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Transforming Complex Clinical Moments

Transforming Complex Clinical Moments: Innovative Interviewing Techniques for Understanding the Pain Beneath the Diagnosis

Internationally acclaimed author and innovator in clinical interviewing, Dr Shawn Shea returns to New Zealand October in 2019. This latest workshop series will provide front-line clinicians with practical, specific interviewing techniques and state-of-the-art skills necessary to tackle some of the most complex of clinical challenges.

This one-day workshop consists of 3 enlightening segments:

  1. The Innovative Use of Object Relations: Gateway to Understanding the People Beneath the Personality Diagnoses
  2. The Inner World of the Pain Beneath the Diagnosis: Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Anxiety Disorders
  3. The Elusive World of Psychosis: How to Help Clients Share Their Pain, Hallucinations, Delusions, and Thoughts of Harm to Self or Others

In Segment 1, Dr. Shea explores practical interviewing methods for rapidly, yet sensitively, engaging clients with histories suggestive of borderline or narcissistic process often associated with past trauma. He brings a new light to old psychodynamic concepts such as object relations and the psychology of the self deftly integrating them with cognitive and behavioral approaches, while shedding a compassionate light on people coping with borderline and narcissistic process. The result is an easily understood and clarifying set of imminently useful techniques for starting the healing process.

Segment 2 turns the focus onto one of the most problematic of all clinical challenges - inaccurate or missed diagnoses. Taking the workshop participants on a sophisticated journey into an exploration of the people beneath the anxiety diagnoses - using a series of vivid videos of actual clinical interviews - he provides a refreshing understanding of how people individually experience and make sense of their anxiety symptoms and/or trauma. From this phenomenological understanding, Dr. Shea demonstrates numerous, specific interviewing techniques that help uncover the complexities of often misunderstood diagnoses such as OCD, PTSD, and panic disorder including their atypical presentations.

After lunch, Segment 3, Dr. Shea looks at the uniquely painful world of psychotic process. Dr Shea will demonstrate a variety of specific interviewing techniques that help clinicians ferret out the earliest signs of impending psychosis or relapse, while providing a better understanding of the exquisite pain created by psychotic process. From this sophisticated understanding, he provides immediately practical interviewing techniques for spotting psychotic processes such as command hallucinations, feelings of alien control, paranoid delusions, and the earliest signs of impending psychosis as well as spotting the potential for thoughts of self-harm, suicide or harm to others. Once again Dr. Shea illustrates the interviewing techniques with compelling videos of their use with actual clients experiencing psychotic process.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Be able to utilize the theories of object relations (Kernberg) and the psychology of the self (Kohut) to apply specific interviewing techniques - such as the complementary shift - to rapidly and sensitively engage clients while gently uncovering the presence of borderline, narcissistic, and other personality processes.
  • Be able to use specific interviewing techniques for rapidly, yet sensitively, uncovering OCD, PTSD, and panic disorder (including atypical presentations) using the DSM-V while sensitively understanding the nuances of how these disorders may appear and the trauma that may precipitate them.
  • Be able to utilize a diversity of interviewing techniques for spotting delusional mood, delusional perception, variations in the life-cycle of a psychosis, and psychotic processes that may lead to self-mutilation, suicide or harm to others.

Programme:

Registration: 8:30 to 9.00

Segment 1: 9.00 to 10:30
"The Innovative Use of Object Relations: Gateway to Understanding the People Beneath the Personality Diagnoses"

Break: 10:30 to 10:45

Segment 2: 10:45 to 12:15
"The Inner World of the Pain Beneath the Diagnosis: Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Anxiety Disorders."

Lunch: 12:15 to 1:15

Segment 3: 1:15 to 3:00
"The Elusive World of Psychosis: How to Help Clients Share Their Pain, Hallucinations, Delusions, and Thoughts of Harm to Self or Others”

Who Should Attend:

This training is appropriate for psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, case managers, substance abuse counsellors, general practitioners and all mental health trainees.

About the Presenter:

Shawn Shea, MD is an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of clinical interviewing, suicide assessment, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance having given over 850 presentations worldwide. He has been an invited presenter at the American Association of Suicidology for 21 years, and was the recipient of an Outstanding Course Award from the American Psychiatric Association.   

Dr. Shea is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles with his book, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology. His most recent book, Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding, 3rd Edition was selected by the British Medical Association as the 2017 Book of the Year in Psychiatry.

With nearly 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Shea is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA), a training and consultation service providing workshops, consultations, and quality assurance design in mental health assessment.



 

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