Continuing Education Courses for Licensed Social Workers

Beginning January 1, 2015, each Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must complete 36 hours of approved continuing education courses for each triennial registration period.

Commonpoint Queens is proud to offer continuing education courses for our community!

Below are are our offerings for Fall 2021. These sessions will take place virtually and pre-registration is required.  If you’d like to register for a class, please fill out our form and submit payment below. If you are a Commonpoint Queens staff member please register by clicking here (please – only use this form if you are a Commonpoint Queens staff member!). ($50 Fee Per Class – two contact hours unless otherwise indicated)

Monday, November 1, 2021, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: The Building Blocks
Instructor: Andrew Schmidt, PhD, LCSW-R, Founder and Director, City Center Psychotherapy, Private Group Practice; Professor and Director, NYU School of Social Work Continuing Education – Post Master’s Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to CBT, its building blocks, and applications. The Cognitive Model will be explored including structuring the CBT session, setting an agenda and the use of the ABC model – Activation, Belief and Consequence.  Further, we will focus on cognitive restructuring, responding to negative automatic thoughts, and developing an adaptive response. The intermediate and core beliefs of CBT will be discussed as well as methods such as thought diaries. Handouts, breakout rooms and practice sessions will be utilized.

Monday, November 15, 2021, 8:30AM – 10:30 AM
Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Our Practice
Instructor: Jeri Mendelsohn, LCSW, Consultant, Former Executive Vice-President & CEO, Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y

We will focus on applying CBT principles, beliefs and methods in our practice and will concentrate on the role of the clinician. Presentation and discussion of specific case material applying CBT with clients having anxiety or depression will provide the opportunity to analyze CBT concepts, demonstrate clinical applications of  CBT tools and techniques as well as assess effectiveness of the interventions. Breakout rooms will allow for small group discussion and  practice sessions.

Monday, December 6, 2021, 8:30AM – 10:30AM
Critical Determinants Influencing a Social Worker’s Choice of Theoretical and Clinical Approaches
Instructors: Jane Bardavid, LCSW and Jeri Mendelsohn, LCSW

This panel presentation includes social workers with specialties in work with teens, adults and older adults and will provide an in-depth look at elements that determine a social worker’s choice of theoretical or clinical approaches. The role of the social worker’s theoretical preferences, clinical style, range of experience, practice settings, client characteristics and needs, as well as varying contractual obligations with licensing entities, programs and payers will be discussed.

The cost for each CEU course is $50, and $25 for DGMH partnering organizations of Commonpoint Queens. These organizations include:
Peter Cardella Senior Center
Rego Park Senior Center
Self-Help Benjamin Rosenthal ISC
Sunnyside Community Services
Theodora Jackson NSC
Self-Help Clearview NSC
Elmhurst Jackson Heights NSCA
Maspeth Senior Center
Pomonock Senior Center
Gural JCC