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    Continuing Education for Social Workers

    A Division of the Office of Field and Professional Education

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    All workshops located on the Monmouth University campus:

    400 Cedar Avenue
    West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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    ATTENTION SOCIAL WORK ALUMNI:

    All Monmouth University School of Social Work Alumni will receive a 20% discount for each workshop registration.

    ATTENTION ALL REGISTRANTS:

    Register for 5 or more workshops at one time and you will receive a 10% discount off the total price based on standard registration fees.

    Please Note: These discounts cannot be combined.


     


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    Programs for Summer 2016

    All Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are non-clinical unless otherwise specified.

    competence   ethics

    Look for Cultural Competence and Ethics tags to find workshops that meet special license renewal requirements.

  • 2  Ethics, Abuse, and Where Do We Go From Here? -  Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    3  Secondary Trauma & Self Care -  Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    4  Practical Ethics -  Monday, July 25, 2016

    5  Stepping Into Self-Care: Bringing Mindfulness into Your Practice -  Thursday, July 28, 2016

    6  Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT) -  Monday, August 01, 2016

    7  Clinical Supervision  -  Wednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5, 2016

    8  Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) -  Thursday, August 04, 2016

    9  Integrating Creative Arts into Clinical Practice -  Monday, August 08, 2016

    10  Addressing the Needs of Veterans with PTSD -  Thursday, August 11, 2016

    11  Promoting Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Social Workers as Allies  -  Wednesday, August 17, 2016


  • Ethics, Abuse, and Where Do We Go From Here?

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Ethics CEUs

    Whether we work with older adults exclusively, or only part of our work touches the lives of older adults, we may have found ourselves grappling with very complex ethical issues that impact the lives of the clients we serve. This is especially true if we suspect an older adult is being abused, financially exploited, or neglected. It is not uncommon to be frustrated by the alphabet soup of laws and protections that are available to us as we try to determine which may be applicable, where to report it, and what to do. In this workshop, we shall explore some of the ethical issues related to abuse, exploitation, and neglect of older adults. We shall begin with an overview of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and will then move on to decoding some of the protections and services available to our clients. The latter half of the day will be spent delving into case studies and activities where we can brainstorm about what we may be able to do for our clients when these issues come up in our work.


    Colleen Beach, MSW, LSW,  is a Specialist Professor at the School of Social Work, at Monmouth University. Her practice and teaching experience is in elder justice, hospice and palliative care, long term services and supports for older adults, practice with communities, and trauma informed care. She is a member of several organizations focused on elder justice, such as the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and the American Society on Aging. She currently serves on the NAPSA Education Committee and on the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Trauma Informed Care Workgroup.


    Secondary Trauma & Self Care

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Clinical CEUs

    Caring professionals work with children, adults and families who have been traumatized or are in serious distress. They listen to their stories and feel their pain, helplessness and loss of hope. Often this empathic engagement can lead to secondary traumatic stress. This workshop will explore the dynamics of secondary trauma and reasons why helping professionals are vulnerable. Participants will have the opportunity to identify ways to decrease susceptibility to secondary trauma and learn techniques to reduce stress and promote emotional self-care.


    Michael Cronin, PhD, LCSW,  is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Monmouth University School of Social Work and is the Coordinator for the International and Community Development Concentration. Dr. Cronin holds a PhD from Yeshiva University and a MS in Social Work from Columbia University. His research interests and publications are in international social work, health care and social policy, disaster management, social gerontology, international humanitarian law, and cultural competence.
    Dr. Cronin has volunteered with the American Red Cross in Greater New York since 1996 and currently serves as the Chapter’s representative for international disaster mental health collaboration. His work and collaboration with international colleagues as a disaster mental health leader and instructor contributed to the development of curriculum and training for several Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies around the world. He was invited in 2009 to be a Roster Member of the International Psychosocial Support Team for the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies.
    Dr. Cronin is the Main Representative to the United Nations in New York for the International Federation of Social Workers where he leads a team to raise global awareness about social issues, including aging, the family, health and mental health, social development, status of women, youth, migrants, and human rights.


    Practical Ethics

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Ethics CEUs

    Ethics. We all know the buzz words - confidentiality, conflicts of interest, boundary setting, moral imperatives, legalities. Yet we can't just decide what's ethical by what 'feels right.' So how can we decide? This workshop is practical and case-based. After reviewing some of the key frameworks suggested for defining ethical social work behavior, we apply those guidelines to both common dilemmas and case examples brought by participants. Many social work domains will be covered, including clinical work, supervision, and administration of programs or nonprofits.


    Mary Lou Killian Searles, PhD, LCSW,  has more than 30 years social work experience. She has worked with clients in programs ranging from HIV case management, forensic and outpatient mental health care, and shelter services to private practice serving individuals recovering from trauma. She has provided clinical supervision in a variety of settings and has researched and published in the area of public policy. Dr Killian Searles has taught clinical social work, field education, and political science and is currently a nonprofit administrator and an adjunct in sociology.


