December 10, 2015  

 

Networking Holiday Breakfast


Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Centerstone            
2400 White Avenue
Nashville TN 37204
 

Topic: "The Broken Brain" Mr. Keeble will explain the predisposition for addiction, how different drugs work on the brain of an addict, how and why the brain changes as the result of addictive use, and how recovery helps to re-regulate an addicts mind.

Presenter:

Robby Keeble, MS is a board certified Health Care Administrator, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. Mr. Keeble has worked in the field of addiction and mental health since 1988.  Most recently Mr. Keeble has served as CEO of ALR Soberlife LLC since 1998 and as an addiction recovery support specialist and consultant for Bradford Health Services since 2007.  Mr. Keeble has presented at workshops and seminars throughout the south including the Tennessee Association for Court Referral Officers, the Alabama EAP Association and the University of Alabama Collegiate Recovery Program.

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Centerstone
2400 White Avenue
Nashville TN 37204

Topic: "The United States of Numb: Current Trends in Adolescent Substance Abuse"  This training will inform the audience of the most current adolescent drug trends, their drug use patterns with an emphasis on prescription drugs.  We will discuss the signs and symptoms of adolescent drug use, how adolescent drug use is differentiated from adult use and from psychiatric issues.  Ms. Camp will also discuss the importance of an adolescent substance abuse treatment model and the importance of family involvement.

Presenter:

Angela Camp holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama- Birmingham. She has worked in the mental health and addictions field for twenty-five years, thirteen of which have been with Bradford Health Services.  Currently Ms. Camp is the National Coordinator of Adolescent Marketing and oversees a broad range of community liaison and quality improvement efforts for Bradford Health Services adolescent programs and associated family services both regionally and on a national level.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Centerstone
2400 White Avenue
Nashville TN 37204

Topic: "Dreamwork in Recovery"  This training explores dream interpretation history, established and emerging methods of dreamwork, myths and beliefs about dreams, and examples of group exercises.  Originally piloted with an alcohol and drug population, these exercises may be used in any counseling setting where clients present from a moderate to a long-term basis.  This workshop is designed for experienced therapists of for those who have a keen interest in the topic.

Presenter:            

Mr. Randal Lea, MA, LADAC is the Executive Director for Music City Recovery Resource Foundation.  His past employment includes Executive Director of a well known treatment center, Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, and private practice as a therapist.  Mr. Lea has twenty-five years of clinical and management experience. He has worked with adolescents, families, adults, residential and outpatient treatment settings in addictions.  Mr. Lea has additionally presented trainings at numerous workshops and conferences.


Thursday, April 24th, 2015


Centerstone

2400 White Avenue

Nashville TN 37204

  

Topic: "Mental Health America" - This training will; update participants

on what's new in America's/Nashville's oldest mental health advocacy

organization, share the "Bell Story" that symbolizes what mental health

and wellness is today, inform on the "BOSS Program" for nonprofit

behavioral health, and discuss the local and statewide mental health

resources available.



Presenter:       

Dr. Tom Starling is the CEO of Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. Dr.

Starling holds degrees in psychology, theology, ethics and educational

administration as well as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed mediator.  Past

employment includes being a Hospital Chaplain, Director of the Alzheimer's

Association and Director of the United Way for Rutherford and Cannon Counties.


 


December 11, 2014 (Notice new date-2nd Thursday) Special Holiday Breakfast at The Puffy Muffin!

TOPIC: Keeping abreast of Community Resources and utilizing the MTEAPA collective experience.”

The importance of keeping up to date on effective community treatment and resources is paramount for the EAP practice. This session will allow the EAP to enhance resource knowledge and networking among members.   

Presenter: Gilbert Roth Ph D, current chapter president will facilitate the discussion.

Learning Objectives:

1.      Members will identify their top community resources and experts in the areas of addiction, community therapists, psychiatry, eldercare, legal, financial, and other psychosocial domains. This will include feedback from EA clients and which patients seem to do well in a particular setting.

2.      Each member will identify professional and  community resources that have assisted them with personal and professional development.

3.      The use of the collective expertise of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of EAPA will be encouraged and utilized.



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October 23, 2014

Great Location: Baptist Healing Trust
2928 Sidco Drive Nashville 37204.
You can also park in the lot to the left of the building

TOPIC: “Building Resilience”

Brief description of presentation: We all experience stressful or challenging situations at one time or another. By developing strong personal resilience skills, we can arm ourselves with the right strategies to respond to the pressures we face in our personal lives and in the workplace. When we are equipped with a positive attitude, an enhanced skillset and a healthy lifestyle, we can build up our resilience, allowing us to turn challenges into success, increase our personal happiness and overall productivity.

