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Seminars: Exposure Therapy and Ethics 
Exposure Therapy and Ethics

April 24th, 2015 at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce

What: (6) CEUs Approved for LPC's and Social Workers (likely will be for Psychologists, LPA's, PLP's)

When: Friday April 24th, 2015

Time: 9am to 12noon and 1:30pm to 4:30pm (refreshments and snacks provided)

CEUs: 3 hours per session

Where: McAllen, Chamber of Commerce

1200 Ash Avenue

McAllen, Texas 78501

(956) 682-2871

9am to 12noon-Exposure Therapy: Principles and Application for Several Clinical Issues

Exposure therapy is a time efficient, effective, and potent intervention that has traditionally primarily need used for the treatment of phobias. This CBT approach has been expanded in recent decades for applicability for an array of disorders/issues that are not traditionally treated with exposure. New and creative applications have been developed that can benefit the practicing clinician with numerous issues. The workshop will outline principles of exposure, explore the characteristics of various disorders that make exposure a good treatment of choice or in conjunction with other treatments, and learn various methods of exposure.

12noon to 1:30pm ——lunch———————numerous restaurants in vicinity—-

1:30pm to 4:30pm- A Proactive Approach to Ethics for Practitioners

The need to be an ethical practitioner continues to be a central priority for clinicians of all allied mental health fields. Ethics can no longer be considered a topic that is only relevant to the preparation of licensure exams, to obtain CEUs/PD hours, or when taking a jurisprudence. Instead, a proactive approach to ethics is necessary and most effective for practicing as ethically competent clinicians. This workshop will explore a deeper, more personal, and more responsive approach to ethics.

Both are presented by Andres Tapia, M.A., LPC and doctoral candidate in Psychology with Fielding University.

[registration form for April 24th]

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There is no panacea for chronic pain. Many things can help. Mindset matters. I found a blog by a lady who has a "glass is half-full" mindset named Sue Falkner-Wood. There are tools that are helpful such as relaxation techniques. Having someone direct you on how to appropriately use those techniques can be helpful. I've produced an CD/audio that can be helpful as part of a comprehensive management plan. Here's the story of one patient:

Again, many of my patients have found it helpful to use these techniques in conjunction with other pain management treatment. I thought the first patient with chronic pain that I taught this technique to found this very unhelpful, and she discharged herself from the hospital and went home resigned to live the rest of her life in her wheelchair.

A couple of months later I saw her in the outpatient physical therapy department walking with a cane. She came over to me and thanked me for making the audio (CD or MP3). I asked her what had happened. She stated that she decided to not just sit in her wheelchair in pain any more. Then she used the audio and pain management tips to help her get through physical therapy and to walk again. Yes her foot was still in great pain, but she had learned how to manage the pain and not need as much medication to cope with the pain as she became more functional in her day-to-day life.

At vpsproductions.com you can learn about these resources. Similar sites on the internet for professionally guided mp3 downloads start at $9.50 or more. Remember you get it for $3.99!!!

This is the every day low price for both downloads for anxiety reduction and pain management. If you have chronic pain and anxiety you need only buy "Outsmarting Pain."



If you love CD's and find MP3's too intimidating you can now get them through CDBaby for only $10.50 lower than average price of $16.95 at:



Dr. McCoy

P.S. More info at Anxiety/Pain Management Blog

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Understanding the DSM5: Changes and Clinical Considerations 
Understanding the DSM5: Changes and Clinical Considerations
Presented by VPS Productions

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Check out the new website at vpsproductions.com

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Free Public Event

September 23, 2014
6:30 pm
Renaissance Behavioral Hospital

Dr. McCoy Discussing:
Full Recovery Is Possible!

All questions welcome.
Come, share, and learn!

stephcontreras11@gmail.com for more information

Important links from this presentation:

http://www.informedmedicaldecisions.org ... on-making/
http://www.vpsrgv.com/katrina.html (free relaxation audio)
http://vpsproductions.com/ (nicer version with music $2.99-about to go up to $3.99)
slides at: http://jhmccoy.wordpress.com/

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