Evidence-Based Training Workshop Series

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Mental Health America of Northeast Florida in partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center present three workshops for local mental health professionals addressing mental illnesses that disproportionately affect women and girls. The workshops feature Dr. Amy Banks, Director of Advanced Training – Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Note that the workshops are limited in size and you must register in advance to participate.


Why Grief and Loss Can Make You Heartsick
CEUs: 5.5
Date/Time: May 24, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Amy Banks
Cost: $15.00 (includes continental breakfast, lunch & parking)
Location: Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 E. Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL
This day-long workshop will present the neuroscience of grief and loss and the research that describes the health implications of chronic isolation in the lives of women and girls. In experiential group activities participants will use this information to help develop loss resiliency strategies for personal and professional use.
Sorry, this workshop is full.

Stop the Pain of Social Exclusion

CEUs: 11
Date/Time: September 13-14, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presenters: Dr. Amy Banks and Dr. Karen Craddock
Cost: $20.00 (includes continental breakfast, lunch & parking)
Location: Florida Blue Conference Center, 4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway, Jacksonville, FL
This two day interactive workshop will explore social exclusion, marginalization and micro-aggressions through the lens of Relational-Cultural Theory and with a particular focus on the impact they have on girls and women.


And, as part of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center annual See the Girl Summit, Dr. Banks will present

When Love Goes Wrong
This workshop will help participants understand the consequences of trauma and abuse, looking through a double lens of Relational-Cultural Theory and Relational Neuroscience. Participants will learn the neurobiology of trauma and PTSD and why close, healing relationships can be so difficult to form with young women who have been abused.
The See the Girl Summit will be take place October 20-21, 2016 at the Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL
Please check back for more details about this workshop and the Summit.


About the Presenters
ABanksAmy Banks, M.D., has devoted her career to understanding the neurobiology of relationships. In addition to her work at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), she was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the first person to bring relational-cultural theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. Amy is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, an easy to use, practical guide that helps clinicians and laypeople assess the quality of their relationships and strengthen their neural pathways for connection. Amy also has a private practice in Lexington, MA, that specializes in relational psychopharmacology and therapy for people who suffer from chronic disconnection.


KCraddockKaren Craddock, Ph.D., Lead Scholar at The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley Centers for Women, is an Applied Developmental Psychologist whose research and consultation practice concentrates on the socio-cultural context of child, family and community development within the fields of Education and Health. Her exploration of psychosocial functioning, maternal/child mental health, access/equity, social-emotional wellness and neuroscience focuses within the frameworks of relationship, expressive healing, learning and support systems, especially among women, ethno-culturally diverse and marginalized communities.



For more information contact:  Mental Health America of Northeast Florida at 904.730.8291 or  the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, 904.598.0901.




40 East Adams, Suite 130
Jacksonville, FL 32202