NJHSA Professionals Affinity Group Spotlight
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The Network has launched a number of professional affinity groups in the last six months. These groups are designed for member agency professionals who wish to network with their colleagues from around the world to improve the work they do in their own communities. Affinity groups allow professionals to reflect on and share the work they are doing, gather information about best practices, return to their agencies with new ideas, and create learning opportunities for the NJHSA Network at large. Meetings are held in a number of formats including but not limited to Zoom video conferencing group discussions, topical presentations made by professionals from both within and outside of the Network, and webinars facilitated by Network partners. Each affinity group is facilitated by chair(s), dedicated to supporting the work of our Network!  
Clinical Services Professionals Affinity Group

The Clinical Services Professionals Affinity Group is unique in that it evolved organically last April in Atlanta at NJHSA’s 2019 Annual Conference. It all began with four individuals at an optional group lunch. Since then, the group has held 4 zoom calls. Thus far, more than 65 mental health professionals have participated and the Network welcomes more. Some of the topics discussed so far have included telemental health, psychiatry, compensation practices, challenging clinical situations, and substance use. The group call on November 14th we surround ways to improve client outcomes and engagement with measurement-based care. Email Megan to join the group.  

In early September the group successfully sponsored the Telemental Health Certification Training. More Than 30 NJHSA member agency professionals completed the 3-day online training course. They obtained 9.5 CEUs and learned how the use of technology can enhance their work in providing counseling services. Those present learned about the history of telemental health, and how to best determine which technology would work for their agencies. Additionally, the course explored the ethical guidelines in providing this telemental health and the legal ramifications inherent in the use of online therapy options, as well as, HIPAA compliance standards. On the third day of training, participants role played how to handle emergency management planning and how to screen for fit. Professionals learned that online therapists use a variety of mediums to communicate and meet with clients, providing the same standard of care as a traditional practice.

As the group moves forward, Chair Dr. Elaine Rotenberg is confident that it will continue to provide an arena in which the clinical/mental health services that are often so central to our agencies, can be talked about openly, with colleagues from around the country, who share similar challenges. It’s key to create a space where professionals can learn and create best practices in real time. 

Elaine is looking forward to facilitating this evolving group and learning from all of those in the Network with expertise in this evolving field.  

Clinical Services Professionals Affinity Group Call
Thursday, November 14th | 1pm ET 

Email Megan to join the group.
Visit the Calls & Webinars page in the Members Only section of the
NJHSA website to register.  
Clinical Services Professionals Affinity Group Chair
Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D.,
Clinical Director,
Fred & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County, FL

“I am part of the Alpert JFS team because there is no greater honor than working with families who have devoted their lives to creating the best possible world for their loved ones. I have the pleasure of sharing the sheer joy that comes with seeing the growth and success of those we proudly serve.”
Dr. Rotenberg was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Performance Quality Improvement Program of Alpert Jewish Family Service, and coordinates the ongoing PQI activities for the organization. She has helped further the agency’s national exposure through participation in a national benchmarking initiative. Dr. Rotenberg has served as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation for Family and Children’s Services (COA.)

Dr. Rotenberg is the consulting psychologist for the Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is a much-requested speaker, lecturing on a range of topics including: communication, self-esteem, assertiveness, stepfamilies, mothers and daughters, depression, and other mental health concerns. She has presented nationally on issues about domestic abuse, developing quality improvement plans, and residential services for adults with disabilities. Dr. Rotenberg is regularly involved in outreach efforts into the community, and regularly seeks opportunities to develop interagency collaborations.
  • Clinical Service Professionals
  • COOs (#2s)
  • Development Professionals
  • Disabilities Services Professionals
  • Holocaust Survivor Service Professionals
  • Home Health Agency Administrators
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Lay Leadership
  • Marketing & Communications Professionals
  • Older Adult Service Professionals
  • Programming & Educational Outreach Professionals
  • Small Agency Executives
  • Volunteer Service Professionals
  • Workforce Development Professionals
How to Join
Member agency professionals are encouraged to email Megan to join an affinity group. Groups meet periodically via Zoom video conferencing. Web cams are available at no charge to those in need of a camera, while supplies last. Email Lisa for details. 

How to Access Call/Webinar Access Links (On Your Own)
Member agency professionals are encouraged to visit the Members Only section of the NJHSA website to obtain call and webinar access and registration links housed on the Calls & Webinars page. Email Megan for logins