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John S. Lyons, PhD.

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Training: From Intake to Treatment Planning

June 15, 2015

Time:

10:00am-4:00pm

Location:

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Workshop Description:

This one day training on the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) will begin with a description of the conceptual framework of the CANS—Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM). The role of the CANS within the business of managing personal change is described.

Next, the measurement theory of the CANS, communimetrics is described and the six characteristics that differentiate the CANS from other measures are inventoried and discussed.

A review of the items of the CANS follows and then trainees have the opportunity of applying their learning to a case example. That case example is then used to present a model for treatment planning that arise from the CANS within the TCOM framework. Opportunities for questions and discussions are provided throughout.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To become reliable in the use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths as demonstrated by an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.70 or higher using a vignette.
  2. To understand the role of structured assessments in the child serving system as demonstrated by the ability to identify the linkage between the assessment and the service planning process.
  3. To understand how the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths can be used to support system of care philosophy through identifying a shared vision for the child and family team.

Presenter:

John S. Lyons, PhD

John S Lyons PhDJohn S. Lyons, PhD is Senior Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and the developer and trainer of the evidence-based CANS assessment tool and its various versions.

Versions of the CANS are currently used in every state with statewide applications in 36 states. There are implementations on every continent except Antarctica.

He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and served as the first Endowed Chair of Child and Youth Mental Health on the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

He has published well over 200 peer-reviewed articles, written 6 books, including Redressing the Emperor: Improving Our Children’s Public Mental Health System and his latest Communimetrics: A Communication Theory of Measurement for Human Service Enterprises.

Continuing Education Certificates:

Astor Services for Children & Families SW CPE is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0084.

5.0 contact hours will be given to people who attend the entire conference and complete an evaluation form.

The NYS continuing education regulations state that no credit can be given for anyone who arrives late or leaves early.

Fee:

Limited seating.

$95.00
(includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and SW CE certificate).

Free for agencies licensed by omh or ocfs.
($25 fee for SW CE certificate)

Deadline: June 10, 2015

Make checks payable to
Astor Services for Children & Families

Mail payments to
Dr. Athena Drewes
Astor Services for Children & Families
390 Crystal Run Road
Suite 107
Middletown, NY 10941

For more information:

Contact Dr. Athena Drewes
– or –
Phone: 845-673-4260 x232


“Early Childhood Mental Health:
Preparing Children for Success in School and Life”

May 22, 2014

Location:

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 
40 Civic Center Plaza, 
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

Time:

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM,

May 22, 2014

Workshop Description: 

This three part training is aimed at professionals working in educational and therapeutic settings with young children. The meaning of infant and early childhood mental health and salient markers of typical social emotional development will be focused on with particular attention to the corrosive role that toxic stress and trauma can play in a child’s self-competence. In addition, the concept of relationship-centered care, what it is and what it looks like in practice, will be addressed. Finally, the role and importance of play will be examined as a self-curative and growth promoting experience for all children and why it should not be the stepchild of early care and learning.

Speaker:

Gilbert FoleyGilbert M. Foley is an Associate Professor of School Clinical-Child Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University and Coordinator of its Infancy and Early Childhood Track. He consults to the New York Center for Child Development where he developed and directed the psychology internship program. While serving as the Chief Psychologist in the Pediatric Department of Medical College of Pennsylvania, he trained in psychoanalysis and also completed a fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center with the late, Dr. Sally Provence. Dr. Foley writes and lectures widely and teaches in the major parent-infant programs in the New York area. He served as Faculty and supervisor at the DIR model Institute since its founding in 1999.

Fees:  

$75.00

(includes lunch, as well as morning and afternoon rerfreshments). Parking in hotel. 

Make checks payable

Astor Services for Children & Families 

DEADLINE: May 19th

Mail 
Dr. Athena Drewes, 
Astor Services for Children &  Families
390 Crystal Run Road, Suite 107
Middletown, NY 10941

For registration information contact:

 Contact Athena Drewes at 845-673-4260 x232

 


 

Understanding the Connection Between Neurobiology and Child Mental Health

November 7, 2013

Location:

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Time: 

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM,
Thursday November 7, 2013

Workshop Description:

The overarching theme of this presentation is neurobiology and its connection to the more common clinical syndromes we face in the world of child mental health. This presentation will cover the critical phases of brain development, highlighting the processes involved in normal and abnormal brain development. Functional neuroanatomy will also be emphasized, focusing on local areas of specialization, as well as functional systems and circuits. The relationship between clinical syndromes, such as ADHD, Autism and Learning Disabilities, and their neurobiological underpinnings will be a central theme.

Speaker:

Dominick Auciello, PsyD is a leading neuropsychologist with extensive expertise providing neuropsychological assessments to children, teens, and young adults with learning and psychiatric issues. Dr. Auciello has extensive experience diagnosing and treating dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, developmental language disorders, and concussions. Dr. Auciello came to the Child Mind Institute in September 2010 after serving as clinical neuropsychologist at the NYU Child Study Center’s Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement for ten years. Dr. Auciello earned his doctorate and master’s in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University, and interned at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Fees:  

$50.00

(includes continental breakfast and lunch). Parking  in hotel. 

