Mon, October 22 2018, 6:30 PM - Tue, October 23 2018, 4:00 PM [EST]

4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY, United States


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Full Conference - Early Registration (Individual) Partial Approval -$85.00

Monday Conference - Early Registration (Individual) Partial Approval - $20.00

Full Conference - Early Registration (Group 3+) Partial Approval -$75.00

Tuesday Conference - Early Registration (Individual) Partial Approval - $70.00

CEU Certificate Partial Approval -$10.00

(Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, MFT, LMHC)


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Mon, October 22 2018, 6:30 PM - Tue, October 23 2018, 4:00 PM [EST]

About the Event


2018 Fall Conference

      A Conference of It's About Childhood & Family, Inc. 


 Storer Auditorium - Onondaga Community College


 A Conference for Educators, Clinicians, Military, Nurses, and Parents


TOPICS - Trauma, PTSD, Suicide, SSRIs, Military, Restorative Justice, Homelessness and More

8 CEUs available (psych, SW, Counselor, MFT, LMHC, CASAC)



Mary Vieten Ph.D. ABPP is a board certified clinical psychologist and Executive Director of The ADVANCE, an intense training program for active duty and veteran Warfighters with operational stress and reintegration issues. CMD Vieten served on active duty from 1998 - 2008, with tours at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Roosevelt Roads (Puerto Rico), and Naval Air Station Patuxent River.  In 2008 CDR Vieten transferred to the Select Reserve, where she has held several positions.  Most recently in 2014, she was on active duty assigned to the staff of the Navy Chief of Chaplains where she trained over 1000 military chaplains worldwide in pastoral response to trauma in general and military sexual trauma specifically. She has completed two deployments in support of OIF/OEF. Her civilian practice, Operational Psychology Solutions, serves clients who are military, paramilitary (e.g., police, EMS, contractors), veterans, and civilians who work or have worked in high-risk operational environments. She actively encourages her clients to pursue trauma recovery and resilience outside of the medical model, and proactively educates them on the dangers of psychopharmacology. With this approach, she has been successful in keeping her clients in their occupations, or returning them to a fit-for-duty status, while empowering them to manage residual symptoms and assist their peers.


Irving Kirsch Ph.D. is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).  He is also Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Plymouth University (UK), University of Hull (UK) and the University of Connecticut (USA).  He has published 10 books, more than 250 scientific journal articles and 40 book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion.  He originated the concept of response expectancy.  His 2002 meta-analysis on the efficacy of antidepressants influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His 2008 meta-analysis was covered extensively in the international media and listed by the British Psychological Society as one of the “10 most controversial psychology studies ever published.” His book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, has been published in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and Polish, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Mind Book of the Year award.  It was the topic of 60 Minutes segment on CBS and a 5-page cover story in Newsweek. In 2015, the University of Basel (Switzerland) awarded Irving Kirsch an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology.



Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. is a clinical and research psychologist and advocate/activist for veterans.  Her book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, won three top national awards for nonfiction. Her documentary film, “Is Anybody Listening?” was distributed by PBS and won many festival awards and has been endorsed and acclaimed by veterans and nonveterans alike. Her “Listen to a Veteran!” Public Service Announcement series won a respected Telly Award. She is Creator and Director of the Listen to a Veteran! Project


Kara Georgi is a Family Education Specialist and Trainer with Starbridge serving Central NY and outlining counties. Kara comes with a wealth of knowledge to share with a background in education from her teaching experience and personal knowledge as a partner working in her children’s school to help her children receive building level supports.  She is passionate about helping and supporting families to have their voices included and heard.  In addition Kara is active with the NYSPEP sharing and teaching about the community café model and is a certified Strengthening Families protective factors trainer.  She is also actively involved with the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds where she is working nationally to build parent partnerships, advisory councils, and teaching families about strategically sharing their story to make a difference and build strong communities.    



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Cancellation policy

Before October 1 2018 - full refund minus $15 administrative fee.

After October 1 2018 - 50% refund

After October 215 2018 - no refund

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About the Organizer

Michael Gilbert, Psy.D.


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