March 17, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527,
        "SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State University at Spokane presents the second workshop in its series of continuing education programs for mental health care providers 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2, at Cavanaugh's Ridpath Hotel.
        "Cognitive Behavior: Managing Chronic Mental Illness" will identify several best practice models of care for the chronically mentally ill, use local case studies to discuss effective treatment plans which meet the consumer's own goals, and discuss approaches to clients with borderline personality disorders.
        Workshop presenters include Dennis Dyck, WSU professor of psychology and director of the Eastern Branch of the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training, and Ronald J. Diamond, professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and medical director of the Mental Health Center of Dane County.
        The Distinguished Lecture Series in Mental Health is co-sponsored by the Area Health Education Center at WSU Spokane and WIMIRT. One-day workshops focusing on specific topics are offered throughout the year. Morning sessions will present leading-edge information during plenary sessions. The afternoon is divided into workshops encouraging small group discussion on specific practice issues.
        "Future workshops will offer self-management techniques for clients with chronic mental illness and substance abuse issues in community settings and a summer institute on mental health practice.
        "For further information about the WSU Spokane Distinguished Lecture Series in Mental Health, the Summer Institute in Mental Health and future events, contact the Area Health Education Center at WSU Spokane, 509/358-7640. Information on WSU Spokane events is on the web at <>.


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