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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wilderness Therapy: Foundations Of Nature-Based Interventions

Date: Monday, August 15, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $85

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Andrea Lajoie

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Join Andrea Lajoie in this three-hour virtual training exploring the foundations of wilderness therapy. Topics to be explored include current research on the benefits of nature-based interventions; co-creating a safe space in nature; mindfulness in nature; importance of reciprocity and relationship; where to do wilderness therapy; specific strategies for working with individuals and groups; and the basics of how to prepare oneself for working in wilderness spaces.

Andrea Lajoie (she/her) was born and raised in rural upstate New York, on the ancestral lands of the Gana’dagwëni:io’geh. She received a B.A. in Philosophy for Children from SUNY Plattsburgh before earning her MSW from Wheelock College at Boston University in 2010. Andrea spent the next few years in western Massachusetts in clinical practice and as an adjunct professor. In 2014, Andrea moved back to upstate New York and found a home in the finger lakes on the ancestral lands of the Onödowáʼga. She is licensed as an LCSW-R in New York and as a Certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide (KMOG). Andrea is also a Level II trained AEDP therapist. Andrea has an outpatient mental health practice in Ithaca, NY that includes traditional office-based therapy for folks of all ages and also clinical supervision for mental health professionals. In 2020, Andrea founded Wolf Tree Wilderness Therapy and has been leading individuals, families, and groups into the more-than-human world since.

Andrea is an unlikely hiker, who celebrates diversity in all forms and encourages folks with different abilities, different shapes and sizes, different backgrounds, and who are underrepresented and marginalized, to find a safe home in the wilderness. She is a queer, white, cis-female, tattooed, spinal fusion warrior who loves spending her free time knitting, playing music, or taking pictures of her two cats. On most days you will find her roaming around the Finger Lakes National Forest or mapping out invasive species on local trails. Despite not having the greenest of thumbs, Andrea is proud of her herb garden (and, if you join in one of her wilderness groups, you will be treated to a cup of homegrown herbal tea).

Family Therapy: Skills And Techniques

Date: Tuesday, August 16 2022

Time: 6:00 PM –  8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $60

2 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Phil Feldman

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Join Phil Feldman, PhD in a family therapy training focused on various clinical interventions that are highly effective for a variety of presenting problems. Topics include different family therapy models of treatment, strategies, and therapeutic goals.

This training will also explore ways to assess family communication patterns, intergenerational patterns, and secrets. Clinicians will learn ways to restructure boundaries, reframe problems, identify triangulation, and help clients improve communication skills.

Dr. Phil Feldman has 30 years of experience as a Clinical Director, psychotherapist, and supervisor. He is currently the Clinical Director at Journey to Wellness substance abuse program in NJ.

He has taught numerous clinical topics as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University MSW Program since 1995. As a professional speaker, he has presented more than 300 Clinical CEU Seminars.

 

He is also the author of "The Psychotherapy Manual," "Co-occurring Disorders Manual," and "Shame Affect." (on amazon.com). He completed his PhD at Rutgers, MSW at Yeshiva University, and BA at Emory College.

Emerging Adulthood: Meeting The Mental Health Needs Of College Students

Date: Wednesday, August 17 2022

Time: 6:00 PM –  8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $60

2 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D.

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Grounded in developmental theories of emerging adulthood, this training will prepare participants to effectively serve a clinical population of college students. The developmental concept of emerging adulthood, the process and priorities of identity development, and the role of college as a niche developmental context with unique protective factors will be explored.

Delving into major societal shifts including changes in transitional life events, religious adherence, and individualist vs. collectivist focus, rooted in the changing dynamic and trajectory of the emerging adult years, the presentation addresses major clinical pathologies prevalent in this population.

Grounded in a positive, integrative, strengths-based model of mental health and well-being, Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D. provides insight-oriented psychotherapy, counseling, supervision, and consultation, with special expertise in clinical work with young adults, college/graduate students, competitive athletes, and religiously observant individuals.

Brielle is a licensed psychologist in New York State and received her Ph.D. In Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Brielle’s professional background includes years of clinical leadership, clinical supervision, and direct psychotherapy service delivery on college campuses. This equips her with special expertise in working with young adults, college and graduate students, and athletes, including athletes competing at NCAA Division I and national/international levels.

