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ALL SEMINARS THROUGH APRIL 2020 are OPEN FOR REGISTRATION BELOW!  

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Get lost in the magic of movies, illuminate your understanding of mental health concerns, and earn NY State Education Department (SED) approved live-in-person CEs!  Our specialty is finding accurate, compassionate and entertaining films that responsibly depict a myriad of mental health conditions.  Learning is enhanced with lively conversation and resource-rich take-home materials.  Continental breakfast & popcorn are served.  Our seminars are conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan. We provide a FUN, intimate, interactive atmosphere conducive to higher learning.  Seating is limited and our seminars fill quickly. 

ALL of the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation’s learning seminars are NY SED approved for live-in-person Continuing Education credits 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 facilitated by Julie Ridge, LCSW-R, a master trainer with nearly 30 years experience teaching and working with children, adolescents, families, foster parents and professionals. Questions? email us at: julieridge@frmf.org.  [Our cancellation policy is at the bottom of this page.]

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for all seminars. Payment MUST be made at the time of Registration. When registering fill in ALL required fields: you MUST enter your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.  Our registration code has FIVE digits only and is case sensitive – all letters are LOWER case.  The option to use a non-PayPal payment credit card is at the bottom of the payment page.  If you need assistance, please contact me at julieridge@frmf.org and I will be happy to help.  Thank you!

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THE TRAUMA TRIGGER: who bounces back?  6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs. Two contrasting films are the springboard for conversation about trauma triggers, resilience, and treatment.  TWO seats just opened up for this seminar!  If the class is full when you go in to register and you would like to be placed on the Wait List contact us at jridgemha@aol.com. Wait Listers frequently get seats.

WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm.
WHERE:   505 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Street – closer to 35th); NYC, NY. 20th floor – the Lavender Room. [Training room & bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.]
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 TRAUMA TRIGGER: who bounces back?: PRESS HERE.    [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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NURTURE OR NATURE: the human experiment that stood science on its head. 3.5 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.  A completely NEW seminar. Featuring an extraordinary documentary about a human experiment that explored the nurture vs nature conversation in a most unusual way.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 1, 2020, 12:45 – 4:30 pm.
WHERE:   505 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Street – closer to 35th); NYC, NY. 20th floor – the Lavender Room. [Training room & bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.]
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 6 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for NURTURE OR NATURE: PRESS HERE.   [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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AUTISM IS A WORLD. 6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs. Two movies illustrate autism spectrum disorder from mild to severe impairment, spanning early childhood through adulthood.  

WHEN: Monday, Feb 10, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm.
WHERE:   505 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Street – closer to 35th); NYC, NY. 20th floor – the Lavender Room. [Training room & bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.]
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 AUTISM IS A WORLD: PRESS HERE.    [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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CONNECTING DOTS: thru the ages.  14 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs. Four consecutive Saturdays, four seminars, four movies. Each seminar examines mental health conditions through the developmental stages – as they ageA completely NEW CONNECTING DOTS series. [Subjects covered: neurodevelopmental disorders; psychosis; addiction; & a personality disorders.]  All 4 sessions must be taken for series credit.  For Downloadable PDF brochure: press HERE.

WHEN:  Saturdays February 22 & 29, March 7 & 14, 2020 – 12:45 pm – 4:30 pm.
WHERE:  
505 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Street – closer to 35th); NYC, NY. 20th floor – the Lavender Room. [Training room & bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.]
COST: $300 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 $50 for each additional 14 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: thru the ages the Saturday series: PRESS HERE .   [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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For those unable to attend our Saturday CONNECTING DOTS: thru the ages series we hold a parallel, identical series on 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings. Same seminars, same movies, same 14 live-in-person CEs, same cost. Seating is extremely limited.  All 4 sessions must be taken for series credit.  [Only ONE seat left. If the seminar is full when you go to register, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com to be placed on the wait list. Wait listers frequently get seats.]

WHEN:  Wednesdays February 19 & 26, March 4 & 11, 2020, 5:15 pm – 9:00 pm.
WHERE:   Home Office, 400 W 43 St, Suite 6-S (corner of 9th Avenue), NYC, NY.  [If you require special accommodations, please notify us in advance.  There is a half-inch lip to enter our bathroom.]
COST: $300 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 $50 for each additional 14 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

To REGISTER for CONNECTING DOTS: thru the ages, Wednesday night series: PRESS HERE.    [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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THE COST OF WAR6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs. Two movies demonstrate the dramatic impact of war on the mental health of civilians, war correspondents and female veterans. A completely NEW seminar.  

WHEN: Monday, March 30, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm.
WHERE:   505 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Street – closer to 35th); NYC, NY. 20th floor – the Lavender Room. [Training room & bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.]
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 COST OF WAR: PRESS HERE.    [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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HOW WE LEARN: differences, styles & perspectives.  6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs. Two movies span the history of learning from a residential care setting in the ’50’s to the present. A completely NEW seminar.  

WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm.
WHERE:   505 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Street – closer to 35th); NYC, NY. 20th floor – the Lavender Room. [Training room & bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.]
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 HOW WE LEARN: PRESS HERE.    [You MUST enter both your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP, or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.]

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REGISTRATION will open in February for our May – July seminars.  Stay tuned.

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 strong!

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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. 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 Attendance 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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Our Cancellation PolicyCancellations received 72 hours (3 business days) or more in advance of a seminar date can be applied to future seminars or receive a refund, less a 15% administrative processing fee.  Cancellations received less than 72 hours (3 business days) from seminar date and no shows, receive no refund or credit towards future seminars.  In case of serious emergency (e.g. accident, hospitalization, death of a loved one), contact us and we will do our best to work with you. Because your credit card information is encrypted for your protection, refunds are issued by check.

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Our grateful thanks to the 160+ people who attended our Actors’ Equity staged reading of BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL December 13 – 16, 2018 at the Studio Theatre, 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.  Press HERE1983 with David Letterman to see the clip.  BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL will be presented on December 5, 2020, from 12:45 – 4:30 pm as a 3.5 live-in-person seminar.  Mark your calendars!

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.