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 Kate Shanks-Booth, Director
 320 West MLK Jr./State Street
 Ithaca, NY 14850
 Phone: (607)-274-5310
 Fax: (607)-274-5313
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Current Offerings

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

10:00 am  - 1:00 pm

Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca

Light refreshments/beverages will be provided, however, not a full lunch.
Jessica Janniere is a best-selling author, founder of the award winning personal development organization Look Up and Beyond Inc. and a national adversity expert.
She is on a mission to help people realize that negative past experiences do not equal a negative future, regardless of the level of trauma they've faced.
Join us for this special interactive workshop where Jessica will share specific strategies that build resilience, a healthy identity and vision for a powerful future.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Contact me at or call (607) 274-5310, deadline to register is September 2nd.



Human Trafficking: A Medical Response

September 25, 2019

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca

A FREE summit specifically designed for those working in the medical field to enhance their understanding of hum trafficking, best practices for protocol development to provide an effective trauma informed response to survivors, and interact with other community resources.

Featured speakers affiliated with HEAL Trafficking, a national network of multi-disciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting survivors, utilizing a public health approach.

Keynote Speaker:  Jasmine Grace - Survivor, Author, Consultant

Workshop Presenter:  Tara Hughes, LCSW-R

For more event information and to register, please type into your web browser.


Michael Nerney

Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How we Can Help Manage It &

De-stressing the Teenage Brain


Thursday, October 24, 2019

8:30 am  - 3:30 pm

Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Light refreshments will be provided. Lunch on your own.
We are so very happy to bring Michael Nerney back to Ithaca.
He is an internationally known lecturer, consultant, teacher, coach and father.
Read his full bio.
Topics for the day:
Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking and How We Can Help Manage It:
Why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that they perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike those of adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of "gist" language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
De-Stressing the Teenage Brain:
Recent brain research on stress and teens demonstrates that stress impacts physical health, emotional responsiveness, cognitive functioning and risk taking behaviors. In this presentation, participants will explore the reasons that teens are vulnerable to stress, what role gender plays in the stress response, and some mechanisms that adults may employ to help adolescents successfully manage their stress levels.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Contact me at or call (607) 274-5310, deadline to register is October 16th.


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