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MAY

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022   –  9:30AM to 12:30PM
ZOOM742: Mandatory Renewal Legal Standards Course
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, requires that all L/CADCs complete a 3-hour continuing education course in Legal Standards pertaining to alcohol and drug counseling in the State of NJ.  This mandate is effective August of 2018 for the 2022 renewal period and biennially thereafter.  This course will satisfy the requirement according to N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d).  Course begins with an overview of changes in laws and regulations for NJ L/CADCs including the Uniform Enforcement Act and continuing education.  In addition, participants will review regulations related to telehealth and clinical supervision.  The course will also address clinical areas of practice such as informed consent, confidentiality and duty to warn.   
Instructor: Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS
Fee: $59.00
CE Credits: 3 Legal

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022   –  12:00PM to 3:00PM
ZOOM761:  Treating Adult children of Parents with Substance Use Disorders
Adult Children Of People with Addictions (ACOPA) may be a challenging group for some Clinicians to work with.  Sometimes they present with entrenched defense mechanisms, untreated complex trauma, maladaptive behaviors, emotional fragility (sometimes volatility), and at times behaviors usually attributed to addiction.  These client’s may at times present with a lack of life and coping skills, a lack of trust in their own intuitive process, and a poor sense of self-esteem.  At times they may enter into therapy indicating struggles with trust and difficulties creating meaningful relationships; often not making connections between their current struggles and their childhood experiences. This course is designed to address assessment & identification of Adult Children Of People with Addictions (ACOPA).  We will explore statistics (regarding prevalence), use client case studies to reinforce assessment & treatment, identify common characteristics, explore common associated diagnoses, review treatment recommendations and share resources to continue the learning.  We will also reinforce Practitioner self-care options to decrease compassion fatigue & burn-out. 
Instructor: Aja Harrison, MSW
Fee: $59.00
CE Credits: 3

 

Thursday, May 26, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM263:  The Nurtured Heart Approach ®: Transforming Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Outcomes
The Nurtured Heart Approach© (NHA) is a relationship-focused methodology that is an effective tool for creating healthy relationships and repairing strained relationships. Founded strategically in “The 3 Stands™” for helping individuals build Inner Wealth ™ and assisting individuals to use their intensity in successful ways. In children, strong Inner Wealth is correlated to successful prevention practices. In addition, individuals struggling with substance use can benefit from developing a strong Inner Wealth to build resiliency and rebuild relationships with their support networks. The utilization of the Nurtured Heart Approach © with this population can promote prevention, compliment treatment efforts and enhance sustained recovery from substances.
Instructor: Crystal Wytenus, MA, MPA, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Friday, May 27, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM74: Cross-Cultural Communication for Addiction Professionals
Every community, population, and group has its own culture, but how is culture understood when it is mainly comprised of unwritten rules? Culture is more than age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. However, it can be difficult to assess the way culture shapes the identity of self and the way identity guides how we serve others. How does cultural competence differ from cultural sensitivity? And where does cultural awareness come into play? Participants will be able to list the components that constitute culture: norms, values, language, artifacts, technology, and symbols. Participants will be guided in critiquing their self-identified culture. The impact of implicit bias on professionalism will be discussed. Participants will be able to state the difference between cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural humility. Participants will demonstrate the differences in approach to those in positions of power, while illustrating skills needed to build trustful relationships. Participants will construct effective strategies for communication that addresses potential barriers and builds relationships of trust.
Instructor: Regina Ford, MA
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Cultural

 

Friday, May 27, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
TAC71:  Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches II     (Trauma & Substance Use Certificate)
This two-part workshop offered in a virtual format. Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches addresses assessments and therapeutic approaches for both substance use and trauma related disorders. In this class participants will be reviewing evidence-based assessment tools used to evaluate clients for trauma and/or substance use disorders and to provide an overview of the different therapeutic approaches shown to be effective. We will also discuss new treatment models and approaches as appropriate.  Instructor: Susannah Mallon, LCSW 
Fee: $125.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

JUNE

 

Wednesday & Thursday, June 1 -2, 2022   –  10:00AM to 3:00PM
ZOOM402:  Motivational Interviewing: Advancing the Practice
The two-day advanced level workshop allows Motivational Interviewing (MI) trained substance use, criminal justice, health care, and social service practitioners to review and expand on the practice of MI care approaches toward effective therapeutic interventions. This two-day training will discuss this effective approach in the treatment of substance use, co-occurring, and other challenging symptoms, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into an effective intervention. Participants will be offered a brief review and practice of, Motivational Interviewing spirit, some basic skills and structure with an overview of what’s important to the client. Participants will learn more about “change talk” and methods of communication to better elicit from clients. We will also consider how Motivational Interviewing overlaps with other models. This course will provide both useful theoretical models and hands-on opportunities to improve skills.
Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP
Fee: $200.00
CE Credits: 9 Clinical

