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Gifts from the Kitchen: Winter Holiday Cooking Class (Grades 1-4)
Gifts from the Kitchen: Winter Holiday Cooking Class   Grades: 1-4 Class Description: Give the gift of cooking and pass that gift along! In this special holiday cooking workshop, kids will make delicious food gifts to give to family and friends. Kids will learn essential cooking skills in a hands-on, safe, and fun environment. Class size is limited. Sign up now to reserve your spot. See our full list of cooking classes and camps. Referral Discount: Get 25% off a class of your choice in 2019 for each person you refer who signs up for one of our cooking classes. Simply tell your friend to mention your name during the Eventbrite registration process. Teacher Bio: Haynes Altobello is a kindergarten teacher and after-school cooking club instructor at the J.R. Lowell Elementary school in Watertown, MA. Her passion for teaching and her love of cooking (and eating!) has led her to ChopChop Family, the publisher of ChopChop The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. Haynes believes in developing children's food literacy and cooking competencies to empower them to become adventurous eaters and creative cooks. In addition to teaching and cooking, Haynes enjoys gardening and antiquing. Contact: Stephanie Hurwitz, Test Kitchen Manager617-924-3993stephanie@chopchopfamily.org695-697 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA 02478 Want to attend this class but are unable to pay? Scholarships and financial assistance are available to those in need. Email stephanie@chopchopfamily.org for details.

When: Dec 14, 2019 10am in Belmont, MA
Free Training: Become a Special Education Decision Maker - Belmont
Are you interested in supporting students in your community?You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in state care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.SESPs serve as appointed decision makers that have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend and participate in special education team meetings, approve or reject Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and if necessary, file complains or appeals. On average, the time commitment is only 30-40 hours a year.RTSC hosts FREE Orientation Trainings throughout MA where you will learn about the role of an SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. For more information or to register, visit our website at click for details or call 617-399-8342.

When: Dec 14, 2019 11am to Dec 14, 2019 2pm in Belmont, MA
Gifts from the Kitchen: Winter Holiday Cooking Class (Grades 5-8)
Gifts from the Kitchen: Winter Holiday Cooking Class  Grades: 5-8 Class Description: Give the gift of cooking and pass that gift along! In this special holiday cooking workshop, kids will make delicious food gifts to give to family and friends. Kids will learn essential cooking skills in a hands-on, safe, and fun environment. Class size is limited. Sign up now to reserve your spot. See our full list of cooking classes and camps. Referral Discount: Get 25% off a class of your choice in 2019 for each person you refer who signs up for one of our cooking classes. Simply tell your friend to mention your name during the Eventbrite registration process. Teacher Bio: Haynes Altobello is a kindergarten teacher and after-school cooking club instructor at the J.R. Lowell Elementary school in Watertown, MA. Her passion for teaching and her love of cooking (and eating!) has led her to ChopChop Family, the publisher of ChopChop The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. Haynes believes in developing children's food literacy and cooking competencies to empower them to become adventurous eaters and creative cooks. In addition to teaching and cooking, Haynes enjoys gardening and antiquing. Contact: Stephanie Hurwitz, Test Kitchen Manager617-924-3993stephanie@chopchopfamily.org695-697 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA 02478 Want to attend this class but are unable to pay? Scholarships and financial assistance are available to those in need. Email stephanie@chopchopfamily.org for details.

When: Dec 14, 2019 1pm in Belmont, MA
Realna prica - BOSTON
Film Realna prica vodi nas kroz sagu o glumcu, Veljku, koji ima utisak da se ceo svemir urotio protiv njega. Veljko je hodajuci problem i cvrsto veruje da sav nesklad stvaraju ljudi oko njega, zbog cega cesto upada u komicne sukobe sa prijateljima, porodicom, kolegama, pa cak i slucajnim prolaznicima. U iscekivanju velike uloge za koju veruje da ce resiti sve njegove haose, Veljko pocinje da gubi osecaj za realne probleme. Rezija: Gordan Kicic Igraju: Gordan Kicic Nina Jankovic Svetozar Cvetkovic Branimir Brstina Vojin Cetkovic Nenad Jezdic Katarina Gojkovic Nebojsa Ilic Gorica Popovic...

