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Developing Competence in Working with Clients Who Experience SMI – Columbus

June 1, 2012 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $125

Developing Competence in Working with Clients Who Experience Serious Mental Illness: Evidence-based Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation – Fred Frese, PhD, Robert Goldberg, PhD, Lisa Drogosz, PhD, Michael Biscaro, PsyD – 6 CE Credits

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Keeping up with the progress in research on and treatment of people with schizophrenia can be difficult. This full-day workshop is designed to update clinicians on the latest advances. It should be of particular interest to both those in the public sector who frequently work with this population and those in private practice who may be less aware of progress in this field. The workshop will address evolving views of schizophrenia and include consideration of schizotaxia and schizophobia as well as recent epigenetic and endophenotypic discoveries about schizophrenia and related disorders. The impact of trauma on conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment of the SMI population will also be addressed. There will be a focus on evidence-based psychosocial treatments for SMI individuals and consideration of educational and training pathways through which psychologists may gain competency in treatment. The goal of recovery and reintegration of affected individuals into the broader society will be also be stressed.

Participants will:

  • Be able to identify and discuss at least two current concepts related to the etiology and expression of schizophrenic disorders.
  • Be able to identify at least two barriers to successful treatment.
  • Be able to enumerate skill sets that comprise competency in SMI treatment and identify ways in which they can remediate their own knowledge/skill deficits.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of community integration and person-centered care in psychosocial rehabilitation services.
  • Be able to identify developing opportunities for psychologists to become involved in the care and treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses.

About the Speakers
Fred Frese, PhD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. His service on national boards includes: NAMI, NISH, TAC, AOTA, and CIT-I. National committee service includes work with NIMH, SAMHSA, the VA, and both APA’s. He was the founding chairperson of the APA section, Community and State Hospital Psychologists. Dr. Frese was also an early president of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Association (NMHCA). He has published articles and book chapters on serious mental illness and edited the volume, The Role of Organized Psychology in Treatment of the Seriously Mentally Ill. His national media appearances include: ABC Television’s Nightline Upclose and the ABC Evening News; CNN Healthweek, NPR, and the PBS production, Minds on the Edge. Dr. Frese has testified frequently before both houses of the U. S. Congress. For more information, see: “”.

Robert W. Goldberg, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Chief and Psychology Training Director at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is Program Director of the APA  Accredited Stokes VA Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology which includes a Special Emphasis Area for fellow training in Psychosocial Rehabilitation of the Seriously Mentally Ill. Board Certified in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Dr. Goldberg is a Fellow of APA.  He is also a former President of APA Division 18, Public Service Psychologists; Past Chair of the VA Psychology Training Council; Editor of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers e-Newsletter and a former APPIC Board Member. Dr. Goldberg holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University and in the Department of Psychiatry, CWRU Medical School.

Lisa Drogosz, PhD, is the Deputy Warden of Programs at Gadsden Correctional Facility in Tallahassee, Florida where she is developing and supervising gender responsive and trauma informed interventions. An expert on psychology in the correctional setting, she has focused on the treatment of psychological trauma and its related disorders.  She developed a residential trauma treatment program for incarcerated women at the Northeast Pre-Release Center, a medium/minimum security state women’s correctional facility in Cleveland. She has also advocated at the state level for effective female-focused programming, been involved in state and national criminal justice organizations and trained correctional and treatment staff on trauma informed services across the country.

Michael J. Biscaro, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC where he is the Program Director/Team Leader for the Recovery Resource Center, a Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC). He earned his degree from Xavier University in 2005 and completed a Post-Doctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology at the Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC with a Special Emphasis in Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Veterans with Serious Mental Illness. He has also been employed as a staff psychologist at an Ohio Department of Mental Health State Psychiatric Hospital and currently serves as a consultant for two forensic clinics.



June 1, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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