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All three Working Successfully with Personality Disorders in Therapy events have been postponed.

Dear Attendees,

Due to our first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Maine and recommendations to postpone large gatherings, at this time we are POSTPONING all three of our “Working Successfully with Personality Disorders in Therapy” workshops. We will look to reschedule these as soon as we are able.

If you would like your order refunded to you, please e-mail Mary Gagnon at mary.gagnon@healthaffiliatesmaine.com to make the request. Please giv the refund process a few days to occur if you make that selection. Otherwise, we will hold your order until we reschedule this training.

Thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely,

Mary A. Gagnon, LMFT
Training and Clinical Development Specialist

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Dear Attendees,

Due to our first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Maine and recommendations to postpone large gatherings, at this time we are POSTPONING all three of our “Working Successfully with Personality Disorders in Therapy” workshops. We will look to reschedule these as soon as we are able.

If you would like your order refunded to you, please e-mail Mary Gagnon at mary.gagnon@healthaffiliatesmaine.com to make the request. Please give the refund process a few days to occur if you make that selection. Otherwise, we will hold your order until we reschedule this training.

Thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely, Mary A. Gagnon, LMFT Training and Clinical Development Specialist

LewistonFri, March 13, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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PortlandFri, March 20, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Avenue
Portland, ME
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OronoFri, March 27, 2020 from 8:00am – 4:00pm
Black Bear Inn
4 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME
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Deepen your knowledge of personality disorders with this one-day training, in which we’ll discuss diagnosis, myths, biases, tools, and more.

About this Event

Working Successfully with Personality Disorders in Therapy: Decreasing Myths, Increasing Clinical Effectiveness and Tools to Use in Your Practice

Clients who present with personality disorders can be some of the most difficult and challenging clients that mental health providers engage with. These clients present with disrupted interpersonal relationships, self-harming and suicidal crises, difficulties regulating their emotions and an unstable sense of self. Without the right skills and support clinicians often find themselves feeling exhausted and frustrated when working with these diagnoses. Through this training clinicians will deepen their knowledge of personality disorders and discuss differential diagnoses. Clinicians will be able to challenge their preconceived notions and myths regarding this population. Clinicians will be provided with tools to enhance and freshen their skills set when working with personality disorders in a therapeutic setting.

Objectives:

  • Understand myths, biases and judgments related to personality disorders
  • Review diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis and co-occurring disorders
  • Learn therapeutic interventions to use in clinical practice to increase therapeutic effectiveness and client engagement
  • Develop an understanding of healthy and effective boundaries to set in an effort to decrease therapist burn-out

Outline:

8:30 What do we know about personality disorders: Exploring biases and myths
9:00 Understanding personality disorders in clinical practice
10:15 Break
10:30 Evidence-based treatments and personality disorders
11:15 Exploring ways to implement clinical interventions
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Exploring ways to implement clinical interventions
2:15 Break
2:30 Case Conceptualization
3:00 Maintaining professional boundaries: decreasing therapist burnout and practicing self-care
4:00 Conclusion

About the Presenter

Katelyn Baxter-Musser is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Gorham. There she provides individual therapy, couples and family therapy and consultation to mental health professionals. Katelyn has been in the field for over ten years and has worked in a variety of different roles including as a case manager, child and family therapist, trauma therapist and clinical coordinator. Prior to being in private practice Katelyn has worked for several agencies as well as Native American reservations. In her private practice Katelyn specializes in working with domestic violence, abuse, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and relationship issues, dissociative disorders and personality disorders. Katelyn is a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist and a Certified EMDR therapist. Katelyn is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including DBT, EMDR, CBT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing. She sits on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and is the co-regional coordinator for the EMDR Southern Maine Regional Network.

 

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This weekend Andrea Krebs, Executive Director and Kate Marble, Case Management Program Director from Health Affiliates Maine proudly accepted the NAMI Maine Outstanding Partner Agency award on HAMs behalf.

HAM is dedicated to working toward the mission of reducing stigma, spreading awareness and creating access to supports for people in Maine effected by mental health struggles. We are happy to support NAMI and honored to work toward these shared goals for the people we serve.

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Christine Rogerson

Ethics, Decision Making, and Our Professional Commitment to Social Justice

Training events from late November to early December in Orono, Falmouth & Lewiston.

