Workshops: Child/Adolescent Mental Health

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Assessment and Differential Diagnosis of Children

ID: 5654

This two-day workshop seeks to enhance the clinician's ability to diagnose child mental disorders accurately and comprehensively. We will address two major topic areas: 1) the key factors in accurate assessment, including developmental perspectives, the use of multiple data sources and standardized assessment tools; and 2) major diagnostic categories, including disruptive behavior, reactive attachment disorder and early character dysfunction in children. The workshop will include didactic presentation and case-centered group exercises. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring sample vignettes that illustrate diagnostic difficulties and puzzles. It is suggested that participants bring a copy of the DSM-5, if possible.

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

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Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019 and Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Attachment Theory: A Helpful Framework for Understanding and Intervening with At-Risk Children and Their Families

ID: 5653

Secure attachment has been found to be associated with better social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of children. Maternal sensitivity is thought to be a major contributor to the development of a secure attachment. This workshop with provide participants with an introduction to Attachment Theory and its relevance to clinical practice with at risk children and their families. Important contributors to attachment theory, as well as their research will be reviewed, including John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, and Harry Harlow. More recent research on attachment and neurobiology, particularly by Alan Schore will be discussed. Participants will learn about the importance of sensitivity in fostering a healthy parent-child relationship, thereby laying the foundation for future mental health. Participants will learn to evaluate parent-child interactions within the context of sensitivity, and will learn strategies to improve parental sensitivity. Cultural issues and their impact on parenting and sensitivity, as well as implications for the therapist-client relationship will also be discussed.

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

Instructor: Colleen Daly Martinez, RPT-S, PhD, LCSW,
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Child Interviews: Understanding the Ins and Outs

ID: 5001

There is a world of difference between conducting adult and child interviews. A different skill set is required to be effective with each age group. This workshop is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the art of interviewing young children. Participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of how the childs brain functions and what particular strategies can be utilized to build rapport and elicit information from children in a non-threatening way.

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

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Instructor: Debbie Mann, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
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Complex Trauma in Children

ID: 5661

Exposure to multiple traumatic events early in life within the context of the caregiving system can have profound and long-lasting impacts. These experiences affect how people experience others and react to events, and often lead to dysfunction in a variety of ways: problems in establishing stable relationships; problems managing emotions; problems controlling behavior; and problems in planning and following through on plans. The difficulties typically go beyond the basic criteria for PTSD. Often, these children do not have narrative memories for the events that occurred. If the problems they present are not understand as reactions to complex trauma, the interventions chosen to address them are not helpful and the children often fail in the many systems they enter. This workshop will provide an overview of what constitutes complex trauma, the ways in which individuals with these histories are impacted, as well as a discussion of how understanding these issues can make our interventions more successful.

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

Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Dealing With Angry Students and Tantrums Effectively

ID: 5061

It seems each year we are faced in dealing with more and more students who are getting angrier and angrier. Why are our students angry? How do we deal with students when they are annoyed, frustrated or otherwise irritated? What works and what does not? In this informative workshop we will attempt to briefly look at the context that seems to foster these students. Then, and most importantly, we will look at practical and simple tools that can be used immediately to decrease the incidents of tantrums and angry behaviors within the school, mental health and home setting. The goal of this workshop will be to supplement your existing tools with others you can quickly implement when working with these students during their most challenging states.

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

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Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Mercer County Family Support Organization
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Dealing with Challenges When Working with Parents and Families

ID: 5607

Whether you're an educator, CST member, administrator or mental health professional you share one thing in common-dealing with difficult parents and families. All of us have experienced problematic, unproductive, and/or uncomfortable interactions with parents/families. Whether it be issues of defensiveness, "my child does no wrong," noncompliance, or just plain hostile parents, it can place an incredible hurdle and stress on your job duties. So what can you do? In this workshop learn effective, practical tools, geared to help productively tailor your interventions around the most common types of challenging parents/families.

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

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Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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Ethical Issues in the Schools

ID: 5819

This workshop will examine current ethical issues facing school social workers, guidance counselors, and teachers. Topics to be included are alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, mental health issues, confidentiality, risk and resiliency, and strategies for dealing with parents and administrators. The workshop will also explore how helping professionals in schools can help families access help for their children while maintaining ethical boundaries. Specific case examples will be discussed, including rights of non-custodial parents and students who are 18 years old but still under parental care. 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, Ethical

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Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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Legal and Ethical Issues in Child/Adolescent Mental Health

ID: 5655

This workshop will outline the legal and ethical requirements in providing mental health services to children and adolescents. The first half of the workshop will set out the legal framework as defined by relevant statute and case law. This segment of the workshop will devote particular attention to the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and their applicability within various treatment settings. The second half of the workshop will focus on handling and resolving the ethical dilemmas that may arise in the treatment of children and minor adolescents with particular attention to confidentiality issues. *This workshop does not qualify for NBCC clock hours in ethics.

