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Upcoming Events at Sandstone Care



We regularly host a variety of events at Sandstone Care. Most events are ideal for health professionals looking for fresh perspectives, educational presentations, and training. Each educational presentation offers CEUs and CPDs.

Past Events

How to Identify and Treat Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Children

When: Friday, October 23rd from 9:00am-11:00am

Where: https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...

Training Description

Research suggests that while some form of Bipolar Disorder is prevalent in up to 5% of the population, about two-thirds of people with the disorder are misdiagnosed and will wait an average of about ten years before receiving proper treatment. With the average age of bipolar symptom onset at 18 years old, many children and adolescents with Bipolar Disorder go undiagnosed and poorly treated, resulting in devastating life consequences, including increased self-harm, substance abuse, and suicide. This training will focus on improving accurate diagnosis techniques and an appropriate treatment approach for Bipolar Disorder in children and adolescents.

Learning Objectives

1. To better identify childhood markers for bipolar disorder

2. Establish a more accurate diagnosis, differentiating from other typical childhood disorders including ODD, ADHD, and DMDD

3. Develop a bipolar treatment plan towards bipolar acceptance, symptom stabilization, and ongoing family education and support

Bio:

Michael G. Pipich, M.S., LMFT, is a psychotherapist and author of Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder. He has more than 30 years of experience in mental health, and has taught graduate-level courses in diagnosis and psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and substance abuse and addictions. Michael provides national professional trainings in Bipolar diagnosis and treatment along with conducting community-based Bipolar educational groups for patients and families, and has been featured in many media outlets, including KOA radio and Psychology Today magazine.
Michael holds a Master’s of Science in Clinical/Community Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

2 Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

The Role of Psychological Assessment in Therapy

Friday, November 6th 9:00am - 10:30am

1 CEU

Training Overview

As mental health professionals, we work with each individual to gain an understanding of their experiences and help them improve their lives. Our training enables us to identify the symptoms our clients are experiencing and make appropriate diagnoses to inform treatment. However, there are often times in which it is challenging to gain a clear clinical picture. For example, someone may be experiencing a multitude of different symptoms that could be explained by a variety of diagnoses. Psychological assessment can help inform treatment by enabling clinicians to gain a more thorough picture of the client’s personality as well as their emotional and intellectual functioning.

This presentation will provide an overview of different types of psychological, personality, IQ, adaptive functioning, neurological, and other measures used in psychological assessment. You will learn when it is appropriate to refer for psychological testing, the different types of referral questions that can be answered, and how the results can inform your clinical work.

Learning Objectives

1. Gain an understanding of different types of psychological assessments

2. Learn when to refer a client for a psychological assessment

3. Learn how a comprehensive psychological evaluation can inform treatment and improve a client’s functioning

4. Gain essential information on the benefits of psychological evaluations in treatment

Join Us On Zoom

Register Here

Bios

Dr. Helene Simons, Psy. D

Dr. Helene Simons is the founder of Simons Therapy, a mental health practice in Denver, CO. Dr. Simons is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and expert in eating disorders, mood disorders, addiction, and relationships. She is passionate about empowering people to recognize their strengths and empower themselves to pursue their full potential. Dr. Simons uses motivational and strength-based interventions that encourage empowerment and insight. She values cultivating therapeutic relationships that promote self-esteem as well as personal growth and development. Dr. Simons earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She graduated with Honors and Distinction from The University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. She completed an APA accredited Predoctoral Internship at AspenPointe Health Services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado Eating Disorder Program. Dr. Simons formerly ran both the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program and Addictions Track at EDCare, an adult eating disorder treatment facility in Denver. Dr. Simons is the founder of Simons Therapy, a group mental health practice in Denver, Colorado.

Simons Therapy is a group mental health practice in Denver, CO and has a team of Doctoral level psychologists specializing in eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and relationships. They provide therapy in Denver as well as throughout the country. Additionally, Simons Therapy provides psychological assessments for ADHD, Learning Disabilities, neurotesting, personality disorders, mod disorders, and IQ testing, Substance use Evaluations, and Disability Evaluations.

