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Community Nights

A Free Monthly Educational Series for the New York Metro Area

CBT/DBT Associates proudly introduces a new workshop series that is open to the public and free of charge. On the first Thursday of every month, staff psychologists and local experts present on a variety of topics which address the interests and needs of our community. At each workshop presentation, participants have the opportunity to ask questions, meet our staff, and discuss that month’s topic with other interested members of the wider New York metro community.

  • Each presentation is from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.
  • Admission is free but space is limited! Register here. To register for our screening of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie, Register here.
  • All workshops are open to the public. Treatment at CBT/DBT Associates is not a prerequisite for attendance.
  • For more information about Community Nights please call (212) 546-9200.
  • Colleagues, educators, and other interested professionals should feel free to distribute information about Community Nights Workshops to their clients, students, and local community.
  • Read more about Community Nights on our blog.

Upcoming Community Night Topics:


Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie – Screening and Discussion

Thursday, December 7th | Moderated by William Benson, Psy.D.

Created by Kelly Anderson and Chris Baier, UNSTUCK is a documentary dedicated to uncovering more about this disorder through the perspectives of six children with OCD, following their unique journeys in dealing with the complexities of their diagnoses. By reframing what we know about OCD, Anderson and Baier hope to spread awareness and encourage other families that it is indeed possible to successfully confront this psychiatric disability.

Following the screening, staff psychologist William Benson, Psy.D. will lead a discussion and Q&A about the film, childhood OCD and OCD more generally.

For more information, you can visit our event page or the Unstuck website.

Be sure to register as space is limited.

The following topics will be addressed on future Community Nights:

Parenting Kids with ADHD (February 1st, 2018)

Coping with Divorce (March 1st, 2018)

From Dependence to Independence: Parenting Young Adult Children (Date TBD)

Register for any upcoming Community Night workshop here!

Previous Community Night Topics:

Bullying (February 2, 2017): Bullying is a persistent problem in all stages of life and affects children throughout their academic careers. This workshop is for parents with children of all ages who share concerns about bullying in school, during after-school activities, and in the wider community. As bullying often goes undetected and unaddressed, attendees will learn to look for signs of bullying and strategies to stop and prevent bullying and its psychological effects. In addition, parents will learn ways to empower their child to advocate for themselves and foster supportive friendships.

Cyber Safety (March 2, 2017): What are the real and perceived threats to our children’s safety online? This workshop will address the many concerns parents, teachers, caregivers, and community members have about children and teens spending increasingly more time online, using devices, and sharing on social media. Participants will learn how and when to set boundaries, what safety issues to look for, and how to address potential problems related to the use of new and ever-changing technologies.

Helping a Child on the Autism Spectrum Transition from Home to Independence (April 6, 2017): The transition from high school to college is a critical period of psychological development in late adolescence. During this time, teens begin to establish independent lifestyles and adjust to the academic demands of college. For teens on the Autism Spectrum, this transition can present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for growth. This workshop will address concerns parents have about social, academic, and work adjustment as their teen transitions to independence. Discussion will include consideration of factors from high school onward which will prepare your adolescent and your family for this transition. Read more from Dr. DiMatteo on our blog.

Helping a Student with Test Anxiety (May 4, 2017): Between admissions tests, standardized tests, and this week’s vocabulary quiz, testing is a significant part of students’ lives and can be a source of stress for them and their families. This workshop is for caregivers of students of all ages who would like guidance on supporting their child around exams. Participants will learn strategies for helping students manage stress and test-taking anxiety and signs of when a student may benefit from professional assistance. We will also suggest ways to help students prepare effectively for exams without making them the centerpiece of their education. Read more from Dr. Luft on our blog.

Stress Management Strategies for Parents (July 6, 2017): Being a parent is a demanding job and can be challenging with children of any age. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to identify your stress before it escalates and discuss a variety of skills parents can use to manage their own emotions in response to typical parenting stressors. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss strategies to approach common sources of parental stress – including communication, setting academic and household expectations, limiting “screen time,” and more – with the ultimate goal of fostering more enjoyable and rewarding parenting moments.

Finding Focus (August 2, 2017): Managing time, staying organized, and maintaining concentration are crucial components of an active and productive lifestyle. This workshop is designed for anyone looking to build these skills in order to help them achieve academic or work-related goals. Participants will learn simple and attainable strategies to deal with distractions, set manageable goals, reduce procrastination, and ultimately find their focus. Read more about this workshop from Dr. Roman on our blog.

How to Choose a Therapist: Navigating Child, Adolescent (Under 18), and Family Treatment Options (September 7, 2017): This workshop is designed to give you the tools to begin navigating the world of mental healthcare and to help you determine which treatment options are right for your family. We’ll help disentangle acronyms and accreditations (Psy.D., LMSW, Post-Doc, etc.), discuss the parental role in child and adolescent therapy,  and review  the wealth of evidence-based treatment options (and what “evidence-based” means) across age groups and for any presenting problem.

How to Choose a Therapist (II): Navigating Adult Treatment Options (November 2, 2017): Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, this free workshop is designed to give you the tools to begin navigating the world of mental healthcare and to help you determine which treatment options are right for you. We’ll help disentangle acronyms and accreditations (Psy.D., LMSW, Post-Doc, etc.), discuss what the start of treatment typically looks like, and introduce you to the wealth of evidence-based treatment options (and what “evidence-based” means) across age groups and for any presenting problem.