Lunch & Learn

Committed to the communities that we serve, Vista del Mar Hospital believes in community outreach through providing educational events and participation in community health fairs, professional association, and sponsoring trainings for mental health providers.

Vista’s Lunch & Learn Series

On a quarterly basis, Vista del Mar Hospital offers a workshop for area Mental health Professionals covering topics related to mental health, social aspects and professional issues/challenges. These workshops are called Lunch and Learn, and are held from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided and the speaker begins at 12:00 p.m. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Treating the Personality in the Addictive Personality: A Neuroplastic Approach

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 11:30

Registration and lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Presentation: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The co-occurrence of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is well-documented and poses specific treatment challenges.  While BPD is often conceptualized as the behavioral manifestation of early life events amenable to intensive psychotherapy rather than biological approaches, more recent research suggests that BPD is a disabling brain disease as well as a personality disorder.  Neglecting the neurobiological underpinnings of BPD, may render psychotherapeutic intervention only partially successful thereby reinforcing the cycle of affective instability that often characterizes BPD.  This presentation suggests that some individuals with BPD who also have specific deficits in certain brain structure and function might benefit from a neuroplastic approach to BPD and Substance Abuse treatment. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D.
Dr. Mele a licensed psychologist brings almost twenty-five years of clinical expertise and executive leadership.  His extensive clinical expertise includes: the assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in adolescents and adults.  In addition Dr. Mele specializes in the development of non-pharmacologic interventions for individuals with cognitive impairment.  Dr. Mele currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Sovereign Health, helping to oversee the development and delivery of state of the art behavioral health treatment serving hundreds of patients in a nationwide network of facilities.

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Vista del Mar Hospital
Jetta S. Zellner, LMFT
Director of Business Development
805.653.6434 x243
801 Seneca Street
Ventura, CA 93001