Educational Events

Over 10,000 professionals in our
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, or with a minimal tuition fee. 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 register using the links below or 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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If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please call (518) 581-5015 x 3115 or you may register online and we will get back to you if there is any availablity.


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, 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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This event is offered 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,
Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
and Private Practice, Hudson, MA

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,
Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
and Private Practice, Hudson, MA

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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The 21st Annual Xavior "Sam" Mastrianni Scholarship Lecture

Friday, June 5, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Presented by Kevin Martin, M.D., 
Chief Medical Officer, Four Winds Saratoga

Compassion is a common thread that weaves through many faiths and philosophies, transcending time, culture, and continents.  In modern times compassion has become a  foundational value in medical care and more recently within mental health care.  We will explore the origins of compassionate care; the impediments to its full realization; how compassion can inform our care and improve outcomes; and the  practice of compassion-focused therapy.

Learning objectives:

  • To be able to describe the origins of compassion historically and its role in modern medical and mental health care.
  • To be able to articulate impediments to the full realization of compassionate care within mental health practice.
  • To understand how compassion can inform our care and improve our outcomes; and to provide an overview of compassion-focused therapy.

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“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

June 5, 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

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.

Attention Social Workers: We have placed an Application for Approval as a Continuing Education Provider for Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers with the New York State Department of Education. However, at this point our application is still pending.