Mental Health Conference 2016

The following information concerns the conference that was held in 2016:

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference

"Mindset Matters": A Mindful Living Program for Stress Management 

Back by popular demand:
Romilia "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM

Friday, April 8, 2016; Madison Theatre, Public Square, Molloy College, Rockville Centre campus.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program will be hosting a Mental Health Conference on April 8, 2016 at the Rockville Centre campus.

Our Third Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference entitled,"Mindset Matters": A Mindful Living Program for Stress Management", will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Madison Theatre located in the Public Square on the Rockville Centre campus.

Back by popular demand is one of our keynote speakers from our last conference, Dr. Romila Mushtaq.

Program Background and Description
Molloy College is a nationally recognized private, Long Island college. Molloy provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the Catholic faith, ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual.

Mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy are scientifically proven modalities of therapy to heal stress based disorders such as anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, chronic pain, high blood pressure and hormonal imbalances. Additional benefits of mindfulness based therapies are reported quality of life, increased workplace productivity, and improved communication between individuals.

Dr. Romie Mushtaq has developed her own Mindful Living Therapy Program called "Mindset Matters" (Trademark pending). Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine.  Dr. Romie brings together Western medicine and Eastern wisdom to help individuals and audiences learn to heal from stress-induced illnesses such as insomnia, anxiety, and career-burnout.  Her program, "Mindset Matters", is based in neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness.

This program includes a five step process to help clients heal from stress based disorders such
as depression, anxiety, insomnia and career burnout. Personal healing is a critical cornerstone in improving relationships with spouses, family members, or colleagues.  Dr. Romie's 5 Step Mindful Living Program: Mindset Matters will cover the role of self-compassion, contemplation, forgiveness, gratitude, meditation and public service in healing. 

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the mental healthcare profession, including: clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, and other creative arts therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, students and all those interested in their own health and well-being.

Conference Agenda
8:00- 8:45 a.m.                 
Registration / Breakfast

8:45- 9:00 a.m. 
Opening Remarks:
Valerie Collins, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, Molloy College
Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychology, Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College

9:00- 9:50 a.m.                 
Lecture 1 Medicine Meets Mindfulness: The Mind and Body's Response to Stress

10:00- 10:50 a.m.             
Lecture 2 Self Healing through Self-Compassion

11:00 a.m.  - Noon            
Lecture 3 The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

12:00- 1:00 p.m.               
Lunch and refreshments will be served (included in your tuition)

1:00- 2:00 p.m.              
Lecture 4 Unlocking the Secret to a Happy Brain: Gratitude

2:00- 3:00 p.m.                 
Lecture 5 Connect to Life Purpose

3:00- 4:00 p.m.                 
Closing Meditation and Q & A
Closing Remarks
Drew Bogner, Ph.D., President, Molloy College

Speaker Bio

Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, is a traditionally trained neurologist and an expert in the field of mind-body medicine; the branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness-based techniques. Through her mindful living program, "Mindset Matters", she helps individuals heal from stress, retrain the brain, and shift mindset.

Dr. Romie completed her medical training and education at the Medical University of South Carolina, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and The University of Michigan, where she won numerous teaching and research awards. She also served as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

After surviving lifesaving surgery, Dr. Romie traveled the world learning mindfulness-based techniques such as yoga and meditation, and is now a certified hatha yoga instructor. She is also board certified in integrative and holistic medicine, and heals clients at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Romie is a highly sought after professional speaker, teaching the medicine behind mindfulness to groups and corporations. She is an expert contributor for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured in national and local media outlets such as Fox News, NPR, and

You can learn more about Dr. Romie on her website:

Learning Objectives
After attending a full day seminar attendees will be educated on the following learning objectives:

Module 1. Medicine Meets Mindfulness: The Mind and Body's Response to Stress
a. Defining mindfulness in modern day psychology terms.
b. What is the mind-body connection and its relationship to health, relationships, and self-awareness?
c. What are Mindfulness Based Therapies?
d. Is Mindful Living Just a Trend or Lifestyle Change?  

Module 2. Self Healing through Self-Compassion
a. The science and psychoneuroimmunology behind the Stress Response and the Relaxation Response
b. Redefining self-care, self-love, and self-compassion
c. Compassion fatigue and career burnout
d. Practical mindfulness based exercises to teach clients for self-care 

Module 3. The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health
a. The "I" in Illness is Isolation: The Rosewell Community Study
b. Forgiveness, Resentment, Anger and Mental Health
c. Practical mindfulness based exercises for forgiveness 

Module 4. Unlocking the Secret to a Happy Brain: Gratitude
a. Defining happiness and joy.
b. Science of happiness and joy.
c. Role of gratitude in sustained happiness and joy.
d. Practical mindfulness based exercises to teach clients gratitude 

Module 5. Connecting to Life Purpose
a. The role of daily meditation practice in healing compassion fatigue and career burnout.
b. Defining purpose through service
c. Practice mindfulness based exercises to start a home meditation practice 

Speaker Discloser

Speaker disclosure: the speaker has disclosed that she has no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit:

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 6 contact Hours for the conference will be awarded if you attend each session of the conference.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) has approved this program for 6 clock hours in the following areas:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

Music Therapy Continuing Education
The Mental Health Conference is approved for 6 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Molloy College maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This program has been approved for a total of six (6) CE contact hours  for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Tuition Rates
April 8 or at the door: $135
LINYMHCA/NYMHCA Member (please provide membership proof at check-in): $10 discount
Molloy Students: $20 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by March 16)
Non-Molloy Students: $50 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by March 16)
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge. No at the door registration, register by March 16.
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount

Please note: One discount per person.

Online registration is available by clicking here. The "At the Door" Registration fee category is listed by default in the fee listing. The other fee categories will appear once you click "Enroll Yourself" and log on. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form and follow the directions. Course number: Payment can be made by check or money order (made payable to Molloy College, by MasterCard or Visa, or by purchase order.

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by March 16. Refunds will not be granted after March 16: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.

The conference will be given in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square Building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. The campus is located about 40 minutes east of New York City by train on Long Island. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here or call 516.323.3554.

Conference Brochure
To download a brochure, click here. The conference brochure will be mailed in late January/early February. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: or by phone at:516.323.3554.

Exhibitor Information
A limited number of exhibitors will be permitted for the conference. The fee to exhibit is $400 ($200 non-profit) for the day, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Space is limited, so only 6 exhibitors will be able to attend.  Exhibitors will be provided with a 6 ft. table and one conference admission (additional admission: $50 each).  The exhibit tables will be in the lobby of the Madison Theatre (where the breakfast, all of the sessions and the morning break will be held). Please download the Exhibitor form and return it by March 31, 2016 if you are interested in exhibiting at the conference.


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters of Science program will be hosting the conference and the conference is being sponsored by the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) and the Long Island Chapter, LINYMHCA.

 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Please click here for the webpage for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact Conference Chair: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychology, Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College
Phone: (516) 323-3842

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3554