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Colleagues & Conversations @ Yellowbrick

Educational Series for Professionals

The Colleagues & Conversation Series @ Yellowbrick seeks to bring professionals together in an informal atmosphere to promote socializing, networking and discussions for interactive learning. Appetizers and beverages will be served.
CEU's are available through Yellowbrick Foundation at no charge.

Please contact Brian Wood, Administrative Assistant at 847 869-1500 ext 221 if you have suggestions for presentations of interest.

Upcoming Meetings

Colleagues and Conversations @ Yellowbrick
January 22, 2019 @ 5pm - 7pm

Cyberspace and Psychotherapy

This seminar will explore the ethical and legal challenges which may arise in the digital age. With technology being lightyears ahead of ethical guidelines and legal statutes, mental health clinicians must be vigilant in regards to their boundaries, privacy and self-disclosure. This seminar will explore risk management concerns and tips involving social media and technology innovation.

Scott D. Hammer
Attorney at Law

Scott D. Hammer
Attorney at Law

Presented by Scott D. Hammer
Attorney at Law
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Scott Hammer received his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and earned his J.D. at John Marshall Law School. For over 35 years he has concentrated his practice on representing mental health professionals. He has considerable experience in handling mental health malpractice cases, risk management issues, mental health confidentiality, contracts and defense of licensure actions. Scott is the past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee and Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Mental Health Law Section Council. He is Of Counsel to the national litigation law firm Wilson Elser. He has handled more psychiatric malpractice cases and events than any other attorney in Chicago.

Participants will:

  1. Identify specific areas in which mental health professionals are impacted by technological change and related social trends.
  2. Identify how to maintain proper boundaries in the social media age.
  3. Identify and describe problems with therapy over the internet.


2 CEU Credits are available through Yellowbrick Foundation at no charge.

Seating is limited. Please reserve at 847-869-1500 ext 221.

Hope to see you January 22, 2019 @ 5pm.

Prior Meetings

Colleagues and Conversations @ Yellowbrick
November 27, 2018 @ 5pm - 7pm

Choices:  An educational video on psychiatric ethics

Choices” is an educational video, containing three dramatized scenarios of ethical challenges in the practice of psychiatry. While each of these scenarios is fictionalized, they all are based on realistic situations. The particular content represents situations that occur relatively rarely, but have potentially very high impact on both patient and psychiatrist.

The specific scenarios depicted are:

  1. A patient and psychiatrist who experience mutual emotional and sexual attraction
  2. A psychiatrist who receives a subpoena for records of a patient he is treating
  3. Two psychiatric colleagues sharing an office while one suspects the other may be impaired

The video depicts the important and difficult decisions faced by each of these clinicians, and offers “alternate reality” scenarios showing some of their options. “Choices” was produced by the Illinois Psychiatric Society and Ten Trees Productions, with support through a grant from the American Psychiatric Association.

2 CEU Credits were available through Yellowbrick Foundation at no charge.

Participants will:

  1. Understand the challenges faced by a mental health practitioner when emotional and/or physical attraction occurs within a treatment relationship
  2. Know when and how to seek consultation about ethical challenges in practice
  3. Be familiar with the ethical principles that apply to boundary violations in treatment, patient confidentiality in relation to the legal system, and suspected impairment of a colleague

Psychological Science in a 21st Century Psychoanalytic Hospital
Presented By Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD
August 2, 2018 @ 5pm - 7pm

Psychological Science in a 21st Century Psychoanalytic Hospital

In the presentation, “Psychological Science in a 21st Century Psychoanalytic Hospital”, I will discuss the clinical environment and approach to treatment at the Austen Riggs Center, characterize our psychoanalytic culture, and the emerging potential for research to inform the understanding of mental illness and mechanisms of psychotherapeutic change. I will describe a framework for applying the principles used at Riggs to the wider world of mental health.

