General Meetings

NJAWT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP no. 6227, to provide continuing education credits to LPCs and LMFTs.  Application is made for approval to the NJ Board of Social Workers for each program; members will be advised when approval is granted.  NJAWT is investigating requirements for CE credits for psychologists.

  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NJAWT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

When approved, 1.5 CE Hours are awarded for attending a General Meeting Program.

Pre-registration is not required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Non-members pay a $25 fee for CE Hours.

General Meetings are held at The United Methodist Church of Summit.  17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit.

If you would like to join us for brunch or dinner before the meeting, please RSVP to our Hospitality Chair, Kimberly Goodrich, 908-334-0261, kgoodrichlcsw@hotmail.com

For more information, please contact Program Chair, Marcia Lite-Braus, 908-239-3073, mlbraus@verizon.net 

 

Next Up 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Nurtured Approach(R)

 

Presenter: Connie Masullo, MSW, LCSW 

Light dinner and networking time from 6-7pm, 7-7:15pm brief meeting

Clinical presentation 7:15pm-8:45pm 

 

**Full description of program below in the 2017-2018 Calendar of General Meetings

 

2017-2018 Calendar of General Meetings

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Divorce Mediation

Presenter: Beverly Hayes, LMFT, MCSW, APM

This presentation will provide an overview of the divorce mediation process and how it can assist clients going through a difficult life crisis.  Discussion will include the pros and cons of divorce mediation, when a referal is appropriate, and what issues are to be resolved. 

 

Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

1. Have a better understanding of the mediation process in general.

2. Understand what issues are resolved through divorce mediation.

3. Have learned how to determine which clients might be appropriate for referral to divorce mediation.

 

Agenda:

1. What is divorce mediation and how it is different from litigated divorce?

2. What are the issues to be resolved?

3. How does the process work?

4. The advantages and disadvantages of divorce mediation.

5. Who is  and who is not appropriate for divorce mediation.

6. The skills and styles of a divorce mediator.

7. Helping the therapist decide when to make a referral.

8. What is full disclosure.

9. Negotiation a parenting plan.

10. How a mediator can help with the healing process.

11. What is a Memorandum of Understanding?

12. Career opportunities in the field of mediation.

13. Q & A

Note:  Mediation is not therapy, but can be therapeutic.

 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Clinical Uses of Hypnosis

The United Methodist Church of Summit

17 Kent Place Blvd.

Summit, NJ 07901

 

Light brunch and networking time from 10-11am, 11-11:15 brief meeting

Clinical presentation 11:15am-12:45pm 

 

Presenter: Maria G Masciandaro, Psy.D.

Dr. Maria G. Masciandaro, Psy.D is a broadly trained, licensed psychologist involved in a variety of areas.  She provides psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and couples and also serves as a supervisor, consultant and trainer to other therapists and graduate students to develop their skills.  She is currently the President of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey.

 

Course Level

Beginner.  Intended Audience: mental health professionals

 

Understanding the basic principles of hypnosis allows individuals in the health and mental health fields to accomplish their goals with greater precision.  Regardless of therapeutic orientation, being attuned to hypnotic phenomena such as spontaneous trance can assist the alert therapist.  Knowing how to guage susceptibility and suggestibility allows therapists to set realistic goals for facilitating trance.  As a tool, hypnoisis can be used in a variety of ways, limited only by the individual's own capacity for trance.  Some examples of clinical applications are: to increase motivation for change, to sculpt habit control, to aid in the preparation for medical procedures, and to enhance living with acute or chronic medical conditions.  Mitigating anxiety when the brain is hard wired to respond and helping someone deal with bouts of depressive symptoms/triggers are additional benefits of knowing this approach.  The client's use of recordings in between sessions can encourage the development of greater skills in this area.

 

Agenda (approx 15 min per area)

 Define and explain terminology

  •         hypnosis
  •         being hypnotic
  •         trance
  •         stages of hypnosis: elicitation (induction), deepening, ratification, suggestions, re-alerting

 Crafting a treatment plan that includes the use of hypnosis

  •         informed consent- legal concerns

 Utilizing spontaneous trance states in session

  •         principals of communication

 Case examples of the use of hypnosis with medical issues (illness or routine procedures)

  •         symptom control - increasing comfort

 Case examples of the use of hypnosis with an anxious client

  •         fear of flying, public speaking, etc.

