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. 

2022 friends & family workshops: 

  • 02/26/22 - Quiet Your Mind and Get To Sleep: Evidence-based Treatment for Chronic Insomnia  

  • 04/23/22 - Anxiety and OCD: What Are They and How Do We Treat Them?

  • 06/18/22 - Understanding Dissociation: Theory, Research, and Tools

  • 08/13/22 - Validation Workshop: Increasing Validation and Decreasing Invalidation

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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, February 26th, 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

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, April 23th, 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 

Understanding Dissociation: Theory, Research, and Tools

 

Dissociation is a mental process in which a person is disconnected from parts of their experience. Dissociation often develops as a way to cope with extreme stressors, however it can lead to a variety of concerns like memory gaps and feeling detached from others. This workshop will provide information about dissociation, the types of dissociative disorders, and common tools that can help treat dissociation (such as grounding techniques and mindfulness).

 

  • Saturday, June 18th, 10am-12pm (Eastern time zone)

  • Online (via Zoom)

  • Presented by Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D. & hosted by Melissa Miller, 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, August 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.