The Therapeutic Potential of Disclosures of Abuse and Scary Secrets in Child Therapy  

Date: Fri, February 26, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST, via Zoom

Cost: $60

2 CE contact hours available from Hudson Valley Professional Development, LLC for NYS Licensed Psychologists, LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LMSWs upon successful completion of training.

Facilitator: David Crenshaw,Ph.D. ABPP


The Therapeutic Potential of Disclosures of Abuse and Scary Secrets in Child Therapy

Child and adolescent clinicians may experience a child's disclosure of abuse or toxic secrets, a "breaking of the silence" as a "sacred moment" akin to what Daniel Stern in Psychoanalytic Therapy characterized as "Moments of Meeting". These deep heart to heart encounters have the potential to be transformative not only for the youth but also for the therapist. Yet, therapeutic potential is often compromised by the anxiety caused to both the youth and the therapist, related to reporting requirements, real life, and perhaps legal consequences of the disclosures. This Zoom training will focus on what is involved for the child/adolescent in breaking their silence, the implications for the therapeutic alliance, and the impact on both client and therapist. Since the topic is likely to evoke considerable thought, and questions, the last 1/2 hour will be alloted to Q. and A.


1) Participants will be able to list three important considerations regarding the timing of breaking the silence by a child/adolescent in therapy.

2) Participants will be able to delineate at least 3 ways to follow-up after disclosures to enhance safety.

3) Participants will be able to describe three ways to assess what used to be called "ego strengths", now more likely referred to as "windows of affect tolerance."

4) Participants will list three important contributions to healing of trauma resulting from the unburdening.

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D. ABPP, is Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie. He is Past-President of the New York Association for Play Therapy, a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist; a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. He was honored with the Excellence in Psychology Award in 2009, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 by the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, and also the NY Association for Play Therapy in 2018. He is the author/editor/co-editor of 17 books, over 100 book chapters, and journal articles on child aggression, play therapy and child trauma, his latest books co-edited with Cathy Malchiodi are What to Do When Children Clam-Up in Psychotherapy and a book co-written with Eliana Gil titled Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy.

Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST, via Zoom

Cost: $100

6 CEs available to NYS LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LMSWs, and NYS Licensed Psychologists provided by Hudson Valley Professional Development, LLC upon successful completion of training.

NYS OASAS Certified 6 Clock Hour Certificates are available for CASAC renewal, CPPs (Certified Prevention Professionals) and CPSs (Certified Prevention Specialists) from Thurman Brown Consultant, Inc. upon successful completion of training. 

Join Thurman Brown, M-CASAC in this interactive workshop that will examine and explore the significance of culture in treatment-seeking behaviors, the assessment and counseling processes, program development, and organizational practices in behavioral health services. As practitioners, we must recognize the importance of race, ethnicity, and culture in the provision of behavioral health services.

In order to best meet the needs of their clients, providers must commit to the awareness and acknowledgment that people from other cultural groups do not necessarily share the same beliefs and practices or perceive, interpret, or encounter similar experiences in the same way.

Cultural competence is more than speaking another language or being able to recognize the basic features of a cultural group. The foundation of cultural competence is the recognition that each of us, by virtue of our culture, has at least some ethnocentric views that are provided by and shaped by our individual interpretation of that culture.

Hudson Valley Professional Development, in conjunction with Thurman Brown Consultant, present this comprehensive workshop for mental health professionals and substance abuse professionals. Community members are welcome to attend.


1.Participants will be able to define the role culture plays in the treatment process, both generally and with reference to specific cultural groups.

2. Participants will examine and broaden their cultural awareness, explore diversity issues, and develop a greater awareness of the interplay of cultural differences in behavioral health service delivery.

3. Participants will learn about the importance of the role of program management and organizational commitment in the development of cultural competence.

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 has been credentialed since 2013 and 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 expertise in Medication Assisted Treatment workflows and client assessment in behavioral health settings, client engagement both onsite and in-community. As a project manager for a Center of Treatment Innovation he coordinated increase access to MAT services at the state and federal level.

Thurman is the owner of Thurman Brown Consultant, Inc., recognized by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Support as an approved provider of continuing education, #1390.

Cultivating Healthy Boundaries to Reduce Compassion Fatigue

Date: March 20, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST, via Zoom

Cost: $55

2 CE contact hours available from Hudson Valley Professional Development, LLC for NYS Licensed Psychologists, LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LMSWs upon successful completion of training.

Facilitator: Paul Singleton III, CMT ATR LCAT

Those of us who work in the helping professions enter this work because of our sense of caring (empathy). When we overextend ourselves to deliver this care, it can lead to compassion fatigue (or, sometimes, vicarious trauma). This is a big contributing factor in work burnout.

Once burnout is reached, we are not able to meet the therapeutic needs of our clients. The overwhelm that comes with compassion fatigue can cause a shutdown of the parts of us that make us great at our job. In this interactive workshop, led by Paul Singleton III, CMT ATR LCAT, participants will learn to identify hidden traps that bring about compassion fatigue. This workshop will include mindful breathing exercises, writing and drawing exercises, as well as group discussion, all designed to make this an interactive learning experience.

2 CEs available to NYS LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LMSWs, and NYS Licensed Psychologists from Hudson Valley Professional Development, LLC upon successful completion of training workshop.


Participants will learn to identify compassion fatigue symptoms, and will learn to identify attitudes and behaviors that contribute to compassion fatigue.

Participants will learn the differences between "helping", "fixing" and "serving" and the implications for the therapeutic relationship.

Participants will learn about the Buddhist concept of "The Three Poisons" as it relates to the helping profession.

Participants will learn effective tools and strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries that will protect both professionals and the people we serve.

Paul Singleton III, CMT ATR LCAT (he/him) is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (ATR, LCAT), and Certified Mindfulness Teacher (CMT 200hr). Paul was first inspired to study Buddhist Psychology while practicing meditation as a teen. He received his formal training as a Buddhist monk under Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey, and completed Mindfulness Teacher training through The Interdependence Project.

A student of Art Therapist and Origami Master Toshiko Kobayashi, Paul teaches origami to groups as a mindfulness practice. Some of the organizations that Paul has led workshops with include Artistic Noise, The Okra Project, The Trevor Project, and Lululemon. As a practicing artist, Paul was a recipient of the 2020 Jersey City Arts Council Grant Award.

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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