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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 ...

Addictions in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Communities: If Gay Means Happy Why Am I Always Getting High?


LGBT people are more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs than the general population. They are also less likely to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, they report higher rates ...

Advanced Care Planning


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 f...

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Health, Mental Health and Early Death Throughout the Lifespan


The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study links childhood trauma to adult chronic medical illness, behavioral health disorders, and early death. This study, conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente H...

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...

Attachment Based Parenting Approaches in Adoption


In this interactive and clinical workshop, participants will explore how missing and disrupted attachments impact adopted children’s behaviors. Participants will identify symptoms of impaired ...

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...

Beyond Checking and Washing: Understanding and Treating the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum


Once thought to be a rare psychiatric illness, obsessive-compulsive disorder is now recognized to be quite common as 2-3 million Americans are believed to have it. Although they are not as well known...

Beyond Healing to Thriving: Post Traumatic Growth through Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and the Arts


This workshop will facilitate a better understanding of Posttraumatic Growth, how to encourage and promote it, and its implications to clinical practice and our communities. Participants will learn ...

Board Management - A Delicate Balance


Managing a Board of Directors is a challenging job for most senior managers. Serving on a Board has become increasingly complex and board members are often not clear what their roles are and how the...

Building Positive Schools Through Positive Education


Research indicates that a positive school climate has been associated with higher academic achievement and healthy behavioral outcomes for students. Positive Education is teaching happiness, resilien...

Case Plan Essentials


An effective case plan is built on a solid strengths-based assessment in collaboration with the client. It is not just a document, but rather a process that requires specialized knowledge and skill...

CBT with Anxiety Disorders


An estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. reportedly suffer from one of the anxiety disorders in a given year. Anxiety disorders that bring clients to our offices often contribute to considerable li...

Clinical Work with LGBTQ Youth


LGBT youth have higher rates of mental health issues, substance abuse issues, involvement in the child welfare & criminal justice system and represent half of the homeless unaccompanied youth populat...

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 ...

Communicating with Older Adults


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 w...

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...

Core Issues in Clinical Supervision


This interactive workshop will focus on demonstrating major elements of clinical supervision in social work and counseling. Participants will have the opportunity to observe modeled activities, disc...

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...

Cutting, Self Mutilation, and Suicide


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 ...

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...

DSM-5: What to Know and How to Apply


Competence in assessment and diagnosis is an ongoing area of development in clinical practice. For most practitioners, this requires having a solid understanding of the DSM. This interactive and hi...

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...

Enhancing Critical Thinking for Improved Outcomes


Issues faced by individuals, families, groups, and communities are complex and multi-layered. To effectively address the current challenges of practice, social workers and other helping professionals...

Ethical and Legal Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling


This interactive workshop focuses on the major elements of legal and ethical issues for those clinicians working in the substance abuse field. It is important to know that the legal/ethical standards...

Ethical Dilemmas for Administrators and Managers


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 o...

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...

Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice


Clinicians face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis and must make ethical decisions as a part of their practice. In this interactive experiential workshop, participants will explore theories of ethical...

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...

Financial Empowerment with Survivors


Violence against women comes in all forms, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. The use of economic or financial abuse to control and manipulate a partner is a topic that has re...

Fostering Resilience in Children Coping with Loss


One in three children is grieving a loss due to death, divorce, abandonment, foster care, illness, incarceration, or deportation, leaving them at higher risk for suicide, substance abuse, and aggress...

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...

Handling Crises in Case Management


Crisis intervention and crisis management are skills necessary to case managers. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify an authentic crisis and assist clients in crisis. The elemen...

Helicopter Parenting While in Perpetual Conflict with an Underfunctioning Co-pilot...A Love Story


The Bowen family systems theory concept Nuclear Family Emotional Process describes the basic patterns of emotional functioning among and between members of two successive generations of a family - mo...

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...

Incorporating Cultural Competence into Ethical Decision Making


This interactive workshop will explore several different perspectives regarding ethical decision making. It will examine the role of cultural competence in making ethical decisions and outline how th...

Increase Your Funding Through Program Evaluation


How do you know if your work is effective? How would a prospective funder know whether your program is a good investment? The funder will never know unless you evaluate the effectiveness of the progr...

Interviewing Skills Throughout the Lifespan


In this workshop, the use of basic interviewing techniques will be explored throughout the life cycle. Developmental theories will be discussed and utilized as a guide to the interview process. Pra...

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...

It is OK to Say No!


Attendees will learn the value of this powerful two-letter word. Saying “No” sets boundaries and promotes personal accountability and responsibility. Whether your clients are working on...

LCSW/LSW Examination Preparation Course


It is wise to do everything you can to pass the exam the first time. This popular interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn test-taking strategies, practice test-taking wit...

Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision


This interactive workshop focuses on major legal and ethical issues involved in clinical supervision. Participants will have the opportunity to rate their own ethical and legal knowledge, discuss the...

Legal and Ethical Issues in Working with Trans Youth


What if we are going on an overnight field trip? Questions like this arise regarding the obligations for school districts, residential, inpatient facilities, employers when working with Trans Individ...

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 ...

Let's Talk About Opposition in Adolescence


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 focu...

LGBT+ Older Adults: Best Practices for Providing Culturally Sensitive Services & Supports


All social workers and counselors must be better prepared to work with an increasingly diverse and growing aging population. This workshop will focus on aging and the LGBT+ community. Findings from r...

Life Coaching and the Evolution of Psychotherapeutic Practice


Social workers and counselors inherently have the knowledge to help clients cope with life challenges and personal achievement, which makes the practice of life coaching a logical career move. Life C...

