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Seminars presented by the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation are topical; they feature movies; they’re delivered in our intimate home/office space or live-online via Zoom; and they’re fun. Class sizes are deliberately small to enhance optimal participation.  I watch hundreds of movies every year in search of  accurate, responsible, compassionate depictions of mental health conditions & issues that impact mental health. Movie-viewing provides the springboard for provocative thought and lively conversation. Seminar content is chock full of up-to-date, comprehensive study materials.  We have live-in-person, live-online via Zoom and self study seminars. For details and registration  SCROLL DOWN THE ENTIRE PAGESelf study seminars are posted at the end.

In 2024, we proudly enter our eleventh year of service. The Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) is a NY State Education Department approved provider for Continuing Education contact hours (CEs) for ALL NYS 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, Live-online via Zoom, and fully Live-in-Person seminars are NY SED approved. (Zoom hours count as live-in-person CE contact hours.)

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.

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To complete our seminars:

  • Register and make payment online.  The code on the registration page is case sensitive – the first letter in the code MUST be lower case. Our system is SSL protected and we never save your credit card information. Payment must be made at the time of registration.
  • When you register for a seminar, I will email a custom-tailored reply. Your final confirmation and/or study materials will not arrive instantly upon registration. If you are participating in a live online (via Zoom) seminar or series, I will email study materials by PDF attachments 3-5 days in advance of our session. The link to our Zoom session will be sent the day before we meet.   
  • For live-online via Zoom and self study seminars, you access and watch the movie or mini-series required for the seminar or series independently.   I do not provide a link to the movie(s) or mini-series. For live-in-person seminars, we watch the movies together.
  • When you complete self-study seminars, request your post quiz and evaluation and I will email them 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.

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SEMINARS  open for registration thru NOVEMBER!

The June CONNECTING DOTS: the classics: the classics 18 CEs is in progress. Registrations can no longer be accepted. CONNECTING DOTS series run four consecutive weeks. This series’ live-in-person sessions began June 1st, live-online via Zoom began June 4. They will conclude at the end of the month. 

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THE WEIGHT OF GOLD:  the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat  6 CEs. Every four years the world greets the Summer Olympic Games. This summer, Paris hosts for the third time – the last time was exactly one hundred years ago in 1924. This unique seminar features two movies with thoughtful views of: what it takes to excel; what separates the Gold medalist from all the rest; the sacrifices & glories of preparing a lifetime for a few minutes on the global stage; and integrating the athletic self into the future self.  [For live-in-person seminars we watch the movies together. For Zoom seminars, you watch the movies independently. I do not provide links to the movies.] 

WHEN: Live-in-person Sat, July 6, 11-5:30 pm, 2024,  6 CEs.
WHERE: Our home/office: 400 W 43rd St (corner of 9th Avenue), #41E, NYC, NY.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts (LP), CATs and Psychologists (PSY).  

To REGISTER for THE WEIGHT OF GOLD – live-in-person, July 6, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm: PRESS HERE  

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom session Tues., July 9, 7-9:30 pm,  6 CEs (3 live-online + 3 self study).    
WHERE: Online via Zoom..
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for THE WEIGHT OF GOLD – live-online + self study, Zoom session, July 9, 7:00 – 9:30 pm: PRESS HERE

Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (LMSW or LCSW, MHC, MFT, Psychoanalyst (LP), CAT or Psychologist (PSY)) and license number to complete your registration.

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THEATER AS THERAPY  6 CEs. The Tonys air June 16th. It is the one night each year when excellence on Broadway is broadcast worldwide. Wherever you may be, going to the theater can be more than an evening on the town: it can be an opportunity to glimpse into the lives of individuals we will never meet and eras we can never visit; a chance to socialize with other theater-goers; and at its best, provoke thought and challenge perceptions. It is said “The mark of a great show is that the conversation begins after you leave the theater.” Two movies glean insights into the challenges of performers lives and offer a creative supplement (or alternative) for the therapeutic process.  [For live-in-person seminars we watch the movies together. For Zoom seminars, you watch the movies independently. I do not provide links to the movies.] 

WHEN: Live-in-person Sat, July 13, 11-5:30 pm, 2024,  6 CEs. [Only TWO seats left]
WHERE: Our home/office: 400 W 43rd St (corner of 9th Avenue), #41E, NYC, NY.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts (LP), CATs and Psychologists (PSY).  

