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A look at Media, Misogyny, and the "Consumption" of Women

ID: 4201

This workshop invites participants to take an in-depth look at how we as a culture have become comfortable with the institutional consumption of women. The purpose of the workshop is to help prepare workers in the field to understand the insidious and often unconscious reality of the consumption of women from a biopsychosocial perspective. We will begin by exploring the deeply rooted patriarchy that ceaselessly promotes and is comfortable with the objectification and resultant consumption of women. We will examine this phenomena with a spotlight on mass media including print, entertainment, technology and social media. Next we will discuss the consequences of this patriarchal paradigm including gender-based economic injustice, the over-sexualization and objectification of women and children; labor and sex trafficking and the parallel issue of sex-worker's rights. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can inform positive change within their communities as individual clinicians and advocates, as well as through the tools of leadership and organization-building within the movement of violence against women and children.

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

Instructor: Jill Zinckgraf, MPA
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Becoming a "Good-Enough" Mother: From Pregnancy to Birth to Healthy Attachment

ID: 5278

This workshop is about the journey of motherhood, particularly the key areas of pregnancy, postpartum issues, and attachment. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of what mental health issues can surface for a woman during and after pregnancy. Participants will explore the projections and fantasies that can arise for women during pregnancy, as well as the transference issues that can surface if the therapist herself is pregnant. The symptoms and treatment of postpartum mood disorders will be discussed at length. Finally, D. W. Winnicott's concept of the "good-enough" mother will be explored in its connection to a healthy attachment from mother to baby. Case examples and interventions will be explored, and extensive resources, reading lists, and current research articles will be provided. The workshop will be a combination of lecture and group process. Participants are free to bring case examples.

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

Instructor: Jessica Flint, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 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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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

Instructor: Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW, MA
Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Disproportionality in Special Education: Implications & Interventions

ID: 4965

Disproportionality is defined by the State of NJ as, the over representation of specific racial/ethnic groups in special education. Disproportionality adversely affects minority and low income children in special education the most; specifically in the areas of social/emotional and academic outcomes. This workshop will focus on defining the problem, outlining the causes, and identifying interventions available to mental health professionals. Therapists and child advocates working with students and families regarding school related concerns will benefit from learning how disproportionality affects your clients and what our roles can be regarding education and advocacy.

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

Instructor: Latesha Jenkins, MS, LSW
Date: Tuesday, February 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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How Do You Work with Kids Anyway?

ID: 5078

Working with children and adolescents can be overwhelming to many clinicians. This workshop will provide participants with a useful theoretical framework for working with children and adolescents by learning the techniques of doubling and sociometry. The workshop will include various action methods to aid the therapist in warming up the inner child; a basic understanding of how action techniques and their relationship to spontaneity and creativity when working with children.

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

Instructor: Lisa Hillman, LCSW, CP
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Invisible Wounds of Racial Trauma: Assessing and Treating Black Families

ID: 4952

In order to provide culturally competent services with better treatment outcomes, it is essential to understand the history of race in America, which has resulted in years of racial trauma and significantly impacted the mental health of black families. In this workshop we will examine the concept of race as a social and political construct that is used to maintain power, especially within a historical context. We will explore the concept of racial trauma and discuss the ways that institutional racism, white privilege, and microaggressions continue to negatively impact black lives. We will examine the ways that racism and racial oppression may contribute to clients presenting problems. Moreover, we will explore ways to incorporate race into our assessments so that we can more accurately identify problems for treatment. Finally, we will discuss concepts and provide techniques that will increase ones ability to incorporate race into treatment.

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

Instructor: Kristin Miller, LCSW
Michael Ajagbe, MSW
Date: Friday, January 25, 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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Mini-Certificate in Complex Trauma

ID: 8886

Drawing upon the most current conceptualizations of complex trauma, this four-day workshop will provide in-depth training in working with issues of complex trauma with older adolescents, adults and older adults. The workshop is designed for both clinicians new to working with complex trauma-spectrum problems, as well as for more experienced clinicians in various clinical settings. Clinicians will learn the essential principles of a phase-oriented, relational approach. Utilizing a resilience based, attachment-focused framework, clinicians will experience how to provide the necessary conditions for safely assisting clients in healing from complex traumatic disorders. In order to foster the kind of depth-oriented learning required to address the topic, the workshop is designed as a "closed cohort" model, i.e., the same group of particpants will be enrolled for the four day sequence, working closely in small groups for maximum participation.