    Stepping Into Self-Care: Bringing Mindfulness into Your Practice

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Clinical CEUs

    Mindful self-care enhances your physical, mental, and emotional health. The act of self-care is pivotal to maintaining optimal functioning in your practice as well as what you are able to share with your clients. This workshop will explore a variety of self-care techniques and tools that support mindfulness in both your personal and professional practice with clients.


    Bailey Frumen, MSW, LCSW,  helps women break free from stress and boredom to create their ideal life. In 2012, after being physiologically and emotionally burnt out from living life like a “You Should” checklist, Bailey decided to break free and finally create a life that she adored. From the inspiration of her journey to rebuild her health and reconnect with her life, she created Life Love Roadmap.


    Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT)

    Monday, August 01, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Clinical CEUs

    This interactive workshop provides an in-depth introduction to evidenced-based, effective parenting strategies called Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT), developed by world-renowned child clinical psychological Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, director of the Yale Parenting Center. The strategies revolve around the use of positive reinforcement, antecedents, practice, and problem solving. This intervention greatly improves pro-social behavior, decreases children’s oppositional and aggressive behaviors, and increases positive parent/child interaction. Participants with learn how to utilize KPMT techniques and teach them to parents in their clinical practice.


    Danielle Perri-Gasperini, LCSW, KPMT,  has worked in the field of Social Work for the past 18 years in various settings including Community Mental Health and Schools utilizing strengths and evidenced-based approaches in clinical practice. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her MSW from Monmouth University. She is certified in Kazdin Parent Management Training through the Yale Parenting Center and facilitates PMT groups, provides PMT instruction individually to parents, as well as, provides training in PMT to fellow clinicians.
    Danielle currently serves as the Director of Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services of Monmouth County (a Partner of New Jersey State Children’s System of Care). She is a participant in the Children’s System of Care work group devoted to developing a systems review process for Children’s System of Care partners and the Utilization Management/Outcome Workgroup for the Quality Improvement Initiative. Danielle is a regular presenter at various county meetings including: Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC); police departments; school systems; county/state parks; pediatrician groups; parent groups; and local agencies.
    At CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Danielle also serves as the Manager of the Children’s Partial Care Program and oversees the School-Based Programs. She is a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid for both youth and adults and is committed to educating the community on mental health issues and eradicating stigma. She lives with her family in Fair Haven, NJ, and has been known to utilize her PMT skills with her sons!

    Joelle Zabotka, PhD, LCSW, LCADC, is an Assistant Professor at Monmouth University School of Social Work. She is the coordinator of the Clinical Practice with Families and Children Concentration within the MSW program. She is certified in Kazdin Parent Management Training through the Yale Parenting Center. Her practice, teaching and research experience is in the areas of parenting, clinical work with families and children, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.


    Clinical Supervision

    Wednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (30 minute assignment completed independently satisfies all 20 hours of post-graduate coursework)

    $325

    20 Clinical CEUs including 5 Ethics and 3 Cultural Competence CEUs


    Interested in supervising colleagues on the path to their LCSW? This interactive workshop satisfies 20 hours of continuing education credits of post-graduate course-work related to supervision. In it you will learn the responsibilities of being a clinical supervisor, identify your supervisory strengths, and explore the complex dynamics of the supervisory relationship. Special attention will be paid to adhering to ethical and culturally competent practice. You must be present for each day of the workshop to receive credit. You may take this course prior to having your LCSW.


    Scottie Urmey, LCSW, TEP,  is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified psychodramatist, and approved clinical supervisor for social workers and counselors seeking advanced licensure in NJ. Scottie’s clinical work with adults, children, and families includes inpatient, outpatient, IOP, partial hospital, community-based, and private practice settings. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Saint Peters University and her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University (’07). Scottie received the 2014 Alumni of the Year Award from Monmouth University School of Social Work and the 2014 Volunteer Award from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County for contributions made post-Superstorm Sandy. Scottie is a passionate educator and trainer, regularly presenting workshops locally and nationally and forming Psychodrama New Jersey, LLC as an institute of education as well as psychotherapy. Topics of particular interest include; clinical applications of psychodrama, clinical supervision, professional self-care & sustainability, professional ethics, clinical applications of mindfulness and environmental justice.


    Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

    Thursday, August 04, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202B

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Clinical CEUs

    In this workshop participants will receive training on how to use Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as developed by Paul Gilbert, PhD, OBE, with clients who present with high shame and self-criticism. CFT is a therapy approach that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapies, as well as Mindfulness and Acceptance Based therapies to promote change for clients. This workshop will provide an understanding of how and why the human affect regulation system functions and how practitioners can intervene in ways that assist clients in making life changes to this system, not just “thinking” changes.


