Behavioral Health Workshops Announced, Leading off with Motivational Interviewing
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, August 23, 2013, 04:07 PM EDT
Care Plus NJ, Inc. (CarePlus) of Paramus has released their new workshop schedule for the 2013-2014 season. The schedule starts off with a workshop on Motivational Interviewing, a one-day course offering six clinical CEUs for social workers. Other workshops include Mental Health First Aid training, Suicide Awareness, LGBTQ Cultural Awareness, and Behavior Management for At-Risk Youth. A complete schedule is available at the CarePlus website at http://www.careplusnj.org/workshops.
The workshops are designed for a variety of audiences; in particular, those with an interest in mental health care topics. All workshops will include continuing education units or CEUs for those in the social work field. There are no prerequisites to attend.
CarePlus Innovations – the training and education arm of CarePlus – offers workshops and customized programs for individuals, organizations, schools, and community groups. Their annual workshop schedule runs from September through May.
The first workshop – Motivational Interviewing: New Strategies for Client Engagement – is one that will be attractive to those in the mental health field, such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others in health care who interact with clients on a regular basis.
Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach that recognizes and accepts that clients who seek change in their lives approach counseling at different levels of readiness to change behavior. The approach increases clients’ awareness of the results and consequences of the behavior in question. Therapists can then help clients envision a better future, thereby increasing motivation to achieve it.
The workshop – being held on Monday, September 16th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at the CarePlus Paramus headquarters – will be led by Joel Levine (LCSW, LPC, LCADC, LMFT), who has over 10 years of experience in the field of social work as both a therapist and educator. Levine is also a therapist at CarePlus.
The cost to attend the Motivational Interviewing workshop is $65 and includes six clinical CEUs. CarePlus offers online registration at their website.
Additional information on each of the workshops can be found on the CarePlus website at http://www.careplusnj.org/workshops or by calling (201) 797-2660 ext 110.
Care Plus NJ, Inc. (www.CarePlusNJ.org) is a northern New Jersey provider of recovery-focused mental health, substance abuse and family services that addresses the unique needs of individuals with a holistic approach to recovery and overall wellness. Operating out of 23 sites – including three outpatient centers located in Paramus, Fair Lawn, and Montclair, ten residential facilities, offices at three local hospitals, and seven community offices – their services are convenient to clients located throughout Northern New Jersey. They also provide educational programs on mental health-related topics to schools, organizations, and community groups; topics including certified Mental Health First Aid, suicide awareness, bullying prevention, and crisis intervention.