Simons Therapy
(720) 772-6915
50 S. STEELE ST., SUITE 930
www.simonstherapy.com

Dr. Jenna Gershen, Psy. D

Dr. Jenna Gershen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simons Therapy specializing in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological and neuropsychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Gershen is trained in administering IQ, ADHD, academic, adaptive functioning, personality, and neurocognitive assessments. She uses psychological assessment to help individuals optimize their strengths and maximize their life potential. Dr. Gershen also conducts therapy with adults to help alleviate life stressors, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She uses an integrative approach in individual and couples therapy and personalizes treatment to each client’s specific need. Dr. Gershen earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Gershen graduated Cum Laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH. with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and minor in Family Relations. She completed her APPIC accredited Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in psychological assessment and therapy at Donaldson Wellness Center in Waxahachie, TX.

Managing TBI & Addiction in a COVID19 World

Friday, October 30th from 9:00-11:00

Presented by: Dominique Condevaux LPC LAC

Where: Sandstone Care Zoom platform

Register Here:

https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...

Course description:

This professional development webinar is designed to educate the behavioral health specialist with a primer in treating co-occurring disorders of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorder (SUD). With similarities in outward (physical) behaviors and (mental) attitudes, differentiating between the two disorders has proven to be a challenge to many treatment providers. Following this webinar, the clinician will have additional information to better differentiate between the role of TBI and addictions in client presentation while working with clients exclusively through an online (telehealth) platform. 2 CEU's will be available.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and define addiction and brain injury to understand the similarities and differences the two may present.
  • Identify and explain assessments used to assist in diagnosing brain injury.
  • Discuss addiction treatment modifications used with brain injured clients.

Bio:

Dominique Condevaux is a licensed addiction and professional counselor, a master addiction counselor who is nationally and distance credentialed. She specializes in working with addictions, trauma, grief and transitions. Although, Dominique's private practice is located in Aurora, CO, she practices exclusively through telehealth during this unpredictable time of COVID19.

Introduction to Relational Accountability with Lindsey Boes

Friday, October 9th, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm MT

***Please register in advance using the link provided***

https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...


Relational Accountability
(RA) is a Narrative approach that provides a framework for helping people identify the messages they are sending to their loved ones, both overtly and covertly, intentionally and unintentionally. Using RA, therapists can help partners and parents shift from individualistic to communal values and ethics. In addition to providing strategies for clinicians to use un sessions, RA can also be used in clinicians' personal relationships with partners, children, friends, etc. Participants will leave the training with increased awareness of their own stories, how we influence others' stories, have new Narrative strategies to use in sessions, and have an increased understanding of how power structures affect relationships.

About The Presenters
:

Lindsey Boes, MS, LMFT earned her BA in Psychology from Purdue University and after moving to Denver in 2011, relocated to North Dakota to complete her MS in Couple and Family Therapy from a feminist, queer affirmative program. After graduating, Lindsey returned to Denver and opened her private practice specializing in working with LGBTQ folks, women, and relationships. She began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor in the Human Development and Family Research department at UC Denver in 2016 and works to blend family science and clinical experience with her clients and students.

Group 101: Deepening The Process In Psychotherapy Groups

When: Friday, September 25th, from 9 am - 12 pm
Where: Online via Zoom


Do you ever get the sense that your groups could be so much better, and feel more alive? Each and every moment in a group is full of potential. It’s an opportunity for members to connect with each other and to their present experience. Tapping into the present moment is a way to access the emotional, somatic and unconscious worlds within and between. Join Marc Azoulay, LPC, LAC, CGP as we explore the concept of Immediacy in the group process. By attending this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to develop as a clinician by learning both cognitively and experientially. This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Be able to both define and experience Immediacy as it relates to group process

2. Apply the concept of Immediacy to your current groups with specific interventions

3. Participate in a group process that will help you to tolerate the intensity of immediate feelings

Registration Link:

https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...

Innovative and Interactive Approaches to Suicide Assessment and Safety Planning

When: Friday, September 18th from 10:00am - Noon MT.
Where: https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...

