We are looking to train mental health professionals in the states that are not highlighted on the map. If you are interested and from one of the non-highlighted states, please contact us at 404-727-7043 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Project UPLIFT Training
Who should attend?
- Licensed health professionals from the 50 US states
- Professionals trained include social workers, pastoral and other counselors, psychologists, registered nurses, and psychiatrists. We will train students in these fields with a letter from a licensed supervisor
Location and format
- Phone training delivered in one-hour weekly sessions over a ten-week period
Registration fees & Materials
- Registration is free
- Registration includes CDs and manuals for the facilitator and participants
- Continuing Education credits are available through the CDC
Upon completion of the program, trainees will be able to train future program facilitators without charge.
To Register or for more information: please contact us at 404-727-7043 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project UPLIFT (Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts) is home-based program designed to treat depression in people with epilepsy. Based upon Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression, the pilot study found the program to significantly reduce symptoms of depression more than a treatment-as-usual wait-list condition among people with epilepsy. Now in the dissemination phase, the goal is to recruit and train at least one licensed mental health professionals from each of the 50 states. The training lasts for 10 weeks and is conducted over a conference call that meets once a week for one hour. The training is free and offers free continuing education credits upon full completion of the training.
Developed by Dr. Nancy Thompson with CDC funding, Project UPLIFT provides group delivery of depression treatment by telephone or through the Internet. Project UPLIFT uses Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.1 Results of the pilot effectiveness study of Project UPLIFT found it to significantly reduce symptoms of depression among people in Epilepsy.2
Project UPLIFT is ready to be implemented by mental health professionals in communities across the US. Each trainee will receive instruction in both delivering Project UPLIFT treatment for epilepsy, and in training intervention peer-facilitators.
Participants receive all the materials necessary for their training and for the successful implementation of UPLIFT in their community. These materials include: CDs and manuals for the facilitator and for participants. Trainees who complete the program will be able to train future facilitators at no charge.
Program for Project UPLIFT dissemination training 3
10 sessions- 60 minutes each
Session 1: Overview of UPLIFT, Epilepsy, and Depression
Session 2: Monitoring Thoughts
Session 3: Challenging & Changing Thoughts
Session 4: Coping & Relaxing
Session 5: Attention & Mindfulness
Session 6: The Present as a Calm Place
Session 7:Thoughts as Changeable, Thoughts as
Session 8: Focus on Pleasure & the Importance of
Session 9: Preventing Relapse
Session 10: Logistics and Resources 4
|California||Denise J. Hockley||Licensed Marriage and Family Therapistemail@example.com|
|Colorado||Liza Tegillus||HCP San Juan Basin Health Departmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colorado||Marcee Aude||Epilepsy Foudation of Coloradoemail@example.com|
|Colorado||Wendy Kogel||Epilepsy Foundation of Coloradofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colorado||Marie Collier||St. Mary's Medical Group||No email|
|Connecticut||Carrie Erwin||Yale Epilepsy Center||Carrie.Erwin@ynhh.org|
|Delaware||Val Budischak||The Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware||Vbudischak@efde.org|
|Florida||Victoria Lawler||Epilepsy Services of Southwest Floridaemail@example.com|
|Florida||Judy Siskind||Epilepsy Foundation of Floridafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Georgia||Elizabeth Neri||Metropolitan Counseling Servicesemail@example.com|
|Georgia||Ann M. DiGirolamo||Georgia State Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Idaho||Teri Crowther||Care Providers Network of Idahoemail@example.com|
|Illinois||Ellen Becker||Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinoisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Illinois||MaryJo Perlongo||Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicagoemail@example.com|
|Kansas||James Townsend||Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maine||Ashley Soule||Neurosciences Institute at Maine Medical Centeremail@example.com|
