Professional Education

Professional Conferences

Lyme Connection is especially proud of the relationship we have fostered with medical and mental health practitioners, researchers, health directors, educators and ancillary professionals. We are always looking for opportunities to build on the body of knowledge that improves illness prevention, diagnosis and patient care.  The Lyme Connection annual professional conferences explore one timely topic in depth.

Infectious Causes of Mental Illness: The Impact of Infections on the Brain
A Conference for Mental Health and Other Health Care Professionals
Friday, October 21, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Leir Retreat Center, Ridgefield, CT 

Registration Required- Click HERE for form

Join us for Lyme Connection’s 5th annual conference for mental health professionals on Friday, October 21st, at the beautiful Leir Retreat Center. Learn how infectious diseases can impact brain function, emotion, and behavior. Tick- borne infections such as Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia, and Strep infections will be among the infectious agents discussed with a focus on behavioral and emotional dysregulation, and neurocognitive impairments. Speakers will discuss mechanisms of brain infections, including the role of psychoimmunology, symptom presentation, and diagnostic and treatment considerations for mental health practitioners.

There is no charge for this full-day event thanks to the generous support of the Leir Charitable Foundations, the Leir Retreat Center, and the Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
Due to limited seating, registration is required.
Registration will start at 8:30 am; presentation will start promptly at 9 am. 
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Kenneth B. Liegner, MD           Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Judith G. Leventhal, PhD         Sheila M. Statlender, PhD
Charles Ray Jones, MD            Sandy Berenbaum, LCSW, BCD

This conference is for mental health and other healthcare professionals only. 
To register, email your registration form to Karen Gaudian at or fax it to Karen at 203.431.2311.
Due to limited seating, registration is based on a first come, first served basis.
For additional questions, please email Karen at
Feel free to share this information with your professional colleagues.


Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Bransfield Speaking at the 2014 Lyme Connection Mental Health Conference at Leir Retreat House

Past Professional Conferences

  • Lyme Disease and the Brain, November 2015

    Fourth professional conference for mental health practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT

  • Mental Illness in Children - The Lyme/PANS/PANDAS Connection: Nov. 2014

    Comprehensive look at the role infection plays in children with mental health and learning diagnoses.

  • Healing the Patient with Lyme: Oct. 2012

    Professional conference for Naturopaths and alternative practitioners interested in treating Lyme disease patients held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

  • Impact of Lyme on the Brain 2: June 2011

    Second professional conference for mental health practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT

  • Impact of Lyme on the Brain: Nov. 2010

    Conference for Mental Health Practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

  • Tackling Tick-borne Diseases 2: Nov. 2009

    Second event to educate health educators and public health professionals at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

  • Tackling Tick-Borne Diseases: Nov. 2008

    Symposium for Fairfield County Health Directors and Health Educators held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

Lyme Connection is proud to partner with the Leir Foundation in its effort to advance professional understanding of tick-borne diseases.