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Disaster News and the Media in an Age of Anxiety
Friday, April 30, 2021, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
Category: NJPA Programs

NJPA 2021 Spring Conference
Disaster News and the Media in an Age of Anxiety 

April 30, 2021
5 live CE credits!
Virtual interaction with the presenters is available 

Keynote speaker – Daniel P. Villiers, PhD

Panelists: Stacey Rice Dobrinsky, PhD, Omar Canosa, MD, Samantha Quigneaux, LMFT, and Debra Roelke, PhD
Moderator: Daniel P. Villiers, PhD 

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Program Cost:  NJPA Member: $150 |NJPA Sustaining Member: $127 | NJPA ECP Member: $112 | NJPA Student Member:  $75 |  Non-NJPA Member: $300     

Program Description

From civil unrest to terrorist attacks to COVID-19 pandemics, the presence of threat and doomsday scenarios are not new to the human experience; but what is unprecedented is the1 4.7 billion people who can share and access information in an instant. While there are benefits to an informed citizenry, the financially motivated media outlets have made clicks and screen time more important than being a purveyor of truth. Studies conducted after previous collective traumas (such as mass violence events or natural disasters) demonstrate that both the type and amount of media exposure impacts psychological and physical health. For example, recent research has found that the rates of anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, substance use, and gaming addiction have skyrocketed among children, teenagers, and young adults since the onset of COVID-19. Additionally, while disaster news can reach teens across the globe, the content of the news, and its impact on heath varies significantly across race, gender, income, and socioeconomic factors. Similar disparities have been found in the experience and impact of trauma and PTSD, encouraging therapists to pursue a greater understanding of the etiology, assessment and treatment of trauma.  
1Worldwide digital population as of July 2020, published by J. Clement.

Both the news and media have a significant influence on both our psychological and physical health. At this time of unprecedented stress, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, clients are presenting with many real-life difficulties that challenge the therapist to respond. The afternoon panel will focus on four different therapeutic approaches (psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive behavior, and integrative psychiatry) to frame, manage, and respond when real life trauma and anxiety enters the therapeutic office. Discussions will cover the unique approaches to real life trauma in the therapeutic relationship and the similarities and differences in approaches. A Q and A session will follow to further explore the strategies and techniques that different therapeutic approaches employ to manage real life uncertainty, trauma, PTSD, and anxiety to support clients of all ages that are struggling. 

Keynote Speaker: Daniel P. Villiers, PhD
Dr. Villiers is one of the nation’s leading anxiety interventionalists. He has educated, motivated, and inspired over 800 families to pursue treatment for their children with acute anxiety, OCD, and trauma. He is a driving force for the development of specialized anxiety treatment programs for school-age children. Dr. Villiers is the cofounder of the Anxiety Institute, an organization providing an intensive day program and outpatient services for anxious adolescents and young adults. He also cofounded Mountain Valley Treatment Center, the first non-hospital residential anxiety program in the United States.

Panelist: Stacey Rice Dobrinsky, PhD
Dr. Dobrinsky is the Clinical Director at the Madison office of the Anxiety Institute and has over ten years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with OCD and anxiety disorders. She was a founding faculty member at the Mclean OCDI Jr. program and ultimately served as the Clinical Director. Dr. Dobrinsky specializes in severe, treatment refractory anxiety and OCD and utilizes a combination of Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her treatment.

Panelist: Samantha Quigneaux, LMFT
Samantha Quigneaux, LMFT, has extensive experience working with the LGBT community and issues regarding gender and sexuality, as well as, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, including sexual and physical abuse. Before joining the Newport Academy team, Samantha was the managing moderator for Big White Wall, a 24/7 online community platform helping members to successfully self-manage their emotional health. She also served as a therapeutic mentor and parent coach for Vive Family Support Program in New York City. 

Panelist: Omar Canosa, MD
Dr. Canosa joins the Anxiety Institute with 15 years of experience as a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist. After earning his doctorate in medicine in 1999, Dr. Canosa completed his general psychiatry training at Temple University’s School of Medicine, and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry Drexel University’s College of Medicine in Philadelphia. From 2008 to 2014,  Dr. Canosa worked for Atlantic Health’s Overlook Medical Center (Summit, NJ), where he spearheaded the evolution of an integrative and evidence-based pediatric eating disorder program. Dr. Canosa has been in private practice since, providing comprehensive mental health treatment uniquely tailored to each patient's individual needs. 

Panelist: Debra Roelke, PhD
Dr. Debra Roelke is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been involved in psychoanalytic education, training and teaching for over 20 years.  She is the Director of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey as well as a supervisor  and     training analyst on the CPPNJ faculty.  She is also a Visiting Clinical Supervisor at Rutgers University GSAPP.  Dr. Roelke has taught annual postgraduate seminars for 10 years on a wide variety of topics including Object Relations Theory, Self-Psychology, Intersubjectivity Theory, Transference-Countertransference, Neuropsychoanalysis and Advanced Attachment Theory.  She is a founding member of the ongoing CPPNJ Child and Adolescent Interest Group.  In addition, she is the founder and co-director of the Northern New Jersey chapter of A Home Within, a national non-profit organization based in San Francisco that provides free psychotherapy for individuals in foster care.  Dr. Roelke maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Morristown, New Jersey.

Presenters do not have any commercial support and/or conflict for interest for this program.

Learning Objectives

1. Analyze where children, teens, and young adults are getting their news from and provide alternative news sources for clients and parents
2. Learn emotional responses to crises and trauma at different developmental stages of childhood
3. Summarize key assumptions and principles of trauma informed treatment through a multicultural lens
4. Become acquainted with interventions aimed at lessening the emotional impact of disasters on childhood
5. Discover ways to pursue greater parity of resources in promoting child resiliency and family functioning
6. Apply social justice to a clinician’s treatment of trauma
7. Identify three strategies that can be given to parents to restore routines and boundaries in the home
8. Become better acquainted with different therapeutic approaches to handle real life stress and anxiety and support clients
9. Discuss the pros and cons of different therapeutic approaches to restore routines and structure to everyday life in uncertain times

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists

Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

Program Sophistication: Intermediate-Some basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

In the event a participant wishes to rescind their enrollment, refunds may be requested prior to  April 15, 2021. Requests for refunds will be acknowledged within 1 business day. Refunds will be provided in the manner in which the participant paid.  No refunds after April 15, 2021.

NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for  psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content 

NJPA ensures that any permission for proprietary information utilized in NJPA programs and the safeguarding of these materials is discussed with the presenter. NJPA program attendees are not permitted to share the programs materials received either in hard copy form or electronically. Full attendance qualifies for a total of 5 hours of CE credit for psychologistsno partial credit will be granted. 

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact Ana DeMeo at [email protected] for more details. 

All complaints following the completion of the conference should be made in writing and submitted within 7 days. All complaints will be reviewed by the Executive Director and the Committee on Continuing Educational Affairs. A response will be issued within 7 business days. Please visit our website – www.psychologynj.org for more information. 

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