Workshops: Gerontology

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Advanced Care Planning

ID: 1102

In this workshop participants will learn an advanced approach to care planning, including the setting of measurable goals and outcomes. The planning process with the older adult client (and his/her family) with regard to advance directives will be discussed and participants will be given the opportunity to complete an advance directive. Artificial feeding, dementia and palliative care issues will also be addressed. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC clock hours.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Judith Parnes, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Aging and Spirituality: Meaning in Later Life

ID: 1159

There are many dimensions of spirituality that are important to us at mid-life and beyond - from traditional religious practices to values, connections, purpose, gratitude, forgiveness and life review. In this workshop we will consider the broad range of American spirituality and how we can help clients identify or create meaning at a stage of life that often serves up many changes and challenges. Attention will be given to the LGBTQ community and other groups who may have particular concerns. This workshop is well suited to private clinical practice and also to those working in senior centers and other fields.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Social/Cultural

Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Aging: Policy and Economic Considerations

ID: 1006

This is the second of the two-part basic workshop, which provides the foundation and contextual information for understanding the older adult population (Aging: The Human Process is the first part). This workshop addresses those segments of the population which are at risk, such as ethnic and racial minorities and women, and how their status affects their lives as older adults. Basic information regarding the economic status of the older adults, including work and retirement as well as social and health care policies and programs will be discussed. Experiential exercises will be used to demonstrate the interactions and interplay in these various areas.

Fee: $275.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 15.00 Social/Cultural

Instructor: Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW
Date: November 18, 2019 / November 25, 2019 / December 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
390 George Street, 3rd floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Aging: The Human Process

ID: 1001

These three sessions provide the foundation and context for understanding older adults clients. They will address the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the older adults as seen from the perspective of the professional working with and relating to adults in late life. Changes occurring in normal aging will be contrasted with abnormal, dysfunctional changes. Please Note: This workshop provides the basic knowledge about the aging process that is essential knowledge for all gerontologists. MSWs who took a gerontology course as part of their masters program may request a waiver. Please call 848-932-8758.

Fee: $275.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 15.00

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Instructor: Richard Stone
Date: October 1, 2019 / October 8, 2019 / October 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
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Assessment of Older Adults

ID: 1003

An accurate and comprehensive assessment is crucial in determining the nature and course of helping interventions and achieving goals, which improve the quality of life for elder clients. You will learn to develop a framework for assessing older adult clients with consideration of cultural and age differences. Different types, purposes and applications of assessments given under various auspices will be distinguished. You will become familiar with various data collection instruments and will be able to differentiate between dysfunctional and normal aging. Risk factors that need specialized assessments will be identified.

Fee: $225.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 10.00

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Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 and Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
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Common Health Problems and Medication Use with Older Adults

ID: 1024

This workshop will provide an overview of common health problems in the older adult population, such as malnutrition, dehydration, skin conditions, cardio-pulmonary disease, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, diabetes and pressure ulcers. Participants will learn to identify the symptoms of these health problems, so as to better help the older adult find medical treatment. Also, common medications, their side effects, and risk of interaction will be part of this workshop. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) clock hours.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Ingrid Holm, BSN
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Communicating with Older Adults

ID: 1005

In this workshop you will learn methods used to communicate effectively with the older adult. The principles of active listening, the importance of reminiscing, and ways of dealing with older adult with sensory impairments, which often accompany the aging process, will be discussed. You will learn how to deal with the emotional response that some have to life's losses, such as status, mobility, finances and death of friends and family.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Eileen Doremus, BA, CSW
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Coping with Functional Loss and Environmental Changes

ID: 1002

This workshop focuses on the impact of functional losses and environmental changes experienced throughout the aging process and the varied coping responses that are possible. Attention will be given to productive and unproductive coping mechanisms. The impact of demographic factors (gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status) on the use and results of various coping strategies will be examined. Interventions which help aging adults cope with functional losses and environmental changes will be emphasized.

