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Session on Bipolar Children Launches New ‘Best Practice’ Seminar Series at Rockland Campus of Long Island University

Professional development series includes seminars on autism, teaching writing & children in bereavement

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Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. - Bipolar disorder is on the rise in children and adolescents. A seminar on the increasing incidence of the disorder and ways to recognize and treat it will kick off the new Best Practice Seminars in Education and Counseling, a series of professional development events for local educators, counselors, graduate students and teaching assistants at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University.

Dr. Karen Oates, president and CEO of the Mental Health Association of Rockland County, will present “Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents” on Monday, October 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rockland Graduate Campus.

Upon completion of each seminar, participants will receive a professional development certificate for three hours of study applicable (subject to district approval) toward the New York State requirement for 175 hours of professional development over a five-year period.

Other upcoming titles include:

  • “Autism, Part I: Nature, Needs and Causes” with Dr. Mary Jean Marsico, assistant superintendent of special services at Rockland County BOCES, and Catherine O'Brien, BOCES supervisor of special services, on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • “Teaching Craft in the Writing Workshop” with Patricia Vitale-Reilly, a noted writing consultant to schools in the tri-state area and co-founder of LitLife, on Monday, Nov. 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • “How to Work with Children, Adolescents and Parents During Bereavement” with Sharami Kerr and Bruce Page of Healing Hearts, a program of United Hospice of Rockland, on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fees for the seminars are $10 for Long Island University graduate students and alumni and $35 for teachers, counselors and the general public. All seminars will be held at the Rockland Graduate Campus located at 70 Route 340, Orangeburg, N.Y.

For more information about the seminars, call (845) 359-7200 ext. 5413.

Posted 10/18/2006

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