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SEPTEMBER

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Substance Use and Suicide
This course will explore the ways in which substance abuse and suicide are associated. Students will examine the data in which age, gender, and ethnicity impact suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and discuss various aspects of suicide assessment including risk and protective factors, and tools & methods that can be used in crisis. This course will discuss the screening tools utilized in addressing harmful/risky substance use and gambling issues that can contribute to increased suicidal thoughts/behaviors, as well as describe the benefit of self-care for providers who work with clients who are at higher risk of suicide.
Instructor: Thomas Etts, LCSW, LCADC
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

OCTOBER

 

Wednesday and Thursday, October 7-8, 2020   –    10:00AM to 3:00PM
Wednesday, October 14, October 21, October 28, and November 4, 2020   –    10:00AM to 11:00AM
Motivational Interviewing: The Basics
This introductory two-day workshop offers practitioners in alcohol and other drugs prevention, criminal justice, health care and social services the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and to begin to incorporate them into their work. This two-day training will discuss this effective approach in the care of challenging clients, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into an effective therapeutic intervention with an understanding about when to use MI. Motivational Interviewing is a client/ patient centered, evidence-based practice and guiding method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. During this two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of Motivational Interviewing; explore ways of integrating Motivational Interviewing theories into other types of care approaches, and practice Motivational Interviewing on “challenging” client/ patient through real (as opposed to role) playing and discussion.
In the subsequent four weeks the course will meet for one hour each Wednesday to discuss and practice motivational interviewing skills.
Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP
Fee: $200.00
CE Credits: 13 Clinical

 

Friday, October 9, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Beyond the Basics of Mindfulness
There is increasing research supporting the neuroplasticity of the brain.  Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to reorganize itself throughout our life due to environment, behavior, thinking and emotions.  Neural Darwinism or neural pruning speaks to the idea that “neurons that fire together wire together” so the more we do of something the more habitual it becomes.   We can learn strategies soften the negativity bias that we are born with.   This workshop will review science around the mind-body connection through discussion of polyvagal theory, neuroscience of meditation, and helping clients develop trauma sensitive internal resources through a variety of mindfulness based practices that help to rewire the brain.   Mindfulness based clinical approaches such as sensorimotor psychotherapy, EMDR, DBT, compassion based practices, and meditation and yoga will be discussed.
Instructor: Nathalie Edmond, PsyD, RYT
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
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. Teens exhibiting depressive symptoms increased 52% between 2005 and 2017. Suicidal ideation, attempts, and death among young adults increased by 47% between 2009 and 2017. During the 2018-2019 academic school year approximately 180,000 students received services at college counseling centers. Researchers have determined that one factor contributing to the dramatic decrease in the overall emotional well-being of youth in the United States is social media. 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. The University of Pittsburgh studied the impact social media had on 19 to 32 year-olds in 2018. They found that participants who used social media more frequently were 2.7 times more likely to have depressive symptoms. The University of Pennsylvania found a direct link between time spent on social media and overall mental health. The more time participants spent on social media, the higher rates of depression, loneliness, anxiety, and fear of missing out they experienced.  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. With the majority of social media free to use, social media companies generate revenue through advertisements. As users increase the frequency and duration of use, social media companies can charge advertisers higher rates. In pursuit of increased user engagement social media companies have employed techniques borrowed from the slot-machine industry. 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 clinicians 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 participants on the impact that social media has already had and will continue to have in years to come.
Instructor: Andrew Walsh, MSW, LSW
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Participatory Cinema: Depressive Disorders
1408 (2007) is a psychological horror film based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name. Join us as we watch and discuss one of King’s most underrated film adaptations and relate it to Walt Disney’s first animated classic, Snow White. Your journey will include watching 1408, relating it to Snow White, re-experiencing Disney’s haunted mansion attraction, taking a virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House, and discussing Stephen King’s Rose Red! At the end of your journey, participants will have reviewed the history and effects of sedative-hypnotic agents and relate them to mental illness including the Depressive 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. 
Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6    (not approved for hours through NBCC)