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

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Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Let's Talk About Opposition in Adolescence

ID: 5663

Opposition in adolescence has become synonymous with oppositional defiant disorder. This view of opposition as a disorder is limiting and puts adults in conflict with youth. This workshop will focus on discussing the need to see opposition on a continuum. Participants will identify and discuss their personal constructs about oppositionality in adolescence. They will explore my construct of opposition as advocacy and power expression in adolescence which facilitates the youth's development of a healthy sense of self and purpose that will equip them to transition into a healthy, productive, and satisfying adulthood. Participants will discuss the importance of focusing on the caregiver-adolescent relationship and using relational interventions.

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

Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Friday, January 17, 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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Normality or Pathology: An Exploration of Child Development and Mental Health

ID: 5650

Where does normality end and pathology begin? This question is especially pertinent for clinicians working with children whose developmental stage has a tremendous impact on their current level of functioning. This workshop will explore the interrelationship between children's developmental stages and interpersonal functioning with peers and within family relationships. Participants will move along developmental lines, from separation anxiety to separation and individuation, and explore what separates "normal" child developmental struggles from extremes in behavior indicative of a range of mental health issues. Participants will also explore age-appropriate treatment approaches.

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

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Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM C
390 George St., 3rd floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today

ID: 5659

Play is the language of the child. Attempting to assess and treat children in a primary talk therapy modality can be difficult for the client and the clinician. Play therapy is growing in popularity in the mental health professions, and is recognized as an effective means of addressing many developmental and psychological issues of children and adolescents. In this workshop, play and art techniques for assessment, intervention, and termination in individual, group and family therapy will be presented through lecture, experientially, and through case discussion. The presenter will discuss what the most basic play therapy materials needed are and provide cost-effective strategies for making or obtaining the basic tools. Participants will leave the workshop prepared with the information, enthusiasm, and confidence to start using play techniques immediately. APT Approved Provider 11-300 Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

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

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Instructor: Colleen Daly Martinez, RPT-S, PhD, LCSW,
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Care Plus NJ
610 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ

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Psychopharmacology with Children and Adolescents

ID: 5652

A comprehensive psychiatric assessment is crucial for determining the appropriate use of psychotropic medications as part of mental health treatment of children or adolescents. This workshop explores the basic classes of psychotropic medications, their indications for use, and their common side effects. The insights provided in this workshop are pertinent to all clinicians working with children on psychotropic medication. This knowledge enables good collaboration among mental health professionals and strengthens the client-clinician relationship.

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

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Instructor: Megan Maroney, PharmD, BCPP
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Treatments for Child and Adolescent Disorders

ID: 5657

This two-day workshop addresses current treatment models for child and adolescent disorders. Topics include: 1) similarities and differences across the major models of intervention, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral approaches; 2) the use and modification of standardized, evidence-based treatments (EBTs) to fit individual case presentations; and 3) specific interventions for the most common child and adolescent diagnoses, including disruptive behavior disorders (ADD, OD, CD), depression, anxiety disorders and PTSD, child and adolescent bipolar disorder, and emerging character dysfunction. The workshop will include didactic presentation and case-centered group exercises. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring sample case material that illustrates treatment difficulties or impasses.

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

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Instructor: Janis Falvey
Date: Monday, October 21, 2019 and Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Screen Smart Counseling: A Media-Age Guide for Therapy

ID: 5733

During the last two decades there have been profound sociocultural shifts in how we use and experience technology. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate ways to effectively navigate and utilize technology and social media in clinical practice with adolescents and young adults and to teach mental health professionals and parents how to work with rather than against it. Background information on Generation Z will be presented to strengthen mental health professional’s ability to build therapeutic rapport with the adolescent population. Tools to assess technology usage and screen for risk as part of a bio-psycho-social assessment will be shared. Mental health professionals will also gain creative in-session technologically-based intervention strategies to use with their clients, and foster their abilities to effectively guide parents in the age of technology and social media. This workshop will help you develop more mindful, productive, and responsible consumers of media.

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

Instructor: Kristin Biri, DSW, LCSW
Date: Monday, February 24, 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 Assessment and Treatment of Transgender Adolescents and their Families

ID: 5493

Most clinicians who work with teenagers are likely to encounter a young person who reports that they do not believe that their actual gender conforms to their biologically assigned gender. These adolescents and their families present unique challenges and thus require unique assessment and treatment. This workshop will provide an overview of the assessment and treatment of transgender adolescents. Ethical concerns and controversies will be explored. Also, the current Standards of Care will be reviewed and made available to participants. Experience with this population is not required, but please bring an open and curious mind.

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

Instructor: Russell Healy
Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Understanding Child Development Through a Cultural Lens

ID: 5670

The challenges that children face while growing up are largely impacted by their environment. It is important to understand this environment through the "cultural looking glass". This workshop will help participants recognize, identify and compare children's developmental issues within the framework of culture and focus on different aspects of early development as markers of a child's progress.

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

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Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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