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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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    Programs for Fall 2016

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

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

  • 2  Suffering in Silence: Working with Pregnant, Post-Partum, and Child Rearing Populations and the Challenges They Face -  Thursday, November 03, 2016

    3  Stepping Into Self-Care: Bringing Mindfulness into Your Practice -  Monday, November 07, 2016

    4  Keys to Handling a Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure -  Thursday, November 10, 2016

    5  Improving Communication Regarding End-of-Life Decisions -  Friday, November 11, 2016

    6  Managing Self in the Clinical Process -  Friday, November 18, 2016

    7  Trauma Informed Recovery -  Thursday, December 01, 2016

    8  Incorporating Social Media into the Whole Person Assessment -  Tuesday, December 06, 2016

    9  School Reentry for Students Diagnosed with Cancer -  Thursday, December 08, 2016

    10  Veterans, PTSD, and Managing Anger -  Monday, December 12, 2016

  • Suffering in Silence: Working with Pregnant, Post-Partum, and Child Rearing Populations and the Challenges They Face

    Thursday, November 03, 2016

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Cultural Competence CEUs

    When working with clients of child bearing age, social workers are often presented with unique challenges and concerns. Pregnant, post-partum, and child rearing populations can often feel isolated in their struggles or overwhelmed by how child bearing has exacerbated pre-existing conditions. This workshop will address post-partum depression, addiction, fetal demise, domestic violence, legal issues, homelessness, and other pertinent problems that cause stressors in expectant women and child rearing clients.

    Dana Silvey-Zacharczyk, MSW, LSW, ACM, C-ASWCM,  is a Monmouth University BSW & MSW Graduate who has been a field supervisor for Monmouth students over the past 10 years. During her 13 years of Hospital work she has gained experience with children, adolescents, & adults in an Acute setting. She has been helping women during pregnancy and follows Postpartum to address concerns facing this population for the past 7 years. Mrs. Zacharczyk is recognized by NASW as a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager and holds a National accreditation by the ACMA for hospital specific case management.

    Stepping Into Self-Care: Bringing Mindfulness into Your Practice

    Monday, November 07, 2016

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    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. Education Committee and on the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Trauma Informed Care Workgroup.

    Keys to Handling a Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure

    Thursday, November 10, 2016

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202B

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical CEUs

    In our effort to be good social workers, create a safe space and have an open dialog with the children we work with in schools, addictions, hospital, and community based settings we may find ourselves engaged in difficult conversations where sexual abuse is disclosed. This experiential workshop will cover crucial factors in handling a disclosure and challenge your level of comfort necessary to become that trusted “tell able person.” The focus will be on understanding the victim/survivor perspective.

    Linda Fischer Hopkins, MSW, LCSW, ACSW,  was previously employed by Ocean Township and the Family Growth Program (Catholic Charities) when they administered the Monmouth County Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention Program as a Sexual Abuse Prevention Educator and group facilitator. She is also the prior chairperson of the Monmouth County Sexual Abuse Coalition and active participant on the Prosecutor's Task Force on Sexual Abuse and its initiative "It Happens to Boys Too.”

    Improving Communication Regarding End-of-Life Decisions

    Friday, November 11, 2016

    The Club at Magill Commons, Rooms 107 & 108

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    Co-sponsored with the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies Center for Professional Development in Nursing and Health

    5 Clinical CEUs

    This workshop is designed to provide health care professionals with a better understanding of the complex decision making process that is involved in the planning of end-of-life care. The instructors will explore and review end-of life care choices such as hospice, palliative care and advanced directives. The patients’ perspective will be presented, highlighting research on “The inner life at the end of life,” life reviews and attitudes toward death. Participants will engage in a simulated medical decision process and analyze different types of advanced directives. The goal will be to facilitate patient centered care and shared decision making through effective communication and planning. Course objectives include: Examining the complexities surrounding end-of-life care including different levels of care, types of proxy and advanced directives; Discussing ethical issues faced by healthcare professionals in providing care during the dying process; Reviewing challenges faced by families and caregivers as they honor patient wishes in end of life decisions; Evaluating strategies to maximize patient autonomy; and, Facilitating communication about end-of-life decisions.

    Kristen Coppola, Ph.D.,  Certificate in Gerontology, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology and Service Learning Faculty Fellow, hospice volunteer. Research focus on end-of-life decisions, hospice care, and developing innovative pedagogical techniques to effectively teach undergraduates about death and dying.

    Christina McSherry, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Associate Professor, Academic Coordinator, BSN Program, Areas of research include: End of life issues, The Inner Life at the End of Life, and Quality of Life for Aides and Cancer Patients & Their Caregivers.

    Sue Polito, MSN, ANP,C, GNP,C,  Specialist Professor Nursing and Service Learning Faculty Fellow whose interests include pain management in adults related to chronic illness; gerontology; palliative care; and end of life issues.

