Events/Joint Ventures

Get Professional Training or Mental Health Education for Your Group

Robyn’s presentations address addiction treatment, domestic violence treatment, perinatal mental health and trauma therapy. See a list of presentations on Robyn’s CV, or contact Robyn about a program for your professional or community group.

Upcoming Presentations


Treating Postpartum Deperession from a Trauma Informed Perspective (October 20, 2017)

Breakfast: 8:30am-8:45am

Training 8:45am-4:00pm

159, 6 CEUs

Presenter: Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208

See training info at Ferentz Insititute

Previous Presentations


Treating Trauma (November 4, 2016)

Presenter: Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 12:00pm-1:00pm, immediately following MAD-AAMFT bi-monthly Board Meetings
Lunch and Learn at University of MD, College Park, a presentation for MAD-AAMFT.

This event is entitled: Trauma Roundtable: Adding to Your Trauma Toolbox. Lunch & Learn sessions are free to attend, but space is limited so please make sure to RSVP to admin@madmft.org or call 301-892-MAD0 (6230)

Understanding and Treating Trauma (February 17 and 24, 2017)

Presenter: Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT
Dates: Fridays, February 17th and 24th, 2017 presentation “Understanding and Treating Trauma” for the Mental Health Association, Rockville, MD.

Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse and Trauma (October 7, 2016)

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016, 8:30AM to 4PM with breakfast
Presenters: Denise Tordella, MA, LPC and Robyn Brickel, LA ,LMFT
Fee: $159
Credits: 6 CEU’s

Clinicians may sometimes feel stymied when working with adolescents and young adults about how to engage them and their families and support systems in treatment. This workshop will provide clinicians with specific tools, techniques and strategies to engage adolescents and their families in treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. We will explore treatment strategies, using a strengths-based, trauma informed, systems model of care that highlights and incorporates the impact of trauma on adolescents and young adults.

Please Note: If you are a Level II participant, please register and indicate that you will pay by check so that you will not be charged the full fee.

Click here for details & registration for this training.

Working with Adolescents and Substance Abuse from a Trauma Informed, Strengths Based Systems Model of Therapy (December 11, 2015)

Presenter: Robyn E. Brickel, M.A., LMFT
Date: Friday, Dec 11, 2015, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM EST
Location: Office of Jonah Green and Associates, LLC,
3930 Knowles Avenue, Suite 206, in Kensington, MD.
1726 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Refreshments and networking will begin at 8:00 AM. Participants who are eligible will receive 2.0 Category One Continuing Education credits through the Maryland Board of Social Work.

#1 Health Problem in US: Adolescent Substance Abuse

A June 2011 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University identified adolescent substance abuse as “America’s Number 1 Health Problem”, clearly validating what we as clinicians experience in our work.

Adolescents Are More Vulnerable to Substance Abuse Behavior

Adolescents are especially vulnerable to the neurobiological effects of substance abuse because the parts of their brain responsible for judgment, decision-making, emotion and impulse control are not yet fully developed.  As a result, adolescents may engage in dangerous and risky behavior while under the influence and they are more likely to experience physiological consequences. Exposure to distressing or traumatic experiences increases the likelihood that adolescents will use substances to self-regulate the effects of trauma on the nervous system.

Challenges to Treatment

As clinicians we may feel stymied in our attempts to work with adolescents and engage the adolescent and their family in treatment.  This workshop will assume that clinicians understand substance abuse across the continuum of use (e.g., experimentation, integrated use, risky use and addiction) and provide clinicians with the beginnings of learning specific tools, techniques and strategies to engage adolescents and their families in treatment for substance abuse.

Workshop For Therapists Dec 11

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

1) Identify factors that contribute to the increased use of substances and alcohol, past experimentation in adolescents and assess for it in your clients,

2)  Begin to look at, so that you can learn to better understand the neurobiology of substance abuse and the impact of alcohol and drug use on adolescent brain development.

3)  Develop effective individual and family therapy interventions to help engage families and adolescents in treatment to work collaboratively and begin to assess for trauma and other co-occurring disorders, including establishing safety and stability in the treatment, and

4) Identify techniques and resources to engage the adolescent and family in treatment toward the goal of reducing substance abuse and increasing more adaptive ways of coping.

The workshop will take place on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 8:30 -10:30 am at the office of Jonah Green and Associates, LLC, 3930 Knowles Avenue, Suite 206, in Kensington, MD. Refreshments and networking will begin at 8:00 AM. Participants who are eligible will receive 2.0 Category One Continuing Education credits through the Maryland Board of Social Work.

Want to Hold this Workshop?

Contact Robyn Brickel to for information about holding this workshop.


Making the Connection: An Integrated Approach for the Treatment of Adolescent and Adult Substance Abuse and Trauma

Presenters: Denise Tordella, MA, LPC and Robyn Brickel, MA, LMFT
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
Location: The Pikesville Hilton Hotel
1726 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

This workshop will focus on the impact of traumatic stress on adolescent development and behavior, while offering assessment and treatment strategies to implement healthier ways of coping and to better manage affect arousal in teens who have historically turned to substances as a way to self-soothe.

Click here for more information and to register for this training.


Guest Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc.

Brickel and Associates, LLC is pleased to announce that Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT was named guest faculty by the President and Founder of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc., Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA.

Robyn teamed with Denise Tordella, MA, LPC in 2014 to present a one day workshop, “Working with Adolescents and Their Families: a Collaborative Approach to Treating Substance Abuse.” The workshop provided clinicians with specific tools, techniques and strategies to engage adolescents and their families in treatment for substance abuse.

Robyn rejoined Denise Tordella, MA, LPC in Spring of 2015 to present a one day workshop, “Understanding and Treating the Impact of Trauma, Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse in Adolescents.” This workshop provided clinicians with specific tools, techniques, and strategies to work collaboratively with adolescents and their families to cope with the impact of trauma, domestic violence and/or substance abuse and how it influences their lives and ability to emotionally regulate.


Teaming Up with L.Y. Marlow and Saving Promise To Prevent Domestic Violence

Brickel and Associates, LLC is pleased to announce Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LFMT was asked to be part of a joint venture with Saving Promise.

Saving Promise—a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence—is launching a call to action to change intimate partner violence in America. With an emphasis on greater prevention, education and public awareness, their mission is to proactively address what the CDC refers to as a “widespread public health problem.” Founder L.Y. Marlow’s story involves four generations of mothers and daughters who survived more than 60 years of domestic violence. When L.Y. discovered that her 22-year-old daughter and granddaughter—a little girl named Promise—now the fifth generation, were trapped in an abusive relationship, she founded Saving Promise with the intention of saving Promise which blossomed into a vision for the nation. Please follow Saving Promise on Facebook and Twitter. Read more about prevention this month on L.Y.’s blog, In Her Own Words. Learn how to become a Friend of Promise today!

Parents often struggle with when and how to talk to their kids about the risks associated with dating and the potential of dating violence. Each year in February during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month L.Y. Marlow, Founder of Saving Promise, and Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director of Brickel and Associates, LLC, are teaming up to help inform parents about dating violence. What are the best ways to prevent dating violence for your child? How do you start the conversation? What are the warning signs? Each week, L.Y. and Robyn will provide tips and best practices to help parents navigate this troubling and often scary reality of dating and relationships that can veer into the unhealthy realm. Prevention starts now with knowing when and how to talk to your kids at any age!

As parents and caregivers, what do you do to help set the groundwork at home to help your children learn about healthy relationships so that when friendship turns into dating and “love is in the air” you have some tools — check out my feature in the Washington Post on ways to teach and support safe and loving relationships. The premise is to start talking about it early!