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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

The Ethical Realities Of Reporting Suspicions Of Child Maltreatment

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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.

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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 practitioners 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.

Executive Functioning: Foundation To Application For Neurodiverse Clients

Date: Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd, 2024

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

Cost: $360

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

*A lunch break is scheduled from 12pm-1pm each day of the training.

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

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Join Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CTP, ADHD-RSP, in this 2-day training (February 22 9am-4pm AND February 23 9am-4pm) that presents a dynamic, relationship-based approach to conceptualizing executive function skills from a neurodevelopmental perspective. Understanding the brain hierarchy and developmental expectations from infancy into adulthood brings the impact of executive function challenges to the forefront. The areas of cognition, language, and social-emotional growth are deeply rooted in children establishing the necessary foundational capacities for learning. A framework that focuses on the roles of self-regulation and essential precursors to emotional development is integral to practicing treatment approaches that are in-tune with current, brain-based research.

For neurodiverse populations, executive functioning difficulties underlie daily struggles. An in-depth analysis of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and developmental learning disability will be explored through case studies to indicate the progression of executive functioning. The impact of a skill deficit in the areas of executive functioning will be described. Clinical examples will explain the need for bottom-up developmental therapeutic interventions, as opposed to those that prioritize top-down consequence-based methods. Supportive strategies will be demonstrated as participants will be encouraged to partake in cooperative problem solving, investigating possible solutions for managing challenging situations.

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.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder And Exposure With Response Prevention (ERP)

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024

Time: 9:00 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: Alnardo Martinez, LMHC

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In this training, participants will learn the psychopathology of OCD, how to diagnose OCD, and how to treat it using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). ERP is the “gold-standard" intervention for OCD that has five main components: in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure, ritual prevention, processing, and home visits.

In learning ERP, participants will learn the theory underlying the intervention and the empirical support for it. Participants will learn the basic techniques in ERP and how to apply these to their clinical population. Participants will learn how and when to modify these techniques based on patient needs. Participants will also receive an overview of “third-wave” treatments such as ACT and I-CBT.

Alnardo Martinez, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor in the Anxiety Disorders Center and for School and Community Programs at the Child Mind Institute. Mr. Martinez specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety related disorders in children, teens, and young adult. He has extensive experience treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, selective mutism (SM), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and specific phobias. He also has prior experience working with the Learning and Development Center to provide bilingual (Spanish) neuropsychological evaluations.

 

Prior to joining the Child Mind Institute, Mr. Martinez worked at Rogers Behavioral Health, interviewing and assessing adults and children for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, mood disorders and eating disorders. He received training in exposure with response prevention (ERP) and assisted in facilitating ERP treatments alongside leading psychologists in the field of child and adolescent OCD. Before joining the clinical team at the Child Mind Institute, he was a member of the intake team, assessing the needs of families and connecting them to the appropriate services.

 

Mr. Martinez is passionate about helping children and adolescents who struggle with mental health and learning disorders and is dedicated to providing evidence-based interventions to children and adolescents such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Selective Mutism (PCIT-SM).

Mr. Martinez provides clinical services in both English and Spanish.

Vicarious Trauma In The Mental Health Field

Date: Monday, February 26, 2024

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: Dr. Stephanie Leite.

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Join Dr. Stephanie Stein Leite, licensed as a psychologist in NY, CT, and MA and president of the New England Chapter of Threat Assessment Professionals and the Forensic Division of the CT Psychological Association in this training focused on vicarious traumatization.

Mental health practitioners are often putting the needs of others before their own. This certainly exposes practitioners to the trauma of others – over and over again. We call this “vicarious traumatization.” It is typically easier to identify trauma in others than ourselves, and mental health practitioners are apt to become desensitized to their own vicarious trauma. This two-hour training explores the subtle signs that someone you work with could be experiencing a heavy load of stress, signs that you may be experiencing traumatic stress, and the steps you can take to help yourself and those around you.

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

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

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

Grief: Theoretical Frameworks And Practical Applications

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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: Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT

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People who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives can be quite disoriented by the experience. Grievers can benefit immensely from the help of clinicians who have specialized training in grief.

Participants in this training will have an opportunity to understand contemporary grief theories and how these theories inform goals and interventions that are helpful in grief counseling.