Week One: Current Conceptualizations and Biopsychosocial Assessment of Complex Trauma This module provides an introduction to the series, as well as a theoretical foundation for the intervention approach. The developmental etiology and neurobiological consequences of complex trauma will be reviewed through the lens of current research on attachment. Potential psychological and physical consequences of untreated complex trauma across the lifespan will be discussed. Clinical assessment of complex trauma will be reviewed, through the use of case vignettes and videotapes, highlighting managing the clinical interview, engaging the client, and setting the stage for treatment. Risk/vulnerability and resilience profiles will be presented so participants can understand the range of complexity inherent in treating complex trauma.

Week Two: Differential Diagnosis and Ethical Issues Encountered in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Phase-Oriented Treatment Model The morning module focuses on diagnostic dilemmas that clinicians face in accurately assessing complex trauma, as well as the ethical issues that are commonly encountered in working with individuals suffering from this type of distress. Identifying commonly misdiagnosed "presentations" of complex trauma, avoiding clinical pitfalls that can lead to ethical dilemmas, and adopting a process and outcome-focused treatment response model are presented as essential prerequisites to working with these issues. Case vignettes and small group exercises will provide experiential learning opportunities. The afternoon module presents an overview of the phase-oriented, relational approach (Courtois and Ford, 2013) that provides clinical guidelines for maintaining safety, providing structure, responding to particular reactions and issues, and managing the clinical disruptions that are inherent in the treatment of these trauma-spectrum problems.

Week Three: Implementation of the Phase-Oriented Treatment of Complex Trauma The focus of this module will be on matching client needs to treatment sequences and interventions. The morning session will focus on applying the phase-oriented relational approach to trauma-spectrum problems through the use of case vignettes, videotapes and small group practice exercises. The afternoon session will review evidence-based treatment models, such as cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy and narrative exposure therapy as examples of clinical approaches that can be integrated within the phase- oriented model. Continued practice exercises in small groups of three will focus on applying essential skills to case vignettes. Time permitting, case consultation and discussion will be provided at the end of this module.

Week Four: Building a Complex Trauma Model: Essential Practice Principles This module further develops and deepens the competencies acquired through previous modules, focusing on integrating and applying best practice approaches to working with complex trauma across a variety of settings and populations. Drawing upon the experience of the prominent clinicians and scholars in the field, application of a complex trauma model is reviewed and discussed, with continued practice of specific clinical situations, such as working with the dissociative client, addressing safety needs in real world contexts of domestic violence, and providing culturally responsive approaches to traumatic grief. This module concludes with an experiential segment on self-care for clinicians, and developing communities of practice to sustain trauma workers in the field.

Week Five: The morning section will focus on self-care for clinicians, and why it is an ethical imperative for clinicians who work with trauma to focus on their own wellness. Didactic and experiential exercises will be integrated throughout the morning session. The morning will conclude with a discussion of building "communities of practice" that can sustain the vitality of this important work through providing support and guidance for clinicians. The afternoon section will examine the latest research on resilience - its role and its limitations - in attachment-focused complex trauma interventions. This module further develops and deepens the competencies acquired through previous modules as well, focusing on integrating and applying best practice approaches to working with complex trauma across a variety of settings and populations. Drawing upon the experience of prominent clinicians and scholars in the field, specific issues are examined in the "real world" application of a complex trauma model, such as culturally informed/culturally responsive trauma treatment, working with dissociative clients, and addressing safety needs in the contexts of domestic violence.

