PTSD & Trauma – An Overview of Evidence-Based Treatments and Complicating Factors.

Dr. Podnar’s talk will present an overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) followed by a review of three main evidence-based psychological treatments for PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. Additional factors that increase the complexity of trauma treatment (e.g., multiple traumas, comorbid disorders, avoidance of treatment work, etc.) will also be reviewed because they can have a significant impact on client outcome.


Tips and tools for Managing Psychological Claims.

Managing psychological claims is often difficult for Case Managers. We are now seeing more psychological diagnoses than ever or having overlay with pre-existing psychological or mental health diagnoses. This session will provide tips for effective managing of treatment and communication with the client, psychological treatment providers and third parties. Information on diagnosis clarification, treatment expectations, outcome measures, responsibilities and return to work planning will be covered. Tips on how to get out of the delicate issue of ending ineffective therapeutic relationships and determining treatment value will also be discussed.


Brain Stimulation, New Horizon on Treating Mental Illness.

Dr. Modirrousta’s talk will provide a brief overview of the discipline of Neuropsychiatry and a deeper dive into repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Neuropsychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive form of neurostimulation that is an effective and evidence-based treatment for treatment-resistant major depressive disorder.


Afternoon Sessions

Managing the Messiness of Difficult Conversations

Safe and professional spaces depend on productive conversations that build trust, especially when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions vary. Yet, these conversations have the potential to turn messy, muddled, ambiguous, and emotional. This is because having conversations is not formulaic; it is impossible to predict the outcome or sanitize the dialogue from either person’s history, reactive patterns, or triggers. In this session, participants will explore three ways to manage the messiness with clarity, kindness, and hope.


Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work and Life!

If you have ever been tired, overwhelmed, stressed and it’s not even lunch time yet, you will need to hear this presentation.

Stephanie has burnt out and bounced back, ran out of time, energy and motivation and now has more than enough of all of them. She has let work overtake her relationships and figured out how to get them back even better than before.

Journey on this high energy, no holds barred presentation as Stephanie peels the layers back and exposes not only what you need to do to bring your ‘A’ game to your life and livelihood but how to do it—sustainably!