General Meetings

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.

Pre-registration is not required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Non-members pay a $25 fee for CE Hours.

General Meetings are held at The United Methodist Church of Summit.  17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit.

If you would like to join us for brunch or dinner before the meeting, please RSVP to our Hospitality Chair, Kimberly Goodrich, 908-334-0261,

For more information, please contact Program Chair, Marcia Lite-Braus, 908-239-3073, 


Next Up 

Friday, February 2, 2018

(Snow Date: Friday, February 9, 2018)

Light Brunch 10am, meeting/program 11:00am-12:45pm 

The Clinical Uses of Hypnosis 

Presenter: Maria G. Masciandaro, Psy.D

**Full description of program below in the 2017-2018 Calendar of General Meetings


2017-2018 Calendar of General Meetings


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Divorce Mediation

Presenter: Beverly Hayes, LMFT, MCSW, APM

This presentation will provide an overview of the divorce mediation process and how it can assist clients going through a difficult life crisis.  Discussion will include the pros and cons of divorce mediation, when a referal is appropriate, and what issues are to be resolved. 


Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

1. Have a better understanding of the mediation process in general.

2. Understand what issues are resolved through divorce mediation.

3. Have learned how to determine which clients might be appropriate for referral to divorce mediation.



1. What is divorce mediation and how it is different from litigated divorce?

2. What are the issues to be resolved?

3. How does the process work?

4. The advantages and disadvantages of divorce mediation.

5. Who is  and who is not appropriate for divorce mediation.

6. The skills and styles of a divorce mediator.

7. Helping the therapist decide when to make a referral.

8. What is full disclosure.

9. Negotiation a parenting plan.

10. How a mediator can help with the healing process.

11. What is a Memorandum of Understanding?

12. Career opportunities in the field of mediation.

13. Q & A

Note:  Mediation is not therapy, but can be therapeutic.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Light Brunch 10am, meeting/program 11am-12:45pm (Snow Date: Friday, February 9, 2018)

The Clinical Uses of Hypnosis

Presenter: Maria G Masciandaro, Psy.D.

Regardless of your therapeutic orientation, being attuned to hypnotic phenomena such as spontaneous trance can assist the alert therapist.  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.


Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define hypnosis vs. being hypnotic.
  2. Explain how hypnosis is used with clients confronting medical conditions.
  3. Explain the importance of professional ethics in the use of hypnosis.
  4. Name two indications of spontaneous trance states.


 1. Define and explain terminology

        a. Hypnosis

        b. Being hypnotic

        c. Trance

        d. Stages of hypnosis: elicitation (induction), deepening, ratification, suggestions, re-alerting

 2. Crafting a treatment plan that includes the use of hypnosis

        a. Informed consent- legal concerns

 3. Utilizing spontaneous trance states in session.

        a. Principals of communication

 4. Case examples of the use of hypnosis with medical issues (illness or rooutine procedures).

        a. Symptom control - increasing comfort

 5. Case examples of the use of hypnosis with an anxious client.

        a. Fear of flying, public speaking, etc.

 6. Case examples of the use of hypnosis with habit control.

        a. Crafting a better food plan or for smoking cessation

7. Q & A


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Light dinner 6pm, meeting/program 7:00-8:45pm

The Nurtured Heart Approach(R) 

Presenter: Tara Prezioso, MSW, LCSW

The Nurtured Heart Approach(R) is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in The 3 StandsTM for helping children (and adults) build their Inner Wealth(R) and use their intensity in successful ways.  It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success.


Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Have an overview of the Nurtured Heart Approach(R).
  2. Understand the concept and use of Inner Wealth(R).
  3. Understand the conceppt and use of The 3 StandsTM.
  4. Have some practical ways to apply the framework.


 1. Inner Wealth

 2. 3 Stands

 3. Consequences & Resets.

 4. Q & A



Please note: All General Meetings will be held at the United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit NJ.  Please enter at the DeForest Avenue side entrance.

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