Experiential Dynamic Therapies for Addictions Pre-Conference Workshop

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Psych Garden
25 Flanders Road

Drew Welch, RN
Mark Green, MD
Kristy Lamb, MD

 Psych Garden and BOLD Health will be offering a pre-conference workshop on September 25th.  Continuing education credits for physicians, psychologists, social workers and licensed mental health care workers are offered. 

Working with addictions is some of the most challenging work in the field of mental health.  It requires that clinicians balance flexibility, empathy, expertise, and a wide range of techniques.  This workshop will demonstrate how to integrate experiential dynamic therapies into addictions treatment.

Mark Green, MD, Drew Welch, RN, Kristy Lamb, MD, and others will use audiovisual presentations of cases to illustrate how ISTDP, AEDP, and other approaches can be modified and applied flexibly to patients with moderate to severe substance use disorders.

Participants will learn about the use of both individual and group experiential dynamic psychotherapies with this population, and how to apply them safely and effectively.

This is a prelude to the IEDTA Conference, held annually to bring together the leading practitioners and theoreticians in the field of Experiential Dynamic Therapy. This year we are lucky that it is being held in Boston, with a keynote by the fabulous Professor Ed Tronick. More details are available at iedta.net/conference.

Meet the Presenters

Mark Green

Mark Green, MD, has degrees in Neurobiology and Medicine from the University College London. He came over to NYC for his Psychiatry residency and Addictions fellowship (Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center), and later conducted research in the neurobiology of addictions at Rockefeller University. He’s been on Faculty at Cornell (Asst. Prof), Vermont (Asst. Prof), and Harvard (Instructor) Medical Schools. He is dually boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and addictions.

Drew Welch is a licensed registered nurse & therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders as well as their families. He has extensive training in evidence-based practices including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapies, family therapy, vocational rehabilitation and integrated dual disorders treatment and has supervised and taught others these skills.

Drew was at WestBridge Community Services for 7 years as their nurse care manager, team leader and national wellness coordinator. Prior to that he was the Nurse Manager for the Co-occurring Disorders Unit at Bournewood Hospital.

Drew has more than 20 years of sobriety. He understands how impossible recovery can seem and that no single path works for all. He knows the importance of education, support and hope. These days he uses all his training, experience and passion to help others feel freer, prouder and more connected. Sometimes 12 step approaches help, sometimes CBT, sometimes a focus on exercise and diet (Drew recently completed his first triathlon). Side-by-side coaching can be invaluable to rebuild the self-confidence withered by addictions and psychiatric illness; so he’ll do that too.

Kristy Lamb, MD, is the co-founder and CEO of BOLD Health, an outpatient treatment facility for mental health and addiction in Encinitas, California.  She is well-versed in psychopharmacology, but has also pursued extensive training in intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy with a belief that for many, psychotherapy is an integral part of personal transformation and healing.

Dr. Lamb obtained a BS in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and then obtained a master of humanities focused on philosophy and social theory from the University of Colorado before attending  medical school at Georgetown University. She then completed combined residency training in both family medicine and psychiatry at UC San Diego. She concurrently completed a fellowship in community and public psychiatry at UC San Diego and a fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.

It was during residency that Dr. Lamb was first exposed to ISTDP and sought regular weekly supervision with Kai MacDonald and studied with Allan Abbass.  She subsequently completed core training with Patricia Coughlin and has received supervision from Tony Rousmaniere with a focus on deliberate practice. Dr. Lamb is now working with Jon Frederickson for supervision of a growing clinic based in the practices of ISTDP.  She and her staff are in core training with Jon and receive weekly group supervision from him as well.