Fee: $750.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 25.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Monica Indart
Date: January 15, 2019 / January 22, 2019 / January 29, 2019 / February 5, 2019 / February 12, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Outside the Classroom: Treating Adolescents

ID: 5279

This workshop draws from the experience of the presenter as a NYC public middle school teacher in Brooklyn, as well as his training and experience as a social worker and therapist, to explore the unique stresses that face today’s youth. Covering topics of online bullying, social media addiction, gender dysphoria, complications of autism, and the traditional stresses of childhood, this workshop will help clinicians to work with adolescents in a variety of settings. This workshop will help clinicians to: 1) Discover the gap between academics and mental health in schools, 2) Recognize the unique challenges that adolescents face, 3) Identify the neurological changes an adolescent brain undergoes, and 4) Integrate effective techniques for working with this traditionally resistant population. $129

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

Instructor: Zachary Alti, LMSW
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ
Special Instructions: ***PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP HAS A DIFFERENT DATE THAN THE ONE PUBLISHED ON THE CATALOG

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Positive Parenting

ID: 5772

Positive parenting is an approach focused on bringing out the best in kids by focusing on their potential, strengths, and inherent abilities. In many human service settings parenting education is a key element of the services provided. Whether parents are involved in school-related activities, post-divorce mediation, the child welfare system, mental health services, or self-enrichment programs, parenting education touches the lives and future welfare of thousands of children and their families. By raising children using Positive Psychology, we can better provide children with a more optimistic and resilient outlook. This Positive Parenting workshop will focus on establishing nurturing environments, being a role model, and ways to utilize strengths and abilities as a way to create happy and meaningful lives. It's important to remember that happy parents result in happy children.

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

Instructor: Diane Lang, MA
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 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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Self-Care: Holistic Health for Clinician and Client

ID: 4213

The term “self-care” is vague and overused. This workshop aims to reclaim self-care as a principle of holistic mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, rather than as a buzzword for underdeveloped treat yourself sessions. This workshop will help clinicians to integrate the core principles of any healthy and effective self-care regimen, including responses to acute stress. You will learn to recognize the relationship between holistic health and true self-care. Discover common issues hindering self-care, such as a tendency for brain hyperfrontality, chronic hyperthermia, lack of hormesis response, chronic inflammation, carcinogenic diets, and emotional deprivation. Learn to employ core medical principles that are essential to all mental health clinicians’ toolbox.

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

Instructor: Zachary Alti, LMSW
Date: Saturday, January 26, 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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Working with Narcissism

ID: 5280

What therapist hasn’t seen a patient who displayed the signs of either clinical or sub-clinical narcissism? How many of us have successfully treated one of these individuals either in individual or couples therapy? Narcissists are a notoriously resistant treatment population, and one of the riskiest to work with. Emotional seductiveness, dishonesty, and manipulation are some of the reasons most clinicians prefer to refer these clients elsewhere. As we proceed further into what many social theorists term “The Age of the Narcissist” it will be essential for clinicians to understand how to work with this growing and difficult population. As this treatment population grows, it will be ever-more critical for clinicians to understand how to identify, relate to, and treat narcissistic clients. This workshop will help clinicians to: 1) Discover the traditional, conceptual, and neurobiological explanations of narcissism, 2) Judge case studies and reflect on the clinician’s own terminal ruptures with narcissistic clients, and 3) Integrate the basics of effectively treating narcissistic clients.

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

Instructor: Zachary Alti, LMSW
Date: Saturday, February 23, 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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You're Incarcerated but We're Locked Up: Working with Families of Criminal Justice Involved Loved Ones

ID: 4211

One out of every 12 American children, more than 5.7 million kids under age 18, have experienced parental incarceration at some point during their lives. It is fair to state that, as a professional educator, therapist, counselor, or social worker, at least one of your clients has been impacted by a family member’s involvement in the criminal justice system. As a workshop participant, you will learn about the fundamental issues faced by families when a loved one is incarcerated. You might be surprised how people react and respond when a family member has to “go up top” or “do a bid”. Let’s have a frank discussion about how, as a professional, you can help foster resiliency and help children and families thrive during and post incarceration.

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

Instructor: K. Toi Washington-Simon, Ed.S., LPC, LAMFT
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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