 

Friday, June 3, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
TAC91:  Crisis Intervention and Self-care     (Trauma & Substance Use Certificate)|
Crisis Intervention and Self-Care is a class offered in a virtual format. This class will focus on both crisis intervention and self-care. First, the class will familiarize participants with what crisis  intervention and trauma response are and the acute psychological distress that is often associated with trauma and/or substance use.  The focus will be on participants gaining knowledge on the importance of understanding and treating crisis and trauma in combination with substance use. As well as training participants on working with clients who have had these experiences. Participants will become familiar with different frameworks, assessment models and intervention models.  The class will familiarize participants with ethical responsibilities (review), clinical supervision, and the importance of continual growth.  The second half of the class participants will identify the personal and professional risks to health and mental health for counselors and learn self-care and other strategies to ensure professional effectiveness. The relevance and study of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma will be addressed. Finally, experiential exercises geared towards expanding participants’ awareness and understanding of the psyche/soma relationship will serve as the basis for discussion of self-care, professional and personal well-being.  
Instructor: Natalie Bembry-Moore, EdD, LCSW  
Fee: $125.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Monday, June 6, 2022   –  9:00AM to 12:00PM
ZOOM353:  Videogame Addiction 101: The Latest Behavioral Disorder
Parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals are starting to discuss the concept of video game addiction in the United States. Alternatively countries in Asia have been treating video game addiction as a public health crisis for over a decade. Video game addiction is the latest behavioral disorder to hit the United States. Recent research in the United States found that up to 8.5% of U.S. youth meet the criteria for pathological gaming. While millions of Americans have already been affected by video game addiction, overall the United States is unprepared and ill-equipped to help.   This seminar will discuss research, prevention and treatment to help attendees start to recognize and help individuals struggling with video game addiction. With the recent release of the new ICD-11, video game addiction has become a public topic of discussion. News networks air segments of parents sharing how their children are addicted to video games. On the other end of the spectrum, many question if a person can really be “addicted” to a video game. Regardless of professional’s personal beliefs regarding video game addiction, it is imperative to be informed and provide services to those in need. While this issue is just starting to get examined in the United States, several Asian countries have been treating video game addiction as a national public health crisis. If the video game addiction trend in the United States is similar to video addiction trends in Asia, there is going to be a tremendous need for services. This workshop will explore the history of the gaming industry, starting with is inception in 1940 at the World’s Fair in New York up to present date with the popular hit Fortnite. A historical analysis helps shed light on explaining the complicated relationship between video games and the world overall. As the video game industry is a global industry, the history of video games in other regions of the world, particularly Asia, will also be explored. Video games rose to prominence in Asian countries much faster than it did in the United States. With the Asian video game markets more mature and gaming more readily acceptable, video game addiction has grown into a prominent societal problem. Starting in 2003, certain Asian countries started to draft legislation to combat video game addiction. Within a few years state sponsored treatment programs started to open to deal with the growing population size of citizens addicted to video games. Examination of the legislation and treatment in Asian countries can shed light on what the future may look like in the United States. The workshop will conclude with best practice recommendations for dealing with clients addicted to video games. Recommendations will also be made for best practices for family therapy for those who have a loved one who struggles with this disorder. Overall the objectives of this workshop is to inform attendees of a new disorder that may have a significant impact on the behavioral health field in years to come.
Instructor: Andrew Walsh, MSW, LCSW
Fee: $59.00
CE Credits: 3 

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM532:  A Journey to Cultural Humility: Challenging Incongruence and Bias in Clinical Practice- Part I
In order to challenge racial disparities, we must start at home, with us, the clinicians and practitioners. This requires a dual examination of the role of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression in the field along with a commitment to understand and identify the ways in which our own acts of microaggression (whether intentional and/or unintentional) impact our work with one another and clients. Microaggressions are unintentional, subconscious expressions of racism and other forms of oppression that occur in our everyday personal and professional lives and thus inform and impact our work with clients (Forest-Bank, 2016; Spencer, 2017). Microaggressions occur towards those who are of marginalized populations based on ability, religion, sexuality, gender, status, age and mental health problems (Sue, 2010). 
Understanding microaggressions provides a concrete example of the ways in which racism and systems of privilege can be subtle and unintentional and can be a powerful tool for combatting racism and discrimination (Forrest-Bank, 2016). As one increases his or her knowledge regarding microaggressions, it is natural to speculate on the origins of these thoughts and behaviors. This deliberation compels us to examine our own values and beliefs that are ingrained through culture, experiences, and racial identity development. Our values and beliefs can manifest into microaggressions, furthering the cycle of oppression (Edmonds-Cady & Wingfield, 2017). As we assess our development, we will begin to make strides through the stages of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity continuum, transitioning from an ethnocentric worldview to an ethnorelative worldview (Hernandez & Kose, 2012).
Instructor: Natalie Moore-Bembry, EdD, MSW, LSW
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Cultural

