Course Overview

PeachTree Therapeutics In-house Training for Your Organization

Educational Units Currently Available through PeachTree

All presentation of materials, open forum discussions, assignments, quizzes, and stories from personal experience will be delivered by Professor Sheila Owen, LCSW, LADC. She has over twenty years of clinical, supervisory, and private practice experience. She is the founder of Southern Connecticut Strees and Anxiety Overcomer's Groups in North Haven.

Professor Owen currently teaches classes in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University and presents educational units awarding CECs for the NASW and for TranSeed Research. She holds two State of Connecticut licenses and two masters degrees and is an active member of the NASW.

Courses are delivered in two sessions, and we recommend two to four business days in between class days. This gap between sessions requires students to engage further in the material taught and integrate the principles and practices, maximizing information retention. Professor Owen will test student retention at two points during each unit for PeachTree quality control purposes and can provide a report to the hosting organization to satisfy their own quality control requirements.

One PEC credit is approximately equivalent in educational content to two CEC credits.

Effective Use of DBT in Normal Treatment

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), originally developed by Marsha Linehan of the University of Washington professor, has been expanded by her and others to treat co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. Meta-analysis of studies evaluating DBT have indicated improved treatment outcomes. The four DBT skill areas will be presented in overview and explained in theory and clinical practice.

Conventional and extended techniques employing DBT in group facilitation and individual treatment planning and execution will be presented, along with useful DBT worksheets and other materials. Video clips, group exercises, open forum discussion, and individual exercises are employed to integrate DBT concepts and treatment interventions into existing clinical culture. Forms of addiction listed in the DSM-V and others not yet acknowledged will be presented.

Two seven-hour sessions with a thirty minute break, spaced one week apart — 3 PeachTree Educational Credits

Meditation as a Key Remedy for Anxiety in Clinical Milieu

Non-pharmacological alternatives are increasingly used in the treatment and control of general and specific anxiety. Meditation including yoga and mindfulness practices are becoming mainstream in the clinical milieu. The origins of these practices and different methods of facilitation of meditation for treatment are covered and discussed. Students will be introduced to the personal development of meditative skills to provide a root and be able to teach, by example, such skills to clients and patients.

For program directors, educational specialists, and end user clinical staff.

Two five-hour sessions with a thirty minute break, spaced one week apart — 2 PeachTree Educational Credits

Food and Exercise Disorders and Recovery

Our culture has prioritized physique and assigned value to particular body features through advertisement, sports, and entertainment. These values have become the ultimate goal of an ever-growing diet, exercise, and targeted media business. This cultural influence has contributed to dysfunctional food and exercise attitudes that inhibit favorable treatment outcomes.

Assessment and diagnosis of these problems and an in-depth analysis of possible factors leading to client development of these disorders will be covered. Treatment methods successful in addressing these issues, including CBT, twelve step approaches, and mindfulness will be presented and discussed.

Two five-hour sessions with a thirty minute break, spaced one week apart — 2 PeachTree Educational Credits

Quality Control and Continuous Improvement in Treatment

Effective treatment requires consistent appraisal and review to address areas where improvement opportunities exist. The objectives, influences, tools, and political aspects for the advancement of outcomes based practice is presented and discussed in an engaging forum.

Students will learn to develop improved clinical practices and in turn, create increased client relief and insurer satisfaction. The overlap and distinction between evidence based and outcomes based treatment will be discussed along with limitations and potential approaches to overcoming them.

Two five-hour sessions with a thirty minute break, spaced one week apart — 2 PeachTree Educational Credits

Opioid Treatment Realities

The impact of the upward trend of opioid addiction is a concern for both social and economic reasons. A variety of opioid related disorders in individuals are damaging families, businesses, and communities worldwide in some way, either directly or indirectly every day.

The effectiveness of current treatment programs will be evaluated and discussed. Strategies to build treatment, discharge, and aftercare programming, criteria, policy, and standardized practices that more effectively addresses underlying issues will be presented. A survey of diagnosis and treatment options of chronic pain and co-occurring disorders will be presented.

Two five-hour sessions with a thirty minute break, spaced one week apart — 2 PeachTree Educational Credits

Educational Units Currently Available through TranSeed Research

TranSeed Research offers both on-line and in-house options. The advantage of the on-line option is lower cost. The advantage of the in-house option is the more tangible high energy of the presenters.

Quantitative Geno-environmental Therapy

Theoretical framework for evaluation of treatment outcomes in current legal, regulatory, recovery movement, and clinical culture. Application of Total Quality Improvement, Six Sigma, evidence based program design, staffing and educational challenges in today's treatment environment. Use of authenticity in self evaluation and closed loop control of treatment outcomes to gain a strategic marketing and insurability advantage over competitive organizations, while providing a best practice level of care to clients and their families.

Addition Models, Past, Present, and Future

Historic moral and medical models and the development and critique of the brain disease, psycho-social, and spiritual awakening models will be presented and discussed. The Extended Symmetric Model of Addiction and Recovery will be presented as a solution to the high relapse rates still prevalent in contemporary systems. Assumptions in current published materials will be challenged and the probable causes of those assumptions will be provided in a compelling and interesting framework. The direction of current research and how clinicians and program designers can adapt in advance to changes in models to maximize treatment outcomes and career opportunities will be covered in brief and discussed.

Metabolism and Image Based Disorders

Metabolism based disorders and the emerging extension of the addiction model to nutritional and musculoskeletal health self-denial, hypo control, and unconscious avoidance is laid out for students in a systematic and memorable way.

The theory that overeating is a reflexive response to self-starvation and a form of nutritional avoidance is presented along with theoretical, clinical, and research evidence.

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