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    • 15 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
    • Online Only
    Carolina Gaviria,

    This event is generously underwritten by

    As we face the current public health crisis connected to Covid 19 or Corona Virus, many people are struggling with overwhelming feelings and a sense of stress, disconnection and loss. At The Food & Mood Institute, LLC we understand that these are very difficult times and a lot of people are emotionally eating to cope with the stress, frustration, fear, loneliness, boredom, and the uncertainty of this time. This presentation aims to help healthcare professionals understand emotional eating during the pandemic and better support their clients.


    • 1.       Understand the meaning of emotional eating and the basic behaviors that describe emotional eaters
    • 2.       Name the signs and symptoms of emotional eating as well as the causes of emotional eating
    • 3.       Learn practical strategies for breaking away from emotional eating and resources available for ongoing support for your clients
    • 4.       Recognize when emotional eating becomes a problem that can lead to medical consequences and when to refer to specialized treatment 

     Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS and Yaneth Beltran, RD/LDN, CEDRD are both eating disorders specialists and the co-founders of The Food & Mood Institute, LLC where they provide online education to parents of those who struggle with eating disorders. In addition to their private practice, they created a series of online programs use strategies for learning and personal growth help to establish a solid foundation for eating recovery  the foundation for all courses and programs. This approach creates a unique opportunity to prepare participants for a new way to connect with their child and support their eating disorder recovery, embracing their uniqueness, and creating a new way to relate to them.

    • 12 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
    • Online Only
    • 100
    Jianny Adamo
    Mental Health Counselor License in Florida, a Professional Counselor License

    During these unprecedented times – with a pandemic, economic turmoil, and political upheaval – depression and anxiety are practically universal . Additionally, more people today are experiencing loneliness and isolation due to social distancing. A key component of close, well-functioning romantic relationships is that individuals see their partners as accepting, concerned with their welfare, understanding, and supportive . It’s important for one to see his or her partner as responsive to their needs. With the pandemic navigating stressors such as unemployment, economic hardship, distance learning, remote work, and negotiating personal time and closeness creates a context in which it is more difficult for partners to be responsive to each other’s needs .

    When faced with external stress, anxiety and/or depression individuals are more likely to communicate in ways that are overly critical or argumentative. They also tend to blame their partner and have more difficulty listening to their partner’s concerns and taking their partner’s perspective. When couples get stuck in these patterns, they can become less satisfied with their partner and their relationship, which in turn intensifies mental health issues. In addition, lower-income couples, given that they are more likely to experience greater losses and hardships, are apt to be at higher risk for marital distress and divorce. However, couples who are able to cultivate resiliency through good communication, being supportive and responsive to each other throughout the COVID-19 crisis will likely grow stronger and increase the quality of their lives.

    Learning Objectives

     Understand how chronic stress affects individuals and marriages

    • Building resiliency with intimacy building strategies to cope with the stress of the pandemic
    • Equip clients with the tools to navigate the changes through positive communication and effective styles of resolving conflict
    • Recognize the signs of an abusive relationship when working with couples
    • Get through the roadblocks to help clients embrace a growth mindset
    • Instill hope to help clients see the opportunities for a healthier life and relationship

    Our Presenter

    With over 13 years of clinical experience including 10 years as a tele-health therapist, Jianny Adamo holds a Mental Health Counselor License in Florida, a Professional Counselor License in New Jersey and received an MA in Counseling from Nyack College, NY. Jianny uses an interactive, eclectic style drawing from CBT, Gestalt, Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed, IMAGO Relationship Therapy, Life Coaching, Short-term Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology to support her clients to transition through stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and/or trauma to create a rewarding life and fearless loving relationships.

    Jianny’s desire to educate and empower led her to write From Love Trauma To Fearless Love: 7 Tango Steps for Breaking Free from Narcissists and Predators, an Amazon #1 New Release (2018). The book is a heroine’s journey to getting her power back. It explores red flags, identifies narcissistic abuse, sexual trauma and explains how to survive and recover. In 2017, Jianny was honored with the Relationship Coach of the Year Award by Women in Ecommerce of South Florida. She is an active member of the Palm Beach County Mental Health Counselors Association, and is a featured writer/expert/contributor on YourTango.com, BrideMSN, GlamourPsychCentral, OnMogul, eHarmony, PopSugar, and more. Jianny is the host and producer of Passion Unlimited Podcast.

