• Professional Education Program
    Continuing Education for Social Workers

    A Division of the Office of Field and Professional Education

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    All workshops located on the Monmouth University campus:

    400 Cedar Avenue
    West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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    ATTENTION SOCIAL WORK ALUMNI:

    All Monmouth University School of Social Work Alumni will receive a 20% discount for each workshop registration.

    ATTENTION ALL REGISTRANTS:

    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.


     


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    Programs for Fall 2015

    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.

  • 1  Clinical Supervision -  Tuesdays, October 13, 20, and 27, 2015

    2  Group Work with Survivors of Sexual Violence and Incest -  Thursday, October 15, 2015

    3  Gender Bending  -  Thursday, October 29, 2015

    4  Motivational Interviewing -  Friday, November 06, 2015

    5  Shame, Belonging and the Spiritual Self -  Thursday, November 12, 2015

    6  Using DBT and Loving Kindness Skills for Patients with Addictions and Other Self-Harming Behaviors -  Thursday, November 19, 2015

    7  Humanitarian Issues of War and Armed Conflict -  Monday, November 23, 2015

    8  The New Shape of Aging: Responding to Culturally Diverse Older Adults -  Thursday, December 03, 2015

    9  Ethics in Action -  Tuesday, December 08, 2015

    10  Group Therapy: An Integrative Approach -  Monday, December 14, 2015

    11  Clinical Supervision in the Social Work Setting -  Fridays, January 22, 29; February 5, 2016


  • Clinical Supervision

    Tuesdays, October 13, 20, and 27, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    $325

    20 Clinical CEUs including 5 Ethics and 3 Cultural Competence CEUs


    Interested in supervising colleagues on the path to their LCSW? This interactive workshop satisfies 20 hours of continuing education credits of post-graduate course-work related to supervision. In it you will learn the responsibilities of being a clinical supervisor, identify your supervisory strengths, and explore the complex dynamics of the supervisory relationship. Special attention will be paid to adhering to ethical and culturally competent practice.

    You must be present for each day of the workshop to receive credit. You may take this course prior to having your LCSW.


    Scottie Urmey, LCSW,CP,PAT,  is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified psychodramatist who has worked along the clinical spectrum including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and private practice settings. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Saint Peters College and her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University. Scottie has over 18 years of training in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and has applied this expertise to a multitude of clinical psychotherapy groups with children and adults. Currently, Scottie is building a private practice in individual and group psychotherapy . Scottie is also engaged in the process to become a certified educator and trainer in psychodrama and currently offers ongoing training groups locally, presents training workshops at local and national conferences, and offers continuing education to public and private agencies.


    Group Work with Survivors of Sexual Violence and Incest

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Afflitto Conference Room

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical  CEUs

    The workshop will teach participants how to facilitate a 12 week psycho-educational group for adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The curriculum uses an empowerment model, it is designed to be cognitive behavioral in content and intended to move group members from crisis to stabilization, and finally to integration. The tools learned in this particular group format allow members to begin to heal the psychic wounds generated by traumatic life events.

    The 12 week curriculum taught is as follows:

    • Week 1 -Orientation, Breaking the Silence
    • Week 2 -Dealing with PTSD
    • Week 3- Understanding It Wasn't Your Fault
    • Week 4- How the Assault Changed Your Life
    • Week 5-Coping Mechanisms and Survival Skills
    • Week 6- Recognizing Negative Thought Patterns
    • Week 7- Anger - The Backbone of Healing
    • Week 8 -Building a Support System
    • Week 9 -Healing Sexually
    • Week 10- Building Self Esteem
    • Week 11- Mourning Your Losses and Moving On
    • Week 12 - Pursuing Happiness, Termination


    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.

    Denise Lang-Grant, LPC, is a licensed therapist specializing in sexual and other traumas and author of ten non-fiction books on family relationships, health, and true crime. A nationally appointed trainer by the Office of Victim Witness, she is the New Jersey state facilitator for strengthening community response to military survivors of sexual violence and also serves as an adjunct instructor for Seton Hall University’s Master’s in Counseling program. A popular presenter, she is the managing partner of DLG Counseling Associates, with offices in Morris and Somerset counties and was a major contributor to the inaugural edition of the first encyclopedia to deal with sexual trauma and recovery.


