Training & Supervision 2017-09-20T11:03:41+00:00

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.

All trainings at the National 4H Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Essentials:  
Chain Analysis and other DBT Techniques in Individual Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, DBT Linehan Board of Certification-Board Certified Clinician
Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:45-12 noon
3 Category I CEUs, $68 Register

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for challenging adolescents and young adult behaviors, including suicidal ideation and behavior, substance use, eating disorders, disruptive behaviors, self-harming behaviors and anxiety driven behaviors. This training will focus specifically on the individual therapy component of DBT, with particular emphasis on structuring the session effectively, the behavioral chain analysis, commitment/recommitment techniques, and the dialectic of acceptance and change.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to structure sessions for maximum effectiveness
  2. Understand how to conduct a behavior chain analysis
  3. Become familiar with techniques for enhancing commitment to treatment
  4. Use the dialectic of acceptance and change to improve progress in treatment

Britt H. Rathbone, LCSW-C provides psychotherapy services to adolescents, young adults, and their families in the greater Washington, DC area and directs a comprehensive DBT program. Mr. Rathbone earned his social work degree from Columbia University and taught for many years in the MSW program at the National Catholic University School of Social Service. He is consistently voted one of Washington’s best therapists for adolescents and for adolescent group therapy and actively trains graduate students and other professionals on issues of adolescent development and clinical treatment. He has been providing DBT services to adolescents since 2002 and was the first therapist in the DC area to be certified in DBT by the treatment creator. He is the co-author of several books including Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents: A Practitioners Guide to Treating Challenging Behavior Problems.


Assessment, Research Update And Treatment Of Anxiety Disorders In Children And Adolescents
Erin Berman, PhD
Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:45-12 noon
3 Category I CEUs, $68 Register

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Anxiety Disorders are the most prevalent disorders of childhood and adolescence. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been established through empirical studies to be the standard of care for this age group. This seminar will focus on an initial overview of skills involved in treating this patient group. Specifically, attendee will learn how to apply specific cognitive and behavioral strategies to Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder and Specific Phobia. These skills will include how to help patients identify anxiety thoughts, address catastrophic thinking typically associated with these disorders and tolerate uncertainty. In addition, some time will be spent on identify behavioral strategies such as create and develop fear hierarchies and decrease avoidance.  Dr. Berman will also provide an overview of the latest research on how brain circuitry plays a role in the acquisition on anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  2. How to identify an anxious child
  3. How to identify behavioral and cognitive strategies, and how to implement them in children and adolescents in the context of specific anxiety disorders

Dr. Erin D. Berman is a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her clinical psychology doctoral degree from Rosalind Franklin University / The Chicago Medical School. Her clinical training continued with attending the Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology where she was a Harvard Medical School Fellowship recipient. She completed post-doctoral re-specialization in child and adolescent Anxiety Disorders at Temple University. Her main area of interest continues to be in cognitive behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders.


ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults
Miranda Morris, PhD and Staci Martin, PhD
Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:45-12 noon
3 Category I CEUs, $68 Register

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based treatment for adolescents and adults who struggle with a range of difficulties, including anxiety and depression.  Many clinicians are interested in learning ACT but get frustrated by introductory trainings that focus on theoretical concepts instead of actual practice.  This training is about practicing ACT.  Lecture time will be minimal, and we will focus on flexible applications of ACT that can be integrated in other therapeutic modalities.  You don’t need prior training in ACT in order to benefit from this training.   Rather, this is an opportunity for practitioners to learn about ACT by getting inside this deeply experiential model of psychotherapy.  Experiential knowing is at the core of practicing ACT in your own life and is critical to successful implication with clients.

