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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – February 26 to March 4

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week allows us to focus on a mental health issue that does not discriminate. Year round we all must work to break the stigma often associated with eating disorders and recognizing the impact this disease has on the physical and mental well-being of the communities NBMC serves.

“One eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, unfortunately, has been increasing in frequency over the last several decades in adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 years.  It affects behavior through a self-induced starvation.  It also affects an individual’s thinking in a relentless pursuit of thinness, distorted body image, and an unrealistic fear of fatness. 

There is a high association of Anorexia Nervosa with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Finally, and most dangerously, are the medical complications that result from starvation. Hormonal imbalances, electrolyte disturbances, dehydration, anemia, severe slowing of the pulse, low blood pressure can eventually lead to cardiovascular collapse and death.  

The death rate from Anorexia Nervosa ranges from 5 to 18%, which makes early intervention and combined medical and psychiatric treatment imperative. With proper treatment, this grave outcome can be averted and afflicted youth can resume normal development and a fulfilling life.”

Bennett Silver, MD
Director, Psychiatry Residency Training
New Bridge Medical Center

For more information on eating disorders, visit the National Institute of Mental Health – Eating Disorders and Princeton Center for Eating Disorders.

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Group Therapy

Monday, May 14, 2018 • Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Register online for this FREE seminar. Participants must bring their registration ticket for admission.

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Seminar Highlights:

This seminar includes the following topics:theory and techniques related to effective group therapy, the therapist’s role, use of self, treatment goals, understanding the stages of group therapy, and maintaining control of the group process. Content is based on empirically validated group therapy techniques.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Recall three specific techniques to engage patients in the group therapy process.
  • Name three ways to keep the group members focused on the therapeutic goals.
  • Identify two ways to monitor their own interaction with group members.
  • Recall three main stages of group therapy, including the engagement phase, working phase, and the termination phase.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches clinical topics. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics, including personality disorders, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of The Psychotherapy Manual, Co-occurring Disorders, and Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.

Attendees must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is 2 CEU credits. For CEU approval information, go to http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm. If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references, or content evaluation, contact pbf6@hotmail.com. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, email RoseMary Klie at rklie@newbridgehealth.org.

Sponsored by The Foundation Supporting New Bridge Medical Center.

Psychosocial Assessment Skills

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Register online for this FREE seminar. Participants must bring their registration ticket for admission.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Seminar Highlights:
Assessment skills, which include understanding the patient’s symptoms and life changes, are highly relevant to social work practice. Clinicians will learn how to make an accurate diagnosis based on the patient’s symptoms and psychiatric history. This seminar will focus on diagnostic categories such as depressive disorders and anxiety disorders. DVD material will be presented to highlight identifiable symptoms and interviewing skills.

Objectives:

  • Learn about five critical components of the psychosocial assessment.
  • Learn to identify and clarify the patient’s mood and affect.
  • Learn three key questions to use when making a diagnosis.
  • Learn to differentiate the various depressive disorders and anxiety disorders.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches clinical topics. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics, including personality disorders, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of The Psychotherapy Manual, Co-occurring Disorders, and Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.

Attendees must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is 2 CEU credits. For CEU approval information, go to http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm. If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references, or content evaluation, contact pbf6@hotmail.com. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, email RoseMary Klie at rklie@newbridgehealth.org.

Sponsored by The Foundation Supporting New Bridge Medical Center.

Gian Varbaro, MD

Gian Varbaro, MD Joins New Bridge Medical Center as Chief Medical Officer

Gian Varbaro, MD, is the new Chief Medical Officer at New Bridge Medical Center.  He is an internal medicine hospitalist with a background in primary care. 

Dr. Varbaro graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and received his MD from New York University.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. He earned his MBA from Yale School of Management.  Most recently, Dr. Varbaro was the Chief Medical Officer at Jackson North Medical Center, a 382 bed acute care hospital in North Miami Beach, Florida.

