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Welcome to the 2017 Spring Workshop Series

Welcome to the 2017 Spring Workshop Series

The first workshop of the FCP 2017 Series is presented by Roma A. Vasa, M.D., and is entitled “Co-Occurring Psychiatric Conditions in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

This informative workshop will cover common mental health conditions that occur in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prevalence, clinical characteristics, and general treatment  recommendations for each condition will be discussed. Case examples will be provided.

Workshop Objectives

At the end of this activity the learner will be able to

• List the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

• Discuss the prevalence and impact of psychopathology in ASD

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FCP Welcomes Back Compelling Presenters! – Dr. Allan Tepper

FCP Welcomes Back Compelling Presenters! – Dr. Allan Tepper

Welcome Back Allan!

Dr. Allan Tepper, back by popular request, put on a great encore performance in his Workshop today with “Ethics Related to Maintaining Confidential Treatment Records.” Dr. Tepper warned the audience that he would try not to scare the them. As in the past, Dr. Tepper presented a reality check, including risks for noncompliance for record keeping, release of records and other issues related to ethics.  Dr. Tepper again told it like it is for licensed Mental Health Professionals.

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FCP Welcomes Back Compelling Presenters! – Mandy Mundy

FCP Welcomes Back Compelling Presenters! – Mandy Mundy

Welcome Back Mandy!

If you missed this morning’s workshop entitled: “Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse,” you missed a winner.

By popular request, Mandy Mundy, the Director of Education and Training at Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) returned to provide a highly energetic presentation to a full house of mental health professionals, educators, and others.

The four Goals of this Workshop included:

  • Know and understand the roles and responsibilities of mandated reporters under Pennsylvania law.
  • Recognize the possible indicators of child abuse
  • Know how to make a report of suspected child abuse and neglect with confidence.
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“Double-Header” Concludes the 2016 Fall Foundations Community Partnership Professional Education Workshop Series

“Double-Header” Concludes the 2016 Fall Foundations Community Partnership Professional Education Workshop Series

On November 30th, FCP Presents 2 Exciting Professional Education Workshops. These workshops represent topics required for license renewal or certification for Licensed Mental Health professionals, Educators or others working with children.

The morning, afternoon, and full-day seats for the 11/30 workshops are sold out!

Morning Workshop, 8:30 to 12:00 a.m.
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse

Although anyone can report suspected child abuse at any time, certain professionals, called “mandated reporters” are required by law to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment. Mandated reporters are of critical importance in the child abuse prevention effort. This workshop identifies the role and responsibility bystanders, care providers and mandated reporters play in the prevention, protection and intervention of child abuse.

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Excellent Workshop Kicks Off Fall Mental Health Lecture Series

Excellent Workshop Kicks Off Fall Mental Health Lecture Series

Today’s excellent workshop presented by Muniya Khanna Ph.D, began the FCP 2016 Fall Professional Workshop Series was entitled:“Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety and OCD in Children and Adolescents: Beyond the Manual.”

Dr. Khanna had a pleasant and easygoing style. Her soft tone of voice required a microphone for all to hear her. In general, Dr. Khanna’s sense of humor, calm voice, obvious knowledge of her topic, and relevant “real-life” examples made the 3-hour presentation go very quickly. She also handled most questions very well. She gave good answers and did not let the questions interrupt the flow of her presentation.

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Welcome to the Fall Professional Education Series!

Welcome to the Fall Professional Education Series!

The 2016 Fall Professional Education Workshops represent topics that are in high demand for Mental Health Professionals, Educators and Nurses. As such, all workshop seats sold out quickly!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

“Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety and OCD in Children & Adolescents: Beyond the Manual”

Presented by : Muniya Khanna, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD.

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Friendly and Informative Workshop Concludes the FCP 2016 Spring Workshop Series

Friendly and Informative Workshop Concludes the FCP 2016 Spring Workshop Series

Today’s final workshop of the FCP 2016 Spring Series was presented by Shannon Barnett, M.D. and entitled “Mood Disorders and Self-Injury in Adolescents.”

Shannon Barnett, M.D.

Shannon Barnett, M.D.

Despite her pleasant and easygoing presentation style, Dr. Barnett’s topic included some very serious material. Although a treatable mental health problem, many adolescents suffer from varying degrees of mood disorder and self-injurious behavior.

Starting with a brief history of mental illness, Dr. Barnett mentioned the various understanding from the Greek concept of Humors and the Temperaments, through Witchcraft, and the “Broken Brain” ideas in the early days of thinking.  Her discussion brought us into recent times with Freudian stages, and Eriksonian phases of development. Dr. Barnett’s review of the past 60 years covered some of the DSM from the first to DSM-V.

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Join Us for Another Exciting Workshop, as Part of the FCP Behavioral Health Lecture Series.

Join Us for Another Exciting Workshop, as Part of the FCP Behavioral Health Lecture Series.

The final workshop of the FCP 2016 Spring Series scheduled for May 4, 2015 is presented by Shannon Barnett, M.D and entitled “Mood Disorders and Self-Injury in Adolescents.”

Treatment of adolescents with mood disorders requires clinicians to adapt to the myriad of developmental changes that occur during adolescence. This workshop will include discussion on how to differentiate typical teenage behavior from symptoms of mood disorders and implications for diagnosis. Psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches for this clinically challenging population will also be discussed. Dr. Barnett will offer specific recommendations for the treatment of adolescents with self-injurious behavior.

Workshop Objectives:

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Lively Presentation Enhanced Informative Workshop

Lively Presentation Enhanced Informative Workshop

Today’s audience enjoyed a great workshop today presented by Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D, who returned to the FCP Professional Workshop Series by popular request.

Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.

Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.

“Adolescent Emotional and Social Development: Sadness Regulation and Peer Acceptance,” had three objectives:

1. Identify normative emotional and social changes typical of adolescence.

2. Understand evidence-based prevalence of increased emotional difficulties.

3. Become familiar with evidence based approaches to address adolescent difficulties with sadness regulation and interpersonal vulnerabilities.

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Join Us for Another Exciting Workshop this Spring!

Join Us for Another Exciting Workshop this Spring!

The Second workshop of the FCP 2016 Spring Series is presented by Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.: Adolescent Emotional and Social Development: Sadness Regulation and Peer Acceptance

Adolescence is a developmental period marked by many changes in social and emotional functioning, leading to the ‘sturm und drang’ interpretation of the teen years. Indeed, relationships and friendships become increasingly important during this per iod, and increases are observed in normative self-consciousness as well as clinical risk for internalizing disorders (e.g., depression). Fortunately, most youth display healthy emotional and social development. This workshop will focus on understanding healthy development of sadness regulation (apart from depression) and how this aspect of emotion regulation relates to adolescent social/peer competence.

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