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Connection Through Self-Compassion and Compassion for Others: Reaching and Teaching the Minds and Hearts of Those We Serve
Research in Neuroscience and the application of Compassion Focused Therapies have provided us with the information that the practice of Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion for others has far-reaching effects on one’s physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health. In her book, “Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself,” Kristen Neff details how self -kindness, mindfulness and a sense of common humanity, can replace the negative and diminishing self-criticism and self-judgment that so many engage in. Compassion therapies help to minimize destructive patterns of fear, anxiety, self-criticism and isolation, which if left untreated, can often lead to such at-risk behaviors as the experimentation, use and abuse of alcohol/drugs, eating disorders, suicidal ideation etc. Mindful Self-Compassion practice has been shown to aid in managing stress and trauma as well as the grieving processes which so many experience in their lives.
Instructor: Roseann Cervelli, MS, LCADC, CCS, CPS
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Through a Trauma Informed Lens: Rethinking Addiction Treatment
Providers of substance abuse treatment recognize that most clients have trauma histories that complicate treatment and compromise recovery. Kaiser Permanente’s Adverse Childhood Experiences study has officially established the link between traumatic childhood experiences and the risk of developing addictions. Therefore, providing trauma-informed substance abuse treatment is imperative; and this requires a paradigm shift in how we think about addiction and how we interpret and respond to the behaviors commonly seen in individuals with substance use disorders. This session will define and describe a trauma informed approach to addiction treatment and will assist clinicians in creating trauma-sensitive environments and providing effective trauma-focused interventions. Participants will be guided in a critical examination of current addiction treatment models through a trauma lens and be informed as to how to make the changes necessary in their practice to provide trauma-informed addiction treatment that will improve treatment outcomes.
Instructor: Debra Rusiard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

NOVEMBER 

Thursday, November 5, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Death and Grieving
A large percentage of people with a substance use disorders have untreated trauma and unresolved grief. Professionals working in the field are continually exposed to grieving individuals – that is called a cumulative stress. SUD professionals are likely to know a client, co-worker, friend, or family member that completed suicide. That is direct stress. In 2018, Frank Greenagel lost his friend and close colleague, Eric Arauz. He wrote about grief and how he processed it. This class melds the personal and professional into a series of lessons on how we can deal with tragedy and loss, come out of it. And how we can help clients do the same.
Instructor: Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, ICADC, CJC, CCS
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Participatory Cinema: Polysubstance Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
It wouldn’t be November without Thanksgiving, and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Mary Poppins! Join us as we watch and discuss this Holiday classic and relate it to Stephen King’s Carrie. In both films, the eponymous characters are alluded to a witches; as such, participants will jump on a magic broom ride and review inhalants and relate them to mental illness including Dissociative 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.
Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6   (not approved for hours through NBCC)

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
CADC/LCADC Mandatory Renewal Course
The LCADC/CADC Mandatory Renewal Course meets the requirements for six contact hours of continuing education in legal standards related to the practice of alcohol and drug counseling. [See N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d)]. In order to register for this seminar, individuals must have an active LCADC/CADC.  NOTE: This course IS NOT approved for initial certification courses C501 or C502.
Instructor: TBD
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6

 

Monday and Tuesday, November 16-17, 2020   –    10:00AM to 3:00PM
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: $180.00
CE Credits: 9 Clinical

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
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.
Instructor: Crystal Wytenus, MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Ethical Considerations for Peer Work
Numerous studies have shown the efficacy of peer services for substance use disorder services. Peers with lived experience can aid individuals and families affected by substance use disorders in their recovery and linkage to services. However, there are numerous ethical pitfalls associated with peer work. These challenges include privacy and confidentiality, boundaries and dual relationships, and continuity of service. Additionally, patient brokering and other predatory referral practices have become areas of focus for various law enforcement agencies. Recently drafted legislation and court law has led to increased scrutiny of ethical behavior of peer services. This seminar help attendees identify unethical situations, how to avoid them, and what to do if they encounter them.
Instructor: Andrew Walsh, MSW, LSW
fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Peer CE      (6 CE for Recovery Coaches, Social Workers, CADCs, LACs, LPCs)

