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2022 Conference Schedule

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Rainbow paitined face of a young personSex, Sexuality and Gender: The Transition to Adulthood

Sep 9th - Oct 7th, Fridays from 12:00PM - 1:30PM
5-week webinar series

Faculty Course Directors:
Marshall Forstein, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School and CHA
Cindy Telingator, MD
Senior Consultant, Director of Education and Training, Gender and Sexuality Consultation Service, CHA

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  • Overview

    We continue our exploration of sexuality and gender throughout the life cycle with a focus on the particular needs of youth growing into young adults. We'll review aspects of identity formation such as culture, race, class and religion, plus discuss how clinicians can more confidently converse with young adults and collaborate with HCP colleagues to ensure more comprehensive mental health care for their transitional age patients.

  • Course Detail

    Sex, Sexuality, and Gender: The Transition to Adulthood

    In recent years there has been increasing attention paid to issues of sexuality and gender in the treatment of patients across the age and developmental spectrum. The period of life when adolescents transition to adulthood is an especially complex time. Young adults are navigating their individual internal growth alongside other developmental changes, relational issues and psychosocial stressors. Critically, the onset of major mental health disorders happens most often in this age group, further complicating their healthcare needs. Finally, there are well-documented issues with the continuity of care as youth transition out of pediatric practices and into adult primary care.

    Alongside awareness of these general systemic gaps, clinicians need to be especially attuned to how each individual patient's sensuality, sexuality, sexual and gender identity intersect with their overall mental health during this key transitional stage. However, many practicing clinicians were not taught these relevant concepts or developed skills during their training curricula; many have not received even basic training in this area, leading to inadequate provision of care that addresses the whole patient.

    This series is designed to fill training gaps for all mental health disciplines, and for those who specifically treat young adults. Join us for valuable and practical insights, lively discussions, and plenty of time each week devoted to answering audience questions.

    Who Should Attend

    • Primary Care Physicians
    • Specialty Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Physician Assistants
    • Psychologists
    • Social Workers
    • Counselors
    • Family Therapists

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Evaluate the developmental stage of each patient and devise tailored treatment plans that address their particular mental health needs
    • Outline how cultural influences, including social media, have expanded and constricted expression of gender/sexuality
      Identify how race, culture, gender, religion, and class affect sexuality and gender identity formation in transitional age youth and their families
    • Develop skills and increase comfort in discussing topics relevant to sensuality, sexuality, sexual and gender identity
    • Identify the clinician's own complex countertransference in working with transitional age patients
    •  Discuss the importance of collaboration and communication between mental health and other HCPs around pertinent issues related to medical and mental health for transitional age youth

    ABMS / ACGME Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Professionalism

    IOM Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Core Competencies:

    • Provide Patient-Centered Care
    • Employ Evidence-Based Practice

  • Agenda

    Friday, September 9, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Tasks of Sensual, Sexual and Gender Identity Development; Working with Transitional Age Youth and Families
    Treniece Lewis Harris
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Marshall Forstein, Cynthia J. Telingator and Treniece Lewis Harris

    Friday, September 16, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM The Process of Identity Formation for Sexual and Gender Minorities
    Nathalie Szilagyi
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Marshall Forstein, Cynthia J. Telingator, Nathalie Szilagyi

    Friday, September 23, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Intersectional Identity Development
    Cecil Webster
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Cynthia J. Telingator, Marshall Forstein and Cecil Webster

    Friday, September 30, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Development of Relationships and the Role of Attachment
    Ron-Li Liaw
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Marshall Forstein, Cynthia J. Telingator and Ron-Li Liaw

    Friday, October 7, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Communication: Talking Openly about Sensuality, Sexuality and Gender in a Therapeutic Setting
    Serena Chang
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Serena Chang, Marshall Forstein and Cynthia J. Telingator
  • Faculty
    Serena Chang, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

    Marshall Forstein, MD

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Co-Editor, Therapists on the Front Line: Challenges in Psychotherapy with Gay Men in the Age of AIDS
    Contributing Author: Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry; Contemporary Perspectives on Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men; Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry

    Treniece Lewis Harris, PhD

    Associate Professor and Program Director, Master's Program in Counseling Psychology, Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College
    Assistant Professor, part-time, Harvard Medical School
    Founder of CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC

    Ron-Li Liaw, MD

    Mental Health In-Chief, Cannon Y. & Lyndia Harvey Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Chair, Pediatric
    Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado
    Visiting Professor, Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Division Director of Child and Adolescent
    Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Nathalie Szilagyi, MD

    Instructor, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine and Yale Gender Program
    Director, Greenwich Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (GCAP)

    Cynthia J. Telingator, MD

    Senior Consultant, Gender and Sexuality Clinic and Teacher and Supervisor, Division of Child and Adolescent
    Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Co-Chair, Women’s Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Cecil Webster, Jr., MD

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
    Lecturer in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Accreditation
    Physicians

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Psychologists

    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 7.5 continuing education credits.

    Social Workers and Family Therapists

    Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at cme@challiance.org for the status of social work CE accreditation. NY Social Workers: The Division of Continuing Education in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider #0038 of continuing education for licensed social workers. This course has been approved for 7.5 contact hours.

    Counselors

    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5444. This program meets the requirements for 7.5 continuing education hours. CHA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This offering is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation for 7.5 credits.

    Family Therapists

    An application has been submitted to the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. The States of CT and RI accept NBCC and NASW approval for marriage and family therapy.

    Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

    For the purpose of recertification, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

    Canadian Accreditation

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

    European Accreditation

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has an agreement of mutual recognition of continuing medical education (CME) credit with the European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS). Additional information regarding this agreement may be found here.

    Disclosure Policies

    In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relationships they have to companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.

    Disclaimer

    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgement before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

  • Fees

    Tuition for Sex, Sexuality and Gender: The Transition to Adulthood is listed below. You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment. Prices include CME credit, electronic syllabus and access to recordings for 30 days after the course.

    At the end of the registration process, a $10 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

    Course Tuition

    Course Registration: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender: The Transition to Adulthood

    Physician (MD/DO)

    $250.00 / ($225 if registered by August 11, 2022)


    Nurse (RN/APRN)

    $195.00 / ($175 if registered by August 11, 2022)


    Resident/Fellow

    $195.00 / ($175 if registered by August 11, 2022)


    Allied Health Professional / Other

    $195.00 / ($175 if registered by August 11, 2022)

    Tuition includes electronic syllabus.


Two hands together up close.Treating Couples: Surmounting Challenges

Sep 22nd - Oct 20th, 12 PM - 1:30PM
5-week webinar series


Faculty Course Directors:
Elizabeth Brenner, LICSW
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Jill Elka Harkaway, EdD
Senior Faculty and Consultant, Couples and Family Therapy, Cambridge Health Alliance; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

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  • Overview

    This course will focus on doing effective relational work in the midst of specific challenges in couple therapy including working with trauma, interpersonal violence and reluctance to change, as well as working with challenges the therapist brings from their own history.

  • Course Detail

    Treating Couples: Surmounting Challenges

    Couples therapy presents complexity unlike any other form of therapy, and today's couples therapists need to address increasingly difficult situations. Effective couples therapy requires clinicians to understand and address many relational challenges in an intimate context that can sometimes invite defensiveness and repetition of problematic patterns. In addition, the persistent stress of the pandemic and its effect on our socio-political-cultural contexts has been a strain on couples and therapists alike.

    This course will focus on doing effective relational work in the midst of specific challenges in individual therapy including working with trauma, interpersonal violence and reluctance to change, as well as working with challenges the therapist brings from their own history. These topics will be considered with regard to diverse populations and working efficiently despite challenges. We will also enhance participants' learning about the therapeutic position of a couples therapist, including ways to efficiently understand and help people change patterns using concepts from the Single Session Delivery Model, Narrative, Solution Focused and Collaborative Language approaches, the Collaborative Change Model, and enhancing our understanding of the Person of the Therapist as a tool to work effectively across differences.

    Our new format this year of a 5-week online series will devote 90 minutes to each topic in order to delve deeper and allow ample time for audience interaction and questions. Clinicians will gain key strategies to help advance their treatment skills and improve their effectiveness.

