Education for Professionals

Continuing Professional Education & Scholarly Lectures

SCOSA offers a variety scholarly lectures and continuing education programs for professionals, para-professionals and other caregivers, often in collaboration with Stockton’s Office of Continuing Studies, and other provider organizations and businesses. CEs are generally provided for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, and Licensed Professional Counselors, and sometimes provided for Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists.

Check here regularly for information on upcoming programs, or join our e-mail list to receive our monthly E-Newsletter.

Certificate in Elder Care Coordination

For members of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association

The Course will next be offered during the Spring 2020 Semester: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 through Saturday May 23, 2020
SCOSA, in collaboration with the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) will again present our innovative online/distance learning program for Elder Care Coordinators (ECCs) who work at member firms. The course provides the tools and support needed to promote best practice for ECCs.


BurdickDavid C. Burdick, Ph.D., FGSA, FAGHE
Director, Stockton Center on Successful Aging
Professor of Psychology
Stockton University

Dave joined the Stockton faculty in 1984 after earning a Ph.D. in geropsychology from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Applied Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America.

Currently a professor of psychology, he has served in leadership positions for numerous college, community, state and national efforts. He was President of the Society on Aging of New Jersey (SANJ), and a delegate/delegation leader for New Jersey at the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, nominated by Congressman William J. Hughes and selected by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

His scholarly interests are in gerotechnology and intergenerational relations and he has published and presented extensively at national/international professional meetings on both topics. He serves on the Advancement Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education and the International Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. He is a Fellow of AGHE and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), was 1997 NJ Gerontologist of the Year, received the 2008 Stockton Community Engagement Award for Faculty, and the 2019 Clark Tibbitts Award from GSA/AGHE for outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics education.


GinaGina Maguire, MSW, LSW
SCOSA Professional Services Specialist & Project Manager
Adjunct Instructor
Stockton University

Gina has experience in providing individual and couples counseling to both older adults and young children, organizing and facilitating a reminiscence/autobiography groups with older adults called Time to Tell, planning, facilitating and organizing events, and assisted preparation of several textbooks in areas of military, health and mental health, social work advocacy, depression among older adults and the anniversary reaction to death.

As an undergraduate, Gina assisted with SCOSA's Mission Nutrition Planning Grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health. She co-authored Senior Nutrition Programs: Promising Practices for Diverse Populations. Ms. Maguire has had several opportunities to intern, volunteer and work with older adults at facilities including: Generations Adult Medical Daycare, Seacrest Village, Wharfside Chiropractic Center and a physical therapy office, with mostly older adult clientele.

In her personal life, she cared for her grandparents in their last years. Having a family of her own, and caring for physically and cognitively declining grandparents, made Gina a true member of the “sandwich generation”, a moniker she is proud to own.

 Ann CrozierAnne Crozier, BSW, CSW, CECC
Director of Care Coordination
Bratton Law Life Care Planning

Anne has over 25 years’ experience working closely with the elderly in many different facets of health care, including adult day care, long term care, behavior management, hemo-dialysis, sub-acute rehab, ventilator, hospital settings, and assisted living facilities. In her current role as Director of Care Coordination at Bratton Law, Anne assists clients and their families in coordination of their health and long-term care and serves as their advocate by empowering them with the knowledge to attain the highest quality of life.

Currently, Anne serves as Secretary on the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association’s Board of Directors and has recently been elected as Committee Chairperson of the Tri-County Regional Ethics Committee.

Anne graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in social work, and received her Gerontology Certificate from Florida State University.  


 CoxLisa E. Cox, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work
Stockton University

Dr. Cox received her Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy and a graduate Certificate in Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work and School of Allied Health. Prior to joining Stockton in 1999, she held a joint faculty appointment in VCU’s Infectious Disease Department and School of Social Work and worked in hospital and NIH funded agency-based clinical and research settings.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her research interests include the intersection of health issues with gerontology, spirituality, and family. She was a funded participant in the Hartford Foundation’s Curriculum Development Institute of the Council of Social Work Education. Currently, she is an Associated Fellow of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania and a Board Member for the Joint Commission on Health Care’s Commit-tee on Long-Term Care.

