• Professional Education Program
    Continuing Education for Social Workers

    A Division of the Office of Field and Professional Education

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    SOCIAL WORK AT MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY IS 40!

    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

    View our Campus Map and Directions to the University.


    ATTENTION SOCIAL WORK ALUMNI:

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

    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.


           

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


    Programs for Spring 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.

  • 4  Practical Ethics -  Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    5  Energy Psychology -  Thursday, April 23, 2015

    6  The LGBT Older Adult Project and Cultural Competency Training -  Monday, April 27, 2015

    7  Stepping Into Self-Care: Bringing Mindfulness in Practice -  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    8  Shame, Belonging and the Spiritual Self -  Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    9  Clinical Supervision  -  Thursdays, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015

    10  Managing the Clinician’s Anxiety When Encountering Differences -  Monday, May 11, 2015

    11  Psychotropic Pharmacology for Healthcare Providers -  Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    12  When Yalom Met Vygotsky: Group Treatment Informed by Interpersonal Therapy and Social Constructivism  -  Thursday, May 21, 2015

    13  The Happy Warrior: Social Workers In and Out of Uniform -  Thursday, June 04, 2015

    14  Group Work with Survivors of Sexual Violence and Incest  -  Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    15  Psychodrama One-on-One: Interventions for Individual Clients -  Monday, June 15, 2015


  • Practical Ethics

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Ethics CEUs

    Ethics. We all know the buzz words - confidentiality, conflicts of interest, boundary setting, moral imperatives, legalities. Yet we can't just decide what's ethical by what 'feels right.' So how can we decide? This workshop is practical and case-based. After reviewing some of the key frameworks suggested for defining ethical social work behavior, we apply those guidelines to both common dilemmas and case examples brought by participants. Many social work domains will be covered, including clinical work, supervision, and administration of programs or nonprofits.


    Mary Lou Killian Searles, PhD, LCSW,  has over 30 years social work experience. She has worked with clients 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 public policy. Dr Killian Searles has taught clinical social work, field education, and political science and is currently a nonprofit administrator and an adjunct in sociology.


    Energy Psychology

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 107

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs

    Energy psychology addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior and health. These systems include electrical activity of the nervous system and heart, meridians, chakras, biophotons, biofields, etc. Although psychological functioning involves thought, emotions, chemistry, neurology, genetics and environmental aspects, at an essential level bioenergy is also involved. This workshop will address the effects of anger and forgiveness. We will review some forms of energy psychology such as Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom technique, Pranic Healing, meditation and Superbrain yoga. These tools typically help move people through their issues quite rapidly and are a great addition to your skill set.


    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.


    The LGBT Older Adult Project and Cultural Competency Training

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    This workshop is FREE for all current Monmouth University Social Work Field Supervisors. Please use our field supervisor registration form to sign up for this workshop.

    6 Cultural Competence CEUs


    An exciting partnership between the School of Social Work and the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth has led to the development of a joint project examining the needs of older LGBT adults and the development of a cultural competency curriculum to increase awareness and readiness of agencies to deliver the appropriate and necessary services. This workshop presents the findings of the needs assessment done with consumers and agencies as part of the research completed prior to development of the curriculum. Participants will receive training regarding the delivery of culturally competent services when working with LGBT older adults.

    Issues of cultural competence, ethics, case management and clinical considerations of working with older LGBT adults will be examined. In particular, the focus will be on the needs of older LGBT adults residing in the Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex county areas – making it a uniquely personal, valuable, and important program for social workers in the area.


    Carolyn Bradley, PhD, LCSW, LCADC,  is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Additionally, she is a practicing clinician with over 30 years experience with a specialization in addiction recovery and a subspecialty in working with L/G/T persons. Dr. Bradley is also a certified clinical supervisor. Her research interests are in gerontology, women, spirituality and recovery.

    Jenny Dunkle, MSW, is a doctoral student at Fordham University studying social welfare policy. Her area of interest is community health and well-being which includes many things such as environmental justice and issues facing older LGBT adults. Jenny got her MSW at Monmouth University in the ICD track.

    Melissa Mutter, MSW student at Monmouth University,  is pursuing a clinical license and her areas of interest include the LGBT community and women’s issues.


    Stepping Into Self-Care: Bringing Mindfulness in Practice

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs

    Mindful self-care enhances your physical, mental, and emotional health. The act of self-care is pivotal to maintaining optimal functioning in your practice as well as what you are able to share with your clients. This workshop will explore a variety of self-care techniques and tools that support mindfulness in both your personal and professional practice with clients.


    Bailey Frumen, MSW, LCSW,  helps women break free from stress and boredom to create their ideal life. In 2012, after being physiologically and emotionally burnt out from living life like a “You Should” checklist, Bailey decided to break free and finally create a life that she adored. From the inspiration of her journey to rebuild her health and reconnect with her life, she created Life Love Roadmap.


    Shame, Belonging and the Spiritual Self

    Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 109

    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.


    Clinical Supervision

    Thursdays, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9:30 a.m. – 5:30 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 and you may take it 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.