Vanderbilt University launched a campaign educating our faculty and staff on building resilience. This video, titled Building Resilience: Turning Change into Success, was produced by the Health and Wellness departments including Work/Life Connections-EAP. The goal is to present ways to become more resilient. This campaign is augmented with website articles, podcasts, workshop presentations, and social media posts.

This workshop presentation will give an overview of the campaign, its development, and share the video product we produced.

Four learning objectives for presentation: The participant will be able to

1.Provide an overview of the concepts of Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth.

2.Identify the 10 ways to build resilience suggest by the American Psychological Association (APA) in their Road to Resilience initiative.

3.Restate the 3 categories of traits and skills outlined in the Building Resilience: Turning Change into Success video campaign.

Brief  bio(s) of presenter(s)

Stephanie Dean, LPC, CEAP. SAP earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. She joined the Work/Life Connections-EAP team in January, 2008 after working as a Senior EAP Counselor for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Stephanie has also served as the Director of Employee Assistance Programs for Family and Children’s Services in Nashville and was the EAP Director for Northcrest Medical Center.

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December 11, 2014 (Notice new date-2nd Thursday) Special Holiday Breakfast at The Puffy Muffin!

TOPIC: Keeping abreast of Community Resources and utilizing the MTEAPA collective experience.”

The importance of keeping up to date on effective community treatment and resources is paramount for the EAP practice. This session will allow the EAP to enhance resource knowledge and networking among members.   

Presenter: Gilbert Roth Ph D, current chapter president will facilitate the discussion.

Learning Objectives:

1.      Members will identify their top community resources and experts in the areas of addiction, community therapists, psychiatry, eldercare, legal, financial, and other psychosocial domains. This will include feedback from EA clients and which patients seem to do well in a particular setting.

2.      Each member will identify professional and  community resources that have assisted them with personal and professional development.

3.      The use of the collective expertise of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of EAPA will be encouraged and utilized.

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August 28, 2014

TOPIC: "Living with a potentially terminal disease."

Learning Objectives:

1.     Recognize the scope of the problem - clients come to EAP identifying that they have physical illness that is impacting their lives and the psychosocial stressors that accompany physical illness. More specifically, the presence a potentially terminal has other specific stressors that impact the client and the workplace.

2.     Understanding the stressors of the illness, treatment, and

3.     Identify issues for the workplace including privacy vs support; caring vs business need

4.     How can an EAP help

 

SPEAKER:  Laura McClendon, MA, CEAP, Executive Director Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, is a former president of the MTEAPA chapter. Laura faced a cancer diagnosis, fought hard, and has come out of the experience with humility and wisdom.

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Past meetings:

June 26, 2014

TOPIC: "Trauma, PTSD, and Addictions"- Paul Ragan, MD
Unresolved responses to traumatic events in life can lead to coping patterns that can be health or unhealthy.  In attempts to self-medicate, individuals who may have additional risk factors compound their lives with addictions.  With a comprehensive assessment looking at potential comorbidities, the EAP can help the client by directing them to the most appropriate treatment modalities and resources.

Learning Objectives:
1.      Explore the relationship between trauma, PTSD and the development of addictions
2.      Learn the latest research and  treatment strategies for helping patients
3.      Identify treatment resources in the area

The Presenter: Dr. Ragan is Board Certified in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has been the Medical Director for Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt University since 1999. Dr. Ragan is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Vanderbilt's School of Medicine and the Medical Director for the TriStar Skyline Dual Diagnosis Treatment Unit. He is sought after by national media for his expertise on trauma and the military.

April 24 TOPIC: "Preventing Workplace Violence: Implementing a Program (Green Dots)"

Workplace Violence in nursing and in particular lateral violence (bullying or incivility) has been well documented.  Margie Gale, R.N., MSN, Work-Life Connections nurse wellness specialist, discusses the Green Dots program and how bystanders can help prevent domestic violence in its earliest stages.

 The focus of many interventions has been on how the victim can neutralize the impact of the violence. These interventions have fallen short of developing a positive work environment. Green Dots offers a teachable skills set for the previously inactive bystanders of violent behavior. Based on thirty years of evidence based research, psychologist Dr. Dorothy Edwards developed the Green Dots model to address potentially violent behavior using an effective bystander intervention. "Green Dots doesn't tell you exactly what to do. It just asks you to do something. It is the complete silence and inaction that allows the perpetration of violence- Red Dots- to continue.No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. Find a way to intervene in any situation that feels potentially high risk for violence" (Edwards). It is the recognition that you are already involved, whether you act or interrupt or remain silent about the violence.

