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 Status on REGISTRATIONS for  2020  (last updated March 28, 2020)

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To date, the NY State Education Department Office of the Professions is accepting online and Self-Study CEs in place of live-in-person CEs for all renewals thru June, 2020.  They are not extending deadlines for renewals at this time.  While I would love to be able to present my usual live-in-person seminars virtually, my organization has created a specialty presentation platform that does not lend itself to virtual training. Many of the movies I use are not readily available to the public and I don’t have the necessary equipment. 

However, in response to immediate CE needs for upcoming renewals, I am creating as many 3.5 CE Self Study versions of our live-in-person seminars as possible.  If your renewal dates are not coming up soon, I highly recommend that you wait until registration for our live-in-person CE seminars re-open. For those in need, scroll down to see all seminars currently available for 3.5 Self Study CEs. Everyone who accepted credits for cancelled seminars can apply them to our Self Study offers.  We are experiencing higher than usual registration volume at this time and all final confirmations are done manually. We will respond to all registrations within 24-48 hours.  If you have questions email for the fastest response at: jridgemha@aol.com.

A few general notes:

  • As soon as  State COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, I will reopen registrations for all of our live-in-person seminars and reschedule those that had to be cancelled.  
  • If any seminar must be rescheduled, I will notify all registrants in a timely manner.
  • Many thanks to those of you who accepted credits for cancelled seminars.  Your credits will be honored through the end of next year – December, 2021.  We are a small non-profit organization and like many of you, we are taking a painful financial punch right now.  Your patience during these unprecedented times is appreciated deeply.
  • The very minute that all State COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and we can reopen registrations for live-in-person, we will send out a Celebration Email to everyone on our email list!

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Illuminate your understanding of a broad array of mental health conditions and global issues that impact on well-being through the magic of movies.  Our specialty is finding compassionate, accurate, responsible depictions in film. Seminars are supplemented with resource-rich take-home materials and conversation.
All seminars presented by the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. are NY State Education Department approved for live-in-person Continuing Education credit (CEs) and Self Study 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.

HELPFUL REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  REGISTRATION is REQUIRED for all seminars. Payment MUST be made at the time of Registration. Your registration is not confirmed until payment has been made.  When registering fill in ALL required fields: enter your discipline (SW, MHC, MFT, LP or CAT) and license number to complete your registration.   The option to use a regular credit card is at the bottom of the payment page.   The overwhelming majority of our participants have no difficulty registering for classes, but in case you run into trouble, the usual reason why is:  You’ve entered an incorrect code at the end of the registration page. Our codes have 5 digits: a lower case letter, a number, another lower case letter, another number, and a lower case letter.  All letters in the code must be lower case. When registering from your phone or tablet, the phone or tablet will sometimes automatically Cap lock the first letter in the code. The cap lock on your device must be overridden for your registration to come through. Follow the prompts and you’re registered!  If you need assistance, please contact me at julieridge@frmf.org and I will be happy to help.  Thank you!

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WELCOME TO DSM-5!  3.5 Self Study 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.  [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).]  IMPORTANT: 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.

To REGISTER  for the 3.5 Self Study CE version of WELCOME TO DSM-5! – be sure you’ve read instructions first!: PRESS HERE. 

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AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. 3.5 Self Study CEs.  Thanks to the generosity of a friend of the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, a remarkable movie about a young man with non-verbal ASD has been offered to us to live-stream through April 15th. [Please note: if you have already taken one of our Autism seminars within your current renewal cycle, the State will not allow you to take a seminar in the same subject again until your next renewal cycle.]  Upon receipt and confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the class materials with instructions and the link for the movie.

COST: $75  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 $10 for each additional 3.5 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]  

To REGISTER  for the 3.5 Self Study CE version of AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS: PRESS HERE.

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IS IT BIPOLAR OR IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA?  3.5 Self Study CEs.  To register for this seminar, you must be able to access the film Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack.  It is available for free streaming on Amazon Prime and available for purchase on DVD.  [For those who recently took our CONNECTING DOTS: thru the ages series, this seminar is different that the chapter you took on Bipolar & Depression and can be taken within this renewal cycle for CE credits.] 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.  [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 the 3.5 Self Study CE version of IS IT BIPOLAR OF IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA?: PRESS HERE

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HOW WE LEARN: differences, styles & perspectives  originally scheduled for April 20th is being rescheduled for later this year.  Our apologies, but due to the difficulty in obtaining the movies for this seminar for your home viewing, it cannot be converted to a Self Study format.  New dates for the live-in-person version will be announced when State COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

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PERSONALITY DISORDERS: the people who can ruin your lives3.5 live-in-person 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 film provides a glimpse into the symptomology, warning signs and consequences of one of the most evil geniuses of our time.  A completely NEW seminar.   No further registrations are being taken at this time. A Self Study version is being developed in the event this seminar needs to be rescheduled. I will open more seats if State COVID-19 restrictions have been  lifted. To be placed on the wait list, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 2020, 12:45 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: $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).]

