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


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 ...

Are "Squeaky Wheel" Children a Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? The Challenge of Developing Reality-Based Relationships with Our Children


A child's degree of relationship dependence is a product of forces that promote and undermine that child's emotional separation from the family. According to Bowen family systems theory, when parent...

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


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 iss...

Co-Occurring Disorders: Going Beyond the Boundaries of Diagnosis


We used to call individuals with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders a "special" population, but over the years we have become aware that the prevalence is so great that they are ...

Community Organizing and Ethics


This workshop will focus primarily on community organizing and will help prepare participants to be effective leaders in advocating for their clients and social justice. This workshop will examine t...

Confidentiality and Counseling Ethics


Geared towards professionals providing clinical services, this workshop presents information on confidentiality and counseling ethics as they relate to issues of violence against women. Participants...

Current Drug Trends and Emerging Drugs of Abuse


Many new drugs are making local and national headlines such as K2/Spice and Bath Salts. This interactive workshop will discuss the latest developments and information regarding synthetic cannabinoid...

Dealing With Angry Students and Tantrums Effectively


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 ...

Disproportionality in Special Education: Implications & Interventions


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 childr...

Eating Disorders and Body Image Dissatisfaction: How are They Related?


Among women, body image dissatisfaction (BID) is so widespread that it considered a ‘normative discontent’. That is, feeling negative or discontented about one’s appearance is the &...

Eating Disorders and Childhood Abuse: Connecting the Dots!


Remarkable research findings reveal that a majority of adult women with serious eating problems (EP) have a history of childhood abuse. Perhaps more surprising is that the abuse is primarily emotiona...

Eating Disorders and Recovery: Highlighting Spiritual Practices


Women with disordered eating behaviors (DEB) often describe their (mis)use of food as a way of providing comfort, filling a void or a healing “hole in the soul”. Emerging treatment strate...

Eating Disorders: Highlights and Relevant Clinical Issues


In contrast to traditional treatment that views eating disorders as the problem, an atypical approach is taken in this workshop. Specifically, eating disorder (ED) and disordered eating behaviors (DE...

Emotional Process in Society - How it Promotes Regressive and Progressive Periods and its Influence on Families


Societal Emotional Process, a Bowen concept, describes how both progressive and regressive periods in societies are strongly influenced by an emotional system operating on a societal level. During re...

Ethical Issues and Values in Violence Against Women Work


This workshop will examine the ethics and values involved with violence against women work for professionals in a variety of fields. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the...

Evolutionary Psychology in Clinical Practice


This workshop presents Interpersonal Stance Theory (IST), developed at the Integrative Therapy Institute of New Jersey. It covers basic concepts in evolutionary psychology, including modules and cri...

Getting Beyond Blaming Self or Others - Becoming Factual about 500 Pound Gorilla Multigenerational Patterns


This workshop explores the Multigenerational Transmission Process, a Bowen family systems theory concept and how understanding the facts of a family across generations is a means of identifying persi...

Group Counseling with Survivors


This workshop will identify and explore techniques relative to group counseling with survivors of violence and allow participants to gain an understanding of skill application in group process, group...

Group Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma


Working together in a group atmosphere provides people who have survived a traumatic event with an opportunity to substantially cope with their reactions to this event. This workshop will help parti...

How Do You Work with Kids Anyway?


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...

How to Avoid Getting Voted Off the Island - Understanding and Managing Relationship Triangles


Remember your junior high cafeteria? If you generally artfully navigated through the dozens of relationship challenges, then skip this workshop. However, if those years still conjure up a bewilderi...

How to Effectively Supervise Staff: For New and Mid-level Supervisors


To effectively supervise staff, one must be an effective leader who demonstrates the ability to develop the people around them while satisfactorily meeting or exceeding the needs of the organization ...

Incarceration and the Impact/Effect on Children and Adolescents


Parental incarceration is a complex and daunting experience for anyone, including mental health providers. This workshop will help participants identify the effects of parental incarceration at diffe...

Invisible Wounds of Racial Trauma: Assessing and Treating Black Families


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 signif...

Legal Issues and Planning


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 attorne...

Legal Responses to Violence Against Women


As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will become aware of the state and federal laws related to various forms of violence against women, particularly sexual violence, domestic ...

Looking Through the Invisible Borders: A Cross Cultural Response to Trauma Survivors


This workshop's scope utilizes a cross cultural perspective in examining, exploring and identifying appropriate clinical strategies in trauma response. Sexual violence is endemic amongst all races, ...

Managing Change


The fast-changing world of human services organizations demands managers to be equally skilled in managing both for stability and for change. As the marketplace changes, as funders demand more and di...

Managing Family Dynamics in Caring for Older Adults


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 ...

Medical and Legal Marijuana in NJ: Practice and Policy Issues


The goal of this interactive workshop is to identify the changes that have occurred in the NJ Medical Marijuana Program. The history of marijuana legalization and major events that have shaped this h...

Outside the Classroom: Treating Adolescents


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 uni...

Positive Parenting


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 ...

Positive Psychology for Clinical Practice


This workshop will explore the rapidly growing and exciting field of Positive Psychology. In the past we have focused on what is wrong and not working in our lives. Positive Psychology is the scienti...

Self-Care: Holistic Health for Clinician and Client


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...

Solution-Focused Practice


In a managed care environment, where treatment is often driven and constrained by time limits, it is critical for clinicians to have a diverse knowledge base of skills that enable them to provide eff...

Strategic Management


Nonprofit organizations differ from their for profit counterparts in one key way: dedication to the charitable mission. Strategic management starts with setting the organization's mission, vision, an...

Stress Management for Managers and Supervisors


Program managers are responsible for the bottom line in their programs. They also are in the middle position in the organization between the Executive Director and the direct practice social workers...

The Disintegration of the Family by the System of Care


It is not uncommon for therapists to feel overwhelmed and pulled in by chaotic clients or families. In this workshop, core principles of Structural Family Therapy will be applied to examine the chal...

The Silver Wave: Medication Use in Older Adults


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 s...

Understanding and Empowering Caregivers of Older Adults


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 kee...

Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Community Violence


Definitions of trauma refer to circumstances that are outside the realm of normal human experience. Unfortunately, this definition does not always hold true. For some, trauma can occur frequently and...

Wherever I Go, There I Am (Eventually) - Repercussions of Escaping an "Impossible" Family


Emotional cutoff, a Bowen family systems theory concept, describes how unresolved emotional issues with parents, siblings, and other family members are managed by reducing or totally cutting off emot...

Who's Afraid of the Angry Client?: Using Schema Therapy to Understand and Treat Angry Modes


Anger is challenging to deal with both interpersonally and professionally. This workshop will provide clinicians with strategies for discerning anger modes as they surface in your clients in the trea...

Working with Narcissism


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 individua...

You're Incarcerated but We're Locked Up: Working with Families of Criminal Justice Involved Loved Ones


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 e...