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

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

Assessing And Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior In Emerging Adulthood

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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.

Facilitators: Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D. & Shoshanna Must, Ph.D.

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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. 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.

Brielle’s college mental health experience is within faith-based institutions (Catholic and Jewish), preparing her to work effectively and supportively with religiously observant individuals of all faiths. She excels in assisting clients working through identity development, relationship problems, behavioral problems in relationships, issues surrounding sex and sexuality, gender identity, adjustment, individuation, and self-esteem. In addition, Brielle is an expert consultant and trainer on a wide variety of topics relevant to young adult mental health, including emerging adulthood, college adjustment, high-risk behavior intervention, suicide risk assessment, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence.

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.

Dr. Must is the clinical director and consultant of the NYC office of Empire State Forensics, where she works together with clinicians to provide the most holistic and humanistic care to persons struggling with their sexual behavior. Dr. Must serves as evaluation coordinator; conducting and supervising psychosexual risk assessments, SORA determination evaluations, as well as general psychological evaluations for the local and federal court system, as well as defense attorneys.

Assessment and Treatment of Psychotic Disorders: A Psychiatric Perspective

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

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: James Demer, M.D.

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Join James Demer, M.D, a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, in a training focused on a comprehensive approach to the assessment of clients presenting with psychotic symptoms. This will include diagnostic considerations and ways to best recognize psychotic features on mental status exam.

A review of biological, psychological and social treatment interventions for clients suffering from psychotic illness will also be explored.

Through case studies the presenter will review various ways in which clients present with psychosis in clinical practice. A review of the various DSM-V conditions that can present with psychotic features will be conducted, as well as the biological, social and psychological factors that can predispose to psychotic illness will be explored. Finally, the presenter will review the evidence -based interventions for clients with psychosis.

James Demer, M.D, is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. He then completed medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Demer completed his internship and psychiatry residency at the National Capital Consortium in Washington, D.C. and completed fellowship training in Child Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University.

Over the last 20 years Dr. Demer has devoted his time to both clinical and academic pursuits in the field of Child Psychiatry. He served as the Director of the Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Upstate Medical University. He has published several articles and contributed to book chapters on topics related to military psychiatry and the treatment of trauma.

Threat Assessment And Management Basics For The Mental Health Professional

Date: Monday, March 4, 2024

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. Stephanie Leite.

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Join Dr. Stephanie Stein Leite, licensed as a psychologist in NY, CT, and MA and president of the New England Chapter of Threat Assessment Professionals and the Forensic Division of the CT Psychological Association in this full-day primer to the world of threat assessment and management (TAM).

Mental health practitioners are often asked to make critical decisions about people who are potentially violent, yet have little to no training in either assessing for violence or determining risk factors for targeted violence (which is different than reactive or emotional violence).

This full day training will provide an introduction to the world of threat assessment and management (TAM), the only preventative solution. Dr. Leite will teach the difference between types of violence and explore basic threat assessment concepts.

Practitioners will leave understanding the cornerstones of TAM and the building blocks of processing a threat as a practitioner or as part of a threat assessment team.

Highlights include: history and statistics, mental health professionals as a critical part of the process, the difference between reactive and targeted violence, the pathway to violence, teams, the basic threat assessment process, interviewing and data gathering, a nod to assessment, management, case study discussions, favorite resources.

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

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

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

Therapeutic Interventions For The Treatment Of Clients With Chronic Pain

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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. Jaimee Arnoff

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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.

Relational Therapy With Consensually Non-Monogamous And Polyamorous Clients

 

Date: Friday, March 8, 2024

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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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This training is geared toward mental health professionals seeking to gain greater competencies with creating, maintaining and practicing skills to become a more equitable and inclusive provider to people who practice consensual and/or ethical non-monogamy and/or polyamory.

This training provides distinctions between the aforementioned concepts and how they are practiced, introduces a wealth of terms to become familiar with when working with clients who practice non-monogamy, and a helpful framework for working with more than two clients in relationship counseling (both virtually and in person).

This training assists participants with helpful strategies to practice and obtain affirming language to utilize when working with non-monogamous and polyamorous clients. This course provides reflective questions and case examples that aim to assist participants with identifying areas that may create barriers and challenges for working with or maintaining relationships with non-monogamous and polyamorous clients.