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THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE: the descent into dementia6 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.  Two films explore Alzheimer’s, care options, the impact on loved ones, and some new science.  No further registrations are being taken at this time. A 3.5 CE Self Study version is being developed in the event this seminar needs to be rescheduled.  I will open more seats for the live-in-person version if State COVID-19 restrictions have been  lifted. To be placed on the wait list, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Monday, May 11, 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).]

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DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER (previously known as Split Personality Disorder)3.5 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.  A classic film is the springboard for conversation on this frequently misunderstood condition.  No further registrations are being taken at this time.  A 3.5 CE Self Study version is being developed in the event this seminar needs to be rescheduled.  I will open more seats for the live-in-person version if State COVID-19 restrictions have been  lifted. To be placed on the wait list, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 12:45 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: $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).]

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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.  No further registrations are being taken at this time. If State COVID-19 restrictions have been  lifted I will open more seats. To be placed on the wait list, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.  In the event that this seminar is cancelled, it will be rescheduled for later this year.  It cannot be converted to a Self Study format.

WHEN: Monday, (previously scheduled for Monday, March 30th) – now Monday May 18th, 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).] 

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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.  No further registrations are being taken at this time. If State COVID-19 restrictions have been  lifted I will open more seats. To be placed on the wait list, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com  In the event that this seminar is cancelled, it will be rescheduled for later this year.  It cannot be converted to a Self Study format.

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2020, 12:45 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: $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).]

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DAVID & GOLIATH: one individual can impact the world6 live-in-person CEs.  Two true story movies about courageous individuals: one takes on a powerful corporation to save the health of communities, the other takes on a regime to fight for the rights of children. A completely NEW seminar. Registration has been suspended until State COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. To be placed on the wait list for a seat as soon as registrations re-open, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Monday, July 13, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm.
LOCATION: 505 Eighth Ave (between 35th & 36th St), 19th floor training room, NYC, NY.
COST: $150 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 6 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

REGISTRATIONs for DAVID & GOLIATH are suspended until State restrictions have been lifted.

IMPORTANT: 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 Global Series – Saturday series14 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs.   4 Saturdays, 4 movies, 4 powerful issues. Explore mental health care around the world and the impact global issues have on well-being through film, resource-rich handouts, and discussion.   All 4 seminars must be taken for series credit.  Registration has been suspended until State COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. To be placed on the wait list for a seat as soon as registrations re-open, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Saturdays July 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 2020, 12:45 am – 4:30 pm
LOCATION: 505 Eighth Ave (between 35th & 36th St), 19th floor training room, NYC, NY.
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 $50 for each additional 14 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

REGISTRATIONs for CONNECTING DOTS: the global series – Saturdays are suspended until State restrictions have been lifted.

IMPORTANT: 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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For those unable to attend Saturday sessions, we will hold a parallel CONNECTING DOTS: the global series – Wednesday night series at our home/office on Wednesday evenings.  Same seminars, same movies, same credits, same cost.  Registration has been suspended until State COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. To be placed on the wait list for a seat as soon as registrations re-open, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020, 5:15 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: home/office 400 W 43rd St; 6-S; (corner of 9th Ave); NYC, NY. [note: the bathroom in our home/office is not wheelchair accessible. Our apologies in advance.]
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 $50 for each additional 14 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

REGISTRATIONs for CONNECTING DOTS: the global series – Wed nights are suspended until State restrictions have been lifted.

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WHOSE DIVORCE IS IT ANYWAY? and who gets caught in the fallout 6 live-in-person CEs.  Two movies about divorce. Is amicable divorce possible?  What is the impact on children?  Whose divorce is it anyway?  A completely NEW seminar.  Registration has been suspended until State COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. To be placed on the wait list for a seat as soon as registrations re-open, email me at: jridgemha@aol.com.

WHEN: Monday, August 17, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm.
LOCATION: 505 Eighth Ave (between 35th & 36th St), NYC, NY.
COST: $150 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 6 CE seminar certificate will be charged (payment can be made via our Support Us button).]

 REGISTRATIONs for WHOSE DIVORCE IS IT ANYWAY? are suspended until State restrictions have been released.

IMPORTANT: 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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Our Fall seminars will open for registration when it is safe to do so.  You can put these dates on your calendar:

Monday, September 14, 2020, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm, 6 live-in-person CEs – subject to be announced – $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.
Monday, October 5th, 2020, 9:45 – 4:30 pm, 6 live-in person CEs – subject to be announced – $150 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs..
Our last CONNECTING DOTS series for 2020, will be an ALL NEW theme.  Dates:  Saturday series: Oct 31, Nov 7, 14 & 21 0 12:45 – 4:30 pm.  Wednesday evening parallel series dates: October 28, Nov 4, 11 & 18 – 5:15 – 9:00 pm.  $300 for all NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs and CATs.

BIG NEWS!  BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL has just been accepted by the 11th Annual United Solo Festival for public performance at the Studio Theater, 410 West 42nd Street, New York – first performance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.  I am blown away by this honor of being selected from over 500 one-person shows from around the world.  Information regarding ticket sales coming soon.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 6, 2020, 12:45 am – 4:30 pm, 3 live-in-person CEs – subject to be announced – $75 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 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 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.