Welcome to Our NJAWT Website
A message from Debra Haverson and Meryl Nadell, Co-presidents
Dear Members and prospective members,
Welcome. We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about the many benefits that NJAWT membership offers. Members can enter the Members Only area by using the sign in name and password you will receive with your directory.
Being a therapist demands much more than the hours we spend with clients or managing our paperwork and billing. It requires us to keep up with current findings and treatments related to mental health and to keep ourselves enthusiastic, engaged and supported by peers. It requires us to build our reputation or that of our agencies so we can attract the clients we best serve. NJAWT hopes to continue to provide opportunities for this to happen. We are always thrilled to see both long-time colleagues and newcomers to our events, connecting and sharing information and networking. This past year, we have held quality programs: three offering continuing education credits and our less-formal but still clinically relevant conversation hours. We have more excellent programs planned or 2017-2018.
Our meetings continue to provide an opportunity not only to meet other therapists, but also to gain a sense of who they are and their treatment approaches. Of course, there is also a social aspect to our programs - especially important for those of us who work on our own. We even have a group that meets several times a year to go to the movies on a Sunday.
We invite you to immerse yourself in all this organization has to offer - both professionally and in terms of creating new business and social contacts. Perhaps as you become more involved, you may also consider joining our board or a committee. This too, continues to be an enriching experience.
Debra Haverson, MSW, LCSW
The New Jersey Association of Women Therapists is organized to provide women therapists with an opportunity to meet for fellowship, for the exchange of ideas with colleagues, and for continuing education and professional growth.
NJAWT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6227. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NJAWT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
1.5 CE Hours are awarded for attending a General Meeting Program.
Programs and Meetings
NJAWT is centered on our General Meetings and Conversation Hours.
In May 2016 NJAWT Celebrated 40 Years
Next General Meeting
Friday, February 2, 2018
(Snow Date: Friday, February 9, 2018)
10-11am: Light Brunch and Networking Time
11-11:15am: Brief Meeting
11:15am-12:45pm: Clinical Presentation
The Clinical Use of Hypnosis
Presenter: Maria G. Masciandaro, Psy.D
Understanding the basic principles of hypnosis allows individuals in the health and mental health fields to accomplish their goals with greater precision. Regardless of therapeutic orientation, being attuned to hypnotic phenomena such as spontaneous trance can assist the alert therapist. Knowing how to guage susceptibility and suggestibility allows therapists to set realistic goals for facilitating trance. As a tool, hypnosis can be used in a variety of ways, limited only by the individual's own capacity for trance. Some examples of clinical applications are: to increase motivation for change, to sculpt habit control, to aid in the preparation for medical procedures, and to enhance living with acute or chronic medical conditions. Mitigating anxiety when the brain is hard wired to respond and helping someone deal with bouts of depressive symptoms/triggers are additional benefits of knowing this approach. The client's use of recordings in between sessions can encourage the development of greater skills in this area.
Note: General Meetings are held at The United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit. Parking is available nearby; closest is the lot in the corner of DeForest & Woodland Ave. Enter church via the driveway on DeForest Ave.
Next Conversation Hour
Friday, March 9, 2018, 10am-12pm
Exploring, Understanding and Embracing
One's Own Anger - The Keys to Self-Mastery
Presenter: Marcia Lite-Braus, MA, LPC
Anger brings to light many issues for ourselves as well as our clients. Being willing to lean-in to our own misgivings about anger is key to helping others transform their own. Please join us as Marcia helps us explore this critical dynamic.
A new benefit of NJAWT membership has just been added!
It is a closed Facebook group, exclusively for the use of members, called NJAWT Members Connect. The purpose of the group is to enable members to network and share information. Members can ask questions about professional practice, and look for referral recommendations. They can also share information about their practices, up-coming presentations and conferences, interesting articles and any other relevant information to professional practice.
Any members who already have a Facebook account and would like to join the group can click on NJAWT Members Connect and ask to join the group.