Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, held a training at the RT Lodge in Maryville, TN on April 3, 2018 focused on initial assessment and how to use this opportunity as both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in the care of the client. Brookhaven Retreat consultants, Dr. Jennifer Payne, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Scott Migdole, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Mitzi Narvarra, Minava Design, facilitated the review and training.
Mrs. Navarra opened the training with guidance about Brookhaven Retreat’s graphic standards. She explained how to present the brand in a consistent and thoughtful way and said “a strong brand builds confidence and provides comfort. It provides a first and lasting impression. We can only achieve this with the staff’s help.”
The content of the trainings was largely centered on assessment, case formulation, and building a person-centered treatment plan. Based on evidence-based practice, Dr. Payne demonstrated a psychiatric interview while Scott Migdole demonstrated a psychosocial assessment within the context of motivational interviewing. Both Dr. Payne and Scott Migdole then worked with participants around case conceptualization and the application of these interventions into direct practice. This experiential training allowed staff to have direct observation throughout the day, an opportunity to reflect upon the challenges they may face in the clinical implementation of these practices, and ensure that their clinical work meets nationally accepted standards of care.