Events & Trainings for Professionals

Spence-Chapin is a non-profit organization established in the early 1900’s that provides holistic and compassionate counseling and support services to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy or have recently given birth and are unsure about parenting. We provide medical professionals, counselors, social service advocates and community members with cutting-edge continuing education programs, ​and offer relevant and engaging, web-based and in-person adoption and child welfare resources. Through our diverse and meaningful programming, we hope to equip professionals with the knowledge they need to help provide positive and healthy outcomes for the women and children we serve.

To register or learn more contact Jennifer Montalvo at [email protected] or (212) 360-0202.

All our events are free to attend.

The Dynamics of 
Addiction, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse (CE)

Monday, September 19, 9:30AM – 12:30PM EST

It is clear that all forms of abuse are destructive. This virtual workshop hosted by Spence-Chapin in collaboration with Rutgers School of Social Work is designed for perinatal health professionals and social workers to address the interrelationships between addiction, domestic violence and child abuse, and the devastating impact they have on all involved. Participants will explore the values of maintaining dysfunction and what it takes to interrupt the process. The increased concerns over stress in the hostile home environment will also be discussed.

This workshop will also equip practitioners with the skills and information needed to fully support a patient or client who is considering adoption or making an adoption plan for their baby.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 CE hours for New York & New Jersey social workers.

Voices of the Triad

Wednesday, November 9, 6:00PM – 7:30PM EST

Join Spence-Chapin for a special event in honor or National Adoption Month. Hear from a panel of adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents who will share their experiences and adoption stories. This meaningful event is free and open to the public. The panel will be moderated by Monica Baker, Director of Domestic Adoption Programs & Outreach at Spence-Chapin.

Language of Adoption (CE)

Wednesday, November 30, 10AM – 1PM EST

Learning to speak a new language is a skill that takes time and practice. When working with families formed by adoption, the words we use make a difference. Utilizing the principles of Object Relations Theory, this virtual workshop hosted by Spence-Chapin in collaboration with Rutgers School of Social Work is designed to provide effective strategies for perinatal health professionals and social workers who work with anyone touched by adoption. Participants will gain an understanding of adoption centered language and will demonstrate, through small group activity and role play, their enhanced ability to effectively connect with those involved in the adoption constellation.

This workshop will equip practitioners with all the skills and information needed to fully support a patient who is considering adoption or making an adoption plan for their baby. Additional topics covered will include the use of accurate terms, assisting birth families and adoptive families with navigating open adoption, and techniques on how to craft developmentally appropriate discussions with children about adoption and birth stories.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 Clinical CE hours for New York & New Jersey social workers. 

Waiting for the Mud to Settle: Mindfulness as a Coping Strategy During Chaotic Times (CE)

Friday, March 3, 9:30AM – 12:30PM EST

In honor of Social Work Month, we invite you to join Spence-Chapin for a FREE Continuing Education Workshop featuring training by Lori Schlosser, PhD, MSW, Rutgers School of Social Work. This virtual workshop is designed to provide perinatal health professionals and social workers with a basic foundation of the principles of mindfulness in addition to experiential practice of a variety of mindfulness exercises.

During times of uncertainty and chaos, feelings of fear, anxiety, overwhelm and grief are likely to rise to the surface and dominate our awareness. Mindfulness involves focusing awareness and non-judgmental attention to the experience of the present moment. When practicing mindfulness, we do not push our emotions aside, but notice them without judgment, with acceptance and curiosity instead. It has been noted that what we resist persists and this gentle allowing of our experience in the present moment has been scientifically proven to improve physical and emotional health.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 CE hours for New York & New Jersey social worker.

Developing Cultural Competence in a Multicultural Society (CE)

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30AM – 12:30PM EST

Commitment to cultural competence is growing among healthcare professionals and providers. This virtual workshop hosted by Spence-Chapin in collaboration with Rutgers School of Social Work will explore cultural competence from a global perspective and demonstrate how all healthcare professionals, specifically social workers, care managers and mental health professionals in perinatal settings, can infuse cultural competence into their practice.

Participants will be challenged to embrace their own cultural humility. While continuing on the journey toward cultural competence, healthcare professionals must embrace the ongoing process of self-exploration and self-critique combined with a willingness to learn from others. This workshop will provide comprehensive strategies to respond to the healthcare needs of a diverse population. Participants will ultimately learn to utilize cross-cultural skill-based approaches that can be applied universally.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 Social/Cultural CE hours for New York & New Jersey social workers

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