Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Education Department 
The Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Inc. 

The Charles Evans Center Presents: 3rd Annual Conference on Promoting Brain Health 

This conference event will award 3 contact hours for LMSW and LCSW with the NYSED State Board for Social Work and 3 contact hours for LMHC and LMFT with the NYSED State Board for Mental Health Practitioners and 3 CASAC renewal credits (approval pending).

Join us for this three hour live online event to learn more about how to keep our brains healthy as we age and how sources, both external and internal, can affect brain health. Our keynote will look at Brain Health and learn to understand how adverse life events can impact brain health. We will also learn about how creative arts therapy can assist those with substance use disorders, as well as information on Alzheimer's and dementia from a nursing perspective.


Keynote: Promoting Brain Health 

Lifestyle has a profound impact on your brain development. What you eat and drink, how much you exercise, how well you sleep, the way you socialize, and how you manage stress are all critically important to your brain health.  This is particularly true during the first five years of life when the brain is rapidly developing.  A body of scientific evidence now demonstrates the negative impact of adverse life events on brain development and its impact on physical health, mental health and the epigenetic changes that become hard wired into our genes. Implications for prevention and treatment will be described. 

Presented by Victor M. Fornari, M.D., M.S., the Vice Chair, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, including the Zucker Hillside Hospital & the Cohen Children’s Medical Center.  He is also Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics at the Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

In 2010, Dr. Fornari participated in the development of CAP PC, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care, (Project TEACH) funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health to facilitate and collaborate with Primary Care Providers in the care of youth with mild to moderate mental health concerns.  In 2017, CAP PC was the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric Services Achievement Bronze Award for Innovation. 

Dr. Fornari is an Investigator of MOBILITY, a PCORI-funded Grant to study whether metformin added to healthy lifestyle may be more effective than healthy lifestyle alone for overweight and obese youth taking second generation antipsychotic medications.  (2015-2023) Dr. Fornari is an Investigator in a PCORI-funded Grant entitled Pre-START (Suicide Treatment Alternatives for Teens) to determine the most appropriate treatment for suicidal youth. (2019-2024) Dr. Fornari is the Co-Editor of the book Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders:  Children, Adolescent & Adults (Nova Science Press:  2009 & 2014) and well as the Editor of a new book entitled:  Psychiatric Nonadherence:  A Solutions Based Approach (Springer, 2019). Dr. Fornari was the President of American Association of Directors of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2018-2020). 


Workshop: The Complexities of Addiction and How Creative Arts Therapy is a Beneficial Modality to Help the Process of Recovery

Substance abuse is considered to be a multifaceted realm within the scope mental health. This representation will explore the process of addiction, the role the brain plays in that, and how the creative arts therapy can be a powerful tool for facilitating coping and healing for those who struggle with addiction. Background information about addiction, trauma, and creative arts therapy will be provided. Participants will learn the comorbid nature of addiction and trauma and how the creative arts can provide expression and healing. Participants will learn about the positive impact that art therapy has on the brain from a neuroscience standpoint. Art therapy provides an expressive and self-preserving outlet that encourages autonomy and is a beneficial modality to utilize in within addiction treatment. Recovery is more than sobriety; Art therapy contributes to recovery through addressing the needs of the whole person.

Presented by Erin Barrett ATR-BC, LCAT


Workshop: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: A Nursing Perspective

Nurses play a key role in recognizing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Interventions are aimed at promoting patient function, communication, safety, adequate nutrition and independence for as long as possible. In addition, providing education and support to family/caregivers is essential to the care for their loved one.

Presented by Nanda Singh, RN



Date and time: September 22, 2021: 9AM-12PM 

Registration Fee (non-refundable): $15.00

This training will be offered via ZOOM. Pre-registration is required and will be closed on 9/20/2021 (or when attendance capacity is reached). Following registration, you will receive a separate email with the link to the event, handouts and any forms pertaining to continuing education credits for LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT and/ or CASACrenewal. 

You are not required to have a zoom account to participate in this workshop. You do not have to utilize your device camera or audio on your end, if you do not wish to do so. However, you must be able to watch the webinar, calling in alone without watching the presentation will not meet requirements for contact hours.

Sponsored by:             

The Mental Health Association of Nassau County and Nassau County Department of Human Services,  Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities Services’ Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign.

Please note that late arrival, late return from breaks, and/or early departure, will disqualify you from receiving a certificate of completion. We will follow our usual sign-in procedure to verify participants' attendance as well as close access to the workshop 15 minutes after start time. All details will be shared in the confirmation email after the registration is completed.

Nassau County OMHCDDDS & MHA of Nassau County 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 #0083.
Nassau County OMHCDDDS & MHA of Nassau County 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-0042.
Nassau County OMHCDDDS & MHA of Nassau County 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 marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0027.