Sage Recovery & Wellness Center http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 July 2017 CEU: Treating Sex/Drug Linked Behavioral Patterns Using the Six Principles of Sexual Health  http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/july-2017-ceu-treating-sexdrug-linked-behavioral-patterns-using-six-principles-sexual-health/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:05:10 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3708 Treating Sex/Drug Linked Behavioral Patterns Using the Six Principles of Sexual Health 12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017Presented by Dr. Mathis Kennington, PhD, LMFT-S & Jami Lynn Bula, LMFT AssociateHosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch Served 12-12:30Without a competent … Continue reading

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Treating Sex/Drug Linked Behavioral Patterns Using the Six Principles of Sexual Health 

12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017
Presented by Dr. Mathis Kennington, PhD, LMFT-S & Jami Lynn Bula, LMFT Associate
Hosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center
Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch Served 12-12:30

Without a competent and health-focused approach to evaluating the impact of sexual behavior on drug and alcohol addiction, the risk of relapse is high. Clinicians who work with clients in recovery must be aware of the relationship between sexual behavior and drug and alcohol use. Sexual situations can trigger drug or alcohol use to increase confidence or lower inhibitions. In this workshop, participants will discover how sexual behaviors may trigger destructive substance abuse behaviors. Participants will learn assessment strategies to promote long-term recovery and develop integrative intervention strategies that can prevent a hidden relapse risk following treatment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess sex and drug linked behavioral patterns
  • Treat sex-drug linked behavioral patterns from a sexual health perspective
  • Competently describe the six principles of sexual health
  • Integrate the sexual health principles into their clinical practice

 

Meet our presenters,


Dr. Mathis Kennington

Dr. Mathis Kennington is a a couple therapist in private practice and the Clinical Director for the Austin Family Institute, where he is responsible for generating new referring partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations in Austin. In his private practice, he works with couples in high distress to help reconcile relationships and provide clarity for decision making about the future of long-term relationships. As a nonprofit organizational leader, he develops leadership and marketing strategies to improve service reach throughout the Austin area. To learn more about his work, please visit his website.

 

 

Jami Lynn Bula
Jami Lynn Bula works with individuals and couples at IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin providing sex therapy and trauma recovery. Jami Lynn first saw Doug Braun-Harvey teach the OCSB model at an AASECT sponsored event in 2015. Since that introduction, she has been integrating this model into treatment with individuals and couples seeking help for problematic sexual behaviors. To learn more about her work, please visit her website.

 

 

 

 

RSVP

 

And a special thanks to our lunch sponsor….

Located in Austin, Texas Star Recovery is a 28-bed treatment program for men and women over the age of 18, who suffer from dual diagnosis. Inpatient treatment, Residential treatment , Partial Hopsitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and aftercare services are offered. Texas Star Recovery utilizes the 12-step model accompanied with intensive therapeutic programs to instill the building blocks to a healthy, sober life. To learn more about Texas Star Recovery, visit their website

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NEW Expressive Therapy Group for Teens! http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/new-expressive-therapy-group-teens/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:25:23 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3691 Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is excited to announce the start of a Summer Expressive Therapy Group for teens!This group offers an educational and experiential approach as well as an opportunity for individuals to share their experience in a collaborative … Continue reading

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Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is excited to announce the start of a Summer Expressive Therapy Group for teens!

This group offers an educational and experiential approach as well as an opportunity for individuals to share their experience in a collaborative environment utilizing the following therapeutic modalities:

Art Therapy Techniques – promote expression of feelings and development of self-awareness

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – emotion regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to manage stress and improve relationships with others and oneself

Relational-Cultural Therapy – cultivate connection and healthy relationships, increase knowledge of oneself and others, desire to take action in mutually-growth-fostering relationships, and an increase of self-worth.

Self-Care Techniques – promote physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing to maintain a healthy relationship with oneself and increase positive feelings to improve self-confidence and self-esteem.

Mindfulness – promote awareness and acceptance of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and increase flexibility of mind and self-control

Interpersonal Skills – promote connection and sharing in an environment that is constructive and supportive.

Group Goals

  • Increase sense of self, self-acceptance, and self-esteem.
  • Improve emotional regulation and distress tolerance through mindfulness practices
  • Gain mastery of effective coping strategies to address negative feelings
  • Improve interpersonal skills in a supportive environment

Ages 13 – 17

10:00am – 12:00pm every Tuesday & Thursday
$100 per session | One-time supply fee of $30 | Starting July 6th 

 

Led by Adrian Hatch, LPC Intern, LCDC-I
Supervised by Dr. Vanessa Joy, PsyD, LPC-S

Upcoming sessions!

