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Finger Lakes Women in Transition

The Finger Lakes Women in Transition (WIT) is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is an organization created by mental health professionals, educators and women who themselves have navigated the divorce process. While divorce has become a choice, how to maneuver through the process remains challenging. Our goal is to provide knowledge to facilitate a clear and compassionate journey.

Mission Statement of the Finger Lakes Women in Transition
Most women facing the separation and divorce process are overcome with feelings of isolation and confusion. The goal of WIT is to help women navigate through the difficult financial, emotional and lifestyle transitions that accompany separation and divorce. WIT seeks to provide women in crisis with the necessary tools to make sensible, informed decisions, thus enabling them to successfully rebuild their lives and achieve a secure and stable outlook both during and after divorce.


WIT Seminars are for women separating, divorcing or contemplating such a life change. These seminars are presented by Finger Lakes WIT and the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County. Free, no pre-registration required – safe, confidential environment.  Seminars will now be held in the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center Conference Room at 124 E. Court Street (at corner of Sears St. – cream colored house w/red door and trim), Ithaca, NY. Parking available on the street.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. (dates/topics are subject to change).

Upcoming Saturday Seminar dates for 2016/17:

September 10 – Legal Process of Separation and Divorce. Beth Reiter of Guttman & Reiter will provide an overview exploring the differences between mediation, collaborative law and litigation as paths to divorce.

October 1 – Creating Financial Security after Divorce.  Brendan Wilbur, Financial Counselor at Alternatives Federal Credit Union will offer information and suggest resources to enable women to achieve financial security and independence. (http://www.alternatives.org/)

November 5 – Parenting Through Separation and Divorce.  Edna Brown, LMSW, will lead us in an interactive exploration of co-parenting issues. Edna is an ICSD school social worker and Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Parent Educator, as well as a past facilitator of Parents Apart. She is a single (divorced) mom of two teenage daughters.

December 3 – Forming a Practice of Lovingkindness. Jeannie O’Neill, an experienced educator and mindfulness, meditation and yoga instructor will assist in showing us how forming a Lovingkindness practice can help with self-esteem and self-care and can be accessed in times of high stress.  She is the meditation and yoga instructor at SUNY Cortland.

January 7 – Envisioning your Future through Collage with Henrike Burton, Occupational Therapist and Art Therapy Facilitator.  Henrike will lead a hands-on workshop on self-exploration and discovery through collage art.  

February 4 – Power and Control Dynamics in Personal Relationships.  Naomi Barry, Facilitator of Community Programs and Community Educator with the Advocacy Center, will examine power and control issues in relationships. (http://www.theadvocacycenter.org/)

March 4 – Cultivating a Life after Divorce  – Self Care, Socializing and Dating.  Presentation on safe strategies for meeting others and creating your new social life.  Panel discussion with representatives from the community with inspiration, experience and advice to share.

April 1 – “Fix it” – Toolbox for Home and Vehicle. John Tilitz is returning by popular demand.  John is a carpenter and long-time home builder.  If it’s broken, John can fix it. We will learn what needs to be in the toolbox to be able to understand and take care of our home and vehicle.

May 6 – Career Advisement for Women in Transition.  Ryan Marchenese, an academic and career advisor at Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES Adult Education Program, will offer guidance for the best “next steps” to reinvent your career.   He is a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner able to help people determine their best-fit careers.

To contact Finger Lakes Women in Transition, please call us at Brief Therapy Assocatiates: (607) 275-3675 or reach us by email at: info@fingerlakeswit.com