Educational Events

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community have attended a
training at Four Winds Saratoga.

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!


GRAND ROUNDS

Friday, October 3, 2014 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“Internet and Video Game Addiction:
What Mental Health Providers Need to Know”

Presented by Paul Weigle, M.D.,
Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Natchaug Hospital, Mansfield Center, CT

At the conclusion of this program, participants will:

  • Appreciate the extent of video game and Internet habits in the lives of American youth.
  • Identify symptoms of a behavioral addiction to video games or the Internet, and the evidence surrounding this controversial diagnosis
  • Understand research findings regarding the epidemiology of Internet and video game addiction including risks factors, comorbidity, and outcomes.
  • Be able to help parents promote healthy media habits in their children.

Please register for this free event by calling 518-581-5015, ext. 3115 or click here to register online.


GRAND ROUNDS

Friday, October 10, 2014 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“Adoption Issues in Therapy & the Schools:
Strategies for Working with Children and Adults”

Presented by Marie Dolfi, LCSW
Private Practice, Albany, NY

Overview: Research has shown that there is an overrepresentation of children who were adopted in the clinical population. This program will present an overview of adoption issues and will give professionals a framework for working with individuals who were adopted, birth families and adoptive parents. Case examples given will be from foster care adoption, private domestic adoption and international adoption. Throughout this program, participants should:

  • Develop an understanding of how adoption and relinquishment may impact individuals who were adopted, adoptive families, and birth families over a lifetime.
  • Learn strategies for working with individuals who are struggling with issues around loss, identity, rejection, loyalty, guilt and other core issues of adoption.
  • Learn skills for working with individuals in open adoption relationships, search and reunion, transracial adoption and other issues unique to adoption.
  • Learn strategies to assist students who experience adoption-related difficulties within the school setting

Please register for this free event by calling 518-581-5015, ext. 3115 or click here to register online.


SPECIAL EVENT

Friday, October 17, 2014 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

A Special Invitation to Outpatient Providers
“Introduction to Medicaid Redesign in New York State”

As you may know, many changes are being made to the current Medicaid System in New York State. As the State moves toward “Managed Medicaid” and begins “DSRIP” Programs, we are certain that many mental health providers have questions regarding if, and how, these changes will impact their practice. Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (CCBHO) has been hired by New York State OMH to educate providers about this process and the changes. Four Winds has asked CCBHO to give a basic overview to our staff so that we can stay current and informed. We welcome any community mental health provider to join us so that we can all learn more about the impending changes, become familiar with the “lingo” and most importantly understand the impact that these changes will make on the entire mental health community.

Please contact Jennifer at 518-581-5015, ext. 3115 to let us know if you would like to join us, or click here to register online.


GRAND ROUNDS

Friday, October 24, 2014  -  9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“Seasonal Affective Disorder:
A Practical Guide for Clinicians”

Presented by Paul Desan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director,
Psychiatric Consultation Service,
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Overview: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is common at these latitudes. Subsyndromal SAD, seasonal symptoms of poor energy or weight gain, which do not meet full criteria for an episode of Major Depression, is also common. Bright light therapy can be used to treat SAD and subsyndromal SAD and can be beneficial in many other clinical situations. Evidence-based research and types of bright light therapy devices will be discussed, as well as other clinical approaches to SAD treatment. Throughout this program, participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the clinical presentation and features of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • Become familiar with the use of light devices for the treatment of SAD.
  • Learn how light therapy can be beneficial in the treatment of other clinical conditions, such as subsyndromal SAD, seasonally modulated mood disorders, and delayed sleep phase syndrome.

Please register for this free event by calling 518-581-5015, ext. 3115 or click here to register online.


FULL DAY CONFERENCE

This event is sponsored by the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education and Support (C.A.P.E.S.) Program for Primary Care Physicians, a program funded by the Four Winds Foundation through a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Project T.E.A.C.H. Initiative.

Friday, November 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Marc Fishman, M.D. and Hoa Vo, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

This presentation will explore aspects of adolescent development – brain, mind and spirit – with a focus on how developmentally informed perspectives can provide a guide for families and help clinicians improve treatment. Participants will be able to:

  • Describe key features of adolescent brain development.
  • Recognize clinical applications of development on adolescent treatment.
  • Articulate important aspects of the concept of emotional regulation as a developmental process.

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Location: Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Tuition Fee: $25 per person
Seating is limited. Receipt of payment or purchase order will guarantee your reservation.

More program details and on how to register, please visit: www.capesprogram.org/upcoming-events


SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday, November 22, 2014
11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

“National Survivors of Suicide Day”
Co-sponsored with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,
Capital Region Chapter

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.

Please register for this free event by calling 518-581-5015, ext. 3115 or click here to register online.


Check back periodically as more events will be added.


Internet and Video Game Addiction: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know”
October 3, 2014 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

“Adoption Issues in Therapy & the Schools: Strategies for Working with Children and Adults”
October 10, 2014 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

A Special Invitation to Outpatient Providers - “Introduction to Medicaid Redesign in New York State”
October 17, 2014 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

“Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Practical Guide for Clinicians”
October 24, 2014 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

“National Survivors of Suicide Day”
November 22, 2014 11:45 AM - 02:45 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.