Her recent book, Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy Based Profession (2016, Sage) is a bestseller and a second edition is being prepared.


FerriChristine Vitt Ferri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Stockton University

Christine joined the Stockton faculty in 2005 after earning a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and completing a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Geropsychology at the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as Co-Vice President for Education of the Society on Aging of New Jersey from 2008-2009, and was faculty advisor to Stockton’s Chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology from 2006-2009.

Dr. Ferri has been published on diverse topics in gerontology including successful aging, Medicare Part D, and quality of life. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and conducts grant-funded depression screenings for older adults in the community. She is on the psychology staff at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation where she works with medically frail adults. She was a Board member of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a United Way non-profit that makes daily reassurance phone calls to homebound older adults and was Vice President of the Board from 2009-2010. She has been a member of the Gerontological Society of America since 1997 and received the Dissertation Award from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section.


GaydaChristine A. Gayda-Chelder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Coordinator of Gerontological Studies
Stockton University

Dr. Gayda-Chelder earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist in private practice and specializes in health psychology and neuropsychological assessment. She is a consulting psychologist at a number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers. A significant part of her practice is dedicated to assessments of capacity for both full and limited guardianship evaluations.

Dr. Gayda-Chelder began teaching at Stockton in 1998 as an adjunct instructor. Areas of research include the neuropsychological assessment of dementia and coping with grief.

Lori HeberleyLori Anne Heberley, LPC, CMC, NCC
President & Lead Therapist for
South Jersey Geriatric Care in Somers Point, NJ

Lori is a graduate of Stockton and the George Washington University, where she received her Master of Arts degree in 1991. Lori is member of the SCOSA Community Advisory Board and has been an Adjunct for Rutgers Department of Social Work and has presented professional seminars for SCOSA.

Michelle WalmsleyMichelle Walmsley, MSW, LSW
Adjunct Instructor, Stockton University

Michelle teaches Introduction to Gerontology and Health & Aging for Stockton's Gerontology Program. She is an alumna of Monmouth University and Virginia Commonwealth University and held positions as Medical Social Worker for acute care hospitals, home health care and hospice care agencies, Director of Social Services at Long-Term Care Facilities and Supervisor of the Adult Protective Services Unit in Atlantic County, NJ. She has extensive expertise in teaching, tutoring and faculty mentoring through online courses.

Michael WeinraubMichael D. Weinraub, Esq.
Adjunct Instructor, Stockton University

Michael teaches an undergraduate course on Aging and the Law. He is a sole practitioner in an Elder Law practice in Ventnor, NJ, handling estate planning, estate administration, Will contests, Life Care Planning, long term care planning, guardianships, and special needs trusts. Mike is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the A.B.A. approved National Elder Law Foundation. He presented a 2-part series on elder law and life care planning in SCOSA’s “First Wednesday” Lecture Series at the Health Center at Galloway.


The Certificate in Elder Care Coordination (CECC) is a 15-week online post-baccalaureate continuing professional education certificate program designed to provide practical, application-based knowledge and skills to Elder Care Coordinators working at member firms of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association (LCPLFA), using best practice approaches from the fields of gerontology, social work, geriatric care management, and elder law.

This online program is designed with the busy professional in mind. The 15-week program, divided into three 5-week courses uses the Blackboard Learning Management System and consists of PowerPoint “Lectures”, Assigned Readings, Discussion, Chat, and Assessment. The Certificate program is currently open only to staff from LCPLFA law firms; however, future offerings may be opened to additional interested students.

Registrants for this post-graduate certificate program must generally hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis, based upon work experience, etc.). Registration is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis and based on the assessment of our Admissions Committee.

