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New Approaches in the Treatment of Mental Illness and Chronic Disease

Last conference was held on:

Saturday, April 13, 2019


Presented by

  RESTORING MEANING:

Alternatives to Biomedical Reductionism in the Art and Science of Healing  

About the April 2019 Conference

We explored:

This one-day workshop  explored new approaches to treating mental illness and chronic disease. Sometimes a different approach works without practitioners being able to discern exactly why. Sometimes effective approaches are derived from human connection, personal values and attitudes in addition to empirical knowledge.

We tackled these questions:

How do the mind and body interact when responding to placebo effects? How can we treat chronic disease while considering the whole person? What treatments of schizophrenia become available when the (unproven) assumption of a chronic brain defect is rejected?

Cost:

Before April 13:

$99 including CMEs / CEs

$59 Student Rate  & General Public


Registration at the door on April 13:

$109 including CMEs/CEs

$69 Student Rate & General Public


This workshop was approved for six hours of continuing education credit, i.e., CMEs for physicians, six CEs for psychologists. These continuing education accreditations are also recognized for nurses, counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

The Speakers

Al Galves, PhD

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 Al Galves, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Las Cruces. He enjoys working as a psychotherapist and is working at getting good at it. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) and of MindFreedom International. He is a Past Executive Director of ISEPP. He is the author of Harness Your Dark Side: Mastering Jealousy, Rage, Frustration and Other Negative Emotions.

Stuart Kelter, PsyD

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Stuart Kelter, PsyD earned his doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1989 and has worked as a clinical, school, and prescribing psychologist. He has taught workshops on a wide range of topics including developmental therapy in the classroom; harnessing positive peer culture as an antidote to delinquency; attachment research and its implications for teacher-student relationships; the Reflecting Team approach to therapeutic and organizational consultation; psycho-neuroimmunological consequences of trauma; controversies in pediatric psychopharmacology; and the therapeutic potential and ethical pitfalls of placebo effects. 

Kevin Hennelly, MA, MS, JD, LPCC

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R. Kevin Hennelly, MA, MS, JD, LPCC has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist, working in private practice, community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment programs. He implemented an agency-wide hearing voices treatment program, one of the first in the US, at The Life Link, a community mental health agency in Santa Fe, NM.  He is in private practice in Santa Fe and is the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Hearing Voices Treatment Center.

Arthur Berkson, MD

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  Arthur Berkson, MD, returned home to Las Cruces in 2006 after completing his training in family medicine in Chicago. After a few years working in rural family medicine, he completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, a specialty that, according to U of A, “takes account of the whole person” and “emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.”  Arthur currently practices at the Integrative Medical Center of New Mexico.

About Us

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Restoring Meaning is an organization of people who study and promote therapeutic approaches that go beyond biomedical reductionism, i.e. that help people understand the meaning of their symptoms and use their minds, emotions, intentions, perceptions and behavior to move forward in their lives.


In recent decades, medical and psychiatric care have emphasized biological factors, often reducing treatment to a prescription or a procedure, while ignoring how patients experience their suffering. Our aim is to shift the paradigm, toward a compassionate approach that respects our capacities for resilience and self-healing. We can retain the best that allopathic medicine has to offer, while also restoring meaning to the therapeutic encounter and a sense of control back to the patient.

 

We want to bring to Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, the United States and the world the best treatment for mental illness and chronic disease. We want to bring treatments that invoke the self-healing capacities of people and that involve both the mind and body in healing. We want to grow and expand safe, humane, life-enhancing approaches that use scientific medicine, integrative medicine, and psychotherapy and other healing arts.


If you are interested in joining Restoring Meaning, please contact us.

Meet Our Team

Janine Smith

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 Janine is an independently licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She approaches mental health treatment from a family systems perspective which looks at individuals as being part of a larger social system which influences their beliefs, behaviors and emotional experiences. Janine enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults and uses play therapy and art therapy techniques when appropriate. She also leads a divorce support group in the community for those facing, going through, or recently completing the divorce process.  

Albert Galves

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  Al Galves is a psychologist in private practice in Las Cruces. He enjoys working as a psychotherapist and is working at getting good at it. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) and of MindFreedom International. He is a Past Executive Director of ISEPP. He is the author of Harness Your Dark Side: Mastering Jealousy, Rage, Frustration and Other Negative Emotions. 

Stuart Kelter

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Stuart Kelter, PsyD earned his doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1989 and has worked as a clinical, school, and prescribing psychologist. He has taught workshops on a wide range of topics including developmental therapy in the classroom; harnessing positive peer culture as an antidote to delinquency; attachment research and its implications for teacher-student relationships; the Reflecting Team approach to therapeutic and organizational consultation; psycho-neuroimmunological consequences of trauma; controversies in pediatric psychopharmacology; and the therapeutic potential and ethical pitfalls of placebo effects. 

Questions?

We would love to hear from you!