certifications & Trainings

I am passionate about learning the current evidence-based practices in mental health and have completed the following certifications and trainings.

Parenting Coach Certification, Center for the Challenging Child (2020)

“Help parents and caregivers strengthen bonds while teaching children, with trauma histories and without, new and effective ways of interacting with their world...lifting parents to their higher selves, so they can lift their children to theirs.” Source: www.parentingmojo.com

 

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), Yale Child Study Center (2020)

“SPACE is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems. SPACE was developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center and has been tested and found to be efficacious in randomized controlled clinical trials.” Source: spacetreatment.net

Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Behavioral Health (2020, 2014)

“Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.” Source: mentalhealthfirstaid.org

 

The Body Keeps Score - Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, MD (2020)

“Join renowned trauma expert and New York Times bestselling author, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, for this transformational 2-day intensive workshop on the latest research and drug-free treatment techniques for your trauma clients. Dr. van der Kolk will give you a new understanding of the neuroscience of traumatic stress and the research demonstrating the efficacy and possible limitations of mind-body treatment approaches. He will detail the benefits of neurofeedback, EMDR, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and sensory integration methods such as dance and movement.” Source: pesi.com/events/detail/82207/2-day-trauma-conference-the-body-keeps-score-trauma

 

Institute of Child Psychology, 3rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Conference (2020)

“Conference topics: Compassionate Discipline, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger, Depression, The Therapeutic Power of Animals, Grief & Loss, Autism, Impact of Divorce and Separation, Trauma, The Power of Play, Exploring Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation in Youth, Living Your Best Parent Life, Highly Sensitive Children, Impact of Technology, Building Emotional Regulation Skills in Children, The Beauty of Coping, and Achieving Optimal Well-being for Your Family.” Source: instituteofchildpsychologyconference.com

 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Silver Hill Hospital (2019, 2016, 2014)

“Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy developed by renowned psychologist, Marsha Linehan in the 1980’s. Although it was originally developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder who were chronically suicidal, research has shown DBT is also effective for a variety of other mental health disorders including substance use, anxiety, and eating disorders. The goal of DBT is to provide patients with the skills necessary to regulate emotions, control self-destructive behaviors, and improve interpersonal relations. The DBT program at Silver Hill is one of the very few residential programs in the country.” Source: https://silverhillhospital.org/service/dialectical-behavior-therapy/ and behavioraltech.org

  • Radically Open DBT with Lori Prado, LPC’s, LMHC and Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA (2019)

  • DBT Skills with Multi-Problem Adolescents with Jill Rathus, Ph.D. and Alec Miller, Psy.D. (2016)

  • Applying DBT Principles in Therapy Training, with Charles R. Swenson, M.D. (2016)

  • Mindfulness in DBT Training with Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. (2014)

 

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, Faber/Mazlish Workshops (2019)

“Communication skills that build better relationships between adults and children. Covered in each session: Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings, Engaging Cooperation, Alternatives to Punishment, Encouraging Autonomy, Praise, Freeing Children from Playing Roles.” Source: fabermazlish.com

 

QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, QPR Institute (2018)

“QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.” Source: qprinstitute.com

 

Yale NEA-BPD (National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder) Conferences, Yale School of Medicine (2018, 2017)

 

14th Annual Yale NEA-BPD Conference: Emotional Dysregulation in Families - Treatment and Support (2018)

“This year’s conference will address a variety of research-supported interventions and support options for families that struggle with problems of emotional dysregulation, including new mothers, parents of children struggling with dysregulated children and adolescents, and family members touched by borderline personality disorder (BPD). Our presenters include treatment developers, researchers, master clinicians, and individuals who will share from their lived experience of BPD.” Source: medicine.yale.edu/event/47675/

 

13th Annual Yale NEA-BPD Conference: Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (GAP) (2017)

“GAP is an initiative that aims to promote early detection and timely intervention for borderline personality disorder across the health, education, welfare, justice and other relevant systems. Central to this goal is preparing the mental health workforce by updating knowledge in relation to BPD in young people.” Source: borderlinepersonalitydisorder.org/what-is-gap/

 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents STEPS-A with James Mazza, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, Psy.D. (2017)

I partnered with Wilton, Conn. school district to host this 3-day training for K-12 mental health professionals from Wilton and three other Fairfield County districts. “The DBT STEPS-A curriculum is designed to help adolescents develop coping strategies and decision-making abilities, especially under emotional distress.” Source: dbtinschools.com

 

NARCAN® Nasal Spray training, Silver Hill Hospital (2017)

“This training will provide an overview of the opioid crisis in our country and discuss the signs of a possible opioid overdose and how to use nasal Narcan to reverse the overdose.” Source: silverhillhospital.org/event/community-narcan-training

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI Connecticut (2017, 2015)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

 

NAMI Basics for Parents, Caregivers, and Family (2017)

“A 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI Basics Covers: the impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family; different types of mental health care professionals; available treatment options and therapies; an overview of the public mental health care; school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems; how to advocate for your child's rights at school and in health care settings; how to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.); the importance of taking care of yourself; and much, much more.” Source: nami.org

 

NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator (2015)

“A NAMI Family Support Group facilitator is a trained NAMI leader who leads a 90-minute, monthly Family Support Group. They play an important role in ensuring that all participants feel welcomed and supported. NAMI facilitators are uniquely qualified to lead support groups because they are going through their own loved one’s recovery process. They can empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning the journey to a renewed life. A NAMI facilitator ensures that the group shares responsibility for maintaining guidelines, sustains clear participant boundaries, clarifies goals, and reinforces communication skills that encourage group participation. They have the charge to guide group members in a healthy and purposeful discussion that will help them address challenges of being affected by mental health issues.” Source: namict.org

NEA-BPD (National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder) Family Connections™ (2014)

“12-session course providing education, skills training, and support for people who have a relationship with a person with borderline personality disorder (BPD)/Emotion Dysregulation (ED) or BPD/ED traits. Behaviours that often present include unstable mood, high anger/or shame, relationship problems, impulsivity, self injury, and suicide attempts. The Family Connections™ program includes: education on BPD/ED treatments and the latest research findings, relationship skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help support your loved one with compassion and empathy, support from course leaders and other participants who also have a relationship with a person with BPD/ED, suggestions for taking care of yourself and managing your stress, and effective communication techniques to promote problem collaboration and/or solving.” Source: borderlinepersonalitydisorder.org