Connecting Dots

2018 CONNECTING DOTS SEMINAR SERIES DESCRIPTION:

The cornerstone of The Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. are unique film series of learning seminars entitled CONNECTING DOTS.

It’s complicated!  It only takes a moment to make a false or potentially fatal step.  It takes a lifetime to manage a chronic mental illness. Research demonstrates that understanding mental illness is strengthened by studying an array of diagnoses in building block sequence.  Our CONNECTING DOTS seminar series explore a variety of mental health conditions, illustrate how they overlap and are often intricately intertwined.  Learning is enhanced through accurate and compassionate depictions in film, resource-rich take-home materials and open discussion.  Healthy refreshments are served.  Seating is limited. Registration is required.

The goals of each series are to:

  • Heighten understanding of a wide range of mental health disorders.
  • Facilitate early detection through recognition of warning signs, symptoms and behaviors.
  • Discuss viable, effective, current treatment options, including healthy life style choices.
  • Entertain strategies to build supports and overcome barriers to compassionate, connected care.
  • Explore the inter-connectedness of mental health conditions.

CONNECTING DOTS seminars are for anyone and everyone impacted by mental health issues (e.g. caregivers, family members, professionals and individuals living with mental health concerns).  Whether you’ve been immersed in the world of mental health for minutes or the millennium, our CONNECTING DOTS series have something to offer.  [NOTE:  all parts of each CONNECTING DOTS series must be taken for CE credits.]

In 2018 we will host four discretely different CONNECTING DOTS series:

  • Our 1st 2018 series: 4 consecutive Saturdays, March 3rd – March 24, 2018:  CONNECTING DOTS: The Enchanted Series – ALL NEW!  A myriad of mental health conditions, beautifully depicted in animated film.  This 4-part series is worth 12 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs for SWs, MHCs, MFTs and LPs.  Brochure with details can be found on our REGISTER FOR EVENTS & SEMINARS button.  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Cost:  $250 for the 4-part series. (This unique series was lovingly designed for participants who have taken our CONNECTING DOTS: womb to tomb and CONNECTING DOTS: focus on children, adolescents & families series and wanted more. This one’s for you!)  This series is already half full. Register soon to secure your seat!
  • 5  consecutive Saturdays, June 2 – 30, 2018: CONNECTING DOTS: womb to tomb. Explore mental health conditions through the developmental stages, in film, from neurodevelopmental through neurocognitive.  This 5-part series is worth 15 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs for SWs, MHCs, MFTs and LPs. Registration will open in the Spring.  Cost:  $300 for the 5-part series.  Contact us if you’re interested in early registration at: julieridge@frmf.org
  • 4 consecutive Saturdays, July 28 – August 18, 2018: CONNECTING DOTS TOO: focus on children, adolescents & families.  Mental illnesses express themselves differently in children and adolescents and many individuals who develop a diagnosis in adulthood had hints in childhood.  This 4-part film series is worth 12 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs for SWs, MHCs, MFTs and LPs. Cost: $250 for the 4-part series.  Contact us if you’re interested in early registration at:  julieridge@frmf.org
  • 4 consecutive Saturdays, October 13 – November 3rd, 2018: CONNECTING DOTS: the global series.  ALL NEW!  This series provides a tour of mental health care challenges around the world.  This 4-part film series is worth 12 live-in-person NY SED approved CEs for SWs, MHCs, MFTs and LPs.  Cost: $250 for the 4-part series.  Contact us if you’re interested in early registration at: julieridge@frmf.org

Each series is distinct and unique.  Any combination can be taken for different NY State approved Continuing Education credits (CEs).  The State imposes no limit on how many CEs you can obtain from any one provider.

All seminars are facilitated by approved provider Julie Ridge, LCSW-R, under the auspices of the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc.  Ridge is a clinical social worker and master trainer with over 25 years experience teaching parents, professionals and adolescents. She maintains a private practice in NYC.  Ridge is the founder and President of the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc., dedicated to the loving memory of her father Frank Ridge.  Frank Ridge lived a full, rich, adventurous 90 years with major depressive disorder.

Seminars hosted by the Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation are all wheelchair accessible.  Costs for our seminars are kept low in an effort to provide high quality learning at an affordable price.

*The Frank Ridge Memorial Foundation, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education credits (CEs) for all NY licensed Social Workers (#0096), Mental Health Counselors (#0010), Marriage & Family Therapist (#0014) and Psychoanalysts (#P-0018).  All seminars listed on our menu are approved for State CEs.  For more information about Continuing Education credits and requirements, go to the New York State Office of the Profession’s website:  www.op.nysed.gov/prof/.  Click on Continuing Education on the left for more information.

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