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Anne Arena Presented at Career Day at Wilde Lake High School

Anne Arena Presented at Career Day at Wilde Lake High School.

Anne Arena Guest Lecturer at Loyola University – TBI

Anne Arena was a guest lecturer at Loyola University for a graduate speech and language class. Topic: TBI and the Practical Applications of Neuropsychology.

Anne Arena Guest Lecturer at Loyola University – Psychometric Considerations

Anne Arena was a guest lecturer at Loyola University for an undergraduate speech and language class. Topic: Psychometric Considerations in Diagnosis and Evaluation.

Anne Arena Presented at Career Day for Eldersburg Elementary

Anne Arena Presented at Career Day for Eldersburg Elementary

The Family Center Honored at Annual Celebrating Successes: Excellence in Bloom Award Ceremony

The Family Center was recently honored at the annual Celebrating Successes: Excellence in Bloom awards ceremony.

Celebrating Successes is an awards program sponsored by the Howard County Office of Children’s Services that honors and recognizes individuals, groups, and family-friendly businesses throughout Howard County, MD. We are honored to be recognized and truly love serving the needs of the Howard County community!

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Cyberbullying Speaking Engagement

Dr. Erin Stoll will be speaking with the Reservoir High School PTSA about cyberbullying on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Stoll will identify popular websites, explain how cyberbullies act, and share strategies for preventing, reporting, and coping with cyberbullying.

Group Forming: Social Skills for Middle School Girls (Grades 6-8)

This group will delve into the “what, why, when, where, and how” use of social skills in a supportive and fun peer setting. The girls will learn about, discuss, and implement skills for social interaction at school and in their community. The over-arching goal is to build social competence and increase self-confidence.

The group will create a circle of belonging with peers experiencing similar circumstances and concerns. The objectives include initiation and maintenance of conversation, identifying friends versus peers, and strengthening peer connections. Each session will encourage social interaction through games and activities.

The group will meet once a week starting mid-February (anticipated start date of February 12, 2104). The group will meet for 6 sessions.

Time: 6:30- 7:45 pm.
Location: The Family Center, Ellicott City, Md
Registration Fee: $480
To REGISTER and to obtain more information, please call The Family Center at 410-531-5087. Please note that registration is limited.

Fall/Winter Child Bereavement Groups Now Forming!

The Family Center Presents:
‘Tears and Smiles’ Grief Groups for Children

  • Children will have the opportunity to express and process emotion in a safe and controlled environment, develop a new picture of self after loss, and learn how to use rituals and other activities to maintain continued connections with loved ones who have died.
  • 6 session series
  • Thursdays 6:00PM – 7:15PM at Dorsey
    Hall location
  • Next group will begin November 7th!!
  • For more information, please contact:
    Dr. Alison Bomba at The Family Center (410-531-5087)

*Groups continuously forming. Register your child today!

Dr. Alison Bomba Named One of Top 50 Leading Women in Maryland!

Dr. Alison Bomba has been named one of Maryland’s Top 50 Leading Women in 2013 by The Daily Record. Congratulations, Dr. Bomba!

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Family Center Psychologist Appointed as Secretary of Maryland Psychological Association

The Family Center congratulates Dr. Alison Bomba as she transitions from her current role as The Maryland Psychological Association’s (MPA) Chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee to the association’s officer position of Secretary.

Affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA), the MPA is a statewide professional association for psychologists in Maryland. The MPA hopes to advance the science and practice of psychology to promote human welfare.

Dr. Bomba is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. She also provides parent management training, play therapy, and family therapy to help children and adolescents who struggle with grief and loss.

Dr. Bomba received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. Along with treating children, adolescents, and young adults at The Family Center, she conducts live parent coaching, ADHD assessments, psycho-educational testing, and social/emotional evaluations.

Dr. Bomba will begin her role as Secretary of the MPA in September. She will also become a member of the MPA’s Executive Committee and remain a voting member on the Board of Directors.