    Who Should Attend

    • Primary Care Physicians
    • Psychologists
    • Social Workers
    • Counselors
    • Family Therapists

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Describe two practices to invite couple members to work on their part of the problem pattern that prevents them from living their preferred lives.
    • Identify two micro and two macro recursive steps of the Collaborative Change Model that can be used with couples in which trauma is a factor.
    • Outline three strategies to avoid reflexively siding with an individual client’s view of the relationship.
    • List three concepts from the Single Session Therapy Approach that will enrich their current clinical work with couples.
    • Describe two interventions related using one’s own personal life to strengthen and deepen one’s clinical skills with couples.

    ABMS/ACGME Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Professionalism

    IOM Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Core Competencies:

    • Provide Patient-Centered Care
    • Employ Evidence-Based Practice
    Course Directors

    Karen J. Kuc, MPH
    Elizabeth G. Brenner, LICSW
    Jill Harkaway, EdD

  • Agenda

    Thursday, September 22, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Working with Trauma and Interpersonal Violence: The Collaborative Change Model
    Mary Jo Barrett
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion / Q&A
    Mary Jo Barrett, Elizabeth Brenner, Jill Harkaway

    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Moving Beyond Blame: Inviting Partners to Take Responsibility for Change
    Elizabeth Brenner
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion / Q&A
    Elizabeth Brenner, Jill Harkaway

    Thursday, October 6, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Seeing Beyond the Person in the Room: Couple-sensitive Individual Therapy
    Bill Doherty
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Bill Doherty, Elizabeth Brenner, Jill Harkaway

    Thursday, October 13, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Optimizing Therapeutic Efficiency: Applying Concepts from a Single-Session Delivery Model to Short- & Longer-term Couples Work
    Monica Sesma
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Monica Sesma, Elizabeth Brenner, Jill Harkaway

    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    12:00 PM - 12:50 PM The Person of the Therapist: Understanding the History and Identities We Bring to Couples Work
    Harry Aponte
    12:50 PM - 1:30 PM Discussion/Q&A
    Harry Aponte, Elizabeth Brenner, Jill Harkaway
  • Faculty
    Harry Aponte, MSW, LCSW, LMFT

    Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

    Mary Jo Barrett, MSW

    Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Contextual Change

    Elizabeth Brenner, LICSW

    Supervisor, Couples and Family Therapy Program, Cambridge Health Alliance, Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Director, Therapy Training Boston

    Bill Doherty, PhD

    Professor, Department of Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

    Monica Sesma, PhD, RSW, RMFT

    Assistant Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Program, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

  • Accreditation
    Physicians

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Harvard Medical School designates this live virtual activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Psychologists

    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 7.5 continuing education credits.

    Social Workers

    Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at cme@challiance.org for the status of social work CE accreditation. NY Social Workers: The Division of Continuing Education in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider #0038 of continuing education for licensed social workers. This course has been approved for 7.5 contact hours.

    Counselors

    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5444. This program meets the requirements for 7.5 continuing education hours. CHA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This offering is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation for 7.5 credits.

    Family Therapists

    An application has been submitted to the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. The States of CT and RI accept NBCC and NASW approval for marriage and family therapy.

    Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

    For the purpose of recertification, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

    Disclosure Policies

    Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies so that HMS may identify and mitigate conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

    Disclaimer

    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgement before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

  • Fees

    Tuition for Treating Couples: Surmounting Challenges is listed below. You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment. Electronic syllabus and access to recordings for 30 days after the course are included.

    At the end of the registration process, a $10 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

    Course Tuition

    Course Registration - Treating Couples: Surmounting Challenges

    Physician (MD/DO)

    $250.00 / ($225 if registered by August 24, 2022)


    Nurse (RN/APRN)

    $195.00 / ($175 if registered by August 24, 2022)


    Resident/Fellow

    $195.00 / ($175 if registered by August 24, 2022)


    Allied Health Professional / Other

    $195.00 / ($175 if registered by August 24, 2022)

    Tuition includes electronic syllabus.


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Karen Kuc, MPH
Director

Nancy Felsheim, MSM Psychiatry CE Coordinator

Judy Reiner Platt, Ed.D.
Director Emerita

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