• Past Education Programs

MARCH 31 AND APRIL 1, 2017 | 8 AM – 4:30 PM

Healing Through Listening: The Therapeutic and Transformative Practice of Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication


It is through being heard that we gain insight, understanding, empathy, compassion, and renewed internal resources to better navigate our own needs and the feelings and needs of others.

In the two-day exploration of Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication,we will experience firsthand the profound impact of being completely and empathically present to others and ourselves and how to integrate empathic listening (including somatic-based empathy) in our healing work. The workshop format will include stories, role-play and experiential exercises and games, humor, fun, and kinesthetic and somatic practices of NVC, focused specifically on integrating the model in therapeutic and coaching settings. The program will include training in Somatic-Based Empathy, specific empathy-based practices developed by Kian Killian integrating NVC with somatic awareness.

  • Date: Friday, 3/31/2017 and Saturday, 4/1/2017
  • Contact Hours: 13 contact hours for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors; Licensed Mental Health Counselors & Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Instructors: Dian Killian, PhD, Certified Trainer, CNVC
  • Location: BorgWarner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494

March 3 & 4, 2017 | 9 AM – 5 PM

Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) and Its Usefulness for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Fee: $125 per day | 14 CONTACT HOURS (both days)

This two-day workshop, both didactic and experiential, will teach the differences and similarities between Pesso’s approach (PBSP) and AEDP. Participants will learn easily applicable PBSP interventions and frames, which are congruent with, and accelerate even more, many AEDP change processes. Participants will increase their ability to track, intervene and deepen affect. They will also learn ways to recognize the expression of unmet developmental needs, such as the needs for place and limits, and how to symbolically meet these needs during the session. Participants will learn how to heighten affective intensity during portrayals and other gestalt-like processes, and how to understand and work with the key PBSP concepts of “holes-in-roles” and “ideal parenting."

  • Date: 3/4 & 3/5/2017
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact Hours: 7 contact hours per day for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers  and Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: Matt Fred and Kate Halliday  
  • Location: Ithaca, NY - Specific location and directions to be announced
  • Questions: Kate Halliday 607-279-5439; katehallida@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

How Can We Make Our Schools MORE INCLUSIVE?


This full-day workshop begins with viewing the movie Reject, which will be followed by a guided discussion. The documentary explores the human impact of rejection, ostracism and exclusion. Research is presented in the movie to justify the need for schools to work intentionally to create inclusive cultures.

Using the content of the movie, the second half of the day examines key components that encourage the development of safe and inclusive schools, thereby bringing the theory into practice.

We recommend bringing a team to this workshop, including an administrator, teacher, ESP, and mental health professional. Interested community members are also cordially welcome to attend!

  • Date: 2/7/2017
  • Time: 8:30 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: Celia Clement, CSW
  • Location: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494 ext. 506



NOVEMBER 29, 2016 | 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Applications of Bowen’s Family Systems Theory in Clinical Practice


The goal of this workshop is to draw a distinction between a systems model of thinking about clinical problems and an individual model. A systems model assumes that a clinical problem originates in, and is perpetuated by, the system, e.g., the family. Therefore therapeutic interventions focus on initiating change in the systemic forces that influence an individual or family. Each person is coached to assume responsibility for changing her or his reflexive responses to others.

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  • Date: TBA (to be rescheduled for 2017)
  • Contact Hours: 6 contact hours for NY State Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Instructors: Arpi Hovaguimian, LCSW
  • Location: Tompkins County Public Library
  • Date: 11/29/16
  • Contact Hours: 6 contact hours for NY State Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Instructors: Arpi Hovaguimian, LCSW
  • Location: Tompkins County Public Library
  • Questions: Linda Bryan, lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494 ext. 506

PS: It Works!


The two-day experiential learning workshop provides an overview of empowerment as developed by the Family Matters Project of Cornell University and provides an in-depth introduction to Arnold Goldstein's skillstreaming learning method. Participants will discuss and practice the five communication skills of PS: It Works! Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to make referrals to upcoming Parenting Skills Workshops and/or conduct their own the Parenting Skills Workshop Series.  