    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
    • Online Only
    Joe Considine,
    Atty at Law

    Joe Considine, Atty at Law

    Cunning and Baffling

    Addiction is a baffling, terrible disease. It changes the brain, sometimes permanently . The need for drugs, alcohol, sex or other processes can become greater than the need to eat, sleep, work, parent children, pay bills and so forth.  This is often referred to as  the “hijacked brain” .

    The Costs are High

    There have been more reported deaths in any one year from substance abuse than fatalities from car accidents, gun shots, or deaths in every war our nation has fought since Vietnam . Last year there were 82,000 alcohol related deaths. There are 176,000,000 Americans who regularly drink alcohol and 12% of those have alcohol use disorders requiring treatment.  According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, More than 750,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose.  Cannabis and other substance induced psychosis is on the rise among our younger adult population, while the elderly are turning more and more to substances .


    Evidence shows that childhood adversities such as parental alcoholism, divorce, family violence, poverty and abuse along with genetic predispositions can lead to a broad range of lifelong problems, including physical ailments.  This adversity can also lead to emotional disorders such as attachment difficulty and problems with self-regulation; leading ultimately to addiction and dependency .

    Psychotherapy is Essential

    Addiction is very difficult to treat successfully.  Mental health professionals are vital to the process of recovery.  Treatment can often reverse this “rewiring” (also called “neural re-adaptation”) of the brain and jumpstart abilities to self-regulate.  Important evidence also shows us that involuntary commitment to treatment is often needed and can be more effective than voluntary treatment .

    We will discuss successful strategies along with types of ongoing support from therapists before and after treatment.

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    • recognize three central elements within successful alcoholism/addiction intervention .
    • execute strategies for family guidance, including pre-treatment planning, structured family recovery and post-treatment support.
    • recognize three major roadblocks that often defeat the best intended efforts to intervene successfully .
    • explain the basic science of addiction (concept of the hijacked brain).
    • articulate statistical evidence on addiction and recovery to bolster the case for intervention and rehabilitation .
    • describe critical steps to deploy the Marchman Act in Florida (to compel involuntary treatment.)

    Our Speakers

    Kevin Bandy, LMHC is the founder of Voyage Recovery .

    Joe Considine, Atty at Law

    Joe has practiced law in South Florida since 1983. His practice is limited to addiction related law including the Marchman Act and family law. Joe has handled over 1500 litigation cases in his career, appearing in courts throughout Florida.  Joe works extensively with families whose loved ones have substance abuse and mental health problems.  He is the author of many articles and lectures throughout Florida on the Marchman Act and other substance abuse related issues. Joe is recognized as an authority on Florida’s Marchman Act. Joe has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Fern House in West Palm Beach, a residential rehabilitation facility for indigent men with substance use disorders, for 25 years. Joe also enjoys assisting and participating with the Max Planck Institute For Neuroscience in Jupiter, Florida as a member of the Brain Trust.  Joe Considine is a native of Palm Beach County, lives in West Palm Beach, has three adult children and loves mountain biking, paddle boarding and tending to his butterfly garden.  His website is: www.joeconsidinelaw.com  Phone him at 561-655-8081 or Email him at joe@joeconsidinelaw.com

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    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
    • Online Only
    Dr. John Dyben

    Dr. John Dyben

    Happiness can be a trap.  Working toward it as a therapeutic goal can be frustrating and lead to early client defections and failure to serve them.  Successful psychotherapy must include much more, especially a frank examination of the “spiritual health” of our clients.  The concept of spirituality has been integral to understanding our humanity regardless of our religious faith or lack thereof . Lately, spiritually-focused ideas have been relegated to religious sects or to vague quips put on t-shirts and bumper stickers that seem meaningful at first glance, but which few can explain . As a domain of human existence that is critical to overall quality of life, might therapists be missing an important element? This presentation provides an overview of clinical ethics.  It will demonstrate that therapists are ethically obligated to address patients’ spirituality.  It will supply a clear, practical definition of spirituality that can empower our work with clients . We’ll explore how this relates to addiction, mental health and quality of life. Finally, we look at practical applications in the work of the professional counselor, therapist, or other helping professional .

    Learning Objectives

    • Provide professionally operational definitions to important terms including: ethics, counseling, spirituality, and health .
    • Demonstrate understanding of the ethical obligations of counselors to address issues of patient spirituality in the context of clinical counseling .
    • Define spirituality in a context that is clinically practical, culturally competent, and ethically sound.
    • Describe the “Happiness Trap” that is endemic in culture and how understanding the “Two Pursuits” of human experience can be a powerful tool for helping patients find meaning and peace .

