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Thu, Feb 27


MITC Training Center

Behavioral Health Wellness Conference: A Spectrum of Innovative Approaches (Click REGISTER NOW for full event details)

$195-14 CEU's From leaders in the field, this event will integrate education about new behavioral health treatment methods available including PSYCHEDELIC and BRAIN STIMULATION, along with holistic methods (ACUPUNCTURE & REIKI). Lots of hands on practice! Full class info, click "Register Now"

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Time & Location

Feb 27, 2020, 9:00 AM – Feb 28, 2020, 5:00 PM

MITC Training Center, 2440 Louisiana Blvd NE Suite 301, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA

About the Event

Thursday, February 27, 2020

9:00-10:15  Pilar Sanjuan, PhD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Brain 

Dr. Sanjuan will discuss the complexity of determining posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) DSM5 diagnostic status. She will review evidence-based treatments of PTSD, including prolonged exposure therapy (PE), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness-based treatments, and pharmacotherapy. She will review the intergenerational effects of PTSD, what we know about PTSD in the brain, and how this knowledge might help us prevent, diagnose, and treat PTSD. 

Dr. Pilar M. Sanjuan is an Assistant Professor of Research in Psychology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA.) Her research focuses on the intersection of emotion regulation, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders. 


10:30-11:45 Davin Quinn, MD, Chielf of Staff, UNM

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression 

Brain stimulation, or the use of electric or magnetic energy to improve psychiatric symptoms, is becoming increasingly common. Dr. Quinn will discuss the history, mechanisms of action, and clinical outcomes of transcranial magnetic stimulation for major depressive disorder. 

Dr. Quinn is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the UNM School of Medicine, and is the Director of the UNM Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Service. He is the principal investigator for a DoD-funded study of electrical brain stimulation for TBI symptoms in veterans, and a UNM-funded study of transcranial magnetic stimulation for late-life depression.


1:00-5:00 Sacred Spring Reiki Collective

Reiki Practice with Trauma

Jeni McCormick and Paula Terrero will discuss how Reiki has been supportive in clinical and family settings for those suffering from psychological and physical trauma. They will discuss their experiences with this healing art in community health settings, and demonstrate the techniques that have been most effective for trauma recovery. 

Participants will have much opportunity to practice this modality and bring techniques to their practice.


Friday, February 28, 2020

9:00-10:15  Michele Coleman, PhD

Attachment Wounding in Children

Michele Coleman, PhD, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of The Attachment Healing Center. Through outpatient treatment and trainings her agency focuses on helping parents and professionals meet the attachment needs of children in the community. Dr. Coleman is certified in Interpersonal Neurobiology, and is a certified HeartMath trainer. Based on her education and training she has developed a model of treatment that is highly effective in helping children learn to trust their adult caregivers. 

Dr. Coleman will provide a neuroscience perspective on how the brain develops disorganized attachment. One neuroscience informed approach for healing attachment and trauma wounding will presented.

10:30-11:45 Snehal Bhatt, MD

Psychedelic Medicine: Clinical Evidence and Future Directions

Using psychedelic medicines in a supportive environment as a way to treat mental illness and addictions will be discussed along with current evidence and future directions. 

Dr. Bhatt is the Co-Medical Director, Chief of Addiction Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His academic interests include barriers to alcoholism treatment to Native American populations; improving access to addictions treatment in communities across New Mexico; novel pharmacological treatments for addictive illnesses; and resident and medical student education.


1:00-500 Elizabeth Carling, DOM

Acupuncture for Mental Health and Self Care

In this seminar, we will be introduced to how acupuncture works as a holistic treatment for mental health disorders by addressing organ imbalances that effect our emotions, perceptions, and physical vitality. Participants will be guided in a series of gentle chi gung exercises for increasing body awareness and stress reduction. We will also learn the benefits of auricular acupressure, and how to utilize herbal ear seeds for self-care and emotional regulation. 

Dr. Carling is nationally certified diplomate in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, and has been practicing in New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine since 2000. For the past fourteen years she has been the Integrative Health Director at A New Awakening Counseling, in addition to running a private practice, Phoenix Rising Asian Arts. Elizabeth specializes in treating mental health and co–occurring disorders utilizing holistic healing modalities including acupuncture, auricular acupressure, Hakomi, chi gung, and yoga. As a healthcare provider, her focus is on enlivening our bodies’ innate wisdom, and empowering our capacity for transformation. 

 Participants will have much opportunity to practice this modality and bring techniques to their practice. 


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