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Narcan: Preventing Opioid Overdose Saves Lives (complimentary session) Presenters: Queenie Reda, MSW, LSW and Jose A. Cruz, LCSW, MBA

This course is an academic presentation on opioid abuse and overdose, demonstration of naloxone administration, and rescue breathing. Participants will learn how to identify factors that led to the opioid epidemic, recognize overdose symptoms and implement life-saving strategies during an overdose. All participants will receive Narcan kits.

Strengthening Families Program Leader Certification Presenter: Larry Williams

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an internationally-recognized model parenting program. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behavior, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, and to improve social competencies and school performance. Program materials are an additional fee. This training is not recommended for individual counselors. Completion of the training certifies participants to deliver the 14-week program.

I&RS/504 – Perfect Together Presenter: Connie Greene, MA, CAS, CSW, CPS

This half-day training will clarify the similarities and differences between the state code for I&RS and Federal Statute 504. It will outline how teams best determine the eligibility and criteria for collecting student information, developing action plans and providing the necessary accommodations to further enhance successful outcomes for general education students.

Social Media & Cyber Bullying: Understanding the Online World Presenter: Melissa Straub, MA

In today’s technological age, school faculty members face a daunting task of teaching students how to free themselves of constant negative influence, undesirable people and information. Faculty will learn the following danger areas: children's issues, trends, sites and apps, teens and social media technology, and cyberbullying. Solutions presented include techniques for communicating about technology dangers and how to handle an incident at school.

Vaping in Adolescence Presenter: Monica Hanna, MPH, CHES, NCTTP

This presentation will provide an overview of the vaping epidemic and what we know about the effects of vaping today. We will explore the social impacts of electronic cigarettes and how to tackle nicotine addiction through prevention and recovery using vidence-based practices. Attendees will also learn about current policies that are in place to help schools manage nicotine addiction.

Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Presenter: Connie Greene, MA, CAS, CSW, CPS

This three-day training will provide participants with the understanding of the 11 functions of I&RS and includes practice cases to assess accommodations for I&RS or 504. Participants will develop strategies to measure outcomes successfully

Suicide Awareness: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Prevention Strategies and Resources Presenter: Mary Fowler

Suicide is a complex mental health issue. Knowing what to look for, what to say and where to reach out for help can save a life. More Than Sad curriculum, developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be presented. This program complies with the requirements for teacher education suicide prevention training required in New Jersey. This program is beneficial for parents and teens.

Current Drug Trends: Understanding the Impact of Substance Use Disorder and Opioids Presenter: Lauren Olsen, MA, LCADC, CCS

This training will discuss the latest trends related to drugs and alcohol facing our youth today. It will provide comprehensive information related to how the rise in substance use disorder is impacting our schools and communities as well as popular substances, slang terms and methods of use among youth. Attendees will also learn the damaging effects these drugs have, methods for identification and how our culture is driving their popularity. Prevention will be the primary focus of this presentation.

Keep Your Stuff Together - Strategies for Self-Care Presenter: Ruth Palacio, MS, CASAC

This training offers a new perspective on how stress works in our lives. It will highlight the mental, physical and emotional aspects to develop best coping strategies for personal and professional goal mastery. This training will additionally include an introduction and demonstration of the Tapping Solution model, an effective tool used for the reduction of stress and anxiety.



Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
1691 U.S. Highway 9
CN 2025
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 914-1688
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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