials will be provided in advance)


Presenter Information:  Dr. Rebecca Resnik

Dr. Resnik earned a Doctor of Psychology from The George Washington University. Dr. Resnik completed her psychology internship training in Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. Her two year Post-Doctoral Residency in Psychological Assessment was completed at Mindwell Psychology in Virginia. Dr. Resnik is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland. She has been qualified as an Expert Witness in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. Dr. Resnik holds a Master of Education in Special Education (concentration in Learning Disabilities) from The University of Maryland at College Park. which was ranked 11th in the country at the time. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education (Cum Laude and with Honors) from UMCP with a concentration in Learning Disabilities.


Professional Life and Service

Dr. Resnik, President-Elect of the Maryland Psychological Association, has served for seven years on the association’s Board of Directors. In 2017 Dr. Resnik was honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award at the MPA State Convention. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), a professional group dedicated to the needs of students with learning differences. Dr. Resnik is also a member of The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (Affiliate Member), the International Mind Brain and Education Society, Exceptional Minds (X-Minds), CHADD, The American Professional Society on ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), The Reading League, International Dyslexia Association, and Learning Disabilities Association of America/Montgomery County. Her research interests include applications of computational linguistics in clinical psychology and mental health.


In 2014, Dr. Resnik co-founded the first Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology workshop, held at the Association for Computational Linguistics annual international conference. She continues to serve as organizer, reviewer, and discussant for the Workshop (now in its 7th year). Dr. Resnik served as a Clinical Panel Consultant to for the Jelinek Workshop in Speech and Language Technology at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Resnik has published research with computational linguist collaborators focused on how language technology can enhance psychological practice (such as by identifying people at risk of suicide).



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Requirements for completion: 

This is considered a home-study course for reporting purposes, and in order to get CE credit you must pass the post-test (75%) and submit a completed evaluation.


Full Course Description: 

Few clinicians have received training in research-supported treatment approaches for clients with complex dissociative disorders (CDD), despite these clients urgently needing treatment for severe symptoms, including high rates of self-injury and suicidality. In this talk, Dr. Brand will discuss research findings related to the treatment of dissociative disorders, including several studies conducted with her research team, highlighting the promising findings from the international treatment studies called the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) studies. These prospective studies show that phasic, trauma-based treatment is associated with decreased symptoms of PTSD and dissociation, self-harm, suicide attempts, hospitalizations, and treatment costs. These studies are crucial to know about because their findings address debates and myths about dissociative disorders.

In her presentation, Dr. Brand will first review the myths related to the treatment of CDD clients and what science “says” about them. She will then share new, cutting-edge findings from a study about the most common triggers and functions of unsafe behavior among dissociative individuals and another study that reveals clients’ perspectives about barriers to accessing and continuing treatment. Thereafter, Dr. Brand will present findings from the TOP DD Network study, a web-based program for CDD patients and their therapists. Next, Dr. Brand will describe the program used in the TOP DD Network study, called Finding Solid Ground, that enhances CDD clients’ ability to regulate emotions, manage symptoms, and stabilize safety. This program also teaches clinicians a conceptualization of CDD clients’ unsafe behaviors and practical interventions that are useful in stabilizing clients.  Using clients’ journaling and artwork, and data from clients’ surveys, Dr. Brand will illustrate the experience of surviving trauma by having developed disowned self-states.  She will also share clients’ reactions to participating in the TOP DD Network program.  Lastly, Dr. Brand will discuss the exciting first randomized control trial for clients with CDD, complex PTSD, and the dissociative subtype of PTSD, which is based on the Finding Solid Ground Program, and has just launched. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. List three functions of unsafe behavior in complex dissociative disorder patients
  2. List the most common triggers for unsafe behavior in individuals with complex dissociative disorders
  3. Explain why increased self-compassion is so crucial to the stabilization of individuals with dissociative disorders
  4. Discuss the primary findings of the TOP DD Network study
  5. Describe the approach to stabilization that is taught in the Finding Solid Ground program, which is the educational program that was used in the TOP DD Network study
  6. Explain why clients are taught management of PTSD in the Finding Solid Ground program