OronoFri, November 8, 2019 from 8:00am – 4:00pm
Black Bear Inn
4 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME
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FalmouthFri, December 6, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Woodlands Club
39 Woods Road
Falmouth, ME
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LewistonFri, December 13, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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About the Program

The world seems to be spinning faster and faster these days, and the call to social justice greater and greater. As clinicians, what is our responsibility to social justice? What is our role in pursuing social change? How do we wade through the ethical quagmires? This workshop will assist clinicians in defining social change, identifying the roles we play in upholding social justice, and explore the ethical decision making process as it relates to social change.

Exposure to violence and abuse also has implications for the healers including safety concerns and compassion fatigue. We will consider personal and systemic support for professional resiliency.

Objectives for the day:

  1. Define Social Justice and identify the role we as helping professional play
  2. Explore Codes of Ethics and identify steps to ethical decision making
  3. Determine strategies to elicit our professional responsibility to social justice

Agenda for the day

8:30 Opening Introductions & Ice breaker
9:00 What is Social Justice?
10:15 Break
10:30 Ethics
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Ethical Decision Making
2:15 Break
2:30 Ethics & Our Commitment to Social Justice
3:45 So now what?
4:00 Conclusion

About the Presenter

Christine Rogerson, LCSW

A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Christine Rogerson earned her Master of Social Work from the University of New England. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD. in social work at Simmons University and is a Field Practicum Coordinator for the University of New England’s Master of Social Work program. Christine’s work in education at the University of New England is robust, having served as an academic advisor, a visiting clinical assistant professor, and an adjunct faculty member. Particularly knowledgeable when it comes to social justice, Christine recently taught a course at Simmons on racism and oppression.

Christine’s clinical work is also extensive. She has spent a decade as a clinician working with families and children through school-based counseling, behavioral health agencies, and in the hospital setting.

Committed to her community and to giving back, her service includes a seat on the Board of Directors of Sweetser as a Corporator, as a representative to the York Diversity Council, and as a LEND Grant inter-professional team member representing social work in a pediatric neurology clinic.

OronoFri, November 8, 2019 from 8:00am – 4:00pm
Black Bear Inn
4 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME
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FalmouthFri, December 6, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Woodlands Club
39 Woods Road
Falmouth, ME
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LewistonFri, December 13, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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How Do I Feel Better? Recovery After Complex Traumatic Stress, Violence & AbusePresented by Julie Colpitts, LCSW. 6 Contact Hours

Clients come to us to heal from complex traumatic stress and the associated health, substance, mental health and social problems...

PortlandFri, March 1, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave
Portland, ME
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LewistonTue, April 9, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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OronoMon, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Black Bear Inn
4 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME
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About the Program

Clients come to us to heal from complex traumatic stress and the associated health, substance, mental health and social problems. Emerging treatment models have improved our response to complex trauma. However, these models need accommodations when exposure to interpersonal violence and abuse is a factor.

This workshop views healing from traumatic stress through the lens of an integrated body-mind response, with strategies for physiological healing, improved emotional regulation and structural cognitive change. We will review violence-informed accommodations recommended for our usual treatment models, such as CBT. We will also expand our focus to share a mindful exploration of pathways toward calm and joy.

Exposure to violence and abuse also has implications for the healers including safety concerns and compassion fatigue. We will consider personal and systemic support for professional resiliency.

At the end of the day, participants will have strategies to address these questions:

  • Mind: What accommodations are recommended for cognitive treatment models for complex trauma when exposure to interpersonal violence exists?
  • Body: How do we integrate physiological healing into our work, using options other than meditation to build a mindful awareness of trauma-driven response patterns and promote a joyful presence in the moment?
  • Self care: How do we create trauma-informed self care: not what we do after work, but how we do the work itself?
  • Systems and safety: How do we move toward a trauma informed, safe, healing system that emphasizes strength and resilience for client and caregiver?

This workshop is appropriate for clinicians who have a basic understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence and are interested in deepening their clinical skills.This workshop has content relevant for clinicians who are preparing to meet Maine licensing requirements for family and intimate partner violence education.

Format: The presenter will use video, presentations, small group sessions, with questions and answer discussion embedded through this 6-hour workshop.

About the Presenter

Julie Colpitts, LCSW

Julie provides trainings nationally on responses to domestic violence, on healing for traumatized organizations and individuals, and is on faculty at Simmons University Graduate School of Social Work. She has been a deputy director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She chaired the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, sat on the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel and the Justice Advisory Council, the national IPV Prevention Council and the White House Task force for Open Data Policing. Prior to her anti-violence work, Julie developed behavioral health systems of care for adolescents, children and families experiencing traumatic stress.