‘Tears and Smiles’ Grief Groups for Children

  • Children will have the opportunity to express and process emotion in a safe and controlled environment, develop a new picture of self after loss, and learn how to use rituals and other activities to maintain continued connections with loved ones who have died.
  • 6 session series
  • Mondays 6:00PM – 7:15PM at Dorsey Hall location

For more information or to register your child, please contact:

Dr. Alison Bomba at The Family Center (410-531-5087)

Group Counseling for Bereaved Fathers

The Family Center of Central Maryland will offer a grief counseling group for bereaved fathers beginning in October. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30pm weekly starting October 2nd and ending on November 6th. The group will be led by J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT, CGP, at the Dorsey Office of The Family Center. For additional information about the group, please contact Dr. Jeffreys at (410) 730-3310 or by e-mail at jeffreys3@verizon.net.

Anne Arena at the AAPB Annual Conference

Anne Arena is in Portland, Oregon at the 44th annual Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) Scientific Meeting. Held from March 13-16, with workshops on the 13th and 14th, the conference’s theme is “Creating Synergy: Integrating Methods and Modalities.”

Founded in 1969, the AAPB is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing biofeedback technology. You can visit the AAPB’s website at www.aapb.org.

Dr. Jeffreys Honored with Outstanding Volunteerism Award at MPA Convention

Dr. Shep Jeffreys was given an award for Outstanding Volunteerism at the 2012 Maryland Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. Congratulations, Dr. Jeffreys!

Dr. Stoll Ran in Chicago Marathon to Support The American Heart Association

The Family Center’s Dr. Erin Stoll ran the Chicago Marathon on October 7! The marathon supports The American Heart Association. Way to go, Dr. Stoll!!

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG

Dr. Lankerani Recognized as a “2012 Favorite Doc!”

Congratulations to The Family Center’s Dr. Nicky Lankerani! During the months of April, May, and June, hundreds of area parents submitted names of their favorite heath care professionals to Washington Parent Magazine, and results were compiled to make a “mom-approved” directory. Dr. Lankerani (psychiatrist) was identified by readers as a “2012 Favorite Doc!”

Dr. Bomba Continues Position on MPA’s Board of Directors

Dr. Alison Bomba attended the annual retreat for The Maryland Psychological Association’s (MPA) Board of Directors on September 15. It marks the beginning of Dr. Bomba’s 2nd year on MPA’s BoD as Chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee.

The Family Center Collaborates with Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance

Providers at The Family Center will meet with several staff from Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance this morning to collaborate and join efforts in order to best meet the needs of the community.

www.autismspectrumalliance.com

Providers at The Family Center Obtain Specialized Training in Grief and Loss

Several providers at The Family Center have been obtaining specialized training in grief and loss, specifically child and adolescent grief and loss.

Shep Jeffreys, Fellow in Thanatology, has extensive knowledge and experience working with bereaved families. For some time now, Dr. Jeffreys has so generously been volunteering his time to pass down his legacy to Dr. Alison Bomba, Dr. Erin Stoll, and Mr. Chris Williams at The Family Center. These providers meet regularly for supervision and didactic education to continue to advance their knowledge in this specialized field of study in order to better serve the needs of the community.

Dr. Shep Jeffreys and Dr. Alison Bomba Contribute Chapters to Dr. Robert Neimeyer’s Latest Book!

Dr. Robert Neimeyer’s latest book, Techniques in Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved is scheduled to publish April 19.

The Family Center’s Dr. Shep Jeffreys and Dr. Alison Bomba are contributing authors.

Dr. Bomba Attends APA’s State Leadership Conference

Dr. Alison Bomba attended The American Psychological Association’s 5-day State Leadership Conference in our nation’s capital March 9 – 13 as part of the Maryland delegation represented by the Maryland Psychological Association. The conference brings together psychologists from the states, U.S. territories, and Canada, along with APA governance and divisions, to advocate for issues important to practicing psychologists and foster leadership and effective governance strategies for participating associations.

The Family Center Welcomes Board Certified Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Ritter!

We are excited to add Mark A. Ritter, M.D. to our team of experienced professionals! Dr. Ritter is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who sees children, adolescents, and adults. Learn more about Dr. Ritter’s areas of specialty by reading his full bio – click on Meet The Team!