It is with sadness and excitement that I completed my last day of employment at Centerstone. I've been there since 2011 and have developed a robust PCIT program there and feel it is time to make an impact elsewhere. I don't know yet where that will be, but when I do, I will definitely be blogging about the new opportunity! I'll miss my coworkers, trainees/supervisees, and clients dearly. I'm so grateful for the time I've had there to learn how to develop a program from the ground up within an agency with very limited resources, but the time has come for me to move on. I'm hoping to go somewhere closer to family and/or friends, but we shall see where the universe leads me! I'm excited for this new adventure.
The past three days have been the most amazing professionally I have ever experienced. There are no words to describe what it's like to not only train in another culture but also in another language. I learned so much about PCIT training in Germany, and I was able to put newly learned vocabulary into practice. PCIT is my passion, and I love being able to speak another language, so bringing the two together was simply amazing. I return to Germany in January for the second half of the PCIT training and am already excited about it! Wolfgang and his wife, Martine, are amazing trainers and hosts. I feel beyond fortunate to have this opportunity. Check out the photos below for some photos of me training, the workshop in progress, and me role-playing a behaviorally dysregulated child while Martine role-played the parent learning to ignore as Wolfgang coached her. So much fun!!!
I'm excited to share that I will be co-training a Level I Trainer Course in Philadelphia with Master Trainer Amy Herschell on Friday, December 7th in Philadelphia. Please see the attached flyer for further information!
I was thrilled to come home to see that my PCIT with Toddlers book arrived! I'm excited to put this adaptation into practice, further expanding the PCIT program at Centerstone.
I spent the rest of the day attending workshops on the use of PCIT with Autism, coaching for engagement with Autism, learning about pro's and con's of PCIT vs. use of stimulant medication as a first choice of treatment for ADHD, and reducing drop-out. The rest of the program looks amazing as well. I'm looking forward to learning more about the many facets of PCIT occurring around the world and networking with other professionals in the PCIT International community.
I've included with this post the convention program as well as the slides from my presentation:
Jessica Mattingly, Psy.D.