Educational Events

Over 10,000 professionals in our
community have attended a
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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 Note: Seating has been limited due to the overwhelming number of attendees registering for the following events. If a session has been closed, please contact us if you wish to be added to the waiting list.


Friday, May 6, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“New Trends in Toxicology:
Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

Jeanna M. Marraffa, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT, Clinical Toxicologist, Upstate Medical University and Associate Professor, Upstate New York Poison Center, Department of Emergency Medicine

New Drugs of abuse and newly identified synthetic/designer drugs are a public health threat and have resulted in a significant number of patients being exposed to and harmed by such substances. Because of the new laws attempting to regulate and make certain designer drugs illegal, there are numerous attempts and efforts to bring forth new synthetic/designer drugs that are considered ‘legal’. This is an ever-changing problem with new compounds being introduced on a regular basis. Recognizing and understanding the available new drugs of abuse will assist the provider in appropriate treatment recommendations for managing such patients. We will also discuss widely available products that are recently emerging as drugs.

Throughout the program, Ms. Marraffa will:

  • Discuss the toxicity of several emerging drugs of abuse.
  • Discuss approaches in managing acutely intoxicated patients.
  • Identify resources available when faced with new drugs of abuse.
  • Identify commonly available agents that are now being abused.

1.5 Continuing Education Hours

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Friday, May 13, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  “Creating Successful Engagement with
Teens and Their Parents”

Kevin P. Gallagher, MS, LCMHC,
Private Practice,, Burlington, VT

Clinicians are as vulnerable as parents in getting caught in the adolescent vortex. When family stressors are paired with teenage hormones and then sprinkled with social media, alcohol and drugs and sexuality, therapists working with families can easily get overwhelmed. This program will explore some of the unique challenges facing clinicians who work with adolescents including the role of the parents both in and out of the therapy itself. It’s an exciting time developmentally for families and our role as helpers is valuable in providing assistance and support.

Participants should:

  • Recognize and structure the role of the clinician when working with young adult minors and their parents with respect to boundaries.
  • Explore more creative strategies for engagement using both your skills and your personality.
  • Develop more neutrality in family work through strength-based initiatives.
  • Identify areas for more professional growth as it relates to changes in the culture and expectations of clinicians.

1.5 Continuing Education Hours

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Friday, May 20, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 “Introduction to LGBTQ–
Affirming Mental Healthcare: Part Two”

Lyndon Cudlitz, Training and Education Manager,
Pride Center of the Capital Region, Albany, NY

This event is open to those who attended Part One of this topic, which was offered in November, 2015. However, if you would like to attend, please contact us to discuss. These programs have been designed to help mental health professionals better understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as it applies to mental health care.

Building from the previous event, attendees of this program should be able to:

  • Identify mental health disparities and barriers to care for LGBTQ individuals.
  • Enhance communication techniques to build trust and therapeutic relationship.
  • Improve confidence in providing relevant services to LGBTQ individuals.

1.5 Continuing Education Hours

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Friday, May 27, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 Positive Psychology:
“A Strength Based Model for Psychotherapy”

Laurel Burns, LMHC, Private Practice, Schenectady, NY

Positive Psychology is the science of happiness, the study of what works and what is best in human functioning. This approach is especially helpful when working with children, adolescents and families and is a wonderful addition to traditional therapeutic interventions. This program will help clinicians understand how to apply this powerful research to help our clients become the best versions of themselves.

During this program, you will:

  • Understand the importance of the questions that we ask and the power of what we focus on.
  • Learn how to assess the character strengths of your clients and use those strengths to increase happiness, resilience and family functioning.
  • Become familiar with techniques to boost happiness and raise the genetic happiness set point, as well as strategies to help youth develop rituals that are proven to increase feelings of well-being.

1.5 Continuing Education Hours

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The 22nd Annual Xavior “Sam”
Mastrianni Scholarship Awards and Lecture

Friday, June 10, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

“The Power Of Laughter”

Robin Tassinari, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

We all recognize that it’s hard to not smile when someone is laughing…in fact it’s a bit infectious. We know that it’s enjoyable, but we also now know that the power in this amazing psychological response creates closeness with individuals, and it leads to previously unrecognized physical changes which beneficially affect our immune system, our cardiovascular system and of course our response to anxiety and stress.

This program’s objectives are:

  • To laugh. (sorry, that sounds unscientific).
  • To understand that laughter has been a form of communication since man evolved.
  • To become acquainted with the healing effects of laughter on our bodies and minds.
  • To consider ways for us in the counseling profession to use laughter in our everyday work.

1.5 Continuing Education Hours

Please join us for this special event.

  • 8:45 a.m. - Community Breakfast Reception
  • 9:00 a.m. - Ceremony to Recognize the 2016 Mastrianni Scholarship Award Recipients
  • 9:15 a.m. - Presentation by Dr. Tassinari
  • 10:45 a.m. - Closing Remarks

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“New Trends in Toxicology: Just the Tip of the Iceberg”
May 6, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

“Creating Successful Engagement with Teens and Their Parents”
May 13, 2016 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

“Introduction to LGBTQ – Affirming Mental Healthcare: Part Two”
May 20, 2016 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: 518-584-3600, 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.