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Helping Professionals March 4th Presentation

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health invites you to join your colleagues on Friday, March 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to hear James G. McDonagh, Psy.D., discuss Serious Mental Illness, PTSD and Violence Risk. Two (2) free CEUs will be offered and a continental breakfast will be served for attendees.

Program Description: This training will review data on violence among individuals with serious mental illness and PTSD, review de-escalation strategies and discuss the phenomenon of suicide by cop.

Speaker Bio: Jamie McDonagh received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1998 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He has held positions as a Chief Psychologist for the Department of Juvenile Justice, as a Clinical Director for a 70-bed, private psychiatric treatment facility for youths, and prior to joining the team at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, maintained a private practice specializing in forensic mental health matters – specifically, testifying on child abuse/custody issues. He was the lead author for the State of Tennessee’s Best Practices Guidelines for the Treatment and Diagnosis of Juveniles with Conduct Disorder. He designed and conducted continuing legal education series for lawyers specializing in child law. In Sept 07, he joined the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center as the Local Recovery Coordinator; he was the Clinical Chair of the Charleston SC VAMC’s Disruptive Behavior Committee for 8 years, and recently increased his professional involvement in the VAMC’s Ethics Consultation Service. He taught Medical Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina between 2008 and 2014.

Please join us Friday, March 4th at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health located at 2777 Speissegger Drive in Charleston. For more information, please contact Kathy McLaurin at 843-747-5830.

Helping Professionals December 4th Presentation

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health invites you to join your colleagues on Friday, December 4th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am to hear Dr. Mark L. De Santis discuss Suicide Prevention and Management of the Suicidal Patient. Two (2) free CEUs will be offered and a continental breakfast will be served for attendees.

Program Description: The programs for suicide prevention are typically based on a public health approach which is an ongoing approach utilizing universal, selective, indicated strategies while recognizing that suicide prevention requires ready access to high quality Mental Health Services, supplemented by programs that address the risk of suicide directly. This training will address the need for clinicians to deliver enhanced care of individuals presenting with suicidal behaviors. The training discusses current suicide statistics inclusive of gender, age, race and methods of suicide associated by gender. It also discusses why Veterans are at greater risk. It further reviews the myths and realities associated with suicide. Risk factors and symptoms associated with suicide are reviewed. The training then reviews how to properly assess an individual for suicide inclusive of protective factors with a discussion of the relevance of suicide prevention programs. Finally, instruction on how to conduct a safety plan is addressed.

The presentation addresses the following topics:

  • The scope and importance of suicide prevention
  • Suicide Statistics
  • Risk Factors and Symptoms
  • Psychosocial Factors and Stressors
  • Protective Factors
  • Prevention Program
  • Assessment Guide
  • Treatment Guide
  • Treatment Issues
  • Safety Planning

Speaker Bio: Dr. Mark L De Santis is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University where he obtained master’s degrees in both counseling and clinical psychology. Dr. De Santis has a doctorate from the same institution in Clinical psychology, with specialties in neuropsychology and behavioral medicine in both adult and pediatric populations. He completed his internship in the aforementioned specialties at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. De Santis is published in several professional journals including a chapter in a reference book entitled “Whole Person Healthcare”. He has presented at national conferences such as the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress and the DOD/VA annual conference. He also held the position as the director of clinical services inclusive of neuropsychology, behavioral medicine and biofeedback at the Biscayne Institutes of Health and Living located in Miami, FL.

Dr. De Santis has been a faculty member and director at several universities. He is a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. Dr. De Santis has been and currently is the chair of various clinical planning and regional steering committees. He presently holds an appointment as an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration hospital located in Charleston, SC and is the Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for one of the Veterans Integrative Service Network which includes the states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Please join us Friday, December 4th at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health located at 2777 Speissegger Drive in Charleston. For more information, please contact Kathy McLaurin at 843-747-5830.

Helping Professionals November 6th Presentation

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health invites you to join your colleagues on Friday, November 6th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am to hear Dr. Caroline Smythe discuss Introduction to Functional Medicine: How Physiological Imbalances can Create Mental Health Disturbances. Two (2) free CEUs will be offered and a continental breakfast will be served for attendees.

Program Description: This training will provide the helping professional an overview of practicing psychiatry from a functional medicine perspective. During the program, functional medicine will be defined and its evolution explained with regards to medicine’s struggle to address chronic disease. Root causes of mental and chronic illness will be explored along with examining new tools that can be used to treat patient’s underlying dysfunctions. Specific areas of focus will be inflammation, gut health, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, adrenal insufficiency, toxin load and infections, with case studies explored and discussed.

Speaker Bio: Caroline Smythe is a psychiatrist with a private practice in Mt. Pleasant, Whole Health Psychiatry and Nutrition.  She grew up here in Charleston, got a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Colorado College, and her medical degree from MUSC. She completed a residency with a fellowship in community psychiatry, also at MUSC. She worked with Chas/Dor MHC on their PACT team, onsite, largely caring for patients with schizophrenia. She also spent time working at day programs in the area and outreach in Summerville. After about ten years, she moved with her family to Eugene, OR where she worked at the local MHC as a generalist for 2 1/2 years before establishing a holistic private practice.