Now We See You:  Adolescent Depression

Date: Friday, August 19 2022

Time: 12:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $120

4 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R

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Depression is often misdiagnosed and untreated in adolescents, particularly in female teens of color. Special attention is paid to the issues and concerns for historically underserved, BIPOC youth. Using both didactic and interactive, experiential teaching methods, this training will highlight how the race and gender of both the client and the clinician impact the diagnosis and treatment. Connections are made in regard to historical trauma, family history, and the impact of social constructs on mental health. Concrete treatment interventions will be provided to increase more accurate assessment and prognosis.

Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R has accumulated more than twenty years of both clinical and practical expertise as a Therapist, Executive Coach and Professional Speaker. She knows that the key ingredients in a therapeutic relationship are safety, transparency, and most importantly optimism and hope.

A well-respected authority on such topics as trauma and chronic stress, mindfulness, self care and white privilege, Ellen has been trained extensively in such short-term, evidenced-based practices as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

She received her Post Masters’ training from the Martha K. Selig Institute, and obtained her Master’s Degree from NYU Silver School of Social Work. In addition to the myriad certifications ranging from Restorative Yoga to GEMS Human Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Ellen studied theater at Circle in the Square Theatre School (NYSSSA), and Skidmore College. In addition, she is a contributor to Mary Pender Greene’s chapter “Family and Children’s’ Services” in the publication Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. Ellen is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theater Summer School and NYSSA (Julliard).

Youth Mental Health: A Clinician's Toolkit

Date: Monday, August 22, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM –  8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $60

2 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Jaimee Arnoff

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This training will explore modifications to make the assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents engaging and developmentally appropriate. Communication strategies will be reviewed for building rapport and assessing client symptoms and existing coping skills. Time will also be dedicated to the explanation and implementation of a variety of play and art-based interventions directly applicable to these clients.

Dr. Jaimee Arnoff is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in teens and young adults, including those in the Deaf Community. Dr. Arnoff has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults across hospital settings, residential treatment centers, and community mental health clinics with a training focus in mood and anxiety disorders. When not providing therapy services at her private practice in Beacon, NY, she also completes forensic evaluations through Family Court in Dutchess County and supervises clinicians working toward licensure in New York State. Dr. Arnoff consults with other providers who work to support individuals who experience suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors. As the psychologist at James’s Warriors, a local not-for-profit organization, she has developed and presented on Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in high schools and colleges, as well as in libraries and other community centers throughout NY.

Threat Assessment And Management Basics For The Mental Health Professional

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $95

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Leite

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We all want to stop future acts of targeted violence such as a school shooting or an incident of workplace violence.

Mental health practitioners are often asked to make critical decisions about people who are potentially violent, yet have little to no training in either assessing for violence or determining risk factors for targeted violence (which is different than reactive or emotional violence). Some risk factors will be familiar such as IPV (intimate partner violence) and some will be new such as "approach behaviors".

Join Dr. Stephanie Stein Leite, licensed as a psychologist in NY, CT, and MA and president of the New England Chapter of Threat Assessment Professionals and the Forensic Division of the CT Psychological Association in this three-hour primer to the world of threat assessment and management (TAM), the only preventative solution. Dr. Leite will present the difference between types of violence and explore basic threat assessment concepts.

Dr. Stephanie Leite is the principal psychologist at Forensic Intelligence, LLC. She conducts corporate, municipal, and school-based safety assessments, specializing in complex presentations. All threat assessments emphasize the management portion of the process, assisting clients to manage current threats and avoid future threats. She is able to effectively work on a case-by-case basis with extant threat assessment teams requiring a mental health professional.

Dr. Leite received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford, having previously achieved a Masters from Boston University and a B.A. from Carleton College. She currently practices in the state of Connecticut as a forensic psychologist and in the arena of threat assessment and management.

Dr. Leite held pre-doctoral training positions at Long Lane School and the NW Center for Families and Children, completed her internship at The Village for Families and Children and her postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Living.

Post-Traumatic Growth In Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  2:00 PM EDT

Cost: $120

4 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Victoria Grinman

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Parents of children with Autism often experience great struggles and challenges in their parenthood journey. This stress can significantly impact child outcomes.

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) represents positive psychological change occurring in some who suffered trauma.This training will offer an understanding of the unique multilayered compounding parenthood experience of parents of children with ASD, the ways in which these parents uniquely cope, the markers of PTG in these parents, as well as an understanding of how to help facilitate PTG in this population. Dr. Grinman will present some aspects of her most recent research in this topic and share her insights from a qualitative study that examined the PTG experience of parents of young adult children with ASD.

