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UPCOMING EVENTS

Nature-based Strategies for Managing Provider Burnout in Winter

Date: Saturday, January 29, 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, LCSW-R

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A three-hour overview for mental health providers on how to mitigate burn-out, seasonal mood changes, and overall stress during the winter months. Topics covered will include: how to work with and befriend winter; the principles of hygge (one of the defining characteristics of Danish culture); how to notice when burn-out is happening within ourselves; the unique impacts of winter on mental health and on mental health providers; current research on the benefits of nature-based interventions to prevent provider burn-out; how to prepare yourself for being safely outdoors in the winter; specific activities to boost self-care and overall well-being.

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.

Mental Health Issues Of Adoptees: What Clinicians Need To Know

Date: Friday, February 4, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  12:30 PM EDT

Cost: $85

2.5 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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Join Marie Dolfi, LCSW in this virtual training to take a comprehensive clinical look at the issues adoptees often bring to therapy. The training includes a review of pre-and post-adoption risk factors and protective factors in the adoptive family.

Relinquishment trauma will be presented as a key factor in the mental health issues of adoptees. Adoption traumas of late discovery adoptees, adoptees being raised“as if” born into a family, and racial trauma experienced by transracially adopted adoptees as significant impactors on an adopted person’s mental health are included in the presentation.

With a thorough understanding of the complexity of mental health issues that may be faced by adoptees, attendees will be able to do an adoption-sensitive assessment. The training concludes with a review of therapy techniques and interventions that may help adopted persons.

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.

Vulnerability And The Spiritual Journey: Therapeutic Higher Consciousness

Date: Saturday, February 5, 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: Richard Schaub, PhD

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Crisis - whether from loss, illness, betrayal, pandemics, trauma and/or heightened sensitivity to change - calls on clinicians to help clients discover additional resources to cope and go forward. Safe, effect, time-tested methods to introduce clients experientially to their innate higher consciousness can become a new resource of self-knowledge and self-care.

Richard Schaub, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and director of the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center. Since 1980, he has trained health professionals internationally in the clinical applications of meditation and imagery and is on the faculty of the Italian Society for Psychosynthesis Therapy, Florence.

Co-written with his wife, Bonney, his five books focus on awakening the transpersonal aspect of human nature to reduce suffering and inspire new

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His proudest professional role was 15 weeks of training of the mental health staff of a Veterans Administration hospital in clinical meditation and imagery, resulting in a book, Transpersonal Development, written and published under a Federal grant.

Therapists Affected By Client Suicide: Prevalence, Impact, Assessment

Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  12:30 PM EDT

Cost: $80

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

Facilitator: Meredith Beardmore, MA, LMHC

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Join Meredith Beardmore, LMHC in this virtual workshop to explore the prevalence of client suicide in order to raise awareness and decrease stigma associated with being a therapist affected by client suicide.

Recommendations and treatment for therapists affected by suicide will be made and proactive assessment will be discussed.

Meredith Beardmore, MA, LMHC, earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University, ranked #1in the Top Ten programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Mrs. Beardmore is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and currently has a private practice located in Scarsdale, NY. Mrs. Beardmore has extensive experience working in college counseling centers, including Iona College and The Ohio State University.

Mrs. Beardmore is a Certified Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, member of CASSAP (College Alliance for Student Success and Prevention), and has presented at the 2018 Metro College Counseling Conference on Expressive Arts Techniques and their Utilization in the College Counseling Setting.

Empowering Clients To Understand And Prevent Relapse

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 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 people 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 a 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).

Writing Letters of Support for Gender Affirming Procedures for TGNC Clients

Date: Friday, February 11, 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: Nicholas Moran, LMHC

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Join Nicholas Moran, 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.

Nicholas Moran, LMHC (they/them/theirs) is a queer and non-binary 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.

Nicholas graduated from the Point Park University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology where they completed a research study regarding the ongoing coming out process for queer men. Nicholas completed a dual masters degree: Masters of the Arts in Psychological Counseling and a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, where they took extensive course work and engaged in research initiatives surrounding queer and gender expansive microaggressions/mental health concerns. Nicholas completed a clinical internship at Mount Sinai West - The Addictions Institute of New York working primarily with the Crystal Clear Project that assisted queer and TGNC clients withcrystal methamphetamine dependence. Nicholas started their career working with clients who have mental health, medical, and substance use concerns at a substance use treatment program in the South Bronx through Montefiore Medical Center. They worked at a queer affirmative group private practice and now run a successful private practice for therapy, coaching, and consultation services. Nicholas also teaches as an adjunct professor for mental health counseling students at both Teachers College, Columbia University and New York University.

Psychological Coercion And Sex Trafficking: Dynamics Of Exploitation

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 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.

