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57th Annual Spring Institute

March 26, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 3:15 pm EDT

$85 – $125

The New Jersey Association of School Social Workers is excited to bring the 57th Annual Spring Institute to Iselin, NJ! The event will be held on March 26, 2018 at the beautiful Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. We are eager for you to look over the workshop offerings and look forward to seeing you!


Going Forward, Working Collaboratively to Address Student Needs

Mark Faber, MD


Workshop 1: Social Anxiety and School Refusal **

Mark Faber, MD
School refusal is a problem for children, families, and school personnel. This workshop will explore the significant short and long-term effects on children’s social, emotional and educational development; and the frequent association with comorbid psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression. Assessment and management of school refusal requires a collaborative approach that includes the family physician, parents, and school staff; we will focus on the key role of SSW in facilitating and maintaining appropriate interventions.

Workshop 2: Ethnic Cultural Differences in the Coming Out Process []

Paula Rodriguez Rust, PhD
This workshop will focus on personal conflicts, family reactions, understanding of cultural biases and cultural challenges (including objections based on religious teachings) that are faced by the LGBTQ population during the coming out process. Implications and resources which can be used by the school social worker will also be explored.

Workshop 3: Social Emotional Learning; a Whole School Approach **

Rory A. Panter, PsyD
This workshop will identify the core components necessary for the development of effective social and problem-solving skills in students. Participants will become familiar with formal and informal social skills training interventions and explore various user-friendly techniques to foster social emotional learning/social skills across environments.

Workshop 4: Transition To the Workforce

Josh Bornstein, MEd
To help youths with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life requires collaborative planning and programming from the school, family and business community. In this workshop, using Project Search as a model, participants will identify individual needs and readiness levels and explore those real-life work experience and training components necessary for effective transition programming.


Workshop 5: The Ethics and Challenges in Working with Families: How to develop effective parent/professional partnerships^^

Debra Paone, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Marlene Brown, MS, BCBA
This workshop will focus on how to develop and maintain an effective partnership with families and staff. The presenters will highlight specific ethical challenges that may arise and discuss strategies to navigate these challenging situations.

Workshop 6: Understanding and Integration of the Transgender Student Within the School Environment ** []

Paula Rodriguez Rust, PhD
With the expansion of acceptance of the transgender student, school social workers can make a positive impact for acceptance and integration in the schools. This workshop will focus on understanding transgender students and creating a safe environment; including policy, strategies, legal obligations and rights.

Workshop 7: Impact of Immigration Policies in Schools

Keira LoBregio, JD; Nicole Gutierrez, JD
This presentation will explore immigration policies and programs that impact children and families, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. We will discuss recent changes, how children are specifically impacted, and ways the school community can liaise with the legal community to support those navigating the immigration system.

Workshop 8: Opiods in NJ: What a School Social Worker Needs to Know

Shuvendu Sen, MD, FACP; Angela Conover, BA
NJ is in the midst of a prescription drug, heroin and fentynal abuse epidemic. You will gain insight into its origins, the impact, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and how to work with the school community to prevent the spread of the epidemic through education and awareness.


** Indicates Clinical CEHs
[] Indicates Social & Cultural Competence CEHs
^^Indicates Ethics CEHs


The New Jersey Association of School Social Workers, an approved provider, has approved this program for 5 Professional Development Hours and/or 5 Continuing Education Hours (N.J.A.C.13:44G-6) per the regulatory criteria established by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners for the period September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018. Certificates of Attendance must be picked up by attendees at 3:15 pm following the conclusion of the PM workshops.

SCHEDULE for 3/26/18

8:15 am to 8:45 am     Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:00 am     Opening Remarks

9:00 am to 9:50 am     Keynote Presentation

10:00 am to 12:00       AM Workshops, 1-4

12:10 pm                     Lunch

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm    PM Workshops, 5-8

3:15 pm                       Certificates distributed


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March 26, 2018
8:15 am - 3:15 pm EDT
$85 – $125
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R. Dawn Clarke


Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
515 US-1
Iselin, NJ 08830 United States
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(732) 634-3600

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