10/26: Couples in Conflict: Collaborating to Interrupt Problematic Cycles
Nell Shanahan, LCSW, MA
Friday, October 26th: 10 am – 12:00 pm
Yeshiva University Museum-YU Museum, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Registration: 2 CEU Credit Hours
Wurzweiler Alumni and Field Instructors: $30
Students (with ID): $15
Though very rewarding, couples work can be incredibly challenging. Often, partners hold internal monologues about the relationship, and collaborating with each partner to understand those monologues is integral to this work. Change and healing can only begin with a thorough interview process to understand what is said, how it is communicated, the intent behind it, and how that communication is being received and internalized.
About the Speaker
Nell Shanahan, LCSW, MA is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and a family therapist at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families around conflict in communication, anxiety and depression, parenting issues, reproductive challenges, coping with loss, and a variety of other issues and challenges.
11/30: Enhancing Resilience in Aging, Trauma and Palliative Care
Friday, November 30th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Yeshiva University Museum-YU Museum, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Registration: 4 CEU Credit Hours
Wurzweiler Alumni and Field Instructors: $50
Students (with ID): $25
Session 1: Resiliency in Response to Traumatic Loss: A Community’s Response to Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Shooting
The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016 was reported as the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S., with 49 people killed and over 50 wounded. Called an act of “terror” and “hate” by President Obama, the shooting traumatized a largely LGBT and Latino community in Central Florida. Our speakers will provide first hand experiences as professionals and community members impacting by the shooting. Clinicians will discuss the provision of psychological services to Pulse survivors, first responders, and the Orlando community, including responses in the immediate aftermath and longer term, ongoing treatment, and resilience efforts. A Pulse-survivor will speak to the efforts made by the community to care for those affected by the Pulse shooting, as well as his own experiences in receiving and providing trauma services.
Nancy Rosado, MSW
Nancy Rosado, MSW is a consultant at UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. She is co-Founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando, a retired NYPD sergeant, and a 9/11 first responder/survivor who was assigned the task of coordinating the long-term access to mental health care of 9/11 first responders in the aftermath of that tragedy. She holds an MSW from Fordham University with a specialization in suicide prevention and traumatic stress. Nancy is an openly gay community activist, and serves as Vice President of Misión Boricua in Central Florida, an organization that is dedicated to educating the community about Puerto Rican history, culture, literature, music, and art, as well as promoting civic engagement among the Puerto Rican community. She has been instrumental to Proyecto Somos Orlando due to her extensive experience in mental health care and crisis intervention, and through her work with the faith community as an active member of United Church of Christ (UCC).
Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP
Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Beidel holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her recent work focuses on developing effective treatments for PTSD for veterans, active duty personnel, and first responders, utilizing technology to enhance effective treatments into standard clinical practice. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a Department of Defense funded research program conducting a randomized controlled trial for the treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorders in active duty military personnel. She is the author of over 275 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ricardo Negron-Amodovar, JD
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricardo holds a Master’s in Education, and a Juris Doctor, and is a licensed attorney on the Island. In 2015, he moved to Orlando, where he has worked providing education to the immigrant community in Central Florida, and empowering the LGBTQ+ Latinx community after the Pulse Tragedy. He currently serves as LatinoJustice’s Legal Service Coordinator for the Southeast Office.
Session 2: Integrating Behavioral Health and Palliative Care: New Models for Putting the Head Back on the Body in Health Care
Managing mental health and addiction in hospice and palliative care is a critical component of quality care for patients facing serious illness who also have pre-existing behavioral and/or substance use issues. Reports underscore the high prevalence and burden of behavioral health disorders, particularly in the presence of other physical health conditions. Despite this concern, patients can experience fragmented care that leads to suboptimal services and outcomes, including poor patient and family satisfaction, and higher costs. While effective integrated care models have been described and tested, very few integrated models have adequately been described in the context of serious illness care.
Some of the challenges are: how to assess and define interventions that work with existing mental health and substance issues that present as barriers to patient, family, or team goals; how to support the most functional aspect of behaviors, while tending to the goals of palliative care; and how to interpret trusted therapeutic interventions to fit what are often very time and access limited situations to effectively intervene. The clinical social worker on the interprofessional palliative care team has the mental health expertise, and skill set, to provide these services.
Stacy Remke, MSW, LICSW
Stacy Remke, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW is a clinical social worker and a Senior Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. She teaches in the concentration area of health, aging and disabilities. Stacy received her MSW at the University of Minnesota and has had over 25 years’ experience in pediatric care, with special emphasis in caring for children and their families who are coping with chronic, complex, and/ or life-threatening conditions, end of life care, and medical fragility. Before coming to the University, she worked for many years with the Pain, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN. As a founder of that program, she participated in the early evolution of the field of pediatric palliative care in the United States. Stacy is trained in clinical hypnosis, and has a special interest in developing creative intervention strategies to help children and their families cope with the distressing effects of disease and disability. She participated in writing the 2009 Standards for Pediatric Palliative Care, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN).
Session 3 Keynote: When Old News is Good News: Thinking Like an Old Person
What's the secret to living a fuller, more content life? For John Leland, an award-winning New York Times reporter and author of the New York Times bestseller, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old, the answer came from an unexpected place: from the lives of six people age 85 and up. He expected them to educate him in the hardships of old age. Instead, they taught him lessons of resilience, gratitude, purpose and perspective that apply to people of any age. All had lost something – spouses, mobility, their keen eyesight or hearing. But none had lost everything. And they defined their lives by the things they could still do, not by what they had lost. Sociologists call this the “paradox of aging”: as much as our culture obsesses over youth, older people are more content with their lives than young adults. They’re less stressed, less afraid of death, better able to manage whatever difficulties come their way – even when their lives are very, very hard. The good news about old age is that there is good news. And the better news is that we can all learn from our elders’ wisdom and experience. Whatever your age, it’s not too late to learn to think like an old person. A book signing will follow John’s keynote address.
John Leland is a reporter at The New York Times, where he wrote a year-long series following six people age 85 and up, which became the basis for his new book, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old, a New York Times bestseller. Before joining The Times in 2000, he was a senior editor at Newsweek and editor-in-chief of Details magazine.