JSSA Staff Annual Mental Health Symposium - The Legacy of Albert Ellis and the Origin of Cognitive Therapies - 5.5CE's, Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Thursday, 13. June 2019

The JSSA Training Institute is pleased to announce its Annual Mental Health Symposium - 
The Legacy of Albert Ellis and the Origin of Cognitive Therapies
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
This is an age of uncertainty. We live in a troubled world with many people suffering from hopelessness, anxiety and more serious mental disorders. With so much on violence, terrorism, and confrontation seen in our world, and fanaticism and religious intolerance growing, it is time to focus intently upon what psychology has to offer to encourage greater tolerance, and emotional and mental well-being in our everyday lives and society as a whole. REBT is an action-oriented approach to managing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disturbances.  According to REBT, it is largely our thinking about events that leads to emotional and behavioral upset. With an emphasis on the present, individuals are taught how to examine and challenge their unhelpful thinking which creates unhealthy emotions and self-defeating/self-sabotaging behaviors. REBT is the pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy developed by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1955.  His wife Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis is continuing their shared mission to help as many people as possible learn how to minimize emotional suffering and maximize joy in their lives.
*This is a CE training for mental health professionals and other health professionals.

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM : Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:15 AM: Keynote Address By Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
Keeping Buoyant, Steady and Empowered During Tumultuous 
Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis is the Co-author of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. She is the wife of the late Dr. Albert Ellis and dedicates herself to sharing the life-enhancing and inspiring approach of REBT with as many people as possible. A clear and easy-to-understand approach, its application brings striking and beneficial results. Its efficiency is fueled by its pragmatic tools along with it philosophical backbone encouraging kindness and compassion.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel Discussion
Practical Applications of the Various Cognitive Therapies
A moderated discussion with content experts in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Using a case scenario, subject matter experts will share the ways in which they approach and utilize techniques from a particular type of Cognitive Therapy.  The experts will also provide their perspective on why they were drawn to a particular type of therapy technique and what it means for them to apply it in the diverse settings they work in.
Moderator: Joseph Wilson, LCSW-C, Senior Director, JSSA Mental Health ServicesPanelists: Paul DelGrosso, LCSW-C, The Schema Therapy Institute of DC – Schema Therapy , Sara Meldon, PsyD, Wake Kendall - Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Hannah Gold, LCSW-C, JSSA - Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Miranda Morris, PhD - Private Practice
12:00 – 1:00 PM:  Lunch and Networking
1:15 – 4:15 PM: Workshop - The Empowering, Evidence Based and Compassionate Approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Presenter: Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
Description: Too many people suffer unnecessary emotional upset and misery when they believe that the events in their lives cause their emotional experiences, and do not realize that they have the power to create their emotional destinies no matter what adversities may befall them. REBT is an active-directive approach, imbued with compassion, that contains the "How-to's" of living a life of abundant well being, passion, fulfillment and tranquility. In the workshop Dr Joffe Ellis will share the main principles of REBT, its tools and techniques, pivotal elements of the effective therapist and care-giver, the history and development of the approach, myths about it and what sets it apart from other therapeutic approaches. She will talk about it being a way of life, in addition to being a most empowering and powerful therapeutic approach, and welcome questions and will be invited to participate in some exercises they do individually and in pairs, and a live demonstration of the approach will be given. Attendees will also see rarely viewed video of the late great Albert Ellis.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this training, the participant will be able to:1. Describe the main principles of REBT – including history and development2. Identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy negative emotions3. Identify the difference between rational and irrational thinking4. Understand the unique elements of REBT
Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She is a licensed psychologist (Australia) and licensed mental health counselor (New York), adjunct professor at Columbia University of NYC. She is affiliated with several major psychological associations and societies, including membership in the Australian Psychological Society, international affiliate membership in the American Psychological Association and is a member of the American Counseling Association. In 1993 Dr Joffe Ellis was (along with Mother Teresa and the physician to the Dalai Lama) awarded a gold medal by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, in affiliation with the World Health Organization, for her contributions to the field of alternative medicine. She has been recognized for her volunteer work with recovery workers and family members of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001 and beyond, and for her contributions to the international development of educational programs on addiction treatment in Mexico in 2008. She currently has a private practice in New York City and also delivers lectures, workshops and seminars throughout the USA and across the globe.
Joseph Wilson, LCSW-C is the Senior Director of Mental Health Services at JSSA. He has worked for more than 20 years as an educator, behavioral health clinician and department administrator developing and implementing innovative and collaborative initiatives across service delivery systems in communities.  His work as a service delivery system reformer gained national attention in 2007, when as a program director working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he assisted the investigative reporting of Dana Priest and Anne Hull of The Washington Post to expose the poor conditions soldiers faced while recovering from their injuries, highlighting the need for reforms to coordinate care for a complex patient population.  From 2011 – 2015, Mr. Wilson served as the Director for the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services implementing service delivery reforms and leveraging local resources to secure more than 2 million dollars in state and federal grant funds to improve access to care and implement Systems of Care Reforms. 
Paul DelGrosso, LCSW-C, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Bethesda and Washington, DC. He is an Advance Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Paul provides psychotherapy to adults facing challenging life patterns including personality disorders, complex trauma and other treatment resistant conditions. After struggling with complicated clients that did not respond well to traditional forms of psychotherapy, Paul sought out new methods and found schema therapy to be an innovative and effective approach. Paul and Wendy Behary co-lead the schema therapy training program at the Schema Therapy Institute of DC.
Hannah Gold, LCSW-C provides counseling services to teens, adolescents, and adults at JSSA. Hannah utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based practices. Hannah has experience working as a counselor in middle and high schools as well as in an outpatient hospital and community based settings. Hannah graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Sociology. She then earned her MSW from the Silberman School for Social Work at Hunter College in New York City.
Sara (Geisser) Meldon, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist working as a DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) therapist at the Wake Kendall Group in Washington, DC. She is also currently an adjunct professor at American University teaching and supervising their advanced CBT/DBT practicum for clinical psychology PhD candidates. Dr. Meldon has additional experience applying evidence-based treatments to alcohol and substance use, personality and mood disorders, sleep problems, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. At Wake Kendall, Dr. Meldon serves as an individual and group therapist in their DBT program, which was recently recognized as the only DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified DBT program in the greater DMV area.
Miranda Morris, PhD is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and conducts regular workshops in ACT and related contextual behavioral therapies. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. Miranda uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”. She currently serves on the Board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is President Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of ACBS.

CE Credits: Eligible for 5.5 Category I CE credits
The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs. The D.C. and Virginia Boards of Social Work usually recognize the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners’ approval. Please contact your state board for verification. JSSA maintains responsibility for this program.
JSSA is an approved sponsor of CE credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. JSSA maintains responsibility for this program.
JSSA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6457. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. JSSA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session.

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JSSA Staff Annual Mental Health Symposium - The Legacy of Albert Ellis and the Origin of Cognitive Therapies - 5.5CE's

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