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American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Conference December 8-11, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, 17 December, 2011

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) held its annual meeting and symposium December 8-11, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ.  AAAP is an international professional membership organization founded in 1985 with approximately 1,000 members.  Membership consists of psychiatrists working with addiction, faculty at various academic institutions, medical students, residents and fellows, and related health professionals making a contribution to the field of addiction psychiatry.  This conference provides physicians and allied health professionals who treat patients with substance use and mental health disorders the latest scientific developments in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.  The meeting is structured to encourage interaction among clinicians from various disciplines, approaches, and settings. Lifeskills South Florida exhibited at the conference and staff attended concurrent educational sessions.

Resources:  www.aaap.org

Petros Levounis, MD of The Addiction Institute of New York and Michael Gillis, MSW of Lifeskills South Florida

Petros Levounis, MD of The Addiction Institute of New York and Michael Gillis, MSW of Lifeskills South Florida

Nancy Nitenson, MD of Boston, MA

Nancy Nitenson, MD of Boston, MA

Roger Weiss, MD Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program of McLean Hospital and Grace Hennessey, MD of VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Roger Weiss, MD Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program of McLean Hospital and Grace Hennessey, MD of VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Jaime Grodzicki, MD Silverhill Hospital and Marc Galanter, MD of New York University

Jaime Grodzicki, MD Silverhill Hospital and Marc Galanter, MD of New York University

Sherry Nykiel, MD Director, McLean Center at Fernside

Sherry Nykiel, MD Director, McLean Center at Fernside

Eric Collins, MD New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical School

Eric Collins, MD New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical School

Ed Khantzian, MD of Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, MA

Ed Khantzian, MD of Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, MA

John Mariani, MD AAAP Program Chair and Director of Columbia University's Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS)

John Mariani, MD AAAP Program Chair and Director of Columbia University’s Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS)

South Florida IAEDP Chapter Holds Holiday Fundraiser in Boca Raton, FL

Saturday, 17 December, 2011

The South Florida Chapter of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) held a fundraising luncheon at Maggiano’s Restaurant on December 3, 2011 in Boca Raton,FL.  Proceeds of the event go to providing education, certification and the promotion of effective treatment for eating disorders.

Resources for Education, Training and Treatment:

www.iaedp.com

www.timberlineknolls.com


www.sierratucson.com

Henah Gupta, PhD and Nicolle Arbelarz-Lopez, PsyD of South Florida IAEDP

Henah Gupta, PhD and Nicolle Arbelarz-Lopez, PsyD of South Florida IAEDP

Rachael Soliman of Timberline Knolls, Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund and Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC of Lifeskills South Florida

Rachael Soliman of Timberline Knolls, Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund and Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC of Lifeskills South Florida

Lisa Delaney, RD, MS, LD/N of Lifeskills South Florida

Lisa Delaney, RD, MS, LD/N of Lifeskills South Florida

Brandon Marshall’s Project Borderline Kickoff Event Program

Friday, 16 December, 2011

Brandon Marshall, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins comes out in support for raising awareness and promoting treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.  This event was held at Solita Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 2, 2011. Featured speakers were George Smith, LICSW, Program Director, Borderline Center Outpatient Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA and Dr. Anna Traylor of South Florida DBT, Inc. based in Boca Raton, FL.

Resources for Awareness and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder:

Amanda Smith and Laura Durant, LMHC

Amanda Smith and Laura Durant, LMHC

Michael Gillis, MSW and Brandon Marshall

Michael Gillis, MSW and Brandon Marshall

Anna Traylor, PsyD, Perry Hoffman, PhD and Jason Ross, PhD

Anna Traylor, PsyD, Perry Hoffman, PhD and Jason Ross, PhD

Susan Geraci, LCSW, Brandon Marshall, Rachel Whipple, LCSW and Laura Durant, LMHC

Susan Geraci, LCSW, Brandon Marshall, Rachel Whipple, LCSW and Laura Durant, LMHC

Maureen Smith, LICSW, George Smith, LICSW, Anna Traylor, PsyD and Michi Nogami-Marshall

Maureen Smith, LICSW, George Smith, LICSW, Anna Traylor, PsyD and Michi Nogami-Marshall

The Promise of Mentalization-Based Therapy in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

Thursday, 15 December, 2011

In 2008, Psychiatric News published an article using Mentalization-Based Therapy, MBT, with borderline personality disorder. A working definition of MBT is the use of imaginative mental activity or perceiving and interpreting human behavior in terms of intentional mental states (needs, feelings, goals, purpose) based on research by Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy)

The article was based upon the results of a study that tracked patients with BPD who were treated with MBT, group 1, and those who were treated with “treatment-as-usual” plus poly pharmaceuticals, or group 2. The results were intriguing. Those who were part of group 2 experienced more emergency room visits, and were almost 10 times more likely to have attempted suicide five years after hospitalization, initial treatment, and maintenance.