July 6th
July 11th
July 13th
July 18th

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We Are Hiring a Business Development Professional! http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/hiring-business-development-professional/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:47:36 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3675 Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is a fast growing outpatient mental health center for adults and adolescents struggling with mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse; offering individual counseling, couples & family counseling, yoga, acupuncture detoxification, group therapy and intensive outpatient … Continue reading

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Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is a fast growing outpatient mental health center for adults and adolescents struggling with mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse; offering individual counseling, couples & family counseling, yoga, acupuncture detoxification, group therapy and intensive outpatient group therapy programs. Sage is located in Austin, TX approximately one mile west of the Capital of Texas Highway on Bee Caves Rd. in Westlake.

Sage is currently seeking a full-time business development professional to plan and execute various outreach programs such as establishing relationships with potential referral sources, coordinating events for the center, maintaining advertising and marketing campaigns (blog, email, website, print and other marketing materials) and assisting the company in maintaining a positive identity in the community.

Duties & Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinate various integrated communication and marketing activities across Central Texas.
  • Frequent travel around Austin and surrounding areas.
  • Occasional travel throughout Central Texas. Travel may require overnight stays.
  • Occasional travel out of state when necessary.
  • Interfacing with counterparts and building up relationships with them at marketing suppliers.
  • Supervising the production or implementation of marketing materials
  • Executing a wide variety of details that involve direct mail, email broadcast campaigns, outbound calls, trade shows and networking events, public relations, customer communications, media advertisements and promotions
  • Tracking campaigns, preparing performance analysis reports of post campaign and making recommendations to concurrent programs for corrective modifications.
  • Maintaining communication open lines with all organizations and providing prompt answers to requests to determine how to convey concise, clear and timely selective information.
  • Developing standardized presentations and sales scripts.
  • Assisting in writing, tracking and delivery of press releases.
  • Implementing project management system for documenting and tracking activities.
  • Planning and maintaining invitation list for company sponsored events, CEUs and open house.
  • Attending tradeshows, company sponsored promotions and events, city tours.
  • Attending networking events on behalf of the company.
  • Developing lead generation plans with targets, measures, and objectives.
  • Executing and analyzing results of advertisement and marketing campaigns.
  • Conducting a thorough market analysis of competition in cities the company wishes to pursue a market in.
  • Maintaining a strong on-line presence for the company on the company’s blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of the mental health, substance abuse and recovery programs

Skills & Specifications:

  • Be Passionate about mental health, wellness and recovery.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Publisher, Front Page or similar programs.
  • Proficiency in Constant Contacts or similar communications program.
  • Ability to operate under solid pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook skills.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Proficiency in WordPress and blogging.
  • Excellent copywriting skills and should be able to rework content for a wider audience.
  • Good team player and should meet or exceed team goals.
  • Plan decisions and practice good judgment.
  • Build excellent working relationship to attain goals.
  • Work collaboratively and efficaciously as a team member.
  • Be self-motivated, confident, energetic and creative.
  • Effectively communicate and make best use of interpersonal skills.
  • Should be able to deliver creative and innovative thoughts.
  • Communicate excellently in verbal and in writing with all kinds of people.
  • Maintain dependable vehicle

 Benefits:             

  • Medical, Dental & Vision benefits
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time Off
  • Mileage Reimbursement
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Self-Care: Mindfully Reclaiming Your Time http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/self-care-mindfully-reclaiming-time/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:13:56 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3664 What is self-care? Self-care involves valuing your emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual well-being. It means taking an active role in bettering your life through activities that make you happy. Any healthy activity that when done results in you feeling better, can … Continue reading

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What is self-care? Self-care involves valuing your emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual well-being. It means taking an active role in bettering your life through activities that make you happy. Any healthy activity that when done results in you feeling better, can be defined as self-care.

Why do we need self-care?