The likelihood of mental health and school professionals encountering suicidal ideation in their work is high when serving diverse populations suffering from mental illness, trauma, and adversity. Assessment tools, clinical steps taken, and documentation of efforts as a helping professional are vital to the well-being of both client and clinician during times of high stress. Join us as we explore modern approaches to suicide assessment and encourage discussion around the implications of technology on the assessment and coordination of safety and suicide, to be explored by helping professionals in measuring engagement, authenticity, and accuracy of risk and response within our diverse communities. 2 Continuing Education Credits will be available from this presentation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will evaluate and explore the interaction between risk and protective factors when engaging a person at risk in a formal suicide assessment.

2. Participants will identify engagement strategies for a person at risk in suicide assessment and treatment planning to support symptom management.

3. Participants will examine documentation and resource needs to support a person at risk.

4. Participants will assess the latest technology supporting suicide assessment and safety planning in order to evaluate the appropriateness and efficacy of utilizing technology to engage a person at risk.


Khara's Bio:

Khara Croswaite Brindle, MA, LPC, ACS is passionate about giving people aha moments that create goosebumps and catalyze powerful action. Khara is honored to serve young adult professionals in her work in mental health and higher education with an emphasis on healing trauma and supporting personal growth. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and owner of Croswaite Counseling, PLLC, a group private practice in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys inspiring innovation in shared communities through her CACS Suicide Risk App as well as being the Founder and Executive Director of Catalively, a Colorado nonprofit accelerating innovation in suicide prevention to support meaningful change.

Chronic Hope: Parenting The Addicted Child

When: July 24th, 2020, from 9 am - 11 am
Where: Online!

Join author and licensed therapist Kevin Petersen, MA, LMFT, as he discusses the challenges of parenting teens who struggle with addiction and mental health.

Learn More & Register For This Event!

The Role of Cognitive Skills in Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults

When: Friday, July 10, 2020, from 11 am - 1 pm

Where: Online!

Join Andrea Pitman, Founder & Executive Director of The Nectar Group and Master Level Certified Cognitive Skills Coach and Psychometrist as she discusses the role that cognitive skills play in addiction and mental health recovery.

Attendees will learn and understand the 7 core cognitive skills and the role that these skills play in treatment. They will also begin to have a deeper understanding of cognitive deficits and how they impact day-to-day functioning as well as the success of treatment.

Learn More & Register For This Event

PCA Peer Coach Trainings

Multiple Dates, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Sandstone Care is proud to be hosting various peer training events for PCA Colorado. They offer addiction recovery training to help recovery coach professionals in the industry. For more information on dates, times & training options, click the link below.

Ask A Therapist: Addressing Your Relationship Concerns During COVID-19

This informal Q&A with Laura Goldstein, LCMFT, is for those looking for some answers or guidance for relationship questions and challenges during COVID-19. Ask anything that's been on your mind regarding family, parenting, marriage, and relationship dynamics during this uncharted and difficult to navigate time.

We will take time to cover how to handle increased anxiety within the household, what to do when so much time together becomes overwhelming, and how to hold yourself gracefully when not every moment feels like a picturesque family game night.

Participation is highly encouraged, and very welcome!

Click Here to Register!

VIRTUAL EVENT: Creating Positive Spaces in Counseling for Transgender & Non-Binary Clients

When: Friday, April 27th, 2020, 9am - 11am
Where: Online!

About This Presentation
This training aims to go beyond covering the latest acronyms of various gender and sexual orientation identities to include learning about community resources (clinical and social resources) that can assist clinicians in providing holistic care and connecting clients to additional resources outside of therapy.

Mental health professionals can expect to leave this training feeling more confident and competent in serving Transgender and non-binary clients who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation and clients who are certain of their identity but don't know where to go next (i.e. connect to health providers for gender confirmation surgeries, hormone replacement therapies, etc).

This training will include an experiential component to increase the clinician's self-awareness related to privileges and oppression related to gender identity as well includes a case study experiential activity to promote deeper learning and application.

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The Holistic Divorce: How to Separate the Family Unit Without Destroying It

When: February 28, 2020, 9am - 11am
Where: Sandstone Care Denver (7555 East Hampden Avenue #103, Denver, CO 80231)

About The Workshop:
Divorce is often an overwhelming and emotionally devastating experience. When we start contemplating divorce, too often we think the first step is to hire an attorney when it may be best to save the attorney for last. Few truly realize the value, efficiency, and comfort a team of experts can provide at this critical stage in a relationship.

