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I will be speaking on the topic of “Boundaries and Personal Empowerment” at the September 2012 meeting of the Ridgefield, CT Support Group for Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. The support group is sponsored by the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and the Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force. All are welcome to attend.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13 from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm, at the Ridgefield VNA Offices, 90 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877. For additional information please contact the Ridgefield Task Force at rldtf@comcast.net, and for directions visit http://www.ridgefieldvna.org/directions.html.

On May 22, 2012, the Ridgefield (CT) Lyme Disease Task Force will be presenting their Spring Seminar, “Breakthroughs in Research and Testing: Lyme Disease Patient Update 2012”, at Western Connecticut State University, Westside Campus Student Center in Danbury, CT. Keynote Speakers will be Joseph Burrascano, MD, and Eva Sapi, PhD.

An informational Lyme Health Fair will precede the event beginning at 6PM and running throughout the evening; the speakers will begin at 7PM. As I have done in the past, I will have a table of materials available on Lyme disease in children, with some materials specifically addressing educational needs of children with tick-borne diseases.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information on the Health Fair and Seminar, go to www.facebook.com/RidgefieldLymeResource.

On September 16, 2011, the Rhode Island chapter of the Lyme Disease Association will present a day-long conference at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI entitled “The Impact of Lyme Disease on the Brain: Implications for Mental Health Practitioners.” My presentation on “Psychotherapy with Lyme Disease Patients: Moving Past Traditional Clinical Practice to Creative Treatment” will be part of a comprehensive program, with experts addressing a variety of critical issues. Speakers include Robert Bransfield, MD, Sheila Statlender, PhD, Judy Leventhal, PhD, and Denise Lang-Grant, EdS, LPC. The full program is available here.

Conference registration is currently open to mental health and other health professionals, and will be open to the general public after August 20th as space allows. To register online or by mail, please visit the conference page and select the appropriate registration link.

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