12-13-18 Press Release

Published: December 13, 2018


Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development Announces 2019 Workshops
Expanded Curriculum Offers Enhanced Training on New and Trending Topics

Peabody, Mass. – Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development (CPD), known for its informative, skill-oriented seminars and consultation services, today announced details of the curriculum offered beginning in January 2019. Previously known as the Center for Professional Innovation, the CPD is a Massachusetts-based, year-round continuing education workshop series led by experienced and credentialed instructors for professionals in the fields of education, counseling, health care, clinical support, addiction and recovery.

CPD recently expanded to offer workshops covering a variety of new and trending topics, including: maintaining a healthy work atmosphere, communication and culture, relational neuroscience and mindfulness. The Center will continue offering continued education credits for social workers, counselors and therapists with varying expertise, along with certificates for educators and contact hours for nurses.

Beginning Tuesday, January 15, Bridgewell’s CPD 2019 workshop series will occur as follows:

 Tuesday, January 15
Creating a Work Atmosphere that Attracts and Sustains Happy Employees and Increased Productivity: A Workshop for Managers
Led by Julie McGrath, M.S.W., LICSW
Location: Burlington, MA

Julie McGrath will offer supervisory training, focused on identifying the differences between stress and burnout in their employees. This workshop will benefit social workers, mental health professionals, clinicians, educators, counselors and paraprofessionals who seek to understand the top five daily challenges for managers, how to prevent staff burnout, and the key concepts needed to attract, focus and keep the most talented employees.

Julie McGrath, M.S.W., LICSW is the Director of the Crisis Team in the Emergency Department at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA.

Thursday, February 7
Meaningful Conversations: Exploring Personal Filters and Cultural Norms
Led by Kari Heistad
Location: Foxborough, MA

Kari Heistad draws upon her travels and experiences living and working overseas to help clients understand the impact that culture has upon business interactions. Her workshop will cover key elements of good communication, including spoken and unspoken communication, building resiliency and cultural norms that impact the ability to communicate effectively across cultural differences. Upon completion, participants will establish best practices to better articulate the steps needed to develop trusting and respectful relationships with others.

Kari Heistad, Founder and CEO, Culture Coach, focuses on helping organizations solve teamwork issues that arise from diverse and multicultural teams.

Thursday, March 14
What Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Friendship, Bullying and Social Media?
Led by Amy Banks, M.D.
Location: Chelmsford, MA

Amy Banks, M.D., will conduct a workshop discussing relational neuroscience, a relatively new field of study that provides crucial information about how and why a healthy human connection is at the core of health and well-being. This session will explore the importance of friendship, the devastating impact of bullying and the potential long-term consequences of social media.

Amy Banks, MD is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program and the Director of Advanced Training, an affiliate of the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Friday, May 17
Mindfulness and the Mind-Body Connection
Led by Jefferson B. Prince, M.D.
Location: Tewksbury, MA 

Jefferson Prince, M.D., will lead a workshop designed to help participants promote self-care through mindfulness-based stress reduction training in order to improve the overall quality of client services, utilize mindfulness for anxiety, depression and stress in the mental health profession, and learn techniques to help alleviate symptoms of stress and promote the utilization of mindfulness as a stress reduction mechanism. This workshop benefits social workers, psychologists, educators, counselors and other medical and/or mental health professionals and paraprofessionals working with children, adolescents and adults.

Jefferson B. Prince, M.D., is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of Child Psychiatry for North Shore Medical Center, and on the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Child Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinics.

All workshops are held from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For additional information about Bridgewell’s CPD or to register for an upcoming workshop, please click here.

About Bridgewell

Bridgewell is a nonprofit social and human services organization dedicated to strengthening communities. Headquartered in Peabody, Mass., Bridgewell empowers people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives. Bridgewell delivers support through community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, recovery services and employment training. Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development offers educational workshops that include continued education credits for social workers, counselors, therapists, along with certificates for nurses and contact hours for educators. Bridgewell’s staff of more than 1,300 professionals serves approximately 6,300 people and their families. Bridgewell is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and fully licensed by the state. For more information, visit bridgewell.org.

For more information:                                                                                                 

Ryan Levasseur
Greenough, on behalf of Bridgewell
(617) 275-6522


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