Participants will gain an understanding of and receive an introductory overview of a set of tools and skills that can support them in listening for and nurturing posttraumatic growth.

Dr. Victoria Grinman is a therapist, consultant, speaker and transformation agent who has been dubbed “the parent whisperer” by those that have been touched by her work. Victoria is a dual-licensed clinician with expertise in the experience of Posttraumatic Growth in parents of young adult children with Autism. She is the founder of Growing Kind Minds LLC, a private practice and global community platform where she is a speaker, trainer, contributing adjunct professor and consultant to educational and corporate institutions.

Victoria is a trauma-informed and trained yoga and mindfulness instructor to children and teens, a certified aromatherapist and a dedicated long-time clinical volunteer for Experience Camps, a free one-week grief camp experience for children who have lost a significant person in their life. She is dedicated to being a facilitator of joy and positive change by highlighting the possibility and power in our struggles.

Intergenerational Trauma: Implications For Clinical Practice

Date: Friday, August 26, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Karen Landmann, LCSW

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Intergenerational trauma is also referred to as trans generational trauma, historical trauma, and cultural trauma, although all four terms are distinct. This training will explore how trauma is transmitted from generation to generation, epigenetically and/or psychosocially.

Research into intergenerational trauma first started with studies of children of Holocaust survivors, who were seen to exhibit most facets of PTSD. This type of trauma is now understood to be applicable to populations as divergent as indigenous peoples, rape survivors, perpetrators of Nazi atrocities, and other genocide survivors.

The presenter will draw on current research as well as her own experience as a “2G” ( second-generation Holocaust survivor) to inform this dynamic and interactive presentation. The training will first establish a knowledge base around the topic and then provide practical tools to inform practitioners on how to assist clients affected by these issues.

Karen Landmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Manhattan. Educated at Columbia University, she has been in the field for 27 years. Her clientele consists primarily of persons dealing with depression, trauma, and chronic illness. They come from a great variety of ethnic and cultural origins.

Ms. Landmann has been working with persons in abusive relationships in which Abusive Traumatic Bonding ™(ATB™) is present throughout her career. She is informed by up-to-date research and her professional experience in developing her interventions.

Respecting Lived Experience Experts: Survivor Equity & Inclusion Framework

Date: Monday, August 29. 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitators: Dr. Shobana Powell, LCSW, DSW & & Cristian Eduardo

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Survivor Leaders and lived experience experts are often re-exploited and re-traumatized by the advocates and organizations with whom they work, through under-compensation, undervaluing and tokenizing, ultimately resulting in psychological and economic harm.

Dr. Shobana Powell, DSW, LCSW & Cristian Eduardo, Survivor Consultant will present on Dr. Powell's research on the Survivor Equity And Inclusion Framework as a means for organizations to replace re-exploitation with equity and inclusion, centering survivors as the respected professionals and experts they are.

This framework was developed for the anti-trafficking and gender-based violence field, but it provides a lens for all lived experience inclusion work across social justice movements.

Dr. Shobana Powell, LCSW, DSW, is CEO and Founder of Shobana Powell Consulting, where she leads a team of national advocate and survivor experts who provide training and technical assistance on the intersectionality of human trafficking and systemic oppression. Dr. Powell is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served as the Director of Micro Grants and the Director of the Survivor Leadership Institute at Sanctuary for Families and as the Director of Mental Health Court at Caddo Parish Juvenile Services. She has developed anti-trafficking multidisciplinary teams, coalitions, and programs, conducted court-ordered mental health and sex trafficking evaluations, and provided individual therapy for trauma and trafficking.

Her key areas of expertise include human trafficking, intersectionality, psychological coercion, survivor inclusion, and vicarious trauma and resilience.

Cristian Eduardo is a Lead Human Trafficking Consultant and Survivor with Shobana Powell Consulting, shaping national human trafficking trainings and policies. He also serves as a Survivor Consultant for ECPAT-USA, Center for Court Innovation, and USCRI. He is the Co-Founder of United Immigrants of New York (UIONY), a coalition of immigration advocates providing accessible education and resources to Spanish-speaking immigrants in New York.

