For more information on the following programs and services, e-mail Janet Caruso or phone her at 845-473-2500, ext. 1325. Also, see Support Groups.

Health Fairs

Look for MHADC at health fairs throughout Dutchess County and be sure to invite us if you’re hosting one. We help the public learn about mental wellness and our services. In some cases, we also offer quick screening for depression or other conditions.

Information and Training for those Who Encounter Mental Illness in their Work

MHADC staff members have consulted with and provided workshops for law enforcement officials, librarians, and educators, as well as other health care professionals. Let us know if we can help you, your staff, your business, or your organization learn more about mental health.

Kids on the Block

Kids on the Block features nearly life-size puppets that educate and entertain young children, stimulating communication about complex issues. Children learn healthy life skills that increase awareness and understanding. Programs are available free to schools and youth groups on the following topics: bullies, gangs, and school safety; obesity, multiculturalism, learning disabilities, substance abuse prevention, and emotional and mental well being.

Library

You are welcome to use a computer, read journals, borrow books, and browse the reference collection Monday-Friday, 9-5, in the MHADC Library, 253 Mansion Street, Poughkeepsie. Visit our Contact page for directions. The Library also maintains a collection of more than 100 videos and DVDs. You may view much of our collection online.

Referrals

Contact MHADC for a list of private mental health practitioners–psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers–in Dutchess County. We also keep lists of support groups and service agencies.

Speakers’ Bureau

Introduce members of your service club, religious congregation, or community group to mental wellness, MHADC’s services, and ways to get involved.

Supported education

MHADC’s Supported Education program serves students whose post-secondary education has been interrupted as a result of a disability. Working with Dutchess Community College and state agencies, MHADC helps individuals get into school, stay in school, and succeed in school.

To be eligible for Supported Education, you must be 18 or older, have a disability, meet admission requirements for Duchess Community College, and be referred by ACCES-VR, New York State’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation. For details e-mail Kathryn Weaver or phone her at 845-473-2500, ext. 1375.

Parenting classes

MHADC offers a wide-range of workshops and classes designed to improve parenting skills. Check our calendar for upcoming dates. Topics include:

  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen
  • How To Talk So Teens Will Listen
  • Your Defiant Child
  • Parenting Challenging Teens
  • Parenting the Explosive Child
  • Parent Well Being
  • Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (PEACE)

Workshops and Presentations

Workshops and presentations can be developed to meet your specific needs.
Click here to download a PDF of the full detailed listing.

Course Title:                         YOUR DEFIANT CHILD
Course Length:                    6-Sessions
Course Description:          This is a research based skill-building series for caregivers or educators of defiant children ages 2-11.  The course material is derived from the work of Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., author of Your Defiant Children.

Course Title:                         PARENTING EXPOSIVE CHILDREN
Course Length:                    8-Sessions
Course Description:          This course is for caregiver of children ages 2-11 who are easily frustrated, extremely inflexible, lose control, and become verbally and physically aggressive.  The course is based upon the work of Ross W. Greene, Ph. D., author of the Explosive Child.

Course Title:                         PARENTING CHALLENGING TEENS
Course Length:                    5-Sessions
Course Description:          This course is for caregivers of adolescents.  The course is a natural progression from research and family therapy based on the work Russell A. Barkley, author of Your Defiant Child .   Dr. Barkley has also written the book Defiant Teens in collaboration with Gwenyth H. Edwards and Arthur L. Robin.

Course Title:                         HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK
Course Length:                    6-Sessions
Description:                          “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen” is a six-part video workshop based on the book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by award winning authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

Course Title:                         HOW TO TALK SO TEENS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO TEENS WILL TALK
Course Length:                    8-Sessions
Course Description:          The viewer sees a diverse group of parents who over time build better relationships with their teenagers. The series combines role playing, group discussion and dramatizations to introduce principles that can help families achieve better communication skills and family harmony.

Course Title:                         P.E.A.C.E. PARENT EDUCATION AND CUSTODY EFFECTIVENESS
Course Length:                    Six hours
Description:                          This six hour course is a child-centered educational program for separating and divorcing parents.  In the course we explore children’s and parents’ responses to divorce and separation.  Parents are given information concerning the restructuring and reorganization of the family and skills to improve communication with the child’s other parent.

Course Title:                         PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS-P#I
Course Length:                    4-Sessions
Description:                          This course is based on the book Seven Skills for School Success by Pam Schiller.  The material presented identifies seven key components in the development of social and emotional intelligence in children.

Course Title:                         PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS-P#2
Course Length:                    4-Sessions
Description:                          This course is based on the book Seven Skills for School Success by Pam Schiller. The material presented identifies seven key components in the development of social and emotional intelligence in children.

Course Title:                         TAKE THE JOURNEY FROM RELATIONSHIP TRAUMA TO RESILIENCE AND BALANCE
Course Length:                    15-Sessions
Description:                          The course is based on the book Emotional Sobriety by Tian Dayton, Ph.D.  The book outlines a holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit by helping you understand and regulate your emotions and behaviors to find balance.

Course Title:                         PARENT WELL-BEING
Course Length:                    4-Sessions
Description:                          Keeping yourself healthy while parenting, working and experiencing other life stressing circumstances. The material is derived from a collection of articles and excerpts from medical and family life journals.

Course Title:                         RAISING RESPONSIBLE, RESILIENT, SELF-SUFFICIENT TEENS
Course Length:                    6 – Sessions
Description:                          The course is based on the book, Letting Go with Love and Confidence by Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S. Ed., and Susan Fitzgerald.  The course guides parents through the really touch areas.