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Clinical/Educational Seminars

Seminar length is typically one hour, but can be made to fit your clinic needs and schedule.Not in VISN 5? No problem -- our investigators can make presentations remotely to VA clinics and programs anywhere in the country! Schedule your seminar now!Contact: Anjana Muralidharan; email: Anjana.Muralidharan2@va.gov


Looking for educational content to enrich your staff at your clinical program?


Have you identified an unmet clinical need that you and your colleagues could use some training on?


Investigators at the VISN 5 MIRECC are here to help! We have experience in a range of topics related to mental health recovery.

 

Seminar Topics

Look below for topic areas or click here for a pdf of the seminars offered!

Ending Mental Health Stigma

Ending Self Stigma
Amy Drapalski and Alicia Lucksted
Overview of the Ending Self-Stigma intervention, a group-based intervention for adults with mental illness aimed at internalized stigma reduction.
 
EASING-ing Self Stigma
Amy Drapalski and Alicia Lucksted
Workshop to help providers learn self-stigma reduction tools that can be used in practice.
 
Virtual Voices
Samantha Hack and Tracy Robertson
The goal of the Virtual Voices Workshop is to increase understanding of mental illness and to decrease stigma. During this experiential workshop, participants wear earbuds and listen to “voices” that are very similar to the auditory hallucinations that individuals with serious mental illnesses hear. Participants are asked to do various activities that involve cognition in order to increase their understanding of the day-to-day lives of people with mental illness.
 

Promoting Community Integration

An Overview of Critical Time Intervention
Richard Goldberg
An overview of Critical Time Intervention, a time-limited, evidence-based practice to facilitate continuity of care and community integration during periods of care transition (e.g., after discharge from an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization).
 
Mental Health Self-Health Resources in the Community
Alicia Lucksted
Presentation of the rationale, evidence, and formats of mental health self-help resources in the community to support clients' recovery, including support groups, skill building seminars, peer-run centers, self-directed and online resources. Contact information for resources included.
 
What's Ours is Yours: Free Mental Health Resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs
Samantha Hack
When US federal agencies create mental health care materials they are often shared with the public for free. Yet few people are aware of this array of resources. This presentation will review materials from the Department of Veterans Affairs which are available for service users, friends and family, and providers, including smart phone apps, educational videos, decision support materials, and Continuing Education Units.
 

Family and Mental Health Treatment

Involving the Family in the Treament of Serious Mental Illness
Amy Drapalski and Anjana Muralidharan
Overview of the evidence base for family-based interventions for SMI, followed by discussion of how to increase family involvement in mental health treatment in a VA context.
 
The Shared-Decision Making for Family Involvement in Treatment (SDM-FIT) Protocol
Anjana Muralidharan
Training on an efficient, user-friendly tool to use a shared decision-making framework to discuss family involvement in treatment with Veterans with mental illness.
 
Working with Families of Persons with Mental Illness
Alicia Lucksted
This workshop will help participants optimize ways that they currently engage family members of their mental health clients and to consider additional ways of doing so, towards optimizing relationships and positive effects. It will include specific resources and strategies, and discussion and tips on navigating the challenges of doing so and underlining the benefits. It will not focus on family therapy.
 

Person-Centered and Culturally Competent Care

An Introduction to the Cultural Formulation Interview
Anjana Muralidharan
An overview of the Cultural Formulation Interview, published in the DSM-5, which provides prompts to assess sociocultural context as it relates to mental health and treatment.
 
Person-Centered Care Tools for Clinical Practice
Samantha Hack
A discussion of the relationship and differences between person-centered care, recovery-oriented care, and shared decision making as well as an introduction to person-centered tools like the Personal Health Inventory, Circles of Support, and Psychiatric Advance Directive.
 
Tips and Tools for Providing Culturally Informed Mental Health Care
Samantha Hack
A discussion of the applied concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility as well as opportunities for participants to conduct self-evaluations and an introduction to cultural competence tools for use in mental health care.
 
Person-Centered and Holistic Mental Health Treatment: Considerations for Older Adults
Anjana Muralidharan
A broad overview of strategies and considerations for providing holistic, person-centered, non-stigmatizing mental health care for older adults.
 
Understanding Veterans’ Experiences through Photovoice
Amanda Peeples
Photovoice is a community-based participatory research method that is used to empower stakeholders. This seminar considers the potential for Photovoice methods to be used in a clinical setting to foster engagement and understanding among diverse groups of people.
 
