NAMI | Midland, Texas 2010 Mental Health Workshop – DBT – CBT for Co-Occurring Disorders

NAMI Midland, Permian Basin Community Centers, Midland College, and the Odessa College Psychology/Sociology Department proudly sponsors, “Tots, Teens, and Troops:  Mental Health in 2010” on September, 23rd, 2010.  This workshop will be held at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center located at 3200 West Cuthbert in Midland, Texas.  8 CEU’s will be offered to conference attendees. 

The workshop opens at 9 A.M. with a keynote speech by Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Hilley addressing professional well-being.   Dr. Hilley is a psychologist at Big Spring State Hospital. 

Breakout Session Topics:

  • Infant Mental Health
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Veteran’s Mental Health
  • DBT-CBT for Co-Occurring Disorders

Dr. Melanie Gordon Sheets will be presenting the co-occurring disorders training on treatment of individuals with mental illness and substance abuse problems.  Dr. Sheets is the Chief Psychologist at Big Spring State Hospital and has been a clinical psychologist in Texas since 1992.  She has published a workbook based on the DBT group therapy program at the hospital.  This group provides treatment for individuals with major mental illness (Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder) and addiction type problems such as bulimia, drug and alcohol abuse, and cutting. 

Dr. Sheets will present 3 break-out sessions.

Part I: When Emotional Mind Drives, We Wreck-Out…and Our Lives Become a Total Wreck

Addresses the dynamics of Emotional Mind and its role in driving destructive emotion-driven coping behaviors (e.g., substance abuse).  Related concepts and worksheets will be discussed: emotion-driven thoughts, emotion-driven lies, the cycle of suffering, and the big picture of my life.

Training Objectives:

  • Participants will understand how Emotional Mind dynamics drive destructive behaviors.
  • Participants will recognize the similarities among various types of destructive/addictive behaviors.
  • Participants will gain familiarity with the use and application of “The Cycle of Suffering Worksheet” and “The Big Picture of My Life Worksheet.”

The Dynamics of Emotional Mind - hand-out  092010b

Part II: Using Rational Mind and Wise Mind to Get Control of an Out-of-Control Emotional Mind

Addresses the role of Rational Mind and Wise Mind in recovery and the choice to utilize life-enhancing coping behaviors to deal with upsetting Emotional Mind states despite impulses to respond in destructive ways. Related concepts and worksheets will be discussed: thinking through before we do, challenging emotion-driven thoughts, looking at the big picture of the situation and our life, and the Wise Mind Worksheet.

Training Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the role of Rational Mind and Wise Mind in recovery.
  • Participants will gain familiarity with the use of Rational Mind and Wise Mind to work through destructive thoughts and impulses and to facilitate constructive problem-solving and life-enhancing coping responses.
  • Participates will gain familiarity with the use and application of “The Wise Mind Worksheet.”

Part III: The Game Plan – An Individualized Recovery Plan Incorporating Rational Mind and Wise Mind to Counter Recovery Sabotaging Excuses and Obstacles

Discusses the development and use of a Game Plan for recovery.  Special plan features include the identification of Emotional Mind “Excuses” and Rational Mind “Obstacles” (true obstacles) that can sabotage follow through with recovery steps and the use of Rational Mind and Wise Mind to challenge excuses and to problem solve to get around the obstacles in our recovery path. A sample plan for “Have Bipolar, Must Quit Drugs and Alcohol” will be reviewed.

Training Objectives:

  • Participants will understand how the Game Plan differs from conventional treatment plans.
  • Participants will understand the format and use of a Game Plan and its application for a wide range of recovery goals.

Melanie Gordon Sheets, Ph.D. is the author of

Out-of-Control: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Workbook for Getting Control of Our Emotions and Emotion-Driven Behavior” (2009)  Recovery Works Publications.

Please contact Jill Stephens at 432-570-3333 or Judy Craig at 432-683-3648 for more information about the conference.

The cost is $15 without CEU’s and $30 with 8.0 CEU’s.

NAMI Midland is located at 1204 Lawson, Midland, TX  79701.

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