Annual Parent Retreat

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm

Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, NY 10512

Join us for our Annual Parent Retreat and connect with Green Chimneys staff, and other families, to help support the needs of your child.

It isn’t easy raising a child with special needs and you need all the strength and support you can get. That may mean something different for each of you so choose your agenda for the day and connect with families who are going through similar experiences.

Workshops will be informative, interactive sessions to teach skills that will expand your toolbox for managing your child and yourself, strengthen your confidence, and help you relax and practice self-care.

Parent Networking will offer an opportunity to get together with other parents of similar-aged children, share your strengths and struggles, and add to your community network of support.

New This Year:

Keynote on Internet Awareness for Parents
Thomas Grimes is a 20-year NYPD veteran, owner of NY Finest Speakers, and a regular guest on The Today Show. He will provide parents with an understanding of what kids are commonly doing online, how to monitor them safely, and talk to them about the internet and associated dangers.

Green Chimneys Staff & Administrators will participate with you and be available throughout the retreat for questions and support.

This is an adults-only event open to parents, grandparents and other adult family members.
Up to 4 family members may attend. Please do not bring children.

8:55 (sharp!) Shuttle pick up at train station
9:00 Gather at Dining Hall
9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast & Introduction to the day
9:30 – 11:00 Keynote
11:15 – 12:30 Workshop Session 1
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Workshop Session 2
2:45 – 4:00 Workshop Session 3
4:00 – 4:30 Raffle & Closing
4:30 Train shuttle departs

Session One: 11:15am – 12:30pm

Acupuncture: Connecting Our Inner Dots for More Vibrant Health
Susan Beck, L. Ac
Our bodies are miraculous systems that have the ability to self-correct amidst their ever-changing (and often stressful) environments. Physical, mental and emotional symptoms are the body’s way of alerting us to a disconnection in this self-healing capacity. Acupuncture is a method of reconnecting our “inner self-healing dots” which not only alleviates symptoms but also improves overall health and resiliency. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the body’s interconnectedness and self-healing capacity. 10 volunteers may also opt to receive a relaxing acupuncture treatment using ear points which connect to the major systems of your body. Susan has over 20 years of experience & uses a gentle and precise style of Japanese acupuncture. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in both CT and NY and is certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Note: To receive a treatment, you’ll need to fill out a short intake form prior to class and a consent form at the beginning of class.

Your Child’s Sexual Health & Development
Jenna Eckna, LCSW & Marissa Foto, LMSW
This workshop will target both atypical & typical sexual development and how to best address any concerns you may have with your child’s developmental process relative to sexual health. We will also provide tips on how best to manage talking with your child about healthy sexual boundaries and expectations.

Plant Your Own Terrarium
Ashley Frost & Emma Link, Green Chimneys Gardening Instructors
Cultivate your creativity! Join the garden team to learn all about succulents; the different types, how to maintain them, how to repot them and how to propagate them. This will be a hands-on activity as you will be planting your own terrarium to take home. Limit of 12 participants.

Session Two: 1:15 – 2:30pm

What, Me Worry? Coping with Anxiety Disorders
Steve Klee, PhD & Erin Rider, LCSW
Everything you already know about anxiety and some important things you should also know. This workshop will look at the various types of anxiety and try to identify the symptoms, the ways in which it impacts upon daily functioning and the available treatments.
Additional topics will include:

  • Screenings and tests for anxiety
  • Differentiating true anxiety from age appropriate development fears
  • Familial patterns of anxiety
  • Ways to cope more effectively with your child’s anxiety

Preparing Your Child for Adulthood/Transition Planning
Liz Azevedo, Geri Healy & Christina Henriquez, Transitional & Career Program Coordinators
This workshop will focus on transition-related services for your child. We understand that having appropriate supportive services in place for your child will be essential for their success as they move into adulthood. This workshop will help you identify appropriate adult goals in training/education, employment, and independent living skills post high school. This presentation will provide a checklist for parents to reference and identify what services, steps, and activities they should be taking as their child is getting closer to adulthood. Let us help guide you through the process!

Nature Hike & Model Forest Talk
Matt Smetana, Clearpool Model Forest Coordinator
New research has shown that as little as five minutes spent in a natural setting can help alter our mood and stress levels. Experience nature’s restorative benefits on a guided hike through the Clearpool Model Forest. You will explore the scenic views of the forest while discussing the history of Clearpool and the Model Forest and our private and community programs. Outdoor-appropriate clothing and footwear is strongly recommended. Limit of 15 participants.

Session Three: 2:45 – 4:00pm

Animal-Assisted Activity Demonstration
Shauna McWilliams, LMSW; Miyako Kinoshita, MSEd;
Judy Liu, LMSW & Sabrina Donalies-Schell, LMHC

Come join us for a hands-on session to explore how nature, animals, and outdoor environments can provide opportunities to develop greater self-awareness, strengthen self-confidence and increase communication and cooperative skills. We will be working with farm animals, please come dressed appropriately with closed toed shoes. Limit of 12 participants.

High School Graduation Requirements
Trish DeBiase, LMHC, Green Chimneys School Guidance Counselor
This workshop will cover the latest updates for High School Diploma and Exiting Credential Options – Regents vs. Local Diploma and the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) and the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credentials. We will also review the different offerings Green Chimneys has for students working towards the CDOS or Skills Credentials including Career and Technology Education courses.

Tara Garcia, LCAT, RDT, RYT
When was the last time you checked in with your own mental health? Do you set aside time to practice self-love and take care of you? If you would like to learn how – please join the yoga and meditation workshop to gain insight on how you can ease your mind and carry it with you throughout the challenges of everyday life. Come as you are and be ready to create some time for you.

Breakfast will be available at 9:00am, during the morning introduction.
Lunch will be served at 12:30pm. Vegetarian option is available.
Please indicate on each attendee’s registration where there is a need.

By Car
Please find directions to our Clearpool Campus at

By Train
Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line to SOUTHEAST station. Our shuttle bus will pick up travelers and depart station promptly at 8:55am. Return service departs Clearpool at 4:30pm.

Please RSVP via the registration links below. Workshop selections must be indicated for each individual attending so please complete a registration for yourself, and a guest registration for each additional attendee. Registration must be received by October 25th.

Online registration is now closed. If you still wish to attend, please contact:
Kristin Licardi at [email protected] OR
Laura Madden at [email protected]

Please RSVP by October 25

via the registration links in the menu above. Workshop selections must be indicated for each individual attending so please complete a registration for yourself, and a guest registration for each additional attendee.

If you have questions, please contact Laura at 845.279.2995, ext. 118
or [email protected]