St. Louis conference
October 23, 2015, Friday
9-12 Rene McCreary, MS, LPC, Director of Counseling Services, MOSCA
“Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and their Families”
There has been a new law passed in Missouri requiring the Children’s Division to follow up on cases where there has been no “care, custody or control”. This law is sure to increase the demand on practitioners for effective treatment for children and the families of children who are experiencing sexual behavior problems. In this workshop you will learn about the history of treatment for this population, and review risk factors. There will be a review of current research findings regarding effective treatment for this population. Finally, many practical tips and suggestions will be given for working with this population.
Counselors will benefit from knowing that Senate Bill 341 will go into effect in August. This bill is intended to support families in obtaining treatment for children with sexual behavior problems and prevent future victimization. The bill will require the Children’s Division to follow up with cases where children are acting out on one another, cases that formerly would have fallen through the cracks of the system when the child who was acting out did not have “care, custody or control” of the child who they acted out upon. This bill will support an effective community and state response to families of children with harmful sexual behaviors.
12 – 1 Lunch on your own
1 – 4 Dr. Ronda Reitz
“Dialectical Behavior Therapy as Stage One Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has demonstrated effectiveness in significantly reducing suicide, self-harm, and a variety of other impulsive and dangerous behaviors in persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A high number of individuals meeting criteria for this diagnosis also meet criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This presentation will highlight the conceptual and practical elements that make DBT an effective first line of treatment for anyone diagnosed with PTSD who presents with impulsive behaviors.
At the completion of this training, the mindful participant will:
- know the 4 components required for comprehensive DBT
- be able to describe “Validation” and “Dialectics” and how these concepts relate to treatment
- identify symptoms suggesting a consumer with PTSD will benefit from DBT
- be able to identify the differences between “formal’ and “informal” exposure treatment, and describe how each is conducted
- be able to identify when a client is prepared to move into “Stage II” treatment.