Five Towns Wellness Center Announces New Summer Training Program

Dear Colleague,

I hope you are well! I’m excited to announce a new training course at the Five Towns Wellness Center this summer! Over the past couple of years, I’ve refined a treatment protocol for assessing and treating child and adolescent clients using CBT and play therapy, and I am looking forward to sharing those evidence-based ‘tricks of the trade’ with a limited number of trainees this summer.

This course is perfect for you if you already have a master’s degree in a therapy related field, have an interest in treating children and/or teens, and feel that you could benefit from learning a formula for treatment efficacy. The course has been designed to be completely practical and to help clinicians learn real, concrete tools to answer questions like:

  • What if my child client is resistant to therapy?
  • How do I work with parents? How do I talk to parents about their child’s treatment? What do I tell parents whose children are defiant? 
  • What’s the best way to treat anxiety in children? Why? How would that work in the context of a therapy session? 
  • What if I don’t have any play therapy equipment? How to I keep children engaged in the process? 
  • How do I know if my client has a diagnosis like ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, etc?

Please take a look at the curriculum below and shoot me an email or phone call if you are interested. Of course, you are welcome to forward this to anyone you think may benefit.

Best regards and wishing you a wonderful day,

Sara Schwartz Gluck, PhD, LCSW
Clinical Director
Five Towns Wellness Center
504A Central Ave
Cedarhurst, NY 11516

Child/Adolescent Therapy Crash Course
What they never taught at grad school

Session 1: The Initial Session                                    Aug 21, 9 AM- 12:30 PM
  • Parent Interviews: Full Interview Guide Provided
  • Initial Session for ages 4-10
  • Initial Session for adolescents

 The Assessment Process

  • Building rapport
  • Maintaining rapport while obtaining a comprehensive clinical assessment
  • Use of assessment tools such as child friendly surveys
  • Basic implementation of art therapy assessment

Lunch: Question/Answer Session                                       Aug 21, 12:30-1 PM

Session 2: Setting Goals                                                     Aug 21, 1 PM- 4 PM              

  • Preparing for and facilitating a parent session during which parents learn the results of your evaluation.
  • Formulating a case conceptualization
  • Collaboratively setting goals with parents
  • Agreeing on a reasonable treatment plan

Session 3: Treatment- Play/Art Therapy              August 22, 9 AM- 12:30 PM

  • Using basic art and play therapy techniques (limited equipment required)
  • Coping with expectations of parents; learning to address those expectations using effective techniques
  • Including parents in therapy process

Lunch: Question/Answer Session                                                  Aug 22, 12:30-1 PM

Session 4: Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy            August 22, 1 PM-4 PM

  • Explaining the CBT model to children
  • Learning an evidence based treatment plan for implementing CBT skills in child sessions

 Review of Skills

  • Discussions
  • Question and Answer
  • Case Presentations

Description of the teaching methods to be used:  Each session will include a lecture portion, case presentations, and a question/answer discussion. In addition, role-play will be used to demonstrate clinical techniques. The participants will also break into small groups during the training process in order to practice the techniques. During the art and play therapy session, participants will use mediums such as crayon, paint, or colored pencils and will engage in experiential drawing activities. Participants will receive printed power point slides for portions of the training. They will also receive handouts of relevant resources.

Costs, refunds, and cancellation policies:
The total training cost for 2 training days (14 hours) will be $475 per participant. Participants must commit to both training days in advance. Given that the group size will be limited to 12 trainees to ensure a quality learning experience, partial registration will not be accepted. Participants will be required to pay $100 upon registration, and the remainder at Day 1. Participants may cancel by July 15 for a full refund. After July 15, no refund will be offered, but participants may cancel their enrollment.

A note about CEU credits: We have applied for CEU approval for this training course. This process takes time, and there is no guarantee that approval will be granted. Just want you all to know that we are working on this! 

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by Sara Schwartz Gluck, LCSW

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Anyone else out there receive dozens of emails like this each day? As a professional who regularly checks my email on my phone, it is incredibly frustrating to have to sift through junk in order to find the important messages. The other day my colleague, watching me frown as I swiped away at my phone, recommended an app that would help limit junk mail. I excitedly downloaded and signed right up. Then a really strange thing happened. The next morning, I woke up to only seven emails instead of the usual 42. I felt a little twinge of rejection. Somewhere deep down I actually missed the dinging of my phone and the barrage of emails. It was like feeling my popularity status go down.

This phenomenon fascinates me, as I see the dependence on electronic communication in my daily practice of psychotherapy – it’s evident in clients of all ages. A colleague of mine, who teaches high school students, recently told me about an app that can be programmed to send fake text messages to your phone, so that when you are out with your friends you can show that you are popular through constant text notifications. This app has over 1 million downloads! Think about this for a minute. Over 1 million people have downloaded an app that helps them create the illusion of being wanted, being accepted, being popular. Such is the allure of the electronic message notification- it has the power to validate our importance as humans beings in this vast and increasingly impersonal universe.

I believe that the only answer is to find validation and acceptance within ourselves. We can feel shame about our dependence on these artificial ego boosts. Or we could learn to embrace ourselves just as we are, and then to find joy in real human connection. To quote Walt Whitman, “I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware, I sit content, And if each and all be aware, I sit content.”