Educational Events

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Educational Events

Important Registration Information:

Four Winds Saratoga is committed to providing quality mental health education programs that are open to the community and are free of charge, or with a minimum tuition fee. In the past many of 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.

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.

Attention LMHC's: Four Winds Saratoga is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0092.


PROJECT TEACH EVENT

*This event only offered to prescribers and professionals affiliated with a Pediatric or Primary Care office.*

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018 * 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Program will start at 6:00 p.m. Dinner is included and will be served at 5:45 p.m.

 

Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall
30 Crescent Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


“Understanding the Effects of Addictive Drugs on the Adolescent Brain”

 

Presenters: Stephen L. Dewey, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine and Director of Research Education Seafield Center

Regionally-specific neurochemical changes underlie the development and progression of addiction.  These changes are thought to produce cravings – often associated with both acute and chronic symptoms of withdrawal.  While addictive substances and behaviors produce unique changes in these specific chemicals, the degree to which they do depends, to a large degree, on the substance and behaviors abused.  This presentation will identify these neurochemical changes and demonstrate alterations that develop as a function of the addictive substance.  In addition, studies will be presented that demonstrate the impact of addictive drugs (i.e., alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, methamphetamine, opiates, etc.) on the developing brain.  In addition, data will be presented on other behavioral addictions including the internet and video games, cell phones, and vaping.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the specific neurochemical changes that underlie the development of addiction.
  • Better understand the use of brain imaging strategies to visualize this disease and the neurochemical changes that occur as a result of its progression. Specific attention will focus on the adolescent brain.
  • Learn how drugs including, but not limited to, opiates, benzodiazepines, nicotine, alcohol and marijuana alter specific neuroanatomical pathways.
  • Better understand the impact of environmental cues on relapse to drug-seeking behavior.

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2018 FALL GRAND ROUNDS  

 

Friday, October 19, 2018 * 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall
30 Crescent Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


“Addiction: The Underlying Causes for its Development and Progression”

 

Presenters: Stephen L. Dewey, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and Director of Research Education at Seafield Center.

 This presentation will focus on the impact of many addictive drugs, including but not limited to, caffeine, nicotine (including vaping), alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, on the adolescent brain and its function.  In addition, data will be presented that demonstrates the effects of the internet and video games, cell phones, and vaping on reward systems.  Finally, the role that the environment plays in relapse to drug seeking behavior will be discussed. 

At the close of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Learn about mechanistic changes that underlie the development of addiction.
  • Better understand the use of positron emission tomography (PET) to visualize both the metabolic and neurochemical changes that occur in the adolescent brain following drug use.
  • View data that will specifically focus on opiates, benzodiazepines, nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana and how each drug uniquely alters specific neuroanatomical pathways.
  • Understand the impact of environmental cues on relapse to drug-seeking behavior.

2.0 Social Workers Credits

2.0 LMHC Credits

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2018 FALL GRAND ROUNDS 

Friday, November 2, 2018 * 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall
30 Crescent Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


"Treating Attachment Trauma in Adolescents and Emerging Adults: Development, Regulation and the Therapeutic Relationship"

To work with troubled and traumatized youth, it is crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and connection. It is not easy, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from distressed arousal to frozen shutting down—can trigger our own dysregulated responses. For many of these adolescents, a strong attachment to self-medication poses an extra layer of challenge. We need somehow to convince them that the hard work of reliable human relationships can be more rewarding than an easy high.  In this presentation, you’ll discover how to use the “four Ms” of mirroring, mentalization, mindfulness, and modulation to stay present, get unhooked, and provide corrective relational experiences. 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore specific adolescent attachment styles that may interact with and trigger your own.
  • Utilize the React, Reflect, and Respond approach to provide corrective relational experiences.
  • Understand the four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation.
  • Make use of adult validation, unflinching empathy, selective self-disclosure, and strategic enactments to bring traumatized teens back into relationships with themselves and with you. 
     

2.0 Social Workers Credits

2.0 LMHC Credits

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2018 FALL GRAND ROUNDS 

SAVE THE DATE

Friday, November 9, 2018 * 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall
30 Crescent Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

“Cultivating Mindfulness & Self-Compassion in Mental Health Practice”

Registration will open October 24th.


SPECIAL EVENT 

 

“National Survivors of Suicide Day”

Saturday, November 17, 2018 * 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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 11:00 am.

Program Agenda

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

*Lunch will be provided.

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Project TEACH - “Understanding the Effects of Addictive Drugs on the Adolescent Brain”
October 18, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

“Addiction: The Underlying Causes for its Development and Progression”
October 19, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Treating Trauma in Adolescents and Emerging Adults: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship
November 2, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

AFSP: “National Survivors of Suicide Day”
November 17, 2018 11:00 AM - 02:00 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. 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.

Registration is limited to 140 attendees. We can host 100 in the main lecture room and 40 in the overflow room. 

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