Professional Training Institute

Sierra Treatment Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive training and supervision to the next generation of mental health professionals dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders. The services we provide include:

Post-Doc Fellowships/Internships: This training experience is for those clinicians who have graduated with their doctorate or master’s degree and are pursuing licensure as a psychologist or psychotherapist. This training is specifically for those who want to have a clinical practice with the specialty of eating disorders.

Professional Trainings: Throughout the year Sierra Treatment Center provides professional trainings on topics relevant to the treatment of eating disorders. Please check our website for upcoming trainings.

Professional Consultation/Supervision: This service is for those already working in the field who would like access to professional consultation and supervision regarding the patients they are treating with eating disorders. 

For more information please contact Dr. Tony Paulson at 916 850-9472 or [email protected]

Join Center For Discovery and Recovery Happens at this event: Understanding the Complexities: Clients Presenting with Addiction, Trauma, and Eating Disorders

March 9th 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Layfette Veterans Memorial   3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd Lafayette CA 94549 March 16th 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Granite Bay Golf Club 9600 Golf Club Drive Granite Bay CA 95746 
5 CEUs Available

8:00-8:30 am: Check in

8:30-9:30 am: Biology, Attachment, and Trauma:  Their Roles in Addiction and Recovery

Amy Rose, CADC II Recovery Happens Program Director 

Amy Rose has been in the field of chemical dependency for the past 13 years. She graduated from American River College with a CADC II certification. She is currently attending Sacramento State to obtain her MFT license. Her experience includes working in both outpatient and intensive outpatient levels of care. She is active in the 12- step community and has been sober since 2002. Amy specializes in individual counseling, family counseling, facilitating parent support groups, and gender specific recovery groups revolving around wellness from chemical dependency and co-dependency. In addition, she also focuses on educating individuals and families on self-care tools, healthy boundaries, building self-esteem, and obtaining long-term healing. Amy is passionate about helping individuals remove shame, learn to live in authenticity and vulnerability, and aiding entire family systems into health and wholeness. She considers it a privilege to walk others through their struggles with chemical dependency

9:45-10:45 am: The Fundamentals of Trauma Melissa Hermann, MA Recovery Happens Executive Team Member

Melissa Herrmann, Founder of Maliza Consulting and Co-Founder of M3Transformations, has spent the past 16-years focused on working directly with children-at-risk and vulnerable women across the globe. Melissa has her Master's Degree in Human Services and Counseling from Regent University and her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Vanguard University. In 2010, Melissa was the recipient of the American Red Cross Hero Award. She currently works as the Operations Director at Recovery Happens, as well as a clinical team member of Next Move Sacramento.  Her efforts have entailed establishing and directing numerous children’s homes and residential facilities, developing community based programs, training thousands of professionals and organizations around the world, and providing lay trauma counseling and psycho-education. Her program models have been recognized by multiple governments, which led her to assist the government of Rwanda in nationalized orphan-care policy reform. Her work was in collaboration with organizations such as UN, USAID, and World Vision. Melissa has sat on numerous counsels, collaborative groups, and NGO board of directors seeking to provide insight into policy reform and program development for traumatized populations. Her efforts have spanned Africa, Latin America, Asia, the South Pacific, and North America.

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Mind, Body, and DBT Amy Costa, PsyD, LMFT, CEDS-S Regional Director of Center For Discovery Adult Residential Treatment Programs

Dr. Amy Costa is a clinical psychologist at Center For Discovery. She completed her doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Costa's dissertation looked directly at the impact on Marriage and Family Therapists’ working with eating disorders, specifically in relation to body image. She has more than twelve years of experience treating eating disorders and has worked at various levels of care including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. Dr. Costa has completed advanced training in DBT, CBT, and group therapy.  In addition to her work with eating disorders, Dr. Costa has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma in adolescents, adults, and families. In treatment, Dr. Costa emphasizes skill building to help promote personal strength and mastery. Her goal is to empower individuals that seek overall healing and a transformed sense of self.

12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30-1:30 pm: What Every Substance Abuse Counselor Needs to Know About Eating Disorders Tony Paulson, PhD   Executive Director/Owner Sierra Treatment Center of Sacramento 

Dr. Tony Paulson of Sierra Treatment Center of Sacramento has specialized in treating eating disorders for more than 25 years. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are serious, potentially life threatening disorders that require specialized treatment. He has lectured extensively on this topic to community groups and professionals. He is an adjunct professor at Sacramento State and teaches core classes at JFK Universities' eating disorders certificate program. Dr. Paulson co-authored the book, "Why She Feels Fat: Understanding Your Loved One's Eating Disorder and How You Can Help" to assist families in better understanding and responding to their loved one's eating disorder. His approach to treating anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder utilizes a combination of education, cognitive therapy, and experiential activities. 

1:30-2:00 pm: Panel Discussion

Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Jacqueline Paulson at J[email protected] or Amy Rose at [email protected]

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