Training

Event registration is open only to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and/or substance abuse agencies, and self-help centers. If you have questions regarding your DMHAS-contracting, please contact at us at 973-323-3454. 

Upcoming Events: 2020 

UPDATE 4/8/20: Courses will be offered as webinars in response to COVID19. Instructions will be emailed to registered participants at least three days before each training. Please check your SPAM/JUNK emails if you don’t see confirmation or instruction emails.

Social Workers: We have applied for 5 CE credits for these courses through ASWB  ACE.

April 17, 2020
Spiritually Sensitive Social Work: Integrating Spirituality and Religion in Practice
Presented by: Anthony Nicotera
Location: Live interactive webinar 

This workshop will discuss the importance of spiritually sensitive social work practice.  It will present insights and exercises from: the spirituality, social justice, and multi-faith leadership courses; domestic and international faith and community-based work. It also will present findings from research and writing on spirituality and mental health. It will invite discussion about social work’s commitment to the bio-psycho-social-spiritual person, and present the Circle of Insight as a practical tool that social workers can apply and use to deepen their commitment to spiritually sensitive social work pedagogy and practice. It will be a multimedia, interactive workshop utilizing interviews, music, and videos, as well as clips from the award-winning film, The 5 Powers, in collaboration with Thich Nhat Hanh, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recall social work research pertaining to spirituality religion, and spiritually sensitive social work practice
  • Describe the importance of spiritually sensitive social work practice
  • Describe the Circle of Insight process as it relates to spiritually sensitive social work practice
  • Apply the Circle of Insight to spiritually sensitive social work practice scenario
  • Consider and create strategies for utilizing the Circle of Insight and other tools to deepen and grow their commitment to spiritually sensitive social work practice.

Registration for this training opens in March. Deadline is Thursday, April 16, 2020. For more information or to register, please click here.

 

May 4, 2020
Culture in treatment, Culture as Treatment: A critical appraisement for co-occurring treatment
Presented by: La’Tesha Sampson
Location: TBD

Culturally competent practice is widely acknowledged to be a necessary approach to maximize the quality of services for racial/ethnic minorities in substance abuse treatment. This course will review the literature on racial and ethnic disparities in co-occurring treatment and assist seasoned practitioners with utilizing client culture as the means to increase favorable outcomes in the treatment process.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of leveraging client cultural identity to positively impact the treatment process.
  • Define drug cultures and the role of drug cultures in substance abuse treatment
  • Identify how the organization of treatment services might lead to service disparities, particularly problems in treatment completion and address these potential gaps in services.

Registration for this training opens in March. Deadline is Friday, May 1, 2020. For more information or to register, please click here.

 

May 11, 2020
Looking at Mental Health through the Lens of Stigma and Race:  Implications for Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Service Delivery
Presented by: Tawanda Hubbard, MSW, DSW, LCSW
Location: Live interactive webinar

Historically in our country as well as other parts of the world, persons with mental illness have been stigmatized, treated as inferior, and some forced to endure deplorable conditions and treatments.  Today, advances have been made in research and practice that has improved treatment and service delivery to persons with mental problems and mental illness, but they still must contend with the stigma that goes along with having a mental disorder.  To complicate matters for persons of color with mental health problems and mental illness, they not only have to deal with the struggles of their condition, encounter stigma, but also contend with discrimination.  In this full day workshop, participants will discuss disparities persons of color with mental illness encounter in mental health programs and society-at-large.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss disparities persons of color with mental illness encounter in mental health programs and society-at-large.
  2. Restate at the history of how persons with mental illness have been seen and shamed; discuss how that view still lives today within the mental health system; and prevalence of discrimination in mental health towards persons of color.
  3. Identify the role of service providers and agencies in fighting health inequalities and discrimination apart of ensuring quality care.
  4. Explain how key concepts, such as, social determinants of health, macroaggressions and microaggressions, difference, anti-oppression approach, cultural formulation, social location, etc. can be operationalized in removing stigma and fighting discrimination within the mental health system across the continuum of care working with persons of color.

Registration for this training opens in mid-April. Deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020. For more information, please click here.

 

 

June 22-23, 2020
Cultural Competency Conference

For a look at our previous training workshops and conferences, click here.

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