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UPCOMING EVENTS

Super Supervision: Creating Space For Professional Development

Date: Mon, Oct 3, 2022

Time:2:00 PM - 4:00 PMEDT

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: Toni Rose Mieses, LMHC

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Through an integrative approach, this two-hour training provides a supervision framework to use when developing therapists' competence. The course will review the current state of clinical supervision in counseling and anchor supervision theory from leading researchers in the field.

Using both foundational and current literature in counseling supervision, the course will review 1) the current state of supervision including an overview of factors that impact supervision, 2) interventions that positively impact supervisees and clinical outcomes, and 3) skills related to increasing confidence in navigating supervision so supervisors can have a strong alliance with the therapists they supervise.

Learn about the multifaceted roles supervisors play from teachers to coaches to gatekeepers, and gain an understanding of how those roles impact therapists’ development. In addition, tools and skills that can be used to maximize a supervisor-supervisee alliance and trust will be introduced.

 

Toni Rose Mieses is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a range of experience in therapy, mental health program implementation, and clinical training. She received her Undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University at Albany, SUNY where her career as a counselor began. Since then, she has worked with diverse families in New York City from direct therapy care to supervising therapists’ development. As a clinical consultant and implementation specialist, she worked to understand the context of diverse systems to ensure mental health programming is implemented in a culturally safe and sustainable way.

Over the years, Toni has trained therapists and supervisors in clinical best practices that focused on their professional goals while balancing clients’ needs using a range of evidence-informed techniques. Toni is passionate about therapist wellness, self-care, and development.

Empowering Clients To Understand And Prevent Relapse

Date: Tues, Oct 4, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM –  8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $55

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

Facilitator: Thurman Brown, M-CASAC

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This virtual training will help therapists working with substance-addicted clients to understand relapse as a process, rather than an isolated event. A relapse progression may lead to renewed alcohol or drug use, physical or emotional collapse, or suicide. The relapse process is marked by predictable and identifiable warning signs that begin long before a return to use or collapse occurs. Relapse prevention therapy empowers clients to recognize and manage these warning signs so that they can interrupt the progression early and return to the process of recovery. This training seeks to arm providers with that knowledge.

Thurman Brown is an M-CASAC (Comprehensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor) and International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) with 20 years of experience in the substance abuse field.

Thurman is a Licensed Interfaith Chaplain, Certified Life Coach, holds a Master’s degree in Human Administration and Mental Health, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social/Criminal Justice.

Thurman Brown has a long history of expertise in Medication Assisted Treatment workflows, client assessment in behavioral health settings, and client engagement both onsite and in-community.

He currently is the Deputy Executive Director for Addiction Services at The Guidance Center of Westchester (TGCW).

Devoted Or Dangerous? Ideological Violence In Emerging Adulthood

Date: Tue, Oct 11, 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: Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D.

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Emerging adults’ developmental openness to new ideas, as well as their motivation for connection and belonging, can transform into an all-encompassing worldview that impacts cognition, emotion, and behavior. Explore the psychological trajectory from ideological passion to extremist thinking and violent ideation. Risk and protective factors in personality, behavior, and environment will be reviewed.

This session will examine the psychological process through which the potential for ideologically based violence may develop, with specific focus on the developmental framework of emerging adulthood. The training will address the mental health provider’s role in assessment, consultation, and management of safety concerns both on college campuses and in private practice settings. Clinicians are often in the challenging, perplexing, and sometimes frightening position of assessing emerging adult clients’ potential for violence and advising on action plans for those suspected of violent ideation. Clinical administrators are called upon to recommend safe and ethical courses of action and to respond to personal safety concerns among those interacting with such clients – including other clinicians.

 

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.

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.

Examining Race, Power, And Privilege Through A Lens Of Intersectionality

Date: Fri, Oct 14, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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This course is geared toward any mental health practitioners or medical agencies seeking to gain greater competencies with creating, maintaining and practicing skills to become a more equitable and inclusive provider. This training provides didactic information pertaining to racial identity models, historical information about structural oppressive forces and definitions of key terms.

 

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.

Intergenerational Trauma: Implications For Clinical Practice

Date: Mon, Oct 17, 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, an immigrant to the United States herself, is multicultural, speaks 16 languages, and has lived or traveled in every continent except Australia and Antarctica. She completed a study program in the Soviet Union in 1989, and a Canadian program similar to the Peace Corps in Suriname in South America in 1991-92. Her original curriculum for AIDS orphans is being used in over 60 countries. She has worked in Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Paris, Malaysia, and the Dominican Republic on assignments relating to this curriculum.

Holidays And Anniversaries: Helping Grievers Get Through Days That Hurt

Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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: Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT

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Certain days on the calendar can overwhelm grievers with a flood of emotions such as confusion, sadness, and irritation. As anniversaries, birthdays and holidays approach, strong emotional reactions are often connected to environmental cues such as leaves starting to fall, a warm breeze coming in or the smell of lavender.

Environmental cues are so connected to memories and can often affect grievers outside their awareness, in ways they don’t recognize. Additionally, accessing cheer during the holidays can be very challenging. Expectations of togetherness and celebration can increase the loneliness and frustration of grief. While others seem to be cheerfully planning the days ahead, grievers struggle to share in this spirit and frequently end up feeling like outsiders.

Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Fellow in Thanatology, whose work focuses on grief, loss, and trauma. She obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and received additional clinical training through The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Psychoanalytic Training Program and The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Formerly the Director of Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital, she was responsible for overseeing 33 bereavement support groups across three sites in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan that serve hundreds of adults, children, and teenagers each year; led a team of 8 bereavement counselors and spearheaded Calvary’s efforts to expand their professional learning programs in the New York area. She also worked with grieving families at The American Red Cross of Greater New York after 9/11.

