• Wellness Education Programs

The F&CS Community & Continuing Education program offers mental and emotional wellness resources for everyone in the community.

We have programs and workshops designed for individuals seeking to manage mental health conditions; family members who support people with mental health conditions; mental health professionals seeking career development and enrichment;  & anyone who wishes to learn more about mental wellness to improve psychological health and overall quality of life. 


September 20, 2018   1:00pm - 4:00pm

Transform Your Emotional Energy, Transform Your Life: Illuminating The Bridge Between Psychotherapy and Neuroscience

$59/$69 | 3 CONTACT HOURS

This 3 hour workshop is designed to provide you with neuro-scientific information and practical tools you can use yourself, and share with your clients. The presenter will provide participants with basic concepts of neuroscience, thus illuminating the bridge between neuroscience and psychotherapy. The participants will receive practices that can assist them in transforming limiting beliefs stored in the body’s energy centers, and the participants will learn to use this energy to support creativity, harmony and emotional balance.

  • Date: September 19, 2018
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Contact Hours: 3 contact hours  for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: Anita Devine
  • Location: Family & Children's Service of Ithaca: 127 West State Street, Swieringa Education Center. Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Questions: edemarest@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494
 
 

October 4, 2018  9:00am - 12:00pm

The More the Merrier? Understanding Consensual Non Monogamy in our Work with Clients

$59/$69 | 3 CONTACT HOURS

Clinicians will gain a basic understanding of polyamory and learn key issues to be mindful of when working with individuals and couples exploring alternatives to monogamy.  Through discussion and case studies, this training will challenge our culturally based assumptions about monogamy and ask how these biases impact the way we practice therapy.

This training will highlight specific ways therapists can help individuals and couples who are considering or choosing consensual non monogamy. Participants should come prepared to learn ways of feeling more confident and comfortable during client conversations, exploring questions such as, “Is more really merrier and for whom?” “What does a polyamorous partnership look like and how can it work?” “What should the main considerations be?” as well as other related discussion questions around managing jealousy, communication issues of honesty & disclosure and negotiating agreements, boundaries & rules.  Unique challenges to responsible multi-partnering will be discussed as well as what consensual non monogamous clients require in therapy.  

  • Date:  October 4, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Contact Hours: 3 contact hours for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Instructor:  Stephanie Zuber
  • Location: Family & Children's Service of Ithaca: 127 West State Street, Swieringa Education Center. Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Questions: Libby at edemarest@fcsith.org or 607-273-7494

 

October 18th & 19th, 2018  9:00am - 4:00pm 

Foundations of the Play Therapy Relationship

$269/$299 | 12 CONTACT HOURS

 The principles and practices of play therapy enable practitioners to engage and motivate child clients in the therapeutic process by harnessing the healing power of play. Play therapy enables the therapist to become a trusted part of the child’s world. By grounding the therapist in the concept of using play as the process for client learning, play therapy training can help increase the insights, creativity and innovation of the therapist and make psychotherapy more developmentally appropriate for children.

 This workshops — “Foundations of the Play Therapy Relationship” will provide clinicians with the foundations and creative interventions to work comfortably with children of all ages. Participants will learn hands-on, practical play therapy techniques that will help these children lower defensiveness and increase feelings of competency and success. Experiential activities, hands-on practice, and demonstration videos will be used to help participants gain insight into the child’s world. If you have child clients that are bored, disruptive, or avoidant, then these two workshops are for you!

  • Date: October 18th & 19th, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
  • Contact Hours: 12 contact hours  for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
    • Ann Beckley- Forest is an APT Approved Provider 15-406.
  • Instructors: Ann Beckley- Forest
  • Location: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Questions: edemarest@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494

OCTOBER 31st, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm

12 Step Program as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

$129/$149 | 6 CONTACT HOURS

The goal of this seminar is to present an analysis of the underlying workings of 12 Step Programs to Clinicians who may not be completely familiar with the concepts that are evidenced in the 12 Step Programs seemingly archaic and “God” centered language. We will cover concepts inherent in the CBT work that we therapists do. Then we will explore the various aspects of 12 Step language, slogans, meetings, and the recommendations that are made by one 12 Step member, to another, in their pursuit of literal sobriety and “clean-time”, along with their pursuit of a balanced and happy sober life. In doing so, we will draw the parallels, and differences, between the language and admonitions that are common to the “recovering community” and those concepts and recommendations that we therapists would likely be giving our clients who have addiction issues.

  • Date: October 31st, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Contact Hours: 12 contact hours  for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: Gepe Zurrenda
  • Location: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Questions: edemarest@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494

Where are the program locations?

We are excited and proud to announce the recent opening of the new Pamela & Robert Swieringa Education Room, where many of our course offerings will be held. Some larger programs will be held at the Tompkins County Public Library or in alternate locations. Check the program listing for specific information on course location.

Which Professions Can Receive Credits?

F&CS is approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0293 for a three year term beginning November 18, 2015 and ending November 30, 2018.

F&CS is approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-001. For a three year terms beginning January 9, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.

F&CS is approved by NYS Education Department’s State Board Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MFT-003. For a three year terms beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019.

Not all classes are approved for professional continuing education credits. Please check the course listing for more information.

What is the cancellation policy?

Requests for refunds will only be honored in cases where 48-hours notice is given prior to the start of a workshop. At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.

When is payment due?

Payment in full is expected at time of registration. Mail a check made out to Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca to 127 W. State St./Martin Luther King Jr./State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 or call 607-273-7494 ext 506 to pay by credit card. Those registering at the door may pay by either method. Agencies may be invoiced.