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WELCOME TO 2022!

Registration for our seminars through April 2022 is OPEN.  To view descriptions and register: SCROLL DOWN THE ENTIRE PAGE.  Self study seminars are posted after the Zoom-live-in-person classes.  

The Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a NY State Ed approved provider for Continuing Education contact hours (CEs) for ALL NY licensed Psychologists (#PSY-0009), Social Workers (#SW-0096), Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0010), Marriage & Family Therapists (#MFT-0014), Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0065), and Psychoanalysts (#P-0018). 

Our specialty is finding accurate, responsible, compassionate depictions of mental health conditions and topical issues in movies.  Your viewing is supported with up-to-date, comprehensive study materials to enhance learning. ALL seminars presented by the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. are NY State Education Department (SED) approved for self study and live-in-person Continuing Education contact hours (CEs).  Seminars are designed and facilitated by Julie Ridge, LCSW-R, a master trainer with 30 years of teaching experience.  Our refund policy is at the bottom of this page.

 The New York State Education (SED) Office of the Professions is accepting self study Continuing Education contact hours (CEs) in lieu of live-in-person CEs for all license renewals thru JULY 1, 2022.  For those of you with renewal dates AFTER July 1, 2022, you can earn all of your CEs from self study or Zoom-live-in-person, IF you elect to get them all before July 1, 2022. To follow updates directly with NY SED Office of the Professions go to:  http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19.html

To complete our self study and/or Zoom-live-in-person seminars:

  • Register and make payment online.  Note that the code on the registration page is case sensitive – the first letter in the code MUST be lower case.
  • When you register for a self study seminar, I manually email custom-tailored study materials and instructions by PDF attachments. They will not arrive instantly upon registration. If you are participating in a Zoom-live-in-person seminar or series, I will email study materials by PDF attachments 3-5 days in advance of our Zoom session. The link to our Zoom session will be sent the day before we meet.   
  • You access and watch the movie or mini-series required for the seminar or series.   I do not provide a link to the movie(s) or mini-series.
  • After Zoom-live-in-person sessions, or when you complete your self-study seminar, I will email your post quiz and evaluation by PDF attachments.  As per NY State regulations you need a 70% or higher to pass the post quiz to receive your Certificate of Completion.

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 JANUARY – APRIL 2022 seminars – Now OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

NEW – WHY MUSICALS MATTER.  6 Total CEs (3 Zoom-live-in-person + 3 self study).  [Only THREE seats left.] After theaters around the world went dark for nearly two years and the Omicron variant continues to threaten performances daily, entertainers and audience members alike are rediscovering how cathartic, healing and magical musicals can be. Two moving documentaries – The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (2016) and Every Little Step (2009) explore the hazards of stardom; the soul wrenching impact of flops; and the therapeutic value of musical theater. I do not provide a link to the movies. How you access the films will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  Only 11 participants per session.  I will send the series materials about five days before our session and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIES – they guide your viewing and I want the movies to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person session – Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
WHERE: Your home/office and Zoom.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for MUSICALS MATTER:  PRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration.

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Best ValueNEW – CONNECTING DOTS: Bedlam – Asylums thru the ages. NOW 18 Total CEs (9 Zoom-live-in-person & 9 self study).  Three modules, three consecutive Saturdays, three (or more) movies.   Through film and conversation, this brand new series explores the history of asylum care, its progression thru time, and how we got to where we are now. Movies include the documentary Bedlam.  I do not provide a link to the movies.   How you access them will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  Only 11 participants per session.  I will send the series materials about five days before our session and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIES – they guide your viewing and I want the movies to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.  All fours seminars must be taken for series CE credit.

WHEN: Saturday Zoom-live-in-person sessions – Feb 12, 19, & 26, 1:00-3:30  pm.
WHERE: Your home/office and Zoom.
COST: $350 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: Bedlam: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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QUESTIONABLE ETHICS IN RESEARCH. 6 Total CEs (3 Zoom-live-in-person + 3 self study).  [Only FOUR seats left.] Two movies – Miss Evers Boys and Three Identical Strangers – explore human experiments deliberately performed on unknowing participants. Conversation will include ethics in research and betrayal of public trust. I do not provide a link to the movies.   How you access the films will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  Only 11 participants per session.  I will send the study materials three to five days before our session and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIES – they guide your viewing and I want the movies to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.  This seminar is for everyone AND it meets the NY State education requirements for Ethics for Psychologists.