The core components of MBT are attachment theory (relationship with therapist) and developing the ability to observe one’s own emotions and those of other people and to appreciate how one’s behavior affects others. As one patient in one of the studies stated, “It never occurred to me that what I did had an effect on anyone else.”

Read more: Psychiatric News   | April 18, 2008
Volume 43 Number 8 page 28-29
Clinical and Research News

Untreated Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents Leads to Troubled Adulthood

Thursday, 15 December, 2011

Many who suffer from bipolar disorder may wait years from the first onset of the problem to first diagnosis. Generally, symptoms do not begin until adolescence but symptoms can be misdiagnosed.

In 2007, researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health studied 480 adults who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. On average, patients had suffered this debilitating illness for approximately 20 years, with symptoms starting in their early twenties.

Children and adolescents are often diagnosed with ADHD or depression and treated with drugs that do not address the shifts in mood, energy levels, or self-defeating behaviors.

For many suffering from bipolar disorder early diagnosis and appropriate treatment could spare them a life of out of control feelings and thoughts as well as substance abuse. The proper treatment can alter the course of the illness and the quality of the patient’s life.

New Study Reveals the Depth of Self-Harm Practices Among Teens

Sunday, 4 December, 2011

A new report released mid-November examining teenagers and self-harm found troubling results. One in 12 teenagers will engage in self-harming activities such as cutting, burning or other life threatening risks. The study was conducted by the Center for Adolescent Health, Melborne, Australia.

The problem is global, especially among girls and women 15-24 years of age. These acts of self-harm are considered predictors of mental health disorders and a vulnerability for suicide. The study followed young people from 1992 to 2008. For more information go to Sun-sentinel.com/health/sns-rt-us-self-harmtre7ag025-20111116,0,5980946.story

Lifeskills South Florida Professionals Weekend, November 10-13, 2011, Deerfield Beach, FL

Friday, 2 December, 2011

Lifeskills South Florida held a Professionals Weekend November 10-13, 2011 at its’ Deerfield Beach, FL location. The focus of the weekend was training on Mentalizing-based Treatment (MBT) for Adolescents, Adults and their Families. This forward thinking training was facilitated by Efrain Bleiberg, MD, Senior Psychiatrist and Past President of The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX. His book, Treating Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Relational Approach was published in the fall of 2001 by Guilford Press. There were over 35 professionals representing a variety of treatment disciplines from both the US and Canada.

Welcome to Lifeskills South Florida

Welcome to Lifeskills South Florida

Cesar Benarroche, MD Medical Director and Wideline Guillaume, Administrative Assistant

Welcoming our Attendees
Cesar Benarroche, MD Medical Director and Wideline Guillaume, Administrative Assistant

Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director

Lifeskills South Florida Staff Introduction
Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director

Executive Director, Michael Gillis, MSW Clinical Director, Dawn DiCicco, LCSW Director of Admissions, Jackie Fetzer DBT Specialist, Laura Durant, LMHC

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Executive Director, Michael Gillis, MSW Clinical Director, Dawn DiCicco, LCSW Director of Admissions, Jackie Fetzer DBT Specialist, Laura Durant, LMHC

Lifeskills South Florida Staff

Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC Director of Outpatient Services

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC Director of Outpatient Services

DBT Specialist, Rachel Whipple, LCSW Trauma Specialist, Renee Altman, LCSW CBT Specialist, Tom Lewis, LMHC, CAP

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
DBT Specialist, Rachel Whipple, LCSW Trauma Specialist, Renee Altman, LCSW CBT Specialist, Tom Lewis, LMHC, CAP

Facilitator: Efrain Bleiberg, MD of the Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Facilitator: Efrain Bleiberg, MD of the Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX

Efrain Bleiberg, MD and Audrey Freshman, PhD, CASAC, Adelphi University

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Efrain Bleiberg, MD and Audrey Freshman, PhD, CASAC, Adelphi University

Elizabeth McGuire, LCSW of Wings Helps and Efrain Bleiberg, MD

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Elizabeth McGuire, LCSW of Wings Helps and Efrain Bleiberg, MD

Training Attendees

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Training Attendees

Maryse Duvalsaint, LCSW and John Crepsac, LCSW

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Maryse Duvalsaint, LCSW and John Crepsac, LCSW

The End of a Long Day of Training

Lifeskills South Florida Professionals Weekend Attendees Present Their Work

Friday, 2 December, 2011
Chanda Rankin, PhD, Private Practice/PCH Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA

Chanda Rankin, PhD, Private Practice/PCH Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA

Concetta Bruce, It’s Perfect Malibu, Malibu, CA

Concetta Bruce, It’s Perfect Malibu, Malibu, CA

Cookie Anderson, The Meadows, Wickenburg, AZ

Cookie Anderson, The Meadows, Wickenburg, AZ

Maryse Duvalsaint, LCSW and John Crepsac, LCSW, Private Practice, New York, NY

Maryse Duvalsaint, LCSW and John Crepsac, LCSW, Private Practice, New York, NY

Mike Ferguson, Ferguson BHC, Los Angeles, CA

Mike Ferguson, Ferguson BHC, Los Angeles, CA

Scottie Gage, Hopewell Recovery Services, Boston, MA

Scottie Gage, Hopewell Recovery Services, Boston, MA

Elizabeth McGuire, LCSW, Wings Helps, Boston, MA

Elizabeth McGuire, LCSW, Wings Helps, Boston, MA

Dr. Greg O’Donohue, Private Practice, Toronto, CAN

Dr. Greg O’Donohue, Private Practice, Toronto, CAN

Paula Leslie and Andy Erkis, Erkis Consulting, Columbus, OH

Paula Leslie and Andy Erkis, Erkis Consulting, Columbus, OH

Peter Johnson, Right Turn, Inc. Arlington, MA

Peter Johnson, Right Turn, Inc. Arlington, MA

Susanne Weil, LCSW, Private Practice, Stamford, CT

Susanne Weil, LCSW, Private Practice, Stamford, CT

Grete Laine, MA, NCPsyA, Private Practice, Riverside, CT

Grete Laine, MA, NCPsyA, Private Practice, Riverside, CT

Stacey Reese, LISW, The Lindner Center of Hope, Mason, OH

Stacey Reese, LISW, The Lindner Center of Hope, Mason, OH

Maureen McGlame, MEd, RFK Children’s Center, Boston, MA

Maureen McGlame, MEd, RFK Children’s Center, Boston, MA

Josh Benton, Hopewell Recovery Services, Boston, MA

Josh Benton, Hopewell Recovery Services, Boston, MA

Quinn Tremblay, McLean Center at Fernside, Princeton, MA

Quinn Tremblay, McLean Center at Fernside, Princeton, MA

Judith Landau, MD, BRII, Linking Human Systems, Boulder, CO

Judith Landau, MD, BRII, Linking Human Systems, Boulder, CO

Lisa Lewis, Austen Riggs, Stockbridge, MA

Lisa Lewis, Austen Riggs, Stockbridge, MA

Susan Cappi, LCSW, RN, CS, Private Practice, New York, NY

Susan Cappi, LCSW, RN, CS, Private Practice, New York, NY

Out and About in Deerfield Beach, FL

Friday, 2 December, 2011
Cesar Benarroche, MD Medical Director and Cookie Anderson

Cesar Benarroche, MD Medical Director and Cookie Anderson

Brett Passeroff, Director of Family Services and Guests

Brett Passeroff, Director of Family Services and Guests

Susan Cappi, Hamish White and Conchetta Bruce

Susan Cappi, Hamish White and Concetta Bruce

Bill Jacyck, MD and Hildegard Jacyck

Bill Jacyck, MD and Hildegard Jacyck

Maureen McGlame and Carol Dougherty, Director of Residential Services

Maureen McGlame and Carol Dougherty, Director of Residential Services

Chanda Rankin and Stacey Reese

Chanda Rankin and Stacey Reese

Dr. Greg O’Donohue and Jennifer Costa, RN

Dr. Greg O’Donohue and Jennifer Costa, RN

Andy Erkis and Paula Leslie

Andy Erkis and Paula Leslie

Jackie Fetzer, Director of Admissions and Audrey Freshman

Jackie Fetzer, Director of Admissions and Audrey Freshman

Patricia Daza, PhD and Sally Zahner of the Menninger Clinic

Patricia Daza, PhD and Sally Zahner of the Menninger Clinic

Elizabeth McGuire, Ed Levin and Spencer Bush-Brown

Elizabeth McGuire, Ed Levin and Spencer Bush-Brown

Jeff Steiner, CFO and Guests

Jeff Steiner, CFO and Guests

Judith Landau, MD and Michael Gillis, Executive Director

Judith Landau, MD and Michael Gillis, Executive Director

Full Moon Over Deerfield Beach Pier

Full Moon Over Deerfield Beach Pier

Learn How to Handle Holiday Stress for those with Borderline Personality Disorder While Supporting Florida BPD Association

Friday, 2 December, 2011

Join Nancy Gordon, LCSW for a special 90 minute intensive teleconference using the skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in order to handle the emotional highs and lows of loved ones suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.  This teleconference is scheduled for Thursday November 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM (EDT).  Registration is necessary.  Please contact Amanda Smith from the Florida Borderline Personality Disorder Association if you have any questions.  She may be reached at 941-704-4328 or by e-mailing amanda@hopeforbpd.com.  The cost of the event is $25.  20% of the proceeds go back to FBPDA.

www.hopeforbpd.com
www.fbpda.org

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