Make checks payable
Astor Services for Children & Families 

DEADLINE: November 1st 

Mail
Dr. Athena Drewes,
Astor Services for Children &  Families
390 Crystal Run Road, Suite 107
Middletown, NY 10941

For registration information contact:

  Athena Drewes at 845-673-4260 x232

 

“Families to Families”

A community conversation on Mental Health and positive future outcomes. Sponsored by Astor Services for Children & Families’ Parent/Consumer Advocacy Board.

May 19, 2012

Location: 

15 Mt. Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie, NY

Time: 

1:00 – 5:00 PM || May 19, 2012

Workshop Description:

Our Parent/Consumer Advisory Board is made up of Family Advocates, parents and caregivers. During meetings they network, educate, support and share experiences to help others in similar situations.

Speaker:

Michael Kelsey, Dutchess Cty Legislator

Michael Kelsey, Dutchess County Legislator, will speak at the conference. There will be interactive dialogue from the perspective of the families, a family panel, and a young person’s viewpoints.

Fees:

This event has FREE ADMISSION

For registration information contact:

Trish Luchnick

tluchnic@astorservices.org

845-452-6077 x 112


“Changing the Odds, One School Day at a Time”
w/ Mark Katz

David and Robert Crenshaw Training Fund*

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Location:

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845-485-5300)

Time:

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM || March 15, 2012

Workshop Description:

This training will focus on what researchers identify as important protective processes, sources of resilience and turning point experiences in the lives of those who overcame a range of adverse childhood experiences, some of which resulted in serious school related problems.

Dr. Katz will discuss ways in which these protective processes can be woven into a typical school day to effectively buffer children, youth and families exposed to similar risks and adverse conditions, including bullying and stigmatization. He will also offer parents and caregivers ways to work with their child after school hours to maximize building resiliency and to help establish protective processes.

Presenter:

Dr. Mark Katz, PhD
Mark Katz, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Katz is a clinical and consulting psychologist in San Diego, CA and author of On Playing a Poor Hand Well (W.W. Norton & Co., 1997). He is the recipient of the 1998 Rosenberry Award, a national award given yearly by Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the field of behavioral science.

Dr. Katz has been both a keynote and featured speaker at regional and national conferences. For the past 24 years, Dr. Katz has served as the Director of Learning Development Services, an educational, psychological and neuropsychological center in San Diego. Most recently, he has worked with colleagues from around the country on a federally sponsored multi-year media campaign designed to increase public awareness of bullying and other forms of school violence.

Fee:

$75.00

Make checks payable
Astor Services for Children & Families

Mail
Dr. Athena Drewes,
Astor Services for Children & Families
390 Crystal Run Road, Suite 107,
Middletown, NY 10941

Deadline:

March 8th

For more information:

Contact Dr. Athena Drewes

845-673-4260×232  

 

*The David and Robert Crenshaw Training Fund was created in 2009 to promote the continued training for Astor’s employees and the wider community of service providers; all aimed to improve the lives of children and families. Dr. David Crenshaw is currently the Co-Chair of the Board at Astor Services for Children & Families. He has been associated with Astor since 1978 when he started work here as a Clinician, and was also the Director of Clinical Training and American Psychological Association (APA) Internship. The Training Fund brings in at least one nationally or internationally known expert, like Dr. Katz, each year. CONTACT US


“Simple Things That Save Lives with
High Risk/Suicidal Children and Youth”

March 1, 2011

Location:

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845-485-5300)

Time:

10:00am – 4:00pm  ||  March 1, 2011

Workshop Description:

Assessing and responding to suicide risk is a frequent and challenging problem regardless of clinical setting. This workshop will cover the full spectrum of issues including:

  • providing a clear theoretical model for understanding suicidal ideation and behavior;
  • an empirically grounded assessment framework that integrates the essential core clinical competencies and markers of imminent risk;
  • a review and illustration of related clinical skills (e.g. how to talk to someone who is suicidal or the “suicide-specific inquiry”);
  • a critical look at the utility of “no-suicide” contracts in clinical practice;
  • risk formulation using actual cases.

Empirical data reveals that “simple things” are effective with high-risk populations. Liability and ethical issues in clinical suicidology will also be discussed throughout the presentation.

The primary goal of this workshop is to provide the participant with the essential tools needed to accurately assess suicide risk and manage challenging scenarios in an effective fashion. Clinical demonstrations and case examples will be utilized.

Presenter:

Dr. Rudd

M. David Rudd, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah and scientific director for the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University.

He completed his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow).

Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 170 publications. He is currently conducting a $1.97 million clinical trial for suicidal soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado.

He has authored several books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior (2001, Guilford, 2nd printing in 2004) and Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers), The Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide (Professional Resource Press, 2006), The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (with Joiner, VanOrden, & Witte) from the American Psychological Association Press, and the recently published Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care (with Craig Bryan).