    Managing Self in the Clinical Process

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Ethics CEUs

    Although clinical work can be emotionally and physically draining, the good news is, it doesn’t have to be. By looking at patterns of anxious reactivity from a broader family systems perspective, an individual can gain greater self-awareness and increase the ability to choose more thoughtful responses within work and family systems. This workshop addresses the value of recognizing one’s own reactivity in the clinical process and better managing it in order to be more of a resource to clients. Bowen family systems theory will be the framework in which these ideas will be presented. The first half of the workshop will be a mixture of lecture, video excerpts, and discussion. In the second half, there will be the opportunity to assess and identify markers of anxiety and emotional reactivity and discuss how these ideas apply to one’s clinical work.

    The Princeton Family Center for Education, Inc.,  (PFCE) (, a nonprofit educational institution teaching Bowen family systems theory to professionals, organizational leaders, and members of the general public. Courses and training programs are offered annually during the academic year and are held in the Princeton, New Jersey area. The fundamental assumption of this body of knowledge is that the human and the human family are a part of all nature on our planet. With knowledge from the natural sciences and an understanding of patterns of emotional forces that exist in all life forms, the concepts of Bowen theory guide thoughtful choices and responsible actions. Thus, Bowen theory provides the opportunity for principled direction for higher functioning for the individual, the family, and the organization.

    Trauma Informed Recovery

    Thursday, December 01, 2016

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical CEUs

    It had long been thought if a client has a substance abuse disorder and has been a victim of trauma the therapist must treat the addiction first. However, today it is clearly understood that these two issues are often intertwined and must be treated together or the client will be set up to fail in their recovery process. Studies have shown that the rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among patients in substance abuse treatment are often as high as 59% for women and 39% for men. But those statistics are often considered low due to the reluctance many trauma victims have to acknowledge their abuse. Studies also show most substance abuse counselors are not well trained in working with mentally ill patients, let alone PTSD clients specifically. This suggests that there is a large population being unidentified and underserved. This workshop will address the connection between substance use and trauma. How to assess for PTSD symptoms, PTSD treatment, and how PTSD treatment may conflict with standard recovery treatment will all be explored.

    Martine Kieffer, MSW, LCSW,  presently runs a private practice in Glen Ridge NJ. She has spent many years working at Integrity House Substance abuse rehabilitation facility. While working with Integrity house she identified an unrecognized population, that of the traumatized client who was struggling with sustained recovery due to untreated PTSD symptoms. Martine also brought her trauma work to Hudson County Correctional facility where she worked with over 60 inmates helping them heal their past trauma while attending substance abuse programs while incarcerated.

    Incorporating Social Media into the Whole Person Assessment

    Tuesday, December 06, 2016

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical CEUs

    Many clinicians feel the best way to deal with social media in their clients lives is to ignore it all together. But what if there were ways to harness its power and impact for positive change? This workshop will discuss different forms of social media and how they influence a client's self-esteem and socialization. While safety concerns and bullying will be addressed, the primary focus will be on the positive influences of technology as a means of support and networking. Through group activities, videos, other technology, and discussion the workshop will be an interactive learning experience. Participants will learn about social media available as a resource for clients such as meditation apps, online support communities, and blogs.

    Colleen Neiman, LCSW, LCADC, CDP,  graduated NYU with her MSW in 2006 and has been working for the last ten years with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently Colleen is a social worker on a voluntary 30 patient behavioral health unit as well as working providing psychotherapy in peoples' homes. Colleen has completed post graduate studies in Paliative and End of Life Care and Addiction at NYU and certificate work in Dementia treatment.

    School Reentry for Students Diagnosed with Cancer

    Thursday, December 08, 2016

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 107

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


    3 Cultural Competence CEUs

    The word “cancer” invokes many reactions, biases, and behaviors which may complicate a student's return to school. With the proper awareness of the unique challenges these students face social workers can ease the transition back to school and help to create a supportive environment of growth. This workshop will focus on medical issues, school accommodations, and school reentry program ideas that address school personnel and classmate adjustment concerns while opening communication about cancer. Demonstration resources will cover elementary grades through high school.

    Linda Fischer Hopkins, MSW, LCSW, ACSW,  was previously employed for 10 years as a pediatric oncology social worker, as a prevention educator for the Monmouth County Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention Program (offering programs to local school districts) and as a school social worker in the Matawan Aberdeen school district.

    Veterans, PTSD, and Managing Anger

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 107

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    5 Clinical CEUs

    The most common reason veterans enter treatment is related to their discomfort with their anger. It is a problematical behavior that the veteran has little insight into. PTSD anger interferes with every area of the veteran’s functioning, from occupational problems and interactions in the community, to family life and parenting. Traditional anger management programs do not usually assist the veteran with understanding the link between trauma, the combat experience and anger. This workshop will explore this link and explain how understanding it is critical to managing anger and improving functioning.

    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.