 Case examples of the use of hypnosis with habit control

  •        crafting a better food plan or for smoking cessation

 

There are no breaks during the program.

There will be time for questions during the program.

 

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define hypnosis vs. being hypnotic.
  2. Name two indications of spontaneous trance states.
  3. Explain how hypnosis is used with clients confronting medical conditions.
  4. Identify a clincial goal with one of their client's where they believe hypnosis may be helpful.
  5. Explain the importance of professional ethics in the use of hypnosis.

 

NJAWT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6227.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NJAWT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #134 Course #1670 from 01/18/2018 to 01/18/2020.  Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 1.5.

CE Hours are available for LPCs and LMFTs.

 

Attendees will be asked to sign in and sign out for this program, which begins at 11:15 after brunch and a brief business meeting in which we will elect new officers.  After full conclusion of the program, you can submit the evaluation and receive your CE certificate. 

 

Pre-registration is not required.  Walk-ins are welcomed.  Non-members pay a $25 fee for CE Hours.

 

If you would like to join us for brunch before the meeting, please RSVP to our Hospitality Chair, Kimberly Goodrich, (908)-334-0261, kgoodrichlcsw@hotmail.com

 

For more information AND TO ASK QUESTIONS OR REQUEST ACCOMODATIONS FOR A DISABILITY, please contact Program Chair, Marcia Lite-Braus, (908) 239-3073, mlbraus@verizon.net

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Nurtured Heart Approach (R)

The United Methodist Church of Summit

17 Kent Place Blvd.

Summit, NJ 07901

 

Light dinner and networking time from 6pm-7pm, 7-7:15pm brief meeting

Clincial presentation 7:15pm-8:45pm

 

Presenter: Connie Masullo, MSW, LCSW

Connie Masullo, MSW, LCSW, has worked with children, adolescents and parents for over 10 years.  She serves children ages 4-21 with a wide array of emotional and behavioral health challenges as well as developmental disabilities.  As a clinician, she has a strong inclination towards REBT/CBT and her training in positive psychology and the Nurtured Heart Approcah(R) have only accelerated the positive effects of REBT/CBT.  Connie has been certified at the Albert Ellis Institute in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy for Children.  She is a certified clinical supervisor and Field Work Instructor and is a co-trainer on many mental health topics at the Sherry Blair Institute.  

 

 

Course Level: Beginner

 

Intended Audience: Mental Health professionals

The Nurtured Heart Approach(R) is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in The 3 StandsTM for helping children (and adults) build their Inner Wealth(R) and use their intensity in successful ways.  It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success.

 

Agenda: 7:15-8:45pm (There are no breaks during the program)  

7:15 Introduction

7:20 Building Inner Wealth

7:30 Stand 1 - Absolutely No!

7:45 Stand 2 - Absolutely Yes!

    Recognitions - Four types: Noticing the children and what they are doing; their virtues and strengths; their positive interations and the rules they're not breaking; describing clear instructions to create future success. 

8:10 Stand 3 - Absolutely Clear!

8:30 Discussion & burning questions

 

Course Objective:

Upon the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the conceptual framework of the Nurtured Heart Approach(R).
  2. Discuss the three stands of the Nurtured Heart Approach(R).
  3. Demonstrate four ways to recognize and energize positive behaviors, within a cultural context. 
  4. Discuss how to effectively set and enforce clear limits when working with youth.

 

NJAWT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6227.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NJAWT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

 

1.5 CE Hours are awarded for attending a General Meeting Program.  CE Hours are available for LPCs & LMFTs.

 

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #134 Course #1766 from 04/06/2018 to 04/06/2020.  Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 1.5.

 

Pre-registration is not required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Non-members pay a $25 fee for CE Hours.

 

If you would like to join us for dinner before the meeting, please RSVP to our Hospitality Chair, Kimberly Goodrich, 908-334-0261, kgoodrichlcsw@gmail.com

 

For more information AND TO ASK QUESTIONS OR REQUEST ACCOMODATIONS FOR A DISABILITY, please contact Program Chair, Marcia Lite-Braus, 908-239-3073, mlbraus@verizon.net

 

 

 

Please note: All General Meetings will be held at the United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit NJ.  Please enter at the DeForest Avenue side entrance.

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