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 As a mid-town Manhattan based agency, we are proud to announce that we are UPGRADING the way that we do business.  As soon as it is safe to re-open our conference room for live-in-person seminars we WILL do so.  I firmly believe that nothing replaces the live-in-person classroom learning experience.  However, in order to assist NY licensed social workers and mental health professionals throughout New York State to obtain their required Continuing Education credits (CEs) for renewals, we are permanently adding Self-Study, and Zoom-live-in-person seminars to our roster.  New seminars will be created regularly. All seminars will be updated annually.  

SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW ALL seminars currently OPEN for registration.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The New York State Education (SED) Office of the Professions has just EXTENDED acceptance of Self-Study Continuing Education credits (CEs) in lieu of live-in-person CEs for license renewals thru MAY 1, 2021.

To complete our Self-Study and Zoom-live-in-person seminars you will need to:

  • Register and make payment online.  Payment must be made when you register. If you encounter any difficulty, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com
  • If you register for a self-study seminar, I will send study materials and instructions upon receipt of your registration and payment. If you are participating in a Zoom-live-in-person seminar or series, I will send you instructions, study materials, and an invitation to our group online Zoom session 3-5 days in advance.  Zoom sessions can be taken from any device that has a camera and microphone (e.g. iPad, phone, most computers).  If you are new to Zoom, email me and we can do a test Zoom session before the seminar(s).  Zoom is a free app.
  • You access and watch the movie or mini-series if required for the seminar.  How you access the movie or series will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  I watch them with my Amazon Prime or On Demand.  Some are available for purchase on DVD. I do not provide a link to the movie(s) or mini-series.
  • After our Zoom-live-in-person session, or when you complete your self-study seminar, I will send you the Post Quiz and evaluation.  You need a 70% or higher to pass the Post Quiz and receive your Certificate of Completion.

Our specialty is finding accurate, responsible, compassionate depictions of mental health conditions and issues impacting well-being in movies.  Your movie viewing is supported with up-to-date, comprehensive study materials to enrich learning.   All seminars presented by the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. are NY State Education Department (SED) approved for Live-in-Person and Self Study Continuing Education credits (CEs) for all NY licensed Social Workers (#SW-0096), Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0010), Marriage & Family Therapists (*MFT-0014), Psychoanalysts (#P-0018), and Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0065). Seminars are designed and facilitated by Julie Ridge, LCSW-R, a master trainer with nearly 30 years experience teaching mental health professionals, parents, foster parents, individuals living with mental illnesses, and adolescents.

Our refund policy is at the very bottom of this page.

Regardless of your license renewal date, you can always earn 12 of your renewal cycle’s CEs through Self Study seminars.  Don’t wait until the last minute to start accruing your current cycle’s CEs!  We encourage you to register for Self Study seminars now.  To follow updates directly with NY SED Office of the Professions go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19.html

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CONNECTING DOTS: broken systems.  16 total CEs (8 Zoom-live-in-person CEs + 8 self-study CEs). 4 consecutive weeks; 4 consecutive movies; 4 weekly group online Zoom conversations.  All 4 live-in-person online Zoom sessions must be attended for series credit.  The focus of this series will be: how our penal system fails the mentally ill; how big businesses trounce individuals and communities; life after adult state home residency; and institutional senior care.  To participate in this CONNECTING DOTS series you must be able to access:  Off the Rails – the Darius McCollum StoryDark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo, Elling (based on the Norwegian novel by Ingvar Ambjernsen), and Wrinkles, an animated feature starring Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe.  How you access these films will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  I do not provide a links.  Self-Study materials and instructions will be sent 5 days before our first session. I will send the link to the Zoom Sessions the day before each session. Only 8 participants per class.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Though you may be tempted – do NOT watch the movies before receiving the handouts and instructions.  The movies are subject to change and the handouts guide your movie viewing.  Thank you!

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person sessions – Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27,  7:00 – 9:00 pm.
LOCATION: Your home/office and online.
COST: $300 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $20 for each additional 15 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: broken systems – Self-Study + Zoom-live-in-personPRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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WELCOME TO DSM-5!3.5 Zoom-live-in-person CEs.  This is a Zoom-live-in-person, in-depth discussion on the updates in DSM-5.  It is not a discussion of all of the diagnoses.  Those are taught in other seminars. 8 participants only.  There is no movie.  Study materials and instructions will be sent 3-5 days before we meet.  The Zoom link will be sent the day before our session.   [Also available as a self-study seminar.]

