Upcoming Events

    • January 25, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Finz Seafood Bar & Grill 86 Wharf Street Salem MA 01970

    Stressed children are not empowered children!  Untethered stress influences memory, judgment and impulse control, reduces perspective-taking and increases the degree of egocentricity. Yet, according to current research, children and teens spend more time in structured and supervised activities to gain the resume edge.  And, the more time they spend in these experiences, the less they are able to self-regulate and apply executive functions. Research shows that privileged children are experiencing depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse at rates higher than other socioeconomic classes.  Childhood has become a pressure cooker of constant performance.  It is time to re-align with the science and put the child back into childhood.

    Learning Objectives:

    Predict how play contributes to raising mentally healthy children.           

    Assess the importance of a strong sensory system and its connection to regulatory functions.                                                   

    Explain the ways to use the outdoors as a therapeutic tool to promote independence and wonder in children.

    Identify the definition of play as the highest form of research.

    Jeanine is the founder of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning; she specializes in research-based strategies in educational leadership, relationship-building, motivation, preventing the factors that compromise the fulfillment of a child’s maximum potential and implementing positive interventions in “real life” settings. She understands the daily struggles and frustrations of mental health clinicians, educators and parents, and honors the “hero within” each individual she has the privilege to work along side.

    Jeanine is a speaker, consultant and master trainer.  She has worked with thousands of children, professionals and parents across the country. The settings have been varied and included keynote presentations for The Child Welfare League of America, The New England Association for the Education of Young Children, The New England Head Start Association, The Vermont Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, The Children’s Trust Fund, and The Family Child Care Association of New York State. In addition, Jeanine has taught at the college level and presented on the campuses of The University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Lyndon State College, and Harvard University. She is recognized on the federal level as an approved trainer in the fields of education, disabilities and mental health.

    Jeanine has published The Dance of Interaction and a national training program entitled Education with Insight. Jeanine has appeared on public television in four states, and currently has air time in her home state of Massachusetts.


    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellation of your registration with full refund can be done up to 7 days before the event. Simply send an email requesting to cancel to office@privatepracticecolloquium.com

    Accommodations for the Differently Abled:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars' training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact the Private Practice Colloquium office@privatepracticecolloquium.com

    Grievance Policy:

    The Private Practice Colloquium, Inc. (PPC) and Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to PPC, 564 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact PPC at (978) 741-8066 or Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

    Continuing education credit is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following disciplines:

    Social Workers:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 3.0 clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.

    Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit.


    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.


    As an American Psychological Association approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 3.0 CE hours of credit. Please provide us with any promotional materials, online and/or hard copy brochures/flyers which have the above required statements. Please provide us with your evaluations and/or an evaluation summary.

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education credit.

    • February 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Grog 13 Middle Street, Newburyport, MA

    In the field of couples psychotherapy today, there are several models to choose from including Gottman, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Imago. Distinguishing between them can feel overwhelming to both clinicians and those who seek their services. At the same time, it’s vital that therapists find a treatment approach that fits their belief system, allows room for their individual style and personality and produces the kind of change that their clients deserve and expect. The purpose of this Intro is to take a ‘deep enough’ dive into EFT and its application with couples and families to help therapists determine whether they would like to learn more about this unique attachment based model.

    While the rate of divorce in the US has gone down slightly for first-time marriages, it has increased for re-coupling partners. The need for assistance from psychotherapy for couples and families is not likely to decline anytime soon. Though there are graduate programs that now teach EFT as part of their core curricula, many practicing therapists are not familiar with the model. There tends to be a gap between researchers and practitioners in our field and it is not uncommon for practicing clinicians to feel that they lack the time to read scholarly journals to discern what information could be relevant to their work. By attending this workshop, clinicians will be able to experience and digest EFT at work for themselves and envision how using the model might fit into their practices.

    This workshop will include research, including scholarly articles and books, videos of couples working with Master EFT clinicians, a step-by-step explanation of how the model is applied and role plays of how the audience’s most difficult cases would be handled using EFT.

    Deborah W. Curtis, LICSW is a graduate of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor. She has a private practice in Newburyport, MA where she specializes in couples therapy and supervision to clinicians learning EFT. 