  • Take hold of your mental health: Self-care helps improve our mental health baseline. When we’re making cognizant use of activities that make us happy, our mental health baseline is being raised. As we learn to increase our baseline, suddenly the lows don’t seem as low. We’re more able to sit with discomfort when we’re happier, and we’re happier when we are taking care of ourselves.
  • It’s the perfect supplement: Regardless of other methods used for fostering sound mental health, be it attending therapy, medication management, or working a 12-Step program, self-care is a readily available, tangible tactic that will unquestionably increase your well-being and can easily be added to any existing practice. Take hold of your mental health!
  • Start practicing the skill of self-care while you’re feeling good: The times when we’re in the most need of self-care, also tend to be the times when planning pleasurable, nourishing activities are the least likely. When we’re triggered, it’s easy to forget that beneficial options for coping and making ourselves feel better are available. Start finding time to incorporate life-enhancing activities into your daily schedule, so that when the rough days roll around and you’re in need of inner strength, you already have a healthy schedule in place.

The importance of a realistic routine

  • Keep it simple: Devise realistic, free, daily pursuits, so that your inner dialogue cannot nix your idea before you even start.
  • Be kind to yourself: Be careful not to let the idea of taking care of yourself morph into something that seems unattainable or stresses you out. If the idea of joining a gym is resulting in negative self-talk and feelings of guilt, is it really self-care? Break down your goal into smaller, more attainable steps. You might try going on a ten minute walk after dinner instead. Figure out what’s realistic that day.
  • Listen to your body: Often times, our bodies send signals that we need a break, long before our brains pick up on the ques. Take a break when you’re feeling tired or stressed. And truly convince yourself that it’s okay to take a break. After listening to your body’s request for momentary relief, you’ll find that your productivity levels flourish when you’re centered and feeling your best. Working yourself to and through exhaustion can work, but it is not a long-term solution.

What does self-care look like for you?
Chances are, you are already incorporating self-care into your routine without even noticing. Whether it’s taking a three minute break at work to walk around the building, booking an appointment for a massage, or deciding to eat lunch outside instead of at your desk, options for self-care are endless. If you need some ideas for figuring out your personalized self-care routine, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What activities do you do that result in you feeling better after than before you started?
  • After a conversation with friends or family, from whom do you walk away from the interaction feeling lighter and more energetic?
  • What activities result in feelings of appreciation and gratitude?
  • What have you always wanted to try, but never had to courage to do?
  • Which of the five senses do you relish in the most, and what can you do to integrate more of that sense into your routine?
  • Are there specific times during the day or week where you feel more drained and exhausted than others? Plan ahead to make time for vitality by increasing activities during those specific periods.
  • What do you look forward to each day? Each week? Each month? Make certain to not miss or skimp on those gems of enjoyment.

Written by Emily Keefer, LCSW, ADS

Emily earned her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to receiving her MSSW, Emily gained experience working in the chemical dependency field with individuals experiencing homelessness at an Austin-based non-profit agency. This work helped solidify Emily’s passion for working in the chemical dependency and mental health field and to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work. Upon graduation, she continued her work in the homeless service sector, focusing on mental health and substance use issues. Emily has received extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, and finds the clinical framework invaluable in her work with clients.

Emily works under the assumption that all individuals have the capacity to self-heal, and that a supportive and respectful therapeutic alliance can be the perfect catalyst for emotional healing and self-growth. Through guided conversation and a personalized and collaborative approach, one can discover why he or she repeatedly falls into the same behavioral, cognitive and emotional patterns and then begin developing practical strategies for choosing to live life differently and become “unstuck”. Emily believes that therapeutic process is an exciting, creative method for self-discovery and building increased satisfaction with life, through the realistic application of self-care and behavioral health coping strategies.

Emily Keefer is an LCSW and ADS, working as a lead therapist at Sage Recovery & Wellness Center in Austin, TX. She is continually working to fine-tune her own self-care routine, so that she can live a more mindful, fun-loving life and better serve her clients and profession.

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We Are Hiring a Substitute Yoga Instructor! http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/hiring-substitute-yoga-instructor/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:23:35 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3657 Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is a fast growing outpatient mental health center for adults and adolescents struggling with mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse; offering individual counseling, couples & family counseling, yoga, acupuncture detoxification, group therapy and intensive outpatient … Continue reading

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Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is a fast growing outpatient mental health center for adults and adolescents struggling with mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse; offering individual counseling, couples & family counseling, yoga, acupuncture detoxification, group therapy and intensive outpatient group therapy programs. Sage is located in Austin, TX approximately one mile west of the Capital of Texas Highway on Bee Caves Rd. in Westlake.