Learning Objectives

  1. To learn about the clinical environment and approach to treatment at the Austen Riggs Center
  2. To characterize psychoanalytic culture
  3. To thoughtfully discuss the emerging potential for neuroimaging to inform our understanding of mental illness and mechanisms of psychotherapeutic change


E. Paul Holmes, PsyD

Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD
Medical Director/CEO

Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD

Dr. Andrew J. Gerber is medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center at Yale University, adjunct associate professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the former co-director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Program at Columbia University, former director of the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and former director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Gerber completed a PhD in psychology at the Anna Freud Centre and University College London where he studied with Peter Fonagy and Joseph Sandler, investigating the process and outcome of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in young adults. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital, and Weill Cornell and Columbia medical schools and his psychoanalytic training at Columbia. He trained as a research fellow with Bradley Peterson at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in brain imaging and child psychiatry. He has published and received grants in the areas of developmental psychopathology, attachment, and functional neuroimaging of dynamic processes, including social cognition and transference. He has also been involved in planning and teaching psychoanalytic research as head of the Science Department at the American Psychoanalytic Association and chair of the Committee on Scientific Activities, secretary of the Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Research Society, and a member of the psychotherapy research committees of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Evolving Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Presented by E. Paul Holmes, Psy.D.
July 24, 2018 @ 5pm

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Contextually-Focused Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is increasingly seen as a transdiagnostic treatment package having been shown to be effective both with a variety of clinical and non-clinical populations. Due to its wider application, the presenter offers a model of emotional dysregulation applicable beyond the original target of DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In light of more recent developments in a behavioral conception of language and cognition, the presenter re-contextualizes DBT through a functional rather than rational or factual lens. The six processes of the Psychological Inflexibility Model (PFM) are used to further delineate functionally the DBT hierarchy of target behaviors (life-threatening, self-injurious, therapy interfering and quality-of-life interfering behavior), the four DBT skills areas (Mindfulness, Distress Management, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and one to one encounters (Individual sessions, group interactions and telephone coaching). The goal is to assist participants in making a transition from organizing their behavior in reaction to their problems and their past to organizing it in response to their future and their values.

E. Paul Holmes, PsyD

E. Paul Holmes , Psy.D.

E. Paul Holmes , Psy.D.

Paul Holmes has wide‐ranging experience working with multi‐problem client populations and has provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services since 1994 and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) since 1999. He has received extensive clinical training in DBT from the Linehan Training Group as well as instruction in training other clinicians. In addition to teaching at the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago as a ful senior lecturer, he conducts numerous workshops and provides clinical consultation for both public and private sector mental health professionals. His current research interests include understanding the role of mindfulness in emotional regulation, developing a model of affect dysregulation applicable beyond Borderline Personality Disorder, and integrating DBT services into High School systems for students at‐risk. He also has particular interest in implementing DBT from a contextual behavior perspective. Finally, Dr. Holmes is founder and director of the Emotion Management Program, LLC, a private practice providing both DBT and ACT services. Dr. Holmes holds a Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants can describe the Behavioral Compensation Model (BCM) which outlines the processes involved in emotional dysregulation in both clinical and non-clinical populations
  2. Participant can describe the DBT hierarchy of targets (life-threatening, self-injurious, therapy interfering and quality-of-life interfering behavior) functionally, using the processes of the Psychological Inflexibility Model (Experiential Avoidance, Fusion (with thoughts, the past or future, one’s narrative) lack of clear values or commitments).
  3. Participant can describe the DBT skills areas (Mindfulness, Distress Management, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness) functionally, using one or more of the six processes of the Psychological Flexibility Model (Present Moment Awareness, Self as Perspective, Values and Committed Action).
  4. Participants can approach rationality as a behavior or act involving commitments rather than a cognitive product or content. Further, to use workability as a means to rationality rather than a replacement for it.

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, MD
Discusses His New Book

Nonlinear Psychoanalysis

Notes from Forty Years of Chaos and Complexity Theory

May 22nd @ 5pm - 7pm
Nonlinear Psychoanalysis

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Robert M. Galatzer-Levy MD

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy MD

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy MD

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy MD, mathematician, physician psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and a faculty member of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is the author of five books and 110 publications including The Essential Other: A Developmental Psychology of the Self, Does Psychoanalysis work?, and The Course of Gay & Lesbian Lives. His newest book Nonlinear Psychoanalysis, was recently published by Routledge and will be the subject of discussion during May's Colleagues & Conversations. Dr. Galatzer-Levy practices child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Nonlinear concepts from chaos theory, complexity studies and fractal geometry have transformed the way we think about the mind. This book brings new ideas and describes an innovative approach to diagnosis of psychological conditions, concepts of normal and pathological development, gender, research methods and the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. Nonlinear Psychoanalysis discusses and demonstrates how nonlinear dynamics can be integrated with psychoanalytic thinking to shed new light on psychological development, therapeutic processes and fundamental psychoanalytic concepts. Hope to see you May 22nd @ 5pm.

