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.

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

Instructor: Judith Parnes, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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 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: Monday, October 9, 2017
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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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: December 5, 2017 / December 12, 2017 / December 19, 2017
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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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: $250.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 15.00

Instructor: Richard Stone
Date: October 18, 2017 / October 25, 2017 / November 1, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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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

Instructor: Maggie Auer, LSW
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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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Bioethical Decision Making: Considerations for Advanced Planning

ID: 4145

As the American health care system grows more complex, there is a growing public awareness of the need for advance planning involving end of life decisions. Conflicts among health care professionals, patients, families and payors are almost inevitable given the growing number of choices available, particularly when it comes to terminal prognoses and death. Participants in this workshop will learn of the controversy surrounding the living will, the use of the out-of-hospital do not resuscitate orders, and legal considerations of capacity that impact the individuals right to voluntary decision making. Issues of voluntary versus involuntary approaches to ethical decision making will be explored using clinical examples. *This workshop does not qualify for NBCC clock hours in ethics.

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

Instructor: Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Stonegate - Highland Park
443 River Road, Highland Park, 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: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, 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: Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW
Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
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 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

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Instructor: Joe Snyder, MA
Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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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

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Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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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

Instructor: Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, 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

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Instructor: Robin Hoffman, M.Div, ThM
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Generation Silent -- Addressing Aging in the GLBT Community

ID: 1113

The generation who fought for LGBT rights, who brought the conversation of sexual orientation out of the closet are now battling discrimination on 2 levels: aging and orientation. As clinical staff we are called to understand, appreciate and engage with seniors who have womanned and manned the front lines of the fight for sexual orientation acceptance. This workshop will address the process of growing up gay, coming out, family dynamics, community and healthcare awareness or lack thereof. Participants will explore their own values, attitudes and beliefs about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and begin to integrate and assess the impact of these issues on aging individuals and their families. Topics addressed include affirmative and inclusive language, best practice considerations, aging-specific issues and sexually inclusive interviewing. Social work ethics will be reviewed and emphasized as a foundation for working affirmatively with clients. 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 Clinical, Social/Cultural, Ethical

Instructor: Tracey Post, LCSW
Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Monroe
395 Schoolhouse Road , Monroe Township, NJ

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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

Instructor: Gwen Orlowski
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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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Navigating Through the Continuum of Care for Older Adults

ID: 1110

To be an effective health care professional requires the skills to be able to assess and determine what options will best meet the basic needs of the older adult and their family. This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of the wide range of services available in the community to meet the needs of older adults and their families. The range from in-home services to those provided by health care facilities will be explored. Participants will learn the specific differences between the many options keeping in mind that the care plan must also reflect the client perspective while promote independence and quality of life.

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

Instructor: Aishani Patel, LCSW
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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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: Monday, October 9, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Sex and Seniors: What Every Professional Needs to Know

ID: 1050

As people live longer and healthier lives, understanding sexuality and the aging process becomes an integral part of everyone's practice. This workshop will address common myths about sexuality in the latter part of the life cycle, and look at the natural changes in sexual desire and response. Also highlighted are the more prevalent physiological changes which affect sexuality, treatments options for various sexual challenges, and most importantly, how to discuss these issues openly, directly, and comfortably with clients.

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

Instructor: Tracey Post, LCSW
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Stonegate - Highland Park
443 River Road, Highland Park, NJ

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The Next Frontier: Community Models and Alternative Approaches to Working with Older Adult Clients

ID: 1157

Research asserts that the older adult population in the United States is growing dramatically and choosing to remain in their homes as they age, prompting human service professionals to meet a variety of physical and psychological needs of older adult clients through community based programs. This workshop will discuss the attributes of three older adult community models: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs), aging in place, and aging friendly. Attendees will become versed in the terminology associated with each community model to be able to effectively navigate each community system. In addition, this workshop will provide research on the benefits of alternative approaches to working with older adult clients in the community. The workshop will include an in-depth discussion and resources specific to animal assisted therapy, an often overlooked resource. Interview excerpts conducted with animal handlers will be provided to demonstrate the benefits of animal assisted therapy with clients as well as strategies to integrate alternative approaches within a practitioners intervention care plan for older adult clients. Occupational therapy, music therapy and art therapy will also be touched upon, and information provided as to where to turn to get more information for your clients.

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

Instructor: Analeah Green, PhD
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Cancer Care
275 Seventh Avenue, 22nd Floor , New York, 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, "The Secret Life of Hoarding" 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: Judeth Wesley, RN, LCSW, LCADC, CPS
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Stonegate - Highland Park
443 River Road, Highland Park, 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: Eileen Doremus, BA, CSW
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parker at Stonegate - Highland Park
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