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


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    Programs for Fall 2017

    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.

  • 1  Clinical Supervision  -  Fridays, October 20, 27, and November 3

    2  Understanding Teen Dating Violence -  Monday, October 23, 2017

    3  Motivational Interviewing: Inviting and Acknowledging Change Talk -  Friday, November 10, 2017

    4  The Opioid Epidemic: Understanding and Treating Addiction through a Trauma-Informed, Public Health Lens -  Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    5  Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Community Violence on Clients -  Friday, November 17, 2017

    6  The Ripple Effect: Addiction’s Impact on Family Systems -  Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    7  Energy Psychology  -  Thursday, November 30, 2017

    8  Politics, Ethics and Social Work -  Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    9  Addressing Internet Addiction: A Meaning-Centered Approach -  Monday, December 11, 2017

    10  Military Culture for Social Workers: Effectively Serving Those Who Serve Us  -  Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Clinical Supervision

    Fridays, October 20, 27, and November 3

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 108

    9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


    (30 minute assignment completed independently satisfies all 20 hours of post-graduate coursework)

    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-Super storm 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.

    Understanding Teen Dating Violence

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Edison 201 (Atrium Wing)

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Cultural Competence CEUs

    Teen dating violence is a common health issue that can have a devastating effect on a teens’ life. Studies show that approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional, verbal, abuse from a dating partner-a figure that far exceeds victimization rates of other types of violence affecting youth. In this workshop, participants will learn: how to define and recognize teen dating violence; gain an understanding of the rates of incidents of teen dating violence and the impact on them; will review childhood development theory and how development is impacted by victimization; and obtain resource information on prevention and intervention.

    Monique Pearlman, MSW, LSW,  received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Rutgers University with a specialization in Children and Families. Monique is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Monique has 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults, focusing on domestic abuse and sexual violence. She also has extensive experience working with issues ranging from anxiety to trauma, PTSD, relationships, grief, self-esteem and coping with every day stress. Monique is highly knowledgeable with violence against women in the area of interventions and trainings. She shares her expertise by facilitating a workshop for Rutgers University, Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) certification program. Monique was a coordinator for a violence prevention program for 10 years where she developed and presented violence prevention curricula. She is a certified school social worker and a strong advocate for the rights of domestic violence and sexual violence survivors.

    Motivational Interviewing: Inviting and Acknowledging Change Talk

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    Edison 201 (Atrium Wing)

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical  CEUs

    Seeking an advanced level of Motivational Interviewing training? This workshop offers a hands-on experiential learning approach with ample opportunity for role-plays, discussion, and case conceptualization. Participants will leave with an advanced knowledge of tangible clinical interventions to be utilized with clients, targeting collaboratively identified problem behaviors. Participants will learn how Motivational Interviewing's emphasis on change talk makes it unique. Additionally, they will learn tangible skills for eliciting change talk with their clients, helping them to gain and enhance motivation towards making meaningful behavioral changes.

    Bernard Showers, LCSW, CAADC,  has worked in substance use treatment since 2005. After obtaining his CAADC in 2012, he was asked to participate in an international cut-score study for the IC&RC due to scoring in the top percentage internationally on the exam. He was nominated to be a National Consultant in the VA for Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Since that time he has successfully led two groups of Licensed Independent Practitioners from throughout the country to successful completion of the objective completion criteria. He co-led national trainings for Motivational Interviewing for the VA in February 2015 in New Orleans, LA and has participated in the development and facilitation of a local one day workshop with six months of follow up consultation for Baltimore VA LIP's and students. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

    The Opioid Epidemic: Understanding and Treating Addiction through a Trauma-Informed, Public Health Lens

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical  CEUs

    The opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc on our clients, families and communities. In the last year alone, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and approximately 2.1 million used them for the first time. As the trauma-informed care movement in our country continues to grow traction, there is an increasing awareness of the connection between early childhood adversity, chronic, traumatic stress and addiction. This workshop will equip clinicians with an understanding of a trauma-informed approach to addiction and provide skills and tools for treating the symptoms associated with addictive behaviors in clients. A public health lens will be used to frame current thinking on systems level approaches for working with clients who struggle with addiction.