To REGISTER for THEATER AS THERAPY – live-in-person, July 13, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm: PRESS HERE  

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom session Tues., July 16, 7-9:30 pm,  6 CEs (3 live-online + 3 self study).    
WHERE: Online via Zoom..
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for THEATER AS THERAPY – live-online + self study, Zoom session, July 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm: PRESS HERE

Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (LMSW or LCSW, MHC, MFT, Psychoanalyst (LP), CAT or Psychologist (PSY)) and license number to complete your registration.

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LOVE IS LOVE: LGBTQ stories  6 CEs. This is PRIDE month. After decades of progress, LGBTQ rights are under assault – again. Two movies feature the fight for LGBTQ freedoms, the gains, the losses, and the struggles that lie ahead.  [For live-in-person seminars we watch the movies together. For Zoom seminars, you watch the movies independently. I do not provide links to the movies.] 

WHEN: Live-in-person Sat, July 27, 11-5:30 pm, 2024,  6 CEs.
WHERE: Our home/office: 400 W 43rd St (corner of 9th Avenue), #41E, NYC, NY.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts (LP), CATs and Psychologists (PSY).  

To REGISTER for LOVE IS LOVE: LGBTQ stories – live-in-person, July 27, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm: PRESS HERE

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom session Tues., July 30, 7-9:30 pm,  6 CEs (3 live-online + 3 self study).    
WHERE: Online via Zoom..
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for LOVE IS LOVE: LGBTQ stories – live-online + self study, Zoom session, July 30, 7:00 – 9:30 pm: PRESS HERE

Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (LMSW or LCSW, MHC, MFT, Psychoanalyst (LP), CAT or Psychologist (PSY)) and license number to complete your registration.

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September – November registrations NOW open!

NEWTHE JOY OF READING: why education matters – 6 CEs. School is back in session on Labor Day, September 5th. Some kids love it – too many don’t. Where did the joy of reading and the thirst for knowledge go? Two movies, one based on a true story, set in a Mexican border town fraught with neglect and corruption – the second film TBA. [For live-in-person seminars we watch the movies together. For Zoom seminars, you watch the movies independently. I do not provide links to the movies.] 

WHEN: Live-in-person Saturday September 21, 11-5:30 pm, 2024,  6 CEs.
WHERE: Our home/office: 400 W 43rd St (corner of 9th Avenue), #41E, NYC, NY.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts (LP), CATs and Psychologists (PSY).  

To REGISTER for THE JOY OF READING – live-in-person Sept 21, 11-5:30 pm: PRESS HERE

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom session Tues., Sept 24, 7-9:30 pm,  6 CEs (3 live-online + 3 self study).    
WHERE: Online via Zoom..
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for THE JOY OF READING live-online via Zoom + self study: PRESS HERE

Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (LMSW or LCSW, MHC, MFT, Psychoanalyst (LP), CAT or Psychologist (PSY)) and license number to complete your registration.

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Just in time for Election Day 2024, our last series of the year, the ALL NEW CONNECTING DOTS: the antidote to stress is Comedy! series for 18 CEs (half of your renewal requirement). This series features four fabulous comedies, covers an array of topics and disorders, but most of all, is designed to be FUN. Movies to be announced. All four sessions must be taken for CEs. [For live-in-person seminars we watch the movies together. For live-online via Zoom seminars, you watch the movies independently. I do not provide links to the movies.] 

WHEN: live-in-person, 4 consecutive Saturdays 10/19 & 26, and 11/2 & 9, 2024. 18 CEs.
WHERE: Our home/office: 400 W 43rd St (corner of 9th Avenue), #41E, NYC, NY.
COST: $350 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts (LP), CATs and Psychologists (PSY).  

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: the antidote to stress is comedy live-in-person 10/19 & 26, 11/2 & 9: PRESS HERE

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom sessions Wednesdays 10/23 & 30, 11/6 & 13, 7-9:30 pm,  18 CEs (10 live-online + 8 self study).    
WHERE: Online via Zoom..
COST: $350 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: the antidote to stress is comedy live-online via Zoom + self study sessions 10/19 & 26, 11/2 & 9: PRESS HERE

Fill in all fields. Enter BOTH your discipline (LMSW or LCSW, MHC, MFT, Psychoanalyst (LP), CAT or Psychologist (PSY)) and license number to complete your registration.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR LAST SEMINAR IN 2024

NEWSURVIVING THE HOLIDAY BLUES – 6 CEs. Live-in-person Saturday December 7, 11-5:30 pm. OR Live-online via Zoom (3 self study + 3 live-online CEs) Tuesday, December 10, 7-9:30 pm. Not everyone is decking halls and finding the jolly during the holiday season. When it seems everyone else is partying and having a wonderful time, being alone feels lonelier, the Winter Blues swell into full out depression, and the need to check in with loved ones is more powerful than ever. Two movies and conversation designed to help us help those we care for and about – and provide ourselves with much needed self care. COST: $150

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SELF STUDY SEMINARS  

Beginning January 1, 2024: to earn 1 BONUS live-in-person CE after completing your Self Study, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com to schedule an hour Zoom conversation.

