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CASAC holding training on disorders in children

May 1, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

FREDONIA - "Mental Health Disorders, Attachment Disorders and Acting out Behaviors in Maltreated Infants, Toddlers and Pre-school Children" training will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council.

Sandra Johnson, PH.D., MSW, CASAC, will present this training on Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. This three-hour course is scheduled to be offered at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

The emphasis of this workshop will be on early childhood, ages 0 to 5. The impact of a dysfunctional family on the developing child is devastating. This workshop will discuss the impact of trauma on the developing brain due to maltreatment, which includes the development of attachment disorders, mental health disorders and puzzling acting out behaviors. The participants will develop an understanding of dissociation, hyper-arousal, disorganized attachment and intergenerational trauma.

Counselors would be most interested in this training and for those working closely with children. Also this course is suitable for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, Credentialed Prevention Professional or Credentialed Prevention Specialist. The three-hours CASAC (Sec.2) CPP (Sec.1) are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

The fee is $45 and pre-registration is required. Community members interested in the topic are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register for the above course or to learn more about other training offerings the council may have available, contact Director of Training Services Kathleen Colby at 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit

The council offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608 or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623.



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