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Dr. James Kok
What Are We Really Here For?
Thirteen Secret Behaviors
Dr. James Kok has been an ordained minister for 50 years and is the founder of Care and Kindness Ministries, which presents conferences throughout the United States to train and motivate people in the Vision of Care and Kindness. His book, The Miracle of Kindness is the virtual textbook for this vision. He speaks extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kok was Director of Care Ministry for the Crystal Cathedral Congregation of Garden Grove, CA for 29 years. As a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, he trained churches, pastors and telephone counselors in care methods.
He writes for the Care Capsule and is the author of six books. The most recent one, Transform Belief Into Behavior has just been released.
What You Should Know About Youth and Suicide
Christine Anderson is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of New Jersey. She received her Education Specialist Degree from Seton Hall University in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy and her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Montclair State University. Ms. Anderson has worked in the field of behavioral health and family counseling for more than 3 decades. Currently, she is the Coordinator, Crisis Intervention Services at Morristown Medical Center, overseeing the Psychiatric Emergency Services at Morristown Medical Center and the Morris County Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Florham Park treating individuals and families.
Music Therapy – The Healing Power of Music
In addition, participants will also explore ways to continue a music practice as part of their daily lives and ways to share this practice with others. Materials provided.
Crystal Antoine , MA, MT-BC, received her music therapy training at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Currently, she holds the position of Music Therapist for the Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System. In addition to music therapy work, she also is a certified music teacher in New York State and works in various educational and medical settings in both her fields. Her past and current clinical experiences include music therapy work in hospice settings, centers for individuals with developmental disabilities, and with individuals with psychotic and mood disorders.
She recently completed her Master's Thesis in which she conducted a survey asking interdisciplinary team members how they understand the role of music therapy in end of life care. Findings from the thesis yielded various avenues for further research for her, specifically music therapy advocacy in health care settings, and strategies to improve interdisciplinary collaboration in those settings.
Drum Circle: Bringing Harmony, Euphoria and Rhythm to the Chaos of Life
Joachim Becker is a New Jersey and New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, a graduate of the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences, and a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. He is a Reiki and Chi Gong practitioner, a Labyrinth facilitator, and a teacher of the Native American Flute. He brings to his practice a lifetime of holistic learning, exploration and study in many forms of the healing arts.
Depression in Children – Fighting Back
Counselor Susan DeBell is a certified Art Educator, School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and retired School Nurse who has worked with adults, couples, children and teenagers for many years. Susan has a Master’s degree in Counseling, a certificate in Substance Abuse Coordinator from Montclair University as well as a certificate in Family Psychology from Capella University.
Presently she has her own private practice at First Reformed Church in Pompton Plains and is employed as a licensed counselor by Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. in Pompton Lakes. She has written numerous children’s books to teach important life skills such as empathy, dealing with bullies, making and keeping friends, and dealing with stress. She has also designed and illustrated a card game incorporating important social skills for children ages 4-12. Susan has facilitated groups of children, adolescents, and adults concerning divorce, grief and loss, depression, social skills, and the challenges of mild brain injury (concussion).
Caring for the Caregiver
Carol DeGraw is the Director of the Health Impact Area for United Way of Northern New Jersey, which is focused on improving access to resources, supports, and education for unpaid family caregivers. She received her MSW from Rutgers University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience. Her direct service work included case management, crisis intervention, HIV/AIDS, gerontology and psychotherapy. She has been an adjunct professor for Rutgers University School of Social Work, and an instructor for Rutgers Continuing Education Program. A believer in the power of Coalitions to effect community change, she became a founding member of the United Way Caregivers Coalition. The Coalition has been recognized nationally as an effective model for supporting caregiving populations.
Medicine and Spirituality – Perfect together
This not infrequently results in disproportional or excessive care; the result of which leads to burn-out, stress, and disappointment for all involved; medical staff, the religious as well as the public. This workshop addresses these issues.
Continuing in practice over a half-century, Dr. Joseph H. Fennelly has led in creating interdisciplinary teams that reduce the fragmentation inherent in scientific medical progress. Recognizing that medicine is a spiritual endeavor, he has been the most involved physician at Morristown Medical Center (MMC) in enhancing the important role of pastoral and clerical care. He is called upon frequently to give eulogies for his patients in the context of honoring their unique stories.
During the 60’s and 70’s, he initiated pulmonary and cardiac rehab programs, and comprehensive and integrated medicine committees. He spearheaded the first designed intensive care unit at MMC, wherein experts trained in both medicine and biomedical engineering consulted. At the same time he served on the first free-standing hospice and chaired a hospice approach at MMC.
He created a Human Values Committee addressing end of life issues in the early 70s. This led to his involvement in the Karen Ann Quinlan case. Since then he has been involved in most of the right-to-die court cases and is the immediate past chair of the bioethics committee of the medical society of NJ.
He has initiated ethics committees in acute care as well as chronic care facilities. Currently he serves as co-chair of the ethics committee at MMC, serves on the healing council of Atlantic Health System and on the governor’s council on end-of-life care.
Ongoing lectures to students and physicians include interdisciplinary collaboration, professionalism and communication.
Art Therapy: The Healing Power of Art
Mandala (wholeness) – The Sacred Circle
Meditation: Drawing, Seeing and Touching
Reflective Writing: Telling your Story
Maria Lupo, MFA, MA-ATR, a registered art therapist, is the Healing Arts Manager for Atlantic Health System and she presides over The Healing Arts Coalition a community group sponsored by Atlantic Health System. Lupo received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College (CUNY), NYC and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Rutgers University, NJ. Lupo also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Caldwell University with a Speciation in Art Therapy. She was elected to the Board of NOAH (National Organization for Arts and Health) and received the 2010 award for Outstanding Arts Professional from Morris Arts. She has been recognized by the National Arts Program for her outstanding work in the community. Ms. Lupo, a recipient of a NJ State fellowship award, exhibits her artwork nationally. Currently, she is a she is a doctoral candidate in Medical Humanities at Drew University.
