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Keynote Speaker


^The Evolving Opioid Overdose Epidemic: CDC’s Approach to Surveillance and Prevention

Rita Noonan, PhD. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States with almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. In 2006, CDC initiated efforts to better track and understand data related to the growing opioid overdose epidemic. Since then, CDC has provided leadership by promoting a public health approach to the problem; working to prevent opioid overdoses and other opioid-related harms.

Participants will be able to: (1) Identify CDC initiatives, (2) Identify collaborations they could replicate in their community, and (3)  Analyze for macro-level effects of opioid misuse.

Rita K. Noonan, PhD, is a sociologist and Branch Chief in CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.  Dr. Noonan and her staff oversee the ~ $350M Overdose Prevention in States (OPIS) initiative, a combination of prevention, intervention, and public health surveillance programs to reduce opioid-related overdose across the United States and US Territories. Dr. Noonan works closely with several High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs), managing the public health component of ONDCP’s Overdose Response Strategy that links public health and public safety across 24 states.  She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a MacArthur Fellowship. She received her PhD from Indiana University.

This course, The Evolving Opioid Overdose Epidemic: CDC's Approach to Surveillance and Prevention, Approval #190802-1238, provided by Children's Aid and Family Services, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: August 5, 2019 through August 31, 2020. New Jersey social workers will receive 1 Prescription Opioid CE credit for participating in this course.


Workshops

^Marijuana Legalization and its Impact on Youth

Ijeoma Opara, PhD, LMSW, MPH

Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Due to recent support for the legalization of recreational marijuana across the nation, New Jersey is beginning to discuss the possibility of legalizing the drug. By legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey, youth who are already disproportionately affected by the use of the drug illegally, may continue to be impacted due to increased access and lowered perception of risk. According to recent data, marijuana use exceeds cigarette use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students and is the most used illicit drug among adolescents in the nation. This alarming trend represents a shift that many health educators seek to reverse and address with the youth they serve. In this workshop, participants will explore social and legal trends in acceptance, discuss differences between medical and recreational marijuana, and discuss the differences between decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. This workshop will also provide effective strategies for responding to the misconception’s adolescents hold about marijuana especially in urban communities.

Participants will be able to: (1) Understand the recent trends of marijuana use among youth in NJ, (2) Learn about the marijuana industries attempt to increase marijuana addiction among youth and adults, and (3) Develop public health strategies to reduce marijuana use in the midst of marijuana policy reform.

This course, Marijuana Legalization and its Impact on Youth, Approval #190802-1236, provided by Children's Aid and Family Services, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: August 5, 2019 through August 31, 2020. New Jersey social workers will receive 1 Non-clinical CE credit for participating in this course.

 

Modern Crime & the Dark Web: Drugs Online

Lieutenant Jeff Angermeyer, M.A., Ed.S.c.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Criminal Investigation Squads

What is the Dark Web? This workshop will review the landscape of today’s Internet, which includes the clear web versus the dark web.  This presentation will elaborate on the types of crimes that exist online, especially in regards to the drug trade.  From anonymity to efficiency, the allure of buying and selling narcotics on the Internet has authorities struggling to keep up with the flow of dangerous substances in a global environment.  From professionals to parents, this topic will address several takeaways that raise awareness about this important issue. 

 

Holding Big Pharma Accountable: The Inside Story

Chirali V Patel, Esq

County of Bergen

This workshop will provide a summary of the multi-district litigation ongoing in Ohio that has consolidated over 2000 cases against Big Pharma along with the history of what led to the current opioid epidemic in the United States. Participants will understand how large a role deceptive practices played in fueling the crisis despite knowledge on behalf of Big Pharma of the collateral damage being done.  An overview of the pending litigation and how it will facilitate future abatement measures and evolve treatment mechanisms in the healthcare setting will also be explored.

Participants will be able to: understand what led to the current opioid epidemic and how the pending litigation will facilitate future abatement measures and evolve treatment mechanisms in the healthcare setting.

 

^Finding Your Balance: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Mental Health Clinicians

Jacqueline Kim Szabo, LCSW

Clinician/Professor, Ramapo College of NJ

Mental health practitioners are susceptible to the development of or exacerbation of mental health issues. Successful coping with stressful incidents and disaster is related to factors such as past experiences with trauma, development of effective coping strategies, availability of social support networks and a personal awareness of the consequences of post-traumatic reactions. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Mental Health Clinicians will provide practitioners with effective coping skills. This workshop will focus on learning and practicing skills in four core areas: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. DBT skills are adaptable so that mental health clinicians can be introduced and trained to more effectively cope with stressful experiences. These skills can be taught to help clinicians regulate their emotional reactions to difficult situation. As an evidence-based model for treating trauma, participants will also learn mindfulness exercises which help participants in focusing attention on the present moment in a non-judgmental manner.

Participants will be able to: (1)  Identify the 4 core DBT skills, (2) Utilize tools to reduce personal stress, and (3) Enhance DBT skills to better help clients cope with stress.

This course, Finding Your Balance: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Mental Health Clinicians, Approval #190802-1243, provided by Children's Aid and Family Services, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: August 5, 2019 through August 31, 2020. New Jersey social workers will receive 1 Clinical CE credit for participating in this course.


Approval #251111519REC6. These courses have been approved for 5 credit hours for License and Certification renewal for LCADC, CADC, MFT, MFT-ERMIT, LPC, LAC, and LRC, and all certifications issued by the Certification Board

^ Social Work Track