Cristian Eduardo is on the Steering Committees for New Yorkers for the Equality Model and Louisiana for the Equality Model and has been instrumental in the development of human trafficking training and legislation across the US. Cristian Eduardo's inspiration for his social justice work is to give insight that victims always remain human beings.

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Objectification In LGBTQ+ Communities: Theory And Practice

Date: Thu, Sep 8, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM –  9:00 PM EDT

Cost: $85

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Nicholas Bensmiller, LMHC

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Objectification Theory (OT) is a psychological theory proposed by Fredrickson and Roberts (1997), which originally outlined women’s lived experiences in everyday life by defining and theorizing the root of pervasive experiences of sexual objectification and commodification of women's bodies. The theory has since been extended by numerous researchers and practitioners to communities that are also impacted negatively by hegemonic, systemic, gendered power structures, such as transgender and gender non-conforming people, and cisgender men within the LGBTQ+ community. Experiences of objectification are nuanced and vary in level of associated distress and psychological outcomes in relation to intersecting identities, such as race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion, social class, and sexual orientation, due to the pervasive and insidious nature of patriarchal control. This training will address the theory, extant research, and application of OT as it impacts LGBTQ+ communities. Particular focus will be placed on how to integrate this theory into working with clients in a mental health setting.

Nicholas Bensmiller, LMHC is a therapist, supervisor, and researcher with a focus on gender, LGBTQ+ mental health, race/ethnicity, and identity-based exploration. They are currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and an advanced certificate in "Sexuality, Women, and Gender", and have advanced training focused on gender and sexuality. Nicholas has worked with primarily LGBTQ+ (particularly transgender) clients, and identifies as transgender, non-binary, and Queer.

Deconstructing The Depression-Suicide Connection

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Karen Landmann, LCSW

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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and suicidality are major public health concerns in both the United States and abroad. This training will explore how to diagnose and treat depression, recognize and treat suicidality, and identify ways that clinicians can process their countertransference regarding these conditions.

The training will examine one or more composite case studies in detail, abstracting clinically salient information and actionable details. Instructions will be given on how to diagnose MDD and how to recognize when suicidal ideation, planning, developing means, and having intent are present. A "road map"/"timeline"; framework will be used to educate clinicians on how to assess the extent and the lethality of suicidal ideation.

Karen Landmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Manhattan. Educated at Columbia University, she has been in the field for 27 years. Her clientele consists primarily of persons dealing with depression, trauma, and chronic illness. They come from a great variety of ethnic and cultural origins.

Karen has been working with persons with Severe Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and suicidality throughout her career. She is informed by up-to-date research and her professional experience in developing her interventions.

Domestic Violence, Targeted Violence, And Lethality

Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2022 

Time: 6:00 PM –  8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $65

2 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Leite

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We work with clients who are the victims and the perpetrators of domestic violence. Sometimes those situations contain a higher level of lethality both for the victim and the general public.

Dr. Leite is an expert in threat assessment and management. In this presentation, she will share the importance of understanding domestic violence and misogyny as a pre-indicator in planned attacks, the importance of victim safety, perpetrator stressors, stalking behaviors, and lethality indicators.

Dr. Stephanie Leite is the principal psychologist at Forensic Intelligence, LLC. She conducts corporate, municipal, and school-based safety assessments, specializing in complex presentations. All threat assessments emphasize the management portion of the process, assisting clients to manage current threats and avoid future threats. She is able to effectively work on a case-by-case basis with extant threat assessment teams requiring a mental health professional.

Dr. Leite received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford, having previously achieved a Masters from Boston University and a B.A. from Carleton College. She currently practices in the state of Connecticut as a forensic psychologist and in the arena of threat assessment and management.

Dr. Leite held pre-doctoral training positions at Long Lane School and the NW Center for Families and Children, completed her internship at The Village for Families and Children and her postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Living.

Food Experiences And Mental Health In A Stress-Induced Age: A New Paradigm

Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  2:00 PM EDT

Cost: $120

4 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, MSNE, CFTP

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Based on theories of health behavior change, influences on our food choices are initiated early in development. Environmental factors either assist or significantly disrupt the formation of a positive relationship with food. The way in which mealtime is approached can impact one’s mental health status across development into adulthood. Our food choices are affected by mealtime stressors and family dynamics. By enhancing the mealtime environment and furthering our understanding of health behavior change, we can utilize preventative measures to heal the connections made with food.