Our facility is looking for a substitute yoga instructor who is passionate about helping clients learn yoga while also providing a safe space, and someone who loves to lead students through exercises that help improve well-being. We are looking for a yoga instructor who holds appropriate yoga credentials and can take our clients through cohesive yoga sequences, abide by our policies, effectively run a class, and more.

Duties & Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and implement services based on clients’ daily goals and needs.
  • Conduct group yoga sessions.
  • Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork including: sign in sheets
  • Document the clients’ progress information in the treatment chart.
  • Attend staff meetings and on-site trainings as needed
  • Teach safe, effective exercises to a variety of populations
  • Maintain a current yoga certification
  • Wear proper uniform
  • Adhere to our employee standards of conduct
  • Complete all required staff training
  • Adhere to our yoga policies
  • Record all hours accurately

Skills & Specifications:

  • Maintain a positive and energetic attitude
  • Be passionate about mental health and wellness
  • Have 1-2 years of experience leading yoga classes
  • Knowledge/Experience in working with clients with chronic mental health and substance abuse issues is a plus.

Policies:

  • Do not touch the clients without asking permission and only if necessary. Rather use verbal queues or demonstrate the posture yourself. Many clients come to the center with pass trauma. Physical touch of any kind can be perceived as Threating or invasive. Please be mindful of this.
  • Provide the clients with options for other postures. Some clients might be limited physically, while others may need options in order to make the practice their own. This aims to teach clients flexibility and a sense of control.
  • Know if there is any physical limitations for the clients. At the beginning of class ask clients if there are any physical limitations.
  • Clean up the space after the class and restore it to its original condition. Put the supplies way and clean up any sweat that might be on the floor. If they clients have used one of the centers mats, please have them spray it down and hang it outside to dry.
  • Complete a note in the clients file stating the general topic of class and any reactions from the client.

Hours:

  • This is a part time position. Hours will be: Wednesdays 9-10am and/or 5-6pm
  • Occasional daytime or weekend marketing event in the future.

Education & Qualification:

  • Hold a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor – 200 hour level (RYT-200) or yoga certification from a NCCA agency
  • Have a CPR/AED certification

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Electronic Medical Records for minimizing paperwork
  • Multi-disciplinary team staffing for support including psychiatrist

**Interested parties email resume to careers@sagerecoveryaustin.com

Come join our awesome team!

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NEW Women’s Yoga for Emotional Health and Wellness http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/new-womens-yoga-emotional-health-wellness/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:23:34 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3630 Sage Recovery & Wellness Center’s Women’s Yoga for Health and Wellness is for women who are seeking support through movement, breath work, and connection in a safe space to explore one’s own connection to mind, body and spirit. Each session begins … Continue reading

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Sage Recovery & Wellness Center’s Women’s Yoga for Health and Wellness is for women who are seeking support through movement, breath work, and connection in a safe space to explore one’s own connection to mind, body and spirit. 

Each session begins with a gentle yoga practice, using movement, music and breath work to help deepen awareness, insight and emotional wellness, followed by a group process.

 

9:30-11:30 am every Friday
8 Week Series 
Starting July 7, 2017

$125 per session | RSVP Required

 

Four Key Themes

  • Experiencing the present moment

  • Making choices to be kind toward one’s body

  • Taking effective action through modification of poses

  • Creating rhythms through breath and poses


Led by Kayle Evans, LCSW, LCDC, ADS
and
Julie Falchuk, LMSW, LCDC, RYT


 

 Please RSVP by calling
Sage Recovery & Wellness Center at
512-306-1394

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June 2017 CEU: Trauma and Expressive Therapy Exercises for Mind, Body, and Spirit http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/june-2017-ceu-trauma-expressive-therapy-exercises-mind-body-spirit/ Thu, 11 May 2017 23:53:45 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3594 Trauma and Expressive Therapy Exercises for Mind, Body and Spirit12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, June 22, 2017Presented by Dr. Margaret NagibHosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch/Networking 11:30-12:00This presentation discusses the core treatment issues surrounding trauma and the … Continue reading

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Trauma and Expressive Therapy Exercises for Mind, Body and Spirit

12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, June 22, 2017
Presented by Dr. Margaret Nagib
Hosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center
Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch/Networking 11:30-12:00

This presentation discusses the core treatment issues surrounding trauma and the use of expressive therapies. Participants will explore how expressive therapy techniques increase client engagement in recovery, illuminates their internal process, facilitates expression and the mind-body-spirit connection. Participants will explore several expressive exercises that can be used with eating disorder clients in group and individual settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will describe key bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of trauma.
  • Participants will be able to articulate how expressive therapy can aid in client engagement and facilitate expression.
  • Participants will be able to describe the mind-body-spirit connection and how expressive therapy works to integrate interventions in these key areas with a special focus on treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma.
  • Participants will participate in and be able to execute 3-4 expressive exercises which utilize art, role play and group interaction.

