CONNECTICUT PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
31st ANNUAL CONVENTION
Featured Keynote speaker: Dr. Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.
October 20, 2017 - The Riverhouse, Haddam CT
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE!
The 2017 Annual Conference Preliminary Program is now available! Here you will find a list of presentations for the entire conference, along with hotel, airport, and continuing education information. We anticipate that our online Itinerary Planner will be available in late-January or early-February which will included more detailed information on each presentation.
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ANNOUNCING OUR CONFERENCE SOCIAL EVENT
ISSTD is excited to announce that our conference social event this year will be a scavenger hunt at the International Spy Museum in downtown Washington, DC.
Friday 31 March 2017 5:30PM - 7:00PM
$69 Students | $89 Members | $99 Non-Members/Guests
Participants will be put into teams and compete against each other as they answer questions, find a "dead-drop", decipher an encrypted message, and "bug" other teams.
Registration for this event will open Friday 20 January 2017. A limited number of tickets are available for this event so buy your tickets early.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS 31 JANUARY 2017!
Join ISSTD in metro Washington, DC! Only TWO WEEKS LEFT to register for the ISSTD 34th Annual International Conference at early bird rates!
Featured Plenary Presentations
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD
Trauma and the Developing Brain
Saturday 1 April 1 2017
Julian Ford, PhD | Dolores Mosquera, PhD | Warwick Middleton, MD | John O'Neil, MD (Moderator)
Panel Discussion: The Borderline Question
Sunday 2 April 2 2017
Pamela Alexander, PhD
Monday, 3 April 2017
Conference Program Highlights:
8 Pre-Conference Workshops
ASCH Intermediate Hypnosis Training
Workshops, Paper Sessions, Forum Discussions, Symposia
4 Post Conference Workshops
President's Reception and Annual Awards Dinner
CE/CME Credits Available?
For additional conference details hotel, airport, and continuing education information, visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE!
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TRAUMA INFORMED CARE SUMMIT
Pre-Conference Workshops: August 15-16th, 2016
Trauma Informed Care Summit: August 17-18th, 2016
This Summit brings together individuals, families, professionals, communities and organizations interested in addressing, preventing and treating trauma across the lifespan, as well as disseminate trauma informed care initiatives and best practices to address trauma throughout Texas. The pilot sites for trauma informed care organizational transformation of behavioral health services will be disseminating the progress and lessons learned in transforming behavioral health services in Texas including: mental health services for children and adults, substance abuse treatment and substance abuse prevention services. Our hope is to launch a trauma informed discussion within the community by sharing the triumphs of the initiative and providing the knowledge of nationally recognized trauma informed experts.
Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC., RP, Co-Executive Director of TEND Ms. Mathieu is a renowned international expert and speaker on high-stress workplaces and vicarious trauma. She has been working for a decade with the Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program and is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook.
Julian Ford, PhD., Professor & Director of the Center for Trauma and Recovery & Juvenile Justice, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center Dr. Ford is a national expert and clinical psychologist specializing in assessment, treatment, and research of children, youth, adults, and families affected by PTSD. He is the Northeast Regional Site Director for the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is the national developer of TARGET, an evidence-based practice recognized by SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
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An Affective Cognitive Neuroscience-Based Approach to PTSD Psychotherapy: The TARGET Model
by ATS Staff on 2/23/15
Julian Ford, PhD
University of Connecticut Health Center
Adaptations or alternative versions of cognitive psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are needed because even the most efficacious cognitive or cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies for PTSD do not retain or achieve sustained clinically significant benefits for a majority of recipients. Cognitive affective neuroscience research is reviewed which suggests that it is not just memory (or memories) of traumatic events and related core beliefs about self, the world, and relationships that are altered in PTSD but also memory (and affective information) processing. A cognitive psychotherapy is described that was designed to systematically make explicit these otherwise implicit trauma-related alterations in cognitive emotion regulation and its application to the treatment of complex variants of PTSD—Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET). TARGET provides therapists and clients with (a) a neurobiologically informed strengths-based meta-model of stress-related cognitive processing in the brain and how this is altered by PTSD and (b) a practical algorithm for restoring the executive functions that are necessary to make implicit trauma-related cognitions explicit (i.e., experiential awareness) and modifiable (i.e., planful refocusing). Results of randomized clinical trial studies and quasi-experimental effectiveness evaluations of TARGET with adolescents and adults are reviewed.
