Educational Events

Over 10,000 professionals in our
community have attended a
training at Four Winds Saratoga.

Educational Events

Important 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, or with a minimal tuition fee. We do not want to turn people away from pursuing 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 register using the links below or give us a call (518-584-3600, ext. 3115) to let us know if you plan to attend an event.

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

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Attention Social Workers: Four Winds Saratoga SW CPE 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 #0160.

Please check back periodically as more events may be added.


Friday, October 21, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder -
Assessment, Alliance Building and Change"

Elsa Ronningstam, Ph.D.
Gunderson Outpatient Program and the Adult Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, MA

This presentation will integrate recent empirical and clinical contributions to identifying, understanding and treating patients with pathological narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder, NPD. New strategies for alliance building will be discussed that takes into account patients' attachment patterns, fluctuations in self-esteem, including both self-enhancement and devaluation, and compromised emotion regulation and empathic ability. Internalized self-directed negativity in forms of self-criticism or suicidal ideations and actions will be identified. Finally the impact of narcissistic pathology on sense of agency in therapeutic alliance building and change in narcissistic personality functioning will be discussed.

The participants will:

  • Recognize narcissistic personality functioning and in particular indicators related to self-esteem, emotion and empathic functioning and self-regulation and control.
  • Identify and learn strategies to address challenges and obstacles in alliance building with patients with NPD.
  • Understand the process of change in patients with NPD, especially factors and conditions that prevents change versus strategies that can support and promote change.

1.5 Social Worker Continuing Education Credits

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This adult psychiatry collaborative program is jointly sponsored by CDPHP and Four Winds Saratoga, and is free of charge for Primary Care Providers who participate with CDPHP.

“Standards of Care in Psychiatry
for Primary Care Providers”

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Held at CDPHP Headquarters - Cafeteria
500 Patroon Creek
Boulevard, Albany, NY 12206

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Held at Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall
30 Crescent Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

This presentation will discuss the standards of care in Psychiatry with topics most relevant to Primary Care Providers who are treating psychiatric conditions in their practice. This lecture should enable the PCP to have a better understanding of diagnosis and current treatment options for the most common mental health ailments. The American Psychiatric Association guidelines and common practices will be incorporated to give the PCP a practical guide to treatment and improve decision making and the referral process.

Throughout this program, participants should:

  • Improve diagnostic and treatment planning skills.
  • Improve knowledge of psychopharmacology.
  • Improve the psychiatric referral process and prevention measures.

Registration for this program is open to Primary Care Providers only.

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Friday, November 4, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events
(CASE Approach): the Practical Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation

Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D.
Director, Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA) and in private practice.

Participants will be given a sound introduction to one of the most highly recommended approaches for uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, behaviors, and intent - the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach). Dr. Shea, its developer, will begin by describing seven behaviorally specific interviewing validity techniques (such as shame attenuation, gentle assumption and symptom amplification) designed for sensitively exploring the types of topics that seed suicidal ideation including domestic violence, incest, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and situational disaster. Participants will then proceed to learn how to gracefully weave these validity techniques into the fabric of the clinical interview using the CASE Approach. Dr. Shea demonstrates this delicate, potentially life-saving, art via the use of a compelling, recently filmed video that illustrates the power of the CASE Approach to uncover a complex presentation of suicidal ideation and intent.

The participants will:

  • Participants will understand and be able to describe the complexities of uncovering valid suicidal ideation in particularly dangerous patients (the concept of the Equation of Suicidal Intent).
  • Participants will be able to identify and use seven validity techniques for eliciting sensitive or taboo material (normalization, shame attenuation, the behavioral incident, gentle assumption, denial of the specific, the catch-all question, and symptom amplification).
  • Participants will understand and be able to describe how to weave the above validity techniques into a fluid and graceful interviewing strategy known as the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach).

1.5 Social Worker Continuing Education Credits

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“National Survivors of Suicide Day”

Saturday, November 19, 2016 • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Each year in November, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsors National Survivors of Suicide Day, which provides an opportunity for those who have lost someone to suicide (survivors) to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment. By linking with local survivor conferences around the country through a live broadcast, National Survivors of Suicide Day helps survivors express and understand the powerful emotions that they experience, and connect with others who have survived the tragedy of losing someone to suicide.

Four Winds Saratoga and the Capital District Chapter of AFSP have joined together to offer an event for local survivors and clinicians. Please pass the following date and time along to anyone who you think may benefit from attending this informative event.

Registration for this event begins at 11:30 am.

Program Agenda

11:30 am     Registration and Lunch*
12:15 pm     Welcome and “Ceremony of HOPE”
1:00 pm       National Webcast
2:30 pm       Discussion & Closing Remarks

*Lunch will be provided.

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Assessment, Alliance Building and Change
October 21, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

“Standards of Care in Psychiatry for Primary Care Providers" at CPDHP
November 3, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach): the Practical Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation
November 4, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

“Standards of Care in Psychiatry for Primary Care Providers” at Four Winds Saratoga
November 10, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

“National Survivors of Suicide Day”
November 19, 2016 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM

Four Winds Saratoga

30 Crescent Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

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

Educational Event Information & Registration: 518-584-3600, ext. 3115

Reservation Information

Unless otherwise indicated, programs are held on the Four Winds Saratoga Campus in Mastrianni Hall and are open to the public.  Grand Rounds 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 contact us prior to the program date so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.