Lunch & Learns

Because MAD is dissolving, we no longer offer Lunch & Learns. Looking for a way to get low-cost continuing education? The annual conference coming up November 10th is only $50 for 6 CEUs! Click here for more information.

Past Lunch & Learns:

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Robin Brannan, LCMFT and Taryn Rosner, OTR/L
Understanding the Sensory Needs of Children in Therapy 
Room 0142X, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park 20742

Children’s sensory needs can easily be missed in the assessment process, and treating them can change a family’s life both within and outside the therapy room. Develop your understanding of theRobin body’s sensory systems and learn to assess family process with sensory needs in mind in this interactive Lunch and Learn with Robin Brannan LCMFT and Taryn Rosner OTR/L.

Robin Brannan LCMFT is a graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy program at UMD College Park. After graduating she began treating families with school aged children at Kensington Wheaton Youth Services (KWYS), a program of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County (now known as EveryMind). She remained at KWYS for 14 years, becoming the program’s Director in 2009. In 2014 she launched her private practice, Better Together Family Therapy, in which she treats children and adolescents with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Autism Level 1 as well as couples and families. Ms. Brannan also served as President of AAMFT Middle Atlantic Division in 2005 and 2006.

Taryn Rosner, OTR/L CPAM holds a masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College, where she later taught OT for a year, and is currently pursuing a clinical doctorate in OT from Thomas Jefferson University. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is certified in Physical Agent Modalities. She treated children and adults in with acquired neurological conditions (brain injuries) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital for 4 years and currently provides pediatric Occupational Therapy at Moco Movement Center in Kensington, MD.

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Past Lunch and Learns from this year:

September 9th, 2016: Janette Patterson, MSW, LCMFT – Tackling difficult couples: Strategies and 

Janette Patterson-1interventions to create change for couples who are stuck
What makes a couple difficult to treat?
In this conversation, we will explore issues like: diversity in relational skills, major life crises, counterproductive relational patterns and complex family lives. We will explore how you can recognize when you are stuck with your client, identify strategies to “disarm” a volatile client or situation and find strategies to engage and validate even the most defended or even hostile client and help them move out of stuck patterns.

Janette is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in Maryland and has a private practice in Silver Spring, MD. Additionally, Janette offers support services in West Chester, PA, for parents, teens & young adults, as well as the whole family, using DBT skills training and coaching. Janette specializes in treating clients with behavioral concerns stemming from ADHD, addictive behaviors, anxiety disorders and depression. Janette uses CBT and DBT skills training, in addition to EFT and solution focused therapy to address complex family issues and marital concerns. She is a member of American Assoc. of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) as well as Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD).


November 4th, 2016: Robyn Brickel, LMFT- Trauma Roundtable: Adding to Your Trauma Toolbox

robin-brickelRobyn Brickel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. Her practice provides a safe, therapeutic environment for recovery from trauma, dissociation, addictions, challenged family systems, and mood disorders including maternal mental health issues. She is also a professional educator, therapist consultant, and community volunteer.

Robyn is deeply committed to clinical practice, professional education and better public awareness of mental health issues. Robyn Brickel earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in 1997 and has pursued numerous postgraduate advanced certificates and trainings in trauma, dissociation, and addictions, as well as relational therapy models. Robyn practices a strengths-based, trauma informed, and systemic approach to therapy and consultation. She works with individuals (both adolescents and adults), couples, families, and groups. She provides clinical consultation to other therapists, is a workshop presenter and speaks to school and parent groups about mental health risks facing people today.

Because so many mental health issues emerge in adolescence (with roots in childhood), she places special focus on support for teens, their parents and families, and professionals who work with them.  Her insights on teen substance abuse and parenting appear in interviews in The Washington Post, and Washington Parent magazine.

Among other activities, she volunteers for Saving Promise (a violence prevention organization) and is a speaker for high school health and wellness programs. Robyn also provides professional training on trauma, addictions, and treating adolescent substance abuse and trauma, including being a faculty member at the Institute for Advance Psychotherapy Training and Education.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Kate Alcamo, LCMFT
Adolescents: How to Address the Unique Challenges of this Population  in Therapy
Room 0142X, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park 20742
What makes adolescents difficult to treat?


Adolescents can be a challenging population to work with as a therapist.  In this conversation we will explore some of those unique issues, like, self harm, social media usage, developmental changes, and peer relationships. We will also explore strategies for engaging adolescents in the therapy process as well as involving their families.

Kate earned her Master’s degree in Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 and is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland. After working for the Linkages to Learning Program in Montgomery County for the last 7 years, Kate recently left to open her own private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. Kate works with couples, families, and individuals, but specializes in working with adolescents and their families. She has a CBT and Solution Focused approach and works to support teens and their families as they navigate the rough waters of adolescence. Kate also provides clinical supervision and serves as Secretary on the Mid-Atlantic Division Board.

Most recently, Kate became interested in collaborative divorce and became trained as both a coach and child specialist. Divorce can be an extremely difficult and emotionally challenging for parents and children. The collaborative divorce process encourages creative problem solving, and engages the strengths of a collaborative team of professionals (Collaborative attorneys, coaches, a child specialist, and a financial specialist) to achieve a resolution that is most workable for each client and for the family as a whole without the use of litigation.