Exploring Sexuality And Alternative Sexual Practices In Psychotherapy

Date: Fri, Oct 21, 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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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This collaborative and interactive training explores the topics of sex, sexuality,sensuality, and the engagement in alternative sexual practices, such as kinks, fetishes, BDSM, and more by offering frameworks and practice strategies to mental health and wellness providers that are essential to provide affirming care to clients who are members of the LGBTQIPA+ community and/or engage in alternative sexual practices.

This course provides distinctions between the aforementioned concepts and how they are practiced and introduces a wealth of terms to become familiar with when working with clients who are members of the LGBTQIPA+ community and/or engage in alternative sexual practices.

Learn helpful strategies to practice and employ with clients in therapeutic settings. This training provides reflective questions and case examples that aim to assist participants with identifying areas that may create barriers and challenges for working with or maintaining relationships with clients who are members of the LGBTQIPA+ community and/or engage in alternative sexual practices.

 

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.

Complex Trauma: Somatic Interventions To Restore The Mind-Body Connection

Date: Mon, Oct 24 & 31, 2022 

Time:9:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT (both days)

Cost: $360

12 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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Today's best practitioners and clinicians know that the most effective treatment includes an understanding and application of complex trauma modalities for the support and healing of clients, specifically those who are coping with trauma that is manifesting in the body.

Engaging in this work can be difficult because people experiencing traumatic stress are often disembodied, disconnected from somatic experiences and stuck in the past. They are often overwhelmed by trauma responses such as numbing, affective overwhelm, loss of words or coherent narrative, aggression and impulsivity, lacking trust in relationships, and many other challenges. Though these responses are protective, they keep people from living a connected and fulfilling life.

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.

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.

Clinical Focus On Shame And Anger

Date:Tue, Nov 1, 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: Philip Feldman, Phd

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Join Philip Feldman, Phd, in an exploration of the commonality of shame affect among patients seeking mental health treatment. Learn about shame and its correlation to many other diagnoses. Different types of shame and anger will be presented. Specific clinical interventions, using group and individual therapy to address shame and anger will be explored in this training. Case examples will be used to illustrate the topics.

Dr. 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.

Now We See You: Adolescent Depression

Date: Fri, Nov 4, 2022 

Time:9:00 AM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $180

6 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.

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.

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).

Wilderness Therapy: Advanced Practice In Nature-Based Interventions

Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 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, LCSW-R, KMOG i

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Join Andrea LaJoie, LCSW-R, KMOG in a three-hour training focused on providing nature-based interventions in outpatient mental health settings.

Topics covered will include specific strategies for working with individuals and groups; how to write progress notes and treatment plans using nature-based interventions; how to manage liability; assessing your client’s comfort in being in nature; assessing your comfort (as a provider) in being in nature; creating an agenda for wilderness group therapy; demonstration of specific guiding/wilderness skills.

 

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).

Fairy Tales: Metaphor And Symbols In Sand

Date: Tue, Nov 15, 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: Dee Preston-Dillon, MA, PhD

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Therapeutic process is enhanced by activating the imagination of clinician and client. Fairy tales, myths, metaphor and sand scenes are nested in the larger context of human story-telling, centuries of oral traditions across cultures. This virtual experiential workshop will explore the psychology of fairy tales, metaphor and the use of symbols in sand to practice symbol-image amplification, active imagination, and collaborative story-telling.

The power of symbol work and metaphor is grounded in the use of poetics, a modification of process hypnosis. In fairy tales we witness innocence and vulnerability, misuse of power, existential challenges along life’s journey, death, loss and a way forward for hope, meaning and renewal. Heroes and heroines discover strengths to manage trauma and existential overwhelm.

 

Dee Preston-Dillon, MA, PhD is the Founder of the Center for Culture and Sandplay and The Sand Therapy Training Institute. Dee’s cross-cultural research compared indigenous experience with implications for social justice and cultural competency when using symbols in sand. Essential to competency is a therapist’s immersion in their own sand scenes, deepening their experience of symbols and metaphors.

Over three decades of clinical consultation with therapists' sand scenes led to her development of Narrative Sand Therapy© and clinician competency scales, an Advanced Sand Therapy certificate program, and online Sand Therapy courses. Presenting at over 40 conferences on ethics, theory and practice for clinical use of symbols in sand, Dee integrates metaphor, humanistic, existential and post-modern approaches to sand scenes. Her research is grounded in neuroscience and paleontology.

Understanding Disenfranchised Grief

Date: Fri, Nov 18, 2022 10:00 AM

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: Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT

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As clinicians, we can benefit from understanding both the various manifestations of grief when someone significant dies and the factors that influence its expression. One of these factors is when society fails to acknowledge certain types of grief; the grief that is disenfranchised.

Grief that goes unnoticed can leave people feeling confused, misunderstood, and unsupported. This training will provide an overview of the grief process and the impact it has on grievers’ lives. It will also consider how grief can be disenfranchised in the context of social norms. We will discuss what it means for grief to be disenfranchised and how this disenfranchisement impacts grievers. Taking a closer look at this topic will help inform goals and interventions that are helpful in grief counseling.

Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Fellow in Thanatology, whose work focuses on grief, loss, and trauma. She obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and received additional clinical training through The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Psychoanalytic Training Program and The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Formerly the Director of Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital, she was responsible for overseeing 33 bereavement support groups across three sites in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan that serve hundreds of adults, children, and teenagers each year; led a team of 8 bereavement counselors and spearheaded Calvary’s efforts to expand their professional learning programs in the New York area. She also worked with grieving families at The American Red Cross of Greater New York after 9/11.

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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