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.

Vulnerability And The Spiritual Journey: Therapeutic Higher Consciousness

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024

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, effective, 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 development.

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.

Working With Survivors Of Sexual Assault: Empowering Post-Traumatic Growth

Date: Monday, March 11, 2024

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: Monique Dauphin, LMHC

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This training will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to competently treat adult and teen survivors of sexual assault. We will focus on the universal principles inherent in all effective modalities of trauma treatment and how to apply them in clinical work with survivors. The goals of preventing retraumatization, strengthening agency, and empowering post-traumatic growth will be emphasized.

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

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

Now in private practice, Monique specializes in helping survivors recover from interpersonal violence and systemic oppression.

Preparing Mental Health Professionals For Legal System Involvement

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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.

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Are you working with a family involved in a custody case? Have you been asked to serve as an expert witness? Are you worried about being sued? Mental health professionals are often put in a position where they must interface with the legal system.

Many times, these interactions are not voluntary on the part of the mental health professional. As a result, they can be daunting. This course will help prepare mental health professionals with information and skills to competently interface with the legal system, when necessary.

 

 

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.

Preparing Mental Health Professionals For Legal System Involvement

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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.

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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 practitioners 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.

Understanding Asylum Seeker And Refugee Mental Health Needs

Date: Monday, March 18, 2024

Time: 2:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $65

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

Facilitator: Dr. Smita Ekka Dewan

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This training will provide mental health practitioners with essential insights into the unique challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees in the US. Participants will explore the psychological impact of forced migration, complexities of displacement, trauma, and acculturation.

Currently, many cities in the US are seeing an influx of asylum-seeking migrants. The migration experiences of the asylum seekers and refugees result in a substantial need for social services and mental health services.

Through case studies, attendees will engage in learning about best practices, ethical dilemmas, advocacy strategies, professional self-care, and cultural competency.

 

Dr. Smita Ekka Dewan is an Assistant Professor of Human Services at New York City College of Technology, CUNY and an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University. Her area of research is social work with Immigrants and Refugees, International Social Work, Human Rights and Social Justice and Program Evaluation.

She has published and presented on the topics of human trafficking, violence against women, human rights, and feminist theory. She is a member of the Commission of Global Social Work Education within the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and a member of the New York City Immigration and Global Social Work Committee of the New York City Chapter of National Association of Social Work (NASW).

Supporting Children And Families When Someone Dies From Substance Use

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

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

Facilitator: Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT

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In the United States today, overdose deaths involving opioids have increased so rapidly that the Department of Health and Human Services has labeled this an epidemic. About 120 people die from an overdose every single day.

When someone dies from substance use, grievers can be quite disoriented and confused. They often face special challenges related to communicating about the death to the children in the family and others around them due to the stigma associated with substance use. They also struggle with their own mixed feelings about the circumstances and their role in the cycle of addiction. Even those closest to the grieving family may alienate them or make them feel ashamed about the death.

Clinical theory and practice have also shaped how substance use is viewed, talked about, and treated. Substance use can activate strong countertransference reactions and difficulties knowing how to properly support these grievers. This presentation will take a closer look at the needs of families grieving an overdose death and how to support them in clinical practice.

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.

Clinical Risk Assessment In Emerging Adulthood: Practice/Strategy/Logistics

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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: Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D.

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This training will focus on clinical assessment of suicidality and self-injurious behavior in emerging adults, levels of risk, and potential action steps, both in primary provider and supervisory roles. Clinicians will be prepared to recognize when it is safe and appropriate to continue working with a client with suicidal ideation and/or self-injurious behavior, and what to do when it is not. Approaches to assessment, creation of safety plans, integration of safety plans into treatment, levels of care for potential referral, what to expect from EMS and emergency room evaluations, advocacy and engagement with systems of care (including inpatient psychiatry and institutions of higher education) will be reviewed.

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.

