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Monthly Archives: January 2023

1 year ago Workshops

Cultural Humility: Language Matters

Cultural Humility: Language Matters
About the Workshop
This two-hour introductory workshop will explore the concepts of cultural humility in clinical practice. The necessity of self-assessment and personal skill development will be introduced and strategies for increasing personal curiosity will be practiced. Participants will be provided the opportunity to practice case conceptualization from a variety of cultural perspectives. In addition, recent evidence on the connection between language and behavior is analyzed. Strengths-based; person-centered language will be demonstrated following the DSM-5TR guidelines. Finally, participants will be supported as they create a plan to use when engaging clients from various cultures.
About the Instructor

Amy Meriweather, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with experience in community mental health, primary
care settings, private practice and consultation with agencies that provide services to specialized populations. She has created curriculum for professionals to use with differently abled individuals to help with understanding their rights, bodies, relationships and sexuality. Dr. Meriweather enjoys working with individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and presenting issues. She loves to travel and be a stranger in lands different from her own as it helps her to recognize and enjoy the fuller extent of others’ being.

Darla Young is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Compass Health Network. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology as well as an Inclusive Workplace Culture credential from the Society for Human Resource Management. Darla is responsible for leading an active Accessibility and Inclusion Committee and multiple subcommittees with a focus on achieving defined strategic goals relevant to DEI efforts. With a focus on nurturing a culture where employees can bring their authentic selves to work each day, Darla works with leaders to shape a framework to increase ability to engage  employees in an inclusive culture.

Contact Jennifer Frye at with questions or to request accommodations.
There is no known commercial support for this program.

February 24, 2023
1:30 p.m.—3:300 p.m.
Virtual via Cvent
Link to Join Included in Confirmation Email
Cost: $25.00
2 CE credits are available for attendees
present for the entire program.
Completion of the post-program course
evaluation is encouraged.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover three ways to practice cultural humility in clinical practice
  • Learn three principles of cultural humility
  • Identify four ways to increase inclusive language
  • Implement three skills to communicate strength-based, person-centered language
  • Design a plan to engage clients from different cultures

Compass Health Network is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Compass Health Network maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Compass Health Network
1800 Community Drive
Clinton, MO 64735
(844) 853-8937
1 year ago Behavioral Health

Psychiatry: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Psychiatry: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

What is rTMS?
The rTMS stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is not a completely new technology. It has been used in research, scientific fields, and in the field of neurosurgery for quite a long time.
It is used to treat patients with depression who are not responding to medications alone in an adequate manner.

What is it licensed for?
It is an approved treatment for major depressive disorder. Some of the other experimental indications for rTMS include treatment resistant OCD, hallucinations, and seizure disorders. However, major depressive disorder is currently the most established psychiatric indication. It is also used for mapping the brain during surgical procedures and during research.

Is it suitable for everyone?
Like any other treatment, it is not suitable for everyone, and your physician, with your help, can make that decision. It is not suitable for people with certain type of magnetic materials implanted in their body due to risks with magnetic field. It is not generally suitable for people with seizures.

How is it given?
It is an office based procedure that is administered 5 times a week. Patients can drive themselves to the office, and it is administered by either the treating physician or the appropriately trained TMS technician. At the first visit, provider will establish the parameters of treatment such as the strength of the magnetic field required, width and frequency of the magnetic pulse, and the position of the magnetic coil. After the initial visit, magnetic coils can be placed in the preset position and treatment administered on a daily basis. Each treatment session lasts between 10-30min based on various parameters. Patients can drive home after the procedure. Sessions are generally limited to around 30 minutes and modified based on response.

How does it work?
Magnetic fields induced by coil generate small electric signals in the brain matter underneath the coil. These electrical signals modify the connections between neurons and this in turn improves the mood.

Potential complications and side-effects of TMS
Common but mild side-effects include headaches, discomfort at the site of coil placement, and discomfort due to clicking noise produced by the machine. Rare side-effects may include seizures. It is very uncommon for this to happen and may result in termination of further sessions. Seizure risk from rTMS is similar to antidepressant therapy.

What next?
rTMS is a time limited therapy. Your provider will discuss with you regarding longer term plan of medication management as well.
Occasionally some patients are given maintenance sessions where rTMS is continued for much longer than the usual 30+ sessions depending on the individual needs.