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person session – Thursday, Feb 17, 2022, 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
WHERE: Your home/office and Zoom.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for QUESTIONABLE ETHICS IN RESEARCH: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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THE GENESIS OF VIOLENCE: could any of us be a murderer? 6 total CEs (3 self study + 3 zoom-live-in-person).  Courts and the public focus on the act of violence. Psychiatrists and mental health professionals want to understand the why.  Two movies – Crazy, Not Insane (2020 – HBO Documentary) and The Experimenter (2015), the story of Stanley Milgram – delve into the childhood traumas often lurking beneath violent crime and what motivates violent behavior in ordinary people.  I do not provide a link to the movies.   How you access the films will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  Only 11 participants per session.  I will send the study materials three to five days before our session and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIES – they guide your viewing and I want the movies to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.  

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person session – Thursday March 3, 2022, 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
WHERE: Your home/office and Zoom.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for THE GENESIS OF VIOLENCE: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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NEW OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDERS: a blessing and a curse.  6 NY SED approved CEs (3 live-zoom-in-person + 3 self study).  Two movies (to be announced) explore the ups and downs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders – the why’s, the when’s, and effective treatments.  I do not provide links to the movies.  Only 11 participants per session.  I will send the study materials three to five days before our session and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIES – they guide your viewing and I want the mini-series to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.  

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person session – Saturday, March 26, 2022, 1:00 – 3:30 pm.
WHERE: Your home/office and Zoom.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDERS: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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PERSONALITY DISORDERS: people who can ruin your lives.  6 NY SED approved CEs (3 live-zoom-in-person + 3 self study). [Note: if you took the self study PERSONALITY DISORDERS course in 2021, you can NOT take this seminar.]  People with Cluster ‘B’ personality disorders (antisocial, borderline, histrionic and narcissistic) can wreck havoc with our personal and professional lives.  This seminar’s mini-series provides a glimpse into the symptomology, warning signs and consequences of one of the most evil geniuses of our time.   To complete this seminar you will watch the 4-part ABC mini-series  Madoff starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.  I do not provide a link to it.  It is available on Amazon Prime’s HBO Max.  Only 11 participants per session.  I will send the study materials three to five days before our session and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIES – they guide your viewing and I want the mini-series to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.  

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person session – Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7-9:30 pm.
WHERE: Your home/office and Zoom.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for PERSONALITY DISORDERS: PRESS HERE

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Our 2022 SELF STUDY SEMINARS

[Note: Self Study seminars should be completed within 3 months of registration. If you need an extension, please email me at  jridgemha@aol.com]

NEW – WARNING: addiction may be hazardous to your health.  6 self study NY SED approved CEs.  Two movies – All That Jazz (1979), starring Roy Scheider and Four Good Days (2021), starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis – delve into the opioid crisis, the roots of addictions, the need to uncover their sources for healing to begin, and the challenges of ongoing recovery.  I do not provide links to the movies.  How you access them depends on your cable network and premium channels.  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions.  Study packets are sent manually and will not arrive instantaneously. Thank you for your patience. Though you may be tempted, please do not watch the movies before you receive the study materials – they guide your viewing.

COST: $150  for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER  for WARNING: addiction may be hazardous to your health – self study: PRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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IS IT BIPOLAR? IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA?  3 self study NY SED approved CEs is currently being updated for 2022. Discerning between bipolar and schizophrenia is difficult for experienced clinicians and psychiatrists.  This seminar explores their similarities and differences, and the challenges of teasing them apart. To complete this seminar you will watch the movie Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack.  I do not provide a link to it.  How you access the film depends on your cable network and premium channels.  It is available on Amazon Prime, or purchase on DVD.  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions. Study packets are sent manually and will not arrive instantaneously. Thank you for your patience. Though you may be tempted, please do not watch the movie before you receive the study materials – they guide your viewing.

COST: $75  for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.   

To REGISTER  for IS IT BIPOLAR? IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA – self study: PRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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LEWY BODY DEMENTIA (LBD).  3 self study NY SED approved CEs. LBD is a type of dementia most of us had never heard of until Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, brought it to public attention.  To complete this seminar you will watch the heartfelt documentary, Robin’s Wish.  I do not provide a link to it.  How you access the film depends on your cable network and premium channels. It is available on Amazon Prime.  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructionsStudy packets are sent manually and will not arrive instantaneously. Thank you for your patience.  Though you may be tempted, please do not watch the movie before you receive the study materials – they guide your viewing.

