Professional Development Seminar Series

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2015 – 2016 Request for Proposal Now Being Accepted

Deadline: May 15, 2015


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Registration Form

Fill out the registration form, fax to 732-445-3500, or mail to:

Education & Training
Center of Alcohol Studies
607 Allison Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Tuition Remission

You must send the registration form (or register online) along with the scholarship application.

Calendar | Brochure | Seminar Descriptions

Registration & Tuition | Tuition Remission


3/3/15 - PDS11201: Working With People in the Aftermath of Disaster CANCELLED
2/24/15 - PDS12001: Grant Writing DATE CHANGED TO 2/25/15
1/9/15 - PDS8502: Motivational Interviewing: The Basics DATE CHANGED TO 3/4/15–3/5/15
1/9/15 - PDS8602: Power of Groups Using Motivational Interviewing DATE CHANGED TO 3/6/15
1/9/15 - PDS11101: Using DBT to Improve Outcomes with Borderline Clients DATE CHANGED TO 3/11/15
1/9/15 -  PDS11201: Non-Sexual Community Trauma DATE CHANGED TO 3/12/15
1/9/15 - PDS11201: Non-Sexual Community Trauma TITLE CHANGE TO Working with People in the Aftermath of Disaster
1/6/15 - PDS12101: Movie Seminar Seminar: Alcohol Induced Disorders added for 2/11/15
1/6/15 - PDS9601: Vicarious Traumatization DATE CHANGED TO 3/25/15


2014 – 2015 Seminars

The Professional Development Seminar Series reflects cutting-edge topics in the field and provides an opportunity for individuals to attend recertification courses. Seminars are generally held during the academic year weekly from 9 am to 4 pm. Each seminar is approved for a minimum of 6 continuing education hours.

Note: Special Offering seminar hours vary and are indicated within the brochure and online.

Current schedule can be viewed through the Online Registration.

Special Offerings

Join us for a horrifying sweetheart deal for Valentine's Day. Come and attend Dr. Tobia's movie seminar on Alcohol induced Disorders on Wednesday February 11th for the cost of your food $20. Click here for more information.

Movie Seminar Series

This year we are excited to offer a Movie Seminar Series presented by Anthony Tobia, MD.

Dr. Tobia currently holds the titles of Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Dr. Tobia has dual appointments with the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Internal Medicine.

Movies will be viewed at the start of the seminar in conjunction with a live twitter feed hosted by Dr. Tobia for Commentary and Q&A.  The film will be followed by a discussion of the film and a presentation on the affects of addiction on each of the disorders featured in the film. 4 movie seminars will be offered over the course of the year.

If you sign up for all four in advance, tuition for one film will be waived. The following disorders will be examined:

Date Disorder
October 29, 2014 Mood Disorders
January 7, 2015 Psychotic Disorders
February 11, 2015 Alcohol Induced Disorders ($20)
April 1, 2015 Personality Disorders
June 3, 2015 Anxiety Disorders

Fee for each individual seminar: $75.00

**$20 fee for Rutgers students.**

We recommend signing up for a free Twitter account, if you do not already have one. Please bring your personal electronic devices (laptops, smartphones, or tablets) to tweet your thoughts and any questions for Dr. Tobia throughout the film. In order to participate you should follow Dr. Tobia on twitter: @atobiamd.

Please note that a Twitter account is not required for the seminar.

Each 6 hour seminar will include education materials distributed by the faculty, a light breakfast, and lunch.


Intensive Motivational Interviewing Seminar Series

Learn the Basics, apply MI to group work, and develop MI Focused Supervision skills with Stephen R. Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP. Stephen is a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He is also a MIA-STEP (supervisor) trainer and has over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing. Stephen provides coaching and training domestically and internationally for social service agencies, health-care providers, substance abuse counselors, criminal justice and other groups.

This training series incorporates:

For beginners: Motivational Interviewing: The Basics (March 11–12, 2015) (March 4–5, 2015)
Follow up with: Motivational Interviewing: Advancing the Practice (May 14–15, 2015)

Add The Power of Groups Using Motivational Interviewing (March 13, 2015) (March 6, 2015) to either two-day seminar and get both for $250.

Attend all three seminars for $400.

Note: The Power of Groups Using Motivational Interviewing can also be taken individually for $75


SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment)

Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practiced used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.

We currently offer three courses:

  • The Basics (10/23/14)
  • Complete Overview (2/18/15–2/20/15) 
  • Train the Trainer (6/4/15–6/5/15)

Please contact us for more information.

Additional courses may be added. Please keep checking our website.

Registration and Tuition

Students may register online or by completing the registration form and faxing or mailing it to the Education and Training Division. 

The fee for each seminar is $75.00 / $50.00 for Rutgers faculty / $20 for matriculating students unless otherwise indicated. This includes a light breakfast, lunch, and educational materials distributed by faculty. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit per seminar should be paid at the time of registration; this deposit will be applied toward the tuition fee. Final payment is due one week prior to attendance. If mailing in registration, all checks and money orders should be made payable to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are also accepted. Tuition support is available.

Click Here to Register Online

Click Here to Download the Registration Form

Tuition Remission

Funding support from New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services enables the Education & Training Division to offer tuition remission for up to 3 seminars to a limited number of applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Be a New Jersey resident.
  • Be employed at a NJ-DMHAS licensed program, licensed substance abuse, mental health, or state hospital at time of application and at time of the seminar.
  • Have a clinical license or certification (e.g. LPC, CADC, LCADC, LCSW, psychologist, etc.) and be able to provide license/certification number on application material

*Note: scholarship may not fully cover special offerings.

Click Here to Download the DMHAS Application

Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Education and Training
Continuing Education Credits

  • Please note that participants may not be eligible for continuing education credits if they are not on time and present for the entire session.
  • Participants must sign in and out.
  • Participants must submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the program.
  • Partial credits will not be awarded to those arriving late or leaving early.

Certified Counselor
Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsibility for all aspects of the program (6 clock hours for standard weekly seminars). Approval Number 6619. NBCC approved courses qualify for CACD/LCADC recertification in NJ.

Drug & Alcohol Counselors

  1. Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider. Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies meets nationally approved standards of education developed for the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field. Program participants are assured that the contact hours or CEUs provided will be accepted toward national credentialing by the NAADAC Certification Commission.  Approval Number 124.
  2. This course is approved for renewal (recertification) credits by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ, Inc. This course was approved for 6 hours.  Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies approval # 2252011        

Social Worker (The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners)
This program is approved for social work continuing education hours by Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies in accordance with New Jersey administrative code 13:44G -6.4 and recognized by The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is approved for 6 continuing education hours.

Important Notice
Social Workers must be prepared to write in their Social Work  license/certification/registration number and license jurisdiction on the sign in sheet. Please be sure to bring this information with you to the training.

New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education
The Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs) and agrees to comply with all policies and procedures of the Providership Program as outlined in the New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Providership Program and Procedures Manual. Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 6 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Hours (CEs). Approval provider code: PHCE387-2013/06/03

Department of Education
This program meets continuing education for the Department of Education Certifications.

Approved Provider Information

As a university-based center, all professional development opportunities meet necessary continuing education guidelines for the state of New Jersey in addictions, social work, and education. Continuing Education Units are awarded for participation in all professional development programs. The Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours. Recertification for CADC and LCADC is approved by The Certification Board, Inc. The Seminar Series is also approved for continuing education units by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).