Brand New for 2024 – THE OPPOSITE OF ADDICTION ISN’T SOBRIETY: it’s connection. 6 self study NY SED approved CEs.  Two movies –The Days of Wine and Roses, starring Jack Lemon and Lee Remick and The Year of the Dog (2022), starring and directed by Rob Grabow.  This new seminar on addiction takes a fresh view on healing and 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 THE OPPOSITE OF ADDICTION ISN’T SOBRIETY: it’s connection: PRESS HERE.

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

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Brand New for 2024 – DEPRESSIVE & BIPOLAR DISORDERS. 6 self study NY SED approved CEs. The Son, a powerful film starring Hugh Jackman explores major depression and the documentary short BREATHE (featuring yours truly) addresses bipolar disorder. The learning objectives of this self study are: understanding the seriousness of these disorders; how to spot early warning signals; navigating holiday seasons; and a myriad of treatment options. I do not provide links to The Son.  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 DEPRESSIVE & BIPOLAR DISORDERS: PRESS HERE 

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

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Brand New for 2024TEEN ANGST. 6 self study NY SED approved CEs. Whether you were a teenager in this century or many decades ago, being an adolescent is often anxiety provoking and tricky to navigate. Two movies, Are you there God? It’s Me Margaret and Ladybird, explore teen-hood in the 60s and present day.  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 TEEN ANGST: PRESS HERE

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

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OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDERS (OCD). 3 self study NY SED approved CEs.  Explore the complexity and pain of living with obsessive compulsive disorders, and paths to healing. The movie OC87 takes you on a tour of one man’s journey with OCD. I do not provide a link to the movie, how you access it will depend 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 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 OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDERS: PRESS HERE

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

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BORN THIS WAY – about Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  6 self study NY SED approved CEs. With the documentary Far From the Tree, based on Andrew Solomon’s Best Seller of the same name, and the romantic comedy Keep the Change, participants will explore a myriad of neurodevelopmental disorders – from learning disabilities to Dwarfism. 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 BORN THIS WAY self study: PRESS HERE

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

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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 HEAD – self studyPRESS HERE

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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Brand New in 2024 – AGING WELL: cognitive decline is not inevitable. 6 self study NY SED approved CEs. Movies TBA. The learning objectives of this self study are: how to age gracefully; how to tell the difference between natural memory loss and cognitive decline; and compassionate senior care. Though information on dementias will be in your study materials, the focus is not dementia.  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.

REGISTRATION for AGING WELL: cognitive decline is not inevitable: – self study will open soon.

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

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Important Information from the NY SED Office of the Professions: beginning April 1, 2023, all mental health professionals (social workers, mental health counselors, creative arts therapists, psychoanalysts, marriage & family therapists, and psychologists) must complete at least 3 CEs with a State Approved Provider in “Ethics & Maintaining Professional Boundaries with Clients” within their next renewal cycle.  If your current cycle began before April 1, 2023, you can wait until your next renewal cycle to fulfill this requirement. We offer seminars that meet this requirement annually.  REMEMBER: You must accrue 36 CEs in each 3 year renewal cycle: 24 must be live-in-person (my live-online via Zoom CEs count as live-in-person) and only 12 can be from self study.

For more information about Continuing Education contact hours go to the New York State Office of the Profession’s website at:  https://www.op.nysed.gov/about/training-continuing-education There is no State restriction as to how many of your 36 CEs you can earn from a single provider, within a single calendar year.  We present Certificates of Completion after completion of each seminar. 

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REFUND POLICY:  Cancellations received more than 5 days in advance of fully Live-in-Person or Live-online (via Zoom) sessions, can receive an 100% refund or full credit toward a seminar of equal price.  Cancellations for live-in-person received less than 5 days in advance may receive credit toward another seminar of equal price, but refunds cannot be issued. Cancellations for Live-online (via Zoom) sessions after you have gotten your study materials, cannot be refunded, nor can tuitions be applied to future seminars.  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.