Deep Meditation to Calm the Mind, Body and Soul
Halina Miller is a Nursing Coordinator at Chilton Medical Center and has worked in the field for over 38 years. She is a Reiki Master, Spiritual Healer and incorporates the use of vibrational healing through Tibetan Healing Bowls. Halina has created a Healing Room at the hospital for staff to decompress and stay centered through self-healing modalities and meditation. She maintains a private practice specializing in Reiki Healing.
Health Care Decision-Making/Anna’s Angels
Rev. Randy Parks, Manager of Pastoral Care and Chaplain at Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He also served as Pastoral Care Manager/Chaplain at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream, Long Island, and took his clinical training at New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Lennox Hill Hospital in NYC. He is an ordained Baptist minister and endorsed for healthcare chaplaincy through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition to healthcare chaplaincy, he has served on staff of Baptist, Congregational and Episcopal churches in the Northeast.
Be Not Afraid: Turning to God in Times of Fear and Uncertainty
Janet Pfeiffer, international inspirational speaker, globally syndicated radio host, holistic life coach and award-winning author has appeared on CNN, Lifetime, ABC News, The 700 Club, NBC News, Fox News, The Harvest Show, Celebration, TruTV and many others. She’s been a guest on over 100 top radio shows (including Fox News Radio), is a contributor to Ebru Today TV and hosts two globally syndicated radio shows, Anger 911 and Between You and God (both top rated shows on iHeart Radio).
She's a contributor to the Dr. Phil Show, an adjunct instructor at County College of Morris, is a former columnist for the Daily Record and contributing writer to many top publications including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Women's World and more.
A consultant to corporations including AT&T, U.S. Army, U.S. Postal Service, and Hoffman-LaRoche, Janet is N.J. State certified in domestic violence, was an instructor at a battered women's shelter for fifteen years, and is the founder of The Antidote to Anger Group. She specializes in healing anger and conflict and creating inner peace and writes a weekly blog.
Janet has authored 9 books, including the highly acclaimed The Secret Side of Anger and her most recent, The Great Truth.
Terri Roth Reicher serves as the Bioethics Attorney for Chilton Medical Center and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at William Paterson University. She writes and lectures frequently on issues in Bioethics. She has taught at Seton Hall Law School and at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine.
Ms. Reicher is a frequent trainer for the NJAPM (NJ Association of Professional Mediators). She is a charter member of the NJ chapter of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and currently serves as the President of the Marie Garibaldi ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Inn of Court.
Ms. Reicher holds a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law and holds an advanced law degree from Seton Hall University, where she was a member of the first LLM class in Health and Hospital Law.
Practical Ways to Deal with Anxiety
Leah Scilingo has been a nurse for over 30 years in various areas from Neonatal ICU, Correctional Health up to Behavioral Health. Leah works at Chilton Medical Center as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and outside the hospital as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. In addition she teaches Mental Health at Lincoln Technical Institute as an Adjunct Professor and has also been a Clinical advisor. Leah does volunteer work as a former member of the Bd. of Health in various towns, has done Parish nursing, and helps out at the local food bank. She will be teaching various ways of dealing with everyday stress and anxiety such as deep breathing, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation to name a few.
Care-sharing – A reciprocal Approach to Care Giving/Receiving
Rev. Brenda Searle Minnella is an ordained Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith in New York, New York. She serves in Pastoral Care at Chilton Medical Center. For many years, she served as prayer chaplain and meditation leader at the Center for Spiritual Living in West Orange, New Jersey. She also provides workshops and officiates at Interfaith ceremonies.
Neighbors and Friends: Emergency Department Without Walls
Following a business career of 35 years, Jon Sugarman entered the nursing profession in 2005 at age 56 as a bedside nurse. He went on to earn a Master’s degree and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at UMDNJ as well as a post-doc certificate in psychiatry and mental health at Rutgers School of Nursing. He is triple-boarded as a nurse practitioner in adult care, geriatric care and behavioral health, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Over the last several years, Jon has worked in long term and skilled nursing facilities providing psychiatric medication management and related behavioral health services to residents. More recently, he worked in the Emergency Departments at Overlook and Morristown Medical Centers as part of their effort to create and implement geriatric-centered services leading to the establishment of Geriatric Emergency Departments.
Active Listening – More than words can say
Andrea Wasser-Malmud, LCSW, CCBT, CFT, is the chief professional officer for NewBridge Services. Her NewBridge career has spanned nearly 30 years. She currently runs the Adult and Family Services Department, and oversees the operations of the Senior Services and Partial Care (day treatment) departments. In her clinical role, she runs the anger management program, “Cool Under Fire.”
Previously, Ms. Wasser-Malmud served as a mental health worker at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ, and a psychiatric social worker at Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, NJ. She holds a master's degree and license in social work and certifications as a cognitive behavior therapist and forensic therapist. Her primary interest is in ensuring that the concepts of wellness and recovery are a guiding force throughout the agency. Her “Wonders of Wellness Initiative” (WOWI) was recently highlighted in the publication of the NJ Association of Mental Health and Addictions Agencies.
Dealing with Substance Abuse – What You Can Do: Spirituality of Recovery
Father Bob Wieniefski is a Catholic Chaplain at Chilton Medical Center. He has been a Priest for 36 years and has extensive experience working with individuals recovering from alcoholic and drug abuse.