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WELCOME TO 2022

For descriptions and registration for all seminars thru JULY 2022 and Self-Study seminars: SCROLL DOWN THE ENTIRE PAGE.  Self study seminars are posted after the Zoom-live-in-person and All-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). ALL of our self study, zoom-live-in-person, and live-in-person seminars are NY SED approved for CE contact hours.

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. Seminars are created 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.

 LATEST UPDATE:  The New York State Education (SED) Office of the Professions has extended the deadline to receive any or all of your CEs from self study thru JANUARY 1, 2023 regardless of your renewal date.   [In other words, for those with renewal dates AFTER January 1, 2023, you can earn ALL 36 of your CEs from self study or Zoom-live-in-person, IF you elect to get them all before January 1, 2023.]  If you are beginning a new renewal cycle soon, we encourage you to take advantage of this extension. To follow updates directly with NY SED Office of the Professions go to:  http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19.html

To complete our 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 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.   
  • For Zoom and self study seminars, 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. For live-in-person seminars (we’re back in June!), films will be watched in class.
  • 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 and receive your Certificate of Completion. Post quizzes and evaluations will be completed on site for fully live-in-person seminars.

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 2022 seminars thru JULY

BRAND NEWSPLITTING: an in depth look into Dissociative Identity Disorders (DID)6 total CEs (3 zoom-live-in-person + 3 self study).  [Note: those who took DID before CAN take this seminar.] Truddi Chase endured unspeakable abuse from the age of two. The ‘born child’ known as Truddi died and began splitting from that day on.  The YouTube movie Voices Within: the lives of Truddi Chase, (based on Chase’s autobiography When Rabbit Howls) starring Shelley Long, provides the springboard for conversation about this complex and complicated condition. Only 11 participants per session.  Only FOUR seats remain. I will send the study materials upon receipt of your registration and the link to the zoom room the day before we meet. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE STUDY MATERIALS TO WATCH THE MOVIE – the materials guide your viewing and I want the movie to be fresh in your mind for our Zoom session.  

WHEN: Zoom-live-in-person session – Tuesday, May 10, 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 SPLITTING:  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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BRAND NEW – CONNECTING DOTS: born this way – about a myriad of neurodevelopmental disorders.  16 ALL LIVE-IN-PERSON CEs.  4 consecutive Saturdays, 4 movies about diverse neurodevelopmental disorders, 4 live-in-person seminars. All 4 sessions must be attended for series credit. This is our first all-live-in-person series in over two years.  Proof of vaccination must be sent at time of registration.  Only FIVE participants will be admitted.  with only TWO seats remaining!  If the series is full when you go in to register, email me at jridgemha@aol.com to be placed on the wait list.  Continental breakfast will be served.

WHEN: Four ALL LIVE-IN-PERSON sessions, Saturdays June 4, 11, 18, and 25 – 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
WHERE: Our home office: 400 West 43rd Street (@ 9th Ave), NYC, NY 10036.
COST: $350 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists. 

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: born this way – LIVE-IN-PERSON: 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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BACK BY POPULAR DEMANDEATING DISORDERS: it’s personal.  6 Total CEs (3 self study + 3 zoom-live-in-person).  It isn’t about the disorder, it’s about the individual.  Two movies – Love Gilda and Brittany Runs a Marathon – provide the springboard for conversation about the issues underlying Eating Disorders and how to help the ones we love.  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 session, Tuesday, June 14, 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 EATING 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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BRAND NEW – THE UPSIDES & DOWNSIDES OF AGING: about neucognitive disorders and healthy aging. 6 ALL LIVE-IN-PERSON CEs.  2 movies about neurocognitive disorders & healthy aging.  Continental breakfast will be served.  Proof of vaccination must be sent at time of registration.  Only FIVE participants will be admitted.  Full day must be attended for CE credit. 

WHEN: Monday, July 11, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (includes 30 minute lunch break).
WHERE: Our home office: 400 West 43rd Street (@ 9th Ave), NYC, NY 10036.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists. 

To REGISTER for THE UPSIDES & DOWNSIDES OF AGING – all LIVE-IN-PERSON on July 11: 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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BRAND NEW – THE UPSIDES & DOWNSIDES OF AGING: about neucognitive disorders and healthy aging. 6 Total CEs (3 self study + 3 zoom-live-in-person).  Two movies about neurocognitive disorders & healthy aging. Films to be announced.  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.  YOU’RE NOT SEEING DOUBLE: This is the exact same seminar being offered on July 11 – however July 11  is ALL LIVE-IN-PERSON CEs, and this one is 6 TOTAL CEs – 3 SELF-STUDY + 3 ZOOM-live-in-person.

WHEN: Zoom session, Tuesday, July 12, 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 UPSIDES & DOWNSIDES OF AGING half self study + half zoom session July 12, 7-9:30 pm: 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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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 – VOICES IN MY HEAD: about schizophrenia. 3 self study NY SED approved CEs. With the documentary A Guy Called Dad: a daughter’s journey, Stavon Arnold – a sweet, kind, gentle father, husband and son – provides us a glimpse into the world of schizophrenia. His daughter Kacey Arnold shows us how his chronic condition impacts individuals trying to care for a beloved family member. I do not provide a link to the movie.  How you access it 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 VOICES IN MY HEADPRESS 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 – 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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NEW – AUTISM ALL GROWN UP.  6 self study NY SED approved CEs.  All of us know something about the autism spectrum, but most seminars focus on children. What about life on the spectrum after childhood?  This self study features the 2022 binge-worthy dramedy Amazon series As We See It, starring 3 atypical young adults.  Study materials focus on the perspectives of those living on the spectrum and those caring for them.

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

To REGISTER  for AUTISM ALL GROWN UP – 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 – THE REVOLVING DOOR OF INSTITUTIONAL CARE.  6 self study NY SED approved CEs.   Have you ever wondered why individuals with severe mental illness go round and round in the seemingly endless revolving doors of institutional care (e.g. hospitals, asylums, jails, prisons)?  For this self study you will watch two documentaries: Bedlam and Out of Sight, Out of Mind ,which explore the question in depth.  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 THE REVOLVING DOOR – 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 – THE GENESIS OF VIOLENCE. 6 self study NY SED approved CEs.  The courts are interested in what the murderer did, mental health professionals are interested in the why.  With the movies Crazy, Not Insane and Experimenter (about Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority studies) as the springboard, participants will explore the etiology of violence and explore the question: could any of us be a murderer?  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 THE GENESIS OF VIOLENCE – 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. 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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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, with the International United Solo Theater Festival – BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL in 2021.  I am delighted to announce that my show has been selected for a return engagement in 2022 International United Solo Theater Festival!  Dates to be announced.  2 live-in-person CEs will be awarded to individuals showing proof of ticket purchase and completion of an evaluation. I hope that you will join me!  [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 have been 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 after completion 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.