Category Archives: Clinical Training

Brad Kerschensteiner is available to provide Clinical Trainings for your agency or organization. Having worked in short and long-term residential treatment programs I understand the importance of learning new treatment modalities as well as implementing them. All of my trainings are customized to fit the educational goals of your staff and the logistical challenges of your facility.

The Enneagram: Clinical Applications

The Enneagram is a powerful, well-researched personality system that illuminates psychological and spiritual insights into nine distinct worldviews and ways of behaving.  The Enneagram is a practical and potent tool for clinicians to support the transformation of their clients that goes beyond merely identifying surface personality traits. This training will show clinicians learn how to use the Enneagram to help their clients identify and resolve underlying beliefs, behaviors and thoughts that may be blocking their growth process. Furthermore, clinicians will learn how to help unlock their client’s potential and strengths to create sustainable change and healing. The Enneagram is “the most accurate and useful system available to help develop both personal and social competencies” (Dr. Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD).

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Mindfulness based psychotherapies have been clinically demonstrated to be highly effective for the reduction of stress, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic pain, depression, obsessive thinking, and compulsive behavior including addiction and eating disorders. Mindfulness is a central component in the “fourth wave” of Cognitive based therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Mindfulness can be easily learned by clinicians and is highly effective for clients in short-term treatment who need to stabilize and decrease impulsive behaviors as well as for long-term clients who need to prevent relapse and maintain their sobriety. Mindfulness is also highly useful in helping clinical staff effectively manage stress levels, prevent burnout, improve the therapeutic alliance, and improve self-care. Mindfulness approaches encompass a diversity of skill sets and is best understood through experience. This training will incorporate a series of guided meditations, self inquiry and lecture.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

“I wholeheartedly endorse Brad Kerschensteiner for his expertise in the area of DBT training.  He presented an outstanding seminar to our pre-doctoral Psychology and Post-doctoral interns.  His information was thorough, empirically based and filled with useful clinical and experiential examples.  I consider him a leader in the fi

-Dr. Heidi Von Harscher, PhD, Director of Counseling & Wellness, Florida International University

DBT is a widely popular cognitive-behavioral approach that was originally designed for the treatment of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) by Marsha Linehan, PhD at the University of Washington. DBT aims to replace maladaptive methods of coping with more effective ways of achieving specific changes and goals. Finally, DBT balances behavioral change strategies with skills of acceptance, compassion and validation. Continue reading Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)