Education for Professionals

Continuing Professional Education & Scholarly Lectures

SCOSA offers a variety scholarly lectures and continuing education programs for professionals, para-professionals and other caregivers, often in collaboration with Stockton’s Office of Continuing Studies, and other provider organizations and businesses. CEs are generally provided for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, and Licensed Professional Counselors, and sometimes provided for Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists.

Check here regularly for information on upcoming programs, or join our e-mail list to receive our monthly E-Newsletter.

Certificate in Elder Care Coordination

For members of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association: Applications for Spring 2019 Program are Now Being Accepted!

SCOSA, in collaboration with the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) will again present our innovative online/distance learning program for Elder Care Coordinators (ECCs) who work at member firms. The course provides the tools and support needed to promote best practice for ECCs.


BurdickDavid C. Burdick, Ph.D.
Director, Stockton Center on Successful Aging
Professor of Psychology
Stockton University

Dave joined the Stockton faculty in 1984 after earning a Ph.D. in geropsychology from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Applied Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America.

Currently a professor of psychology, he has served in leadership positions for numerous college, community, state and national efforts. He was President of the Society on Aging of New Jersey (SANJ), and a delegate/delegation leader for New Jersey at the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, nominated by Congressman William J. Hughes and selected by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

His scholarly interests are in gerotechnology and intergenerational relations and he has published and presented extensively at national/international professional meetings on both topics. He serves on the Advancement Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education and the International Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. He is a Fellow of AGHE and the Gerontological Society of America, was NJ Gerontologist of the Year in 1997 and received the Stockton Community Engagement Award for Faculty in 2008.


GinaGina Maguire, MSW, LSW
SCOSA Assistant & Project Manager
Adjunct Instructor
Stockton University

Gina has experience in providing individual and couples counseling to both older adults and young children, organizing and facilitating a reminiscence/autobiography groups with older adults called Time to Tell, planning, facilitating and organizing events, and assisted preparation of several textbooks in areas of military, health and mental health, social work advocacy, depression among older adults and the anniversary reaction to death.

As an undergraduate, Gina assisted with SCOSA's Mission Nutrition Planning Grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health. She co-authored Senior Nutrition Programs: Promising Practices for Diverse Populations. Ms. Maguire has had several opportunities to intern, volunteer and work with older adults at facilities including: Generations Adult Medical Daycare, Seacrest Village, Wharfside Chiropractic Center and a physical therapy office, with mostly older adult clientele.

In her personal life, she cared for her grandparents in their last years. Having a family of her own, and caring for physically and cognitively declining grandparents, made Gina a true member of the “sandwich generation”, a moniker she is proud to own.

 Ann CrozierAnne Crozier, BSW, CSW, CECC
Director of Care Coordination
Bratton Law Life Care Planning

Anne has over 25 years’ experience working closely with the elderly in many different facets of health care, including adult day care, long term care, behavior management, hemo-dialysis, sub-acute rehab, ventilator, hospital settings, and assisted living facilities. In her current role as Director of Care Coordination at Bratton Law, Anne assists clients and their families in coordination of their health and long-term care and serves as their advocate by empowering them with the knowledge to attain the highest quality of life.

Currently, Anne serves as Secretary on the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association’s Board of Directors and has recently been elected as Committee Chairperson of the Tri-County Regional Ethics Committee.

Anne graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in social work, and received her Gerontology Certificate from Florida State University.  


 CoxLisa E. Cox, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work
SCOSA Research Chair
Stockton University

Dr. Cox received her Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy and a graduate Certificate in Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work and School of Allied Health. Prior to joining Stockton in 1999, she held a joint faculty appointment in VCU’s Infectious Disease Department and School of Social Work and worked in hospital and NIH funded agency-based clinical and research settings.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her research interests include the intersection of health issues with gerontology, spirituality, and family. She was a funded participant in the Hartford Foundation’s Curriculum Development Institute of the Council of Social Work Education. Currently, she is an Associated Fellow of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania and a Board Member for the Joint Commission on Health Care’s Commit-tee on Long-Term Care.

Her recent book, Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy Based Profession (2016, Sage) is a bestseller.


FerriChristine Vitt Ferri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
SCOSA Education Chair
Stockton University

Christine joined the Stockton faculty in 2005 after earning a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and completing a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Geropsychology at the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as Co-Vice President for Education of the Society on Aging of New Jersey from 2008-2009, and was faculty advisor to Stockton’s Chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology from 2006-2009.