Facilitators: Dr. Shobana Powell and Cristian Eduardo

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Join Shobana Powell and Cristian Eduardo in an exploration of the dynamics of psychological coercion in sex trafficking and how to identify, address, and work with victims and survivors. This clinician and a Survivor Leader will co-present on how research on Biderman's Framework and cultic theory demonstrate the shared psychological coercion tactics used in trafficking, torture, and cults. The presenters will also discuss the practical applications for clinicians.

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.

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.

Dr. Powell has Bachelor's degrees in Social Work and Spanish from New York University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Social Work and Social Innovation from the University of Southern California. Dr. Powell believes our work should be led by the communities we serve, and as such, through her doctoral research, she developed the Survivor Equity and Inclusion Framework, which is an organizational change approach to preventing re-exploitation of survivors and lived experience experts in the anti-trafficking movement.

Nature-based Strategies for Managing Provider Burnout in Winter

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM –  4:00 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: Andrea Lajoie, LCSW-R

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Seasonal change can impact mental health, physical health, and overall well-being. Outpatient nature-based interventions during the winter months can help clients with the isolation of winter months and with seasonal affective and mood changes.

Beginning with a brief overview of wilderness therapy, join Andrea Lajoie, LCSW-R , KMOG in an exploration of current research on the benefits of nature-based interventions and the impact of seasonal changes on mental health. Topics explored will include co-creating a safe space in nature during the colder months; mindfulness in nature; specific strategies for working with individuals and groups in winter, including fire-making and basic survival strategies; and how to prepare oneself for working safely in wilderness spaces in all types of weather.

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.

Autism and Clinical Threat Assessment and Management

Date: Friday, February 25, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 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. Leite will then visit the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report, applying our new knowledge to that report.

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.

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.

Treating Traumatic Stress In Kids And Teens: Movement Based Strategies

Date: Monday, February 28, 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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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.

Dr. Victoria Grinman is a therapist, consultant, speaker and transformation agent who has been dubbed “the parent whisperer” and “the secret weapon relationship Spanx” 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, hear 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.

Fairy Tales: Metaphor and Symbols in Sand

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 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.

Stories, symbols, and metaphor literally activate the brain, shift perception, and stimulate new pathways for personal resources and meaning. While we witness dangers and hope in fairy tales, in metaphor, and in sand scenes, we remain mindful of the power of deep presence, silence, and collaborative process. We keep safe the client’s journey to reclaim and transform alienated, traumatized parts of their lives – no longer alone in the metaphoric woods

 

 

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.

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Emerging Adulthood: Meeting The Mental Health Needs Of College Students

Date: Thursday, March 3, 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: 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.

Post-Traumatic Growth: Deepening Skills To Help Clients Heal

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022, and Friday, March 11, 2022

Time: 9:00 PM –  12:00 PM EDT (both days)

Cost: $180

This is a two-part training, scheduled for Thursday March 10, 9am-12pm AND Friday March 11, 9am-12pm, via Zoom.

6 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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As a clinician, you likely engage with individuals and groups who have survived various traumas and formative adverse life circumstances. You have helped your clients to struggle better (or cope), and supported them in experiencing resilience. You can be a part of facilitating a possible transformation - of reconstructing the narrative and supporting clients beyond coping and resilience.

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) represents positive psychological change occurring in some who suffered trauma. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the brain-mind dyad, the role of mindfulness, the latest research pertaining to PTG, its markers, and insights into clinical interventions that can be incorporated into clinical work to promote clients' journey to healing and growth.

 

Dr. Victoria Grinman is a therapist, consultant, speaker and transformation agent who has been dubbed “the parent whisperer” and “the secret weapon relationship Spanx” 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.

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.

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Clinical Focus On Shame And Anger

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM –  8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $65

2.5 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.

Ethics: Competency And Repair In Creative And Projective Therapy

Date: Monday, April 4, 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: Dee Preston-Dillon, MA, PhD

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This training will demonstrate ethical blind spots when we engage with creative clinical approaches such as sand therapy, art, and therapeutic metaphor. We will explore the attitudes and behaviors that protect clients, guide us professionally, protect the therapeutic process, and maintain integrity.

Intended for all mental health professionals who use some form of creativity engaging with clients during supervision, individual and group therapy, and internships. 

Our focus is therapists' scope of practice, the ethics regarding claims of expertise, levels of competency, coherent training, research into clinical skills, and defining specialization. How do we encourage clinicians to explore the wonderful array of expressive approaches while maintaining safety with clear, appropriate training and avoiding misleading marketing claims? What are the potential pitfalls when developing skills with projective techniques? What does a misstep look like and how might we repair to maintain the integrity of therapy?

 

 

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.

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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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