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person Session – Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 – 9:30 pm. 
LOCATION:
Your home/office and online.
COST
: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for WELCOME TO DSM-5!  Zoom-live-in-person: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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REMOTE LEARNING & ITS IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH3.5 Zoom-live-in-person CEs.  This is a Zoom-live-in-person, in-depth discussion on how remote learning is affecting children, college students and adults – academically, socially, and emotionally. 8 participants only.  There is no movie.  Study materials and instructions will be sent 3-5 days before we meet.  The Zoom link will be sent the day before our session.   

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person Session – Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 9:30 pm. 
LOCATION:
Your home/office and online.
COST
: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for REMOTE LEARNING & ITS IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH Zoom-live-in-person: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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To honor the late-great Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to commemorate the 100 year Anniversary of winning the right to vote for American women, we present:  WOMEN’S RIGHTS & MENTAL HEALTH6 Total CEs (3 Self-study + 3 Zoom-live-in-person).  Two movies profile the women’s fight for the right to vote, how far women have come, and how far women have yet to go.  To complete this seminar you must watch Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan, and the documentary RBG, starring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I do not provide a link to the movies. How you access the movies depends on your cable network and premium channels. Self-Study materials and instructions will be sent 5 days before our first session. I will send the link to the Zoom Session the day before we meet. Only 8 participants per class.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Though you may be tempted – do NOT watch the movies before you receive the handouts and instructions. The handouts guide your movie viewing.  Thank you!

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person Session – Wednesday, October 21,  7:00 – 9:30 pm. 
LOCATION:
Your home/office and online.
COST
: $150 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $20 for each additional 6 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for WOMEN’S RIGHTS & MENTAL HEALTH – Self-Study + Zoom-live-in-person: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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CONNECTING DOTS: the impact of global health crises on mental health16 total CEs (8 Zoom-live-in-person CEs + 8 self-study CEs). 3 consecutive weeks; movies and mini-series on historical global health crises; 3 weekly group online Zoom conversations.  All 3 live-in-person online sessions must be attended for series credit.  The focus of our discussions will be: the impact global diseases have on mental health; racial, cultural, and socio-economic disparities; access to health care; and alleviating stress and fear through knowledge.  To participate in this CONNECTING DOTS series you must be able to access:  the 3-part mini-series Coronavirus Explained on Netflix (2020), the 6-part mini-series The Hot Zone (2015) starring Julianna Margulies; and The Normal Heart (HBO tv movie 2014) starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer.  How you access these films and the mini-series will depend on your cable network and premium channels.  I do not provide a links.  Self-Study materials and instructions will be sent the Friday before our first session. I will send the link to our Zoom Session the day before each session.

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person sessions – Wednesdays, November 4, 11 & 18,  7:00 – 9:30 pm.
LOCATION: Your home/office and online.
COST: $300 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $20 for each additional 15 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: the impact of global health crises on mental health – Self Study + Zoom-live-in-person: PRESS HERE.  

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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SELF-STUDY SEMINARS:

ADDICTION & ITS IMPACT ON FAMILY – Self-Study. 3.5 Self-Study NY SED approved CEs.  A powerful, personal film highlights the impact addiction has on family members.  To complete this seminar you must be able to access the movie Beautiful Boy, starring Timothee Chalamet.  I do not provide a link to it.  How you access the film depends on your cable network and premium channels. [If you took our CONNECTING DOTS: it’s a family affair in the Fall of 2019, you can NOT take this class.] Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions.

COST: $75  for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for ADDICTION & ITS IMPACT ON FAMILY – Self-Study:  PRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD) – Self-Study. 3.5 Self-Study NY SED approved CEs.  “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”  This spectrum disorder expresses itself across a wide range and no two people with ASD are alike.  This Self Study seminar features a documentary of one person’s adventure from early childhood through young adulthood, and the impact his condition has on his family. To complete this seminar you must be able to access the movie Life Animated, featuring Owen Suskind. I do not provide a link to it.  How you access the film depends on your cable network and premium channels.  [Please note: if you have already taken one of our Autism seminars within your current renewal cycle, you can NOT take this seminar.]  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions.

COST: $75  for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]  

To REGISTER  for AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS – Self-Study: PRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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IS IT BIPOLAR OR IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA? – Self-Study.  3.5 Self Study NY SED approved CEs.  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 must be able to access 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.  [If you have taken a seminar with us on Bipolar and Schizophrenia within this renewal cycle, check with me before registering for this class.] Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions.