Dr. Ferri has been published on diverse topics in gerontology including successful aging, Medicare Part D, and quality of life. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and conducts grant-funded depression screenings for older adults in the community. She is on the psychology staff at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation where she works with medically frail adults. She was a Board member of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a United Way non-profit that makes daily reassurance phone calls to homebound older adults and was Vice President of the Board from 2009-2010. She has been a member of the Gerontological Society of America since 1997 and received the Dissertation Award from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section.


GaydaChristine A. Gayda-Chelder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Coordinator of Gerontological Studies
SCOSA Service Chair
Stockton University

Dr. Gayda-Chelder earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist in private practice and specializes in health psychology and neuropsychological assessment. She is a consulting psychologist at a number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers. A significant part of her practice is dedicated to assessments of capacity for both full and limited guardianship evaluations.

Dr. Gayda-Chelder began teaching at Stockton in 1998 as an adjunct instructor. Areas of research include the neuropsychological assessment of dementia and coping with grief.

Lori HeberleyLori Anne Heberley, LPC, CMC, NCC
President & Lead Therapist for
South Jersey Geriatric Care in Somers Point, NJ

She is a graduate of Stockton and the George Washington University, where she received her Master of Arts degree in 1991. Lori is member of the SCOSA Community Advisory Board and has been an Adjunct for Rutgers Department of Social Work and has presented professional seminars for SCOSA.

Michelle WalmsleyMichelle Walmsley, MSW, LSW
Adjunct Instructor, Stockton University

Michelle teaches the course Introduction to Gerontology and Health & Aging. She is an alumna of Monmouth University and Virginia Commonwealth University and held such positions as Medical Social Worker for acute care hospitals, home health care and hospice care agencies, Director of Social Services at Long-Term Care Facilities and Supervisor of the Adult Protective Services Unit in Atlantic County, NJ. She has extensive expertise in teaching, tutoring and faculty mentoring through online courses.

Michael WeinraubMichael D. Weinraub, Esq.
Adjunct Instructor, Stockton University

Michael teaches an undergraduate course on Aging and the Law. He is a sole practitioner in an Elder Law practice in Ventnor, NJ, handling estate planning, estate administration, Will contests, Life Care Planning, long term care planning, guardianships, and special needs trusts. Mike is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the A.B.A. approved National Elder Law Foundation. He presented a 2-part series on elder law and life care planning in SCOSA’s “First Wednesday” Lecture Series at the Health Center at Galloway.


The Certificate in Elder Care Coordination (CECC) is a 15-week online post-baccalaureate continuing professional education certificate program designed to provide practical, application-based knowledge and skills to Elder Care Coordinators working at member firms of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association (LCPLFA), using best practice approaches from the fields of gerontology, social work, geriatric care management, and elder law.

This online program is designed with the busy professional in mind. The 15-week program, divided into three 5-week courses uses the Blackboard Learning Management System and consists of PowerPoint “Lectures”, Assigned Readings, Discussion, Chat, and Assessment. The Certificate program is currently open only to staff from LCPLFA law firms; however, future offerings may be opened to additional interested students. Registrants for this post-graduate certificate program must generally hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis, based upon work experience, etc.). Registration is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis and based on the assessment of our Admissions Committee.

For Full Course Outline, Click Here


Course Start Date: January 21, 2019
Course End Date: May 17, 2019
Registration Fee: $1,200.00
Course Type: Online
Required Text: Cress, CJ. (2017). Handbook of Geriatric Care Management (4th Ed.) NY: Jones and Barlett.
Registration Application:  Click Here to Apply

Upcoming Local Professional Educational Lectures:

SCOSA offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for professionals, often in collaboration with Stockton's Division of Continuing Studies, and with other outside partner organizations. Through these partnerships and our Scholarly and Professional Development Seminars, we present several high-quality professional seminars each year.  

Current Offerings:

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Through SCOSA's membership in the American Society on Aging (ASA), we are pleased to continue our presentation of ASA Webinars during the Fall Semester. The programs are free-of-charge to participants. To register please e-mail, providing your full contact information, indicating which program(s) you plan to attend and whether you need her to e-mail you a temporary parking pass. For information about what Webinars are available, please visit our review our monthly Newsletters.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
Working After Retirement                         
Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2


Recent Offerings:

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
    ASA Webinar: Understanding Symptoms of Alzheimer’s                                
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2 

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
    ASA Webinar: How to Talk About Elder Abuse 
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2