Meet our presenter,
Dr. Margaret Nagib, Psy.D.

Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in Christian counseling, inner healing and treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy.

Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, she offers more than 50 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Thank you for your interest in our CEU. The RSVP list is now closed. Please contact Sapna at sapna@sagerecoveryaustin.com in order to be put on our wait list.

And a special thanks to our lunch sponsor….

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is respected nationwide for its treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction, and mood disorders. Our residents – adult women and adolescent girls – come to us when they need immediate, life-saving and life-changing help. Our vision is to help residents achieve lifelong recovery by bringing together clinical treatment with spiritual and emotional growth. Treatment is holistic, individualized, and nurturing. Our integrated treatment programs prepare women and their families to move forward to a new, productive phase of their lives. We champion the life inside of every resident — in her strengths and weaknesses, with her skills and deficits, and ultimately in the power of her recovery from disease. Learn more about Timberline Knolls and services at their website: www.timberlineknolls.com

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May 2017 CEU: Binge Eating Disorder: Understanding and Working with the Most Commonly Diagnosed Eating Disorder http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/may-2017-ceu-binge-eating-disorder-understanding-working-commonly-diagnosed-eating-disorder/ Mon, 01 May 2017 14:10:55 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3584 Binge Eating Disorder: Understanding and Working with the Most Commonly Diagnosed Eating Disorder12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017Presented by Vanessa ScaringiHosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch Served 12-12:30Binge Eating Disorder is actually the most common … Continue reading

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Binge Eating Disorder: Understanding and Working with the Most Commonly Diagnosed Eating Disorder

12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Presented by Vanessa Scaringi
Hosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center
Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch Served 12-12:30


Binge Eating Disorder is actually the most common eating disorder, diagnosed in about 3.5% of adult women. BED is also one of the most misunderstood eating disorders. With the DSM 5 only just officially separating BED out as its own diagnosis and the current lack of knowledge by medical professionals, BED patients often face tremendous shame when seeking help. In this introductory presentation, we will discuss BED diagnostic criteria, understand how shame plays a role in seeking help and following through with treatment, and also discuss the two main approaches to treating BED.
 
Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a greater understanding of Binge Eating Disorder, including diagnosis criteria and statistics
  • Understand social pressures and implications (including how shame plays a critical role in BED) for treatment of BED
  • Be able to apply a “Healthy at Every Size” and “Intuitive Eating” model to the treatment of BED

Meet our presenter,
Vanessa Scaringi, PhD

Vanessa Scaringi, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Austin, Texas. She started her private practice in 2015, primarily focusing on continuing to work with eating disorder populations. Dr. Scaringi began working with eating disorders in 2005, when she researched predictors of eating disorder symptomatology in college populations. Since then she has continued working with eating disorders both in a research capacity and clinically. Dr. Scaringi has worked with patients struggling with eating disorders at all levels of care, giving her exposure to the continuum of severity within this debilitating subset of psychiatric disorders. For more information, please visit her website.

The RSVP list is now closed. Please contact Sapna at sapna@sagerecoveryaustin.com in order to be put on our wait list.

And a special thanks to our lunch sponsor….

The internationally recognized Eating Disorders Program at Laureate in Tulsa, OK, is designed to meet the needs of individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other eating-related difficulties. Since 1990, our staff has helped patients and families understand eating disorders and how to recover from them. Learn more about the Laureate Eating Disorders Program at their website.

