• Professional Education Program
    Continuing Education for Social Workers

    A Division of the Office of Field and Professional Education

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    Megan E. Cittadino


    In 1974 Dr. Greta Singer, a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, started the Bachelor of Social Work program at Monmouth College. In honor of this anniversary we’ll be celebrating all year long with a number of events and activities highlighting 40 years of passion, purpose, and commitment! That commitment extends to you, our community partners. A commitment to comfort, ease, and quality in continuing education delivery. We do what we can to make sure the time you dedicate to professional development is enjoyed. That’s why with PEP you receive a light breakfast and full lunch at every full day workshop, free parking, and access to free and discounted trainings on our Facebook page. Be sure to stay connected to celebrate us and yourselves!

    All workshops located on the Monmouth University campus:

    400 Cedar Avenue
    West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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    All Monmouth University School of Social Work Alumni will receive a 20% discount for each workshop registration. That's a $98 value for $78.


    Register for 5 or more workshops at one time and you will receive a 10% discount off the total price based on standard registration fees.

    Please Note: These discounts cannot be combined.


    To subscribe to be mailed the print brochure, please send an e-mail to: swfield@monmouth.edu

    Programs for Fall 2014

    All Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are non-clinical unless otherwise specified.

    competence   ethics

    Look for Cultural Competence and Ethics tags to find workshops that meet special license renewal requirements.

  • 6  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction -  Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    7  Managing Self in the Clinical Process -  Friday, November 14, 2014

    8  The Dynamics of Sexual Violence: Beginning the Dialogue -  Thursday, December 04, 2014

    9  Enlivening the Group Experience -  Friday, December 05, 2014

    10  Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications Throughout the Lifespan -  Tuesday, December 09, 2014

    11  The Tools of Engagement: Developing Skills and Techniques for Unmotivated and Challenging Clients -  Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    6 Clinical CEUs

    Being in the moment. Sounds easy, but is it? This concept is often referred to as mindfulness. In this experiential East meets West workshop you will take the wisdom of the ages and apply it to your everyday life. There will be lecture, meditation, breathing exercises and some very simple, yet powerful physical exercises (so wear comfortable clothes). The concepts learned in this workshop are easily taught to clients and can be beneficial in a variety of situations and with many populations. It is especially helpful with stress and/or anxiety.

    Debbie McCann-Call, MSW, LCSW,  received her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition, she has training in such areas as Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Pranic Healing, Integrative Eye Movement therapy, just to name a few. She has worked with clients of all ages. Debbie currently has a private practice in Middletown, NJ, supervises LSW's and teaches workshops. Debbie began her training in Pranic Healing back in 1998. She has found it to be invaluable with clients as well as in self-care. Debbie facilitates free meditations in Red Bank and other locations. Debbie was on the Board of NASW-NJ for 5 years and is currently the Chair of the Monmouth/Ocean Unit.

    Managing Self in the Clinical Process

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    6 Ethics CEUs

    Although clinical work can be emotionally and physically draining, the good news is, it doesn’t have to be. By looking at patterns of anxious reactivity from a broader family systems perspective, an individual can gain greater self-awareness and increase the ability to choose more thoughtful responses within work and family systems. This workshop addresses the value of recognizing one’s own reactivity in the clinical process and better managing it in order to be more of a resource to clients. Bowen family systems theory will be the framework in which these ideas will be presented. The first half of the workshop will be a mixture of lecture, video excerpts, and discussion. In the second half, there will be the opportunity to assess and identify markers of anxiety and emotional reactivity and discuss how these ideas apply to one’s clinical work.

    The Princeton Family Center for Education, Inc.  PFCE, www.princetonfamilycenter.org, a nonprofit educational institution teaches Bowen family systems theory to professionals, organizational leaders, and members of the general public. Courses and training programs are offered annually during the academic year and are held in the Princeton, New Jersey area. The fundamental assumption of this body of knowledge is that the human and the human family are a part of all nature on our planet. With knowledge from the natural sciences and an understanding of patterns of emotional forces that exist in all life forms, the concepts of Bowen theory guide thoughtful choices and responsible actions. Thus, Bowen theory provides the opportunity for principled direction for higher functioning for the individual, the family, and the organization.

