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UPCOMING EVENTS

Expressive Arts: Attachment And The Invisible String

Date: Mon, Nov 28, 2022 

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

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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.

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.

Understanding The Client With Psychotic Symptoms

Date: Tues, Nov 29, 2022 

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

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

Facilitator: Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC

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Psychotic episodes can be frightening experiences for both the person having the episode and the person charged with helping them through it. Join Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC and Pamela Robertson, PsyD, LCSW, ATR in a training that provides the learner with basic information about auditory hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms. Strategies to support yourself and others during a psychotic episode will be presented as well as orienting and grounding techniques that can be utilized with an individual experiencing a psychotic episode. The training includes an opportunity that will give the learner an experience of hearing voices in order to develop empathy for the person who has psychotic episodes.

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.

Nature-Based Strategies for Managing Provider Burnout in Winter

Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $85

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

Facilitator: Andrea LaJoie, LCSW-R, KMOG i

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

Andrea Lajoie (she/her) was born and raised in rural upstate New York, on the ancestral lands of the Gana’dagwëni:io’geh. She received a B.A. in Philosophy for Children from SUNY Plattsburgh before earning her MSW from Wheelock College at Boston University in 2010. Andrea spent the next few years in western Massachusetts in clinical practice and as an adjunct professor. In 2014, Andrea moved back to upstate New York and found a home in the finger lakes on the ancestral lands of the Onödowáʼga. She is licensed as an LCSW-R in New York and as a Certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide (KMOG). Andrea is also a Level II trained AEDP therapist. Andrea has an outpatient mental health practice in Ithaca, NY that includes traditional office-based therapy for folks of all ages and also clinical supervision for mental health professionals. In 2020, Andrea founded Wolf Tree Wilderness Therapy and has been leading individuals, families, and groups into the more-than-human world since.

Andrea is an unlikely hiker, who celebrates diversity in all forms and encourages folks with different abilities, different shapes and sizes, different backgrounds, and who are underrepresented and marginalized, to find a safe home in the wilderness. She is a queer, white, cis-female, tattooed, spinal fusion warrior who loves spending her free time knitting, playing music, or taking pictures of her two cats. On most days you will find her roaming around the Finger Lakes National Forest or mapping out invasive species on local trails. Despite not having the greenest of thumbs, Andrea is proud of her herb garden (and, if you join in one of her wilderness groups, you will be treated to a cup of homegrown herbal tea).

Motivational Interviewing: Client Engagement, Evoking Change

Date: Wed, Nov 30, 2022 

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: Crystal Bennett, LMSW

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Motivational Interviewing is a style of communication that enhances motivation for change by helping the individual clarify and resolve ambivalence about the need for behavioral change.

This training introduces the utility of Motivational Interviewing and how it can be interwoven into other approaches to enhance good practice. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to become familiar with the spirit and tools of Motivational Interviewing through reflection, practice, and application to clinically relevant scenarios.

Crystal is an educator, an advocate, a survivor, and a self-proclaimed thriver! For the past 25 years she has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to elevate and amplify the voices of individuals and communities in order to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving.

Crystal Bennett, LMSW, has demonstrated a passion for sharing her experiences in order to help individuals heal from their personal traumas and work alongside professionals to create trauma-informed, culturally inclusive, and person-centered spaces. Her experiences include advocacy within the child welfare system, oversight of child and youth programs, crisis hotline response, delivery of community-based mental health services, and implementing trauma-informed strategies and programs for school districts.

Crystal has been called upon to provide training, coaching, and consultation across the nation as a fierce advocate for social justice leading courageously to dismantle oppressive systems and create equitable and just services, policies, and programs.

Gender-Affirming Care And Letters Of Support For Trans/Gender Expansive Clients

Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM –  4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $180

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

Facilitator: Nyx Melody, LMHC

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This collaborative and interactive full-day training 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.