    Dorothy Nappi, LCSW,  has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Sensorimotor Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. She has worked in New Jersey’s Children’s System of Care, partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs, as well as in a community mental health agency. Dorothy has extensive experience and training in treating PTSD and Emotion Dysregulation Disorders.


    Integrating Creative Arts into Clinical Practice

    Monday, August 08, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Clinical CEUs

    “Art saved me,” avowed award-winning English writer Jeanette Winterson, “it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.” The therapeutic properties and mental health benefits of creative expression are well documented. This hands-on workshop offers specific programmatic approaches and exercises for integrating a variety of creative activities, for both groups and individuals, designed to promote self-reflection, personal exploration toward greater self-awareness, goal setting and self-esteem building. The workshop will also review obstacles often present in promoting creative activity and recommend solutions to overcoming them, along with a discussion on the role of social work in arts advocacy. Workshop facilitator Dr. Lou Storey has worked with adults in therapeutic settings employing aspects of writing, poetry, journaling, drawing/painting, collage, crafts and music. He is himself an exhibiting artist and holds advanced degrees in fine art, social work, and psychology.


    Lou Storey, PsyD, LCSW, LCADC,  is a Certified Diplomate in Logotherapy. His practice, Meaningful Therapy Center, LLC, is located in Red Bank, New Jersey. In addition to his clinical practice he is an exhibiting artist, and an arts advocate. He is an executive board member of Shore House (a mental health clubhouse) and recently received a Community Award for his work at QSpot, an LGBT community center in Asbury Park where he does group facilitation, psychotherapy, and community cultural outreach.


    Addressing the Needs of Veterans with PTSD

    Thursday, August 11, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Clinical CEUs

    As the number of veterans grows, we see them and their families seeking counseling and treatment within our service community more and more. Most recently, Vet Courts are being developed in recognition of their unique needs. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are two of the primary issues impacting the behaviors of veterans and affecting families. This workshop will provide information on what is known about the causes of PTSD and TBI. We will review the cause of the behaviors commonly exhibited, and the Four Symptom Clusters related to the diagnosis of PTSD. This workshop is aimed at those social workers who work in community service settings and the legal system. Understanding these unique needs will increase counseling and treatment effectiveness.


    Charles Wuth, LCSW,  has more than 30 years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields and is a veteran. He taught Social work and the Military Family at Monmouth University as well as conducted workshops on veteran’s issues for social workers. Mr. Wuth has been active in veteran issues over the years. He has been involved with a number of committees with in the State of NJ related to the needs of veterans.
    For the past three years, he has worked at the Lakewood Vet Center, the counseling arm of the Veterans Health Administration, as a Readjustment Counselor. The center provides individual and group counseling to Veterans, and veteran families, on clinical issues related to Post Traumatic Stress, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Bereavement, and Military Sexual Trauma.


    Promoting Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Social Workers as Allies

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    $98

    5 Cultural Competence CEUs

    In this workshop, a postcolonial feminist social work perspective will be used to analyze the impact of oppression and resistance on the mental health of refugees and immigrants. Strategies for social workers to become stronger allies to immigrants and refugees as a way of contributing to mental health promotion will be discussed.

    The risk factors for poor mental health outcomes stem from interlocking forms of anti-immigration racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and dehumanizing polices and discourse, manifested in 1) the 2016 presidential candidates’ campaign rhetoric and proposed policies, 2) U.S. immigration policies of detention and deportation that harm families, women, children and transgender individuals, and 3) patriarchal global economic oppression. In response, immigrants and refugees engage in courageous acts of individual and collective resistance; it is these acts of collective empowerment that promote mental health.

    Social workers can play a role in the mental health promotion of immigrants and refugees by leveraging our privilege as U.S. citizens and/or documented U.S. residents to act as allies. We can do this by supporting immigrant and refugee families and the organizations they are part of, by confronting harmful policies, practices and discourse, and by increasing our own knowledge and awareness and sharing that with our that personal and professional networks.

    Participants will increase their knowledge of the connection between mental health, anti-immigration racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism as reflected in two key U.S. immigration policies of family detention and deportation. Participants will discuss, increase, and share their knowledge of individual and collective resistance of immigrants and refugees across dimensions of social identities such as race, gender, sexuality and class. Participants will share their ideas and strategies of the variety of ways in which they can act as allies to immigrants and refugees.


    Anne C. Deepak, PhD,  is an Associate Professor at Monmouth University School of Social Work. Her practice, teaching and research experience is in the areas of diversity and social justice, anti-racism education and practice, postcolonial feminist social work theory and practice and international and community development. She currently serves as a member of Council on Social Work Education’s Women’s Council.