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

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Instructor: Judith Parnes, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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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

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Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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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

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Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
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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

Instructor: Melissa Chalker, MSW
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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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 Clinical

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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
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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

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Instructor: Judith Parnes, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
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Elder Justice for All

ID: 4392

Over 10,000 baby boomers will be turning 65 every day for the next 17 years and 1 in 10 will be a victim of elder abuse thus creating 1,000 victims a day! To address this ethical dilemma and human rights issue, multiple stakeholders gathered to create the Elder Justice Roadmap. As professionals and advocates, it is increasingly important that we familiarize ourselves with this roadmap and assess how we can participate no matter at what level of practice we serve - micro, mezzo or macro. This workshop will help professionals outside of Adult Protective Services envision a roadmap to elder justice through lecture, discussion and group exercises and explore what we can do to meet the goal of elder justice for all. Social work ethics will be compared to the Adult Protective Services' Code of Ethics in demonstrating how the roadmap may be interpreted among professions. *This workshop does not qualify for NBCC clock hours in ethics.

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

Instructor: Ted Alter, Dr.
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 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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End-of-Life Issues

ID: 1103

Professionals working with clients at the end of their life are dealing with a powerful and complex process. This workshop will address the topic of "What is dying well?" (physically, emotionally and spiritually) and the religious and cultural differences that play a role in this. Other topics include how to empower caregivers in the end-of-life situation, advocacy for the client, grieving rituals, and how to help clients with the planning of the funeral.

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

Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ

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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

Instructor: Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW
Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
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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Ethics Essentials in Geriatric Care

ID: 1124

Participants will learn to recognize ethical dilemmas in both every day and biomedical situations, especially those dilemmas commonly arising in geriatric care, and will practice methodologies for ethical decision-making. Topics will include ethical principles and values, best practices for advanced directives, weighing benefits and burdens, substituted judgment, ethics committees, and the NJ POLST: Practitioners Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments. 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

Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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Ethnogeriatrics: Working with Older Adults of Various Cultures

ID: 1023

Understanding of an older adult's culture is essential to effective work with them and their family. In this workshop participants will learn about different cultures in New Jersey and the values and beliefs that shape the behavior of these elders. Specific beliefs regarding health, illness and aging will be addressed. The workshop will focus on the barriers older adults may have in accessing and using public social services and programs. Culturally sensitive approaches and skills will be presented and practiced.

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

Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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Growing Old Together: Aging and Family Caregiving

ID: 3009

This workshop explores the aging process as it impacts the functional ability and cognition of individuals with developmental disabilities. Particular attention will be paid to the cumulative impact of a shared aging trajectory between many adult children with developmental disabilities and their parents. Participants will be engaged in an interactive examination of current trends in health care, service systems, caregiver supports, and end-of-life issues particular to persons with developmental disabilities and their family members and caregivers.

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

Instructor: Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
335 George Street, 3rd Fl. , New Brunswick, NJ

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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

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Instructor: Carolyn Bradley, PhD, LCSW, LCADC
Jennifer Dunkle, PhD, MSW
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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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: Tuesday, May 12, 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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Medical Aid in Dying: The Basics

ID: 1139

In August of 2019, the NJ Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (MAID) took effect. MAID allows an adult New Jersey resident, who has the capacity to make health care decisions and who has been determined to be terminally ill, to obtain medication to self-administer to end their life. This workshop will examine the details and ethical implications of the law for both patients and providers. We will explore the roles that social workers, care managers and others may play as patients seek to access medical aid in dying. These roles could include capacity evaluations, assistance in finding providers participating in MAID, counseling on end-of-life care alternatives, witnessing documents, and attending deaths. We will also review the data on assisted dying in Oregon, which may help to guide our own work.

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

Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Thursday, August 20, 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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Memory Care Innovation: Practical Tools, Tips, Techniques and Approaches

ID: 1161

Step into the world of Memory Care. This interactive workshop will offer participants the opportunity to gain a better understanding of dementia. Practical and person directed approaches to caring for someone with dementia will be shared. Participants will learn how to apply behavioral analysis methods to understand and effectively manage dementia related behavioral expressions utilizing non-pharmacological approaches. Engaging with and celebrating the uniqueness of persons with dementia at all stages will be highlighted throughout the day.

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

Instructor: Marcy Salzberg, LSW
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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Practical Case Management with Older Adults

ID: 1004

Case Management practice is based on two important principles. The first involves respect and support for independence. The second involves the principle of using the least restrictive alternative in helping clients with lifestyle changes. You will learn practical skills such as: 1) making realistic plans with the client; 2) determining the frequency and nature of client contacts needed to implement the case plan; 3) using existing support systems; 4) addressing cultural and ethnic factors; 5) ongoing assessment; 6) networking effectively with other agencies; 7) clarifying respective roles; and 8) scheduling case management time and case recording.

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

Instructor: Judith Parnes, LCSW
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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Promoting Wellness in Older Adults

ID: 1126

Whole-person wellness depends on at least seven dimensions: physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, environmental, social and intellectual. This workshop addresses each of these primary dimensions of wellness and provides strategies for maximizing wellness through the aging process. Purpose, mindfulness, and activity programming will be among the specific topics for discussion.

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

Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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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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

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Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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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: Friday, April 3, 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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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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The Secret Life of Hoarding

ID: 1130

According to the International OCD Foundation (IOCD): "Hoarding has been a hidden disorder for many years and before the early 1990?s, there was little research on topic." Increased awareness with hoarding, throughout the lifespan, has occurred due to clinical issues such as unhealthy living conditions that impact individuals, families, and communities. This workshop, will concentrate on the older adult who meets the criteria of Hoarding Disorder as per the DSM 5. Participants will practice skills in working with the older adult who meets this criteria as well as identifying strategies for family members who are involved with an older adult who is diagnosed with this disorder.

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

Instructor: Robin Wiley, LCSW
Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
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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The Silver Wave: Medication Use in Older Adults

ID: 1133

Over the next 25 years, it is expected that individuals greater than 65 years of age will become 20% of the US population. The impact this population shift will have on our social, healthcare, and safety net systems is immense. And, as the US population lives longer, drug therapy, the most common modality to treat, cure, prevent, and palliate disease, will only become more prolific and complex. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the most common classes of medications used in older adults. Indications, contraindications, drug interactions, and safe handling of select agents will be reviewed using case-based teaching strategies. By the conclusion of the workshop, each participant will be able to identify medication red flags during a client home visit and implement steps to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes.

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

Instructor: Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 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

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Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
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Understanding and Improving Relationships in Later Life

ID: 1090

Relationships in older adults are varied, rich and complex. The quality of these relationships has an enormous impact on the coping ability of clients and their caregivers. Providers of treatment are often drawn into interpersonal dynamics that evolve from complex family histories and depleted caregivers. In this workshop, aging trends, developmental theories, and treatment issues related to late life relationships will be explored. Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of these dynamics on the care of clients in community and medically based settings. Solutions to assisting clients and their family members in their interactions with one another while they face treatment issues, illness, addiction, death, grief and loss will be offered. Opportunities to assist clients who are seeking peace and resolution in their relationships will also be discussed.

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

Instructor: Donna Gapas, LCSW
Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ

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