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 – 10:30 Setting the Frame: Dynamics and ethical, effective responses to complex trauma when violence and abuse are present (activities 1-3)
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Mind: Accommodations to cognitive behavioral treatment models when treating complex trauma, abuse and ambiguous loss.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and networking discussions.
1:00 – 1:30 Defining the scope of practice: Risk Assessment and safety strategies.
1:30 – 2:45 Body: Integrating physiological healing into our work (activity 5)
3:00 – 3:45 Self Care: Moving toward a trauma informed, safe, healing system that emphasizes strength and resilience for client and caregiver.
3:45 – 4:00 Conference Summary and Certificate Distribution.

PortlandFri, March 1, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave
Portland, ME
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LewistonTue, April 9, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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OronoMon, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Black Bear Inn
4 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME
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Presented by: Jeri Stevens, PhD., LCPC and Steven Johnson, MA, JD. 6 Contact Hours

BangorMon, November 5, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Road
Bangor, ME
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LewistonFri, November 9, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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PortlandFri, November 16, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave
Portland, ME
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About the Program

Ethics and law often intersect in the mental health and substance abuse professions, yet can leave counselors who just want to do the right thing stymied. Intended specifically for licensed therapists and alcohol and drug counselors, this program will cover ethical and legal issues surrounding:

  • Informed consent for clients of counseling professionals
  • Healthcare confidentiality and privacy requirements and exceptions
  • How to respond to a subpoena, court order and search warrant
  • How to respond to a professional licensure complaint from a client or a colleague
  • Ethical and legal issues related to providing counseling and services to minors
  • Telehealth technology and issues surrounding social media
  • Mandatory reporting obligations
  • Ethical decision making (including principle of care responsibility)

Application for 6 continuing education hours has been made with the Maine State Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

About the Presenters

Steven L. Johnson, MA, JD

An attorney at Kozak & Gayer P.A. in Augusta, Steven L. Johnson, MA, JD specializes in the practice of health law. Steve has deep experience handling matters such as regulatory compliance, HIPAA privacy and security, informed consent and confidentiality, healthcare employment law, and professional licensure.

Before law, Steve was a clinical bioethicist at Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic Association in Urbana, Illinois. In Maine, Steve has taught graduate level courses in bioethics and health law at the Muskie School of Public Service and St. Joseph’s College.

Jeri W. Stevens, PhD, LCPC, CCS

Owner of Chandler Bay Resources, Jeri W. Stevens, PhD, LCPC, CCS is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and counselor educator. Beyond her 40 years as a psychotherapist, Jeri is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education and Human Relations Department at Husson University, provides clinical supervision for mental health clinicians, facilitates ethics trainings, provides stress resilience training and coaching and engages in organizational leadership consulting and training.

BangorMon, November 5, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Road
Bangor, ME
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LewistonFri, November 9, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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PortlandFri, November 16, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave
Portland, ME
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Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032

About the Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., In this program, DBT skills for adults will be presented, including core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation. and interpersonal effectiveness. The presenters will show how they organized their DBT skills book for adult groups and in therapy sessions, as well as how they teach the modules. Twenty DBT skills will be taught over the course of the two-day training. The training is worth 12 Contact Hours.

In advance of the training participants are required to purchase and bring to the training, the Second Edition DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets. Available at guilford.com/books/DBT-Skills-Training-Handouts-and-Worksheets/Marsha-Linehan/9781572307810

The Hilton Garden in Freeport, Maine has allotted for a limited time a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $185.00 plus 9% state tax, for the night of September 24, 2018 ONLY. This discount is ONLY available until August 24, 2018. If you interested in these accommodations, call the Hilton Garden, in Freeport at (207) 865-1433 and mention you are attending a training provided by Health Affiliates Maine. Please note that there is a cancellation policy of 3-day prior to the event. If you have questions concerning this please refer to the Hilton Garden in Freeport.

About the Presenters

Monika Moroz-Bourque, LCSW

Monika Moroz-Bourque has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Maine since 1991, treating clients in private practice and community clinic settings. Monika has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and DBT. She has been utilizing the DBT modality to treat mood disorders, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse and personality disorders. For several years she led a DBT adolescent and teen program involving family systems to support positive changes.

Debbie Papps, LCSW

An experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Debbie Papps specializes in working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, including suicidal behavior and self-injury. She trained for the MATCH therapy certification at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and completed an intensive DBT training course with Cynthia Sanderson, PhD and Kate Comtois, PhD. For 15 years, Debbie worked with Counseling Services Inc/Maine Behavioral Healthcare leading the DBT consultation team. In 2012, she opened her own practice and began collaborating with the Maine DBT Center in Saco. She co-leads one of the DBT adult skill groups and provides individual DBT therapy.


Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032

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Contracted, active affiliates of Health Affiliates Maine may attend this training for FREE! Clinicians who are not contracted affiliates may attend for only $89! This includes continental breakfast, lunch, and 6 contact hours!

About the Program

Sexual orientation and gender identity/expression are related but separate developmental processes that fit within the larger framework of human sexuality development. In this training session, we review models of affirmative best practices for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. Drawing from minority stress and trauma-informed practice models, we will discuss how to be inclusive with LGBTQ clients from intake through intervention. In addition, we will assist clinicians in becoming more comfortable asking questions about human sexuality in general and LGBTQ issues in particular. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Increase knowledge about diversity within elements of human sexuality and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities
  • Understand the forces of oppression and minority stress that negatively affect the psychological, physical, and emotional well-being of LGBTQ people
  • Increase the ability to utilize LGBTQ affirming treatment interventions and best practices for working with these communities
  • Identify the resilience of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the enriching effects of positive LGBTQ role models have on LGBTQ youth and adults

About the Presenters

Franklin Brooks, MSW, Ph.D.

Franklin Brooks, MSW, Ph.D., is currently teaching full-time in the University of New England School of Social Work in Portland. His research has focused on human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity issues. He serves on the SAGE Maine Board of Directors for whom he co-authored the recently published SAGE Maine Social Services Provider Survey Report. He has been appointed to the Maine Family Law Advisory Commission and has served on the Board of Directors of The Maine Transnet and the Kids First Center. He has also served on the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and was Chair of the Maine Chapter, National Association’s LGBT Advocacy Committee. He has a son, Sam, daughter-in-law Keisha, and a wonderful 5-year-old granddaughter who all live in Philadelphia. He lives in Portland with his partner, Marvin Ellison. He is also step-parent to Marvin’s daughter Beverly who lives in San Francisco.

Alex Roan, LCPC, Ph.D.

Alex Roan, LCPC, Ph.D., is a therapist in private practice in Portland and also teaches in the Human Services and Psychology departments at Southern Maine Community College. Alex was the founder of MaineTransNet (Maine Transgender Network), a nonprofit that provides support and advocacy for the Maine transgender community. His current role at MaineTransNet is providing consultation and supervision to group leaders who meet in seven locations across Maine. He has been facilitating peer support groups with MaineTransNet since 2007 and currently co-leads the Brunswick group. Alex has also served on the Board of Directors of Equality Maine, GLSEN Southern Maine, and the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association. He lives in Westbrook with his partner, Lindsay, two delightful guinea pigs, and a temperamental dog.

PortlandFri, February 9, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave
Portland, ME
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LewistonFri, March 9, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME
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BangorFri, April 13, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Road
Bangor, ME
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This workshop will help clinicians and behavioral health organizations identify and respond to common ethical issues in the context of family and intimate partner violence.  Since technology plays a significant role in clients’ lives and in or practices, we include ethical guidelines for technology use and responses to digital abuse.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be aware of the ethical standards for common issues that arise in the behavioral health response to clients with current or past exposure to violence and abuse;
  • Have a summary understanding of ethical issues in: scope of practice; IPV risk assessment; confidentiality and privilege; safety planning; record management; justice system liaison; digital/technological risk, as well as best practice policy recommendations for behavioral health agencies or practices;
  • Have trauma-informed, safety-focused behavior health strategies for clinicians and practices for ethical concerns arising in the context of intimate partner violence;
  • Know where to find additional resources and advocacy services as needed.

This workshop has content relevant for clinicians who are preparing to meeting Maine licensing requirements for ethics and for family and intimate partner violence education.

AGENDA

8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 – 10:30 Setting the Frame: Ethical standards and common ethical issues when violence and/or abuse are present.
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Ethical policy and protocol for the clinical/technology interface when abuse is present.  Orientation to current technology: the use and potential abuse of social media, texting, sexting, GPS and more.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and networking discussions.
1:00 – 1:30 Defining the scope of practice: Risk Assessment and safety strategies.
1:30 – 3:00 Clinical response pathways for survivors and abusers; Diagnosis, treatment modalities, documentation, confidentiality.
3:00 – 3:45 Self Care: Ethical requirements for self-care; is your organization/practice trauma-influenced or trauma-informed?
3:45 – 4:00 Conference Summary and Certificate Distribution.

BangorFri, December 1, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Road
Bangor, ME 04401
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LewistonThu, December 7, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
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PortlandFri, December 8, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Season’s Event Center
155 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04101
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