Topics explored include (1) recognizing the difference between gatekeeping and informed consent for gender-affirming surgical interventions, (2) understanding the WPATH standards of care for gender-affirming surgeries, and (3) learning how to provide gender-affirming surgery letters in a supportive and empowering manner for gender-expansive clients.

This course is appropriate for mental health or medical providers seeking to gain greater competencies with creating, maintaining and practicing skills to become a gender-affirming provider.

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.

De-Escalation And Crisis Communication

Date: Mon, December 5, 2022 

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $125

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

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Every clinician experiences clients with some form of aggression during their tenure. Aggression towards self and others usually manifests from unmet needs. A trauma-responsive approach is essential in offering support and de-escalating these situations.

Join Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC in exploring activities and events that address our self-control to respond rather than react. A brief review of fight, flight, freeze and submit/comply is included. The facilitator will guide participants through activities that support symptom management and de-escalation in response to depression, frustration, fear/anxiety, and manipulation. The goal of this training is to deconstruct the behaviors being experienced into the motivations for aggression.

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.

“The Invisible String” And The “Poignant Presence Of Absence”

Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Cost: $125

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

Facilitator: David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S and Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC

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David Crenshaw, Phd, ABPP, RPT-S and Dana Wyss, Phd, LMFT, ATR-BC, two presenters with extensive experience in working with grief, will share briefly key theoretical concepts explored using experiential activities in this virtual training for practitioners.

These activities will enable participants to experience directly some of the favorite interventions used by the presenters in their clinical work and dive deeper into healing through metaphor and connection. Among the interventions to be demonstrated by Dana from The Invisible String Workbook are “What travels along my string”, “A piece of my heart puzzle,” “Feeling the tug” “Invisible hearts” and “Hearts from above”. Among the interventions to by shared by David are the "Linking Object", “The Heartfelt Feeling Strategies”, the “Family Photo Album”, The Drawing and Storytelling Strategy of the "Little Piglet"; developed especially to address loss, grief, and attachment issues for children in foster care. This will be an interactive presentation using storytelling, zoom tools such as annotation and chat, and individual art and writing activities.

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is Chief of Clinical Services at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Dr. Crenshaw is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the APA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He previously taught play therapy courses at Johns Hopkins, and Columbia University, a past President of the NY Association for Play Therapy, and supervised over 100 doctoral and master’s level interns over a 52 year career. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 17 professional books and three books of poetry, author or co-author of more than a hundred journal articles and book chapters on the topics of child and adolescent therapy, child trauma and abuse, resilience, play therapy and family therapy. His latest books are the Heart of Healing a Child (www.selfesteemshop.com); What to Do When Children Clam-Up in Psychotherapy co-edited with Cathy Malchiodi, and Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy co-written with Eliana Gil. The latter two books were published by Guilford. Dr. Crenshaw has been honored with three Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Hudson Valley Psychological Association (2012); the New York Association for Play Therapy (2018), and the Association for Play Therapy (2021).

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.

Vulnerability And The Spiritual Journey: Therapeutic Higher Consciousness

Date: Sat, December 10, 2022 

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

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

Facilitator: Richard Schaub, PhD

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

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

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

Grief: Theoretical Frameworks And Practical Applications

Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2022 

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $90

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

Facilitator: 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.

Post-Traumatic Growth In Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022 

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: Dr. Victoria Grinman

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Parents of children with Autism often experience great struggles and challenges in their parenthood journey. This stress can significantly impact child outcomes.

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) represents positive psychological change occurring in some who suffered trauma.This training will offer an understanding of the unique multilayered compounding parenthood experience of parents of children with ASD, the ways in which these parents uniquely cope, the markers of PTG in these parents, as well as an understanding of how to help facilitate PTG in this population. Dr. Grinman will present some aspects of her most recent research in this topic and share her insights from a qualitative study that examined the PTG experience of parents of young adult children with ASD.

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.