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
TAC12:  Introduction: Trauma and Substance Use Disorders  (Trauma & Substance Use Certificate)
This online class focuses on awareness of trauma and its impacts on wellness and recovery as well as the bidirectional relationship among substance use and trauma. Topics include trauma and substance use as a social problem, the detrimental health effects of co-occurring trauma and substance use and other social determinants of health. The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the basic concepts relevant to understanding the intersection of trauma and substance use.
Instructor: Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS
Fee: $125.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Thursday, June 9, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM642:  Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing: Exploring the Commonalities, Stigma, and How to Integrate in Treatment
Understanding substance use disorders means understanding that abstinence-only treatment does not work for all individuals seeking treatment.  Research shows that treatment-seeking individuals respond more positively when the treatment environment is non-coercive and non-judgmental, and assists the individual in meeting their personal goals in safe and effective ways, as opposed to insisting upon complete cessation of use.  As our country moves towards increased legalization of formerly illicit substances, clinicians must learn how to understand substance use within the context, assist our consumers in learning to reduce harmful consequences of their use, and educate these individuals on how to minimize these harmful consequences while still empowering them to make their own decisions about their substance use.  The purpose of this workshop is to explain the principles of harm reduction as it applies to substance use and how to incorporate these principles into clinical practice.  Further, this workshop will explore some stigma regarding harm reduction and will address harm reduction policy in practice.  Finally, this workshop will discuss the use of Motivational Interviewing to set meaningful goals for individuals in treatment, support all goals set by individuals, and explore motivation to change.
Instructor: Allison Dickens, LPC, LCADC, ACS 
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Monday. June13, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM283:  Social Media: Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide
Rates of depression, loneliness, and anxiety are increasing in youth in the United States. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. These increases have occurred in a very short period of time. The Pew Research Center conducted a survey among teens on their perception of social media in 2018. They found that 24% of teens described social media as having a negative effect on their life. This workshop will explore the history of the social media industry, starting with “Six Degrees” in 1997 to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. A historical analysis helps shed light on explaining the complicated relationship between social media and the world overall. A financial market analysis of the social media industry provides insight into how the market acts. This analysis will look at industry-wide practices that help explain how social media platform design lends itself to excessive use through the work of B.F. Skinner and B.J. Fogg. This workshop will conclude with best practice recommendations for dealing with clients who struggle with social media use. Recommendations will also be made for best practices for family therapy for those who have a loved one negatively impacted by social media. Finally, this workshop will provide guidance to social workers on how they can effectively educate the public about the negative impact of social media and how to mitigate it. Overall the objectives of this workshop is to inform social workers on the impact that social media has already had and will continue to have in years to come. 
Instructor: Andrew Walsh, MSW, LCSW
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Tuesday,  June 14, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM542:  A Journey to Cultural Humility: From Reflection to Action through Intergroup Discourse- Part II
In order to progress from an ethnocentric worldview to an ethnorelative worldview, we must become culturally humble. Cultural humility refers to one’s ability to be open and willing to reflect on his or her own self as a cultural human being (Hook & Watkins, 2015). It is a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique that involves learning about another person’s culture while reflecting on one’s own beliefs and values and requires the practitioner to shift roles from being the expert to becoming a learner in order to effectively work with others (Foronda, Baptiste, Reinholdt, & Ousman, 2016; Fisher-Borne, Montana Cain, & Martin, 2015). The concepts of intersectionality and cultural humility are key elements of enhancing this lifelong process of learning and self-awareness in ourselves. Intersectionality as a framework is crucial to analyzing power and privilege, specifically focusing on the intersection of privilege and oppression. The practitioner has a dual role to learn and implement this concept in their personal and professional lives (Bubar, Cespedes, & Bundy-Fazioli, 2016). Intergroup discourse allows practitioners to reflect on and share their thoughts and experiences in a brave space through a nonhierarchical group. The Allies Model requires clinicians to be committed to life-long learning and growth, to use the privileges of a clinicians intersecting social identities to stand with marginalized groups, and to stand against intentional and unintentional forms of oppression. Being an ally denotes that we will be part of an inclusive community, stay in relationship with peers and colleagues, and to practice accountability to ourselves and each other by “calling in” rather than “calling out”. To become an ally, we must continually work on becoming culturally humble. This is a life-long process that can be achieved in an intergroup discourse with similar people.
Instructor: Natalie Moore-Bembry, EdD, MSW, LSW
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Cultural