    Gender Bending

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Cultural Competence  CEUs

    So many of us check a box on multiple applications and don't think anything of it: __Female __ Male.
    But this identity, falsely defined as based in our biology, has countless social ramifications. Are we truly in a post-feminist world in the US? What if our clients' identities don't fit neatly in these either/or categories? This workshop will look at clinical work, including traditional and non-traditional diagnoses and treatment/service approaches, for clients who think, feel and live outside these boxes. Intersex, transgender, gender queer, and other labels will be explored, as well as what it can mean simply to strive to be non-sexist in 2015. A brief discussion of related social and legal policies impacting our clients will also be offered.


    Mary Lou Killian Searles, PhD, LCSW,  has over 30 years social work experience and has both a family connection and clinical knowledge in these areas. She has worked with clients - cisgender, transgender, intersex, and other - in programs ranging from HIV case management, forensic and outpatient mental health care, and shelter services to private practice serving individuals recovering from trauma. She has provided clinical supervision in a variety of settings and has researched and published in the area of LGBTI public policy. Dr Killian Searles has taught clinical social work, field education, policy, and political science and is currently a nonprofit administrator and an adjunct in sociology.


    Motivational Interviewing

    Friday, November 06, 2015

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    Cosponsored with the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies Center for Professional Development in Nursing and Health

    6 Clinical CEUs

    Engaging clients in treatment can be difficult. Motivational Interviewing (MI) can help. MI takes a look at client’s ambivalence to change and assists in the treatment planning process to target specific barriers. In this workshop, the focus will be on how to be strategic in what interventions may work more effectively during different stages of change. MI is a valuable tool for increasing engagement in treatment and can be used with all populations of clients including addiction, self-harm, and other mood related needs.


    Billie-Jo Stuto, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, 


    Shame, Belonging and the Spiritual Self

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs

    This workshop takes a holistic approach and will be presented toward a greater understanding of the mind, body, and spirit working together for a person to be whole. Instruction will be aimed at the importance of Belonging and how it is affected by development and adulthood. Shame is a pervasive and powerful agent that works against a healthy sense of well-being. Belonging and Shame often get intertwined, resulting in a faulty belief system that affects one’s perspective, life and spiritual self. Pain results, and relief is frequently sought thru artificial means such as people, pleasure agents, possessions and/or power. Authentic healing occurs in the spiritual self, where true self-worth resides. Experiential methods will be applied during this workshop, including guided meditation.


    Janice Krolack, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS,  is a licensed therapist and certified supervisor. She has a Master’s in Clinical Counseling, with a specialty in Addictions from New York Institute of Technology. She also studied compulsive disorders and trained at South Oaks Institute.

    During the last 20 years, she held the position of Director of Outpatient Services in two Monmouth County agencies respectively. She provided leadership at the Community YMCA Family Services in Matawan for nearly fourteen years directing all Outpatient clinical services. She also supervised counselors and interns for a wide array of services and modalities ranging from Play Therapy to programs for Addiction. Prior to the Y, she filled the same position for the New Hope Foundation in Freehold, where the services were specifically focused on addiction.

    Simultaneously, she has been in Private Practice in Millstone Township, specializing in mental health, addiction, codependency, bereavement and relationship enhancement. Her therapeutic approach is often provided from an eclectic and spiritual perspective with an integration of the healing arts. She is trained in EMDR and is a Reiki Level III Practitioner. She has been practicing meditation since 1974, and uses guided meditation in her practice.

    Early in her career, Jan worked as a Prevention Therapist, offering school based and agency based counseling to children, adolescents and families in Bethpage, New York.

    Jan has also been a Retreat Leader offering topics such as “Honoring Our Inner Spirit; A Spiritual Journey from Hole to Whole” as well as “Meaning and Purpose Thru the 12 Steps”. She was also a Youth Group Sexuality Retreat Facilitator for the United Presbyterian Church of Millstone.


