Established 1994

Events

Welcome!

We hope to see you at our events - luncheons with speakers, networking get-togethers, and half or full-day workshops.

If you click on the little blue circle with the wave logo inside [just to the right of the words Upcoming events] - you'll be able to set up an RSS feed - and have a chance to send all event items to your favorite newsreader, and get all the postings as-they-happen.

Have a great idea for a program? Pass it along to us!

Upcoming events

    • 10/12/2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Omaha Bakery 608 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114
    Register

    Chronic Pain Management: 

    Treating the Client Who Always Hurts


    Pain is the most common reason people see a physician, and yet alleviating pain is not always straightforward. Acute pain serves as a valuable alert for injuries, but chronic pain is often far more complex. At least 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it is estimated that 1 in 3 will experience severe chronic pain at some point in life. People think of pain as a purely physical sensation, but by definition it also includes psychological and emotional factors. Additionally, chronic pain often leads to problems with depression, anxiety, and anger management. To treat chronic pain effectively and comprehensively, the emotional and psychological aspects must be addressed in addition to the physical component. The primary goal of cognitive-behavioral therapy for pain is to promote the adoption of an active problem-solving approach  to confronting the many challenges associated with the experience of chronic pain. Since those with chronic pain often report reduced activity levels and declines in social role functioning, CBT also focuses on promoting increased activity and productive functioning.  The strategies reviewed in this presentation allow a patient to shift from use of primarily pain-contingent behaviors and a perspective of helplessness with regard to their challenges, to use of value-driven behaviors that will help increase personal responsibility and improve self-efficacy.

    Objectives for this presentation: 
    • 1.       The gate control model of pain (Wall and Melzack, 1965), and the importance of using the biopsychosocial model for chronic pain management.
    • 2.       The benefits of interdisciplinary pain management programs for patients who have chronic, nonmalignant pain and significant psychosocial dysfunction, and the Pain Management Program at Nebraska Medicine as the only local option for such treatment.
    • 3.       An empirically-based, time-limited CBT approach for therapists working with individuals with chronic pain who are unable or unwilling to participate in interdisciplinary pain management

    Kim Vacek, Ph.D.

    Dr. Vacek is a licensed psychologist at Nebraska Medicine. Currently Dr. Vacek's clinical experience is in the Pain Management Program where she provides individual and group therapy classes for adults and adolescents with chronic pain. Dr. Vacek also provides outpatient, individual therapy for adults living with a variety of physical and mental health issues. Dr. Vacek conducts risk assessments for patients seeking surgical pain devices. Dr. Vacek also provides supervision to providers in training through pre-doctoral psychology internship, postdoctoral psychology/neuropsychology fellowship, pain medicine fellowship, and marriage and family therapy internship. In the past, Dr. Vacek was a Bariatric Team Psychologist, a Transplant Team Psychologist, and a Trauma Team Liaison for Nebraska Medicine.

    Lunch & Learn

    October 12, 2018


    The Omaha Bakery 608 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114

    Registration will be from 10:15am-10:30am

    Lunch & Learn from 10:30am- 12:30pm

    Lunch will be served around Noon.


    This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice for 2 CEU

    APPT Member Rate: $30

    APPT Non-Member Rate: $40

    Webinar:

    APPT Member Rate: $30

    APPT Non-Member Rate: $40


    Webinar option Please sign up under the webinar option available. The webinar option will close on October 11th at 5pm.

    Once your webinar registration is paid, and prior to the event, you will receive an email with an invitation and handouts. Please let Kristan at appt.ne@gmail.com know if you have any questions.


    ****Event registration grants permission and consent for participants to be photographed, waves privacy rights, and may be posted on social media****


    Cancellation Policy For APPT

    Contact Kristan Kiger by 5pm on 10/9/18, you can receive a credit to be used for a future event or your membership dues.  Credits will not be given after 5pm on 10/9/18.

    402-370-6898

    appt.ne@gmail.com

    ADA Needs

    We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs or concerns. Please contact Kristan Kiger at 402-370-6898 or appt.ne@gmail.com ahead of the event.


    Log onto www.PrivatePractice.org to register or click the link attached to your email.


    • 11/09/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Omaha Bakery 608 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114
    Register

    Gender 101

    More mental health professionals and providers are responding to the needs of the transgender and gender expansive community, but it’s sometimes difficult to understand the needs of clients and how small details can be perceived as offensive and dismissive. This workshop will help  these professionals create a safe space for transgender, non-binary, and non gender conforming.  Participants will gain introductory language and knowledge they need to create a therapeutic alliance with their clients.    

     

    Attendees will have a better understanding of how to interact with gender variant individuals.

    Attendees will leave the workshop introduced to the topic of gender and think critically about the ways gender functions in the therapeutic setting.

    Attendees will learn how to provide a more inclusive gender variance within their organization/practice.


    Michelle Wieme, LIMHP:

    Michelle is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in the state of Nebraska. She has more than 10 years of experience providing therapy for gender-nonconforming and transgender youth, adults, and their families. She grew up in the Omaha area and attended Dana College where she obtained her bachelor's in Psychology and played basketball and soccer at the collegiate level. She received her Master's from the University of Nebraska Omaha with School Counseling Endorsement from Wayne State College. She is passionate and committed both personally and professionally to the development of awareness to motivate others to dismantle oppressive systems and become an activist within their own community.



    Lunch & Learn

    November 9, 2018


    The Omaha Bakery 608 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114

    Registration will be from 10:45am-11am

    Lunch & Learn from 11am- 12:30pm

    Lunch will be served around Noon.


    This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice for 1.5 CEU

    APPT Member Rate: $30

    APPT Non-Member Rate: $40


    ****Event registration grants permission and consent for participants to be photographed, waves privacy rights, and may be posted on social media****


    Cancellation Policy For APPT

    Contact Kristan Kiger by 5pm on 11/5/18, you can receive a credit to be used for a future event or your membership dues.  Credits will not be given after 5pm on 11/5/18.

    402-370-6898

    appt.ne@gmail.com

    ADA Needs

    We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs or concerns. Please contact Kristan Kiger at 402-370-6898 or appt.ne@gmail.com ahead of the event.


    Log onto www.PrivatePractice.org to register or click the link attached to your email.


APPT is a resource organization for mental health therapists in Nebraska.
P.O. Box 45397 - Omaha, NE 68145

Ph. - 1(402) 370-6898 -Please note: this is a Google Voice enabled account. You may need to dial as a long-distance call [depending on your phone system]. There is a voice mail system on this line, so please leave a message. Thanks!

Email our Administrative Assistant - Kristan Kiger


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