Maria Fischer, Esq.
Maria Fischer of Hinkle, Fingles, Prior, & Fischer is dedicated to serving people with disabilities and their families. As the mother of a child with disabilities, Ms. Fischer, is personally committed to the field of disability law. Her legal work is focused on helping families of adults with disabilities to access and retain appropriate services.
Ms. Fischer earned her law degree from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Bar Associations of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Thursday, November 9 • 7 pm to 9 pm
New Bridge Medical Center
230 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ
Enter at Main Entrance, and proceed RIGHT to the Auditorium at the end of the corridor
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Monday, November 6, 2017, 6 p.m. at Seasons in Washington Township.
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Raffle Donations Request
The Foundation is once again hosting the 9th Annual A Taste of Bergen — a community cocktail party featuring fine dining and desserts provided by Bergen County’s best restaurants. Purchase tickets.
The Foundation is expecting more than 350 guests at A Taste of Bergen to come and sample some of the finest cuisine available in the area. By supporting the event through a raffle donation, or as a restaurant provider, you will be able to showcase and market your establishment while helping the patients and long term care residents of the Medical Center as well as Stigma-Free mental health and substance abuse initiatives.
The Medical Center provides a comprehensive set of quality services, including long term care, behavioral health care and acute care to the Bergen County community and is a safety net provider for the mentally impaired, elderly, uninsured or underinsured for the State of New Jersey. The Medical Center is both the largest hospital with 1,070 beds and the largest licensed nursing home in New Jersey. Additionally, with 323 beds, The Medical Center is one of the largest medical resources providing a continuum of care for the behavioral health community. Bergen Regional has a full-service emergency department, state of the art operating suites, and more than 20 ambulatory specialty services available through the clinic.
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation (Federal ID# 22-3135663) founded in 1991 as the fundraising arm of the Medical Center.
The Foundation is committed to:
- Enhancing the quality of life for those served by Bergen Regional Medical Center.
- Supporting educational programs for professionals, consumers and caregivers.
- Educating the community about health issues and services available at Bergen Regional Medical Center.
The Foundation has been instrumental in multiple renovation projects. It provides yoga classes and haircuts to more than 550 long term care residents who call the Medical Center home as well as providing electronics, entertainment systems, computers, and holiday gifts to the patients and residents of the facility. The Foundation also sponsors continuing education programs, health fairs, and annual community summer concerts.
We look forward to your participation and thank you for your support of this worthwhile event. For more information on participating as a restaurant, or to donate raffle items, please contact RoseMary Klie at 201.225.7674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers
Thursday, November 2, 2017 • BRMC Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. • 2 CEU Credit Hours
Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m., Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.
Register for this FREE seminar by emailing email@example.com
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Participants will learn about the commonality of ‘shame affect’ among patients seeking mental health treatment. They will also learn about shame and its correlation to other diagnoses. Different types of shame, anger, and rage will be highlighted. Specific clinical social work interventions, using group and individual therapy to address shame and anger, will be presented. Case examples will be used to illustrate the topics.
Participants will learn:
• The definitions of two types of shame affect.
• About the four ways patients most often respond to shameful feelings.
• How shame is correlated to four other emotional disorders.
• How to use five specific strategies to help patients cope with internalized shame.
Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Bridge Back to Life clinic and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for 27 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on various mental health topics including Personality Disorders, Emotional Disorders and Psychotherapy Models. He completed his BA at Emory University, MSW at Yeshiva University, and PhD at Rutgers University. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual,” “Co-occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.”
Attendants must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is for 2 Clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information – http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references or content evaluation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 • BRMC Auditorium • 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
2 CEU Credit Hours
Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m. • Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.
Register by emailing email@example.com
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Participants will learn about the theory and practice related to family therapy. Other clinical topics include different types of treatment strategies and skills, therapy goals, and the role of the social worker in the family therapy process. In addition, the seminar will explore when to use family therapy as a treatment of choice. Recent clinical research about the efficacy of this model and its rate of success will be discussed as well.
Participants will be able to:
• Identify three inter-generational and dysfunctional family problems.
