The Cultural Dynamic of Gangs

Jack Farrell, LCSW

Gangs have evolved into their own culture by establishing a historical pattern of beliefs, values, and norms that are transmitted from one generation to the next. This training will provide an overview of the relationship between violence and gangs in our communities, including the risk factors for gang involvement and common gang identifiers. It will also provide insight into the importance of community responsibility in addressing gang violence and gang involvement, as well as strategies for engaging family members and community providers in this process.


  • Describe how gangs have become their own culture.
  • Outline risk factors for gang involvement.
  • Describe common gangs and gang indentifiers in New Jersey.
  • Recognize the community’s responsibility to protect children and support families, as it relates to gang violence and gang involvement.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of various community agencies and the importance of inter-agency collaboration, as it relates to addressing gang involvement and gang violence.
  • Identify strategies to engage extended family members and community providers to protect children from gang involvement and gang violence in their communities.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Date: Friday, March 15, 2013              Time: 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers. This is a moderate level training.

CEUs: Social workers will receive 5 CEUs in clinical or cultural competence.
Family Connections, provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions and Parking Information: Please visit: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until March 1, 2013. After March 1st, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.
Registration for this training is full and has been closed.

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