Fee: $225.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 10.00

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Instructor: Melissa Chalker, MSW
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 and Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Depression and Suicide in Older Adults

ID: 1060

Depression and suicide in older adults are major public health issues requiring greater attention in the United States as well as other countries. Whereas suicide attempts are more common among adolescents and young adults; older adults show the highest overall suicide rates. Older adults are the fastest growing demographic and depression is often unrecognized as well as untreated among this vulnerable population, leading to potentially greater proportions of suicide. In this workshop, participants will review the signs and symptoms of depression in older adults and identify key risk factors for depression and suicide. Diagnostic evaluation tools and potential treatment options will be explored with practical tips and resources.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Danielle M Micale, MHA, LNHA, CTRS, CDP, CAD
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Elder Abuse: Strategies to Recognize, Prevent and Report Abuse

ID: 1125

As the older population continues to grow, there is increasing evidence of mistreatment, or abuse, against older people, from family members, caregivers or others who tend to the needs of those who are most vulnerable. In this workshop, participants will learn of the various types of abuse commonly found where elders are the victims. There will be discussion as to what can be done to prevent becoming a victim of elder abuse and what families and loved ones can do to protect their older relatives from becoming vulnerable prey to this form of mistreatment. Participants will also receive current information on mandatory reporting laws when elder abuse is suspected.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Judith Parnes, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Ethical Dilemmas for Administrators and Managers

ID: 1151

In running their programs and organizations, Senior Service Administrators/Managers strive to promote a caring, respectful and compassionate culture for the clients they serve on a daily basis. In order to deal more successfully with difficult people, confidentiality concerns, issues of cultural diversity, and considerations of individual capacity, this workshop will deal with approaches to ethical dilemmas that produce the best outcomes, conflict resolution and mediation strategies, interpersonal communication skills, and a culturally competent model of decision-making that is respectful of individual values and traditions. This workshop is available individually or as part of the Topics In-Depth packages. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) clock hours in ethics.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Ethical

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Instructor: Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Ethical Dilemmas in Working with Older Adults

ID: 1036

This workshop will present valuable information to professionals working with families who have an elderly relative. Participants will learn practical methods to identify and analyze ethical dilemmas arising in the care of older adults. The principles of ethics and ethics theory will be discussed as well as moral issues surrounding topics such as: decision-making capacity, informed consent, surrogacy issues, advance directives, promising comfort and care, withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment, and the role of ethics committees. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) clock hours in ethics.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Ethical

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Instructor: Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
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Ethical Issues of Care with Older Adults

ID: 1134

This workshop will focus on decision making capacity and tensions between personal values, the NASW Code of Ethics, and ethical principles, when working with cognitively compromised older adults. Participants will have the opportunity to apply learned skills in weighing the risks and benefits of actual case scenarios. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC clock hours.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Ethical

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Instructor: Ted Alter, Dr.
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Legal Issues and Planning

ID: 1013

This workshop will provide an overview of important legal issues affecting older adults. You will learn about the laws affecting decision-making capacity including financial durable powers of attorney, advanced directives, health care proxies, and guardianship. Using interactive case studies, the workshop will focus on ethical considerations in the context of providing services to clients with diminished capacities. Along with an overview of Medicare and Medicaid (including Medicaid eligibility), the workshop will provide a broad-based understanding of home and community-based services with a focus on New Jersey's "new" Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program. You will also learn about the rights of residents in nursing homes and assisted living. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) clock hours in ethics.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Ethical

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Instructor: Gwen Orlowski
Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
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LGBT Older Adults: How Sexual Orientation Influences the Aging Experience

ID: 1140

This workshop will examine how sexual orientation influences the aging experience. It will provide participants, through a combination of video, lecture and discussion, an opportunity to explore the aging experience through the lens of LGBT older adults. Content for this workshop includes definition of terms, exploration of health disparities, examination of policy issues influencing the community and a discussion regarding creating a more welcoming experience for the community when accessing services.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Social/Cultural

Instructor: Carolyn Bradley, PhD, LCSW, LCADC
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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LGBT+ Older Adults: Best Practices for Providing Culturally Sensitive Services & Supports

ID: 1132

All social workers and counselors must be better prepared to work with an increasingly diverse and growing aging population. This workshop will focus on aging and the LGBT+ community. Findings from research have led to the creation of specific competencies and strategies for providing culturally sensitive services to this sub-population. This workshop will explore reasons the LGBT+ older adult sub-population is an at-risk and largely invisible group. It will also review how to engage with and provide culturally sensitive services to LGBT + older adults.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Social/Cultural

