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Professional Development

Summer Series CEU Workshops

Please join us!
Register for 1, 2 or all 3 workshops.

7/20/16 – Understanding Gender Variance
9:00am-12:30pm (8:30am registration/refreshments)
Presenters: Deb Wolff, LCSW, Renee Bennett-Holmes, LCSW
Earn 3 Cultural Competence/Clinical Education Credits – $60.00

This workshop will provide a historical overview of gender, gender variance, and gender determinants. Sociological implications, the provision of care to the gender variant population in various treatment settings and emergent dilemmas will explored.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Define terms which apply to gender variance
  • Explore gender determinants.
  • Explore and discuss the gender continuum.
  • Learn to create a gender variant inclusive treatment setting.
  • Explore ethical dilemmas and how they may impact treatment.
  • Develop strategies to enhance awareness and provide trauma informed care.


  • Check-in and light refreshments
  • Introduction and definitions applying to gender variance, discussion, video
  •  Discussion of the gender continuum
  • Discussion of gender determinants
  • Gender variance in treatment settings:  Partial Care, Outpatient, Residential, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Case Scenarios, activity
  • Creating an inclusive treatment setting
  • Activities, questions, closing comments

8/4/16 – Family Engagement: Turning Values Into Practice
9:00am-12:30pm (8:30am registration/refreshments)
Presenter: Deb Wolff, LCSW
Earn 3 Clinical Education Credits – $60.00

Whether working with children, adolescents or adults, engagement with families and caregivers helps improve treatment outcomes. Effective family engagement requires understanding the benefits, challenges, strategies, and opportunities for the individual and family. Engagement models will be explored for various populations including child welfare and  adult SMI.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Define “engagement” and “family engagement”
  • Learn at least 3 benefits of family engagement
  • Explore the barriers and challenges of family engagement
  • Review documented family engagement models
  • Learn proven strategies and interventions
  • Practice approaches to family engagement in the context of culture
  • Develop a personal plan to increase family engagement in their practice


  • Purpose/benefits of engaging clients’ families including review of research and exploring how treatment success is related to family involvement
  • Words of Engagement: words/phrases, definitions
  • Principles of engagement: explore fundamentals of engagement and family engagement
  • Developing a Family Engagement Philosophy and Culture
  • Predictors/Indicators of engagement success
  • Barriers/Challenges
  • Clinical Skills, Program Strategies &  Engagement Models
  • Putting it into Practice
  • Understanding Emotional needs of Caregivers
  • Operationalizing Family Engagement
  • Developing a personal and program plan
  • Q/A

8/11/16 – Cultural Perspectives in Out-of-Home Placement and Adoption
9:00am-3:30pm (8:30am registration/1 hour lunch)
Presenter: Deb Wolff, LCSW
Earn 5 Cultural Competence/Clinical Education Units – $100.00

This workshop will assist management and clinical teams in understanding the issues of cultural competency and diversity in out-of-home placements and adoption and the various implications it can have on treatment.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Develop self-awareness surrounding personal cultural backgrounds, issues, and biases as it relates to foster care, adoption and out-of-home placement
  • Explore diversity and competency issues that are unique in-out-home placement
  • Recognize how cultural diversity impacts the foster or adopted child as well as the foster or adoptive parent and children/staff  in residential settings
  • Understand the challenges of fostering/adopting or treating children with differing values, beliefs, and traditions
  •  Identify assessment tools and resource available
  • Learn 3 techniques/strategies for clinical application


  • Check-in and light refreshments
  • Importance of Cultural Perspectives in Out-of-Home Placement
  • Definitions, Misunderstandings and Assumptions, Beliefs and Knowledge
  • Transcultural Families and Rituals and Routines
  • System and Personal Challenges: Breaking Down the Issues
  • Lunch on your own
  • Child, Foster parent/ Caregiver, Birth parent, Agency/Institutions/Staff Perspectives
  • Clinical Perspectives: Stages of Ethnic Identity; Ethnographic Interviewing
  • Case Scenarios, Interventions and Practice Recommendations
  • Closing Video: “Now I am Just Me”    

All workshops will be held at Oaks Integrated Care, 128 Cross Keys Rd., Berlin, NJ



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Registration Fee: $60-$100 (Complimentary for Oaks Integrated Care employees – register via Oaks Integrated Care ELearning). Full refunds are available if cancellation occurs more than 2 days before the course.

To register by mail, download the registration form: Summer Series Registration Form

For accommodations for disabilities, please call 609-267-5928.

Grievances can be addressed via phone, email, or letter to Donna Peteraf at 770 Woodlane Rd., Mt. Holly, NJ 08060, 609-267-5928, or


For registration questions, contact Donna Peteraf at or 609-267-5928 x99834.

For clinical questions, contact Deb Wolff at or 856-428-1300 x88958.