Workshops: Child/Adolescent Mental Health

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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: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Thursday, August 6, 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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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 child's brain functions and what particular strategies can be utilized to build rapport and elicit information from children in a non-threatening and effective manner.

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

Instructor: Debbie Mann, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, West Entrance, Suite 101, Parsippany, NJ

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Children's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

ID: 3034

This workshop will focus on a variety of related topics, including: differential diagnosis of disability and mental illness, adapting treatment supports to better serve those with developmental disabilities, and integrating behavior intervention strategies with mental health treatment.

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

Instructor: Philip Smith, PhD
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 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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Communicating With Adolescents: Speaking Their Language

ID: 5029

When parents and helping professionals try to start a conversation with adolescents, they often get one-word answers or no answers at all. Many families and helping professionals struggle to understand how adolescents think and feel and how to get adolescents to respond. Participants will learn strategies and techniques to engage adolescents and to help families learn how to talk to their adolescents about difficult topics and get the adolescents to talk back.

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

Instructor: Debbie Mann, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, West Entrance, Suite 101, Parsippany, NJ

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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

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Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
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Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Date: Wednesday, June 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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Cutting, Self Mutilation, and Suicide

ID: 5002

Despite the seemingly growing rate of self-injurious behavior across all cultures, particularly among adolescent and college populations, therapists and other helping professionals often fail to ask direct questions to their young clients about the origin of unusual injuries. Others are often left feeling frustrated by those who repeatedly injure themselves and resort to responses such as "they're just doing it for attention" or misinterpret the behavior to mean that the individual is suicidal. It is not enough to focus on symptom reduction such as putting ice cubes on arms instead of cutting. As professionals we must focus on deeper, more long lasting change. This workshop explains the underlying dynamics such as affect regulation, control/punishment, alexithymia, and self-capacities/ invalidation. Participants will learn what each of these is and be able to explain them. Participants will also participate in learning concrete relaxation and breathing skills that can be utilized for their own affect regulation when dealing with such emotionally charged issues.

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

Instructor: Debbie Mann, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, West Entrance, Suite 101, Parsippany, NJ

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Dealing With Angry Students and Tantrums Effectively

ID: 5061

It seems each year we are faced 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 reactions in 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 school, mental health, and home settings. The goal of this workshop will be to supplement your existing skills with new tools you can quickly implement when working with these students during their most challenging states

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

Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Tuesday, July 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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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

Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 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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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

Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
1690 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ

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Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, 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

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Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, July 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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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

Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ

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Principles of Differential Diagnosis in Adolescents

ID: 5651

Diagnosing mental disorders in adolescents can pose special difficulties. The clinical presentations of certain important disorders can differ from what is typical in adulthood and be harder to differentiate from normative development. At the same time, factors that complicate diagnosing adults--for example, the effects of medical problems or substance abuse-also complicate diagnosing adolescents. Further, particular medical and psychological interventions impact adolescents differently than adults. This comprehensive two-day workshop will review current knowledge about how selected mental disorders (mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, early onset schizophrenia, and others) should be diagnosed in adolescence. The workshop focuses on diagnosis, not treatment techniques; research on the efficacy of current treatments for adolescents will be reviewed when relevant.

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

Instructor: Janis Falvey
Date: Monday, May 4, 2020 and Monday, May 11, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, West Entrance, Suite 101, Parsippany, 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

Instructor: Megan Maroney, PharmD, BCPP
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ

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Instructor: Megan Maroney, PharmD, BCPP
Date: Thursday, July 23, 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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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

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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
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Instructor: Kristin Biri, DSW, LCSW
Date: Monday, August 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

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Instructor: Russell Healy
Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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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

Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ

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