Westport Family Counseling is hosting a Networking Breakfast and Presentation on, “Pharmacogenomic Testing: Moving Psychiatry into the 21st Century,” on Thursday February 18th, 2016 from 8:30-10am. Dr. Vatsal Thakkar will be our guest presenter on this topic.
Dr. Thakkar will speak about the fact that the state of the art in psychiatry for the last 50 years has been an evaluation by interview, followed by an educated guess regarding need for medication and then deciding among the 100+ various psychotropic medications available for clinical use. Now, the field of psychiatry is taking a quantum leap forward: a simple DNA test done by a mouth swab can be used to run anywhere from one to 18 different psychiatry-based genomic tests to create a physiological and treatment landscape on the patient sitting in the clinician’s office.
This presentation will be facilitated by Dr. Vatsal Thakkar M.D.
Vatsal G. Thakkar, M.D. Is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. He has held positions at both Vanderbilt Medical Center and NYU in the areas of med student & resident teaching, professional wellness/EAP, and clinical research on major depression, addictions, and adult ADHD. In 2013, he published a feature article in the New York Times titled, “Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit,” about the hidden scourge of sleep dysfunction in the psychiatric population. He currently practices full time in Westport, Connecticut.
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Westport Family Counseling and Westport House co-hosted a Professional Luncheon last Friday 1/29 at the Westport Inn. 35 local therapists and professionals attended the event and Westport Family Counseling’s clinical team spoke to the group about their Addiction and Trauma services.
Westport Family Counseling is hosting a Free Presentation for the Community on Tuesday October 6th at 8:30am. Stephanie Schacher, PsyD will be presenting on “Redefining Family: Understanding and Supporting the Modern Family”
8:30-9am Complimentary Breakfast
9-10am – Presentation by Stephanie Schacher
This presentation will address the social and clinical issues relevant to families headed by gay dads, single mothers by choice, and families formed using fertility treatment including third party reproduction. With the increase in the use of fertility treatments, issues pertaining to older parents will also be addressed. The talk will address both commonalities and differences in these groups, and how to provide treatment and support that are sensitive to these parent groups’ needs.
About our Guest Presenter:
Stephanie Schacher, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Fairfield and Branford Connecticut. One of her main areas of interest is in clinical work surrounding family building with groups such as gay dads, single moms, and heterosexual couples utilizing fertility treatments. She has conducted original research and published on gay dads, exploring their pathways to and experiences with fatherhood. Prior to establishing her practice in Connecticut, she worked for New York Presbyterian/Columbia university medical center where she provided psychological services to Hospital and University employees, and was involved in a grant funded program treating individuals impacted by 9/11. Other trauma-related work has centered around developing curriculum and providing trainings to educators, nurses, and mental health clinicians on childhood trauma in the Gulf Coast following hurricane Katrina in 2005. In her private practice she also does trauma work, working with women with childhood histories of abuse.
If you are interested in attending or have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (203) 227-4555 or you can sign up online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wfc-networking-breakfast-and-presentation-on-redefining-family-understanding-and-supporting-the-tickets-18573843867
Westport Family Counseling hosted an audience of 20 parents and professionals last Wednesday morning 9/16 for our September Networking Breakfast and Presentation by Alison Bevan, Certified Sleep Consultant. The event was a great success and we had a great turnout of Fairfield County professionals and parents!
Westport Family Counseling is hosting a Free Presentation for the Community on Wednesday September 16th at 9am. Alison Bevan, Certified Sleep Specialist will be presenting on “Strategies to Resolve Sleep Issues in Children.”
9-9:30- Complimentary Breakfast
9:30-10:30- Presentation by Alison Bevan
Lack of quality of sleep has a pervasive effect on the physical and emotional well-being of children. During sleep, biological and physiological processes take place that are essential for maintaining optimal health and development.
Sleep problems are pervasive in the pediatric population, and effect the entire family. Studies show that approximately one in three children will experience a significant sleep problem in the first ten years of life and, if left untreated, they will be 50% more likely to suffer from chronic sleep problems as adults. Parents of poor sleepers are more likely to be anxious and/or depressed, and most report that their child’s sleep problems have a profoundly negative impact on their family’s quality of life.