 

DECEMBER 

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Participatory Cinema: Cognitive Disorders 
Cat’s Eye (1985) is an anthology horror film written by Stephen King that comprises three stories that are connected by the presence of a stray cat. Participants will watch Cat’s Eye and follow the feline drifter through yet another tale: Disney’s Cinderella, as a unique way to review environmental toxins and acute confusional states such as delirium.  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 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
Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6   (not approved for hours through NBCC)

 


Thursday, December 3, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
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, LSW
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Trauma Focused Addition Treatment: The What, the Why and the How?
This course will provide evidence and the rational for the provision of trauma informed addiction treatment, examine the trauma focused knowledge, clinical skills and professional characteristics of effective addiction counselors, and explore how to utilize and adapt cognitive, psychodynamic and somatic trauma interventions in substance use treatment.
Instructor: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical 

 

Thursday, December 17, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Cultural Humility and Addiction Treatment
TBD
Instructor: Lorraine Y. Howard, LCSW, LCADC
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Cultural

 

JANUARY

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Navigating the System: An Overview of Social Services that are Available for Substance Use Disorders
This seminar will focus on providing attendees with an overview of social services that are available and designed for individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders (SUDs). While there are many services available, navigating the system can be confusing and frustrating. Attendees will be given clear descriptions of the services available and information on how to effectively link individuals and families to the services.
Instructor: Morgan Thompson, MSW, Sabrina Sabater, MSW, and Andrew Walsh, MSW, LSW
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Peer CE   (6 CE for Recovery Coaches, Social Workers, CADCs, LACs, LPCs)

 

MARCH

 

Thursday, March 4, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
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.
Instructors: Crystal Wytenus, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS, Nurtured Heart Approach ®Advanced Trainer, and Whitney Chiriboga-Espinales, LSW                                                  Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

 

Wednesday, March 24-, 2021   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Integrating Peer Services: Working Collaboratively With Other Professionals
Peer recovery support services have started to become integrated into various organizations and community service providers. In response to the opioid epidemic numerous emergency departments have started to utilize peer services in an attempt to link overdose patients to services. The role and utilization of peer services has expanded faster than standards for integration. As the use of peer services continues to evolve lack of integration into traditional teams has led to inconsistency in the deployment of peer services. Confusion is abound due to the uncertainty of traditional providers on what peers can and cannot do. This seminar will focus on helping attendees integrate peer services into their organizations and advocate for their inclusion into the treatment team.
Instructor: Morgan Thompson, MSW, Sabrina Sabater, MSW, and Andrew Walsh, MSW, LSW
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Peer CE   (6 CE for Recovery Coaches, Social Workers, CADCs, LACs, LPCs)

 

APRIL

 

Thursday, April 22, 2020   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Counseling, Programming and Policy in the Age of Legal Marijuana
This course will provide an overview of the history of marijuana policy in America and will cover both state and federal laws. It will focus on the most recent US and International studies on marijuana discussing how it affects the brain and the body. Participants will take part in a discussion about the seven great marijuana myths (including that it is harmless and non-addictive). We will discuss how marijuana criminalization has impacted the criminal justice system. The economics of marijuana will be a particular focus, as the instructor will discuss medical marijuana, taxes, regulation, marketing and how marijuana may be a new big tobacco.
Instructor: Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, ICADC, CJC, CCS
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6

 

 

TBD   –    9:00AM to 4:00PM
Recovery Coaching with Youth and Young Adults
The average age of alcohol and drug experimentation for boys and girls continues to decrease. Youth substance use disorders continue to rise. Existing programs have expanded their offerings to include youth services. Recent studies have demonstrated the efficacy of peer services for individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders. However traditional peer services need to be tailored to meet the specific needs of youth and their families. This seminar will focus on providing attendees with the information necessary to leverage peer services provided to youths.
Instructor: Morgan Thompson, MSW and Sabrina Sabater, MSW
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Peer CE   (6 CE credits for Recovery Coaches, Social Workers, CADCs, LACs, LPCs)

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