top of page
UPCOMING EVENTS
White on Transparent.png
UPCOMING EVENTS

All of our traininigs are "live online" per NYS Education Department as they provide an opportunity for participants to interact in real time with the presenter

Mindful Writing: The Healing Power Of Silence And Meditation

Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2023

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: Dr. Marianela Medrano

E73E288D-7793-4C15-B285-FF06D6AD8EBB.jpeg

Mindful Writing is a writing approach focusing on the present moment, using all the senses without judgment. It provides pathways to wholeness.“Wholeness” includes all aspects of our lives, not just the desirable, the positive. Looking at wholeness as just the positive makes us incomplete and creates self-aversion. Wholeness frees us from fragmentation and self-aversion.

This three-hour training offers a brief introduction to Mindfulness, its four foundations, and how they connect to the practice of writing as therapeutic means. Through writing, meditation, and clinical reflections, the participants will leave with a sense of direction for facilitating psychological healing and personal transformation in those they served.

Dr. Marianela Medrano was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. A poet and a writer of nonfiction and fiction, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Dr. Medrano has trained in Mindfulness and spirituality in a variety of settings. She is a Mindful Eating instructor/facilitator. Additionally, she is training to become a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through The Sounds True Foundation, a program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices. She is a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/poetry therapy, IFBPT.

Youth Mental Health: A Clinician's Toolkit

Date: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 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

ProfessionalPic.jpg

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.

Mastering The Art Of Parent Engagement In Therapy With Kids And Teens

Date: Fri, Feb 3, 2023

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: Dr. Victoria Grinman

uc.jpeg

Oftentimes we think helping kids cope with trauma and stress is about engaging the child in the therapy room and parents are not part of the equation. Many therapists have limited time and options for collaborating and working with parents – and it is not something we are taught.

Dr. Victoria Grinman, dubbed the “Parent Whisperer” for her effectiveness in working with parents, specifically in engaging difficult-to-reach parents, is excited to share the art of engaging parents with compassion and influencing them with integrity and alignment in helping kids live with joy and for their family to experience ease and peace. Participants will gain confidence in their approach with the toughest of cases, leading to an aligned teamwork approach. Dr. Grinman is has been afforded the opportunities to work with some of the most challenging cases, from high-profile families dealing with pressures, to families coping with intergenerational trauma-related dynamics, and everything in between.

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.

Winter Wilderness Therapy

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM –  12:00 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, KMOG 

headshot.jpg

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.

Bringing Creativity And Compassion to CBT And Treatment Planning

Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 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: Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R

headshot (1) copy.JPG

This training provides space for clinicians to shift their mindset around "problematic clients"; and offers innovative, modern approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions (i.e.Challenging Cognitive Distortions, Identifying Triggers, Setting Boundaries, Mindfulness and Action /Treatment Plans).

There are real biological, scientific reasons our clients struggle to utilize the skills and practices we teach them, especially in the time of COVID. This training encourages interactive participant involvement for changing patterns and integrating new skills with our clients (and ourselves). Clear and helpful psychoeducation for how trauma, chronic stress, and complex trauma impact our body, mind and spirit especially as it relates to the COVID pandemic is provided.

Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R is a licensed, clinical, social worker with more than 25 years of experience and expertise working with children, adolescents, adults and families who live with chronic stress, mental illness, and are survivors of trauma.

Currently in private practice, Ms. Blaufox was Clinical Director of the Mann and Goldsmith Residential Psychiatric Treatment Facilities at the Jewish Board, for more than ten years. During her time at the Jewish Board, Ellen had the opportunity to participate as a Core Team Member in the National Child Traumatic Study Network Learning Collaborative with the founders of Trauma-Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is an experienced TF-CBT practitioner, supervisor and consultant. Additionally, Ellen was a Core Team Member of the implementation of the Sanctuary Model on the Westchester Campus of the Jewish Board where she led multi-disciplinary teams in the adaptation and implementation of the Sanctuary Model from an adult modality to address the needs of adolescent populations. She also collaborated with the Creators of SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) in implementation of a pilot program for the Jewish Board.

Functional Psycho-Neuro-Biology Lens Basics For Mental Health Practice

Date: Tues, Feb 7, 2023

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.