    In the last year alone, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and approximately 2.1 million used them for the first time (SAMHSA, 2015). Around 33,091 people died from an overdose on opioids and 15,281 of those were attributed to prescription opioids while 9,580 were attributed to synthetic opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). The bottom line is that the opioid epidemic is a public health crisis of massive proportion, costing our country around 78.5 billion dollars per year (SAMHSA, 2015).

    Kirby L. Wycoff, Psy.D., NCSP,  holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the APA approved Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, a Masters of Education in School Psychology from the NASP approved training program at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lehigh University. Dr. Wycoff completed her pre-doctoral training at an APA-approved internship site focusing on clinical and school related practice for children and families exposed to trauma and adversity. She completed a two-year post-doctoral clinical fellowship at the same site, focusing on trauma informed assessment and interventions as well as creating trauma informed school systems and community organizations. While there, she also developed and implemented a multi-year, longitudinal research study utilizing Animal Assisted Interventions for Traumatized Youth. As a result of her interest in trauma and adversity, as well as her interest in considering these community-based challenges from a prevention lens, Dr. Wycoff is currently a student in the Masters of Public Health Program for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine, with an expected graduation date of 2019.

    Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Community Violence on Clients

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical  CEUs

    Trauma has sometimes been defined in reference to circumstances that are outside the realm of normal human experience. Unfortunately, this definition does not always hold true for the clients with whom we work. For some, trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience, especially community violence. The results of trauma and community violence can influence and compound our clients’ difficulties. This training provides an overview of trauma and community violence and explores the impact the two phenomena have on clients. The training is also designed to give professionals tools to addressing the residual effects of trauma and community violence with their clients.

    Jennifer R. Jones, PsyD, LPC,  is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. Dr. Jones is the Associate Director of Mental health for the Adolescent and Young Adult populations at Riker’s Island. Additionally, she facilitates trainings and workshops for Juvenile Probation and Correction Officers and professionals around the country in order to spread knowledge about the impact of trauma and mental health issues on youth involved. Dr. Jones is an active participant with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), and has held positions on the state and national boards of The Association of Black Psychologists, where she continues to advocate for the mental health needs of the Black community. Dr. Jones’s research interests focus on the disproportionality of Black students receiving exclusionary discipline in school systems and issues of the over representation of Black youth in the juvenile justice system. She has presented her research at national conferences such as the American Psychological Association, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Jones co-authored a chapter on classroom management for the International Handbook of Student Achievement and has published articles concerning Black students and school discipline.

    The Ripple Effect: Addiction’s Impact on Family Systems

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical CEUs

    Addiction not only impacts the using individual, but the entire family. In this interactive course participants will focus on the family systems from which addiction is present. Origins of substance use and abuse, including compulsive gambling behaviors, will be traced and discussed along with family roles in the addicted household. Factors that contribute to addiction such as biological, environmental, and developmental influences will be examined across the life span and how this ripple effect impacts generations of families. Enabling behaviors of family members will be discussed along with support and treatment for those who want to improve the future of their family members.

    Joanne Arnold-Velcheck, LCSW, LCADC, CTTS, DRCC,  obtained a BA from Georgian Court College and an MSW from Monmouth University. She has been working with the addicted and the co-occurring populations for over a decade. She has received further training and certification on treating tobacco dependence. Mrs. Arnold-Velcheck also has extensive training and experience with counseling compulsive gamblers. Currently, Mrs. Arnold-Velcheck is the Director of Addiction Services for AtlantiCare Behavioral Health in Atlantic County and has a private practice in Ocean County.