For Full Course Outline, Click Here


2020 Course Start Date: January 21, 2020
2020 Course End Date: May 24, 2020
2020 Registration Fee: $1,250.00 ($1,100 if by 5pm EST 12/20/19
Course Type: Online
Required Text: Cress, CJ. (2017). Handbook of Geriatric Care Management (4th Ed.) NY: Jones and Barlett.
Registration Application:  Click Here to Apply

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Through SCOSA's membership in the American Society on Aging (ASA), we are pleased to continue our presentation of ASA Webinars during upcoming semesters. The programs are free-of-charge to participants. To register please click HERE or  e-mail, providing your full contact information, indicating which program(s) you plan to attend. For information about what Webinars are available, please visit our review our monthly Newsletters.

  • Bridging the Family Communication GapWeds. Feb.19, 2020    1pm-2pm              Room G103 

    Fewer than half of family caregivers have made plans for the care of their loved ones, and significantly fewer have made these plans for themselves. The care of an aging loved one should be a strategic decision and not one made on the fly. This session will focus on providing participants with strategies and resources to facilitate productive care conversations between adult children and their aging loved ones. Attendees also will learn tactics to manage family dynamics that may hinder fruitful conversations. 


  • Supporting Military CaregiversWeds. Mar. 4, 2020   1pm-2pm                        Meeting Room 2 

    More than 5.5 million spouses, parents and friends are caring for wounded, ill or injured U.S. service members and veterans at home. This caregiving role takes a significant toll and often leads to increased levels of depression, physical ailments, isolation, family strain and financial and legal challenges. Far too often, these caregivers aren’t made aware of the support and resources available to them. A representative from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation will join as a guest speaker on this web seminar to detail the organization’s mission and resources they provide to military and veteran caregivers. One important resource is the Military and Veteran Caregiver Experience Map, which charts key moments along the journey and how these moments can affect caregivers’ physical, psychological, financial and social well-being. Register for this web seminar to learn how professionals can support military caregivers on their caregiving journey and connect them with important resources. 


    Technology and CaregivingWeds. Apr. 1,2020    1pm-2pm                     Meeting Room 2 

    For most people, technology permeates many aspects of daily life. Family caregivers may use technology to simplify caregiving tasks and to solve caregiving challenges, such as medication management or monitoring their loved one. Technology also can be a great tool for the care recipient, such as a remote communication tool like GrandPad, which helps to reduce isolation and loneliness. Whether the caregiver is using the technology or helping their loved ones to use it, there are important issues to consider such as barriers to technology adoption and the importance of safe technology use. Register for this web seminar to learn about technology tools and ways caregivers can use them to enhance their caregiving journey. 


    Preparing for Loss:      Weds. May 6, 2020    1pm-2pm  Meeting Room 4 

    Death, Dying & Grieving 

    As humans, we would like to think we have an infinite amount of time on this earth. But the reality is our time will eventually run out. For some this is a scary thought, while others find comfort in some version of an afterlife. Regardless of what people think about death, many individuals don’t feel comfortable talking about death, dying and grieving. But end-of-life planning is vital to ensuring the individual’s wishes are carried out at the end of his or her life. It is especially important to ensure that proper documentation is in order to ease the burden of decision-making on loved ones. This web seminar will provide information on how professionals can help to prepare older adults and their families for difficult conversations about death, dying and grieving. 


     Home Your Own Way   Weds. Jun. 3, 2020     1pm-2pm       Meeting Room 2 

    Many aging adults would like to be in control of how they age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in nine people older than age 65 wishes to remain in their own home for as long as possible. However, many of these people have not seriously considered whether their home is properly set up to age in place. Deciding whether or not to remain in your home can be a tough decision; however, aging adults can be empowered to decide where to age. There are tools and resources to help older adults and family caregivers start the discussion and begin planning. One resource is the Home Your Own Way public education program, developed by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. Register for this web seminar to learn about ways professionals can help aging adults and their families decide where it is best for them to age: in their home or elsewhere. 


Upcoming Local Professional Educational Lectures:

SCOSA offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for professionals, often in collaboration with Stockton's Division of Continuing Studies, and with other outside partner organizations. Through these partnerships and our Scholarly and Professional Development Seminars, we present several high-quality professional seminars each year.  