 

Wednesday,  June 15, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM522: Participatory Cinema: Anxiety Disorders
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Peter Benchley’s remake of Moby-Dick was adapted to the screen. Inspired by the 1916 shark attacks down the shore, Jaws is the tale of a rogue shark that terrorizes the small island community of Amity. Much like a zombie apocalypse serving as a backdrop to the Romerian group dynamic, the imminent threat of the great white shark serves as the setting for the film’s main characters to interact thus coining the phrase, “Jaws has nothing to do with a shark.” Join us in the discussion to find out what Jaws is really about for what promises to be a creative way to review the anxiety disorders. 
Movies have long been utilized to highlight varied areas in the field of psychiatry including the role of the psychiatrist, issues in medical ethics, and the stigma toward people with mental illness. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, comprehensive curricula have been created utilizing films as fictional case accounts of mental disorders. At the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, facilitated discussion of a selected film is achieved via social media as well as traditional PowerPoint didactic. Each seminar will show a feature-length film with a live Twitter feed on the screen that will transform the movie into an educational didactic.  
Instructors: Anthony Tobia, MD
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, June 16th, 2022   –  1:00PM to 4:00PM
ZOOM743: Mandatory Renewal Legal Standards Course
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, requires that all L/CADCs complete a 3-hour continuing education course in Legal Standards pertaining to alcohol and drug counseling in the State of NJ.  This mandate is effective August of 2018 for the 2022 renewal period and biennially thereafter.  This course will satisfy the requirement according to N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d).  Course begins with an overview of changes in laws and regulations for NJ L/CADCs including the Uniform Enforcement Act and continuing education.  In addition, participants will review regulations related to telehealth and clinical supervision.  The course will also address clinical areas of practice such as informed consent, confidentiality and duty to warn.   
Instructor: Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS
Fee: $59.00
CE Credits: 3 Legal

 

Friday, June 17, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM781:  Compassion in Psychotherapy
 No matter what therapy skill sets one utilizes in their work with clients-from adolescents to seniors- training in the skills of self-compassion and compassion for others can enhance, expand, and deepen one’s therapeutic tool kit and lead to more support, better balance, and growth for clients, both in individual and group settings. It is both trans-diagnostic and trans-theoretical. This mindful application compassion skills and practices serves both the therapist and the client in their ability to build trust, safety and caring resonance in the therapeutic setting. Throughout the course, we will explore and deepen our understanding of integrating Mindful Self Compassion in psychotherapy: therapeutic presence, therapeutic alliance (including diversity, equity and inclusion) and therapeutic interventions to meet the particular area of a clients’ needs. We will explore how one can concretely integrate self-compassion into one’s work through the use of specific skills, somatic exercises and scripted meditations. Through this lens, we will deepen our understanding of the science of self-compassion and its therapeutic role in working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, shame, eating disorders and other addictions.
Instructor: Roseann Cervelli, MS, LCADC, CCS, CPS
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Tuesday,  June 21 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
ZOOM55:  Substance Use and Youth: Current Trends, Warning Signs, and Engagement Techniques
This workshop encourages increased awareness on the current substance use trends among youth in the country as well as specifically in the State of New Jersey.  The workshop will place emphasis on the importance of early detection of youth at risk and proactive actions to reduce substance use in this population.  The workshop highlights the benefits of appropriate utilization of engagement techniques, including techniques from motivational interviewing and the nurtured heart approach, in order to effectively detect and address substance use issues in this population.  Lastly, this will introduce the Wraparound Model of Care, which is a holistic approach that includes a focus on family and community engagement to “wrap” around a youth and can be utilized with youth struggling from substance use.  Participants will learn how this model of care can be used promote prevention, compliment traditional treatment services, and reinforce sustained recovery from substance use for our youth.
Instructors: Crystal Wytenus, MA, MPA, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS
Fee: $99.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Friday, June 24, 2022   –  9:00AM to 4:00PM
TAC101:  Trauma and Substance Use: Legal and Ethical Considerations    (Trauma & Substance Use Certificate)
Legal and Ethical Considerations is a class offered as a virtual webinar. This class addresses legal and ethical. Topics include legal considerations when working with individuals with both trauma and substance use disorders and a review of ethical professional standards for clinicians. Participants will be provided the most current and important legal and ethical regulations, and laws when working with this specific group of clients. We will focus on reviewing general laws and ethical standards for professionals in substance abuse, more specific laws regarding both trauma and substance use together where appropriate, and the importance of how these two topics can coincide in many clients. All participants should demonstrate the comprehension of these legal and ethical standards to do their work effectively.
Instructor: Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS
Fee: $125.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

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