    Energy Psychology

    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical CEUs

    Energy psychology addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior and health. These systems include electrical activity of the nervous system and heart, meridians, chakras, biophotons, biofields, etc. Although psychological functioning involves thought, emotions, chemistry, neurology, genetics and environmental aspects, at an essential level bioenergy is also involved. This workshop will address the effects of anger and forgiveness. We will review some forms of energy psychology such as Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom technique, Pranic Healing, meditation and Superbrain yoga. These tools typically help move people through their issues quite rapidly and are a great addition to your skill set.

    Debbie McCann-Call, MSW, LCSW,  received her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition, she has training in such areas as Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Pranic Healing, Integrative Eye Movement therapy, just to name a few. She has worked with clients of all ages. Debbie currently has a private practice in Middletown, NJ, supervises LSW's and teaches workshops. Debbie began her training in Pranic Healing back in 1998. She has found it to be invaluable with clients as well as in self-care. Debbie facilitates free meditations in Red Bank and other locations. Debbie was on the Board of NASW-NJ for 5 years and is currently the Chair of the Monmouth/Ocean Unit.

    Politics, Ethics and Social Work

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Carol Affilitto Conference Room

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Ethics  CEUs

    We cannot pretend that our work is not political. We aim for specific results within specific policy contexts, and we work for social change within a political system. Yet it is hard to imagine how to keep our professional commitment to social justice in the current, polarized political climate. How do we ethically advocate for clients as programs and services are impacted by politics? How do we keep politics from coming between ourselves and our clients? How do we work ethically for social change? This workshop will explore micro, mezza and macro social work practice and define ethical politics for social workers.

    Mary Lou Killian Searles, PhD, LCSW,  holds a PhD in public policy and an MSW in clinical social work and has long grappled with how to live in the land where politics and social work overlap. 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.

    Addressing Internet Addiction: A Meaning-Centered Approach

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical  CEUs

    Research has revealed problem behaviors in relation to technology use, particularly involving the internet. Dependence upon internet usage can result in behavioral characteristics akin to addiction; excessive use, negative impact on an individual’s life, and an inability to reduce or discontinue usage even in the face of causing harm. Research in human behavior has also found links between exposure to new technologies and changes in personality, specifically reduction in the ability to relate to others. This workshop will look at the evidence of internet addiction; internet addiction as a business model resulting in a moral vacuum; issues of depersonalization and diminished communication skills; and technology induced changes in behavior. Therapeutic approaches addressing internet addiction, under the umbrella of Franklian-focused Meaning-based Therapy, include Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy and Behavioral Therapies.

    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.

    Military Culture for Social Workers: Effectively Serving Those Who Serve Us

    Friday, December 15, 2017

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Cultural Competence  CEUs

    The United States military has been an all-volunteer force since the 1970s. Less than 2% of the age appropriate population volunteers to serve and defend the country. This workshop will discuss some of the common reasons that people enlist or get commissioned into the military, the transformation process from civilian to service member, and conversely, how one goes from service member to Veteran.

    Using a variety of short film clips, participants will hear from service members and veterans about their experiences in the military - from how they cope with the nightmares of war and boredom of deployment, to common mental health concerns, substance use and abuse issues, and risk factors for PTSD. Participants will learn questions to ask, answers to listen for, and supports to use when working with members of the military.

    A common refrain from service members and veterans is “civilians don’t understand us.” The goal of this workshop is to increase civilian understanding.

    Patricia Spencer, LCSW, MSW,  has 20+ years experience working in various settings including with Veterans, families and children and adults with serious mental illness. Currently, she has a private practice in central New Jersey providing intensive in community therapy to youth and their families and traditional office based psychotherapy and clinical supervision. Over her career, she was worked in various milieus, including as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, as a case manager with PACT and ICMS, as a psychiatric screener in a local emergency room, as a supervisor with a CMO, and as a clinical supervisor in a call center serving military service members, Veterans and their families.