Medical Marijuana


Recent offerings:

Day of the Dead

Friday, November 1, 2019 Join the Stockton Center on Successful Aging in celebrating the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos.  Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition for commemorating the life of our deceased loved ones, and is the perfect time to have conversations about death! 1-2pm Death & Dying in Different Cultures 1 CE for SW, CM, CALA, LNHA, 2:30-4:30pm Death Cafe

The Longest Day, A Dementia Event: Lectures and Workshops

Friday, June 21, 2019 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  It is also the day we bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias.  SCOSA will honor this tradition by hosting a morning event, including two lectures, the Virtual Dementia Tour (a 15 minute simulation of how it feels to have dementia), and a Mini Walk. The lectures, Virtual Dementia Tour, and Walk are appropriate for both community members and professionals. To Register for the lectures, please click HERE .  Email with any questions or concerns.  


Professional CE Sessions at the SCOSA Festival, May 16, 2019
Use of Medical Marijuana in Older Adults                                                      8:30am
The use of medical marijuana among older adults is on the rise. This course will provide an overview of the numerous health benefits of medical marijuana in older adults and the legal and ethical issues associated with the use.     1 CE for SW, CM, CALA, LNHA
Veteran's Aging                                                                                                  10:00am
Most of the more than 20 million living American veterans are men at the median age of 64 years (National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, 2015). Multiple variables associated with wartime experience affect the aging process. Therefore, a life-span perspective is important to understanding a veterans experience as they age.  This session will highlight intergenerational views of “Veterans Aging.”  Knowledge gained from student veterans connected with Stockton University, and other sources will be shared, in an effort to appreciate the array of questions civilians need to consider and ask about one’s military experience and life course.  
1 CE for SW w/ Cultural comp,  LPC, & LMFT   
 The Age Friendly University Pathway to Successful Aging                       12:00pm
Beginning with the keynote lecture discussing how the 10 Principles of Age Friendly Universities provide the means through which to nurture positive attitudes at all ages, create opportunities for many forms of engagement, and encourage health and well-being among older adults, the session will then turn to reactions from a distinguished panel that will consider how the AFU relates to national, statewide, local and Stockton needs, priorities and initiatives. A question and answer session will follow.   
1 CE for SW w/ Cultural comp,  LPC, & LMFT    


TimeSlips: A Creative Storytelling Intervention for Communicating with People with Dementia
Wednesday, March 13, 2019     4:30-7:00pm
at Brookdale Senior Living at Cape May
591 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, Nj

Some believe that communication with  people with dementia can be difficult, especially if we expect their communication to mirror ours.  The “TimeSlips creative storytelling intervention offers an elegantly simple revolution in elder care by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems.”

Objectives:  *Review several types of dementia  *Discuss communication & engaging   *Learn the basics of TimeSlips.


 Recent Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Offerings:

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Mental and Behavioral Health and Aging
    Stockton University Campus Center Meeting Room 1
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    Understanding Senior Care Options
    Stockton University Campus Center Meeting Room 1
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019
    Home Safety for Older Adults
    Stockton University Campus Center Meeting Room 1 
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019   1:00pm-2:00pm
    Caring for Someone with Dementia
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 1
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019,   1:00pm-2:00pm
    Aging Brain Part 2: Aging Brain Diseases
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 1
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019,   1:00pm-2:00pm
    Aging Brain Part 1: Brain Basics
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 4
  • Wednesday, April 03, 20191:00pm-2:00pm 
    Older Adults and Opioids
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 4
  • Wednesday, March 06, 20191:00pm-2:00pm 
    Hospital to Home            
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 4
  •  Wednesday, January 09, 2019,  1:00pm -2:00pm

    Navigating Long-Term Care Insurance                     
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 1

  • Wednesday, February 06, 2019,   1:00pm -2:00pm 
    Caregiving Along the Care Continuum               
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 4

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
    Working After Retirement                         
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
    Preparing for Loss: Death, Dying & Grieving                            
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
    ASA Webinar: Understanding Symptoms of Alzheimer’s                                
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2 

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 (1:00-2:00pm) 
    ASA Webinar: How to Talk About Elder Abuse 
    Stockton University, Campus Center Meeting Room 2