His interests and accomplishments have included founding and redesigning several hospitalist programs, overseeing medical consult services including responsibility for perioperative services, and he has been the medical liaison to psychiatric facilities, creating quality and patient safety initiatives including helping to create Yale’s program for reducing readmissions. Dr. Varbaro has also created operations for the first URAC accredited clinically integrated network in the U.S., and assembled clinical faculty for the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Varbaro to our senior leadership team. Together, we will work to create new service and business lines, and his expertise will be instrumental in the expansion of our acute care services,” said Deborah D. Visconi, President and Chief Executive Officer at New Bridge Medical Center.  “Dr. Varbaro will lead efforts that will result in a continual enhancement in quality and positive patient outcomes. He will play a dynamic and pivotal role in community and medical staff engagement,” said Visconi. 

 

Family Therapy: Skills and Techniques

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 • Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Seminar Highlights:
Participants will learn about the theory and practice related to family therapy. Other clinical topics include different types of treatment strategies and skills, therapy goals, and the role of the social worker in the family therapy process. In addition, the seminar will explore when to use family therapy as a treatment of choice. Recent clinical research about the efficacy of this model and its rate of success will be discussed as well.

Objectives: 
Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three inter-generational and dysfunctional family problems.
  • Name three ways to use genograms to help families understand their family patterns.
  • Recall four critical roles family members may have within their family.
  • Describe four effective family therapy interventions to improve communication within families.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches clinical topics. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics, including personality disorders, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of The Psychotherapy Manual, Co-occurring Disorders, and Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.

Attendees must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is 2 CEU credits. For CEU approval information, go to http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm. If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references, or content evaluation, contact pbf6@hotmail.com. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, email RoseMary Klie at rklie@newbridgehealth.org.

Sponsored by The Foundation Supporting New Bridge Medical Center.

Golf Tournament

Please save the date for New Bridge Medical Center Foundation’s Golf Tournament

Join us Monday, May 14, 2018 at Hackensack Golf Club for a fun-filled day at one of Bergen County’s most beautiful golf courses. 

Online registration opens soon for an event not to be missed!

Coping with Caregiver Stress

Friday, February 16, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
230 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia can become an overwhelming experience. Often, caregivers neglect their own well-being because they are devoting so much time to the responsibilities of day-today caregiving. This program examines caregiver stress and offers coping strategies to become a healthier caregiver.

There is no fee for attending this program, however, pre-registration is required.

You can register online at www.alznj.org or call Alzheimer’s New Jersey: 888-280-6055

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Veterans’ Access to Healthcare Expanded to New Bridge Medical Center

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco was joined by Senator Cory Booker; Congressman Bill Pascrell; Congressman Josh Gottheimer; New Bridge Medical Center President and CEO Deborah Visconi; Associate Director of VA New Jersey Health Care System John Griffith; members of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Bergen County veterans at the medical center to announce it is has officially been designated a Veteran’s Choice facility by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

County Executive James Tedesco said “Through our new partnership, 35,000 veterans and their families can now get treatment closer to home, helping us reach more veterans and support the VA’s mission. It is truly a win-win for all”

Senator Cory Booker “As a nation, we have no more sacred duty than providing those whom our nation sends into harm’s way with the care and support they’ve earned when they return home”

New Bridge Medical Center CEO Deborah Visconi said the collaboration will promote creating innovative ideas and solutions to ” enhance the Veterans health care experience in their community.

“We stand ready, willing and able to serve those who have served us.”

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The Defense Mechanism

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Register online for this FREE seminar Participants must bring their registration ticket for admission.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 • Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Seminar Highlights:
This seminar is centered on various defense mechanisms identified by Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud. Details about defenses universally used by people to protect themselves and to avoid change are presented. The seminar focuses on the Id, Ego, and Superego, and how to help clients develop insight about their use of defenses in everyday interactions.

Objectives:

  • Clinicians will be able to name five neurotic defenses and five mature defenses.
  • Attendees will be able to recall three ways to educate their clients about defenses in either individual or group therapy.
  • Social workers will be able to name two emotional problems, which play a critical role in the development of defenses.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches clinical topics. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics, including personality disorders, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of The Psychotherapy Manual, Co-occurring Disorders, and Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.

Attendees must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is 2 CEU credits. For CEU approval information, go to http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm. If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references, or content evaluation, contact pbf6@hotmail.com. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, email RoseMary Klie at rklie@newbridgehealth.org.