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
Spring 2018 program is now complete. Next offering tentatively scheduled for January
For members of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association:
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.
David C. Burdick, Ph.D.
Director, Stockton Center on Successful Aging
Professor of Psychology
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.
Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW
SCOSA Assistant & Project Manager
Stockton Gerontology Adjunct Instructor
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.
Lisa E. Cox, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work
SCOSA Research Chair
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.
Christine Vitt Ferri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
SCOSA Education Chair
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.
Christine A. Gayda-Chelder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Coordinator of Gerontological Studies
SCOSA Service Chair
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 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 Walmsley, MSW, LSW
Stockton Adjunct Instructor
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 D. Weinraub, Esq.
Stockton Adjunct Instructor
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
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.
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 Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu, 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, September 5, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm)
Understanding Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2
- Thursday, September 6,2018 (1:00-2:00pm)
How to Talk About Elder Abuse
Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2
- Wednesday, September 12th (1:00-2:00pm)
Improving Healthcare for People Living with Dementia
Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2
The Longest Day: On Thursday, June 21st from 9am-11am SCOSA hosted Dementia in Older Adults and Creating Effective Communication Skills, a lecture with 2 FREE CEs for Social Workers, Case Managers, CALAs, and Licensed Nursing Home Administrators by Anne Markel-Crozier, of Bratton Scott Elder Care Attorneys. Lunch was served at 11am, followed by a 12:00noon Mini Alzheimer’s Walk: A One Mile Walk Around Lake Fred with SCOSA Service Chair Dr. Christine Gayda-Chelder. For more information, please click HERE. Registration for the workshop is required by emailing Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu.
ASA Webinar: Healthy Nutrition for Older Patients
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1-2pm Campus Center Meeting Room 1
The importance of proper nutrition for older adults cannot be understated. Poor nutrition
can affect the mind, the body, the immune system and energy levels in ways older adults
and their families may not be aware of.
The more families know about the aging factors that can affect eating habits, the easier it will be to ensure their older adult loved one maintains a healthy diet.
Join us for this month’s web seminar to learn more about healthy nutrition for older patients. Part of the Family Caregiver Support Series, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care
To Register, email: Gna.Maguire@Stockton.edu
Listening, Learning, Lunching: An Intergenerational Inter-Professional Event
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 12-2 pm Campus Center Event Room - Older Adults Needed
Again this year, SCOSA will co-sponsor an event led by the School of Health Sciences at which students from various majors and minors in health and the social and behavioral sciences join with elders to learn about older adulthood. This year the theme is “End of Life: Exploring your Choices, Bucket Lists and What Matters Most.” Students in will collaborate in order to determine the most holistic way to explore the aging process. Older adults from the community are invited to Stockton to share their insight via interviews. Students will then have an opportunity to process their experiences, share their ideas with each other, and determine ways that they can work together to support older adults and facilitate successful aging. Please click on title above for more information and click here to register. Space is limited, Registration required.
ASA Webinar: Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease: What Do We Really Know?
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1-2pm Stockton at Manahawkin, 712 E. Bay Avenue, Manahawkin
Participants in this web seminar will be able to:
- Understand the issues experienced by people who develop Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (PDP);
- Review the basic science underlying the potential of cannabinoids to affect Parkinson’s and other movement disorders;
- Understand the current state of the evidence of cannabinoids as a treatment for Parkinson’s; and,
- Know the most common side effects of cannabinoid-based therapies.
Presented by Parkinson’s Foundation as part of their Expert Briefings series.
To Register, email: Gina.Maguire@stockton.edu