Education

Workshops and Educational Experiences

I am pleased to offer workshops and educational experiences for Healthcare, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals, Massage Therapists, and for the general public. All this is backed by over 35 years of combined professional experience in industrial, organizational and healthcare settings.


I am a CEU provider for the Florida Board of Massage Therapy.


Here is a listing of some of my presentations to date:


April 6, 2017, Considerations for Inclusive Care When Assisting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Service Members and Veterans, Nova Southeastern University, Gay-Straight Student Alliance (PRISM), Davie, FL


March 30, 2017, Considerations for Inclusive Care when Assisting Homeless Transgender Veterans in the VA Healthcare System, VA National Grant and Per Diem Program, Continuing Education Program, VHA Office of Homeless Programs, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Virtual Learning


November 11, 2016, November 7, 2014, November 9, 2012, November 11, 2011, November 10, 2006, Working, Living and Loving in the Same Community: Special Issues for GLBT Therapy, Professional Ethics and Boundaries, Sunserve Professionals’ Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL


July 21, 23, 2016, Somatic Experiencing® Informed Therapeutic Group for the Care and Treatment of Biopsychosocial Impacts of a Gender Diverse Identity, United States Association for Body Psychotherapy 2016 Conference, Sexuality, Spirituality and the Body: The Art and Science of Somatic Psychotherapy, Providence, RI


June 24, 2016, Work with Gender Variance in a Body Oriented Framework: Biopsychosocial Impacts of Social Injustice, National Association of Social Workers 2016 Conference, Leading Change, Transforming Lives, Washington, DC


October 12, 2015 & November 19, 2015, Essential Embodiment for Health and Healing, Your Big Picture Café, Davie, FL & SunServe, Wilton Manors, FL


October 3, 2015, Health Care for Transgender and Intersex Veterans:  VA Policy and Resources, 25th Annual Southern Comfort Conference, Weston, FL


April 13, 2015, Fundamentals for Providing Transgender & Intersex Health Care in VA, US Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 8, Miami, FL


December 6, 2014, Body Awareness Can Turn You Inside Out!, Davie, FL


June 13, 2014, Somatic Experiencing®: Meeting, Treating and Defeating Adverse Personal Trauma, Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Weston, FL


November 21, 2013, Navigating a US Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System with Your Veteran Client, Broward County Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL


March 5, 2012, Managing Pain Before It Manages You, Bruce W. Carter Veterans Administration Medical Center, Continuing Education for Clinical Staff, Miami, FL


October 22, 2010, We Want You To Effectively Care for United States Military Veterans, United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Conference, Unraveling Trauma: Body, Mind & Science, JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA


July 14, 2009, Body-Mind Therapies: Origins and Complementary Considerations, Bruce W. Carter Veterans Administration Medical Center, Continuing Education for Clinical Staff, Miami, FL


January 23, 2008, Don’t Fight Getting Fit- Exploring Some Beliefs About Fitness, Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center, Hollywood, FL


October 2007 to December 2007, YMCA Fit Family Challenge Program, Behavioral Health Modules, YMCA of Broward County, Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center, Hollywood, FL


September 4, 2007, Massage Therapy and the Treatment of Mental Illness, Florida State Massage Therapy Association- Broward Chapter Membership Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL


May 23, 2007, Getting the A-h-h-h From Massage for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals, Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Continuing Education for Clinical Staff, Fort Lauderdale, FL


April 20, 2007, Using Patient Admission Criteria Guidelines Within a Continuum of Care Treatment Model, SunServe Therapists’ Collective Professional Development, SunServe Center for Community and Family Development, Fort Lauderdale, FL


October 14, 2005, Managing With Managed Care: Listening From Both Ends of the Telephone Conversation, SunServe Center for Community and Family Development, Fort Lauderdale, FL


March 5, 2004, Getting the A-h-h-h From Massage for Mental Health Professionals, Palm Beach County Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Recognition Event, West Palm Beach, FL


December 11, 2002, Pain Management Through Massage Therapy, Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Continuing Education Presentation for Clinical Staff, Fort Lauderdale, FL


June 14, 2002, Integrating Human Touch in Social Work Practice, Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Orlando, FL


January 19, 2001, Authority In Group Work In Addiction Treatment -or- ‘How Can You Help Me, You’re Not An Addict?’, AASWG Annual Groupwork Conference, Miami Shores, FL


November 10, 2000, Perspectives on Diversity: Towards a Fuller Life for Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Clients & the People in Their Lives, Behavioral Training Institute, Hollywood, FL


October, 13, 2000, Hate Motivated Crimes and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities: Hope for the Future, The Ninth Annual Barry University School of Social Work Alumni Conference, Miami Shores, FL


June 23, 2000, Social Work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgendered Persons: Meeting the Invisible Needs of a More Visible Minority, Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Publications

 Briggs PC, Hayes S and Changaris M (2018) Somatic Experiencing® Informed Therapeutic Group for the Care and Treatment of Biopsychosocial Effects upon a Gender Diverse Identity. Front. Psychiatry 9:53. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00053 


October 2010, We Want You To Effectively Care for United States Military Veterans, in abstracts of United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Conference, Unraveling Trauma: Body, Mind & Science, JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA


October 2007, YMCA Fit Family Challenge Program, Behavioral Health Modules, YMCA of Broward County, Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center, Hollywood, FL


March 2002, Massage Therapy and the Wellness Coach, Certified WellnessCoach™ Training Module, Behavioral Training Institute, Hollywood, FLJanuary 2001, HIV/AIDS: Managing an Age-Old Foe, Home Study Course, Behavioral Training Institute, Hollywood, FL