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Project UPLIFT Training for Mental Health Professionals

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


UPLIFT Dissemination Map



UPLIFT Training

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


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



Trainees contact list

State Name Organization Contact E-mail
California Denise J. Hockley Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Colorado Liza Tegillus HCP San Juan Basin Health Department
Colorado Marcee Aude Epilepsy Foudation of Colorado
Colorado Wendy Kogel Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
Colorado Marie Collier St. Mary's Medical Group No email
Connecticut Carrie Erwin Yale Epilepsy Center
Delaware Val Budischak The Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware
Florida Victoria Lawler Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
Florida Judy Siskind Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Georgia Elizabeth Neri Metropolitan Counseling Services
Georgia Ann M. DiGirolamo Georgia State University
Idaho Teri Crowther Care Providers Network of Idaho
Illinois Ellen Becker Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois
Illinois MaryJo Perlongo Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
Kansas James Townsend Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas
Kentucky Amy Collier Neurosciences Institute at Maine Medical Center
Maine Ashley Soule The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana
Symone Colquitt Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Maryland Virginia Barnes Ricketts Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Massachusetts Gaston Baslet Brigham & Women's Hospital
Massachusetts Kim Willment Brigham & Women's Hospital
Michigan Andrea Thomas Henry Ford Hospital
Minnesota Kris Elvrum MINCEP/University of Minnesota
Minnesota Heather Harper MINCEP/University of Minnesota
Minnesota Ken Dennis Private Practice
Mississippi Curtis Oliver National Behavioral College
Missouri Cuba Davis Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - Psychiatry Department
Montana Marie Collier St. Mary's Medical Group No email
North Dakota Gail Nelson Journey Counseling, PLLC
New Hampshire Karen Secore Dartmouth-Hitchcock
New Jersey Debra A. Haverson Debra Haverson Psychotherapy Services, LLC
New Jersey Urmi Vaidya-Mathur Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
New York Alexandra Rutherfurd Epilepsy Foundation
New York Pallavi Visvanathan New York  Manhattan Center for Mindfulness-Informed Therapy
New York Laura Diaz New York University
New York Denise Eshenaur Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc
Pennsylvania Carol Schramke Epilepsy Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital 
Texas Monica Bellar Private Practice
Texas Kirsten Jackson Epilepsy Outreach of Parkland Health & Hospital System KIRSTEN.JACKSON@PHHS.ORG
Texas Elizabeth Kent Private Practice
Utah Beverly Patchell University of Utah
Utah Ann Hutton University of Utah
Virginia Diane Carter Care Connection for Children
Virginia Andrea Konig University of Virginia
Washington Bob Fraser University of Washington, Epilepsy Center
Washington Erica Johnson Rehabilitation Psychologist
Wisconsin Ken Dennis Private Practice
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.
View PubMed Abstract

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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