Life Cycle Experience and Issues in the Adoption of Older Children


This workshop will explore issues commonly faced by children adopted in infancy. Topics include core issues of adoption at various ages and stages, differences between families formed by birth and by...

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 Differences and Difficult Supervisees


The focus of this interactive workshop will be major elements of managing differences and difficult supervisees in supervision. In addition to discussing the cultural contexts of the supervisory rel...

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...

Mini-Certificate in Complex Trauma


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 o...

Models and Techniques of Clinical Supervision


The goal of this workshop is to provide a theoretically based, focused, and practical experience in the use of supervision models. This interactive workshop will focus on three different models of su...

Moving On from Supportive Housing Training Program


This page is to register for CE hours for the Supportive Housing (MOSH) Training program held at Stockton University on October 16 & 18, 2018. Once you register and pay the registration fee, a certif...

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...

Perpetration of Violence Against Women


This workshop explores dynamics of the perpetration of violence against women. The morning addresses issues of sexual violence, including those at greatest risk in a culturally sensitive framework. ...

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...

Program Evaluation -- An Opportunity, Not a Burden


You value the work that you and your staff do. You provide services that help people in need and you do so in a conscientious manner. It is exciting work and you want people to know about it - not ju...

Releasing Resentment and Cultivating Self-Forgiveness


Clients experiencing acute or long-term illness have an array of emotions. They may experience self-directed shame, blame, distrust, and punishment as it relates to their illness, relationships, and ...

Resources for Older Adults


Are you challenged by locating services and benefits for older adults? If so, this session is for you. As an individual who works with the senior population, you may need additional knowledge about...

Rethinking Therapeutic Approaches with Older Adults


Most therapeutic approaches assume all adults are the same�"regardless of where they are in the lifespan. However, we know that older adults are a distinct population with specific needs and c...

Schema Therapy: Basics and Beyond


Schema therapy is an innovative psychotherapy approach developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young for personality disorders, chronic depression, and other difficult individual and couples problems. Schema therap...

Self-Care all Day


This interactive workshop focuses on the importance of self-care and introduces participants to specific strategies they can incorporate in to their lives on a daily basis. The role of self-care is c...

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...

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity: Understanding the Needs of LGBT Individuals


This workshop provides an in-depth examination of sexual orientation and gender identity diversity, with a focus on the psychological and social issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ...

Shifting Paradigms, Challenging Perceptions


Clients often present with a limited capacity to meet the varying demands and challenges of introspection in treatment and recovery. Many individuals are so busy reacting to what life throws at them ...

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...

Stress Management for Regaining Life's Balance


Todays fast paced life style and the accompanying stressors can leave you with less satisfaction in your life, greater anxiety and even depression. Stress contributes to diabetes, high blood pressure...

Structural Family Therapy and Divorce


Frequently therapists feel overwhelmed by divorcing and divorced families. In this workshop, core principles of Structural Family Therapy (SFT) will be reviewed and applied to working with families ...

Suicide Prevention with Trans Youth


Suicide risk increases for trans individuals when they participate in a single gender therapy group with cisgender patients where microaggressions are unaddressed and clinicians, social work professo...

Supporting Youth with Disabilities in the Transition to Adult Life


Adopting the roles of adults, such as worker, post-secondary student, or family member, can be difficult and intimidating for any young person. When the young person has a disability, the challenges ...

The Birth Order Blues - Understanding Sibling Position Strengths, Blind Spots, and Liabilities


The Bowen family systems theory concept of Sibling Position asserts that people who grow up in the same sibling position in families tend to have important common characteristics. For example, oldest...

The Comprehensive Assessment and Case Plan: Development, Implementation and Evaluation


The case plan is a partnership agreement between the case manager and the client. Its development and implementation require a complex set of activities usually involving several areas of need and se...

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 Effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder on the Family


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder that can impact a child’s social interactions, communication skills, and imaginative play. Children with ASD frequently exp...

The Effects of Trauma Across the Developmental Spectrum


A traumatic event has dramatic short and long term effects across all stages of human development. In this interactive two-day workshop we will examine these effects on infants, children, adolescents...

The Fierce Urgency of Now - Deepening Our Commitment to Social Justice Practice


This workshop will highlight the powerful, pivotal, and prophetic role all social workers can and must play at this critical moment in history. We will briefly discuss social work’s commitment ...

The Impact of Trauma


This workshop provides an overview of trauma and its impact. Trauma is explored from a historical, epidemiological, psychological, and psychobiological perspective. Current assessment and treatment...

The Language of Adoption


Learning to speak a new language is a skill that takes time and practice. When working with families formed by adoption, the words we use make a difference. Utilizing the principles of Object Relatio...

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...

Tools for Reducing Parental Stress and Improving Family Well-being: Breaking the Legacy of Trauma


Throughout history, parenting, although perhaps the most rewarding and fulfilling of roles, has also been characterized as the hardest job in the world. The stress placed on the modern American fami...

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 Attachment in the Context of Childhood Trauma


This workshop will focus on the impact impaired attachment and trauma has on children, especially in the child welfare system. Participants will increase knowledge and gain understanding of the sign...

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...

Understanding Your Client: Techniques for Working with Sexual Abuse Survivors


This workshop offers an overview of sexual abuse and the emotional, psychological, and physical effects it has on the victim at each developmental stage. Participants will develop skills for working ...

Whats Eating You? The Psychology of Eating


This workshop focuses on understanding the psychological processes underlying humans development of eating behaviors and the adoption of both healthy and maladaptive cognitions and behaviors concerni...

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...