• 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. 


March 28, 2018   9:00am - 12:00pm

Getting to Grief: Storytelling in Bereavement

$59/$69 | 3 CONTACT HOURS

Area artist and storyteller Regi Carpenter will help teach professionals who work with clients (both adults and children) grieving the death of a loved one, on how to heal through story- telling. This intimate and hands-on workshop is ideal for therapists, hospice workers, clergy, bereavement counselors, social workers, and all who would like to improve their ability to support individuals coping with loss.

  • Date: March 28, 2018
  • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • 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: Regi Carpenter 
  • Location: Family & Children's Service of Ithaca: 127 West State Street, Swieringa Education Center. Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Questions: edemarest@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494
 
 

APRIL 20, 2018  1:00pm - 4:00pm

Making Peace with the Past

$59/$69 | 3 CONTACT HOURS

Lisa Kendall will educate on how early trauma is associated with increased incidence of chronic illness and depression in Elderhood, a time when Elders seek meaning in their lives and to resolve long-standing issues. This session explores how person-directed, trauma-informed treatments can be used with Elders and care partners to integrate mind, body, and spirit, easing anxiety and depression and supporting The Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being™. Case studies will emphasize efficacy as well as explore mental health issues as they present in different care settings, and how to harness the unique gifts of this developmental stage.

  • Date:  April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • 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:  Lisa Kendall
  • 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

 

 

May 1, 2018  9:00am - 4:00pm

OCD 101: Clinical Skills for Assessment and Treatment

$129/ $149 | 6 CONTACT HOURS

Rich Gallagher, area expert on OCD and it's treatment will lead an instructional workshop to help care providers enhance thier treatment of those with OCD.

OCD is highly treatable, but requires a different approach to therapy versus other anxiety disorders - in fact, traditional psychotherapy often fails to help or even risks making OCD worse. This continuing educational program is designed to teach working mental health professionals how to assess and treat OCD successfully within their scope of practice.

  • Date: May 1, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 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: Rich Gallagher
  • Location: Family & Children's Service of Ithaca: 127 West State Street, Swieringa Education Center. 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.

    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.