The Chronotherapeutic Treatment of Affective Illness
(especially Bipolar Disorders)
April 10, 2018 @ 5pm

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

This talk will review the evidence for the efficacy and safety of various chronotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of mood disorders. It will specifically address the modalities of bright light therapy, sleep-wake cycle modification, dark therapy, and melatonergic agonists. Concrete clinical information will be provided to teach practitioners how to administer these procedures and include them in their therapeutic repertoire.


John Gottlieb, MD

John Gottlieb, MD

John Gottlieb, MD

Dr. Gottlieb's career has been devoted to the evaluation, treatment and study of recurrent affective illness. After an initial period of generalist practice following residency training at Yale, he increasingly began to focus on bipolar disorders. Through rigorous, in-house training and educational programs, topic-specific teaching, participation in local and international research efforts, and regular consultation with international experts, Dr. Gottlieb and his group is now one of the elite practices within this band of expertise. Dr. Gottlieb's interest in bipolar disorders, and their frequent seasonal, menstrual, daily and diurnal cycling led to a new but related area of study: chronobiology - the study of circadian rhythms. Over the past ten years, he has developed a clinical subspecialty in the chronobiology of mood disorders and its clinical application - chronotherapeutics. As a result of this specialization, Dr. Gottlieb was invited to join the scientific advisory board, the Board of Directors of the Center for Environmental Therapeutics and has chaired workshops on this topic for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders annual conferences.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn about the range and indications for chronotherapeutic treatments in the management of affective illness.
  2. Attendees will learn about the practical methods of administering bright light therapy, dark therapy, and wake therapy.
  3. Attendees will learn about the safety profile and risks attendant with the above chronotherapeutic interventions.

February 9, 2018 Educational Conference:
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place!"

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Michael Losoff PhD, Director of Adolescent Services
Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Outpatient Services Assistant Professor Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine The Menninger Clinic

This continuing education program is sponsored at no charge by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Menninger Clinic. The event is hosted by Yellowbrick Foundation. Registration will begin in January 2018. Please check back.

Integrating the Family Into Adolescent Treatment
January 16, 2018 @ 5 PM

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Michael Losoff PhD, Director of Adolescent Services
Bryn Jessup PhD, Director of Family Services & Systems

Join us for an Open House/Community Meeting for presentation and discussion of Yellowbrick's evolving Adolescent Services which includes an After-School IOP and an intensive family focus. Following a light dinner, refreshments and socializing, Yellowbrick invites colleagues into a conversation regarding your experience working with adolescents and their families.

Seating is limited. Please reserve at 847-869-1500 ext 200.

We are grateful for your consultation with us as we evolve our services. For attending and filling out an associated online Survey Monkey, Yellowbrick will send you a $50 Starbucks gift card.
Hope to see you January 16th @ 5pm.

Research Informed Treatment for PTSD

December 12th, 2017 @ 5pm - 7pm

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

John Bair, PhD

John P. Bair, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at North Chicago. Dr. Bair completed his doctoral studies at Northwestern University and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin Medical School. He is the Vice President, the Co-Chair of the Training and Program Committee, and Board member, of the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations (CCSGO). Dr. Bair has been involved in clinical and research work with Group Relations Conferences for over 20 years. He is a Founding Member and Board Chair of the Chicago Area Sports Psychology Network. Dr. Bair has been in private practice for over 30 years and is a staff psychologist at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Dr. Bair was a past director of the Lovell FHCC Dual Diagnosis Program. Dr. Bair's research interests and publications include empirical measurement of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury with eye tracking technology; anxiety disorders, PTSD and addictions.

Presentation for Parents
“Promoting Service Engagement and Community Integration for Young Adults with SMI”

Saturday, November 11th, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Dr. Mark Salzer
Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Director, Collaborative on Community Integration of People with Psychiatric Disabilities at Temple University

Dr. Salzer will be spoke about new directions for approaching obstacles to treatment engagement and community integration among people with serious mental illnesses including Deegan’s CommonGround approach and Hamann’s SDM (shared decision making) concepts.



At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847-869-1500.