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Career Connection Employment 
Resource Institute (CCERI)
Professional Development Live Webinars

2020 Spring Webinar Offerings
Changing Distance Learning to 
"Social Distance Learning" 


Registration is now open for Supported Employment/Supported Education Specialists and staff of any agency licensed by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (NJDMHAS). Staff from other agencies with a mission to facilitate vocational planning and development for people with mental health disorders are also welcome to attend.
  • All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon return of webinar evaluation
  • Technical assistance will be available upon agency request
  • Feel free to contact us if you have additional training needs that we can offer online.
  • If you have any difficulties with registration please email rkaluski@mhanj.org

April 9th
10:00 am-11:30 am
Tips to Help Your Consumers Stay Positive and Focus on their Employment Journey Despite COVID-19

Apart from providing a paycheck, work or pursuing employment provides your consumers with structure, a sense of purpose and control, which has been made more difficult due to Covid-19. However, the current situation provides a great opportunity, to assist your consumers whose job search is continuing, on hold, or for those who are laid-off, to prepare them to be ready to compete in the job market as the situation changes.   


Beliefs Go A Long... Way

The following two-part webinar series is about self-awareness, also known as self-knowledge or introspection, which is a very important component of the job search process for both your consumers and yourself.

PART 1 - Your Beliefs Go A Long... Way
April 6th 
10:00 am -11:30 am

Part 1 of the series focuses on the importance of self-awareness for you, the helping professional, in regard to your assessment of success in assisting consumers. This session will include activities that you can utilize to become more self-aware, build upon strengths as a professional and to enhance service provision.

PART 2 - Your Consumers' Beliefs Go A Long... Way
April 8th
10:00 am-11:30 am

Part 2  focuses on the benefits of self-awareness for your consumers and their job search. It will also provide activities that you can do with your consumers to help them gain insight about matters, such as their perception of themselves and the world of work. Focus will be on identifying their strengths and abilities.


April 14
10:00 am-11:30 am
Overview of Trauma: A Hidden Barrier to Work

This interactive webinar will provide an overview of the effects traumatic experiences can have on the ability to work. In addition, the webinar will focus on understanding and defining trauma, as well as reviewing techniques and tools that will guide individuals in their recovery after experiencing a traumatic event.


April 15th
10:00 am-11:30 am
Who is Covered? An Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008

Although the ADAAA has been in effect for many years, many are still at a loss regarding the changes and their implications to the disability community. This 1-hour webinar will provide an overview of the updates and the impact on persons with hidden disabilities such as mental illness and employment.

May 5th
10:00 am-11:30 am
B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to help people get treatment. We start long before Stage 4. We begin with prevention and early intervention. When people are in the first stages of physical illnesses, we try early on to reverse symptoms.  This is what we should be doing with emerging mental health challenges. When people first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, we should act. Just like a cough, early symptoms of mental health issues may never need treatment, but deserve the same type of attention as other illnesses.




The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Career Connection Employment Resource Institute expands employment opportunities for persons with mental illness by creating system change through the promotion of best practices. We offer training for providers, consumers, family members and employers as well as technical assistance for mental health providers. We also collaborate with other community organizations.


This program is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


If you have any questions please contact

Ruth Kaluski at 973-571-4100, ext. 136 or rkaluski@mhanj.org