Donna Elmendorf, Ph.D. and John Miner, M.D., Conference Co-Chairs
DESCRIPTION OF PRESENTER: Donna Elmendorf, Ph.D. , is a Senior Staff Psychologist and Director of the Therapeutic Community Program  at the Austen Riggs Center. John Miner, M.D., is the Co-Director of Psychological Counseling Services at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He completed a Fellowship and an Advanced Fellowship  in Psychiatry at the Austen Riggs Center.
DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: The theme of this years’ conference is "Working in a Context of Transition and Change." We are all up against the challenges of continuing to provide quality treatment, given our ever-changing culture and world. It is easy to feel disoriented as our institutions change as do the developmental challenges faced by students and their parents. We thought we might pay special attention to the interface of the counseling service/student life, students, and parents: What's changing and how does that affect our work? What are the evolving developmental challenges of adolescents and their families and how do these challenges relate to the presenting problems of our students/patients? In this new world, what's public and what's private? What's the territory of student authority, clinical authority, administrative authority, and parental authority? What's an individual problem and what's a systemic problem?
We will suggest some areas for discussion, provide the opportunity for you to identify those areas of greatest interest to you, and organize work groups to develop the ideas more fully. Our overall agenda is to provide a space for clinical discussion and support for finding ways to bring the learning back to campus. (For those who request it, there will be an opportunity for consultation to your school's counseling service).
1. To identify how the context of change and transition affects the dilemmas for college counseling services, administration, parents, and students with regard to emotional well-being on campus
2. To identify effective ways of working with these issues from the role perspective of each participant
3. To identify ways to implement these solutions back on campus
This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AUTHORIZED: 6.5 (M.D., Ph.D., Social Work)
Registration is required. For more information contact Alicia Zaludova  at 413-931-5230.