Conferences

About Our Conferences

Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science, (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession. This workshop is at an intermediate level of learning for psychologists.

For questions regarding educational credit please contact Johnelle Ethridge, Education Coordinator at 417-761-5025 or via email at johnelle.ethridge@burrellcenter.com.

Accreditation approval only refers to these educational activities and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by Burrell Behavioral Health. Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program. Continuing education statements will be e-mailed within 30 days to participants who complete and return evaluation forms and sign in on the program roster.

Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.

Upcoming Conferences

Mental-Health-and-the-LawTransgender Health: Best Practices in Medical and Mental Health Care

March 30-April 2nd, 2016

Burrell Behavioral Health and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department are pleased to announce the program for this stellar conference event. The WPATH Conference was sold out in both Chicago and Atlanta, and we are grateful to the staff and professionals at WPATH for this unique mid-west opportunity. The transgender population continues to grow in our country, and many are concerned about having their appropriate and sensitive healthcare needs being met. A good healthcare provider always asks questions about health behaviors in a sensitive way, not making any assumptions, but assessing patient level of risk. However, the transgender population is not always comfortable, knowing that often they are seeing providers who have little or no training in the unique mental and physical needs of this population. Thus, patient communication is compromised, and discussions about sex, gender, lifestyles, risks, and other significant health concerns are not addressed openly and honestly. There is much to learn regarding this sector of our community, from the differences between social and medical transition, hormone therapy, reconstruction surgeries, silicone and oil injections, and including their unique mental health needs. Although the trans community is growing and becoming more visible, research and literature on trans health remains sparse. It is for this reason that the staff at Burrell Behavioral Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) are hosting this special conference event. Presenters have years of experience with this population, and offer informative, evidence-based, practical training that you need in your healthcare practice. We look forward to seeing you here in Springfield, Missouri

 


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Mental-Health-and-the-LawFrom the Front Lines to the Aftermath

April 14-15, 2016

Burrell Behavioral Health, Missouri Children’s Trust Fund and Community Foundation of the Ozarks are pleased to announce the program for this stellar conference event. Nearly a year of planning has gone into bringing together a diverse group of individuals dedicated to helping Missourians in addressing the very real problems related to child abuse, neglect, and trauma. As the title of the conference indicates, agencies working with this population are fully aware of the daily battles faced by those who are on the prevention front, and those who are dealing with the aftermath. Ayn Rand said “Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.” It is the sincere hope of each organization involved that this conference will help professionals with the daily combats they witness – that their vision remains undistorted by the ugly, the cowardly and the mindless – and that they discover additional tools which allow them to continue to make a difference. We’re pleased you have chosen a vocation that embraces the value of keeping our children safe, healthy and happy!

 


Past Conferences

Mental-Health-and-the-LawMental Health and the Law Conference – 2015

September 3, 2015

Burrell Behavioral Health, the Greene County Medical Society and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association are pleased to announce the program for this stellar conference event. The fields of law, healthcare, and behavioral health intersect on a frequent basis. Professionals in these career fields encounter a wide variety of people and situations in their practices, and when their client/patient needs cut across respective boundaries, we often fail to offer the best guidance and counsel possible, frequently due to a lack of knowledge and/or communication. Often, ethical and professional issues arise between these fields, creating further roadblocks to effective practices. This conference explores many issues surrounding these practice dilemmas and provides a wealth of information on how to resolve them professionally, ethically, and most importantly, successfully to the benefit of our community and those we serve. This conference is dedicating to supporting and providing the highest quality of education, training and networking for all professionals working in the mental health, law, and healthcare fields.

 

roadmapA Roadmap to Integrated Care

June 3 – 5, 2015

Burrell Behavioral Health and Forest Institute are pleased to announce the program for this stellar conference event. A year of planning has gone into bringing together a diverse group of individuals dedicated to helping organizations integrate behavioral health and primary healthcare services. As the title of the conference indicates, agencies working toward integration are fully aware of the many divergent paths and often confusing roadmap to successful integration. Henry Miller once said “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” It is the sincere hope of the organizations involved that this conference will help healthcare professionals and administrators with the information they need to avoid the pitfalls and potholes in the road to improved living for our patients — to have the information provided over the course of these three days allow you to see things in a new way — and, most of all, to celebrate the journey. We’re glad to have you as our travel companion the next few days!