• Name three ways to use genograms to help families understand their family patterns.
• Recall four critical roles family members may have within their family.
• Describe four effective family therapy interventions to improve communication within families.
Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Bridge Back to Life clinic and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for 27 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on various mental health topics including Personality Disorders, Emotional Disorders and Psychotherapy Models. He completed his BA at Emory University, MSW at Yeshiva University, and PhD at Rutgers University. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual,” “Co-occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.” Attendants must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is for 2 Clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information – http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm
If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references or content evaluation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation sponsors Bedside Harpist to provide music for the Medical Center’s long term care residents on a monthly basis.
Bedside Harpist was established in 2002 by Edie Elkan as Bedside Harp, and is now a featured service for Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospital and healthcare facilities. The harpists are very experienced and play for the Medical Center’s residents at their bedside or in the long term care dayrooms. The beautiful music has already proven to be serene and relaxing for our residents. The wonderful harp music radiating throughout each unit seems to provide a healing power and soothing experience for residents and staff alike.
The harpists have shared some of the insights to the positive effects of the music. One harpist noted a resident sitting in a wheelchair looking on with apparent curiosity. The harpist went near to play and he nodded when asked if he would enjoy some music. When the harpist played, he broke out into a big smile and enjoyed some familiar tunes. When the session ended, with a big smile and a soft whisper, he thanked the harpist.
Another resident was in bed and smiled when approached by the harpist. The harpist played several recognizable tunes for her, which brought a warm smile and thank you from her when the session ended. As the harpist left her room, the resident began to sing some of the songs she had just heard.
The power music and its positive impact on the long term care residents is difficult to measure, but the experiences shared by the harpists from Bedside Harpist have been positive and rewarding. Thank you to The Foundation for sponsoring this uplifting new service.
Congratulations to RoseMary Klie, BRMC’s Director of Community Relations and Event Management, who graduated from the 2017 Bergen LEADS program. Only 30 people are selected from all of Bergen County to participate in this 10 month leadership program sponsored by the Bergen Volunteer Center.
OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation against Bergen Regional Medical Center in Settlement Agreement
Friday, June 2, 2017. (Paramus, NJ) In a recent settlement resolving a 2015 OSHA enforcement action issued to Bergen Regional Medical Center, OSHA has withdrawn the only alleged citation regarding The Medical Center’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WVPP). As the complete picture of The Medical Center’s WVPP became clear through the citation contest process, it was determined OSHA’s original allegation was misplaced, and OSHA vacated the citation. The agreement with OSHA memorialized the specific elements of The Medical Center’s WVPP that the government became aware and ‘does not dispute’ were already in place and effective, and which The Medical Center committed to maintain.
The agreement does not require The Medical Center to develop or implement new elements to its WVPP, but rather, continue to take the steps already a part of its existing, compliant WVPP. There is no penalty associated with the alleged violation related to workplace violence, as that violation was completely vacated by OSHA. The $14,000 penalty included in the settlement agreement relates to a separate technical paperwork violation regarding the manner in which two injuries were recorded on the Hospital’s OSHA 300 Log.
The Medical Center has demonstrated through multiple audits and inspections by federal and state regulators that its WVPP is robust, effective, and compliant. OSHA’s decision to withdraw this citation further validates The Medical Center’s effective WVPP.
Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Ilona Robinson, Bill Wright and Kris Mullins celebrates Earth Day with a special remembrance of BRMC Volunteer Michael Augustowicz who, working with the long term care therapeutic recreation department, created the first Earth Day celebration at Bergen in 2004.
Bergen Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Bergen County to be declared Stigma-Free.
Pictured at the flag raising celebration are: Special Assistant to the Bergen County Director June Montag; Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco; Bergen Regional Vice President Donnalee Corrieri; Bergen Regional President, COO and Administrator Susan Mendelowitz; Bergen Regional Foundation Chairman and Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove; Bergen Regional Community Relations Director RoseMary Klie; Community Outreach Liaison for Congressman Josh Gottheimer Patches Magarro.