When: Dec 15, 2019 7pm to Dec 15, 2019 9pm in Belmont, MA
Cost: 20 - 20 USD
Homemade Pasta Cooking Workshop (Grades 1-4)
Homemade Pasta Cooking Workshop (Grades 1-4) Grades: 1-4 Class Description: Discover how to make homemade pasta dough from a professional chef and create different homemade sauces. Kids will learn how to knead, roll, and cut homemade pasta. Sign up before the class fills and registration closes. See our full list of cooking classes and camps. Referral Discount: Get 25% off a class of your choice in 2019 for each person you refer who signs up for one of our cooking classes. Simply tell your friend to mention your name during the Eventbrite registration process. Teacher Bio: Gail Arnold has been cooking professionally since she was 18 years old. Classically-trained in Paris, Gail has worked in restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. In addition to teaching private cooking classes, Gail has worked for director Steven Spielberg as his family’s personal chef. Gail has a masters in elementary education, has worked as a reading specialist, and tutors students in reading. Gail loves to integrate different learning opportunities while teaching culinary skills to kids. When she’s not cooking and teaching, Gail loves to fly airplanes, ride her bicycle...and do more cooking. Contact: Stephanie Hurwitz, Test Kitchen Manager617-924-3993stephanie@chopchopfamily.org695-697 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA 02478 Want to attend this class but are unable to pay? Scholarships and financial assistance are available to those in need. Email stephanie@chopchopfamily.org for details.

When: Dec 18, 2019 4pm in Belmont, MA
DENNIS BRENNAN HOLIDAY HOUSE CONCERT 2019
It's that time of year again--chilly and dark as we head into holiday madness and beyond. Ease your way through the chaos with the annual Dennis Brennan Solo House Concert at the Rec Room in Belmont. It's become a tradition many of us look forward to. Host Gail provides a comfortable and intimate listening room to enjoy the show, and beforehand provides snacks and ambience to enjoy schmoozing with friends you know and friends you've just met. Kindly BYOB and do not bring your own snacks since it is a gluten free household. Easy to find in Belmont and a short distance from the 73 bus from Harvard Square. Street parking. Doors are at 7 pm (PLEASE do not arrive earlier) and the performance begins around 7:30. Dennis's work has been called "lonesome, ornery and great." The man himself has been called "affable". Also "legendary". You may have other descriptors but we can agree he is one of the best. If you haven't had the chance to catch one of his shows this is your opportunity; if you are already a fan, it's one more way to celebrate the holidays with good music and people.

When: Dec 21, 2019 7pm to Dec 21, 2019 10pm in Belmont, MA
Cost: 20 - 20 USD
Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: EFT for Couples with Addictions
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) was formulated in the early 1980s by Drs. Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg.  It is usually a short-term, structured approach to couples treatment.  EFT is empirically validated and shows that approximately 90% of treated couples report improvement and 70-73% are recovered from distress at follow-up.  In a two year follow-up on very stressed couples in relationship distress, depression and parental distress results were stable. EFT is integrative and looks both within and between people, integrating an intrapsychic and interpersonal focus in the treatment.  Understanding the personal experience and the process of interaction is key for the therapist as she attempts to guide the distressed couple toward greater flexibility and sensitivity, key components of a secure attachment between people. The EFT therapist must also have an understanding of attachment theory.  Knowledge of attachment theory is the EFT therapist’s backdrop for understanding why couples experience the emotional distress they do.  Without this, the therapist would have little understanding or language to help couples identify why it is they continue to miss one another at key moments.  With attachment theory as our overlay to treatment, it offers the EFT therapist a roadmap to the territory of distress in relationships.  As Sue Johnson puts it, It is the therapists “compass to the internal emotional moments and interpersonal dramas, a picture of transforming moves and moments in the process of the shaping of a secure bond and a goal for therapy, not just a conflict containment.” Learning objectives:i. Describe the nature and causes of marital distress.ii. Describe basic Attachment Theory and how it informs working with couples in EFT.iii. Identify the Three Stages and Nine Steps of EFT.