Learning Objectives:
1)      Outline the scope the problem of bullying and lateral violence in the workplace.
2)      Describe the Green Dots Program at Vanderbilt and its implementation
3)      Identify the three major categories of Reactive Green Dots

The Presenter: Margie Gale, RN, MSN, CEAP is the Vanderbilt University Work/Life Connections-EAP Nurse Wellness Counselor/Specialist. She is a Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 30 years of nursing experience. She has been a nursing instructor at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, MeHarry Medical College and at Columbia State Community College. In 1988, Margie worked for the PASS, an Employee Assistance Program for the Nashville Police Department. She is actively involved in the Tennessee Nurses Association. Margie joined Work/Life Connections-EAP in September, 2002.

 



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PAST Meetings:

February 27, 2014 Dr. Ed Qualls on “The psychological treatment of chronic pain.”

December 12, 2013
Topic: Terminating Relationships: Clients, Organizations and Retirement. Facilitator: Jack Freckman, LCSW

Discussing the termination phase in a relationship is often avoided. In organizations, people are terminated or leave; many leave without a word. Successful termination often involves the ability to say good bye.  Ending therapeutic relationships is painful to all parties.

1)     Identify the issues that need to be considered when a professional decides to end a practice (move, retire, or close a business)

2)    Outline steps that can help clients, colleagues and referral sources deal with the void that comes from the closure of a practice or transition of a provider.

3)   Discuss the lessons learned from  closing a practice

Great Location for regular meeting:  Baptist Healing Trust 
2928 Sidco Drive Nashville 37204.  
You can also park in the lot to the let of the building
http://healingtrust.org/

October 24, 2013

Topic: Assessing Current issues in the
EAP field: Legalities, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing


August 22, 2013

Topic: Expanding your EAP: Distance counseling, coaching and learning (Part II).

Facilitator: John Allen, LCSW, CEAP, SPHR - Membership Chair and CEAP Coordinator; Director of  Behavioral Health Services, ParTNers for Health EAP

June 27, 2013
Meeting Topic: Issues in Addiction
Treatment
Facilitator: Chapman Sledge, MD, Medical Director Cumberland Heights


April 25, 2013
Topic: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Facilitator: Janet McCutchen, LPC-MHSP, CEAP

Brief Summary: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is based upon two essential concepts: Mindfulness and Behavioral Activation. The goal of ACT is the development of psychological flexibility:  the ability to experience a wide range of emotions or thoughts in reaction to life events without attaching any particular value to them (Acceptance) while at the same time, engaging in values-based behaviors to help reduce distress (Commitment to action).

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1)      Define ACT and its core principles

2)      Compare/contrast this modality with several other popular therapeutic approaches

3)      Determine how ACT is applicable in the EAP setting

 

Janet McCutchen LPC, CEAP is an EAP Counselor working for Vanderbilt University Work/Life Connections-EAP.  She has worked in Employee Assistance, clinical outpatient, and psychiatric settings throughout the Mid-South; including Charter Lakeside and Baptist Memorial Healthcare’s Concern EAP. Janet was also a Senior EAP Counselor and Organizational Development Specialist for Cracker Barrel and has her own private practice and consulting business. Her areas of interest and expertise include: grief and loss, life transitions, and performance coaching.

 

February 28, 2013
Topic: "The EAP response to Workplace Crisis" 
Facilitator : Susan Gillpatrick, LPC, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies

Crisis occurs in the workplace and the EAP is expected to respond. There are a number of models that provide guidance for possible interventions (CISM, Resilience, Psychological First Aid, etc). What does the literature say? Is it evidence based, evidence informed or designed to sell a product or idea? 

Sparked by the recent article in the JOEA and post conference posts on the EAPA website, this facilitated discussion is designed to review and discuss what is said in the literature (Gist, Slawinski, ICISF, VandePol, Lancet, PFA, etc) and discuss clinical practice implications

Learning Objectives:

1. Review and discuss the literature on the provision of CISM, PFA, Resilience, and other models of responses to crisis.

2. Determine how evidence, research or clinical experience has informed how you respond. How do we measure outcomes?

3. Identify the objective of the EAP response

4. Discuss your clinical experience and how it matches or varies from the conclusions in the literature

 

 


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