Connecting Dots


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

It only takes a moment to make a false or potentially fatal step.  It takes a lifetime to manage chronic mental illnesses.  Our CONNECTING DOTS series explore a variety of mental health conditions and topical issues that impact mental health.  Learning is enhanced through accurate and compassionate depictions in film, resource-rich take-home materials and open discussion.   Seating is limited. Registration is required.  Each CONNECTING DOTS series runs 3-4 consecutive weeks and earns 16-18 total (some live-in-person, some a mix of self study & live-online via zoom) NY SED approved CEs for NY licensed SWs, MHCs, MFTs, LPs, LCATs and Psychologists.

The goals of each film series are to:

  • Heighten understanding of a multitude of mental health disorders and issues impacting mental health.
  • 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 complex inter-connectedness of mental health conditions and issues.

CONNECTING DOTS film seminar series 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 sessions of each CONNECTING DOTS series must be taken for CE credits.

All seminars are designed and 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 30 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.

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 (#SW-0096), Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0010), Marriage & Family Therapist (#MFT-0014), Psychoanalysts (#P-0018), Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0065), and Psychologists (#PSY-0009).  All seminars listed on our registration page are approved for NY State CEs.  Our Ethics seminar is NY State approved to meet the Ethics requirement for Psychologists. For more information about Continuing Education credits and requirements, go to the New York State Office of the Profession’s website: