Training & Supervision

(Professional CEUs provided by Rathbone & Associates)

Committed to providing mental health professionals high quality, state of the art trainings on cutting edge topics to improve clinical outcomes.

Trainings for mental health and other health professionals who value learning  and professional development.

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Function-Based Intervention for Students who Refuse School

Presenter:
Lindsay Scharfstein, Ph.D.

Location:
Online, live, interactive training

Date: 
Friday, September 24, 2021
9:15 AM- 12:30 PM

3 Category 1 CEUs*

Registration and additional information: Click here

School refusal behaviors result from underlying anxiety and emotional disorders that are triggered by aspects of the school experience. If left untreated, these students often experience immediate and long-lasting impairments in academic, social, and emotional functioning. Best practices indicate that cognitive behavioral treatment for school refusal includes the treatment of the underlying emotional disorders and a simultaneous school re-entry plan. This training will review common factors associated with school refusal as well as function-based intervention strategies. Practical considerations for the role of students, caregivers, school personnel, and providers in the treatment process will be discussed.

Objectives

  1. Learners will be able to list four common function(s) of school refusal behavior.
  2. Learners will be able to identify four essential components of the treatment of school refusal.
  3. Learners will be able to describe four practical, cognitive behavioral techniques to facilitate school reentry.
  4. Learners will be able to delineate four function-based intervention strategies to facilitate school reentry.

Presenter

Dr. Lindsay Scharfstein is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founder of the Rockville Therapy Center LLC. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida and completed her pre-and post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Scharfstein specializes in assessment, treatment, and continuing care of pre-schoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults whose lives are affected by anxiety and related conditions. Her practice specializes in the treatment of selective mutism, group therapy for teen social anxiety, and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics and Tourette’s Disorder. She is the Director of the Confident Kids Camp- DC Metro, a 5-day intensive behavioral treatment ‘camp’ for children with selective mutism, and launched the School Refusal Training Institute, an 8-session training/consultation series for providers of students who refuse school.

Introduction to the Unified Protocol: Rationale, Case Conceptualization, and Application

Presenter:
Clair Cassiello-Robbins, PhD

Location:
Online, live and interactive

Date: 
Monday, October 4 2021
8:45 AM- 12:00 PM

3 Category 1 CEUs*

$79

Registration and additional information: Click here

The Unified Protocol (UP) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression and related disorders (emotional disorders). It was developed by David Barlow and a team of researchers at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. The UP is a transdiagnostic treatment, which means that it can be applied to a range of different disorders and problems (e.g., panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive thought/compulsions, depressed mood, impulsive behaviors). The overarching goal of the UP is to help patients learn news ways of responding to uncomfortable emotion that reduce symptoms across a patient’s range of problems. The UP combines elements such as mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy.

This three-hour training will provide an introduction to the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP). In this training, Dr. Robbins will provide a brief background on the development of the protocol as well as research evidence supporting its use. Next, she will focus on the application of this treatment and highlight differences between the UP and traditional CBTs.

Objectives

  1. Provide the rationale for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders
  2. Review empirical support for the UP
  3. Review UP case conceptualization
  4. Review application of the protocol

 

Presenter

Clair Robbins received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University in 2019. In graduate school she was mentored by Dr. David H. Barlow and co-authored the second edition of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP). During her time in graduate school she specialized in the application of this treatment to dysregulated anger. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Durham VA and postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She is currently a psychologist at Triangle Area Psychology (TAP) clinic where she provides the UP to adults with a wide range of emotional disorders and trains therapists in the delivery of the UP. She is a national trainer in the UP and actively conducts workshops around the country and certifies therapists in the treatment.

Improve Therapy Outcomes Using Techniques From Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Presenter:
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C

Location:
Online, live, interactive training

Date: 
Friday, November 12, 2021
8:45 AM- 12:00 PM

3 Category 1 CEUs*

$79

Registration and additional information: Click here

Clinicians frequently struggle with clients who are “stuck” – miserable, yet unwilling or unable to move forward, and their symptoms are often high risk and anxiety provoking for therapists. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) offers highly effective strategies for breaking logjams in therapy and moving clients forward. This training will provide non-DBT therapists with some of the most effective interventions used in DBT. No prior knowledge of DBT necessary.

Learn specific tools to quickly engage clients in therapy, determine how best to target symptoms, how to effectively conceptualize problem behaviors and create movement and flow in the therapy session.

Objectives:

  1. Create movement and flow in therapy using both acceptance- and change-based strategies
  2. Use specific evidence-based tools to quickly engage clients in therapy and determine how best to target symptoms
  3. Harness the power of dialectics
  4. Experience the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions
  5. Use behavior chain analysis to understand the function of behavior and apply it to therapy to improve outcomes

Presenter:

Britt H. Rathbone is an expert in adolescent mental health and is committed to proving evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Unified Protocol, ACT, Behavioral Activation, Prolonged Exposure, and others. He is the founder and director of Rathbone & Associates, a psychotherapy practice focusing on mental health issues and conditions of adolescence.

Mr. Rathbone earned his social work degree from Columbia University in New York and has been a highly rated instructor in the MSW program at the National Catholic University School of Social Service. He has decades of experience in adolescent mental health and psychotherapy and he holds the most advanced certifications available through his professional societies. His expertise has been recognized by being consistently named a top therapist for teenagers by Washingtonian magazine. He was the first clinician in Maryland, DC and Virginia to have passed the rigorous standards established by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and to be recognized as a DBT Certified DBT Clinician.

Mr. Rathbone is the coauthor of the following:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents
  • What Works with Teens: An Evidence-Based, Practical Guide for Working Effectively with Adolescents
  • Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions,
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Adolescents, (chapter) in Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner’s Reference

Working with Parents of Children and Adolescents: Using Techniques from DBT and PMT to Improve Parental Interventions

Presenter:
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C

Location:
Live, synchronous, online training

Date: 
Friday, February 25, 2022
8:45 AM- 12:00 PM

3 Category 1 CEUs*

$79

Registration and additional information: Click here

Therapists often struggle with teaching parents effective behavior management techniques. They may not fully understand these techniques themselves, they may not have confidence in teaching the techniques, and parents may resist or fall short when implementing these techniques. As a result, treatment stalls and child behaviors do not improve.

This training will integrate information from Parent Management Training (PMT), DBT for adolescents (DBT-A), DBT for Children (DBT-C), and collaborative problem-solving. Participants will learn how teach parents to use various behavior management techniques to decrease problem behaviors and how to use reinforcers effectively to increase desired behaviors. Special attention will be given to helping parents manage emotional reactivity so that they can respond to their children most effectively.

Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Understand how to examine problem behaviors to identify contingencies that maintain the behaviors.
  2. Learn effective behavior management techniques for children and adolescents with emotional dysregulation.
  3. Recognize the important role of validation and how to use it effectively to engage in problem-solving.
  4. Learn techniques for troubleshooting parental treatment interfering behaviors.

Agenda

  1. Behaviorism basics
    1. Reinforcers
    2. Punishments
    3. Shaping
  2. Supersensors and superparents
  3. Orienting parents and obtaining commitment to treatment
  4. Sorting behaviors into categories for effective responding
  5. Validation
  6. Problem solving
    1. Compromising
    2. Collaborative problem solving
    3. AVCR
  7. Increasing desired behaviors
    1. Observing
    2. Prompting
    3. Reinforcement
      1. Attending
      2. Praise
  • Point charts
  1. Shaping
  1. Managing problem behaviors
    1. Planned ignoring
    2. Reprimands
    3. Time out from reinforcement
    4. Assigning chores
    5. Removing privileges
  2. Skills training
  3. Core problem analysis
    1. With parents
    2. With children

Presenter

Britt H. Rathbone is an expert in adolescent mental health and is committed to proving evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Unified Protocol, ACT, Behavioral Activation, Prolonged Exposure, and others. He is the founder and director of Rathbone & Associates, a psychotherapy practice focusing on mental health issues and conditions of adolescence.

Mr. Rathbone earned his social work degree from Columbia University in New York and has been a highly rated instructor in the MSW program at the National Catholic University School of Social Service. He has decades of experience in adolescent mental health and psychotherapy and he holds the most advanced certifications available through his professional societies. His expertise has been recognized by being consistently named a top therapist for teenagers by Washingtonian magazine. He was the first clinician in Maryland, DC and Virginia to have passed the rigorous standards established by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and to be recognized as a DBT Certified DBT Clinician.

Mr. Rathbone is the coauthor of the following:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents
  • What Works with Teens: An Evidence-Based, Practical Guide for Working Effectively with Adolescents
  • Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions,
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Adolescents, (chapter) in Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner’s Reference

*Continuing Education Information

Rathbone & Associates is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for the programs and their content. These trainings qualify for Category I continuing education units. Please contact your state board for verification of reciprocity with other states and professions. In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session.

Rathbone & Associates is a sponsor of continuing education credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rathbone & Associates maintains responsibility for the program content.

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4701 Sangamore Road #210N
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
Tel: 301-229-9490

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5942 Hubbard Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Tel: 301-230-9490

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