Educational Events

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Educational Events

Important New Registration Information:

Four Winds Saratoga is committed to providing quality mental health education programs that are free of charge and open to the community. In the past our programs have not required registration. However, we have experienced a change in the parking situation at our facility and are now asking that you let us know if you plan to attend.

Programs are still free, and we do not want to turn people away from pursing education on the day of the event. However, we would like to know approximately how many people that we need to seat and how many cars we will need to park, prior to the program.

Thus, please give us a call (518-581-5015, ext. 3115) to let us know if you plan to attend an event and we will have your parking space, coffee, and handouts waiting for you upon arrival!

Thank you for your understanding. We hope to see you soon!

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Thank you.

C.A.P.E.S. Program for Primary Care Physicians

Friday, April 17, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Recognizing & Treating Anxiety and School Refusal in Adolescents: A Primer for Health Care and Mental Health Professionals”

Presenter: Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP
Tuition Fee: $10 per person
Location: Skidmore College, Palamountain Hall – Gannett Auditorium

This event is made possible by the C.A.P.E.S. Program for Primary Care Physicians, a program funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health through the Project T.E.A.C.H. initiative.

If you would like more information, please visit or contact Jennifer at 518-581-5015, ext. 3115.


Friday, May 8, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The ACE Study: The Most Important Study You May Have Never Heard Of”

Presented by Arlene Nock, M.D., Medical Director, Adult Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs at Four Winds Saratoga

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are the single largest risk factor for medical and psychiatric illness in adulthood. In 1998, Felitti, et. al. published their findings on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the increased risk factors for medical illness, psychiatric disorders and substance abuse in adults. Since then, hundreds of studies have confirmed and expanded on this, yet the ACE score is just beginning to find its way into the medical and mental health communities. Understanding and incorporating this knowledge can provide an important avenue for treatment and prevention.

This presentation should:

  • Familiarize you with the ACE study and its potential impact on your practice.
  • Give you an understanding of the neurological and physiological processes that underlie this connection between childhood environments and adult illness.
  • Provide ideas for ways to incorporate the ACE score into your outpatient medical, psychotherapy or psychiatric practice.

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In partnership with the Saratoga Springs School District’s Parent University Program.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Surviving and Thriving in a “Blended Family”: Practical Tips and Effective Guidelines

Presented by Dr. Patricia Papernow

Very few people who live in a stepfamily would describe their daily experience as “blending.” Stepfamilies can be happy, thriving families, and good places to raise children. However, the journey can be extremely challenging, and what it takes to make a strong stepfamily is very different from a first-time family. Come learn about the differences, and hear what the research and over 3 decades of clinical experience can tell you about what works and what doesn’t. You will leave with practical tips and effective guidelines for supporting children, handling discipline, being an effective stepparent, forging a strong couple relationship, making a new family culture, and dealing with the child’s “other parent.”

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how stepfamilies are different
  • List some strategies and tools for meeting the challenges of becoming a stepfamily
  • Describe effective guidelines for discipline in a stepfamily
  • Understand what helps children thrive in a stepfamily

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Friday, May 29, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“Meeting the Clinical Challenges of “Blended Family” Relationships”

Presented by Dr. Patricia Papernow

Few mental health professionals receive even minimal training in the complex dynamics and intense challenges of forming a “blended family.” This is despite the fact that these issues saturate the practices of therapists, guidance counselors, clergy, pediatricians, and, increasingly, elder care workers. Using our knowledge of first-time families as a guide leads both therapists and family members badly astray. Whether you work with adults or children, with individuals, couples, or families, with young people or with older adults, this presentation will give you evidence-based guidelines and immediately applicable tools for helping stepfamily members to avoid common pitfalls, meet their challenges and to develop solid satisfying relationships.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the unique challenges stepfamily structure creates.
  • List some effective strategies for meeting those challenges.
  • Describe guidelines for effective stepparenting.
  • Identify 3 different levels of intervention (psychoeducational, interpersonal, and intrapsychic).

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CAPES Program: "Recognizing & Treating Anxiety and School Refusal in Adolescents: A Primer for Health Care and Mental Health Professionals”
April 17, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

“The ACE Study: The Most Important Study You May Have Never Heard Of”
May 8, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Surviving and Thriving in a “Blended Family”: Practical Tips and Effective Guidelines
May 28, 2015 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

“Meeting the Clinical Challenges of “Blended Family” Relationships”
May 29, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Four Winds Saratoga

30 Crescent Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

Phone: 518-584-3600
Toll-Free: 1-800-888-5448

Educational Event Information & Registration: 518-581-5015, ext. 3115

Reservation Information

All Grand Rounds programs are held on the Four Winds Saratoga Campus in Mastrianni Hall and are open to the public.  All educational events are free of charge. Please note, location and fees may be different for special events.

For programs held in Mastrianni Hall every effort will be made to accommodate all guests in the main lecture room. In the event of overflow attendance, guests may be seated in an adjoining room equipped with a simultaneous remote broadcast.

For persons requiring special services, please call prior to the program date so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.

Attention Social Workers: Our application is currently pending to become an Continuing Education Provider with the New York State Department of Education for Social Work.