Three years ago, she and her family returned to this area to be closer to family and she continues in private practice.  In addition, she trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, completed a training program in a body-oriented psychotherapy modality, Rubenfeld Synergy, and trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine and was certified this past spring. She considers additional training as a Master Gardener and time working with Sperm Whales as important aspects of her education.  She has presented at the Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Institute (Functional Medicine in Clinical Psychiatric Practice), the Pain Society of Oregon (The benefits of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation and Microcurrent Electrotherapy in Clinical Practice) and the Eugene Nurse Practitioner Association (Fibromyalgia and Cranio-Electrical Stimulation).  She sees adults with symptoms of mood disturbance, anxiety, ADD, and fatigue; and sees children with ADD/ADHD and, in a consultative role for nutritional recommendations, children on the autism spectrum. 

Please join us Friday November 6th at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health located at 2777 Speissegger Drive in Charleston. For more information, please contact Kathy McLaurin at 843-747-5830.

Helping Professionals October 2nd Presentation

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health invites you to join your colleagues on Friday, October 2nd from 8:30am to 10:30am to hear Ms. Ciri Colee discuss Counseling with LGBT Clients. Two (2) free CEUs will be offered and a continental breakfast will be served for attendees.

Program Description: This training will provide the helping professional with both insight and education in regard to providing support for LGBT clients. We will begin by exploring the commonalities that LGBT clients share with heterosexual clients. We will also address issues that are unique to LGBT clients. These will include concerns such as the coming out process for gay clients as well as the transitioning process for transgender clients, enforced estrangement from family members, discrimination in the workplace, safety issues in light of violence against LGBT clients, and the new “normal” of gay marital relationships. This training will be an interactive process, and participants are invited and encouraged to ask questions. Participants will be provided with a list of local, affirming resources and referred to relevant reading materials.

Speaker Bio: Ciri Colee is a helping professional with over 30 years of experience. She holds 2 Master’s degrees, the first in Divinity with clinical emphasis from Vanderbilt University and the second in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor II. Her clinical experience is vast and diverse and includes work at Roper North Treatment Center, MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, We Are Family, St. Thomas Emergency Room, Crisis Call Center in Nashville, Hospice at Charlotte, and the Charleston Center, where she was the Clinical Manager of Adolescent Treatment Services for 8 years and chaired the Clinical Supervision Team. She also has additional training at Jungian workshops in dreamwork, experiential therapies, T’ai Chi, Native American ritual, and movement therapies. Ciri maintains a private practice, Colee Counseling, in downtown Charleston, where she specializes in bereavement, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, LGBT advocacy, anxiety, depression, and inclusive spirituality. She has facilitated local and regional trainings in Basic and Advanced MET as well as in Multicultural Counseling. Her hobbies include guitar and singing. She is married to retired nurse, Lauralee Hansen, and they have two furbabies with whom they gladly share their home and life.

Please join us Friday October 2nd at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health located at 2777 Speissegger Drive in Charleston. For more information, please contact Kathy McLaurin at 843-747-5830.

Helping Professionals September 4th Presentation

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health invites you to join your colleagues on Friday, September 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to hear Mr. Edward Johnson discuss The Language of Recovery: Our Words Really do Matter.Two (2) free CEUs will be offered and a continental breakfast will be served for attendees.

Program Description: Substance Use Disorders are chronic medical conditions. Unfortunately, much of the language and treatment concepts currently in use are more shaming and judgmental than medical. These terms and concepts contribute to the stigmatization of substance use disorders and people who have them. This presentation will explore commonly used terms and concepts related to substance use disorders and discuss alternate terms that are more congruent with the constructs of addiction as a chronic medical condition. Additionally, it will explore language and concepts that shift the focus to recovery and away from pathology in dealing with Substance Use Disorders.

Speaker Bio: Ed Johnson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. Ed is currently the Carolinas and Kentucky Program Manager for the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Southeast ATTC) located at the National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He has over 25 years of experience providing direct services to individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders. He has provided numerous trainings in the Southeast on Addiction and Recovery, Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care, Professional Ethics, HIV / Addiction, Opioid Dependency / Treatment, issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals and Addiction and Clinical Supervision. Ed is currently credentialed / licensed as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), a Certified Addictions Counselor (CACII),  and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Please join us Friday September 4th at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health located at 2777 Speissegger Drive in Charleston. For more information, please contact Kathy McLaurin at 843-747-5830.

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health is a private behavioral health care organization specializing in the treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders.  For more information on our services, click here. 

Helping Professionals Series will resume August 7th

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the monthly Helping Professionals Series will resume August 7th at 8:30 am; a light breakfast will be served.  Ms. Faye Whittemore, a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Director of Covenant Counseling Center will be presenting Using the Companioning Model in Grief Therapy.  Ms. Whittemore will discuss the grieving process, Tasks of Grief, and how to address the pain of loss in order to move towards a more fulfilling life. 

Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health would like to welcome you to join us at 2777 Speissegger Drive in Charleston for this engaging presentation. Two (2) CEUs will be offered.  If there are any questions, please contact Kathy McLaurin at 843-747-5830.