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MBA, MSciEdFacilitator:

Inna Rozentsvit headshot.jpg

During this training, practitioners will become acquainted with or expand their knowledge about the main Brain-Mind processes – neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, neurointegration, synaptic connections & synaptic pruning, neuronetworking/ connectomes, mirror neuron networking, electrochemical conduction of information, as well as the main Brain-Mind phenomena – of brain laterality, “don’t use it – lose it,” “what fires together – wires together,” “regions connected together – grow up together,” and others.

Join Inna Rozentsvit in an overview of the Brain-Mind dyad, using Paul MacLean’s Triune Brain theoretical framework, and attachment, stress responses, self-regulation, and epigenetics as these apply to understanding and treating trauma, mental health disorders, as well as various conditions involving the internal organs and systems.

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MBA, MSciEd is a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist, trained in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, with extensive experience in brain trauma, autoimmune neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Rozentsvit is a founder of the Neurorecovery Solutions, Inc. (neurorecoverysolutions.com), a non-profit organization which helps neurologically impaired and their caregivers in their often heart-breaking journey to well-being. She is also an educator who works with children and adults with learning and emotional disabilities, while applying knowledge from the fields of neurology, basic sciences, mental health, and pedagogy to solving puzzles of miscommunications and every-day interactions of these children and adults with their parents and significant others.

Dr. Rozentsvit is the scientific faculty member, programs director, and administrator of the Object Relations Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (ORI, www.orinyc.org) in NYC.

Devoted Or Dangerous? Ideological Violence In Emerging Adulthood

Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2023

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.

IMG_0639_edited.jpg

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.

Gender Affirming Care For Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Date: Fri, Feb 10, 2023 

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

Nyx New.jpg

Join Nyx Melody, LMHC in this virtual training 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 masters 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.

Fae also works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development teaching mental health counseling graduate students.

Assessing And Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior In Emerging Adulthood

Date: Mon, Feb 13, 2023

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.

Facilitators: Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D; Jennifer Cinicolo, LMHC; and Shoshanna Must, Ph.D.

IMG_0639_edited.jpg

This training will provide a framework for clinicians to develop initial competency in working with emerging adult clients with problematic sexual behavior. Within the developmental framework of emerging adulthood, the training will offer strategies for assessing and treating problematic sexual behavior.

The training will review the variety of sexual interests and behaviors that may arise during intake and through the treatment course (i.e. problematic pornography use and interpersonal sexual violence, both contact and non-contact) as well as the prevalence of these behaviors on college campuses.

Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D.

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.

Jennifer Cinicolo, LMHC

Jennifer Cinicolo, LMHC received her Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has worked for Empire State Forensics in private practice since 2013 specializing in the evaluation and trauma-informed treatment of justice-involved adult males and females who commit sexual harm and juveniles who exhibit problematic sexual behavior, including those found responsible for college campus sexual assault.

Shoshanna Must, Ph.D.

Shoshanna Must, Ph.D. is a forensic psychologist licensed in the state of New York. For over 15 years Dr. Must has been specializing in the evaluation and treatment of persons with sexual behavioral problems, as well as providing support and therapy for family members and loved ones impacted.  She also is a consultant for the judicial branch of Connecticut, where she conducts quality improvement audits for psychosexual risk evaluations, as well as provides trainings to court clinicians.

Jennifer.jpg
Shoshanna Must stock photo 2023.jpeg

Incorporating Social Justice Activism Into Therapeutic Practice

Date: Wed, Feb 15, 2023

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: Join Nicholas Bensmiller, M.A., Ed.M., LMHC

IMG_5574_edited.jpg

Even with the continuing advancement of the necessity of social justice-centered care work, many training programs do not sufficiently address how to incorporate theory into practice. One element of social justice that often confounds mental health professionals is the ethics, interventions, and models of activism within the consultation room. Using an intersectional Feminist Therapy theoretical approach, this training will outline the history of activism in therapy, the ethical issues concerning integrating activism into mental health work, and propose a model for the utilization of activism as a clinical skill and set of interventions.

Join Nicholas Bensmiller, M.A., Ed.M., LMHC as they provide an outline of the history of feminist therapy theory, a brief history of activism in mental health work, a review of research on activism in clinical spaces, and a framework for approaching utilizing activism in clinical spaces with particular focus on proposed interventions.

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.

Theoretical, Practical and Relational Dimensions of Clinical Supervision

Date: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023

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: Dr. John Mills, Ph.D., ABPP

Jay good mug.jpg

Join Dr. John "Jay" Mills in an exploration of the major approaches to supervisory intervention, practical techniques for supervision, the significance of the person of the supervisor and supervisee, and professional issues that are unique to supervision and are significant to the process and outcome of supervision.