Instructor: Jeanne Koller, PhD, LCSW, CEAP
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Managing Family Dynamics in Caring for Older Adults

ID: 1160

Older adults are living longer lives. As they age, however, they may need increased supports from family members. This workshop will explore the multiple dimensions of family responses to caring for an aging relative, including the challenges of potential sibling conflict and the role of marital partners and grandchildren in providing care for an elderly family member. Through the use of case examples, this workshop will identify family patterns and present interventions that can help social workers provide strategies to families so they can develop a working relationship and course of action in the care of their older relatives.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Linda Meisel, LCSW
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Mercer County Family Support Organization
3535 Quakerbridge Road (IBIS Plaza) Suite 400, Hamilton, NJ

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Older Adults, Disasters and the Service Providing Agency

ID: 1118

Older adults are disproportionately impacted by disasters in terms of their psychosocial and economic losses, injuries, and even death. Service-providing agencies will be called on for an increase in their usual services, and additional assistance related to the disaster. This workshop will help agencies who serve older adults to work through various types of adverse conditions, and increase their capacity help older adult clients navigate through the disaster's impact. Participants will learn emergency management and disaster basics with emphasis on impact to older adults, how to bolster their disaster resilience, how to organize the agency to respond to the event through continuity of operations (COOP) planning, conditions when a COOP might be implemented, and the steps needed to develop a COOP plan. This workshop is offered in collaboration with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

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Instructor: Mary Goepfert, LSW, MPA, APR, CPM
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Psychiatric Vulnerabilities in Older Adults

ID: 1101

This workshop will review the common symptoms of major psychiatric illnesses and how they may manifest themselves in the older adult. This will include affective disorders, particularly depression, as well as anxiety disorders and substance abuse. We shall also review Psychotic disorders and the Personality disorders that are exacerbated in the aging process. The interface between common medical conditions, prescription medications and psychiatric problems will also be addressed.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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Resources for Older Adults

ID: 1153

Are you challenged by locating services and benefits for older adults? If so, this session is for you. As an individual who works with the senior population, you may need additional knowledge about federal, state, county and community resources that will enhance the quality of life for this segment of the population. This session will provide information on seeking resources and an overview of resources such as financial, health, housing, nutritional, and recreational programs. You will also learn the importance of networking and the elements of making effective referrals. Participants will actively engage in discussion to share resource information.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Rethinking Therapeutic Approaches with Older Adults

ID: 1131

Most therapeutic approaches assume all adults are the same regardless of where they are in the lifespan. However, we know that older adults are a distinct population with specific needs and challenges. This workshop will provide a brief historical perspective of best practices used with older adults with and then focus on new knowledge that addresses the mental health needs of the older adult population. We will also discuss the various mental health and behavioral concerns uniquely experienced by older adults.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Robin Wiley, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Basic Elements and Skills Necessary for Effective Volunteer Management

ID: 2002

This two-day workshop focuses on the elements and skills which are necessary to ensure a well run, productive volunteer program. As the manager of a volunteer program, you will learn to: 1) create a pro-volunteer environment in your organization; 2) design meaningful roles for volunteers which help accomplish the organizational goals; 3) develop strategies for recruiting volunteers; 4) interview, screen and train volunteers; 5) apply management techniques to the supervision of volunteers; and 6) evaluate and recognize volunteers.

Fee: $225.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 10.00

Instructor: Linda Meisel, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Understanding and Empowering Caregivers of Older Adults

ID: 1091

Older adults are living longer and longer lives. However with longer life, the need for significant support increases. Caregivers are increasingly called upon to provide the necessary supports to keep an older adult functioning - often for a period of years. A key aspect of effective work with older adults is understanding and supporting the difficult and important role of their caregivers. This workshop will explore the many dimensions of caregiving for older adults including the challenges and rewards of caregiving from an emotional, physical, and financial perspective. Caregiver burnout, coping patterns and long-distance caregiving will be covered. You will also learn strategies and resources for supporting caregivers.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00

Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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