Healthy Minds Fairfax

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway - Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Janet Bessmer, CSA Program Manager,
Peter Steinberg, Healthy Minds Fairfax Program Manager

2019 CSA Symposium

2019 CSA Symposium

18th Northern Virginia CSA Symposium
& Provider Expo
Wednesday, March 13, 2019




Neurofeedback: An Effective Intervention for Emotional & Behavioral Issues?
Presenter: Donna Creasy
This workshop provides an overview of disorders effectively mediated with neurofeedback and describes the most common neurofeedback protocols employed to treat disorders.

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Respectful Curiosity: The Art of Engagement
Presenter: J. Patrick Slifka, LCSW
“Respectful Curiosity” is an attitude and a set of skills underlying the engagement process. This training explores the what, the why, and the how of the engagement process and applies examples of being “respectfully curious” in the context of relationship-building.
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A Guide to Evidence-Based Treatment
Presenters: Rebecca Hardin, PsyD & Joanna Marino, PhD
This presentation is targeted toward how to help parents understand mental health treatment, choose the best treatment, and find the best-fit providers. The importance of outcome measures and ethical considerations, as well as determining when to transition to a new therapist or a medication management provider will also be reviewed.



Trauma-Informed Case Presentation and Narration
Presenter: Shaina M. Chandler, LPC, CSOTP, CCTP, CATP
In this workshop, participants will learn ways to formulate trauma-informed reports, develop a trauma narrative, and create a client overview that justifies needs of treatment while still acknowledging past experiences and personal strengths.
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Who is Really the Client? Challenges in Service Delivery as it Relates to Family Dynamics 
Presenter: Maureen Fannin, LCSW
Gains made by youth often evaporate quickly once services end and case managers experience the ‘revolving case effect.’ Although successful treatment for personality disorders is often low, it can be helpful for case managers and treatment providers to learn how to recognize these disorders, have practical tools for engagement, maintain reasonable expectations, and find strategies and treatment options for their young clients coping with difficult family dynamics.
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Too Many Losses Too Soon: Loss and Grief in Foster and Adopted Children
Presenter: Mari J. Itzkowitz, LCSW
This workshop addresses the unique loss experienced by children and teens in foster care and in adoptive families including factors that influence children’s reaction to loss, the four psychological tasks of grief work, critical aspects of loss, impact on children, and healing therapies for children and teens. Discussion will include how professionals can work with parents to understand how their children are experiencing the ambiguities of foster care and adoption.
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9 - 10 a.m.            Registration, Breakfast &  Provider Expo

10 - 11:30 a.m.     Morning Workshops

11:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch & Provider Expo (CPMT Roundtable)

1:30 - 3 p.m.        Afternoon Workshops



Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.


FREE Parking in ALL B Lots (does not include garage parking)


This event sponsored by the collaboration of CSA Managers for the jurisdictions of Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Manassas, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun County and Prince William County, as well as NOVACO, the Northern Virginia region's coalition of private provider associations.


Workshop information and presentations for 2018's CSA Symposium can be found at


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