    Dr. John Dyben serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Origins Behavioral Healthcare.  In this capacity he provides both academic and clinical supervisory support to all of Origins’ programs.  John’s academic background includes degrees in Psychology (BS), Conflict (MA), Management (MS), and a Doctor of Health Science, with his doctoral practicum having focused on the dynamics, epidemiology, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction in older adults.  John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both a Master Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.  In addition to his clinical work, John lectures in multiple professional and academic venues on topics related to science, health, spirituality and ethics, and he was an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College for 12 years.  He brings over 20 years of experience as a therapist, educator and spiritual director to this topic .

    References for this talk:

    Beshara, R. (2006). Treasuring the treasure: Exploring spirituality. Allegra Print and Imaging .

    Corey, G., Corey, M. S., Corey, C., & Callanan, P. (2014). Issues and ethics in the helping professions with 2014 ACA codes. Nelson Education .

    Jonsen, A. R., Siegler, M., & Winslade, W. J. (2015). Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, 8E. McGraw Hill Professional.

    Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality. Guilford Publications.

    von Humboldt, S., Leal, I., & Pimenta, F. (2014). What predicts older adults’ adjustment to aging in later life? The impact of sense of coherence, subjective well-being, and sociodemographic, lifestyle, and health-related factors. Educational Gerontology, 40(9), 641-65

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    • 14 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
    • Online Only
    James Seymour, MD

    James Seymour, MD

    This talk will discuss new perspectives on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Polyvagal Theory and its’ implications for clinical practice . We’ll provide examples of somatically oriented therapies, followed by a live demonstration of some of the principles discussed. The target audience is primarily therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who work in the field of psychological trauma recovery but also can be helpful and understood by members of the general public . The presentation is a synthesis of ideas from the work of Allan Schore, Stephen Porges. Kathy Steele, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, Babbette Rosthschild, Diana Fosha, Habib Davanloo, and Christine Courtois . It is important for all who work in the field of psychological trauma recovery to have a broad range of knowledge as well as a breadth of techniques and recovery modalities . It is particularly relevant as we are seeing more and more people in our practices who have been traumatized by violence as well as the disintegration of civil discourse and strong communities .

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to describe the neuro-regulation model of recovery.
    Participants will be able recognize the limitations of the psychopathology model of mental health treatment
    Participants will understand the clinical significance of the Polyvagal Theory and what that means for our practices
    Participants will be able to recognize and describe at least five types of somatically oriented recovery modalities .
    Participants will be able to see the principles described above through observing a live, unrehearsed demonstration of neuro –regulation techniques that can assist individuals in recovering from psychological trauma .


    • Participant will explain 3 new ways to increase the therapeutic alliance
    • Participant will list 3 new practical tips for facilitating trauma recovery
    • Participant will describe 3 new reasons that help them understand why we need a paradigm shift in trauma recovery

    James Seymour, MD
    joined Sierra Tucson in 2010 . Upon receiving his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completing his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia in 1987, Dr . Seymour trained for several years in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

    Dr. Seymour was an officer with the United States Public Health Service, where he served as mental health director of the Tucson Area Indian Health Service (IHS) . For 10 years, he served as the assistant medical director of a residential behavioral health and substance abuse program focused on the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Seymour is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Additionally, he is a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner.

    Dr. Seymour’s areas of expertise include trauma recovery, addictions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and somatic mind-body therapies. Dr. Seymour believes strongly in the resilience of the human spirit and views the role of the psychiatrist as assisting the person in removing obstacles to the natural healing and recovery process.

    Dr. Seymour approaches post trauma symptoms as the natural nervous system’s response to trauma, rather than a disease or disorder, with a primary focus on increasing the capacity for better nervous system regulation, improvement in navigating interpersonal relationships, and mindfulness to support and encourage positive results in each individual.