Fee:

$65.00
(includes continental breakfast, lunch and on-site parking.)

Make checks payable
Astor Services for Children & Families

Deadline:

February 23rd

Mail

Dr. Athena Drewes
Astor Services for Children & Families
13 Mt. Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

For more information:

Phone: 845-452-6077 x112

Or CONTACT DR. DREWES


“Collaborative Approaches to Helping Children and Families in Difficult Situations”

Dr. Edith “Winx” Lawrence and Dr. William Madsen

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Location:

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845-485-5300)

Time:

9:00am to Noon

Workshop Description:

Across North America, services for families are undergoing profound changes. Community agencies are searching for effective models that support strength-based, culturally responsive, empowering partnerships with families. This workshop examines two promising approaches to helping children and families in difficult situations. The workshop begins with brief descriptions of a Competence Approach to therapy and Collaborative Helping in order to familiarize participants with these different frameworks. Participants will then apply the ideas from these frameworks to a particular clinical situation in a detailed and structured format. Finally the presenters will respond to these applications and discuss the intersection and lessons from the day.

Presenters:

  • William Madsen, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Family-Centered Services Project. He provides international training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to working with youth and families. Dr. Madsen assists community agencies and government departments develop institutional practices and organizational cultures that support family-centered practice. He is the author of Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (2nd Edition) and Helping: Towards More Supportive Services.
  • Edith “Winx” Lawrence, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Virginia, Department of Human Services, and practicing clinical psychologist. With her colleague, David Waters, she co-authored Competence, Courage and Change: An Approach to Family Therapy, which outlines a strength-based, empowering approach to working with families. Dr. Lawrence also developed the Family Inventory of Resources and Stressors. She also founded and directs the Young Women Leaders Program, a nationally recognized mentoring program for adolescent girls considered at risk.

For more information, or how to register, click here.


“Think Differently: A New Approach for Teaching, Treating and Parenting Adolescents with Behavioral Challenges”

Dr. Stuart Ablon

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Location:

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845-485-5300)

Time:

8:00am to 2:45pm

Workshop Description:

Youth who exhibit non-compliant behavior present significant challenges to teachers, mental health professionals and parents. Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment approaches. These often prove ineffective for a substantial percentage of our youth. This one day training will provide an alternate way to understand these challenging behaviors and an approach for working with these youth that reduces the frequency and intensity of noncompliant episodes. The approach is an evidence-based model that has been successfully employed across settings including classrooms, therapeutic facilites and homes.

Presenter:

Dr. Stuart Ablon

  • J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D. is Director of Think: Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital where he specializes in the treatment of explosive, inflexible, easily frustrated children/adolescents and their families. He is also Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at MGH and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach.

For Dr. Ablon’s bio, click here.

For more information, or how to register, click here.


Trauma-Focused: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

with Dr. Esther Deblinger, Co-founder and co-director of the NJ Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Location:

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY

(845-485-5300)

Time:

10:00am to 4:00pm

An advanced level training that will address multiple & complex trauma, avoidant children, ending treatment and complicated cases.

Esther Deblinger

Dr. Esther Deblinger is the co-founder and co-director of the
NJ Child Abuse Research Education & Services Institute
and professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) – School of Osteopathic Medicine.

For Dr. Deblinger’s bio, click here.

For more information, or how to register, click here or use the contact link below.


Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

HOW TO MAKE AN AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT YOUTH: IMPLICATIONS FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Location:

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza,
Poughkeepsie, NY

(845-485-5300)

Time:

10:00am to 3:00pm

Contact us at the link below for details.

About The Presenter:

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and presently Visiting Professor at the School of Education at the University of Miami. He is Research Director of The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, FL (www.melissainstitute.org and www.teachsafeschools.org).

He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of North American clinicians, Dr. Meichenbaum was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the century.” He has published extensively and has consulted internationally for various treatment centers including psychiatric facilities for children and adolescents, for deaf children and those with developmental disabilities, juvenile offenders, residential programs and community agencies. Another major area is his work with children with histories of victimization including Native populations and victims of natural and intentional trauma.

Workshop Description: Research indicates that aggressive behavior is relatively stable over the life course and that there are often early warning signs of such a developmental trajectory. Dr. Meichenbaum will provide a risk and protective factors Case Conceptualization Model of the multiple developmental pathways to aggressive and violent behavior and consider the implications for both treatment and prevention efforts.

Dr. Meichenbaum will highlight the heuristic value of a biopsychosocial life-span treatment perspective. The workshop will consider practical ways that clinicians, educators, pediatricians and community leaders can use evidence-based programs to alter the developmental course of high-risk children, youth and their families. This workshop will also highlight the role of gender differences, co-morbid disorders, especially the impact of victimization experiences on brain development, and the role of depression/suicidality, school-based behavioral and academic interventions, parent training, and ways to bolster resilience.


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