Join us for these upcoming
new webinars by
Courtney Armstrong, LPC/MHSP
and Rebecca Darszewski, LCSW, RPT


Webinar Series (Parts 1 & 2) – December 4th & 11th
Presenter: Courtney Armstrong, LPC/MHSP

*Please note that you do NOT have to attend both parts of the webinar series –
you can attend either part or both (Each part of Courtney’s webinar series is $59. If you attend both parts, the cost is $99 total)

Would you like to be more effective in working with your personality disordered clients? In this two-part webinar series, you will learn how attachment trauma  affects the developing brain and contributes to the development of personality disorders. Understanding this often ignored factor can help you more easily develop rapport, avoid frustration, and increase positive outcomes by selecting strategies that repair attachment wounds. Drawing from research that has found an association between attachment trauma and personality disorders, you’ll learn evidence-based treatment strategies that help you create a strong therapeutic alliance, manage enactments, and teach clients how to have healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Friday, December 4, 2020; 8:45am-12:00pm (EST)
3.0 Contact Hours of CE ($59)
**Click Here to Register**


Objectives: After attending part 1 of this webinar, learners will be better able to:
1. Describe attachment theory and identify four attachment styles.
2. Discuss the association between insecure attachment and each of the 10 personality disorders.
3. Match personality traits with the way developmental trauma shapes the brain.
4. Apply at least one strategy for strengthening the therapeutic alliance and handling enactments.
Friday, December 11, 2020; 8:45am-12:00pm (EST)
3.0 Contact Hours of CE ($59)
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Objectives: After attending part 2 of this webinar, learners will be better able to:
1. Describe the focus of each phase of the three-phase treatment model for complex trauma.
2. Identify at least one question you can ask the client to diffuse a therapeutic power struggle.
3. Apply at least one mentalization technique that can help a client improve perspective-taking.
4. Describe how to use imagery and/or parts work to facilitate self-compassion and internal
reparenting with clients.
Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and trauma recovery. With a career spanning more than two decades, she has helped thousands of clients overcome trauma and has trained mental health professionals in trauma treatment in the U. S., Canada, and Australia. As a speaker, Courtney is known for her warm, witty style and her ability to translate scientific discoveries into easy-to-use therapeutic strategies that get results. She has contributed articles to the Psychotherapy Networker, The Neuropsychotherapist, and Counseling Today and is author of Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011), The Therapeutic Aha! (2015) and her latest book Rethinking Trauma Treatment (2019).


 Tuesday, December 8, 2020; 9:00am-12:00pm (EST)
3.0 Contact Hours of CE ($49)

**Click Here to Register**
Learning how to successfully navigate divorce
through the parent, co-parenting and child’s views

Presenter: Rebecca Darszewski, LCSW, RPT

This three-hour webinar will help the therapist to coach parents through the beginning stages of divorce, including how to successfully talk to the child(ren) about divorce and techniques to engage the child(ren) during this time.  Then we will transition into the stressful portion of co-parenting and how to do this in a peaceful manner all while maintaining a calm and nurturing relationship with the child(ren).  Finally, the therapist will learn tools and techniques to work with the child(ren) throughout the divorce process to examine those big feelings that pop up while Mom and Dad are going through and after the divorce.


Attendees will learn the following by attending this webinar:
*appropriate techniques to coach parents in talking to their children about divorce
*how to help Mom and Dad work together in a calm and peaceful manner with the child(ren)’s best interests at heart
*different tools and techniques to engage child(ren) whom are going through the divorce process.

Rebecca Darszewski, LCSW, RPT is in private practice in Hamburg, New York, and specializes in anxiety, divorce, learning disabilities, separation and reunification therapy.  Trained in Play Therapy, Rebecca engages her clients with a fun, creative, imaginative and energetic approach.  In addition to her private practice, Rebecca is on staff at the University at Buffalo in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program where she currently teaches Introduction to Case Management, Introduction to Play Therapy, Creative Intervention in Play with Adolescents and Child Mental Health.  In addition, Rebecca is actively involved with the Family Judicial System and enjoys providing assistance as well as education for members of the Matrimonial Bar Association in regards to best practices for divorcing families.  She has also been trained as a mental health professional by the Collaborative Law Association.  Rebecca is currently an active member in the Association for Play Therapy.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and being a “boy mom” to 10 and 13 year old sons.
Providing trainings for over 25 years to
Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers, and Human Service Professionals

We appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time of COVID-19. Our Professional Training Institute has hosted in-person trainings for over 25 years. We have enjoyed seeing so many of you at these trainings. For the remainder of 2020, all of our trainings will be webinars offered via Zoom.

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to learn about additional training opportunities as they become available.


Each of the above webinars provides 3.0  hours of CE credit for NY Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Art Therapists, and Marriage & Family Therapists, NBCC, and Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (See our CE information online at

Family Service Society, Inc.’s Professional Training Institute is approved to
provide continuing education for the following disciplines:

NY State Licensed Creative Arts Therapists –  #CAT-0022
NY State Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists –  #MFT-0033
NY State Licensed Mental Health Counselors – #MHC-0058
NY State Board for Social Work – #0071

NBCC – Family Service Society, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #5930. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Family Service Society, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors recognizes Family Service Society (as a sponsor approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors NBCC – #5930), to be a pre-approved provider of continuing education programs for Social Workers (Sec. 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Sec. 48.36), and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36).

Questions, comments, suggestions for future trainers and topics?
Contact Janalee Orfanides, Professional Training Institute Coordinator at 607-962-3148
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