Dr. Mills, Ph.D., ABPP earned his Ph.D. at SUNY-Buffalo and is a psychologist licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, and formerly in Delaware. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY-Potsdam .

He retired in 2022 from the faculty of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania after 35 years of service to the undergraduate program and the APA-Accredited Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology. He served for more than two decades on the Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, 25 years as co-chair of IUP’s IRB, holds a training certificate from the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute, and has completed two graduate degrees in fields related to Psychology.

Dr. Mills has presented and published about supervision and ethics, is Board Certified by, and President of, the American Board of Counseling Psychology. He has worked in the private practice of psychotherapy and consultation since 1989.

Suicidal Ideation And Self-Injurious Behaviors: Assessment And Treatment

Date: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023

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

ProfessionalPic.jpg

Beginning with the first therapy session, clinicians will learn about addressing the limits of confidentiality and the importance of transparency. The focus will transition to managing a disclosure, better understanding the client's perspective in that moment, and understanding how that impacts clinician response.

This training will address assessment of risk and how to proceed accordingly. For those working with minors, there will be discussion about how to share disclosures with a family member prior to ending the session. For those only working with adults, the benefits of signing a release will be highlighted. Safety plans, as well as effective replacement and general coping skills will also be reviewed.

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.

Vicarious Trauma And Resilience In Social Justice Work

Date: Thurs, Feb 23, 2023

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: Cristian Eduardo, Survivor and Human Trafficking Consultant, and Dr. Shobana Powell, LCSW, DSW

Shobana Powell Headshot 2_edited.jpg
Cristian Eduardo Headshot.jpg

Description: Join Cristian Eduardo, Survivor and Human Trafficking Consultant and Dr. Shobana Powell, LCSW, DSW, as they discuss the impact of both vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience on clients, ourselves, and our organizations.

The presenters will utilize an organizational approach to vicarious trauma prevention they co-authored called the CARES Model to address the intersection of systemic oppression and vicarious trauma, provide recommendations for individual self-care, and provide recommendations for organizational change.

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.

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.

The Power Of Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Date: Monday, Feb 27, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 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: Kiara Luna, LMHC

Kiara_edited.jpg

Many of us struggle with limiting beliefs that keep us stagnant and unable to reach our goals. Limiting beliefs that live in our subconscious may result in stress and fear which then blocks our ability to learn new information, create, and think clearly. New studies reveal the subconscious mind is far more active than what we think.

As clinicians, we can at times feel stuck when practicing and may face challenges helping our clients move forward or helping them make the necessary connections that will help them get unstuck.

This training will not only provide a greater understanding about the role the subconscious mind plays and the tools to help clients move forward but it will also provide a different perspective on how to address presenting issues through the techniques studied by Kiara Luna and implemented in her work with clients.

Kiara Luna is a bilingual, licensed mental health therapist, best-selling author, public speaker and the owner of Knew You Psychotherapy. With over a decade of experience, Kiara has helped couples, individuals and families develop healthier relationships not only with others but with themselves.

Kiara has been featured in Fatherly, Psych Central, Bustle, WeddingWire, and more. As a therapist and powerful speaker, she has been able to help many find their inner voices and inspire them to grow in areas they never thought they could. Kiara loves having the opportunity to connect with audiences, empower, educate, and motivate them to achieve personal and professional growth through captivating stories and knowledgeable insight.

Ecological Grief And Climate Anxiety

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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: Andrea LaJoie, LCSW-R, KMOG 

headshot.jpg

More frequently, clinicians are needing to provide psychotherapy for clients experiencing Ecological Grief and other related existential crises. Join Andrea LaJoie, LCSW-R, KMOG, in an overview of Ecological Grief and the growing impact that environmental destruction has on the psyche.

This training will explore signs and symptoms of Ecological Grief; current research on the impact of climate change and environmental destruction on mental health; therapeutic interventions for supporting and treating clients experiencing Ecological Grief and related existential crises; and a brief overview of helping providers manage their own feelings about environmental destruction and their own existential fears.

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.

Wilderness Therapy: Foundations Of Nature-Based Interventions

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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, KMOG 

headshot.jpg

Join Andrea "Snowy" 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.

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

Date: Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT (March 9 9am-4pm AND March 10 9am-4pm)

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

uc.jpeg

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.

The Ethical Realities Of Reporting Suspicions Of Child Maltreatment

Date: Thursday, March 16 

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: Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W.

