Conservative Care, Inc. and Guardian Ad Litem Services Inc., under the umbrella of Guardian Academy will be starting its first round of NASW/CT approved classes focusing on care coordination and guardianship. Michael Mackniak, JD, will be presenting these courses.
Course List

Beyond Status Quo - September 7th ; 9am-3pm; 6 Continuing Education Credits (CEC's); $157.00
Conservator 1 - September 8th; 9am-11:30am; 2 CEC's; $50.00
Conservator 2 - September 8th; 1pm-3:30pm; 2 CEC's; $50.00
Be Proactive - September 15th; 9am-11:30am; 2 CEC's; $50.00
Interrelated Service Systems - September 15th; 1pm-3:30pm; 2 CEC's; $50.00
7Cs: The Fundamentals of Care - September 22nd; 9am-11:30am; 2 CEC's; $50.00
Continuous Quality Improvement - September 22nd; 1pm-3:30pm; 2 CEC's; $50.00
Ethical Decision Making - September 29th; 9am-11:30am; 2 CEC's; $50.00
All courses will be held at: 750 Straits Parkway - Middlebury, CT 06762. To learn more about these classes, click HERE.

To register, or if you have any questions about the content or features of the classes, do not hesitate to contact Jennifer at as she will be happy to assist you with anything you need.

Supporting Victims' Families, Survivors and Responders and
Sharing the Expertise of Trauma-Informed Professionals
  Saturday, September 9, 2017
Keynote Speakers
Katherine Shear, MD - Complicated Grief
David Grand, PhD - Healing Trauma with Brainspotting
Marriott Downtown Hotel | 85 West Street | New York City
Registration Opens: 8:00 am | Program: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mental health professionals, victims' services, other community stakeholders are welcome to attend. 5 CECs approved by Rutgers University School of Social Work and accepted by CT DPH for CT Social Workers
T he 9/11 Memorial Museum has generously provided a limited amount of complimentary tickets to visit the 9/11 Museum following the events.
Register at or 203-966-3911
Working with the Rising Spiritually-Emergent Population
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:15 am to 5 pm
Celeste E. Mattingly, LCSW and Dory Dzinski, MA, LPC, NCC
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 September 6th or at the door
Early Bird Fee $110.00 (Call for group discount rates)
Register online Here

Upcoming seminars include:
*  Satisfies the continuing education requirement on Cultural Competency.
** Satisfies the continuing education requirement on Military members, Veterans and their families.

Questions? Please reach out to us at  or 959-200-3617.

"A Bridge to a Second Chance"
Benefits Enrollment Centers for Incarcerated Older and Disabled Adults

September 27, 2017
Middletown,  CT
Approved for up to 7 CEUs by NASW/CT

This unique conference will feature clinical and other reentry experts from Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and it will examine the array of challenges that incarcerated older and disabled adults experience in prison and throughout the reentry process. For the conference agenda and registration options, please visit or contact Eric or Jason at (860) 347-5661 or

Islam in Social Work

October 6, 2017
9 am to 12 pm
Southern Connecticut State University
The Adanti Student Center, Room 201
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 0651

This presentation will explore ways in which Muslims have been interpreted and misinterpreted throughout society.  There will be discussion of the media portrayal of Islam and the presenters will provide an overview of Muslim practices and rituals.  This is a great learning opportunity to raise awareness and empower participants to effectively work with the Islamic population.

Presented by Welcome 2 Reality, phone 203.754.8000 ext. 434

Approved for 3 CECs by NASW/CT and meets the Cultural Competency requirement for license renewal

For more information and registration, go to

Working with the Post 9/11 Veteran:
What a Civilian Social Worker Needs to Know

Many social workers feel they do not have the tools to work with veterans.
This workshop will help you better understand military culture and the unique needs of veterans, allowing you to explore how you can apply your current knowledge base
to work effectively with this population.
Friday, October 6, 2017        9:00 to 11:30

Registration and Coffee from 9 to 9:30.  Program begins promptly at 9:30
Central Connecticut State University
Student Center, Sprague/Carlton Meeting Room
Parking in the Student Center Parking Lot or the Student Center Garage
Presented by Sharon Young, PhD, LCSW and Jennifer A. Lewis, LCSW

Approved for 2 CECs by NASW/CT and meets the Veterans Services requirement for license renewal.

Cost:  $10 student     §     $35 NASW Members     §     $60 Non-Members

Co-sponsored by The Veteran's Affairs Department at CCSU and NASW/CT
NOTE:  Attendance limited to 60 Participants

Brattleboro Retreat Hosts Two Workshops

On Thursday, October 12th, the Brattleboro Retreat is offering, " Outpatient Therapy with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum" with Timothy Wahlberg, PhD, author of "Finding The Gray" and Clinical Director of the Prairie Clinic in Geneva, Illinois. This 6 CE contact hour event will take place from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Crestview Country Club in Agawam, MA. For more information, click the title above or go to the Retreat's website at or call the Office of Continuing Education at 802-258-4359.  A Keep Talking interview of Dr. Wahlberg can be found on the Brattleboro Retreat's YouTube channel.

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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, will present  "Imagined Ugliness: The Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder" on Thursday, October 26th in Agawam, MA at the Crestview Country Club. This full-day, six CE contact hour learning event will start at 8:30 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Continental breakfast, snacks and lunch are all included. For more information, click on the title above, call the Brattleboro Retreat's Office of Continuing Education at (802) 258-4359, or visit the website at .


TUESDAY NIGHTS October 17, 2017- November 21, 2017

6:30 PM-8:30 PM
West Hartford Continuing Education
Town Hall, Room 422a
West Hartford, CT

The medical model (approach) to extreme states; so called "psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder" and other psychiatric labels, have for much too long dominated the mental health landscape. Now we have alternative views and ways to heal. This course is for anyone interested in finding meanings and understanding of distressing experiences. This course is relevant for all mental health professionals, for persons with lived experience of the mental health system, to their families, relatives and interested others. In each of 6 sessions we will view and discuss some videos and talk about a revolutionary report recently out for the general public (you will get a PDF). We will examine your questions and discuss how these alternatives are coming to CT.
Approved for 12 CECs by NASW/CT

Go to under Adult Enrichment then Personal Development for registration instructions.  For more information please e-mail

Title of Program   
NAMI Connecticut State Conference
Date of Program
Time of Program
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location of Program
Maneeley's Banquet Center; 65 Rye Street,
South Windsor, CT  06074

Don't miss NAMI Connecticut's 15th annual state conference.  This year's event, Wellness Through the Lifetime, has inter-active and skill building workshops and panels covering topics as diverse as Infant Mental Health to Geriatric Mental Wellness.  Within that spectrum are presentations that cover challenges and evidence-based approaches to Trauma Informed Care, Opioids, Emerging Adults, Social Media, and more with a closing plenary panel discussion of the elements of resiliency. 

Application for 5 CECs is pending.

Managing Your Private Practice

November 4, 2017
8:30 am - 12 pm
Port N Starboard
1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Presented by Patricia Carl-Stannard, LCSW
and Ginna Swan from Med-Direct, LLC

This  workshop will address all of the questions you might have at this juncture in your professional career including setting up the practice, using collateral contacts, deciding upon specialty practice areas, maintaining good records, the "business" of billing, changes in billing and developing both a clinical plan and a business plan. 

Approved for 3 CEC's by NASW/CT
NASW Members:  $50    Non-Member:  $80