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Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC
*Psychotherapist, MS,MSEd
*Licensed Professional Counselor
*Board Certified Coach
*National Certified Counselor

*Innovative Speaker

        (203) 948-0938

info@kelleyhopkinsalvarez.com

    100 Danbury Rd, Bld B.
      Ridgefield, CT 06877

    

Events

November 18, 2017
Connecticut Counseling Association, Western Chapter
Working with Couples: Overview of Assessment for Couples Therapy or Discernment Counseling; to include Sex Therapy. This workshop is for therapists and the topics will include:

  • Increasing identification, screening, and compassion of clients who present with communication issues, to include, resentment  contempt, sexual dysfunction and/or desire issues.
  • In addition, we will describe and compare Gottman Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy models, and certification. Also, introduce what Discernment Counseling is and what role it plays with couples
  • Increase awareness in regard to importance of collaboration between licensed professional counselors and a client’s circle of care: medication providers, integrated MD’s, wellness providers, family members. 
  • Sex Therapy: assessment for when to refer clients to a therapist that is familiar and comfortable with sex therapy.

    Also, opportunities to get certified through AASECT.

March 15, 2017                                                                          
Taking That “Leap Of Faith”, Getting Unstuck and Loving Again
I will be a guest speaker for the Turning Point Wellness Center's divorce support and education group for women. In this interactive workshop, women who are contemplating divorce or have gone through the process; get a chance to heal, share, and work with a psychotherapist who specializes in moving forward after divorce.

You will also get a chance to learn more about some key self-compassion strategies that work, in addition to:
• Validation of what you are going through
• Taking calculated, leaps of faith toward trust, even if your partner had an affair(s) 
• Balancing of giving and receiving nurturing, along with taking small steps toward change  
• Becoming more aware of small openings for healing through the pain  
• Making meaning out of and transforming your separation or divorce trauma 
• Learning to say no without guilt
• Changing automatic negative thoughts to new, positive ones of affirmation and support
• Paying careful attention to the mind/body connection
• Learning how not to personalize negative behavior through the separation or divorce process and beyond

What got you to this meeting? What is your story? Many who are attending this workshop are at different stages of contemplation of divorce and/or separation, but all of you have one main thing in common, you want to move forward and need the tools to do so in a healthy way. Meeting: Turning Point Healing Arts & Education Center, 100B Danbury Road Suite 101, Ridgefield, CT 
 

October, 22, 2016
Connecticut Counseling Association - Fall 2016 Event
I provided Suicide Prevention Training to Licensed Professional Counselors.
Areas of discussion included: identifying indicators and assessing for suicide risk, intervening with clients who
report suicidal thoughts and/or actions, collaborating with hospital and/or medication providers,etc.
Finding ways to inspire hope and renewal in these clients was a key concept of the discussion.                                                   

May 21, 2015
Post University, Waterbury, CT
Conference: Building Resiliency to Prevent Lethal School Violence. I initiated the development of the concept for this conference after the school tragedy at Marysville Pilchuck High School, Washington, when, yet again, another tragic loss of life on school grounds had occurred. This interdisciplinary conference focused on the prevention of lethal school violence, and is the first-of-its-kind village approach which brings together mental health, law enforcement, and education professionals in a collaborative environment.

April 25, 2015
Open House at my office:Spring is the perfect time to re-focus and to “bloom” possibilities to balance into optimal health, increased connections and personal and career enhancement. Bring your questions! 

April 20, 2015
Ancell School of Business, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
Topic: I am honored to have been asked to be part of a panel of successful entrepreneurs to speak to share strategies, choices, risk and the innovations I embraced in order to become successful in my private practice. Innovation and risk-taking, and, therefore being entrepreneurial, should not be sequestered in the business school… it's needed EVERYWHERE. Taking that leap of faith and believing in yourself is essential in whatever you do! 

 

April 2, 2015
Compassion Presentation: What is the value in a persons life of someone who believes in them?
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

July 17, 2014
Topic: This presentation will discuss how positive psychology increases our physical, emotional, and intellectual well- being. 
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

May 9 & 10, 2014
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 
Topic: Positive Psychology & Psychotherapy. Mindfulness and the research and practice of positive approaches with clients.
Attendee of two-day conference to advance clinical skills and application.

April 7, 2014
Topic: Part of a panel of contributors for M.A.T. Program to provide verification to NCATE, national accrediting body, as a credentialed speaker. 
Master of Arts in Teaching Program,Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

July 16, 2013
Topic: This presentation will discuss how positive psychology increases our physical, emotional, and intellectual well- being.  
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

June 13, 2013
Topic: Comfort zone, philosophical stance and belief systems that influences our actions and decisions at a subliminal level.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

March 4, 2013
Intimacy and Money Workshop, Private Practice, Ridgefield CT

  • What are the most common challenges that successful people have in their intimate relationship?
  • How can successful people transfer their professional success toward their partner?
  • What does relationship and financial success mean to you

October 10, 2012
Parent Support Group, ASD Spectrum, Bethel, CT
Topic: Parent Retreat.
Program: We will explore how marriages and relationships are affected by parenting challenges and how this impacts careers, levels of depression, anxiety, and/or grief. Incorporation of activities to provide parents with concrete tools to manage the effects of exhaustion and frustration, and to foster increase in intimacy.

October 8, 2012
Topic: How do teachers take a more proactive role in the emotional, social and behavioral development of their students to influence school culture and climate.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT  

July 28, 2012  
Topic: Incorporating Mindfulness and Cultivating Optimism
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

July 5, 2012
Affective Side of Learning
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT  

May 16, 2012
Pessimism vs. Optimism
The Western Connection Program,Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

January 4, 2012
How Do College Students Plan For & Overcome Obstacles in Keeping New Year's Resolutions.
The Western Connection Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

November 7, 2011
Introduction to Special Education
Bachelor of Arts Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

October 13, 2011
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT 
Topic: Bullying and Importance of Mandated Reporting

September 22, 2011
Topic: The Culture of Our Schools: This presentation was delivered to Master of Arts in Teaching candidates to discuss how a positive school culture increases the physical, emotional, and intellectual well being of students. In addition, mandated reporting and importance of differentiated instruction was covered.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

September 2011
Topic: Life/Dream Boards
Imagine you have the power to create what you want your life to be. You are creating the story and you have the ability to make anything happen! This is your vision. Creating a dream board or vision board is very similar to writing out your goals in life, except a vision invokes more emotion then simply writing out your goals. Designing a Dream Board adds an interesting element that has proved to be powerful for many people. Are you following your dreams?
The Western Connection Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

July 28, 2011
Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
Topic: Incorporating Mindfulness and Cultivating Optimism
“Students are motivated to put forth their best effort when they have faith in the future and themselves”, by Richard Sagor. This presentation was delivered to current educators to discuss incorporating strength-based approaches and positive asset searches in the students that they work with. We discussed the theory that optimism is cultivated in our classrooms when teachers and counselors include social and emotional learning strategies in all aspects of curriculum. Additionally, we explored how to incorporate multi-modal approaches to delivering instruction to reach a wide variety of learners, and the importance of social and emotional skill building. Other topics included incorporating the five senses by utilizing tactile and sensory items as manipulatives that promote mindfulness, play, curiosity, and well-being. Use of drama & improvisational skits and other "icebreakers" were introduced as modalities that promote group cohesion and increase self-esteem.

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