march, 2020

The Upstanders

10mar7:00 pmThe UpstandersThe Ridgefield Playhouse

Event Details

A FREE event for the community. Call The Ridgefield Playhouse box office at 203.438.5795 to reserve your tickets.

The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together to create systemic change.

Appropriate for ages 13 & up.

Q&A following the screening with Dan Villiers, Ph.D., Scott Trefny, LPC, LMHC, and Anthony Silver, MS, MA, LMFT, BCN, QEEG-D


Dan Villiers, Ph.D.
One of the nation’s leading interventionists, Dr. Dan Villiers has educated, motivated, and inspired more than 800 families to pursue treatment for their children with acute anxiety, OCD and trauma. At the forefront of developing specialized anxiety treatment programs for school-aged children, Dr. Villiers co-founded the Anxiety Institute, a Greenwich-based organization offering an Intensive Day Program for anxious adolescents and young adults, and Mountain Valley Treatment Center, the first non-hospital residential anxiety program in the United States. “Having struggled with debilitating social anxiety and panic disorder throughout high school and college,” said Dr. Villiers, “my life has been dedicated to raising awareness about the widespread impact of anxiety, reducing the shame of those suffering from anxiety disorders, and eliciting commitment for treatment.”

Scott Trefny, LPC, LMHC
Scott Trefny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut. He has over 25 years of experience expertly treating adolescents and adults with Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, and other difficulties. Scott has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment programs with teens, adults, and psychiatric inpatient settings serving people with diverse diagnoses and backgrounds. Scott is an expert at engaging clients (even reluctant teens) in the process of therapy and change. Scott has strong interpersonal and clinical skills that create a trusting partnership. He is both energetic and goal-oriented with a genuine passion for client-centered mental health care.

Anthony Silver, MS, MA, LMFT, BCN, QEEG-D
Anthony Silver is the founder and executive director of Gray Matters, the regions’ leading center for functional brain imaging and neurofeedback. Anthony is a highly experienced psychotherapist, and is board certified in both neurofeedback and functional brain imaging (qEEG). He is one of only a handful of clinicians in the U.S. awarded Diplomate status by the International QEEG Certification Board.

Anthony has played a pioneering role in the integration of functional brain imaging (qEEG) in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, making Gray Matters a regional center for treatment and research. Under his direction, Gray Matters has made over 10,000 brain recordings, showing the distinct functional profiles of a range of issues, from ADHD, Anxiety and Concussion, to the profound effects of emotional trauma on measured brain function.

He has successfully treated thousands of children and adults with both neurofeedback and psychotherapy. He has been a guest lecturer at various universities, been published in numerous publications and he has made many appearances on TV. He assisted in the development of the Network Injury Index; a revolutionary brain imaging tool that allows for the accurate assessment and tracking of concussion.

Anthony is the author of Making the Invisible Visible (available mid 2020), which describes how functional brain imaging radically changes our approach to diagnosis and treatment. He is also a contributing author in Dr. Audrey Paul’s 2020 book: Concussion – Your Game Plan to Recovery.


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm


The Ridgefield Playhouse

80 East Ridge, Ridgefield CT 06877


The Ridgefield Playhouse

Phone: (203) 438-5795 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield CT 06877

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