 

Angry-YouthIntersections, Forks and Turn Lanes

April 16-17, 2015

Burrell Behavioral Health, Abilities First, Arc of the Ozarks, Easter Seals Life Skills and the Missouri Department of Mental Health are pleased to announce the program for this stellar conference event. A year of planning has gone into bringing together a diverse group of individuals dedicated to helping persons with disabilities and their families. As the title of the conference indicates, agencies working with this population are fully aware of the many divergent paths and often confusing roadmap to receiving needed services.

 

Angry-YouthMental Health in Corrections Conference 2015

April 9-11

Burrell behavioral health is pleased to announce the program for its annual Mental Health in Corrections Conference. This conference is dedicated to supporting and providing the highest quality education, training, and networking for persons interested in providing care for individuals and families involved with, and impacted by, the criminal justice system.

 

Angry-YouthCraving: Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough

March 27, 2015

When we find ourselves wanting something strong enough, we’ll do just about anything to get it – sometimes at the expense of our bodies, brains, bank accounts and relationships. So why do we sometimes have the irrepressible feeling that we need something — such as food, cigarettes, alcohol or sex – that we really just want? And how do we satiate that feeling without indulging it? In this workshop Dr. Manejwala addresses the physiological roots of cravings and the role they play in alcoholism and drug dependency. He will review the neurological changes that occur when cravings give way to addiction and will offer practical ways to deal with and resist temptation.

 

Angry-YouthReal World Research Applications to Contemporary Behavioral Health Care

January 16, 2015

Burrell Behavioral Health are pleased to announce the program for this conference event. This conference has been made possible by the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) Outreach Partnership Program. For more information on this program, please visit the website at www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program

 

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Introductory Workshop

June 24, 2014

This one-day Introductory Workshop addresses the main aspects of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). It is designed for participants to learn about the background, principles, assessment, data maintenance, and intervention procedures of the ESDM. The ESDM uses developmental-relationship based approaches combined with empirically supported, teaching practices from applied behavior analysis, particularly Pivotal Response Training (PRT). The ESDM uses strategies which help children form warm, positive and engaging relationships with adults and peers during sensory social routines such as hide and seek, finger plays and movement-based activities.

 

Angry-YouthAutism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

June 20, 2014

Today, more adults are recognizing impairments commonly found on the autism spectrum, including difficulties with social communication and social understanding, difficulty sequencing, lack of organization, difficulty imagining alternative outcomes, and anxiety associated with disruption of routines. As professionals, you likely see a variety of individuals with varying degrees of functioning on the autism spectrum. David and Emily will focus this day-long workshop on identification of symptoms, appropriate diagnostics and testing, as well as effective interventions and expanding resources for treatment/support for adults with autism spectrum disorder.

 

Angry-YouthMental Health in Corrections Conference 2014

April 10-12

the school of professional psychology at forest institute and new partner burrell behavioral health is pleased to announce the program for its annual Mental Health in Corrections Conference. This year’s conference will bring together a diverse group of individuals dedicated to helping persons involved with the criminal justice system, namely offenders and their families. A wide variety of services are needed to help with the reentry process, including healthcare, housing, employment, resources provided by the faith community and many others.

Angry-YouthCraving: Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough

October 25, 2013

When we find ourselves wanting something strong enough, we’ll do just about anything to get it – sometimes at the expense of our bodies, brains, bank accounts and relationships. So why do we sometimes have the irrepressible feeling that we need something — such as food, cigarettes, alcohol or sex – that we really just want? And how do we satiate that feeling without indulging it? In this workshop Dr. Manejwala addresses the physiological roots of cravings and the role they play in alcoholism and drug dependency. He will review the neurological changes that occur when cravings give way to addiction and will offer practical ways to deal with and resist temptation.