COST: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for LEWY BODY DEMENTIA – self study: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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UTILIZING DSM-5 3 self study NY SED approved CEs.  This seminar is designed to facilitate understanding of the essential changes that went into effect with the publication of DSM-5 and how to implement them in practice.  It is not a seminar on all of the DSM diagnoses.  Those are covered in other seminars.  There is no movie. Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent a 20-point, true/false Pre-Quiz with instructions. The Pre-Quiz is sent manually and will not arrive instantaneously. Thank you for your patience. Once you have returned the Pre-Quiz, study materials will be sent.

COST: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER  for UTILIZING DSM-5 – self study: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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NEW – AUTISM ALL LIFE LONG.  6 self study NY SED approved CEs.  [Note: if you took AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS in 2021, you CAN take this seminar.]  Through the documentary films Generation A and Too Sane for this World this self study explores the ages and stages of the autism spectrum – back to the time parents were told to institutionalize their autistic children; how autism manifests across the lifespan; and non-traditional therapies focusing on the arts. I do not provide links to the movies.  How you access the films depends on your cable network and premium channels. Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions.   Study packets are sent manually and will not arrive instantaneously. Thank you for your patience. Though you may be tempted, please do not watch the movies before you receive the study materials – they guide your viewing.

COST: $150  for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.   

REGISTRATION  for AUTISM ALL LIFE LONG – self study opening soon.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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NEW – INSIDE ALZHEIMER’S.  3 self study NY SED approved CEs.    [Note: if you took THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE in 2021, you CAN take this seminar.]  What we and caregivers see is rarely, if ever, what an individual experiencing Alzheimer’s experiences.  Through the award winning film The Father, this seminar explores dementia from the inside.   I do not provide a link to the movie.  How you access the film depends on your cable network and premium channels.  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructionsStudy packets are sent manually and will not arrive instantaneously. Thank you for your patience. Though you may be tempted, please do not watch the movie before you receive the study materials – they guide your viewing.

COST: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

REGISTRATION  for INSIDE ALZHEIMER’S – self study will open in 2022.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT or Psychologist) and license number to complete your registration. 

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MORE NEW SELF STUDY SEMINARS ARE IN DEVELOPMENT FOR 2022.  Stay tuned.

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Many thanks to everyone who attended my one-woman Off Broadway LIVE-IN-PERSON show, courtesy of the International United Solo Theater Festival – BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL on November 3rd  or November 16th, 2021.  To receive your 2 CE certificate, email me:  proof of attendance (a copy of your ticket);  and, your license type (SW, LP, MHC, MFT, CAT or Psychologist) and license number. I will email you a brief post quiz and evaluation. Upon receipt of your passing quiz and evaluation, I will email your certificate of completion.  [I mention my David Letterman interview in the show. If you’d like to watch the clip for fun,  press HERE1983 – Julie Ridge with David Letterman.]

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*NY LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, LPs, LCATs and Psychologists must receive 36 Continuing Education contact hours (CEs) every 3 years to renew their licenses.  Typically, twenty-four of those CEs must be live-in-person (or Zoom-live-in-person) and 12 of those credits can be earned through Self Study. Special exemptions are being made during the COVID pandemic. For more information about Continuing Education contact hours go to the New York State Office of the Profession’s website at:  www.op.nysed.gov/prof   Select your profession, then click on Continuing Education on the left for requirements and listing of approved agencies.   There is no State restriction as to how many of your 36 credits you can earn from a single provider or within a single calendar year.  We present Certificates of Completion at the end of each seminar.  If you lose your certificate and require a replacement, an administrative fee of $20 will be charged.

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REFUND POLICY:  Cancellations received more than 5 days in advance of a Zoom-live-in-person session, can receive an 85% refund or full credit toward a seminar of equal price.  Cancellations for a Zoom-live-in-person session  after you have gotten your study materials, cannot be refunded, nor can tuitions be applied to future seminars.  Cancellations for Self Study seminars cannot be refunded. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact me and I will do my best to reach an equitable solution with you.

We serve healthy refreshments at all of our live-in-person seminars.  Alcohol will never be served at our events.  We are proud to provide a safe and sober environment.