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    • 6 Nov 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
    Courtney Armstrong,

    Courtney Armstrong, LPC Personality disorders may not be disorders at all, but creative ways of coping with early attachment trauma. Understanding this often ignored factor can help you more easily build rapport with troubled clients, avoid frustration, and increase positive treatment outcomes. In this presentation, you’ll discover how to:

    • Identify research that has found a correlation between early attachment trauma and the later development of personality disorder traits.
    • Match personality disorder traits to attachment style traits to develop effective strategies for treatment.
    • Identify at least one evidence-based treatment strategy that improves attachment patterns for each type of insecure attachment style.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Explain how attachment trauma impacts brain development, emotional regulation skills, and personality development.
    2. Discuss the association between three primary insecure attachment styles and each of the ten personality disorders.
    3. Assess how to avoid common therapeutic mistakes in clinical practice with this population.
      1. Understand the function of defensive, manipulative behaviors as creative coping strategies to manage attachment needs.
      2. Use of DBT and mentalization to improve emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
    4. Identify at least one evidence-based treatment strategy that improves attachment patterns for each type of insecure attachment style.
    Presenter Bio: Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor, author, and international speaker who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. Known for her warm, witty style and ability to translate scientific discoveries into easy-to-use therapeutic strategies, she is author of the books Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation and Resilience, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies to Get Your Clients Unstuck, and Transforming Traumatic Grief. Proudly underwritten by

    Beaulieu-Fawcett Law Group. 

    Tickets available soon!

Past events

8 Jan 2021 Required Renewal Ethics Course 3 hrs
19 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
17 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
17 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
9 Dec 2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
3 Nov 2020 Sexual Betrayal: Helping Couples Survive
9 Oct 2020 Surviving or Thriving? Strategies to Build a Smart Private Practice During the Pandemic
5 Jun 2020 Telehealth for Counselors: Zooming Into a New Era
22 May 2020 Close Up: COVID-19 Through the Lens of Inpatient Psychiatry
14 Feb 2020 Never Enough: Homeostasis, Marijuana and Opiate Addiction
24 Jan 2020 A Unified Partnership: Attorneys & Mental Health Counselors
14 Dec 2019 Soul Tending: Healing the Wounded Healer
13 Dec 2019 From PTSD to PTG: Psychological Resilience after Community Crisis
22 Nov 2019 Accurate Diagnosis: Tools for Effective Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluation
25 Oct 2019 Sex, Drugs & Rock-Solid Recovery: Regaining Intimacy
13 Sep 2019 Saving Lives: Getting Loved Ones into Treatment Using the Marchman Act
7 Jun 2019 Half Day Qualified Supervisor Refresher Training June 7th, 9 to 1
6 Jun 2019 Two Day Qualified Supervisor Training June 6 & 7th , 9 to 3 both days
31 May 2019 More than Addiction: Comprehensive Approaches to Co-Occurring Disorders
3 May 2019 ICISF Group Crisis Certification
19 Apr 2019 Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate: Screening for Signs and Symptoms
15 Mar 2019 Marijuana: Weeding Out Fact From Fiction
15 Feb 2019 Love Wins: Trauma, The Nervous System and Recovery
2 Feb 2019 Trained Crisis Responder Certification Course
4 Jan 2019 Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope (Free CE Workshop)
1 Jan 2019 Ethics, Medical Errors, Renewal Laws & Rules: 8 Hour Friday Course
16 Nov 2018 Starry Nights: Non-suicidal Self-injury
12 Oct 2018 No Time to Lose: Accelerating Trauma Resolution
14 Sep 2018 On Becoming A Master Therapist: Personal and Professional Journeys
24 Aug 2018 Using Emotions in Therapy: Gottman, Ekman, Norcross and Napier
18 May 2018 Borderlines Part 2: Treating Personality Disorders
12 Apr 2018 Affluenza: Family Pathology of Excessive Wealth
16 Mar 2018 Radical Self Care: Mindfulness and Making Money in Therapy
16 Feb 2018 Intimacy Interrupted: How Sex and Other Addictions Destroy Relationships
26 Jan 2018 Marketing Strategies for Private Practice Owners (Special Engagement)
19 Jan 2018 Lifting the Fog: Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback into Dual Diagnosis Treatment
15 Dec 2017 The Body Keeps Score: Healing Trauma from Linehan to Van der Kolk
17 Nov 2017 Teens, Sex and Social Media
13 Oct 2017 Build Your 6 Figure Dream Private Practice
9 Jun 2017 Complicated Pain: Breaking the Destructive Opioid Spiral
21 Apr 2017 Treating the "Un-treatable": Borderline Personalities and Getting Results
10 Feb 2017 Failure to Launch: Issues and Strategies for Troubled Young Adults
6 Jan 2017 Medical Errors, Ethics, Domestic Violence
18 Nov 2016 Treating Complex Co-Occurring Disorders: A Team Approach

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