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Continuing Education & Professional Development

The Department of Professional Counseling offers continuing education and professional development opportunities for current students, alumni, and community professionals. Events are facilitated by the department, as well as by their active alumni organization Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC). This website contains information about upcoming offerings, ongoing initiatives, and credentialing.

For more information and questions please contact Lisa Himelman, Director of Professional Development and Special Projects, at 732-923-4572 or lhimelma@monmouth.edu.

Upcoming Events

CAC Third Annual Current Topics in Counseling Conference

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Monmouth University Pozycki Hall (400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ)

Fees: $125 for Professionals* | $100 for MU Alumni, MU Employees, & Field Placement Supervisors | $30 for Current Students (registration fee includes a continental breakfast, catered networking luncheon, and CE certificate)

*Professional Group Rate available – register 5 or more attendees for $100 per person.

6 CE hours

Program Description:

The Current Topics in Counseling Conference provides timely and important information relevant to the counseling field. This full-day event will feature a keynote address on The Necessity of Interpersonal Relationships to Thrive in the Digital Age: A Call to Action for the Counseling Profession by Diana Hulse, EdD, LPC, NCC, followed by six workshops over morning and afternoon sessions on a variety of subjects. The luncheon will include networking opportunities with mental health agencies as well as a poster session to showcase current students’ research with Professional Counseling faculty and peers.

Cultural Sensitivity Serving LGBTQ+ Clients: Practical Guidelines for Medical and Helping Professionals

Collaboration with MU School of Social Work & MU School of Nursing and Health Studies

Registration for this event is closed. Please check back for future workshop offerings!

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Monmouth University Wilson Auditorium (400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ)

Fees: $30 for General Community seeking CE hours | $20 for General Community not seeking CE hours and MU Alumni | Free for Current MU Students (registration fee includes a light dinner and CE certificate)

2.5 CE hours

Program Description:

This multidisciplinary program will explore ways for individuals, teams, and organizations to improve the service and care provided to LGBTQ+ communities through culturally affirming practices. Research demonstrates that LGBTQ+ patients experience barriers to healthcare and discrimination in treatment. The presenters will highlight the need and explore ways to provide inclusive environments and a client centered approach.

Social Services Career Fair

Collaboration with MU School of Social Work and MU Career Services

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 1 -4 p.m.

Location: Monmouth University Student Center, Anacon Hall (400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch)

No charge for this event.

Join us for this networking event featuring social service organizations from across New Jersey. Opportunities for internships, jobs, and resume building will be available. Open to MU current students and alumni. A full listing of participating organizations and the day-of schedule will be available by February 2020.

 

CAC “From Our Own” Presentation on Medical Trauma: Emotional Implications and Crisis Intervention

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Monmouth University Edison Atrium (400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch)

Fees: $20 for MU Alumni and Professionals | Free for Current Students (registration fee includes a light dinner and CE certificate)

2 CE hours

Presenter: Alison Kulick, MS, LAC, NCC, 2019 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Graduate

Program Description:

Traumatic medical events such as a medical illness, diagnostic, or therapeutic procedure can have a myriad of emotional consequences which include, but are not limited to, PTSD, chronic anxiety, panic attacks, and an avoidance of having necessary medical procedures done. Medical crises can take on many forms, and the topic of medical trauma is not something that is frequently addressed despite the repercussions and negative mood states associated with the events. One example of a medical crisis that is not often brought to the forefront is the need to live with a colostomy or ileostomy, whether it be as a result of cancer or refractory intestinal disease. The stigma and embarrassment associated with having to wear a bag can greatly add to the challenges already being faced and can result in a negative body image, isolation, or even self-harm. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss some of the physical and psychological challenges associated with medical traumas in addition to therapeutic interventions which may help mitigate the emotional suffering associated with these profoundly distressing scenarios. The presenter, with willingness to be explicitly honest about her own personal ostomy experiences, will recast thought patterns and consequently allow for ostomies to be portrayed in a more positive, less stigmatized light.

Registration for this event is forthcoming. Please continue checking this website for further information.

Photo of S Kent Butler presenting at 2018 Counseling Conference at Monmouth University

Credentialing Information

For LPCs/LACs:

Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For Social Workers:

In accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44G-6.4(c)5, LCSWs may obtain continuing education from courses and programs offered at a regionally accredited institution.

For NJ Alcohol and Drug Counselors:
In accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:34C-5.4(b)1, Alcohol and Drug Counselors may obtain continuing education from courses or programs approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Please note: Credit requirements and approvals vary by state board regulations. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine what providers/programs their licensing board accepts.

If a participant would like to express a concern about their experience with Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling, they may call or email Jessica Burkholder at 732-571-3570 or jburkhol@monmouth.edu. Although we do not guarantee a particular outcome, the participant can expect us to consider the complaint, make any necessary decisions and communicate with the participant within one week.

Photo of audience at 2017 Counseling Conference at Monmouth University

Photo of presentation titled Counseling and Criminal Justice