White Branch

Friends & Family Workshops

 

These free workshops are designed to provide psychoeducation to our broader community. Anyone is welcomed to sign up. You can read more about upcoming workshops and psychoeducation below. 

2021 friends & family workshops: 

  • 02/13/21 - Anxiety and OCD: What Are They and How Do We Treat Them?  

  • 03/06/21 - An Overview of Emotion Regulation: Theory, Research, and Tools 

  • 04/10/21 - Mindfulness: Research and Practice

  • 05/15/21 - What is Borderline Personality Disorder? An Educational Workshop 

  • 06/12/21 - Validation Workshop: Increasing Validation and Decreasing Invalidation

  • 08/07/21 - Quiet Your Mind and Get To Sleep: Evidence-based Treatment for Chronic Insomnia

  • 09/04/21 - Principles of Reinforcement and Behavior Change

  • 11/13/21 - Validation Workshop: Increasing Validation and Decreasing Invalidation 

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Anxiety and OCD: What Are They and How Do We Treat Them? 

 

Anxiety is a fear-related emotion that everyone experiences sometimes, and it can become so frequent or intense that it causes problems. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a clinical condition that involves intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors. This psychoeducation workshop will provide information about both anxiety and OCD using a cognitive-behavioral framework and will highlight effective treatments for both. 

  • Saturday, February 13th, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time Zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Jennifer Buchholz, M.A. & hosted by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. 

To register, please email info@cbtdurham.com 

An Overview of Emotion Regulation: Theory, Research, and Tools 

Emotion regulation refers to our ability to change our emotions or continue to focus on our goals despite what we're feeling. This psychoeducation workshop will provide an overview of emotions and emotion regulation, as well as research about different emotion regulation strategies and tools. 

  • Saturday, March 3rd, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time Zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Matthew Southward, Ph.D. & hosted by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. 

To register, please email info@cbtdurham.com

Mindfulness: Research and Practice

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention. It involves being in the present moment and observing things in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness practice has been linked to many health benefits, and mindfulness is a key part of many therapies for managing difficult emotions, changing problematic patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. This psychoeducation workshop will describe research on mindfulness and its health benefits, as well as provide introductory exercises to practice mindfulness.

  • Saturday, April 10th, 10am-11:30am (Eastern Time Zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Kibby McMahon, M.A. & hosted by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. 

What is Borderline Personality Disorder? An Educational Workshop

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an often-misunderstood condition that affects individuals and the people that love them.  People with BPD feel their emotions very strongly, and difficulty managing emotions can lead to problems with behaviors, thoughts, relationships, and self-image. The gold-standard treatment for BPD is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which teaches clients skills to increase emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and core mindfulness. With proper treatment, people with BPD can live healthy and productive lives. This workshop will provide valuable information and resources for the friends and family members of individuals with BPD. 
 
Saturday, May 15th, 10am-12pm 
(Eastern Time Zone)
Online (via Zoom)
Presented by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. & Caitlin Fang, Ph.D. 

To register, please contact info@cbtdurham
 

Validation Workshop: Increasing Validation and Decreasing Invalidation

Validation refers to communicating that someone’s experience is real and understandable; whereas, invalidation is conveying that someone’s experience is unacceptable or incomprehensible. Validation is an important skill for soothing emotions, de-escalating conflicts, and enhancing closeness in relationships. In important relationships, it is useful to both increase validation (which helps relationships) and decrease invalidation (which harms relationships). This workshop will provide an introduction to validation skills for beginners, as well as an opportunity for practice and rehearsal for participants with more advanced knowledge.

  • Saturday, June 12th, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time Zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. & Caitlin Fang, Ph.D. 

To register, please email info@cbtdurham.com 

Quiet Your Mind and Get To Sleep: Evidence-based Treatment for Chronic Insomnia

 

Chronic insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It is one of the most common health conditions today, and is a risk factor for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and the development of PTSD after trauma. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a brief, evidence-based treatment that helps treat the underlying causes of insomnia. In this workshop, participants will learn to use their body's natural sleep systems to fall asleep more quickly, wake up less during the night, and improve sleep quality.

 

  • Saturday, August 7th, 10am-12pm (Eastern time zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Meg Danforth, Ph.D., CBSM, DBSM & hosted by Melissa Miller, Ph.D.

To register, please email info@cbtdurham.com 

Principles of Reinforcement and Behavior Change

 

This psychoeducation workshop will teach participants about reinforcement and punishment and how these responses increase or decrease future behaviors. When we respond to a behavior in a way that is reinforcing, we make that behavior more likely to occur again in the future. When we respond to a behavior in a way that's punishing, we make that behavior less likely to occur again in the future. It's important to pay attention to how we are responding to effective and ineffective behaviors when helping loved ones make changes in their lives. 

 

Saturday, September 4th, 10am-12pm (Eastern time zone)

Online (via Zoom)

Presented by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. & Caitlin Fang, Ph.D.

 

To register, please email info@cbtdurham.com

Validation Workshop: Increasing Validation and Decreasing Invalidation

Validation refers to communicating that someone’s experience is real and understandable; whereas, invalidation is conveying that someone’s experience is unacceptable or incomprehensible. Validation is an important skill for soothing emotions, de-escalating conflicts, and enhancing closeness in relationships. In important relationships, it is useful to both increase validation (which helps relationships) and decrease invalidation (which harms relationships). This workshop will provide an introduction to validation skills for beginners, as well as an opportunity for practice and rehearsal for participants with more advanced knowledge.

  • Saturday, November 13th, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time Zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Melissa Miller, Ph.D. & Caitlin Fang, Ph.D. 

To register, please email info@cbtdurham.com 

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 About Workshops and Psychoeducation

What is psychoeducation?

Psychoeducation is a term that refers to providing information about a mental health topic. It is a way to convey scientific knowledge, in an understandable manner, to people who can benefit from it. These types of workshops are brief, easy, (and fun) opportunities to learn about a topic related to mental health, emotions, or behavior. The instructors teach about important concepts, using videos, examples, and modeling to engage the participants in active learning.

 

How is psychoeducation different from therapy? 

Psychoeducation is not group therapy; it is similar to a class. Information is provided in an instructional and educational manner (on a high level, without much or any personal information being discussed). Some people who participate in psychoeducation workshops are also in ongoing psychotherapy and others are not. In order to participate effectively, a person just needs to have an interest in the topic and a desire to learn about it.

Who can benefit from psychoeducation? 

Some people who commonly participate in psychoeducation workshops are family members, professionals, and learners. For example, the family members of loved ones who struggle to regulate their emotions can often benefit from learning general scientific information about emotions. Professionals who regularly work with other people (e.g., attorneys, teachers, supervisors) can gain valuable information about how to relate more effectively to others. Other common participants are people who consider themselves “lifelong learners,” who simply find enjoyment in learning new information.

Do you offer private psychoeducation workshops? 

Yes, you can contact me to arrange a private psychoeducation workshop for your family, workgroup, or community. My psychoeducation team and I will work with you to provide a workshop that meets your specific goals for your group.