Topics explored include theories of health behavior change, socio-ecological model and environmental impacts on food choices, the health belief model (HBM) in relation to perceived barriers to change, constructs of the social-cognitive theory (SCT) and links to mealtime, theory of planned behavior (TPB) in relation to attitudes and preferences, appetite regulation and roles of neurotransmitters in hunger/satiety, the influence of traumatic experiences and adverse childhood experiences on our relationships with food, key strategies for enhancing the mealtime environment.

Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, MSNE, CFTP is the owner of Play to Learn SLP PC and adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens College. She holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, as well as a master’s in nutrition education. As a certified family trauma professional, through the IATP, Polina is passionate about helping families and clinicians understand the intricate connections among toxic stressors, adverse childhood experiences, and the child-food dynamic.

Treating Traumatic Stress In Kids And Teens: Movement Based Strategies

Date: Fri, Sep 16, 2022

Time:12:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $120

4 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Victoria Grinman.

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This workshop introduces participants to the utility of yoga and mindfulness in working with children and teens with traumatic stress, and its benefit to overall health and day-to-day experiences. Participants will be introduced to movement-based techniques that can be experienced in a chair or seated position. Kids with differences in abilities who are supported in a seated position can have access to yogic activity through modified strategies. Many of the environments that kids spend their time in are not set up for yoga on a mat or floor– school classrooms, buses, cars, airports, you name it! In order for kids to be equipped with strategies that they can take with them anywhere they go, practitioners need to be prepared to offer simple and sustainable movement strategies that respond to the fast-paced and packed days our kids are navigating daily. No prior experience with yoga is necessary.

Grounded in a positive, integrative, strengths-based model of mental health and well-being, Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D. provides insight-oriented psychotherapy, counseling, supervision, and consultation, with special expertise in clinical work with young adults, college/graduate students, competitive athletes, and religiously observant individuals.

Dr. Victoria Grinman is a therapist, consultant, speaker and transformation agent who has been dubbed “the parent whisperer” by those that have been touched by her work. Victoria is a dual-licensed clinician with expertise in the experience of Posttraumatic Growth in parents of young adult children with Autism. She is the founder of Growing Kind Minds LLC, a private practice and global community platform where she is a speaker, trainer, contributing adjunct professor and consultant to educational and corporate institutions.

Victoria believes that people want to be seen, heard and understood as the whole person, and is passionate about being an expert companion to people as they authentically connect to their inner strengths so that they can achieve the connections and relationships they desire with the people that matter most to them, at home and in the workplace.

Autism and Clinical Threat Assessment and Management

Date: Mon, Sep 19, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $95

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Leite

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What are we afraid of? We are afraid of the unknown, of things that are different, of things we do not understand. So it is that individuals with autism are often the focus of threat assessment investigations.

To the neurotypical eye, autistic behavior can be unsettling, and unsettling behavior can seem dangerous. Dr. Leite is a psychologist who specializes in threat assessment and management. She has had a disproportionate number of referrals that include individuals who navigate their social world differently than others, who have been diagnosed with autism, and whose behavior may make others uneasy or uncertain.

 

Diving into the topic, she will cover general information on ASD and crime, carefully explain the difference between ASD and psychopathic behavior, and use research to identify factors that create greater and less risk in the population.

Dr. Stephanie Leite is the principal at Forensic Intelligence, LLC. She conducts corporate, municipal, and school-based safety assessments, specializing in complex presentations. All threat assessments emphasize the management portion of the process, assisting clients to manage current threat and avoid future threat. She is able to effective work on a case-by-case basis with extant threat assessment teams requiring a mental health professional.

Dr. Leite received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford, having previously achieved a Masters from Boston University and a B.A. from Carleton College. She currently practices in the state of Connecticut as a forensic psychologist and in the arena of threat assessment and management.

Executive Functioning: Brain-Based Solutions and Practical Insights

Thu, Sep 22, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP

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This training presents a dynamic, relationship-based approach to conceptualizing executive function skills from a neurodevelopmental perspective. Understanding the brain hierarchy and developmental expectations from infancy into adulthood brings the impact of executive function challenges to the forefront. The areas of cognition, language, and social-emotional growth are deeply rooted in children establishing the necessary foundational capacities for learning.

A framework that focuses on the roles of self-regulation and essential precursors to emotional development is integral to practicing treatment approaches that are in-tune with current, brain-based research. Considering challenges in executive function skills in populations with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities helps to mold individualized intervention. To support the growth of executive function skills across environments, we partner with parents, educators, and interdisciplinary professionals.

Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP is the founder of Play to Learn SLP PC, an established private practice in the Forest Hills area of Queens, NY. She holds a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology from CUNY Queens College and a Master of Science degree in nutrition education from American University. As a certified family trauma professional, through the IATP, Polina is passionate about helping families and other professionals understand the intricate connections between stress, adverse childhood experiences, and overall development.

Over the course of her career, Polina has earned four ACE awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her dedication to learning. She has used her knowledge to research how detrimental relationships are created with food while attending to the enhancement of the mealtime environment for children and families through nutrition counseling, parental empowerment, and self-efficacy. Her expertise in the areas of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) are a culmination of her clinical background.

Self-Injurious Behaviors: Empathy, Understanding, And Effective Treatment

Date: Fri, Sep 23, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $120

4 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC

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Over the last 20 years, Dr. Dana Wyss has witnessed the acts and aftereffects of children, adolescents, and adults who mutilate their bodies to express overwhelming emotions. At a time when these individuals need to be most connected, they perpetuate disconnection through self-injury, which others often perceive as horrific. Mental health providers and families may respond to self-injury with shame, disappointment, horror, and helplessness. The act of shedding blood creates an immediate sense of connection to the inner body because blood is considered the essence of life. Self-injury typically begins in early adolescence but can become more frequent over time. Documented self-injury occurrences have significantly increased in recent years.

Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC is a licensed marriage and family therapist, board-certified clinical art therapist, and is co-author of The Invisible String Workbook. Her doctorate in expressive therapies has led her to create programs integrating art, music, poetry, dance and animal-assisted therapy in the healing process for clients and the self-care of staff.

For the last 20 years, Dr. Wyss has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nonpublic school settings to manage crisis, conduct trainings, coach staff, and support children and families. Dr. Wyss is currently a Corporate Clinical Training Specialist and Clinical/Art therapy supervisor at Stars Behavioral Health Group, a company specializing in the treatment of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Wyss is a national trainer and consultant with the Center for Trauma Training and national trainer to raise awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children. She uses her creativity for her own healing as well as to support others.

Gender Affirming Care For Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Date: Fri, Sep 30, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM –  12:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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Join Nyx Melody, LMHC in this virtual course for mental health or medical providers seeking to gain greater competencies with creating, maintaining and practicing skills to become gender- affirming providers.

This course provides distinctions between gender and sexuality, gender identity and gender expression, and gender euphoria and gender dysphoria.

This collaborative and interactive workshop explores gender-affirming care from a position of trust and informed consent by offering frameworks and practice strategies to mental health and wellness providers that are essential to provide TGNC clients with the competent and affirming care that they both need and deserve.

Nyx Melody, LMHC (pronouns: they/them/theirs & fae/faer/faers) is a queer, panromantic, non-binary, trans femme New York State licensed mental health counselor, clinical supervisor, educator and consultant on anti-oppression, mental health, gender/sexuality, and LGBTQIA+ issues. They have had experience working with individuals, couples, and groups who are struggling with various issues, including but not limited to: trauma/abuse, gender/sexual identity, anxiety, depression, substance use, acculturation, racial identity exploration, and dismantling internalized inferiority and/or superiority.

Nyx completed a dual master's degree: Masters of the Arts in Psychological Counseling and a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, where faer took extensive course work and engaged in research initiatives surrounding queer and gender-expansive microaggressions/mental health concerns.

Writing Letters of Support for Gender Affirming Procedures for TGNC Clients

Date: Fri, Sep 30, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

2 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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Join Nyx Melody, LMHC in this three-hour virtual training to gain greater competencies with creating, maintaining and practicing skills to become a gender- affirming provider.

This course provides applicable skills regarding drafting a letter of support for gender- expansive clients seeking gender-affirming medical procedures to affirm the client’s gender identity. Participants will learn about the World Professional Association for 

 

Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care for gender-affirming surgeries.

With an in-depth exploration of each necessary component of a letter of support for gender-affirming procedures, participants will also be provided a template for letter writing upon completion and an opportunity to ask reflective questions and receive case consultation.