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Neurobiology and the Adolescent Brain CEU! http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/neurobiology-adolescent-brain-ceu/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:44:09 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3580 The Adolescent Brain and Emotion Regulation: Integrating Neurobiology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017Presented by Neathery ThurmondHosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch Served 12-12:30Adolescence is a time of discovery and dynamic changes … Continue reading

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The Adolescent Brain and Emotion Regulation: Integrating Neurobiology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017
Presented by Neathery Thurmond
Hosted by Sage Recovery & Wellness Center
Free | Lunch Provided | Lunch Served 12-12:30


Adolescence is a time of discovery and dynamic changes both socially and emotionally. These changes are typically felt as emotional turmoil for the adolescent and their caregivers and take root within neurobiological development. This presentation will provide clinicians an understanding of what changes are happening in the brain, what is typical and atypical adolescent behavior, and how to implement emotion regulation skills to help teens and their parents navigate this powerful and important development stage.
 
Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a working knowledge of neurobiological changes in adolescents
  • Identify what is typical and atypical adolescent behavior
  • Increase your clinical toolbox and learn emotion regulation skills from DBT to utilize with clients

Meet our presenter,
Neathery Thurmond, LCSW
Individual and Group Therapist

Neathery has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Neathery received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. Neathery works with individuals, couples, families, provides group therapy and specializes in treating the following issues: eating disorders, body image, trauma, attachment, depression and anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, personality disorders, substance use, loss/grief, divorce, interpersonal issues, impulse behaviors, trichotillomania and dermatillomania, and LGBTQI+ concerns.

RSVP is closed for this event. Please contact sapna@sagerecoveryaustin.com for questions. 

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)? http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:00:52 +0000 http://www.sagerecoveryaustin.com/?p=3513 Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, DBT was originally developed to treatInterpersonal chaosIntense emotional swingsImpulsivenessConfusion about the self (identity)Suicidal behavior associated with Borderline Personality DisorderBreaking down “Dialectical Behavior Therapy”What is “Dialectical?”DBT is based on the idea … Continue reading

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Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, DBT was originally developed to treat

  • Interpersonal chaos
  • Intense emotional swings
  • Impulsiveness
  • Confusion about the self (identity)
  • Suicidal behavior associated with Borderline Personality Disorder

Breaking down “Dialectical Behavior Therapy”

What is “Dialectical?”

DBT is based on the idea of “dialectics,” which is the thought that two things that appear as opposites can both be real and true at the same time and can be synthesized.

What this looks like in practice:

Dialectics takes a situation that people would like to make black and white, and, rather than making it gray, it creates something more along the lines of a yin and yang symbol.

One of the core dialectics often referred to in DBT is that of “Acceptance and Change,” which can be described as weighing out various points of view in any situation and constantly working on balancing an effort to change with accepting situations as they are.

Here at Sage, we work from a place of “acceptance and change.” We believe that our clients are doing the best they can and that their life would be more fulfilling if they made some changes. Both of these things are equally real and true.

What is “Behavior Therapy?”

Behavior therapy is based on the study of how behaviors are learned. For the most part, it is a “doing” therapy that focuses on the present rather than a “talking” therapy that focuses on the past.

DBT works to replace ineffective ways of coping by learning new, skillful ways of coping. This is accomplished, in part, by focusing on specific, measurable goals that can realistically be attained.

Real-Life Example
You are feeling stressed by the amount of tasks you must complete for school or work, so you avoid doing the tasks to help relieve that stress.
From a DBT approach, we would understand or accept why you are feeling stressed – the fact is that you likely have many tasks to balance right now and you are doing your best to balance all of them at once.
However, the way that you are attempting to balance them (by avoiding certain tasks) is not effective and this must change. Avoiding certain tasks only results in you feeling more stressed when you are trying to complete the tasks at the last minute or when you don’t complete them at all and suffer the consequences (e.g., your teacher or boss is upset with you, etc.).
In behavioral-based therapies like DBT, you would work with your therapist to create a plan of specific, measurable, and attainable goals so that you could complete tasks in a timely manner while experiencing the least amount of stress possible.

Evidence-based

At Sage, we find it important to use treatment approaches that are empirically backed. Research supports that DBT is as effective or more effective than other psychotherapies when treating a range of problems related to emotion dysregulation, including substance use problems, eating disordered behavior, and anger-related problems. Click here to view a summary of DBT data to date.

DBT is an empirically-supported treatment that has been shown to be effective for those struggling with

  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide thoughts
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Anger-related problems

 


Adapted from: Fielder-Jenks, C. (April 15, 2013). DBT Spotlight Blog Series: What is DBT? Located at: CFJCounseling.com/blog

References:

Behavioral Tech, LLC. (2013). DBT® Resources: What is DBT?

Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. and Dimeff, L. (2001). Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell. The California Psychologist, 34, 10-13.

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