ACAP/ICPS offers workshop

Inclusive Psychoanalytic Education and Treatment: Integration of Spirituality and Mental Health Treatment

Monday, June 14, 2021
Earn 2 CEU's
In many instances, members of faith communities reluctantly access mental health services due to spiritual or cultural beliefs.  This workshop will explore ways in which to raise awareness so that those in communities of faith would come to see that spirituality and emotional wellness do not have to compete. The PEWS (Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality) program was developed to educate clergy, lay leaders and faith communities so that they may more effectively support congregants and/or their family members who have, or may be at risk of having, emotional well being challenges.
Laverne Williams, CSW is the Director of the PEWS (Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality) Program for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Ms. Williams is a New Jersey Certified Social Worker, WRAP (Wellness & Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist “Buried In Treasures” Workshop Facilitator and the owner/operator of Laverne Williams Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm which provides individually designed health and wellness workshops. 
With over 35+ years of experience in mental health service Ms. Williams is an advocate on behalf of persons with mental illness, and a Deacon at her church, Ms. Williams diligently develops partnerships between faith-based communities and behavioral health institutions by bridging the gap between theology and the behavioral sciences.

Annette Vaccaro, EdD, LCSW, SCP, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS, ATCS, NCPsyA is a psychotherapist with a general practice and specialty in clinical supervision in Livingston, NJ. She is Director of Academic Affairs and a grant writer supporting community mental health education for workers who serve vulnerable populations at The Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP, and the Dean of curricula at the Institute of Counseling and Psychoanalytic Studies. She is the program coordinator for the clinical mental health counseling degree program with specialization in art therapy at Caldwell University. She is a graduate of ACAP and received a doctorate in counseling psychology with specialization in counseling education and supervision from Argosy University. Dr. Vaccaro is a professor at Caldwell University.
Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn how to:
  • Identify strategies for working with the community regarding common mental health challenges.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms that are triggers for mental health concerns.
  • Access resources in the church and the community to help people obtain appropriate mental health care.
Full CE Information:
CE Provider for:
NY Psychoanalysts
Social Workers
NY Social Workers
Mental Health Counselors (NBCC)
Art Therapists
Marriage & Family Therapists