Kathryn_edited.jpg

Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals throughout the United States are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment. However, our legal requirement to report is often confusing to navigate in relation to our other professional and ethical responsibilities.

This training is intended for mental and behavioral health who already have a basic understanding of their obligations as mandated reporters, and want to explore areas that are complicated by our professional relationships with clients in light of our legal obligations. Specifically, this training will address informed consent practices with different client populations , supporting practice with clients after making a report, and how to work with child protective services, especially in light of concerns for racial and social justice in the child welfare system.

Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant, is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community-based organizations to develop policy & practice standards.

Gender Affirming Care For Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Date: Fri, March 17, 2023 

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

Nyx New.jpg

Join Nyx Melody, LMHC in this virtual training 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 masters 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.

Fae also works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development teaching mental health counseling graduate students.

Writing Letters Of Support For Gender Affirming Procedures For TGNC Clients

Date: Fri, March 17, 2023 

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

Nyx New.jpg

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 masters 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.

Fae also works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development teaching mental health counseling graduate students.

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

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 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

Irina_Peschan_Photography_PolinaShkadron20 2022-03-25.jpg

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, 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.

Therapeutic Interventions For The Treatment Of Clients With Chronic Pain

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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

ProfessionalPic.jpg

Join Dr. Jaimee Arnoff, PhD, in this training to explore the biopsychosocial nature of chronic pain. There will be a review of the link between physical and emotional pain, as well as effective tools to retrain the nervous system. Emphasis will be placed on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Pain Reprocessing Therapy. Learn how to support clients toward a mind-body connection through a lens of safety rather than fear.

Applications will also include addressing the physical manifestations of other mental health symptoms.

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.

Expressive Arts: Attachment And The Invisible String

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

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

DW pic.jpg

Connection might be the most important need for all humans. This training will highlight the bestselling children’s book, The Invisible String, which reminds us that we do not have to search for connection because it exists within us.

The Invisible String Workbook was co-written by Patrice Karst and Dr. Dana Wyss to explore creative activities for therapists, teachers, and parents to inspire imagination, improve connections, and explore creativity. Utilizing activities from The Invisible String Workbook, this training provides an overview of attachment theory and how disruptions in attachment affect youth and families.

Through activities selected from the workbook we will explore ways to integrate expressive arts activities in your clinical work to promote creativity and connection. Finally, there will be time dedicated to discussion of how these activities have been effective in group curriculum, individual and family therapy, and adaptations or modifications made to address different developmental and functioning levels. Dr. Wyss has provided these workshops and individual therapy for clients who have experienced complex developmental trauma, youth who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation, military families, and for employee wellness in response to vicarious trauma.

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.

Grief And The DSM: Conceptualizing Grief Through A Diagnostic Lens

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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,

Head shot 2021.jpg

The death of someone significant in a person’s life can be quite disorienting. The grief that follows is generally a complex and multi-faceted experience that permeates most or all aspects of one’s life.

Grievers often wonder if they are grieving the “right way” and if they will ever “get better” because the intensity of their pain can be so dysregulating. The ways in which people adapt to these losses and re-establish their lives are varied. Although there has always been recognition that some have a more complicated reaction to death than others, recent initiatives have moved those complications into a widely recognized, controversial, and formalized diagnosis. Grief now carries a categorization of “normal” or “disordered."

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.

Appropriate Professional Boundaries In Clinical Practice

Date: Fri, April 14, 2023 

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

Nyx New.jpg

This course is geared toward mental health or medical providers seeking to gain greater competencies related to practicing appropriate professional boundaries in clinical practice. This course will briefly address APA Code of Ethics as well as explore various considerations related to confidentiality with clients.

The training will provide helpful tips for managing and addressing moments in which transference and countertransference emerge. This course will discuss the different types of self-disclosure that exist and provide a framework for practicing self-disclosure in sessions through an intersectional feminist and ethical decision making lens. In this course we will explore considerations for telehealth services, walk-and-talk therapy, mandated reporting and strategies to manage communication outside of sessions with your clients.

This training provides reflective questions and case examples that aim to assist participants with identifying areas that may create barriers and challenges when practicing appropriate professional boundaries.

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 masters 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.

Fae also works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development teaching mental health counseling graduate students.

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. 

blmgn-sm-blm-twitter-profile-1500x500-01
credo_tip_how_to_be_an_lgbtq_ally_2.png
bottom of page