Combating Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder & More: Harnessing the Power of Science to Heal Our Clients Quickly & Safely
Recent studies - including a ground-breaking meta-analyses based on data suppressed by the pharmaceutical industry, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act - have called into question the efficacy of many pharmacological treatments for mental illnesses. Among other things, these studies have revealed that widely used antidepressant medications are generally no more effective than placebo, while carrying risks for serious harm as well as other more mundane but troublesome side effects. For many years, addictions professionals have expressed concern about the dangers of the widespread and cavalier prescription of anti-anxiety medications given their potential to become habit forming, thereby causing more problems than they solve.
At the same time, scientific research has generated new, effective, empirically-tested treatments for a broad range of mental health maladies, including anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, borderline personality disorder, ADD, bulimia, insomnia and OCD, among others. Evidence-based treatments such as bright light therapy and other chronotherapeutic interventions, exercise, and sleep hygiene practices generally have few adverse side effects, a moderate to low financial cost, and can be used either in conjunction with, or independent of, other therapeutic and pharmacological approaches. Often, these biologically informed, non-pharmacological interventions can turn intractable, stuck cases into success stories. While requiring no prescription, medical devices like bright light boxes require some knowledge and skill to use safely and effectively, and can cause grievous damage without the proper training and care.
This workshop introduces social workers to over a dozen practical and powerful interventions, all of which are anchored in years if not decades of solid scientific research, but which, lacking the financial backing of “Big Pharma,” have regrettably been overlooked by much of our profession. The workshop begins by describing these cutting edge, biologically-informed treatment approaches and their application. We then turn to learning how to utilize selected principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to enhance clients’ motivation to adopt and maintain these salubrious behavioral changes. Participants will conclude the workshop having learned a number of practical interventions that can be readily applied with clients of various ages and socioeconomic classes seen in diverse practice settings.
A seasoned clinician, supervisor and educator with over 30 years of experience in agency and private practice, Lynne Spevack LCSW specializes in highly effective, results-oriented, and scientifically validated non-medication treatments of acute and chronic, intractable psychological and psychiatric problems. Lynne’s enthusiasm for spreading the word about these safe and potent biologically-informed treatments has led her to develop educational programs for professional audiences and the lay public, including her popular annual “Chase Away the Winter Blues” walking tours of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (www.bbg.org).
Lynne is a “therapist’s therapist,” providing psychotherapy, practice building consultation, and clinical consultation regarding difficult and “stuck” cases for clinician-colleagues in her in lower Manhattan and mid-Brooklyn offices. Lynne’s eclectic approach to counseling strategically blends cutting edge cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, psychoeducation about biologically-informed interventions, psychodynamic psychotherapy and family/ systems approaches to make for a highly customized and effective approach to psychotherapy.
6 CE Contact Hours