Stephanie Cellino, LMHC
Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I’d like to begin by saying, I’m not a trainer because I think I know everything about the profession but because I enjoy researching and discussing all things behavioral health. When I have the opportunity to develop trainings and present them, I am able to stay on top of our ever evolving profession and as a huge bonus, network with professionals such as yourself…it’s a total win-win if you ask me!
It’s been a long journey to get to where I am today, and I’ve grown tremendously through each professional experience. Every career change has given me a new perspective and appreciation for the Mental Health and Addiction Fields, and I look back with pride. My involvement in Behavioral Health began when I started working in the school setting assisting children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Here I learned the importance of consistency, trust, and being authentic. After graduating with my Bachelor’s in Health and Human Services, I was a case worker for MICA individuals at an independent living home. Working here sparked my interest to better understand co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis. Upon earning my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure University, I was lucky enough to obtain a position where I provided counseling to folks in recovery at an independent living rehabilitation home. My empathy and respect for these individuals grew everyday while assisting with medication management and activities of daily living. While preparing for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam, I was fortunate to obtain a position in a Buffalo Public School working alongside the passionate professionals that give their all to the children and families in our community. Providing therapy to children grades Pre-K to 8th was equally as rewarding as it was challenging and opened my eyes to the many ways children internalize and deal with trauma, mental illness, and daily stress. Most recently, I gained experience as a Clinical Trainer, working with, and learning from, some of the best adult educators in the Buffalo area. I really thrived creating presentations and delivering them to my peers, it kept me on my toes that’s for sure. But, I needed more to be able to give more…
So here I am, taking a huge leap of faith. This decision came with valued encouragement from my family, friends, and past training attendees. My huge leap of faith is 716 CEU, and I am so thrilled to be on this journey with you. Every training you enroll in helps make my dreams a reality and I cannot thank you enough for that!
What I do:
- Research, Create & Present the most Up-to-date, Evidence Based Trainings that aim to build awareness and generate a Trauma-Informed Approach.
- Provide captivating activities and materials to assist with keeping learning fun and engaging.
- Treat every learner with respect, regardless of field experience or credentials, because making a difference in the lives of others has nothing to do with career status.
- Answer any questions you might have about the services we offer. I am happy to help. Please reach out, there’s no such thing as a dumb question!
Emily Schaffstall, LMSW
My name is Emily Schaffstall and I have always had a passion for helping others. In 2017 I graduated from UB with my bachelors degree in Psychology and Health & Human Services with a minor in Counseling. In 2020, I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work. My personal interests include enjoying life’s simple pleasures such as being in nature and spending time with my friends and family. I believe humor can help to heal and sarcasm is a second language. I currently work at Child and Family Services and have been in the field for about a year and a half. I have been fortunate to work with people in all walks of life and found meaning in supporting them through their good and difficult days. My goal is to give others the chance to feel heard and seen. Life is tough and we are all resilient. Sometimes, people just need a little push. I believe that knowledge is power. The more information we have, we can make more informed decisions; both personally and professionally. I am eager to spread knowledge as this field continues to evolve and change over time. My hope is to not only teach you, but to learn from your personal experiences as well. We are a team!
What I do:
- Create and present on topics that are of value to the learner and the client, using evidence based research.
- Incorporate interesting activities and relevant materials to help keep engagement up throughout the training.
- Educate and learn from participants in our trainings by taking the time to collaborate with each other.