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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

Silver Hill Hospital Gala, November 3, 2011, Cipriani in New York, NY

Thursday, 1 December, 2011
Michael Gillis, MSW - Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida

Michael Gillis, MSW – Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida

Maureen Borkowski, Hazelden Michael Gillis, Lifeskills South Florida Katie Gregory, Bridges to Recovery Whitney Goetz, Silverhill Hospital.

Maureen Borkowski, Hazelden Michael Gillis, Lifeskills South Florida Katie Gregory, Bridges to Recovery Whitney Goetz, Silverhill Hospital.

Michael Alvich and Pam Alvich, Silverhill Hospital

Michael Alvich and Pam Alvich, Silverhill Hospital

Eating Disorders a New Front in Insurance Fight

Thursday, 1 December, 2011

Recently the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco “ruled that residential treatment was medically necessary for eating disorders…” The insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has appealed the ruling claiming that residential treatment for eating disorders should not be viewed as medical treatment. They argue that there are few standards, a great many variations on licensing, little oversight for residential treatment programs and that eating disorder treatment is more about education than medicine. Advocates argue that residential treatment provides full time monitoring and saves lives. Read the full story…

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/business/ruling-offers-hope-to-eating-disorder-sufferers.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

Out and About in New York City October 20, 2011

Thursday, 1 December, 2011

Tiffany Posteraro of Hazelden, New York City and Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida in New York City, NY October 20th, 2011

Maureen Borkowski, LCSW-R, CASAC of Hazelden NY2 and Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida at Hazelden, New York City, NY October 20th 2011

Laura Travaglini, M.A. Substance Abuse Coordinator, Columbia University Outpatient Psychiatry Program and Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director, Lifeskills South Florida

Laura Travaglini, M.A. Substance Abuse Coordinator, Columbia University Outpatient Psychiatry Program and Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director, Lifeskills South Florida

Gina Ewing, Cottonwood de Tucson, Michael Gillis, Lifeskills South Florida, Liz Guerra, Marworth

Gina Ewing, Cottonwood de Tucson, Michael Gillis, Lifeskills South Florida, Liz Guerra, Marworth

Pablo McCabe, LCSW of Hazelden and Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida in New York City, NY October 20th, 2011

New York Center for Living Inaugural Gala October 20, 2011

Saturday, 19 November, 2011
Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida and Amy Burns of New York Center for Living, NY, NY October 20th, 2011

Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director Lifeskills South Florida and Amy Burns of New York Center for Living, NY, NY October 20th, 2011

Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director, Lifeskills South Florida and Kate Bowden, LCSW Executive Director, New York Center for Living, NY, NY October 20th, 2011

Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director, Lifeskills South Florida and Kate Bowden, LCSW Executive Director, New York Center for Living, NY, NY October 20th, 2011

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