Brielle’s college mental health experience is within faith-based institutions (Catholic and Jewish), preparing her to work effectively and supportively with religiously observant individuals of all faiths. She excels in assisting clients working through identity development, relationship problems, behavioral problems in relationships, issues surrounding sex and sexuality, gender identity, adjustment, individuation, and self-esteem. In addition, Brielle is an expert consultant and trainer on a wide variety of topics relevant to young adult mental health, including emerging adulthood, college adjustment, high-risk behavior intervention, suicide risk assessment, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence.

Exploring Sexuality And Alternative Sexual Practices In Psychotherapy

Date: Friday, March 29, 2024

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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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

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

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.

Experiential Introduction To Trauma Treatment Modalities

Date: Monday, April 1, 2024

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: Monique Dauphin, LMHC

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This training will provide participants with a survey in several modalities of trauma treatment, including desensitization-based methods such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), somatic and mindfulness-based methods such as trauma-sensitive mindfulness practice, and narrative/constructivist methods such as Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.

The training is intended to introduce participants to these methods and to give them both an intellectual and experiential understanding of the mechanisms by which each style of treatment is effective in improving outcomes for trauma survivors. Self-care planning with the intent of avoiding and combatting clinician burnout and vicarious trauma will also be explored.

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

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

Now in private practice, Monique specializes in helping survivors recover from interpersonal violence and systemic oppression.

Requirements For Clinical Record-Keeping: From The Basic To Complicated

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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.

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Mental health professionals have a legal and ethical obligation to keep records to memorialize their work with their clients. However, what you record, and how it is recorded, can be confusing to navigate. This training will explore the legal and ethical requirements of clinical record keeping, while highlighting ethical challenges and the realities of busy professionals. Course Goals and Learning Objectives: This course aims to bring context to ethical concerns often experienced by behavioral/physical health professionals in practice with individual clients/patients.

This training fulfills the NYS requirement for licensed Psychologists of 3 CEs in Professional Ethics.

Note: All New York State licensees are responsible for complying with New York State laws, rules and regulations. Learn more at https://www.op.nysed.gov/professions/psychology/laws-rules-regulations

 

 

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.

Appropriate Professional Boundaries In Clinical Practice

Date: Friday, April 5, 2024

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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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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.

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.

Trauma During Childbirth: Supporting Pregnant And Postpartum Clients

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024

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: Dr. Rachel Diamond, PhD, LMFT, PMH-C

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This training is geared toward any provider wanting to increase their understanding of the intersection between maternal mental health and birth trauma. This course will provide a brief overview of common mental health concerns that present throughout the perinatal period –during pregnancy and postpartum. Special focus will be paid to prevalence, risk factors, and methods of detection for traumatic childbirth.

This training will also provide first-hand accounts of parents who experienced traumatic childbirth for participants to have the opportunity to engage in applied experiential learning to inform their clinical work. Participants will also be provided resources to support their clinical work with perinatal clients.

Dr. Rachel Diamond, PhD, LMFT, PMH-C is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International. She maintains a private practice in Chicago, Rachel Diamond, PLLC, where she primarily works with individuals and couples presenting with issues related to pregnancy and adjusting to new parenthood. She is trained in EMDR specifically for the perinatal population and utilizes this in her treatment of reproductive traumas.

Additionally, as a former university professor, Dr. Diamond is also a well published researcher. The focus of her research and scholarship is on relational and perinatal mental health with special attention to empirically-based practical applications for clinicians. You can find her writings in journals such as Women and Birth, Family Process, and Contemporary Family Therapy, as well as popular media such as The Conversation and her Psychology Today blog “Preparing for Parenthood”.

The Mental Health And Nutrition Connection

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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

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This training presents an in-depth perspective into mealtime development and the connections we make between food and mental health. Based on theories of health behavior change, influences on our food choices are initiated early in development. Environmental characteristics either assist or significantly disrupt the formation of a positive relationship with food. The way in which mealtime is approached and the labels we receive when it comes to feeding, including “the picky eater,” the “food neophobic eater,” and the “avoidant/restrictive” eater, can have a major impact on one’s mental health status into adulthood.

Our food choices are further affected by environmental stressors, trauma, and family dynamics leading into strains on the gut-brain axis and the overwhelming obesity epidemic. 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.

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.

Gender Affirming Care For Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Date: Friday, April 12, 2024

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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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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: Friday, April 19, 2024

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: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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

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

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

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

Nyx completed a dual 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. 

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