This workshop will focus on helping adolescents and young adults increase their psychological flexibility and adaptability.  We’ll practice exercises designed to enhance clients’ capacity to distance from unhelpful thinking, make room for painful feelings, and connect with deeply held values.  In addition, we’ll practice helping clients become more flexible in their ability to shift perspectives and increase self-compassion.  All of these processes are associated with improved functioning and increased well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn at least one experiential exercise that can be used to increase perspective taking and self-compassion in young clients
  • Participants will learn ways to elicit metaphors during sessions that can be used to increase psychological flexibility
  • Participants will learn at least one experiential intervention that can be used to increase acceptance and awareness of values among adolescents and young adults

About the Presenters:

Staci Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in using ACT in treating adolescents and adults with chronic pain at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  For more than 20 years, she has worked with chronic illness populations including cancer, HIV, and sickle cell disease. Since 2012, she has been on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the international ACT organization; she currently holds the office of President. She also is on the board of the Pain and Contextual Medicine special interest groups within ACBS, and co-chairs the Pain special interest group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Moreover, her research and clinical work has been presented at four past ACBS World Conferences, and at medical and psychology conferences across the country.

Miranda Morris, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.  Prior to establishing her private practice, she worked for seven years in the not-for-profit sector with survivors of trauma and individuals with chronic mental illness. Dr. Morris co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACBS (MAC-ACBS) and currently serves on the MAC Board as Past President. As such, she provides local workshops and individual supervision in ACT for professionals and graduate students.


Beyond Trans 101: Mental Health Practice and Advocacy with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Clients
Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP
Friday April 20, 2018, 8:45-12 noon
3 Category I CEUs, $68 Register

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In this continuing education presentation, Dr. Hendricks discusses mental health practice with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients beyond a Trans 101 introductory perspective. He discusses the typical issues TGNC clients present with, in addition to the accompanying challenges and opportunities in mental health practice with TGNC people. Special emphasis on case examples and strategies clinicians may use to advocate on behalf of their patients/clients are also included. Assessment of internalized transprejudice and lifespan concerns, as well as participants’ own construct of gender are also addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify the professional standards, competencies, and guidelines for psychological practice with TGNC clients.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe 3 frameworks that support TGNC-affirmative care.
  3. Attendees will be able to articulate 3 challenges in the assessment of Gender Dysphoria and Transprejudice and 2 opportunities for advocacy for TGNC clients.
  4. Attendees will be able to explain reasons and processes for engaging in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Care with TGNC patients/clients.

Dr. Michael L. Hendricks is a clinical psychologist in private practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C., in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a past president of APA’s Division 44 (the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues), and of Section VII (Clinical Emergencies and Crises) of APA’s Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). He served on the APA Task Force that developed the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People. He has conducted research with TGNC people and is the lead author on the seminal paper on the minority stress model for transgender individuals. In 2015, he was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his work on minority stress and suicide risk among TGNC individuals. He currently represents Division 44 on the APA Council of Representatives. A primary focus of his clinical practice involves work with TGNC adolescents and adults.


Early Identification And Treatment Of Youth At Risk For Psychosis
Jason Schiffman, Ph.D.
May 18, 2018, 9:15-12:30
3 Category I CEUs, $68 Register

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This workshop will familiarize participants with psychosis, emphasizing the early phases of illness. It will then demonstrate strategies for reducing stigma, increasing empathy, and facilitating early identification. Screening tools and treatment strategies will be introduced, and resources for comprehensive care will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize early phases and symptoms of psychotic illnesses.
  2. Describe attenuated/subthreshold symptoms typically assessed to determine psychosis-risk status.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of psychosis-risk assessment and consultation services as well as the potential benefits of specialized treatment for this population.
  4. Increase familiarity with psychosocial interventions for youth at risk for psychosis and be equipped with further resources to learn more about intervention strategies.

Jason Schiffman, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at UMBC. Dr. Schiffman is the Co-Director of the Maryland Early Intervention Program’s Strive for Wellness Clinic, a research, training, and services program designed to improve the lives of young people with or at risk for psychosis, as well as their families. Dr. Schiffman has held numerous grants and has published over 100 scientific articles related to mental health.  Dr. Schiffman’s research seeks to refine the identification and treatment of young people at risk for psychotic disorders, and uncover mechanisms that can reduce mental health stigma.

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

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.

Cancellation policy: Refunds for cancellations are provided if notified 5 days prior to the training date.



Individual and group clinical supervision services are available with the highly experienced therapists at Rathbone & Associates. Many of our therapists are authorized to provide the supervision necessary for licensure to social workers and professional counselors in Maryland.

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