    The Dynamics of Sexual Violence: Beginning the Dialogue

    Thursday, December 04, 2014

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 109

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    6 Clinical CEUs

    This workshop trains therapists in the dynamics of sexual violence, the nature of trauma and treatment, and how to begin the dialogue with clients who have been victimized. Participants will come away with a comprehensive overview of the complex realities of sexual violence. Topics will include:

    1. Understanding the nature of sexual violence based on dynamics of power and control, high risk behaviors, sex offender profiles, and issues for vulnerable populations.
    2. Widening the knowledge of NJ sexual assault laws, NJ legal age and nature of consent, and mandatory reporting.
    3. Raising awareness of how a "rape culture" consisting of toxic media messages and use of technology play a significant role in influencing an adolescent population as well as the predators who perpetrate.
    4. Training therapists to recognize the after effects of sexual trauma along with the utilization of crisis intervention techniques to lessen symptomology.
    5. Understanding survivors' childhood sexual abuse in the light of their developmental stage at the time of the abuse and Erikson's theoretical framework.
    6. Understanding the dynamics of therapists' vicarious trauma and countertransference when working with trauma victims.

    Irene Colucci Lebbad, MSW, LCSW,  has an extensive background in sexual abuse, domestic violence, and behavioral health. A current director of the Somerset County NJ Sexual Assault Support Services program, she is also one of the principles in The Center for Intrapersonal Wellness in Watchung NJ, a group practice specializing in sexual violence and abuse.
    Irene sits on the Somerset County Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Board and is a program member of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA). She has produced two victim outreach commercials for CableVision, has been a guest on both WOR and BBC radios shows, presented at professional conferences, and is publishing a book for therapists on how to run a psycho-educational group for adult survivors of sexual assault, due out in early spring 2015. Irene is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse published in 2012 on group work for survivors.

    Enlivening the Group Experience

    Friday, December 05, 2014

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 107

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    6 Clinical CEUs

    When working with groups we can experience times when the group feels “stuck.” This workshop will provide participants with various warm ups which will enliven the group experience. Participants will be taught a variety of warm ups and how to administer them during the various stages of group development. This workshop will teach participants how to access their creativity and spontaneity which will assist in group development. Participants will learn action techniques which will enhance their skills and knowledge. Members will engage in creating various warm ups. Group members will come away with over 25 warm ups to utilize during the stages of group development.

    Lisa Hillman, MSW, LCSW, PAT*,  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychodramatist who has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in private practice, public schools and as a consultant. Lisa has lead hundreds of groups addressing such topics as social skills, decreasing anxiety, conflict resolution, etc. Lisa has presented nationally, and serves as a trainer at the collegiate level as well as at private schools. As a psychodramatist, Lisa uses sociodrama and psychodrama, which utilize action-oriented techniques. These non-threatening techniques prove to be very useful when working with challenging clients and groups.
    *PAT provides 6 training hours towards psychodrama training in addition to the 6 CEU hours

    Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications Throughout the Lifespan

    Tuesday, December 09, 2014

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    6 Clinical CEUs

    The degree of trauma suffered in childhood has serious implications for behavioral, social, relational, and physical health conditions throughout the lifespan including early death. This workshop will review the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. The workshop will be divided into three parts. Part one of the workshop will discuss the findings of the ACES study underscoring the implications for health conditions in later life. Part two will review Attachment Theory as child/caretaker attachment is often compromised by adverse childhood experiences. And part three will discuss interventions designed to address the underlying trauma frequently associated with health, behavioral health, and social relational presenting problems often seen in medical and behavioral health settings.

    Alex Seidler, LCSW,  is an institute trained family therapist, graduating from New York University School of Social Work and the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. With more than 35 years in practice, Alex has been a clinician, supervisor, trainer, and lecturer. His areas of interest include systems/relational treatment, attachment, and social constructivism.

    The Tools of Engagement: Developing Skills and Techniques for Unmotivated and Challenging Clients

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    6 Clinical CEUs

    There has been an excellent amount of advancement in the area of working with ambivalent, resistant or unmotivated clients in substance abuse treatment. Nevertheless, there is more we can learn. It is critical to be able to develop practical skills and strategies for challenging clients that do not respond to traditional approaches. This workshop will teach participants some of these skills, including: engagement, addressing resistance, coping with hostility, preparation and creativity, keeping groups interactive, humor, attitude adjustments, and special considerations in assessment and treatment planning. Participants will be provided with practical tools and worksheets that they can use in their own substance abuse treatment settings.

    Kenneth Pecoraro, LCSW, LCADC, CCS,  has worked directly providing treatment for individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health issues for over 20 years using a motivational, skills and strengths based, individualized client-centered perspective. He has specialized with helping individuals who both find recovery and change extremely challenging. The method and techniques explained in his method, Taking the Escalator: An Alternative to the 12 Steps, help individuals who are resistant to traditional approaches gain the tools needed for learning to increase insight and motivation for positive change. The Taking the Escalator approach explains, outlines and promotes a modern yet easy to understand paradigm for today’s often complex world of substance use issues.
    For more information, visit www.takingtheescalator.com