||Symone Colquitt||Licensed Marriage and Family Therapistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maryland||Virginia Barnes Ricketts||Licensed Clinical Professional Counseloremail@example.com|
|Massachusetts||Gaston Baslet||Brigham & Women's Hospitalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Massachusetts||Kim Willment||Brigham & Women's Hospitalemail@example.com|
|Michigan||Andrea Thomas||Henry Ford Hospitalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Minnesota||Kris Elvrum||MINCEP/University of Minnesotaemail@example.com|
|Minnesota||Heather Harper||MINCEP/University of Minnesotafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Minnesota||Ken Dennis||Private Practiceemail@example.com|
|Mississippi||Curtis Oliver||National Behavioral Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Missouri||Cuba Davis||Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - Psychiatry Departmentemail@example.com|
|Montana||Marie Collier||St. Mary's Medical Group||No email|
|North Dakota||Gail Nelson||Journey Counseling, PLLC||JourneyCounselors@gmail.com|
|New Hampshire||Karen Secore||Dartmouth-Hitchcock||Karen.L.Secore@hitchcock.org|
|New Jersey||Debra A. Haverson||Debra Haverson Psychotherapy Services, LLCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|New Jersey||Urmi Vaidya-Mathur||Northeast Regional Epilepsy Groupemail@example.com|
|New York||Alexandra Rutherfurd||Epilepsy Foundationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|New York||Pallavi Visvanathan||New York Manhattan Center for Mindfulness-Informed Therapyemail@example.com|
|New York||Laura Diaz||New York Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|New York||Denise Eshenaur||Epilepsy-Pralid, Incemail@example.com|
|Pennsylvania||Carol Schramke||Epilepsy Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital||CSCHRAMK@wpahs.org|
|Texas||Monica Bellar||Private Practicefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Texas||Kirsten Jackson||Epilepsy Outreach of Parkland Health & Hospital System||KIRSTEN.JACKSON@PHHS.ORG|
|Texas||Elizabeth Kent||Private Practice||Elizabeth@elizabethkent.net|
|Utah||Beverly Patchell||University of Utahemail@example.com|
|Utah||Ann Hutton||University of Utahfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Virginia||Diane Carter||Care Connection for Children||DCC6M@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu|
|Virginia||Andrea Konig||University of Virginiaemail@example.com|
|Washington||Bob Fraser||University of Washington, Epilepsy Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Washington||Erica Johnson||Rehabilitation Psychologistemail@example.com|
|Wisconsin||Ken Dennis||Private Practicefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wyoming||Marie Collier||St. Mary's Medical Group||No email|
1. Segal ZV, Williams JMG, Teasdale JD. (2002). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse. New York: Guilford.
2. Thompson, N. J., Walker, E. R., Obolensky, N., Winning, A., Barmon, C., DiIorio, C., & Compton, M. T. (2010). Distance delivery of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: Project UPLIFT. Epilepsy & Behavior, 19, 247-254.
3. Session 2-9: Involve reviewing the facilitator’s manual with participants. At least two participants will practice facilitation during each session.
4. Session 10 will go over costs associated with the program, mental health resources, and a Q & A before concluding the training.
Related MEW publications:
DiIorio C, Bamps Y, Edwards AL, Escoffery C, Thompson NJ, Begley CE, Shegog R, Clark NM, Selwa L, Stoll S, Fraser RT, Ciechanowski P, Johnson EK, Kobau R, Price PH.(2010). The Prevention Research Centers' Managing Epilepsy Well Network. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2010 Sept. 22. [Epub ahead of print].
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Reisinger Walker E, Obolensky N, Dini S, Thompson, NJ. (2010). Formative and process evaluations of a CBT and mindfulness intervention for people with epilepsy and depression. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 239-246.
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Thompson NJ, Reisinger Walker E, Obolensky N, Winning A, Barmon C, DiIorio C, Compton M.(2010). Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Project UPLIFT. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 247-254.
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Thompson NJ, Patel A, Begley C, Fraser R, Johnson E, Selwa L, Stoll S.(2014). Expanding the Efficacy of Project UPLIFT: Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Depression Prevention to People with Epilepsy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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