2024 APCIS Mental Health Clinician Retreat

Wed Mar 13 2024 at 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

The Churchill School and Center | New York

Orit, Dana, Monica, Samantha W and Samantha G
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2024 APCIS Mental Health Clinician Retreat
Please join us for an exciting retreat filled with learning, growing and networking!
About this Event

W e are offering an incredible line up of speakers this year about important and relevant topics! Only APCIS members employed at independent schools are eligible to attend-sorry but trainees and non-mental health co-workers are not eligible.

Alan Schlecter, M.D.: A Positive Approach to Student Assessment, 1 hour

Dr. Schlecter will provide a brief review on well-being, followed by a discussion about the importance of positive priming and the skill-based structured assessment that he uses to interview students.

BIO: Alan Schlechter, MD is a clinical associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center who sees patients at Bellevue Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic and the NYU Child Study Center. He treats and helps organize the care of some of the most vulnerable children and families in New York City. Alan teaches “The Science of Happiness” to over 1,000 NYU students each year, in which he shares the mental health education that he believes all people should receive early in life. Alan is interested in using the best science that we have to foster behaviors and thoughts that might help prevent mental illness and grow well-being in all people, even doctors. In addition to co-authoring U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), he recently co-edited Becoming Mindful: Integrating Mindfulness Into Your Psychiatric Practice. He is a highly competitive Connect Four player and lives in Greenwich Village with his wonderful wife and two spectacular daughters.

Rebecca Etkin, Ph.D.: SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) in Schools, 2 hours

This talk will focus on applications of SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) for the school context. SPACE is a novel, evidence-based treatment approach for childhood anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Guided by this approach, participants will learn practical tools and strategies for identifying and managing student anxiety across grade levels. The talk will also cover specific anxiety-related topics relevant to the school setting, including performance anxiety and school refusal.

BIO: Dr. Rebecca Etkin is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Yale Child Study Center Anxiety & Mood Disorders Program. Her research and clinical work focus on anxiety disorders and related difficulties in children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Etkin received her BA from Johns Hopkins University and her PhD from SUNY Buffalo. She was born and raised in NYC.

Kathleen Weber, M.Ed., Accredited, Certified EFT Practitioner, 1 hour 15m

This presentation will cover:

  • What is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)?
  • The stress response
  • The meridian system
  • The importance of putting your own mask on first
  • A bit of the history behind EFT
  • A summary of the research, highlighting some studies relevant to school-aged children
  • Stories of using EFT in a school setting
  • An introduction to the EFT acupressure points
  • 5 techniques that can be used right away for self-care and with students. These are regulation tools

BIO: Kathleen Weber is a former School Counselor of 25 years with experience at all levels k-12. She is also an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner, certified and accredited by EFT International. Upon learning the truly transformative impact of using EFT and bringing these amazing techniques to her students, she is now on a mission to bring EFT to as many schools as possible worldwide. She supports her clients individually, offers workshops and small group EFT sessions, and provides a variety of professional development opportunities for schools.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Churchill School and Center, 301 E 29th st, New York, United States


USD 85.00

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