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    Continuing Education for Social Workers

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    All workshops located on the Monmouth University campus:

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    West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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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.

  • 7  Humanitarian Issues of War and Armed Conflict -  Monday, November 30, 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

  • Humanitarian Issues of War and Armed Conflict

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


    PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been re-scheduled from Monday, November 23, 2015.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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)


    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.