Monday, February 27, 2017
Raise Your Child to Be a Resilient Adult


Presenter: Tracey Masella, LCSW

Tracey Masella, LCSW, Adolescent Transitional Living Program Manager, Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, will illustrate how helping a child to learn to live life on life’s terms will build resilience. Parents will learn how to foster problem solving skills and interpersonal effectiveness in their children by using mindfulness (where do we put our focus) and distress tolerance (how do we calm ourselves) techniques.

Tracey Masella comes to the field of clinical social work following a career in academic publishing. She graduated from Marquette University in 1986 and worked with Prentice Hall Publishing and the New School University. After a brief hiatus to raise her two sons, Tracey went back to the New School to work as a program manager on the non-profit Journal Donation Project. Working on this project inspired Tracey to return to school for social work. Tracey graduated from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, earning the Dr. Edward L. Curran award for highest achievement in academics, practical experience, and school service. During her time at Fordham, Tracey worked at the New Haven Family Alliance developing an adolescent court diversion program, working with adolescents and families in the community through mediation, family therapy, and case management.

Tracey has worked at Silver Hill Hospital for eight years, most recently as the Program Manager for the Adolescent Transitional Living Program, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based program. While at Silver Hill, Tracey has worked extensively with the dual diagnosis adult patients and adults with personality disorders in the adult DBT program; as part of a multi-disciplinary team, she has treated patients with a full range of diagnoses, including substance use disorders, personality disorders, and mood disorders. Tracey also spent two years as the Program Coordinator for the Transitional Living Program. Tracey is intensively trained in DBT and has additional training in DBT for Adolescents and DBT-S for substance use disorder treatment.

Tracey serves as the Board Chairperson of Medical Relief Alliance, a non-profit organization working with women in Kenya who are affected by HIV/AIDS by offering medical help, education, and a micro-finance program. Tracey also has a private practice in New Canaan and works with the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Health in Westport.

6:00 p.m. Sandwiches & Refreshments

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library
10 Washington Street, Norwalk
Community Room

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Auditory Processing: Mysteries and Misconceptions


Presenter: Lydia Soifer, Ph.D.

Auditory processing; what does that really mean? Parents and teachers alike will become better informed and more able to understand, help and teach children with auditory processing challenges after hearing Lydia Soifer, Ph.D. speak. Come learn the key concepts, controversies and approaches that make auditory processing a topic of ongoing interest for anyone working with children for whom learning is difficult.

Dr. Soifer is a language pathologist with over 40 years of experience in clinical and private practice, as well as university teaching. For its highly respected and valued 25-year tenure, The Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development, founded and directed by Dr. Soifer, was the first multidisciplinary private diagnostic and remedial setting established in Westchester County.

Dr. Soifer continues to provide educational consultation and advocacy services to families on behalf of their children, in coordination with other professionals and schools. Classroom Language Dynamics ©, the teacher training program Dr. Soifer designed, is used in a variety of school settings to empower teachers and invigorate learners of all kinds. A frequent presenter at local and national conferences, Dr. Soifer focuses on guiding all educational professionals to answer the essential question, “Who is this child?” Additionally, she is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and faculty member in the Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI), both at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Temple Sholom of Greenwich, CT
300 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT


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