Presenter Information:  Dr. Rebecca Resnik

Bethany Brand, Ph.D. is a Psychology Professor and the Director of the Clinical Focus program at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Dr. Brand specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders.  She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program.  Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand has over 100 published papers focusing on treatment of dissociative individuals (i.e., the TOP DD studies); assessment methods for distinguishing dissociative disorders from other conditions including malingering; and the assessment of the adequacy of textbooks’ coverage of trauma, among other topics. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert in trauma-related cases including state, federal and capital (i.e., death penalty) cases. Her two books on the treatment of dissociative individuals (“Finding Solid Ground”) will be published in 2022 and her book on the assessment of dissociation will be published in 2023.



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Event Description:  

This interactive workshop will review the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria, including vivid examples of each criterion. The examples will come from Dr. Joy Ladin's memoir Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, which earned the distinction of National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Memoir. The vignettes will be read aloud by the author. The workshop will also explore intersectional factors that impact the experience of gender dysphoria and coming out as transgender, such as gender expression, race, religion, and age. Additionally, the presenters will provide an overview of recent psychological research on gender dysphoria and working with transgender clients.

Participants will discuss their reactions to the material presented in small discussion groups, and will be guided through a reflection of their personal experiences of establishing their own gender identity. Participants will also explore examples of clinical dilemmas that could arise with transgender clients. The workshop is designed for psychologists, therapists and medical personnel of all credentials, and graduate students in mental health and medical fields.

4 Continuing Education Credits are available

**Meets the LGBTQ+ Requirement for DC Licensure**

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1) Describe at least three of the DSM-5 criteria for Gender Dysphoria; 

2) Acquire a knowledge of recent psychological research on gender dysphoria and working with transgender clients;

3) Analyze clinical dilemmas with transgender clients; 

4) Evaluate the challenges related to multiple and often conflicting norms, values, and beliefs faced by transgender members of racial, cultural, or religious minority groups.

Presenter Information:

Dr. Joy Ladin, Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, is a nationally recognized writer and speaker. She has published eleven books, including a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life; Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Stranger; and nine books of poetry. She has been named to LGBTQ Nation's Top 50 Transgender Americans list, featured on NPR's “On Being” with Krista Tippett and other NPR programs, and her TEDx talk, “Ain't I a Woman?”, has been viewed over ten thousand times. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, among other honors. Episodes of her online conversation series, “Containing Multitudes,” are available at JewishLive.org/multitudes; her writing is available at joyladin.wordpress.com.

Dr Laurie Paul is a licensed psychologist in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Paul graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2014 from The New School, an APA-accredited PhD program in New York City. While in graduate school, she spent 6 years as part of a research team studying how clients and therapists negotiate racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in psychotherapy. She also spent 5 years as part of a research team examining the psychological impact of breast cancer on lesbian and bisexual women and on Latina women, with a focus on social support, family support, and doctor-patient relationship. During her clinical training, she worked within a variety of settings, including: community mental health centers; the psychiatric emergency room; inpatient and outpatient hospital settings; a university counseling center; substance abuse clinics; and a drug/alcohol detoxification unit.

Dr. Paul completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at The Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. The training program is accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Dr. Paul has specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mindfulness techniques. She completed the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Training Level 2. She currently works in her private practice in Chevy Chase, MD, specializing in anxiety, OCD, and couples therapy, and is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at American University.  She has given professional education workshops for the DC Psychological Association, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The American Academy of Psychotherapists, Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, and the Society for Psychotherapy Research, on the LGBTQ community and on working with culturally-different clients. She is also a volunteer speaker for Rainbow Families.

https://dcpa-education-center.thinkific.com/courses/Gender-Dysphoria-what-therapists-need-to-know

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