From Biography to Treatment: Biographical Timeline as a Transformational Tool

  • 16 Apr 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Webb Room of the University Center - One University Pl, Chester, PA 19013, USA

Join us at Widener University for our upcoming Continuing Education Event on Monday, April 16th, 2018, at 6 PM in the Webb Room of the University Center.

Register here: From Biography to Treatment: Biographical Timeline as a Transformational Tool

Director of the Center for Social Work Education and Associate Dean, Dr. Beth Barol will present "From Biography to Treatment: Biographical Timeline as a Transformational Tool ".

From Biography to Treatment: returning to the biographical timeline process to help us figure out how to support people with multiple diagnoses and challenging behaviors.

Despite our best attempts, figuring out how to better support some people with dual diagnosis challenging behaviors eludes us.  Supporters burn out, service providers throw up their hands in surrender, and treatment approaches become increasingly restrictive.

People claim that people with a dual diagnosis behave the way that they do because it is just the way they are, or they are just trying to manipulate us. We respond by being overly controlling, resorting to over-sedation, and emotional abandonment among other futile approaches. All the while, the individual continues to struggle in vain in an attempt to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

During this session, we will explore how to maximize the information we discover about a persons life journey, via a sample biographical timeline. Focusing on life experiences, including, friendships, love, mastery and successes, as well as trauma, marginalization, and loss, often leads us to a positive healing path. Utilizing the lens of the biography, we will work together to derive supports that will be more effective for the person and the supporters.

Once we identify the root causes of the persons challenging behaviors we will explore the rich array of therapeutic opportunities available in everyday life as well as through formal modalities. Finally, we will discuss, how these individuals, who have gone through so much, can help us transform our approaches and interventions from pre-birth to the present system -wide.

This event provides two (2) CE credits.

Free event parking available.

Light Refreshments will be served.

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