For Clinicians

“Those challenged by Neuro-biological/developmental conditions are often alienated from themselves and others. They feel as if there is, within them, an unbridgeable chasm between two parallel universes. Between their normal and abnormal selves.”

Over the past few years I have been a speaker for PESI, the largest, most respected provider of professional seminars for educators and mental health professionals in the United States. Traveling throughout the country, I presented training seminars in 100 cities in over 35 states to thousands of educators and clinicians alike who have consistently rated my programs very highly.  ENDORSEMENTS  In addition to my extensive PESI schedule, I’ve been invited to present at various venues throughout the country as both a keynote speaker and workshop presenter. By linking my personal insight, garnered from living with and investigating my own “potpourri of neuro-biological/developmental conditions,”  SEE BIO  with my extensive clinical knowledge and expertise in child & adolescent mental health, I have been touted by others as a formidable, inspiring presenter. As those in attendance have said: “There’s nothing like getting it from the horse’s mouth.”
 
Due to my extensive travel schedule the past several years and my desire to address the needs of educators to know more about the mental health challenges faced by their students, I took time off to rest, to write and to design a whole new series of programs specifically geared to provide educators with useful information to assist their special needs students.  SEE FOR EDUCATORS 
 
Clearly, educational and mental health settings have become intertwined. Many children and adolescents are now assisted by school social workers and psychologists as well as by other educational personnel. While I have focused on educators and student mental health programming, I have not abandoned my work on behalf of clinicians. On the contrary, I continue to offer innovative clinical programming that includes half and full day seminars, case consultations and clinical supervision. And, the RESOURCES page of this website is chock full of relevant material for those in the various clinical disciplines.
 
Partly due to my own challenges with mood dysregulation and party due to the current conundrum in the clinical arena regarding the variety of mood disturbances observable in children and adolescents, I have developed a “sub-specialty” in that area, hence a new offering that discusses the difference between Early Onset BiPolar Disorder and ADHD. Although I often refer to specific conditions in my presentations, my work tends to be more thematic, resulting in programs that focus on such themes as impulsivity, cognitive impediments, co-morbidity and the often present combination of them.
 
Rest assured I will continue to challenge the traditional clinical thinking and what has become the stereotypical way of viewing and working with children and adolescents and their families, namely that of an almost exclusive behavioral perspective. Suffice to say that my presentations will challenge you to change the way you think about these conditions and the ways in which you work with those challenged by them.

SEMINARS

Seminars in half and full day renditions are available for on-site presentations to agencies, associations and institutions. A complete PowerPoint presentation is accompanied by supportive material such as relevant articles and a bibliography.

FULL DAY

OUT OF CONTROL KIDS: Intervening With Temper Tantrums, Meltdowns & Rage Attacks.
This presentation focuses on emotional episodes that range from “mild to wild.” A workable paradigm that outlines various types and levels of emotional episodes is presented in conjunction with strategic concepts to assist those working with children & adolescents challenged by emotional and behavioral dyscontrol. FULL DESCRIPTION.

Who’s In Charge? Working With Distracted & Disorganized Children.
This program address the issue of Executive (Dys)Functioning, primarily a cognitive, brain-based condition that is reflected in ADHD and other cognitively inflexible conditions such as Autism, OCD and Traumatic Brain Injury. FULL DESCRIPTION.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health: Basic Information.
While this seminar was initially developed for educators, it is pertinent to new clinicians for basic information and for the more experienced as a review. Although it presents the standard DSM-IV TR criteria, its unique aspect is that I apply my use of metaphor, analogy and allegory to provide attendees new ways of understanding and appreciating the inner workings of the various conditions (i.e. ADHD, Early Onset Bi-Polar, OCD, ODD, PTSD & Tourette Syndrome. FULL DESCRIPTION.

HALF DAY

An Insider’s Guide to the Impulsive Mind.
Opening remarks are about my own life-long challenges in living with my “QuadFecta” of neuro-biological/developmental conditions. The personal story is followed by an extensive audience question and answer session.

Impulsive Kids & Adolescents:   Understanding & Intervening With Emotional & Behavioral Dyscontrol.
This program is an abbreviated version of the full day Out of Control Kids seminar. While it is a distilled version of that program, it highlights the basic features.

Pay Attention! Minimizing Distractions & Helping Students Focus.
This presentation, the highlighted version of the full day Who’s In Charge? program, focuses on cognitive inefficiencies.

What Exactly Is It? The Difference Between Early Onset Bi-Polar Disorder & ADHD.
The major challenge in child & adolescent mental health is that of developing an accurate diagnosis. Nowhere is there more debate than about these two conditions that are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, resulting in mixed signals for all involved. This workshop reviews the basic criteria for these conditions, describes their differences and similarities and addresses the co-morbid aspects and their implications.

 

OTHER PROGRAMMING

CASE CONSULTATION/SUPERVISION

Formal consultations are usually held in conjunction with an all day seminar. They are a perfect compliment to an all day event, usually held the following day. Clearly, many questions raised throughout a formal presentation are consultative in nature.

CLIENT CONSULTATION

In some instances, I am asked to meet, on a pre-arranged basis, with specific clients, such as a family, as part of an overall on-site program.

PHONE CONSULTATION

I am available, by arrangement, to engage in a phone consultation. A specific day and time is set aside to discuss your concerns. Phone consultations last 1 to 2 hours.

PUBLIC/COMMUNITY FORUMS

Clinical organizations and associations have sponsored me to present open-ended, question and answer forums on behalf of their families and/or the greater community at-large, along the lines of the Insider’s Guide to The Impulsive Mind offering described above.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING

I am available as a keynote or motivational speaker for regional, state-wide and national conferences as well as for entities such as PTAs, Special Education Parent Advisory Councils, service clubs and advocacy groups, especially those involved with or interested in child & adolescent mental health conditions and issues. Topics, examples of which are: The State of Children’s Mental Health, The Need for Early Intervention, Developing Effective Resources and Treatments for Children & Adolescents and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Made Easy can vary, but usually begin with me sharing my personal journey. Feel free to inquire.
 
Please note that various programming elements can be combined to suit your particular needs. For example, a full day program can be followed up the next day with case consultations. Two half-day seminars can be combined for a full day program. Or, an evening Public/Community forum can be combined with a full day seminar the following day.
 
If you have any specific needs or wish to have a presentation on a specific topic, please do not hesitate to discuss that with me.
 
A brochure that briefly discusses the various conditions and outlines my services is available BY CLICKING HERE.

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