Gangsta: From Trauma to Drugs to Violence – South

On February 25th 2018 by admin
John W. Farrell, MSW, LCSW April 12, 2018 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 221 Laurel Road, Voorhees, NJ, 08043 COST: $75 6 CEU’s

Gang activity permeates every community across the US.  Victims of gang violence are left with physical and emotional scars.  These are the same kind of scars that the perpetrators of such violence may have endured as victims themselves.  This workshop will explore the relationship between trauma, substance use and gang violence.  Participants will also examine aspects of gang culture that influence behavior such as grooming members as youth or from one generation to the next, current gang trends, gang hierarchy as well as signs and symbols of gang involvement.  Intervention strategies will be identified to aid participants when addressing the treatment needs of clients affiliated with gangs.  Prevention methods will also be outlined so clinicians can support their communities in breaking the cycle of gang violence.

6 Clinical & Social and Cultural Competence CE’s are approved for NJ LCSW/LSW/LPC/LAC/LCADC/CADC/LMFT and PA LPC via approval #173108-1128 issued by NASW-NJ.  CE’s are also approved for NY LMSWs & LCSWs via approved provider #0443.  See FAQ’s. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize risk factors for gang involvement
  • Describe the impact of trauma on substance use and gang violence
  • Discuss the influence of culture on behavior
  • Incorporate a Trauma Informed Care perspective when conducting client assessments and clinical interventions
  • Identify prevention strategies that can strengthen community members’ efforts to address gang-related issues.

John W. Farrell, MSW, LCSW

John (Jack) W. Farrell holds an advanced degree in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York.  Mr. Farrell’s career spans 40 years in the fields of addiction services and community violence.  He was formerly employed by Rutgers University as a Program Analyst for the University Behavioral Healthcare – Violence Institute of New Jersey.  He also provided case management services for the Rutgers University Police Institute’s Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiatives.  Mr. Farrell was also employed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services for more than 28 years where he held various positions including Deputy Director for the Division of Addiction Services, Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Addiction Services, Deputy Director for the Division of Narcotics and Drug Abuse Control, and Chief of Special Populations and Projects for the Division of Narcotic and Drug Abuse Control.  Mr. Farrell is currently a member of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Community Advisory Board and serves as a consultant for the Rutgers School of Social Work.  He is a published author and has appeared on television and radio.  Mr. Farrell has received many community, state and federal awards for his community service.

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