• 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. 


THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Caregiver Support Group

FREE | 0 CONTACT HOURS

Caregiver Support Group offers a FREE educational and supportive group for caregivers helping an older adult family member. The group is facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service therapist and addresses issues faced by caregivers. There is no charge for this group and participants need not be existing clients of Family & Children’s Service in order to attend the group sessions. Especially for Caregivers of Older Adults. Meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

  • Dates: 1/17/2017, 2/21/2017, 3/21/2017, 4/18/2017, 5/16/2017,6/20/2017,7/18/2017, 8/15/2017, 9/19/2017, 10/17/2017, 11/21/2017, 12 TBD/2017
  • Contact Hours: None
  • Instructor: Ann Dolan
  • Location: Pamela & Robert Swieringa Education Center, Family & Children’s  Service 127 West State Street, Ithaca
  • Questions: 607-273-7494
  • Register: Call Ann Dolan at 607-273-749

THIRD or forth Monday OF EACH MONTH, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 8:30PM

Grandparents Support Group

FREE | 0 CONTACT HOURS

Free support groups meet every month.  Newcomers are always welcome and you do not have to be a current Family & Children's Service client to attend!

This supportive, educational support group is for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The service is offered FREE of charge.  Child care can also be provided if requested in advance. Facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service therapist, the group addresses unique challenges, issues, and solutions for grandparents. The sessions do not require a mental health diagnosis for participation nor must participants be clients at the agency. 

  • Date: 1/23/2017, 2/27/2017, 3/27/2017, 4/24/2017, 5/22/2017
  • Contact Hours: None
  • Instructor: Claudia Lewenstein
  • Location: Pamela & Robert Swieringa Education Center, Family & Children’s Service, 127 West State Street, Ithaca
  • Questions: 607 273-7494
  • Register: Call Claudia Lewenstein, 607 273-7494 ext. 110

 

 

May 17 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM       May 18 7:00 - 9:00

Thank You For Your Service  Movie Screening

free

Join us for a free screening of Thank You For Your Service at Cinemapolis in honor of  Mental Health Awareness Month. On May 17th there will be a panel discussion to follow the screening, provided by local community leaders with professional and personal ties to issues regarding mental health and our military. 

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Date: May 17 & 18, 2017

  • Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm  
  • Location: Cinemapolis: 120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Questions: edemarest@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494


June 14 & 15 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Parenting the Second Time Around Faciliator Training

$25 | 14 CONTACT HOURS

This workshop is designed for people who wish to lead workshops for relative caregivers who are not the biological parents of the children in their care.   PASTA consists of eight sessions that focus on topics including child development, discipline and guidance, caring for oneself as a caregiver, rebuilding a family, living with teens, legal issues and advocacy. The program provides grandparents and other kinship caregivers with information, skills and resources designed to enhance their ability to provide effective care for the young relatives they are parenting. We are offering the training free (with a nominal $25 charge for CEU processing) thanks to sponsorship by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Kinship Grant.

  • Date: June 14 & 15, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact Hours: 14 contact hours  for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: DenyseVariano
  • Location: Pamela & Robert Swieringa Education Center, Family & Children’s Service, 127 West State Street, Ithaca
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494

July 17 2017 | 9 AM - Noon 

Is this Conflict or Abuse?  

$TBA | 3 CONTACT HOURS

Client-centered, trauma-informed approach:

This workshop offers an opportunity for exploration and dialogue about conflict vs. abuse, which is much needed in the field.  Providers can feel overwhelmed by the stories and needs they encounter, and are at risk of secondary trauma.  The differences between conflict and abuse can become conflated, resulting in misinformation and poor responses to those asking for help.  High conflict relationships are difficult and confusing, abusive relationships can be dangerous and cause lasting trauma.  Providers need a deeper understanding of the nuances of conflict vs. abuse, and an ability to assess relational power dynamics in order to effectively address conflict resolution and reduce the traumatic impact of abuse.  The primary emotional responses of those experiencing conflict or abuse, as well as the different levels of risk, isolation, and options for support that exist, all help to inform the provider of the most appropriate safety planning and resources for those seeking help. 

