• 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.

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

  • 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.

    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