When: Jan 15, 2020 6pm in Belmont, MA
Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: ISTDP: Working with Resistance & Anxiety
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy is a relatively brief model of psychodynamic psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in a variety of disorders, including anxiety disorders (Lilliengren et al.2017; Solbakken & Abbass, 2017), treatment-resistant depression (Town et al., 2017), personality disorders (Town et al, 2011; Abbass et al., 2011; Abbass et al. 2008), medically unexplained symptoms (Town et al., 2017), addictions (Frederickson & DenDooven, forthcoming), and more.  ISTDP has its own metapsychology and diagnostic system that helps clinicians work precisely and collaboratively with patientsat their highest levels of capacity.  Interventions include anxiety regulation, restructuring of maladaptive coping mechanisms or ‘defenses,’ and connection with deep and core affects to create transformational healing. This presentation will give an overview of ISTDP and discuss its application to patients with addictions and dual disorders. Instructional methodology will include didactics, video presentation, and discussion. Learning  Objectives:i. Participants will be able to identify which disorders are appropriate for ISTDP therapy and which type ofISTDP therapy (standard, restructuring, or graded) is appropriate for treating patients with addictionsii. Participants will be able to describe the metapsychology and technique of ISTDP therapy in working withpatients with addictionsiii. Participants will be able to identify the three different channels of anxiety according to ISTDPmetapsychology and assess their own patients’ functioning within this framework and plan interventionsaccordingly

When: Feb 19, 2020 6pm in Belmont, MA
Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: Medication Assisted Therapies in Addiction
Medications have helped people achieve control in addictions for over a hundred years. However, for decades, people have been denied access, mainly because of stigma, ignorance and limited resources. An abstinence-only orientation mistakenly confuses morals and recovery, making perfect the enemy of the good and hampering research. This talk will give an overview of medications available for the treatment of addictions, a framework for incorporating them into harm reduction and abstinence-oriented treatments. We will discuss evidence-based and anecdotal treatments for alcohol, cocaine, opiates, gambling, sex, andother compulsive conditions; as well as other medications that can improve recovery more indirectly through relief of insomnia, anxiety, and impulsivity; and what does not work. The presentation is geared to the therapist so that they might help their clients and client’s families become informed advocates. Learning Objectives:i. Critique the abstinence orientation paradigm that can be averse to medication assistance andgradualistic recoveryii. Identify myths, stigma, and ignorance in families and clients that impede medication utilizationiii. Identify key medication strategies to augment recovery

When: Mar 18, 2020 6pm in Belmont, MA
Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: Treating the Relational World of Addictions
This presentation will offer a relational frame for understanding the context of addiction and the work involved in recovering from and treating addictions. What is the nature of an addictive relationship with a substance or activity? What is the impact of that all-consuming relationship on other relationships, in particular with one’s self? These questions will be addressed in the exploration of the process of addiction and recovery through a relational lens. We will examine “relationships” as the organizing principle and perspective for the work with individuals struggling with addiction. We will also examine the implication of this relational frame on the actual work of recovery from addiction in practical terms as well as the impact on the therapeutic alliance. Interventions, strategies, and useful approaches will be shared to increase both comfort and effectiveness in working with an addicted population. Learning objectives:i. Be able to summarize the relational context for understanding the process of addiction and recovery.ii. Be able to name three ways a relational frame can have a significant positive impact on treatmentiii. Identify at least three new interventions and/or approaches for providing effective treatment to individuals struggling with addiction.

When: Apr 15, 2020 6pm in Belmont, MA