Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Armour Family Therapy Lecture, October 16, 9am-4:30pm, featuring Mary E. Olson, PhD, LICSW

The Fifteenth Annual Armour Family Therapy Lecture Series
     Friday, October 16, 2015
       9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
“Open Dialogue: It’s Principles and Practices”
Mary E. Olson, PhD, LICSW

   Mercer University School of Medicine

Mary Olson, Ph.D. is a family therapist and a researcher. She is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Adjunct Professor at the Smith College School for Social Work, and Founding Director of the Institute of Dialogic Practice, Haydenville, MA.  

She has become recognized as the leading US authority on Open Dialogue, a language-based, network approach to severe psychiatric crises developed at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. She is Co-Principal Investigator (Douglas Ziedonis, MD: PI) of the Open Dialogue adaptation study at UMMS.  

Mary was a Senior Fulbright Scholar (2001-2002) to Finland in the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyvaskyla. From 1990-1995, she was Director of Clinical Externship in Systemic Family Therapy at Berkshire Medical Center during the chairmanship of Carlos Sluzki, MD. She has published several key articles in international journals on Open Dialogue and dialogical therapy. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Therapists; she maintains a private consulting and clinical practice with a specialty in family-centered approach to adolescents and young adults. She has been a keynote and plenary speaker at national conferences and is an international lecturer and workshop leader in the fields of family therapy and communication.

A graduate of Wellesley College, she has an MA, with high honors in English and comparative literature from Columbia University and a MSW from Smith College. She received her PhD in communication from the University of Massachusetts.

In this workshop, participants will:
  • Acquire an overview of principles of Open Dialogue
  • Learn the  outcomes associated with first-episode psychosis and what patients report
  • Learn details of the Adaptation Study at  the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Observe the skills and practice of Open Dialogue with video illustration

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Mercer University School of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry.  The Mercer University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCMEA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program of Mercer University School of Medicine is a recognized provider of Core CE credits for Marriage and Family Therapists and related hours for professional counselors and social workers.

Mercer University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spends in the activity.
The program is approved for a total of 6 hours of Core CE credits for LMFTs and 6 hours of core CE credits for LCSWs and LPCs.

For more info:
Mercer University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
655 First Street
Macon, GA  31201
Phone: 478-301-4048
Fax: 478-301-5337