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Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions

Simple Tools To Support Ourselves and Others in Stressful Times

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What Is This Course?

This is a 2 hour course completed over a week or more that is designed to provide a practical and effective approach to supporting individuals experiencing loneliness, stress, and mental health and substance-use struggles (including suicidal thoughts). Micro-interventions are brief, evidence-based strategies designed to provide immediate support. Maybe more importantly, this course is about improving our own ability to cope more effectively with stress and to manage our important relationships.


Training Schedule & Course Description

The course includes practical strategies to be applied to everyday personal and work life. The course takes at minimum a week to complete to allow for independent work involving practice of the strategies (two Practice Assignments). You will have one month to complete the course once initiated. After completing the online course content, and once you have practiced these strategies independently, you are eligible to complete the final piece of the course. The documentation of your independent participation will make you eligible for your Course Certificate.

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Who Should Participate?

Healthcare providers in inpatient, outpatient, crisis and community health, including Nursing (RN, LPN, MA, CNA); Therapists (e.g., Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers); Providers (NP: ARNP or DNP, PA, MD, DO, ND), Peer Support Specialists, Crisis Response and other relevant health/behavioral health care staff. You do not have to be a service provider. Those who struggle with mental health and substances, and their loved ones, are also welcome to take the course.


Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Name the Four Categories of Micro-Interventions
  • Differentiate DBT Skills introduced (e.g., Opposite Action or Paced Breathing)
  • Explain the utility of “storytelling” (aka social modeling) in brief-interventions
  • Apply Do It Now strategies to increase likelihood of others acquiring new behaviors
  • Recall guidance for creating Caring Contacts
  • Describe the Biosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (Stress Model)
  • Identify statements of hope and change statements considered to be Linking Statement

Completion Requirements

Students are asked to complete the online course and associated independent practice exercises, as well as complete a Final Exam and Course Evaluation with attendance attestation. As part of participation you also agree to complete a 1-month and 3-month follow-up assessment.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a free certificate of participation. You will have the option purchase official continuing education hours (CME credit, $50). Specific American counties (e.g. St. Louis, Grays Harbor, Marion), Tribal health systems, and others may be eligible for free credits.

Are CMEs Useful to Me?

Continuing education hours are required for many professions. Continuing Medical Education hours (or CMEs) are one type of continuing education hour. They have been certified to meet certain high standards in the field of healthcare.

While CME standards are specific to medical doctors and continuing education rules vary by state, other healthcare profession licensing bodies tend to accept CME hours because they have high quality controls. For example, in Washington State up to 50% of psychologists' required hours can be of the CME type.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Wisconsin Medical Society through the joint providership of MetaStar, Inc. and Ursula Whiteside, LLC. MetaStar, Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MetaStar, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

As of September 1, 2019 this online training will be available for CME credit for one year. The course is available indefinitely for non-CME credit.
Full CME Disclosure Statement: http://bit.ly/MI_CME_Disclosures


Quality Improvement and Research

As part of this course your data will be used to inform course improvements. Your de-identified data may be used for research purposes (i.e. to evaluate the impact of the training). Data Examples: surveys results, engagement and participation descriptives, and demographic information


Course Curriculum


  Part 1: Practice Assignment "Developing Your Story"
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Your Instructor


Dr. Ursula Whiteside
Dr. Ursula Whiteside

Dr. Ursula Whiteside is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org and Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. As a researcher, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Whiteside is co-investigator on a study involving over 18,000 high-risk suicidal patients in four major health systems. This study includes a guided version of NowMattersNow.org, a program she developed that includes skills for managing suicidal thoughts based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and paired with Lived Experience stories.

Clinically, she began her training with Dr. Marsha Linehan in 1999 and later served as a DBT-adherent research therapist on a NIMH-funded clinical trial led by Dr. Linehan. Dr. Whiteside is a group and individual certified DBT clinician. Now, she treats high-risk suicidal clients in her small private practice in Seattle using DBT and caring contacts.

Dr. Whiteside is national faculty for the Zero Suicide initiative, a practical approach to suicide prevention in health care and behavioral healthcare systems. This program was recently described by NPR on a segment titled “What Happens If You Try to Prevent Every Single Suicide?” Dr. Whiteside serves on the faculty of the National Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy. She is also a founding board member of United Suicide Survivors International and a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Standards Trainings and Practices Committee.

As a person with Lived Experience, she strives to decrease the gap between "us and them" and to ensure that the voices of those who have been there are included in all relevant conversations: nothing about us without us.


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