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What About the Family? The Effects of Special Needs on the Family

Presented By: Gina Totino, LCSW & Meredith Strauss, LCSW

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Where:  Lincoln Early Childhood Center, 728 Westfield Ave, Westfield, NJ

Sponsored by: Westfield PTC-Special Ed. Committee

When someone in the family suffers from a special need (medical, psychiatric, emotional, neurological, etc.), it impacts the family system. The effects of constant care, worry, and financial strain can have consequences on a marriage, on siblings, on the child afflicted, and on the family unit as a whole. Please join us to learn more about how the unique challenges of a single individual can often have immediate and long-term effects on the other members of the family.

Speakers, Meredith Strauss, LCSW and Gina Totino, LCSW have experience working with family systems that have experienced fractures, disappointments, rebellion, resentment, and sadness resulting from family trauma. At times, guilt, shame, resentment, isolation, and loneliness cause breakdowns in relationships. Meredith and Gina will discuss strategies to proactively support family values, connection, and resiliency.

About our speakers:

Meredith Strauss, LCSW: Meredith founded Light Street Psychotherapy to work with adults, adolescents, and their families who suffer from trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and anger management. Meredith's therapeutic approach helps clients learn skills to stay centered in a stressful and fast paced world. She finds appropriate solutions to problems and enhances interpersonal relationships. Meredith uses various modalities in her approach including: EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), yoga psychology, mindfulness, and Interpersonal psychotherapy.  With an additional background teaching yoga and meditation, Meredith merges eastern psychotherapy approaches with traditional western psychology to create an innovative, holistic approach toward healing.

Gina Totino, LCSW: Gina specializes in clinical work with children, adolescents, families, and adults, also at Light Street Psychotherapy. She has unique training and expertise in the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which focuses on the treatment of mood, behavioral and emotional dysregulation, self-injurious behaviors, and suicidality. Her therapeutic work is informed by DBT when working with her clients and their families. Gina works with her clients to find balance between acceptance and change in order to live a more peaceful life.


This program is free and all parents, teachers, and therapists are invited to attend.