 

Nyx Melody, LMHC (pronouns: they/them/theirs & fae/faer/faers) is a queer, panromantic, non-binary, trans femme New York State licensed mental health counselor, clinical supervisor, educator and consultant on anti-oppression, mental health, gender/sexuality, and LGBTQIA+ issues. They have had experience working with individuals, couples, and groups who are struggling with various issues, including but not limited to: trauma/abuse, gender/sexual identity, anxiety, depression, substance use, acculturation, racial identity exploration, and dismantling internalized inferiority and/or superiority.

Nyx completed a dual master's degree: Masters of the Arts in Psychological Counseling and a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, where faer took extensive course work and engaged in research initiatives surrounding queer and gender-expansive microaggressions/mental health concerns.

Unblurring The Lines: What Every Clinician Needs To Know About Consent

Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $85

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Monique Dauphin, LMHC

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This three-hour training will feature an in-depth exploration of the elements that make up a truly consenting sexual experience, as well as identify many of the sociocultural myths and premises that contribute to the perceived “blurred lines” of consent.

Topics will include affirmative consent, clinical interventions for use with clients who have endured or perpetrated an unwanted sexual experience or assault, consent versus cooperation, coercive control, internalized and externalized victim-blaming, and considerations around legal and ethical reporting requirements for clinicians concerning minors and other vulnerable populations.

Monique Dauphin is a licensed mental health counselor who has held several positions in Dutchess County’s coordinated interdisciplinary response to interpersonal violence, including in the county’s crime victims assistance program, batterer intervention program, and sex offender management program.

Monique has also served as chair of Dutchess County’s Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASADA), and consulted for the criminal justice subcommittee of the county’s Criminal Justice Commission.

Treating Culturally Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clients: Competence and Ethics

Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2022 

Time: 6:00 PM –  9:00 PM EDT

Cost: $85

3 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Dr. Jaimee Arnoff

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This training will promote an increased understanding of the Deaf Community as a cultural and linguistic minority, focusing on clients within the Deaf community who use ASL (American Sign Language) as their primary mode of communication. By understanding the historical and current values of these clients, including family dynamics, school dynamics, and language, you will be less likely to misunderstand and misdiagnose. Ethical considerations related to competence, multiple relationships, and confidentiality will also be explored, particularly as they relate to collaboration with certified interpreters.

Dr. Jaimee Arnoff is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in teens and young adults, including those in the Deaf Community. Dr. Arnoff has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults across hospital settings, residential treatment centers, and community mental health clinics with a training focus in mood and anxiety disorders. When not providing therapy services at her private practice in Beacon, NY, she also completes forensic evaluations through Family Court in Dutchess County and supervises clinicians working toward licensure in New York State. Dr. Arnoff consults with other providers who work to support individuals who experience suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors. As the psychologist at James’s Warriors, a local not-for-profit organization, she has developed and presented on Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in high schools and colleges, as well as in libraries and other community centers throughout NY.

Adoption Search and Reunion: A Clinical Perspective

Date: Fri, Oct 28, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM –  3:30 PM EDT

Cost: $110

3.5 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs , NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of training.

Facilitator: Marie Dolfi, LCSW

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With adoptees and birth parents doing adoption search and reunions at a rate like no other time in history, mental health clinicians need to be informed on the emotional issues surrounding adoption reunions.

This training begins with a look at the reasons birth parents and adoptees search for their relatives and how to prepare clients for their reunion. Discussion includes understanding the complexities of adoption reunion relationships including family members’ reactions, reunion obsession, and genetic sexual attraction.

The information is provided within the context of how trauma impacts birth parents and adopted persons and their relationships. The training will end with a discussion on how to work with clients in individual and family therapy.

Marie Dolfi, LCSW is an adoption counselor, speaker, advocate, and adoption support group leader. For over 25 years, Marie has diligently educated herself on relinquishment and adoption issues by attending adoption workshops, conferences, reading adoption books and adoption research, and listening to her greatest teachers - adoption triad members. To learn more about Marie’s background visit mariedolfi.com.

Hudson Valley Professional Development, LLC Attendance Policy

In accordance with the NY State Department of Education guidelines, in order to receive continuing education contact hours, a participant needs to be present for the duration of the workshop/training. Therefore, participants who arrive late or leave the event early will not be granted a certificate of completion.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be provided for cancellations made in writing up to three business days prior to the start of the event.

Accommodations and Accessibility

HVPD welcomes participants with diverse abilities.  Please contact us at info@hudsonvalleyprofessionaldevelopment to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

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