Veteran Identity Implications for Mental Health Engagement & Care
Alicia Lucksted, Samantha Hack, and Tracy Robertson
Veterans’ social identity as a Veteran is diverse, interacts with other social identities, and has important implications for their health care engagement and health outcomes. This seminar will discuss the various ways this connection can be used to facilitate and improve treatment, adoption of health promoting behaviors, adherence and retention. It draws on clinical applications and research across a variety of social identities (race, culture, gender, and beyond) as well as research and programs specifically addressing “Veteran identity”.
 

Motivational Enhancement

Motivational Interviewing Basics
Melanie Bennett and Letitia Travaglini
An overview of basic motivational interviewing skills to enhance clients’ interest in and motivation to change health behaviors..
 
Motivational Interviewing in Group Settings
Letitia Travaglini
Focuses on how to use basic motivational interviewing skills in a group formats where individuals may be at varying stages of change. Ideal for people/clinics who already have been trained in and/or use motivational interviewing with individuals.
 
Ready, Set, Grow: A New Motivational Group for People Living with SMI
Elizabeth Klingaman
Overview of protocol for Ready, Set, Grow, a group-based motivational enhancement intervention for adults with SMI. The group focuses on engaging consumers in the process of growth and recovery and evoking their own motivation to change.
 

Treatment of Substance Use

Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Unhealthy Alcohol and Drug Use
Letitia Travaglini
An overview of the SBIRT model, including specific brief intervention techniques and how to begin considering ways to incorporate SBIRT into your specific program/clinic
 
Treating Substance Use Disorders in Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Melanie Bennett
An overview of the evidence base for the treatment of substance use disorders in adults with serious mental illness, along with practical, hands-on tools and techniques to use.

Treatment of Early Psychosis

Implementation of First Episode Psychosis Services in Maryland
Melanie Bennett
An overview of efforts to implement team-based care for early psychosis, as well as a discussion of resources for young adults with psychosis, in the state of Maryland.
 
Assessment and Treatment of Young Adults Experiencing Early Psychosis
Melanie Bennett
A review of the evidence base, as well as practical clinical tips and tools, for the assessment and treatment of young adults with early psychosis.
 

Health and Wellness

Smoking Cessation for Adults with Mental Illness
Melanie Bennett
An overview of the evidence base for smoking cessation in adults with mental illness, along with practical hands-on tools and techniques to implement in clinical practice.
 
Sleep Disorders and Mental Health Interventions for Veterans with SMI
Elizabeth Klingaman
This seminar provides empirically-informed guidance for clinicians on appropriate assessment, treatment, and referral decisions relevant to sleep disorders among Veterans with SMI.
Bright Light Exposure and Avoidance for Winter Depression, Circadian Rhythm Disorder, and Better Sleep
Teodor Postolache
A review of the research on the use of bright light therapies for a range of conditions.
Pain in Individuals with Complex Mental Health Conditions
Letitia Travaglini
Provides an overview of prevalence rates of pain among individuals with psychiatric illness and issues with treatment of pain among individuals with complex comorbid presentations.
Integrating Physical Activity and Movement into Mental Health Treatment for Aging Veterans
Anjana Muralidharan
A review of the research on the importance of physical activity and exercise for healthy aging, as well as suggestions for incorporating physical activity into mental health care.

The Role of Peer Specialists and Peer-Delivered Interventions

Peer Support Around Family Matters
Anjana Muralidharan and Tracy Robertson
This seminar will present updated research about the benefits of family involvement in mental health recovery, Veteran preferences and VA policies regarding family involvement in mental health treatment, and how Peer Specialists can support the Veterans they work with on the topic of family.
 
The Role of Peer Providers in Supporting Physical Health and Wellness
Anjana Muralidharan
While peer providers have traditionally supported recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders, they are increasingly being deployed to support physical health and wellness among individuals with mental health conditions. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the research on how peer providers can support physical health and wellness outcomes such as illness self-management, smoking cessation, proactive use of health care, weight management, exercise and physical activity, and others. This will be followed by a discussion of what is means to be a “peer” when the focus of the peer support is improving physical health. Finally, qualitative data from a recent randomized controlled trial of Living Well, a peer co-facilitated group intervention promoting illness self-management among individuals with serious mental illness, will be presented. This data sheds light on the role of the peer provider in the intervention and how the intervention led to health behavior change.
 

 

This page contains a growing list of our seminar offerings.

*****These offerings will be continually updated over the coming weeks and months!"****

Check back for updates!


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