Conference: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

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A Bitter Pill to Swallow:
Creating New Pathways and Alternatives
to Medication in Childhood Mental Health

Friday, October 31
University Hall Conference Center
Montclair State University

Co-sponsored by the Department of Family & Child Studies
and the Family Service League of Montclair

This conference will provide practitioners, educators, and parents with alternative pathways in the treatment of children with mental health issues. The traditional path for children with behavioral problems is from parent to psychiatrist, or school to parent to psychiatrist. Although psychotropic drugs can be effective, there are often unwanted side effects and the long term effects of these drugs on children are not yet known.

Conference presenters will review treatment modalities available to mental health practitioners and parents that have been effective in the treatment of children with mental health concerns.

Please Save the Date and visit the College of Education and Human Services’ web site
this summer for conference details

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Featured Speakers Include:

  • Amy Begel, CSW, MFT
  • Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT
  • Jorge Colapinto, LMFT
  • Martha Edwards, PhD
  • Randolph M. Fiery LCSW
  • David Keith, M.D.
  • Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, RPP, NCB, ACS
  • James Morris, PhD, LMFT
  • Phoebe Prosky MSW
  • Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, PhD
  • George Stone, LCSW
  • Arnold Woodruff, M.S., LMFT

Amy Begel, CSW, MFT

Amy Begel trained in family therapy with Dr. Salvador Minuchin in New York City in the mid-'80's. She spent many years as senior faculty at The Minuchin Center where she conducted training in family therapy for a variety of organizations, working mainly with poor and marginalized families. She also has been teaching in family medicine and internal medicine for more than thirty years and specializes in family systems medicine, which looks at how interpersonal patterns contribute to health and illness. She currently maintains faculty positions with the Department of Family Medicine for the Institute for Family Health, the integrative Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, and she teaches Internal Medicine Residents and Cardiology Fellows at Maimonides Medical Center. She is the author of numerous articles related to her work, including the "Jazz Consultation", which describes her use of jazz musicians as consultants to family therapy sessions.

Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT

Anne is an OT, Yoga Therapist, researcher and presenter who is known for her innovative therapeutic yoga programs. As a consultant to NYC schools for the past 25 years, Anne utilizes her background in developmental pediatrics, education and yoga in the "Get Ready to Learn" Yoga Therapy in the Classroom" curriculum.

Jorge Colapinto, LMFT

Jorge Colapinto is the Coordinator of Training and Consultation at the Minuchin Center for the Family. An AFTA member and AAMFT clinical member and approved Supervisor, he has 35 years of experience training and supervising family therapists, at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Family Studies of New York, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and other venues. Mr. Colapinto is the co-author, with Patricia and Salvador Minuchin, of Working with Families of the Poor.

Martha Edwards, PhD

Martha is the founder and Director of the Ackerman Institute's Center for the Developing Child and Family and Director of Research for the Institute. Dr. Edwards has developed a longitudinal prevention program for infants, toddlers and their families called The Bright Beginnings Parent-Child Program, designed to promote infant mental health, school readiness, and the ongoing relational development of children and Parents.

Randolph M. Fiery LCSW

For the past 20 years he has served as the Associate Director of the South Eastern Cooperative serving Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed students in Southern Virginia. His background as hypnotherapist, trainer and consultant is founded on his training under the family therapy pioneer, Jay Haley. His clinical work has been recognized in three books, The Art of Strategic Therapy, Learning and Teaching Therapy, and Directive Therapy by Jay Haley.

David Keith, M.D.

Dr. Keith is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Family Therapy at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. Although Board Certified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, his clinical work has always been organized around working with families. His focus is on language, not only how it shapes our perceptions but how it is used to represent illness, by both patients and practitioners, and more critically how it can be used therapeutically.

Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, RPP, NCB, ACS

Leslie Korn specializes in helping children and adults prevent or eliminate the use psychotropic medications through the use of Naturopathic methods including nutritional and body psychotherapies. She has worked as a clinician and research scientist for over 35 years, funded by both the NIH and Fulbright Foundation. She has a doctorate in Behavioral Medicine and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her clinical training as a clinical fellow in psychology and religion in community mental health, Cambridge Hospital, at Harvard Medical School and at the Trauma Clinic, Mass General Hospital. She is licensed and certified in Massage therapy and Polarity therapy and has practice body oriented psychotherapy for over 40,000 hrs. Leslie has lived and worked in rural Mexico for over 40 years and currently divides her time between Mexico and Olympia WA. She currently consults to clinicians, and teaches in the Counseling program at Capella University. She is the author of Rhythms of Recovery; Trauma, Nature and the Body. Her next book on Mental health Nutrition will be published by Norton in 2015.

James Morris, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Morris has worked as Marriage and Family Therapist for over 30 years. From his initial work experience as a mental health aide at a state hospital in the 1970s, he knew there had to be a more effective and humane way to help those with mental health challenges. He subsequently discovered family systems theory and cybernetics and earned graduate degrees in family studies and marriage and family therapy. He has worked in a variety of settings including public health, social services, health sciences center research, non-profit agencies, and university teaching.

Phoebe Prosky MSW

Founder and Director, A Center for the Awareness of Pattern (1986 – present) in Freeport Maine, focused on family therapy, family therapy training, and activities to develop systemic awareness in professionals and the general public. Currently also Supervisor at Home Counselors, Inc., Rockland, Maine and in private practice. Author of over 40 chapters and papers including: Prosky, P. (2010): “Why Should Family Therapy Consider Principles of Zen Buddhism?” in Human Systems, published by Leeds Family Therapy and Research Centre, KCC Foundation and the Athenian institute of Anthropos, Vol. 20, Issue 2. Editor with David Keith of Family Therapy as an Alternative to Medication: an Appraisal of Pharmland, Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2003.

Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, PhD

Dr. Kenneth Silvestri has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 1980. He holds a doctoral degree from Columbia University in anthropology and psychology. In addition, he has been the recipient of national fellowships in the social sciences at the University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Silvestri has participated in post-doctoral training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in New York City and the Multi-Cultural Family Institute with Monica McGoldrick. Dr. Silvestri is also a Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH), having completed intensive certification programs with renowned homeopaths Dr. Luc De Schepper and David Little. Through integration of homeopathy and psychotherapy – as well as his overall systemic approach to healing – Dr. Silvestri has assisted many in finding resolution of the emotional and/or physical challenges they have presented to him. He has published more than sixty professional articles and monographs, as well as several chapters for books on mental health/homeopathy. He has conducted numerous workshops on family therapy, alternative education, communication skills, forgiveness and homeopathy.

George Stone, LCSW

George has 41 years of experience as a therapist, supervisor & teacher of therapy, MSW, University Maryland at Baltimore, 1981 MA, Anthropology, Arizona 1972 BS, Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, 1970. Private training in hypnosis, brief & strategic family therapy & systems theory with: Milton H. Erickson M.D., 1975-1980; Gregory Bateson, 1977-1980; Jay Haley, 1977 – 2007; Cloe Madanes, 1977 – present; Braulio Montalvo, 1984-85. Licensed Independent Social Worker in New Mexico (LISW) 1990-2002 Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alaska (LCSW # 357) 1998-present Clinical member in NASW 1990-present Clinical member AAMFT 1988-present; approved supervisor 1998-present Jay Haley supervisor of supervisor’s training Theoretical specialty: synthesis strategic family therapy & symbolic anthropology Therapeutic specialty: helping parents solve their children’s problems w/o drugs Multiple publications in professional journals & chapters in 3 books.

Arnold Woodruff, M.S., LMFT

Arnold has spent more than 40 years in the public mental health and child welfare systems. He was the Clinical Director at the McHenry County Youth Service Bureau in Woodstock, IL, where he was exposed to the ideas and techniques of solution-focused, brief therapy at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI. He subsequently became the Director, Mental Health Services, for the Prince William County (VA) Community Services Board and then was the Director of the Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents federal grant in Alexandria, VA. He is currently the Clinical Director for Help Your Way, an agency providing intensive, in-home services to children at risk of out-of-home placements. Arnold has made the journey from the days of Thorazine and Haldol and being a true believer in the biochemical basis of serious mental illness to his present position that the excess drugging of both children and adults to control their behaviors is a serious public health policy issue that must be addressed before more damage is done.