  • Dates: November 29 & 30, 2016
  • Contact Hours: 14 contact hours for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Instructors: Anna Steinkraus
  • Location: 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 | 8 AM – 4:30

Building Skills in Sexual Counseling

$135 | 6.5 CONTACT HOURS

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for practitioners to build skills in sexual counseling.  Practitioners will have the opportunity to reflect upon interpersonal barriers that impact their ability to effectively engage in sexual counseling with other adults and to identify methods of engaging clients in open discussions around sexual interest, core gender identity, and sexual functioning. More at: American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (www.aasect.org.)

  • Date: 11/9/16
  • Contact Hours: 6.5 hrs. contact hours for NY State Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Instructors: Barbara Jastran, RN, LCSW-R and WA Kelly, LCSW-R, AASECT
  • Location: BorgWarner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494 ext. 506

OCTOBER 26-28, 2016 | 9:00AM - 2:00pm

4th Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York


All attendees must pay the conference fee.  Contact hours for New York State licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) are an additional fee. Conference participants may attend the workshops with no CEUs if they wish. Some meals are included in the cost of the conference.

Conference Schedule, Workshops, and Prices (PDF)

  • Date: 10/26/16 - 10/28/16
  • Contact Hours: 12 contact hours for LMSWs and LCSWs attending all workshops
  • Location: Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca NY
  • Questions: https://ssany.org

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course


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 September 19 for anyone who would like to learn more about the course. Note: Attending the orientation is a prerequisite for taking the course.

  • Date: 9/16/16 to 11/14/16
  • Contact Hours: 22 contact hours for NY State Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Instructor: Anna Salamone
  • Location: Salamone Studio. Contact by email or phone for address.
  • Questions: info@annasalamone.com or 607-256-3959
  • Register: info@annasalamone.com or 607-256-3959

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 | 6:30 PM – 8 pm

Writing Through the Rough Spots


About the Workshop: “Writing through the Rough Spots” can help to create clarity about challenging situations. E.M. Forster wrote, "How do I know what I think till I see what I say?" We are often surprised by our  own writing. Whether you write often or think you might like to give it a try, this workshop will provide a warm, supportive, and creative climate to write from the heart.

  • Date: 9/29/16
  • Contact Hours: 0
  • Instructor: Ellen Schmidt
  • Location: Tompkins County Public Library, Tompkins County Trust Study Room
  • Questions: lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494 ext. 506

October 14, 2016 | 8:45 am – Noon

How to Tell Anyone Anything


Do you struggle with how to defuse difficult situations or give people sensitive feedback, particularly in situations such as performance problems, hygiene, or attitude issues? This program will teach the secrets of strength-based coaching—a proven, criticism-free way to communicate with people that creates real behavior change without putting people on the defensive. You will learn:

   -Why typical “deficit-based” feedback doesn’t work.

   -The C.A.N.D.I.D. approach – a six-step process that addresses issues head-on without getting people defensive.

   -The first 30 seconds: Creating a neutral opening that gets you in dialogue.

   -Asking effective questions that engage the other person.

   -Taking the emotion out of difficult messages.

   -Finding the hidden incentive in any situation.

   -You don’t say: Phrases that never work.

   -Why a fully strength-based approach changes the outcome of any situation.

More at: https://anxietycamp.wordpress.com/

  • Date: 10/14/16
  • Contact Hours: 0
  • Instructor: Richard Gallagher
  • Location: BorgWarner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
  • Questions: Linda Bryan, lbryan@fcsith.org, 607-273-7494 ext. 502

Grandparents Support Group


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: 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, and 11/28/16
  • Contact Hours: None
  • Instructor: Claudia Lewenstein
  • Location: Pamela & Robert Swieringa Education Room, Family & Children’s Service, 127 West State Street, Ithaca
  • Questions: 607 273-7494
  • Register: Call Claudia Lewenstein, 607 273-7494 ext. 110