Each of us has witnessed, in our respective professions, the devastation resulting from couples having gone through a “traditional” litigious divorce process. Family ties are irreversibly broken. Savings are depleted. Innocent children become the collateral damage. It is heartbreaking to witness! It is the deep desire to help divorcing couples that brought the four of us together—to end the needless financial and emotional hemorrhaging and assist them in uncoupling in a much healthier way.

Join our team of divorce professionals, consisting of a family law attorney, certified divorce financial analyst, licensed relationship counselor, and real estate divorce specialist, to learn about and share a different, healthier, more holistic way to untie the marital knot.

Our informative presentation about the ABC's of divorce includes an overview of:

  • The divorce process from start to finish
  • Four options for divorce (including the Collaborative Divorce Process)
  • Financial planning during and post-divorce
  • Addressing unexpected emotional pitfalls and communication challenges
  • Key considerations for real estate decisions
  • Q&A with our panel of divorce professionals

You will learn what to expect and how to prepare for divorce in order to save money, time, and stress. The information will be presented in a logical and compassionate way to provide a clearer understanding of the divorce process from start to finish.

Divorce is hard and emotional, but it doesn't have to be ugly and expensive.

This workshop provides an invaluable overview for anyone facing the complexities of divorce and is designed to help at any stage in untying the marital knot. Come away with important information and resources that will educate, prepare, and protect you and your family while moving through the divorce process.

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Immediacy in Group Process: Utilizing the here and now

May 17, 2019
9am - 11:30am

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to both define and experience Immediacy as it relates to group process
  • Apply the concept of Immediacy to your current groups with specific interventions
  • Participate in a group process that will help you to tolerate the intensity of immediate feelings

Join Angelo Ciliberti LPC, LAC, CGP and Marc Azoulay LPC, LAC, CGP as we explore the concept of Immediacy in the group process. By attending this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to develop as a clinician by learning both cognitively and experientially by participating in a group process as a member. This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society.

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Gender Awareness & Responsiveness

Friday, March 15, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm MST

This course provides healthcare providers with the necessary skills to offer more mindful, resourceful, and inclusive treatment to their patients. What does it take to be a culturally aware healthcare provider working with LGBTQPIA+ individuals and their families?

This training will focus on the intersectionality of biological sex, gender, and sexuality as it pertains to identity development, which is relevant to everyone. We will also explore the necessity of trauma-informed care as it relates to the clinical implications of marginalization, and how we can utilize our positions to create safer spaces and models for our clients.

Presented by Sorin Thomas, LPC, LAC (xe,xyr,xem)

Self Nurturance & Self Care for Health Care Professionals

Friday April 12, 2019 
Registration & Networking 8:30am-9am 
Presentation 9am-11am

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore the true meaning and practices behind self-nurturance and self-care. This is a dynamic process and one that evolves with us as we expand personally and professionally. It often requires that we revisit our process over time.  

Often times as professionals in the health care field we engage in some level of self-care to simply stay afloat, yet we encourage our clients and patients to do much more. Together we will explore if you feel in alignment with the way that you are of service to yourself and others. You will have the opportunity to unpack the connection between your passion, purpose and self nurturance. We will have the opportunity connect, engage in experiential exercises and will leave with take aways to apply to your life going forward.

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Intellectual Disabilities & Addiction

Friday, March 1, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm MST

We often hear about Dual Diagnosis in Substance Abuse, but what happens when that Dual Diagnosis is an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Individuals who live with IDD often have an increase in substance use risk factors, and a decrease in the effectiveness of traditional substance use treatment modalities. Come join us for a morning of delving into these challenges and learning how altering treatment modalities can support IDD clients.

Presented by Martha Odegard, LCSW, LAC, Murphy McCracken &  Brooke Rambold

Professional Training Support

We offer regular trainings with professionals in the addiction and mental health field. When possible, we record these trainings, making them available online. Check out our video training library.

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