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Trainings and Workshops

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network is a teaching and training facility. We offer training opportunities to Wayside staff, Wayside interns and visiting professionals in order to enhance the delivery of mental health services to our clients, their families and their communities. The Wayside Counseling Skills Training Institute offers training opportunities throughout the academic year. 

All trainings are held at The Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road, Framingham 01701 (North Side Door) from 9:00 am to Noon (8:30 am to 9 am – Registration). The cost is FREE for Wayside Staff and Interns. Visiting Professionals: $70 (cash/check payable at door). Wayside parents and families attend free of charge. Continuing Education Credits: MSW’s, LMFTs and LMHCs receive 3 CEUs. Please note: Motivational Interviewing series only open to Wayside staff! 


Wayside Training Institute 2017-2018

Risk and Safety: Prevention & Intervention

Maureen Carville, MSHS
Wayside Risk Management Coordinator 
Wednesday, June 14, 9am- 12pm 

Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

Two key strategies to effective crisis intervention include a proactive safety planning process done in partnership with individuals and families combined with effective crisis de-escalation techniques. Learn strategies to work in partnership with families to develop comprehensive and individualized safety plans in order to help prevent crisis. Participants will learn specific de-escalation strategies designed to facilitate growth. 


Previous Trainings

Bullying, Teen Aggression and Social Media 

Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D
Professor, Bridgewater State University

Wednesday, October 30, 9am-12pm

Attendees will learn how bullying manifests itself today among elementary, middle and high school students. Dr. Englander will also teach attendees how to educate children about important social challenges and digital behaviors, to help them avoid and prevent bullying and cyber bullying. 

The Heat of the Moment in Working with Challenging Youth: Mindful Management of Reactivity and Effective Communication Skills

Mitch Abblett, Ph.D  Wednesday, November 30, 9am-12pm 

Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

This seminar points to the role of professionals' own development of mindfulness skills in order to have the foundation for managing a wide range of youth, particularly the more challenging kids who spark reactivity and ignite power struggles. 

Can We Teach These Kids Dance? The Impact of Trauma and Attachment Disruptions on Learning and Behavior

Kevin Creeden, LMHC

Wednesday, January 25, 9am-12pm

Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

This training looks at the connections between what we know about the neurological impact of early trauma and insecure attachment relationships on children and adolescents and the behaviors they present to the world. 

Exploring White Privilege and Why It Matters 

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D
Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates
Wednesday, February 15, 9am- 1pm 

Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

This highly interactive training will use experiential activities, small group work, discussions and self-reflection to explore how white privilege manifests in our daily lives and how to effectively challenge it for ourselves, in our interactions with others, and within organizational cultures.

Clinical Interventions with Immigrant Populations

Pratyusha Tummala-Nara, Ph.D 
Associate Professor, Boston College  
Wednesday, April 19, 9am- 12pm 

Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA 01701 

This workshop will focus on the unique experiences of migration, acculturation, and psychological adjustment of immigrant individuals and families. The training will include an overview of the logistics of immigration, including the immigration system, laws and available resources for immigrants. 

Opioid Use Disorder 

Shelley Steenrod, Ph.D., LICSW
Rebecca G. Mirick, Ph.D., LICSW
Associate Professors at Salem State College School of Social Work
Wednesday, May 10, 9am- 12pm

Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

This workshop will describe the impact of opioid use disorders on children, parents and grandparents.We will look specifically at attachment across the developmental span of childhood, highlighting research about opioid use disorders, parenting and attachment.

Motivational Interviewing Series

-Open to Wayside Staff Only-

Wayside's Motivational Interviewing Series is open to all Wayside staff and interns. All trainings are presented by Stephen Andrew, LCSW. All trainings are from 9am until 4pm at the Plymouth Church, located at 87 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA 01701. 

Continuing Education Credits: Social workers, LMFTs and LMHCs receive 6 CEUs per day of training.

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1 Frederick Abbott Way, Framingham, MA 01701
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