Validation is a critical component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a skill which practitioners will need to learn, practice, and fine tune in order to be truly effective. Dr. Ronda Oswalt Reitz talks with us about who benefits most by the use of validation. She also explains in detail the Six Levels of Validation as proposed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the architect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Understanding and practicing these validation levels will help you as a clinician and the people you serve to engage each other in an open, trusting, therapeutic environment.
Presenter: Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD is a consultant and trainer in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She specializes in the development and maintenance of DBT treatment programs and teams in mental health delivery systems. She provides public and private trainings and consultation across the United States, focusing on systems including community mental health, instensive outpatient programs, juvenile detention facilities, and acute long term and forensic inpatient programs. Currently, she works for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, in the development of DBT programming statewide, and with Behavioral Tech, LLC, the treatment dissemination company founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan.
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
This module will talk about early mental health care centers in the state of Missouri including State Hospital Number One in Fulton, the St. Louis County Insane Asylum, and the Saint Louis Hospital for Social Evils. The history of these hospitals, the treatments offered patients, and the management of people with mental illness as affected by social and medical movements form the core of this presentation.
Stigma often prevents individuals from gaining awareness and understanding of suicide. Talking candidly about suicide with parents and caregivers can be difficult barrier to overcome when cultural stigma exist. Common misconceptions or cultural beliefs discourage many from seeking treatment, and many educators and individuals in helping professions are not convinced that suicide is a genuine health concern for African American communities. This educational training aims to raise awareness and understanding of suicidal behavior among African American adolescents (ages 14-24 years), as well as to provide individuals with strategies and resources to appropriately intervene with a young person considering suicide.
Individuals with mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than the general population. Often these early deaths are attributable to medical factors such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. These other medical factors can be prevented and/or managed with the implementation of good nutritional habits and proper exercise. In this training, Ms. Kincade takes us through the experiences of the Independence Center in St. Louis which set up a Wellness Program for its members. She discusses the challenges faced in various settings–the mental health center, the home and the community–while trying to help people develop good habits, and several practical tips and solutions.