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 are 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).

Saturday Seminars 2017-2018

September 9th – The Choice of Lovingkindness. Jeannie O’Neill, M.Ed.,  an experienced educator, mindfulness, meditation and yoga instructor will assist in showing us how we can choose the path of Lovingkindness every day. Metta practice can help with stress reduction, cultivating ease and tapping into joy even in times of upheaval.  Jeannie is the Director of Education at the Finger Lakes School of Massage and has a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Contemplative Pedagogy.

October 7th – 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. (

November 4th – 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. (

December 2nd – 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.  

*January 13 – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHERCareer Advisement for Women in Transition with Ryan Marchenese, an academic and career advisor now working at Cornell University. Ryan 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. *Note: Seminar for this month only, is the second Saturday instead of the first.

February 3rdLegal Process of Separation and Divorce. Chuck Guttman of Guttman & Reiter will provide an overview exploring the differences between mediation, collaborative law and litigation as paths to divorce.

March 3rd – Parenting Through Separation and Divorce. Laura Ward, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will discuss the challenges involved in co-parenting.   Helping your children to acclimate to the changes in the family structure is crucial to their ongoing success.  Please join us for an insightful discussion of ways to make this process go smoothly, in even the most challenging situations. 

April 7th – Creating Financial Security Post Divorce: Demystifying the Process. Brendan Wilbur, Financial Counselor at Alternatives Federal Credit Union, will be back by popular demand to offer information and suggest resources to enable women to achieve their own financial security and independence.

May 5th – “Fix it” – Toolbox for Home and Vehicle. John Tilitz is a carpenter and long-time home builder. John offers empowerment to women by providing thoughtful tips and encouragement for maintaining your home.  Learn what ‘must have’ tools you need and how to use them.

Saturday Seminars will resume in September