To listen to Dr. Ford and Mark Sims discuss PTSD and returning combat veterans, click here.
The review process of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide (MPG) is complete, and the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) was rated as Effective.
If a program is determined to be eligible for inclusion in the MPG, the effectiveness dimensions and the overall scores are used to classify the program into one of three categories that are designed to provide the user with a summary knowledge base of the research supporting that program. A brief description of the three categories follows:
Effective: Programs have strong evidence to indicate they achieve their intended outcomes when implemented with fidelity.
Promising: Programs have some evidence to indicate they achieve their intended outcomes.
No Effects: Programs have strong evidence indicating that they had no effects or had harmful effects when implemented with fidelity.
For more information, click here.
A clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the UConn School of Medicine, Julian Ford has spent the past two decades researching stress and trauma. He has edited or authored 10 books, including co-authoring Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over (Sourcebooks, 2013). Here, he offers a glimpse into his work as well as one approach we can all use in managing our own stress.
SAMHSA has included TARGET as one of the Evidence Based, Trauma Specific Treatment Models in their report, Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, A Treatment Improvement Protocol.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has marked TARGET as "effective", one of only four PTSD models that have received this distinction.
"This publication is the product of research and discussions with psychologists, psychiatrists, public policy experts, and lawyers who represent children in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Many of the ideas expressed emerged from a convening hosted by Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia in January 2013. The convening brought together experts across disciplines to grapple with the ramifications of raising trauma in the context of courtroom advocacy, as well as more fundamental and definitional questions about what trauma is and why it matters." (www.jlc.org)
Our own Julian Ford made some important contributions to the discussion!
The Children's Bureau released a video that highlights how our workforce is the most valuable resource in child welfare programs. The video also stresses the importance of developing and maintaining a workforce that is both stable and engaged.
A new study finds that soldiers have almost doubled their use of mental health services and that they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment. While the research points to this fact, it was also discovered that about two-thirds of soldiers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression did not seek care between 2002 and 2011.
Way Back Wednesday!
This webinar provides an overview of evidence-based and efficient methods of screening and assessment to identify youth in need of trauma-informed services or trauma-specific treatment in juvenile diversion programs. Evidence-based or evidence-informed trauma-specific treatments to which youth diverted from the juvenile justice system can be referred are discussed.
Julian Ford received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic. He has developed the TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy) treatment model for adult, adolescent, and child traumatic stress disorders, and conducts research on psychotherapy and family therapy, health services utilization, psychometric screening and assessment, and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Ford has prepared expert white papers on trauma and mental health for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and the Child Health and Development Institute.
Monique Marrow holds a doctorate Degree in Child Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as a psychologist for the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. She also currently serves as a Juvenile Justice consultant for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and co-project director for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital child trauma grant which focuses on developing and disseminating training and trauma focused interventions for youth in the Juvenile Justice system. In 2010, Dr. Marrow was appointed to National Child Traumatic Stress Network's National Steering Committee and has served several years on the Affiliate Advisory Board and as co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Trauma Treatment Training Committee for NCTSN.
A new report published by the Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center finds that:
- More than 8 of 10 youth remained arrest-free and 9 of 10 were at home after completing their community-based programs.
- Intensive programs based in the community can serve 3 to 4 youth safely for the same cost as incarcerating one child.
Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. is excited to be partnering with the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Court Support Services Division to provide intensive trauma services to youth enrolled in Connecticut's Children, Youth, and Family Support Centers - community-based programs aimed at providing services to youth engaged in the juvenile justice system in Connecticut.
