FALL 2014 - SPRING 2015

The series is comprised of useful and timely health/wellness related topics beneficial to the community.

12 – 1 p.m. at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


Room location has been known to change with short notice, so we advise checking the website or calling our office to confirm the location when you register to attend. As a courtesy, we request that you please call 475-0432 or email us at to register the week before the talk is scheduled so that we may ensure a reasonable audience for our speakers. If pre-registration is not sufficient, the talk will be canceled and notification will be found on the website. You are welcome to bring your lunch.


With permission of the presenter, program can be streamed online during live presentation only. Details contact Strong EAP (585-475-0432).




September 9, 2014 - Get the Spark Back - Using Gender Communication to Build Passion in Your Relationship

Don Boice, LCSW-R

Strong Memorial Hospital Room 3-6408 (K-307)

Do you want more zing in your life? Learn tried and true ways to increase intimacy and passion in a relationship. We will review from the world of neuroscience ways we inadvertently kill passion for our partner, encourage you to prioritize the relationship in a way your partner appreciates and suggest resources to continue to build and sustain a passionate relationship. Participants will receive highlights of the above topics and resources to deepen your understanding.



October 14, 2014 -  Mindfulness Meditation: Learning a Simple Practice or Deepening One's Practice

Margo Markesteijn, Ph.D., LCSW, M.Div.

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)


Meditation is an ancient practice that can actually change the shape of our modern, over-stressed brain! Mindfulness helps us wake up...after we wake up. The practice can be as simple or involved as you would like. Creating snippets of time is the only thing you need to do in order to learn how to be – whether it is one minute or twenty depends on you. Join us for an informative and meditative healing experience.



November 11, 2014 - Conflict Resolution and Your Health: Can You Mediate This?

John R. Piper, Mediator, Mutual Choices and Renee LaPoint, MS

Mediator, Divorce & Family Mediation Services, Inc.

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)


These conflict resolution professionals will guide participants through a healthy discussion about the impact of family and workplace conflict on our lives. The preferred option for dealing with conflict in many settings, mediation can save time and money, and reduce stress.  John and Renee will share tips and tools of mediation to foster healthy relationships at home and at work. Come learn how mediation can help you.



December 9, 2014 - Keeping Youth Safer in a 24/7 Online World

Pam Weaver, Director of Community Education, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NY

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)


Utilizing the NetSmartz Workshop, participants will learn about the ever changing world of technology and how parents can educate, engage and empower children to be responsible digital citizens.  Online risks such as posting personal or inappropriate information, online predators, cyber bullying and sexting will be addressed. We will discuss the use of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Smartphones and learn how we can help children and teens to safely navigate their online lives.



January 13, 2015 -  Can You Afford to be Disorganized?

Ann Michael Henry, Mise En Place

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)


Did you know that there is a cost to disorganization? Join Professional Organizer and co-author of three books on productivity in the workplace, as she walks you through an eye-opening exercise to show you how disorganization negatively impacts your bottom line. Did you know that not taking a lunch break is contributing to your disorganization?  Or that multitasking results in you spending more time on a task than you need to?  Time wasted looking for information is a poor investment. You already know from an emotional standpoint how disorganization is impacting you and your work, now let’s take a look at it from a dollars and cents perspective.



February 10, 2015 - Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique

Tom Porpiglia, LMHC, Life Script Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

 Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), aka tapping, is often referred to as acupuncture for the emotions without needles.  Psychologist Roger Callahan pioneered tapping in the early ‘80s, calling it “Thought Field Therapy” as he discovered that a client could measure the level of a distressful memory just by “tuning in” or focusing on the memory.  Tapping was further refined and promoted by Gary Craig in the ‘90’s and spread rapidly via the internet.  EFT is now evidence based, having passed the research standards of the American Psychological Association, for PTSD/Trauma, anxiety, and many other issues.



March 10, 2015 - Gangs and Domestic Violence

Moses Robinson, Rochester Police Department, School Resource Officer Youth Service Section

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)


Domestic violence, school shootings, child abuse, and gang violence seem to take center stage in the media across the nation. Statistics show that violence is on the rise everywhere, and we need to begin to understand why and what we can do to prevent violent outbreaks in our communities. Officer Robinson will be speaking about local gang activity and its links to domestic violence. Believing violence will not enter our own backyard is not the proactive way to think. By educating ourselves and asking the difficult questions we can begin to understand how we, as a community, a nation and as individuals, can help fight the battle against violence.



April 14, 2015 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Updates in Research and Current Best Practice

Caroline I. Magyar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder estimated to affect 1 in 68 in the United States. Advances have been made in our understanding of the myriad of factors related to ASD and what constitutes effective practice. This presentation provides a brief overview of the latest research findings that inform our understanding and practice.


May 12, 2015 -  Edible Wild Foods

Linda Groves, Master Gardener

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)


Did you know that many common weeds are edible? Immigrants brought their favorite wild plants with them, and many can be found in this area. This program will provide examples of tasty plants you can find near your home. Linda Groves is a Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She enjoys photographing plants and foraging for food.



June 9, 2015 - Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin and Synthetic Drugs: An Epidemic or Endemic?

Patrick Seche, MS, CASAC, Director, Strong Recovery/ Addiction Psychiatry Division, University of Rochester Medical Center

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)


We’ve all heard the stories in the news about a life lost due to drug overdose or some other consequence of drug use. Unfortunately, the frequency of these stories has increased recently and usually it is about a life lost at much too young an age. The news is sometimes a shock to us because we did not recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction. So we are often left wondering: Where did this problem start? What are these drugs and who exactly is using them? What are the signs? What can we do about it? This is not a new problem yet the questions remain unanswered. We need to educate ourselves if we want to prevent these shocking news stories.