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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; 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.  Seminars are offered both fully live-in-person and live-online via Zoom + self study. 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. is a NY State Education Dept 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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REGISTRATION for March – May 2024 is OPEN.  

CONNECTING DOTS: ethical clinicians maintaining professional boundaries with clients. 18 CEs. 4 weeks, 4 movies, 4 portrayals of ethical clinicians who maintain professional boundaries with clients. This series meets the NY State Ed Dept requirements for Ethics and Maintaining Professional Boundaries with Clients. All 4 seminars must be taken for series credit.  [For live-in-person classes, we watch the movies together. For Zoom sessions, you watch the movies independently.] Class size is limited.

WHEN:  Live-in-person, 4 consecutive Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2024, 12:45 – 5 pm. 18 CEs. Only TWO seats left.
WHERE: Our home/office 400 W 43 St, NYC, NY.
COST: $350 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.

To REGISTER for live-in-person Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2024, 1-5:30 pm: PRESS HERE.  

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

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom sessions 4 consecutive Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2024, 7-9:30 pm. 18 CEs (10 live-online via Zoom + 8 self study).
WHERE: Live online via Zoom.
COST: $350 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.

To REGISTER for live-online Zoom sessions March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2024, 7-9:30 pm: PRESS HERE.  

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

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SPECIAL EVENT: 

RIPTIDE – my one-woman show (previously performed Off Broadway in NYC as BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL) about my zig-zag swim across the English Channel and how traversing the grey murky seas has paralleled my life with bipolar disorder. [2 live-in-person CEs after completion and return of evaluation]

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2024, live-in-person, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – one night only
WHERE: Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, Ct.
COST: $18 per seat. Registration details to come.

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Back by popular demand: CULTS: the art of coercive control7 CEs (for the price of 6). Featuring the 4-part docu-series Seduced: inside the NXIVM Cult. This unusual seminar explores cult culture: the sociopathic seduction, indoctrination and entrapment of otherwise intelligent, successful, dynamic, beautiful, caring people. For those who think “This could never happen to me,” Seduced prods us to take a closer look.  [For live-in-person classes, we watch the mini-series together. For Zoom sessions, you watch the mini-series independently. I do not provide links to the mini-series.] 

WHEN: Live-in-person Sat, April 27, 11-6:30 pm, 2024,  7 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, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for live-in-person, April 27, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm: PRESS HERE

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

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom session Tues, April 30, 7-9:30 pm, 2024,  7 CEs. (3 live-online + 4 self study)
WHERE: Online via Zoom.
COST: $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.

To REGISTER for CULTS live-online, Zoom session April 30, 7-9:30 pm: PRESS HERE

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

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Brand NewAGING WELL: cognitive decline is not inevitable.  Studies show embracing age enhances a longer, healthier life. While this seminar will reference dementias, the focus is on aging gracefully and planning mindfully for our loved ones.  Movies to be announced.  [For live-in-person classes, we watch the movies together. For Zoom sessions, you watch the movies independently. I do not provide links to the movies.] 

WHEN: Live-in-person Sat, May 11, 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, LPs, CATs and Psychologists.  

To REGISTER for AGING WELL: cognitive decline is not inevitable – live-in-person, May 11, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm: PRESS HERE

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

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WHEN: Live-online + self study, Zoom session Tues., May 14, 7-9:30 pm,  7 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 AGING WELL: cognitive decline is not inevitable – live-online + self study, Zoom session, May 14, 7:00 – 9:30 pm: PRESS HERE

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

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SAVE THE DATES – REGISTRATIONS opening SOON

Saturday, May 25, live-in-person, 11 am – 5:30 pm, subject to be announced, 6 live CEs. Live-online via Zoom version May 28, 7-9:30 pm, 6 total CEs (3 live-online + 3 self study).

CONNECTING DOTS series, subject to be announced, live-in-person, 4 consecutive Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15 & 22, from 1:00 – 5:30 pm, for 18 live CEs. Live-online via Zoom version 4 consecutive Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25, 7-9:30 pm, for 18 total CEs (10 live-online + 8 self study).

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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.