    Using DBT and Loving Kindness Skills for Patients with Addictions and Other Self-Harming Behaviors

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs

    Working with High Risk patients can be an exhausting and overwhelming process even for the most skilled clinician. These patients require complex and multi-level treatments. This workshop will review assessment and treatment planning to ensure appropriate levels of care and will explore the use of DBT Coping Skills, especially Mindfulness, along with Loving Kindness techniques and meditation. Along with psychotherapy and other modalities, therapists will be able to teach patients coping skills to self-manage High Risk Symptoms which will increase patient safety and resilience while enhancing self-care and positive wellbeing.


    Rosemary Ravelo, LCSW,  has over 30 years of social work practice in New York and New Jersey. She has worked in child abuse treatment, family therapy with abusive families, child welfare, addiction treatment, hospital and school social work. She is currently the Trauma clinician for High Focus Centers IOP trauma program in Cranford, New Jersey. Her private practice focuses on wellness management, trauma and mindfulness.


    Humanitarian Issues of War and Armed Conflict

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Ethics CEUs

    The news and our history books overflow with desensitizing stories and images of war. But what of the real people in the midst of these conflicts? This workshop examines how conflict intersects with the rights and protections of people — at home and abroad. Participants will be challenged to explore important questions around protecting the rights of vulnerable people during times of war and develop skills to analyze current events from a humanitarian perspective. Case studies from events as varied as World War II to the recent conflicts in Syria will describe the behavior of actual people who are caught up in situations where humanitarian action is required.

    Participants will become familiar with the Geneva Conventions, the NASW Code of Ethics, the International Federation of Social Workers Statement of Ethical Principles, and the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement as tools for examining the challenges of war and conflict.


    Michael Cronin, PhD, LCSW,  is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Monmouth University School of Social Work and is the Coordinator for the International and Community Development Concentration. Dr. Cronin holds a PhD from Yeshiva University and a MS in Social Work from Columbia University. His research interests and publications are in international social work, health care and social policy, disaster management, social gerontology, international humanitarian law, and cultural competence.

    Dr. Cronin has volunteered with the American Red Cross in Greater New York since 1996 and currently serves as the Chapter’s representative for international disaster mental health collaboration. His work and collaboration with international colleagues as a disaster mental health leader and instructor contributed to the development of curriculum and training for several Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies around the world. He was invited in 2009 to be a Roster Member of the International Psychosocial Support Team for the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies.

    Dr. Cronin is the Main Representative to the United Nations in New York for the International Federation of Social Workers where he leads a team to raise global awareness about social issues, including aging, the family, health and mental health, social development, status of women, youth, migrants, and human rights.


    The New Shape of Aging: Responding to Culturally Diverse Older Adults

    Thursday, December 03, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    Cosponsored with the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies Center for Professional Development in Nursing and Health

    6 Cultural Competence CEUs

    Older adults face unique challenges aging in place or transitioning into long-term care. Frailty, loss of mobility, etc. can challenge a resident’s ability to be autonomous. Race/ethnicity or sexual orientation may play a role in complicating these challenges for caregivers. In this workshop we will examine current measures used to assess resident’s preferences, review what the research tells us about diverse older adults in the community and in long-term care and best-practices for supporting older adult autonomy. Sensitivity training, alternative therapies and life review skills will be shared and discussed.


    Christa Hogan, LCSW,  graduated from Monmouth University with her BSW in 1994 and from Fordham University with her MSW in 1997. Christa has extensive practice experience working in nursing homes and as a hospice social worker for the last 19 years. She has worked in the capacity of Director of Social Services and as a nursing home consultant. Her area of specialization is working with families and older adults around end of life experiences, caregiving, nursing home placement, and issues around aging. Christa’s other practice experience includes her private practice with families and children, her work in a specialized school setting for children with special needs, and working as an adjunct professor. Currently Christa is a full time faculty member at Monmouth University teaching graduate and undergraduate classes primarily in field and practice courses.

    Paul Urbanski, MSW, PhD, received his doctorate degree from the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. He has a Master’s Degree of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree is in fine arts from the University of Michigan. He has served as an adjunct professor of social policy at Skidmore College and the University at Albany. Research interests include the impact of institutional settings on older adults and specifically on resident autonomy in long-term care facilities. Currently he is interested in understanding older adult’s experiences transitioning from prison to the community.