To read the full report, click here!
Julian Ford and Christine Courtois have published an article, Complex PTSD, affect dysregulation, and borderline personality disorder.
An Update on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Recent violent tragedies in schools, universities, and in public spaces have focused increased attention on the symptoms and consequences of maladaptive traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. Child maltreatment and its consequences continue to be prevalent in the United States. Recent changes to diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual , 5th edition (DSM-5 ) identify new criteria for PTSD in young children as well as in school age children and adolescents. There is a growing body of knowledge about what psychological treatments are effective in children. Pediatricians are often the first to identify and treat traumatized children. 1
An update on this topic is relevant because data show that only 18% of primary care pediatricians’ self-report adequate knowledge of childhood PTSDs, and only 10% report frequent experience in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms.2
1University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Health Care Center, Farmington, CT, USA
2Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Advanced Trauma Solutions was pleased to host Shannon Reid, Ph.D. from UNC, Charlotte’s Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. Dr. Reid’s presentation, “Friendship and Incarceration: Considering the Role of Peers in Institutional Behavior”, focused on how the TARGET model can help to:
- Develop effective gang policies and strategies
- Examine friendship networks of incarcerated youth
- Reduce violence in youth correctional facilities
For more information on Dr. Reid’s work, please visit her website by clicking here.
ATS Joins the VA in saluting those who have served our country!
June is PTSD Awareness Month
Having your loved one return from a deployment is an occasion to celebrate. However, when the service member returns from a deployment with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), this time of togetherness is sometimes shadowed by intrusive and painful memories of combat, severe mood swings, and difficulty sleeping for the service member. Recognizing the impact that this disorder has on some service members, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has dedicated June as PTSD Awareness Month.
Sometimes it is hard to determine if your service member is suffering from PTSD. Other times, you may recognize it, but your loved one may not see the symptoms in themselves. If you think you or your loved one may have symptoms of PTSD, check out the VA’s online assessment tool. To see a comprehensive list of PTSD symptoms, visit the VA’s National Center for PTSD website. There are many resources available to help reduce anxiety, depression, or other symptoms. However, you should consider seeing a medical health care professional if you have symptoms of PTSD or any other mental health issue.
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology has developed a list of mobile appswhich may aid in managing PTSD. These apps include tools such as relaxation techniques, finding positive activities in your area, and information on how PTSD affects your body and mood.
PTSD affects 1 in 5 service members who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It’s important to realize you are not alone in the PTSD battle. To see just a few experiences from others’ PTSD journeys, visit AboutFace, a website created by the VA’s National Center for PTSD, featuring video testimonials from service members who have dealt with the effects of PTSD in their own lives.
Many organizations have compiled resources on PTSD, tips on how to treat it, and suggestions for available help. Visit our Mental Health Care section, Real Warriors,AfterDeployment, and the VA for more information and ways to cope.
If you are looking for a place to get started caring for your service member, visit the VA’s section on PTSD today.
As seen on the National Military Family Association website.
TARGET and Grandma's Care
A youth's story
Since the age of 7, I have lived with my grandma and relied on her to take care of me. Before that age I stayed with her off and on, but never for very long. I was unsuccessfully placed in both my mother's and my father's care. About 3 years ago, I was finally placed with my grandma. It was in her home that I found the stability I needed, along with the love and respect I had always wanted.
I have also been involved in the TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy) program, which has helped me understand and control stress. When TARGET was first introduced to me I wasn't really sure about it, but my grandma encouraged me to participate. She told me that it would help us work together, become closer, and even communicate better. We attended a number of sessions over several weeks. Although I was leery at first, I began to realize how TARGET was helping me in a number of ways.
At home, my grandma and I talked more and seemed to communicate with each other better. At school, I was able to remain more focused in class and see my goals more clearly. Overall, I feel that participating in TARGET has helped me to set goals and to be able to follow through with those goals. I would recommend TARGET to any other kids, because it really did help me.
Note: Guardianship is planned to take place by March 2014.