Angry-YouthWorking with Angry & Resistant Youth

October 11, 2013

In this workshop, Dr. Robert Brooks describes factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. He discusses (a) the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children, (b) why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children (c) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent’s “islands of competence”, and (d) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children. Dr. Brooks will also describe the importance of parents and other caregivers becoming effective disciplinarians. He highlights three different kinds of disciplinary styles and identifies the style that contributes most to helping children to become increasingly self-disciplined, respectful, responsible, and resilient rather than angry and resentful. He also emphasizes the importance of assuming a prevention rather than simply an intervention approach to lessen the emergence of counterproductive behaviors in children and adolescents.

Angry-YouthForward Thinking: The Exceptional Dyslexic

Spetember 27-28, 2013

Join us for a two day event of expert advice on the identification, treatment and neuroscience of dyslexia where we explore not only how to strengthen early identification, treatment and resources, but also understand the paradox of how neurodevelopment leads to gifts and disabilities in the same individual, and how to focus on the exceptional strengths of the dyslexic brain.
Our national experts will provide information on component models designed to guide the assessment of dyslexia and reading disorders, explain how cognitive neuroscience may contribute to helping people with dyslexia, and provide data based research on the cognitive advantages and disadvantages of dyslexia.

Angry-YouthMission Possible: Successful Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders

August 16-17, 2013

Hot-button issues and leading players in autism are on the agenda for the 2013 Mission Possible: Successful Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders conference presented August 16-17, 2013, in Springfield-Branson, Missouri. The nation’s leading names in autism treatment gather to inspire, inform and educate you as never before.

Angry-YouthMissed Connections: A Critique of Psychiatric Drugs and Better Alternatives

July 19, 2013

Join us for a special event with advice on the world of psychiatry and mental illness – a one-day workshop that will explore the research on psychiatric drugs and other biomedical interventions, as well psychotherapy and behavioral interventions. This conference will present an alternative perspective on mental health practices, and is certain to be both thought provoking and stimulating. There is likely to be spirited dialogue regarding the facts and myths of psychiatric medicine.

Angry-Youth2nd Annual New Frontiers in Pediatric Mental Health

May 3 – 4, 2013

Join us for a two day event of expert advice on the identification, treatment and neuroscience of pediatric mental health where we explore how to strengthen early identification, treatment and resources of childhood mental illnesses, and best practice issues of treating childhood trauma, neglect and abuse.

Angry-YouthMindfulness in Clinical Practice

April 12 – 13, 2013

Join us for a two day event of expert advice on the subject of mindfulness. Much attention has been given in recent literature to the concept of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions. But what is mindfulness? How can it be applied to clinical interventions? How should a clinician go about becoming competent to use this approach?

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize clinicians with the theories and research base on mindfulness, mindfulness-based interventions and practice, and to identify ways to gain knowledge and competency in applying these concepts and intervention strategies in their own practices. Clinicians will also learn how mindfulness can be used for their own self-care.

Angry-YouthThe Gifts and the Challenges of Dyslexia

January 12 – 13, 2013

Join us for a two day event of expert advice on the identification, treatment and neuroscience of dyslexia where we explore not only how to strengthen early identification, treatment and resources, but also understand the paradox of how neurodevelopment leads to gifts and disabilities in the same individual, and how to focus on the exceptional strengths of the dyslexic brain.

Our national experts will provide information on component models designed to guide the assessment of dyslexia and reading disorders, explain how cognitive neuroscience may contribute to helping people with dyslexia, and provide data based research on the cognitive advantages and disadvantages of dyslexia.

Angry-YouthMission:Possible – Successful Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorders

December 3 – 5, 2012

Hot-button issues and leading players in autism are on the agenda for the 2012 Mission Possible: Successful Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders conference presented December 3-5, 2012 in Springfield-Branson, Missouri. The nation’s leading names in autism treatment gather to inspire, inform and educate you as never before.