PSYCHOTHERAPY IN THE ERA OF LYME DISEASE
A Workshop for Mental Health Clinicians
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Time 9:00 to 1:00
Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr, Brunswick, Maine
(Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3)
The stealth invasion of the spirochete that causes Lyme disease can stump the most observant clinicians, leading to misdiagnosis and additional suffering for clients. Lyme and its co-infections predominantly attack the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, evading detection, mimicking other diseases, disabling victims with unremitting fatigue, migrating joint pain, cognitive confusion, and neuropsychiatric symptoms.
This workshop will offer tools for assessment and strategies for treatment as well as the opportunity for dialogue about the roles and ethical obligations of mental health clinicians in circumstances where complex medical disagreements prevent the diagnosis and treatment of this growing and potentially devastating illness.
The workshop will meet the following learning objectives:
1. Raise awareness of the neuropsychiatric signs and symptoms of Lyme disease
2. Provide intake assessment tools
3. Delineate conflicts in the medical field that may complicate dx and tx
4. Provide case examples with treatment strategies and interventions
Clinicians attending the workshop will be eligible for placement on referral list for Midcoast Lyme Disease Education and Support's provider network. This training is crucial for our members. We need Lyme-aware psychotherapists!
PRESENTERS: Jane Sloven, LCSW, Leslie Abrons, LCSW,
Jane Sloven, LCSW, JD, is a writer, clinical social worker, and retired attorney and mediator with thirty years of experience in the field of social work. Her areas of expertise include family systems, couples, and individual work, with a focus on clinical hypnosis and EMDR. Jane has worked with clients with tick-borne illness for over a decade.
Leslie Abrons, LCSW is a clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience in the field of social work. She is in private practice in Portland, Maine, working with adolescents and adults. She works with individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of expertise include learning differences, DBT, family systems, CBT, brain injury, and trauma. Leslie has worked with clients with tick-borne illness for over a decade.
Bottled water, coffee, juice and light snacks will be provided
This workshop is sponsored by Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE),
a non-profit 501c3 organization and Maine affiliate partner of the national Lyme Disease Association. For more information about MLDSE, please visit their website: www.mldse.org
Upon completion, we will provide a certificate for contact hours.
Social workers, counselors and psychologists have guidelines for submission of contact hours that we believe this workshop satisfies. However we can no longer guarantee that they would be accepted if you were audited. Contact hours are not always black and white and licensing boards no longer accept submission of workshops from providers for pre-approval.
The social work board states: "it is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that the continuing education activity conforms to the requirements as outlined in Chapter 14 of the Board’s Rules. Licensees may contact the Board directly if they have questions regarding continuing education requirements." We have been informed that similar guidelines apply for Counseling Professionals and Psychologists.