    Managing the Clinician’s Anxiety When Encountering Differences

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Cultural Competence CEUs

    Differences in people abound, even in members of the same family, never mind in members of different races, cultures, or creeds. These differences can be uncomfortable, distracting us from being able to see the commonalities that underlie the challenges and joys of living and working in relationship to others. This workshop will use a Bowen family systems theory lens to explore the process of reactivity that naturally arises when “togetherness” forces are interrupted, and it will assist attendees with identifying their own patterns of reactivity. Then, equipped with a more factual understanding of that reactivity, there will be the opportunity for participants to discuss how to better manage themselves when encountering differences. The clinician will develop an increased ability to observe and interact in the clinical session with more objectivity and respect.


    Presented by The Princeton Family Center for Education, Inc., (PFCE),  (www.princetonfamilycenter.org), a nonprofit educational institution teaching 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.

    Joan T. McElroy, LCSW, CADC, is the Director of PFCE and a faculty member who also has a private clinical practice in West Caldwell, NJ.

    Lee S. Gardner, LCSW,  is a faculty member of the Princeton Family Center and has a private clinical practice in Pennington, NJ.


    Psychotropic Pharmacology for Healthcare Providers

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    McAllan Hall, Room 227

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    $98

    Co-Sponsored with the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies

    6 Clinical CEUs

    This program will provide an overview of adult psychotropic pharmacology for healthcare providers. It is designed to help the practitioner gain an understanding of basic neurology and the effects of pharmaceutical treatment on the behavior of individuals with mental health disorders. Recommendations for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and ADHD will be presented. A focus will be on treatment guidelines including monitoring and evaluation, the potential for drug interaction and adverse reaction.

    Topics will include:

    • The role of psychotropic pharmacology in the treatment of mental health disorders.
    • Basic function of neuroregulation.
    • Mechanism of action, adverse reactions and contraindications.
    • Monitoring and evaluating the effects of psychotropic pharmaceutical agents.
    • Ethical issues arising with the use of psychotropic medications.


    Laura Kelly, , PhD, RN, APN-C, Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner,  has been working as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse since 1989. She maintains a private practice treating women with post-partum affective disorders and works part-time at the Center for Health, Education, Medicine & Dentistry managing the psychiatric needs of clients across the life span. She also is an Associate Professor at the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies.


    When Yalom Met Vygotsky: Group Treatment Informed by Interpersonal Therapy and Social Constructivism

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    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.


    The Happy Warrior: Social Workers In and Out of Uniform

    Thursday, June 04, 2015

    Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Afflitto Conference Room

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs CEUs

    Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he
    That every man in arms should wish to be...
    Who, with a natural instinct to discern
    What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn...
    More skillful in self-knowledge, even more pure,
    As tempted more: more able to endure,
    As more exposed to suffering and distress.

    - William Wordsworth, "Character of the Happy Warrior"

    Social workers have countless roles within society. They serve as advocates, guides, liaisons, caregivers, protectors, and educators. They serve as those who have demonstrated limitless resilience and strength. They also serve in a capacity as Warriors, to defend and protect the United States of America from all enemies, foreign and domestic. These Warriors, whether in or out of uniform, serve our great nation through service to our volunteer force around the world, including combat zones in deployed settings.

    This workshop will tell stories of Warrior social workers, in and out of uniform, who fight daily battles for those who fight to keep us safe from harm. In order to assist with relevance and understanding, a glimpse into military culture, caring for the caregiver, and available programs and services to military, veterans, and family members will also be addressed.


    Jaclyn Urmey, LCSW,  earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Monmouth University (2004). Mrs. Urmey currently serves as the Director of Psychological Health for the 514th Air Mobility Wing, Air Forces Reserves, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. She is currently in the Navy Individual Ready Reserve. She served on active duty as Assistant Officer in Charge of the Navy Mobile Care Team Five, Naval Central Command Forward, Afghanistan, while concurrently serving as Head, Social Work Department, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia. Previously, Mrs. Urmey served on active duty as a Family Advocacy Counselor at Fleet and Family Support Center, Yokosuka, Japan, and as a Mental Health Clinician in the Behavioral Health Unit and Head, Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program at Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mrs. Urmey started her social work career as a Mental Health Clinician at Monroe Township’s New Jersey Training School for Boys, also called “Jamesburg.”
    Mrs. Urmey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW), and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Her previous awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Gold Star, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


    Group Work with Survivors of Sexual Violence and Incest

    Tuesday, June 09, 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, 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.


    Psychodrama One-on-One: Interventions for Individual Clients

    Monday, June 15, 2015

    The Club at Magill Commons, Room 107

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    $98

    6 Clinical CEUs

    Do the clients you work with have difficulty figuring out what to do? Do they know what to do but have difficulty applying it to their life? Psychodrama is an action-oriented therapy, which aims to help clients develop their own solutions and move forward in life with purpose and satisfaction. This workshop will focus on work with individual clients. You will learn creative interventions that will help clients bring out the best in themselves. This workshop will be didactic and experiential. You will earn 6 clinical CEU’s and six hours toward board certification in Psychodrama.


    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.