Why Sleep Matters
- The effects of sleep deprivation on children and families
Components of Healthy Sleep
- Sleep as a learned skill
- Amount of sleep –average sleep requirements by age
- Timing of sleep – circadian rhythm, melatonin, cortisol
- Quality of sleep – un-fragmented, motionless, undisturbed by underlying medical conditions
Why Sleep Problems Happen
- Conscious and unconscious parenting choices/parental philosophy
- Developmental leaps/regressions
- Circumstances/significant life events
- Underlying medical conditions
Solving Behavioral Sleep Problems
- Evidence-based sleep coaching methods (extinction, modified extinction, fading)
- Choosing the right approach for the family
- Choosing the right time to start
Roadblocks to Success
- Parental inconsistency
- Lack of support/resources
The Role of the Sleep Coach
About our Guest Presenter:
As a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Alison Bevan is dedicated to offering parents the guidance and support they need to have a well rested family. Alison works with parents of newborns and infants to establish healthy sleep habits and parents of older children to solve daytime and nighttime sleep problems. She is the Pediatric Sleep Specialist at The Center For Advanced Pediatrics in Fairfield County, and works with families across the country through her private practice – Sleepytime Coach. She is a Happiest Baby Educator, a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach with a specialty in 4-5 month old sleep, a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and a guest speaker and contributing author for numerous organizations and publications dedicated to family health and wellness.
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WFC is teaming up with the Westport Arts Center to sponsor their Art Slam! this Saturday 6/20 from 6-8pm. Art Slam! is a one night only art party featuring work from 12 local teens and music by local performers. This event is free and open to the public, and will also include food furnished by The Cheese Truck and the GRANOLA bar. As the event sponsor, a clinician from Westport Family Counseling will be offering an art therapy activity that all guests can take part in. Stop by the Westport Arts Center on 51 Riverside Ave in Westport this Saturday, June 20th from 6-8pm.
Artists were selected by TAC members and are:
Katherine Coogan, “Longshore”
Madison Dick, “Living Life.”
Sophie Driscoll, “Real”
Lauren Fraites, “Patterns in the Sky”
Sarah Holmes, “Autumn Walk”
Blair Marine, “It’s a Grey Day”
Celeste Matte, “The Garden Arch”
Alexandra McMahon, “Tiger Lily”
Audrey Seo, “Fun with Knives”
Katherine Simpson, “Stay Gold, Ponyboy”
Alex Spadacenta, “Just Another Day”
Rachel Wolfe, “Colorful Crab”
TAC Is a group of 20-30 elite teens who serve as ambassadors for the arts in the community by creating program and event opportunities for their peers. Founded in January 2015, TAC currently accepts applications on a rolling basis. To learn more about TAC, please click here.
Westport Family Counseling Director, Nicholas Strouse speaking on the panel at “The Anonymous People” film screening at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport last Thursday, March 12th. Newport Academy co-hosted the event with Westport Family Counseling and had a large turnout of community members, sparking a dialogue about addiction and recovery issues.
Westport Family Counseling and Newport Academy will be hosting a screening of The Anonymous People followed by a panel discussion on Thursday March 12th from 6:30-9pm at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT. The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The moving story of The Anonymous People will be told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all one the line to save the lives of others just like them. The panel discussion will feature The Anonymous People producer, Greg Williams, Westport Family Counseling Director, Nicholas Strouse, Executive Director of Communities 4 Action, Ingrid Gillespie, and Professional Colleague in Recovery from Newport Academy, Carter Barnhart. There will be refreshments provided and this is a free event for the community. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-anonymous-people-westport-screening-tickets-14853979653
WFC strives to treat the whole person, not just the symptom. To this end, we engage practitioners with different backgrounds to be part of the WFC multi-disciplinary team. Vicki Kobliner, a registered dietician and the owner of Holcare Nutrition, is an important part of the WFC team. Ms. Kobliner brings with her a vast expertise on the intricate interplay between the digestive system, the immune system and the brain. Ms. Kobliner sheds light on how dietary changes are a foundational tool in positively impacting the way we feel. To understand the whole person, one must look at their thinking and behavior in all areas of their life. Nutritional intake, diet, and eating habits inform us about everything from self-esteem to prominent belief systems. In addition, we learn about the nutritional and dietary variables that influence a person’s mood, temperament, and behavior. Ms. Kobliner is also a great resource for exploring natural alternatives to medication. Ms. Kobliner will present on these issues in the Fall 2014, at the WFC forum.
To learn more about Vicki Kobliner, MS, RDN, you may also visit Holcare Nutrition.