Abusive Trauma Bonding In Intimate Partner Violence

Date: Fri, December 16, 2022 

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: Karen Landmann, LCSW

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Abusive Traumatic Bonding (ATB™) is a phenomenon present in many, if not all, cases of Intimate Partner Violence. It is closely related to the cycle of violence. ATB™ usually begins after the climax stage in the cycle of violence and is solidified during the second (and ongoing) honeymoon period(s). As the cycle of violence progresses, the bond becomes stronger and stronger, until it is almost impossible for the victim to leave.

COVID-19 has impacted Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) to a great extent. More than ever, clinicians need to be aware of the increasing need for skilled interventions to address ATB™.

Join Karen Landmann in an exploration of the implications of race, gender, culture/ethnicity, sexual orientation, level of ability, and socio-economic status in ATB™. Countertransferential responses can impact the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcomes, and providers must have a “toolbox” at hand to cope with these feelings.

Karen Landmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Manhattan. Educated at Columbia University, she has been in the field for 26 years. Her clientele consists primarily of persons dealing with depression, trauma, and chronic illness. They come from a great variety of ethnic and cultural origins.

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

Advanced Application And Knowledge Of Executive Functioning: Clinical Focus

Date: Monday, December 19, 2022 

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

Cost: $120

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

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

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This is an advanced training examining executive functioning difficulties in populations with neurodevelopmental challenges, including ASD and ADHD. A framework that refocuses on the importance of self-regulation based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs will be outlined, along with the essential precursors to emotional development. The impact of a skill deficit in the areas of executive functioning will be described through case studies, indicating how a relationship-based approach addresses language and behaviors. 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 interventions 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 trauma-informed speech-language pathologist, Polina is passionate about helping families and other professionals understand the intricate connections among 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.

Winter Wilderness Therapy

Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2022

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 i

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

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

Andrea Lajoie (she/her) was born and raised in rural upstate New York, on the ancestral lands of the Gana’dagwëni:io’geh. She received a B.A. in Philosophy for Children from SUNY Plattsburgh before earning her MSW from Wheelock College at Boston University in 2010. Andrea spent the next few years in western Massachusetts in clinical practice and as an adjunct professor. In 2014, Andrea moved back to upstate New York and found a home in the finger lakes on the ancestral lands of the Onödowáʼga. She is licensed as an LCSW-R in New York and as a Certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide (KMOG). Andrea is also a Level II trained AEDP therapist. Andrea has an outpatient mental health practice in Ithaca, NY that includes traditional office-based therapy for folks of all ages and also clinical supervision for mental health professionals. In 2020, Andrea founded Wolf Tree Wilderness Therapy and has been leading individuals, families, and groups into the more-than-human world since.

Andrea is an unlikely hiker, who celebrates diversity in all forms and encourages folks with different abilities, different shapes and sizes, different backgrounds, and who are underrepresented and marginalized, to find a safe home in the wilderness. She is a queer, white, cis-female, tattooed, spinal fusion warrior who loves spending her free time knitting, playing music, or taking pictures of her two cats. On most days you will find her roaming around the Finger Lakes National Forest or mapping out invasive species on local trails. Despite not having the greenest of thumbs, Andrea is proud of her herb garden (and, if you join in one of her wilderness groups, you will be treated to a cup of homegrown herbal tea).

Wilderness Therapy: Foundations Of Nature-Based Interventions

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM –  1:00 PM EDT

Cost: $85

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

Facilitator: Andrea LaJoie, LCSW-R, KMOG i

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Join Andrea 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.

Andrea is an unlikely hiker, who celebrates diversity in all forms and encourages folks with different abilities, different shapes and sizes, different backgrounds, and who are underrepresented and marginalized, to find a safe home in the wilderness. She is a queer, white, cis-female, tattooed, spinal fusion warrior who loves spending her free time knitting, playing music, or taking pictures of her two cats. On most days you will find her roaming around the Finger Lakes National Forest or mapping out invasive species on local trails. Despite not having the greenest of thumbs, Andrea is proud of her herb garden (and, if you join in one of her wilderness groups, you will be treated to a cup of homegrown herbal tea).

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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