    Ethics in Action

    Tuesday, December 08, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Ethics CEUs

    Professional mistakes can be painful, result in job loss, and at times, make negative headlines. If you feel stuck with an ethical dilemma or are fearful of becoming embroiled in one in the future, this creative, experiential workshop is designed for you. Participants will learn about the psychodramatic perspective which offers a 3-dimensional way of looking at and resolving ethical concerns. The techniques of enactment, role reversal, and doubling will be practiced allowing you to approach situations with deeper understanding. Action techniques promote a catharsis of integration, participants will come away knowing how to give every aspect of a problem adequate attention in the decision-making process.


    Ron Collier, LCSW,  is a graduate of Barry University in Miami, Florida. He has held both clinical and supervisory positions in social work for the past 30 years. He is currently building a private practice in individual and group therapy. In 2006, Ron received his certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, and is now working on his certification as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama. This includes co-leading an ongoing psychodrama training group with Scottie Urmey. Ron has always found introducing students to careers in social work to be particularly rewarding. Ron was awarded the second annual Bertha Capen-Reynolds Award as the Outstanding Social Work Field Supervisor for Monmouth University in 2007. He is continuing his affiliation with the University as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work.

    Scottie Urmey, LCSW,CP,PAT, is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified psychodramatist who has worked along the clinical spectrum including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and private practice settings. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Saint Peters College and her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University. Scottie has over 18 years of training in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and has applied this expertise to a multitude of clinical psychotherapy groups with children and adults. Currently, Scottie is building a private practice in individual and group psychotherapy . Scottie is also engaged in the process to become a certified educator and trainer in psychodrama and currently offers ongoing training groups locally, presents training workshops at local and national conferences, and offers continuing education to public and private agencies.


    Group Therapy: An Integrative Approach

    Monday, December 14, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs

    The social group is a genetically predetermined condition of the human species. Genes encourage humans to seek affiliation with others in order to ensure protection, procreation, and survival of the species. From Aristotle to Marx, group affiliation has been seen as a primary force in mediating human behavior. Group psychotherapy is consequently the most natural setting for humans to learn to grow and adapt behavior from others in order to be productive individuals.

    This workshop will explore the vast contribution of Yalom's interpersonal approach to providing group psychotherapy. His groundbreaking work details all of the elements necessary for successful implementation of group treatment. However, group dynamics transcends the treatment room. As a result this workshop will explore the work of Lev Vygotsky and his contributions to social constructivism, speaking to the role that people play in contributing to a larger society.

    This workshop will review and discuss all of the elements of Yalom's interpersonal approach to group treatment via didactic instruction, small group activity and role-play. Upon the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

    1. Understand the role that genetics and social activity play in human behavior
    2. Know how to implement group treatment
    3. Develop and maintain group cohesiveness
    4. Be able to begin conducting group treatment


    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.


    Clinical Supervision in the Social Work Setting

    Fridays, January 22, 29; February 5, 2016

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons (Jan 22 & 29); The Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A (Feb. 5)

    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Jan 22 & 29); 9 a.m. –12 p.m. (Feb. 5)

    $325

    20 Clinical CEUs including 5 Ethics CEUs

    This workshop will explore and discuss topics that pertain to supervision including how to prepare, knowing your supervision style, and what topics to discuss within a supervisor capacity. Ethics, legal issues, and your professional development will be examined. Participants will receive personality and management style testing.

    Once completed, this class has been approved for the post graduate class on supervision needed for those that wish to supervise LSWs in need of supervision for their LCSW. This 3-day workshop can to be used for your CEUs for the next renewal year as 20 Clinical Hours and 5 Ethics. You may take this course prior to having your LCSW.

    In order to receive this certificate, attendees must be present for each day of the workshop.


    Kelly Ward, PhD, LCSW, LCADC,  is currently an Associate Professor and the MSW Director at Monmouth University in the School of Social Work and is in private practice at Colts Neck Consulting Group. Throughout her career Dr. Ward has worked as a supervisor in both the administrative and clinical capacities and is currently listed in the NASW clinical supervision registry.