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58th Annual Spring Institute
March 25 @ 8:30 am - 3:15 pm EDT$85 – $125
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS: Bridging Cultures, Building Futures
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 pm – AM Workshops, 1-4
12:10 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm to 3:15 pm – PM Workshops, 5-8
3:15 pm – Certificates distributed
Maurice J. Elias, PhD
Social-Emotional and Character Development; Fundamental to Equity and Every Student’s Success*
Workshop 1: DSM-5 & Psychopharmacology updates **
Mark P. Faber, MD
This workshop will consist of an interactive session where the DSM-5 will be reviewed. Additionally, it will review important tips regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions as they relate to Child Study Team work.
Workshop 2: Cyberbullying: Nothing Virtual About It 
Paula Rodriguez Rust, PhD
Cyberbullying is a growing problem that can have tragic consequences. We will explore the difference between ‘traditional bullying’ and ‘cyberbullying’, reasons students choose cyberbullying, social and psychological effects, sexting and texting, legal issues and school responsibilities.
Workshop 3: How to Avoid Litigation
Scott D. Zucker, Esq
Proper record keeping is very important to the work we do. Many cases have been lost because of poor record keeping or the lack of documentation. This workshop will address key points for proper documentation and record keeping in both General Education and Special Education. It will also cover key parts of an IEP that are important when a case goes to Court.
Workshop 4: Gangs and Human Trafficking
Lt Edwin Torres
This workshop will present a basic understanding of gang dynamics and the movement of gangs into human trafficking. It includes recognizing the signs and identifiers and tactics used by gangs involved in child sex trafficking; understanding sex trafficking models as relates to recruiting, victimization, control and the methods of combating gang trafficking.
Workshop 5: Bringing SEL into Student Groups, Academics, and the Home**
Maurice J. Elias, PhD
There are three feasible ways for school social workers to build social capital in students by building SEL: via strengths-oriented groups with students, via social studies/history/current events, and with parents. Practical examples of feasible interventions in each of these areas will be presented.
Workshop 6: Legal and Social Aspects of Immigration 
Kiera LoBreglio, 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 7: NJ’s Opioid Crisis: What We Are Doing, What You Can Do
Shevendu Sen, MD; Angela Conover, BA; Chris Jakim, DEA Special Agent
NJ is in the midst of a prescription drug, heroin and fentynal abuse epidemic. This presentation will give school social workers insight into the origins of this epidemic, how it is impacting NJ’s youth, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and most importantly how to work with their school community and collaborate with outside stakeholders to prevent the spread of this epidemic through education and awareness.
Workshop 8: Conducting Effective School Social Work Assessments
Dawn Clarke, MSW, LCSW
This workshop will identify the most effective tools, techniques, and methods to use in collecting data, discuss the process of deriving significant and appropriate educational determinations and then, how to incorporate those findings into a focused report.
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, 2018 to August 31, 2020.
Certificates of Attendance must be picked up by attendees at 3:15 pm following the conclusion of the PM workshops.
** Indicates Clinical CEHs
 Indicates Social & Cultural Competence CEHs
^^Indicates Ethics CEHs
Directions from the North:
Take Garden State Parkway south to Exit 130. Merge onto US 1 north towards Newark. Continue (briefly) on US 1 N to Gill Lane. Take the Gill Lane exit; [keep right and merge onto Woodbridge Center Drive. Take the first left onto US 1 S towards Princeton. Immediately make a right into the Renaissance Hotel driveway.]
Directions from the South:
Take NJ Turnpike north to Exit 10. Merge onto I-287 north, then merge onto US 1 North, exit 1A towards Newark. Continue on US 1 N, take Gill Lane exit; continue as above
Register online online using the form below or download our brochure and registration form
SEND PAPER REGISTRATION with payment* by 3/18/18 to:
NJASSW, c/o R. Dawn Clarke
119 Tooker Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone: 973-379-4520; Fax:973-379-4520
*Note: if your district pays by purchase order, to ensure that you are pre-registered, you must send to the above address, a copy of your registration form with a statement that the District PO will follow.