Rethinking Teen Mental Health: A Path to Sustainable Healing

Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:15 am-4:00 pm
University of Connecticut
Stamford Campus, 1 University Pl, Stamford, CT 06901
This daylong conference delves into important topics affecting our young people. Join experts from Newport Academy and Alan Schwarz, author of ADHD Nation, for a transformational event exploring creative, evidence-based clinical solutions for teens and their families who are struggling with mental health issues. Experience dynamic, interactive workshops on how to help teens create authentic connections with self, peers, and family-using music therapy, art therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Self-Medication Theory, "food as medicine," and mindfulness practices.

Approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 7 CECs.

Assessment, Management, and
Treatment of Individuals at Risk for Suicide

November 16-17, 2017
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Silver Hill Hospital; 208 Valley Road; New Canaan, CT
With suicide among the top ten causes of death in the United States, the ability to effectively treat clients at risk for suicide is a critical skill for mental health professionals. Facing such situations can be a source of extraordinary stress. This workshop is targeted to help mental health professionals assess and manage suicide risk and provide treatment to individuals at risk for suicide. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to develop and implement treatment plans for patients at risk for suicide and effectively respond to ongoing suicidal behavior during treatment. Special attention will also be given to postvention procedures in the event of a patient suicide.

Approval from NASW-WA for 12 CE hours, accepted by CT DPH for CT Social Workers

Getting to the Heart of the Problem:
Targeting, Assessing and Solving Problem Behaviors

November 30-December 1, 2017
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Silver Hill Hospital; 208 Valley Road; New Canaan, CT
One of the difficulties in treating complex clients is deciding how to spend session time when the client presents with multiple problem behaviors in a given week. Determining treatment priorities in the midst of unrelenting client crises can feel overwhelming and confusing even to the most experienced therapist, and can lead to diminished motivation for clinician and client alike. This training is designed for experienced individual psychotherapists with solid familiarity with DBT to help them define client problems and develop effective solutions with clarity and precision.
Approval from NASW-WA for 12.5 CE hours and accepted
by CT DPH for CT Social Workers


Working with the Rising Spiritually-Emergent Population
Saturday, December 9, 2017 ~ 8:15 am to 5 pm
Celeste E. Mattingly, LCSW and Dory Dzinski, MA, LPC, NCC
Culturally-acceptable anomalous experiences often resemble psychiatric diagnoses. Religious/spiritual conflicts and practices often create diagnosable conditions. Know the difference. Cut through the profession's bias and fear of the unknown. Keep up with the rising popularity of Yoga, meditation, Shamanism, Energy Medicine, Higher Consciousness, mediumship, paranormal and anomalous experiences, UFO-logy, and the resurgence of psychedelic use for mental health. In this workshop we provide an in-depth review of the meaning of Spiritual Emergence and the application of spiritual practices as identified by the Integrative, Multidimensional, Transpersonal, Humanistic, Psychedelic trends for practitioners. We will provide experiential exercises, practical suggestions, concrete examples, and case studies for determining diagnosis
This program has been approved for 7.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for LCSWs, LMSWs, LPCs, LMFTs and Licensed Psychologists for Licensure renewal.
Cost: $135.00 (includes Catered Lunch) after November 27th or at the door
Early Bird Fee $110.00 (Call for group discount rates)