COST: $75  for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]  

To REGISTER for IS IT BIPOLAR OF IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA? – Self-Study: PRESS HERE  

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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WELCOME TO DSM-5! – Self-Study.  3.5 Self Study NY SED approved CEs.  This seminar helps facilitate understanding and implementation of the essential changes that went into effect with the publication of DSM-5.  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

COST: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).] 

To REGISTER  for WELCOME TO DSM-5! – Self-Study: PRESS HERE. 

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDERS (previously known as split personality disorder) 3.5 Self-study NY SED approved CEs.  With the assistance of the classic film The 3 Faces of Eve starring Joanne Woodward, participants will delve into this rare and unusual condition.  I do not provide a link to the movie. How you access the movie depends on your cable network and premium channels.  Upon receipt of your registration and payment, you will be sent class materials and instructions.

COST: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDERS – self-study: PRESS HERE

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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PERSONALITY DISORDERS: people who can ruin your lives – Self-Study.  6 Self Study NY SED approved CEs. 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.  AN ALL NEW seminar.  To complete this seminar you must be able to access the 4-part ABC mini-series Madoff, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.  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 instructions.

COST: $150 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $20 for each additional 6 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for PERSONALITY DISORDERS – Self StudyPRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE: the descent into dementia (about Neurocognitive Disorders) – Self-Study6 Self Study NY SED approved CEs.  Two films explore Alzheimer’s, from early onset to typical age of onset, care options, and the impact on loved ones. To complete this seminar you must be able to access the movies Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore and What They Had, starring Blythe Danner.  I do not provide a link to the movies.  How you access them depends on your cable network and premium channels.  [If you have taken our MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE within your present renewal cycle, you cannot take this class.]  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials and instructions.

COST: $150 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  [NOTE:  If you are licensed in more than one discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, CAT), the State allows you to earn certificates for each discipline in this seminar. An administrative fee of $20 for each additional 6 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE – Self-Study: PRESS HERE.

IMPORTANT: Fill in all fields.  Enter BOTH your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration. I cannot complete your registration without that information. Thank you.

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DUE TO SAFE DISTANCING CAPACITY LIMITATIONS, we will NOT be returning to our live-in-person meeting room space through the end of 2020.  NEW and UPDATED Zoom-live-in-person and self-study seminars are currently in development.  Stay tuned!

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The following seminars will be scheduled when we can return live-in-person to the classroom:

HOW WE LEARN: differences, styles & perspectives. 6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.  Two movies, two eras – from a time when children deemed ‘unteachable’ were sent to residential settings, to a modern-day school with the best education has to offer.   COST: $150 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.

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THE COST OF WAR.  6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs. Two movies demonstrate the dramatic impact of war on the mental health of civilians, war correspondents, children and female veterans. A completely NEW seminar. COST: $150 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.

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THE HISTORY OF PSYCHIATRIC CARE: how far have we come?  3.5 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.  A poignant film explores asylums of yesteryear – participants explore advancements and progress still to come.  COST: $75 for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.  

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WHOSE DIVORCE IS IT ANYWAY? and who gets caught in the fallout6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.  Two movies about divorce. Is amicable divorce possible?  What is the impact on children?  Whose divorce is it anyway?  An ALL NEW seminar.  COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.

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If you would like to receive notifications as soon as registrations open, email us at: julieridge@frmf.org to be placed on our mailing list. We thank you for passing our information along to your colleagues.  Your support keeps us going!

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*NY LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, LPs and LCATs must receive 36 Continuing Education credits (CEs) every 3 years to renew their licenses.  Twenty-four of those CEs must be live-in-person. 12 of those credits can be earned through Self Study or online.  For more information about Continuing Education credits 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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We were honored that our solo show BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL was selected out of 500 international entrants for presentation in the 2020 United Solo Festival this Fall.  Sadly, because NYC theater went dark last March, all Festival performances were canceled.  We hope to return in 2021!  Our grateful thanks to the 160+ people who attended our Actors’ Equity staged reading of BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL in December of 2018 Off Broadway in NYC, NY.   This one-woman production can be presented at your venue.  Please email us at: julieridge@frmf.org to discuss the possibilities.  For fun, some friends excavated the vintage footage of my 1983 appearance on the David Letterman Show after I swam twice consecutively around Manhattan Island.  To see the clip, press HERE1983 – Julie Ridge with David Letterman.  

REFUND POLICY:  Cancellations received 72 hours in advance of a Zoom-live-in-person session can receive an 85% refund or credit toward a seminar of equal price.  Cancellations for Self Study seminars cannot be accepted – but you can take a credit toward a seminar of equal price.

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