Measurable learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be better able to articulate the differences between an abusive relationship and a conflictual one.
  2. Participants will have an understanding of elements such as context, motive, impact, agency, pattern, and privilege when assessing for abuse, rather than just gender and behavior.
  3. Participants will be able to identify differential power dynamics such as power-sharing, power-struggling, and power-over.
  • Date: July 2017
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
  • 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: Catherine Hodes
  • Location: Ithaca, NY - Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

$410 FEE FOR 8-WEEK COURSE | 22 CONTACT HOURS

This stress reduction program is appropriate for people with physical pain, stress, and stress-related conditions. Many people have also found it helpful in managing anxiety and habitual negative thought patterns. There is a FREE orientation session on Wednesday, September 20 for anyone who would like to learn more about the course. Note: Attending the orientation is a prerequisite for taking the course.

  • Date: 9/27-11/8/2017 from 6:00 - 8:15 pm; all-day workshop on Saturday, November 14, 2017
  • Contact Hours: 22 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: Anna Salamone
  • Location: Firefly Farm Retreat Center, 2121 Houghton Rd. Ithaca, NY 
  • Questions: info@annasalamone.com or 607-256-3959
  • Register: info@annasalamone.com or 607-256-3959

FALL 2017 | 8 AM - 4:30 PM 

Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory in Clinical Practice

$145 | 6.5 CONTACT HOURS

Learning how to work with clients to tolerate the anxiety of being independent yet connected to the system, or defining the self in the system, is the subject of this workshop. Participants will use the context of Bowen Family Systems to explore the function of the therapist’s role in relation to the person or people present for therapy. Bowen Family Systems Theory assumes that a clinical problem originates and is perpetuated by the system, e.g., the family.

Participants can expect to:
  * Learn to use family diagrams to trace family emotional and behavioral patterns.
  * Exercise thinking about relational problems and clinical symptoms in accordance with the Bowen Theory.
  * Learn to develop, alongside the client(s), contracts for change that are consistent with a systems model of thinking.
  * Understand the role and function of the therapist in relation to the client(s).

  • Date: Fall 2017 TBA
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact Hours: 6.5 contact hours  for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: Arpi Hovaguimian 
  • Location: Ithaca, NY - Specific location and directions to be announced
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494

FALL 2017 | 9:30 - 4:30

Using Traditional Folk and Fairy Tales to Elicit Personal Stories and Coping Strategies

$120 | 6 CONTACT HOURS

Many stories from the world’s folk and fairy tale tradition mirror issues prevalent in mental health including confusion, depression, loss, addiction, and hopelessness.  Research supports that when hearing a traditional story, patients more readily recognize and articulate their feelings and fears while stimulating coping techniques that lead to resilience, resourcefulness, and personal empowerment. 

In this interactive session, participants will learn how to utilize a traditional story in an engaging way in order to:

  1. Elicit stories about the client's personal experiences.
  2. Help clients identify and clarify conflicts, feelings and self-defeating beliefs.
  3. Offer coping solutions for a client.
  4. Identify action steps that lead to desired outcomes and goals. 
  • Date: Fall 2017 TBA
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Contact Hours: 6 contact hours  for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: Regi Carpenter 
  • Location: Ithaca, NY - Specific location and directions to be announced
  • Questions: lbryan@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.

How do I obtain Continuing Education Credits?

Family & Children’s Service provides quality educational activities that are available for professional continuing education credit.

New York State LMSW & LCSW Contact Hours:  Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognized by the New York StaFamily & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0293.

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Provider Approval Number #MFT-0001.

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is recognizedby the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Menth Health Counselors, Provider Number #MHC-0003. Participation: To qualify for continuing education credit, you must be registered in the workshop, pay all fees in full, attend all sessions, and fully and actively participate in the program. You must pre-register for CE credit; please be sure to include all related fees when you register.

Fees: There is a $25 fee for CE credit, unless stated otherwise in the course description. There will be an additional $25 fee for certificates that need to be reissued.

Procedures: To receive accreditation, you must attend the course in full and sign in each day at your workshop. At the end of your workshop, you leave the evaluation form with the instructor. The CEU certificate will be provided at the end of the workshop. In some cases, the certificate may be mailed within one week after the last session. Failure to submit all fees and paperwork at the conclusion of the workshop will disqualify you from receiving CUE credit.

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.