    Naomi Rather, Ph.D., LCMHC is a psychotherapist is private practice in Newington, NH. Areas of specialization include trauma. grief and Emotionally Focused individual, family and couples work. Naomi’s doctoral research was conducted at Whole Life Health Care, where she studied collaboration across disciplines in healthcare. 

    Deb and Naomi met at an EFT training and have worked together to found ,New Hampshire Seacoast EFT to support growth of EFT in this area. Seacoast EFT, is now a non profit and an official community recognized by ICEEFT, the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Seacoast EFT hosts trainings of nationally recognized teachers, smaller local training and peer support. In 2017 Deb and Naomi began an EFT based podcast for couples called "The Couch Where Marriage Counselors Talk About Relationships”. On the podcast they interview guest experts and address a wide range of topics facing couples today. The podcast can be found on Itunes and has over 30,000 downloads. 

    • March 15, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Finz Seafood Bar & Grill Wharf Street Salem MA

    We all dream every night, and our dreams contain the seeds of both our struggles and our healing, however few clinicians are trained to work with these windows into our deepest selves.  Even nightmares contain gifts if we can learn to understand the messages they have hidden.  A psycho-spiritual and embodied approach to dreamwork allows us to access this healing potential. This workshop fills the knowledge gap that many professionals have when clients come to us with their dreams; allowing us to quickly access the core of an issue or problem and find paths to resolution.

    Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW is a psychotherapist, consultant, author, and teacher in Watertown, MA.  She has been teaching dreamwork internationally and running dream circles for over 30 years. Past professor at Boston University School of Social Work, she authored The Relational Model of Group Development, now taught in schools of social work over the country.  On the prior faculty of the Trauma Treatment post-grad programs at both BUSSWand Simmons College, Linda also teaches trauma treatment, and is trained in EMDR, IFS, energy psychology, Reiki, mindfulness, and somatic modalities.  Her book “Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul’s Wisdom”by Llewleyn Worldwide Publishers is due out Nov 2019.

Past events

September 18, 2018 Northern Essex County Networking Evening
June 01, 2018 What Neuropsychology Can Add to Mental Health Services Robert Sedgwick, EdD
May 11, 2018 PPC Annual Meeting
May 11, 2018 What Neuropsychology Can Add to Mental Health Services Robert Sedgwick, EdD
April 27, 2018 Friday After Work Gathering
March 09, 2018 The Politics of Helping: Distinguishing Narrative and Normative World-Views Stephen Gaddis, PhD, LMFT
March 06, 2018 Introduction To Neurofeedback David Helfand, PsyD, BCN
February 09, 2018 Update in Medication Management: Review for Therapists Liz Alfson, MD
January 12, 2018 Misery or Mastery: Documenting Medical Necessity Beth Rontal, LICSW
November 10, 2017 Introduction To Neurofeedback David Helfand, PsyD, BCN
October 13, 2017 Friday After Work Gathering
September 15, 2017 Refueling Your Creative Self, Christine Routhier, MA, LMHC, MT-BC & Marina Strauss, MA, LMHC
August 11, 2017 Salem (Circulating) Practice Circle
June 17, 2017 Essential Oils 101
June 16, 2017 After Work Gathering for Middlesex County Members
June 16, 2017 PPC Annual Meeting
June 09, 2017 Salem Practice Circle
May 12, 2017 Social Justice Matters!: The Liberation Health Framework for Mental Health Practice, Dawn Belkin Martinez, PhD, LICSW
April 28, 2017 Friday After Work Gathering
April 14, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event North Reading Friday
April 07, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event Salem
March 10, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event Salem
March 10, 2017 Pop Up Brown Bag Event Stoneham Friday March 10, 10:00 to 11:30
March 05, 2017 Theory To Practice: Incorporating Telemental Health Into Your Psychotherapy Practice Jennifer Tsappis, MSW, LICSW
February 10, 2017 Insurance and Investments for Psychotherapists
January 13, 2017 Lyme Disease: The Hidden Epidemic
December 07, 2016 Health Care in the Commonwealth: Now and Looking Ahead

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Salem, MA 01970

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