October 2021

Cornerstones Staff Selected to Present at NATSAP Northeast

Arien N LisonMarketing & Outreach Coordinator, Cornerstones of Maine

Cornerstones is proud to announce that several of our staff members have been selected to present at the NATSAP Northeast Regional Conference taking place on October 5-6, 2021 in Newport, RI. The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society’s need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families.

Stages of Change: A Psychodynamic Conceptualization of Young Adult Transition Work

Presented by Joshua Altschule, Psy.D. and Jacob Gelles, Psy.D.  

At Cornerstones we incorporate many theoretical models into our integrated treatment approach, such as cognitive- behavioral work, trauma work, psychodynamic treatment, and motivational interviewing. In this presentation, Dr.

Altschule and Dr. Gelles utilize the lens of psychoanalytic development to illustrate the typical path that a resident takes through the course of treatment at Cornerstones of Maine.

This model considers the presenting behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and internal world of the resident and provides recommendations for therapeutic action and approach. The model is based on observations made by Dr's Altschule and Gelles and the therapeutic team at Cornerstones of Maine over the last five years of treatment provided at Cornerstones. They hope the model will serve as a guide for further exploring the psychoanalytic approach with young adults and a helpful resource for treatment considerations.


Frisky Business: The Importance of Comprehensive Sex Positive Education for Emerging Adults in Transitional Care

Presented by Lacee DeLorey and Gwen Tuttle, MSW, LCSW

We will explore the importance of comprehensive Sex Positive Education for emerging adults in transitional care. Sex Positive Education seeks to engage young adults through inclusion, reduction of shame and stigma, and promoting buy-in. The incorporation of Sex Positive Education into transitional programs supports individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and can positively impact clinical work in the areas of trauma, exploitation, and depression. The information covered in Sex Positive Education supports healthy relationships and reduces sexual activity within the programmatic milieu. We will discuss concepts including enthusiastic consent, forms of protection, basic anatomy, and dismantling social-sexual constructs.


Flow: Inducing Autotelic States to Increase Well-being in  Emerging Adults

Presented by Ashley Moore, MA, LCPC-C
Ashley Moore invites you to think of a time when you were completely and utterly "in the zone." A time when you were so immersed in what you were doing, time seemed to stop. Perhaps it was when you were about to score a goal in your soccer game. Or maybe it was while you were completely immersed in playing your guitar. Ashley’s presentation engages you to explore this state of being, which psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990) calls "flow state," and the ways in which it relates to increased well- being and overall life satisfaction. Specifically, she discusses the ways in which flow state is particularly relevant and important for emerging adults and how it can be utilized in therapeutic settings as a point of intervention. The presentation will expand beyond simple discussion and definition of flow state and will include pragmatic suggestions for assisting clients in accessing the experience during both preferred and non-preferred activities. After all, we could all do with a little more focus, fulfillment, and flow in our life.