The Society of Psychiatric 
Advanced Practice Nurses 
           of New Jersey


<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
  • 07/09/2018 4:27 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)

    Leadership Preceptors! 

    If you would like to nominate a current or former preceptor who provides (d) excellent clinical mentorship, please contact Sandra DeGroat PMHNP, Award Committee Chair:

    Provide your name and the Psychiatric CNS/NP Program you’re attending or attended, the preceptor you’re recommending and a brief statement about why you’re recommending them.

    The preceptor (s) will be honored at the Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses Awards Luncheon held November 3, 2018 during the Fall Education Conference which will be held this year at Monmouth University.  

  • 08/08/2017 12:21 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)
    Each year, the Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing recognizes nursing and collegial excellence by awarding up to four individuals at our annual dinner meeting. Many exceptional individuals have received this award including our esteemed colleagues, Legislators and Mental Health leaders and Advocates. We encourage you now to please take a few moments to think about someone who you feel is most deserving of this recognition. 

    This year our Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Friday evening Nov 4th at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa during our Fall Conference. Please contact Colleen Birkoffer with your nomination. 

    Nominations can be made for any of 6 categories.

    Leadership Award:

    This individual guides the members of our organization toward the successful accomplishment of our goals, or links our organization to other groups and affiliates in a way that enhances our ability to promote or improve our work as APN’s. Thisaward may be given to someone who encourages or creates legislative action.

    Advocate Award:

    This award is for a community leader who has made a significant contribution to individuals, families, communities and/or the healthcare system. Their work can be a result of their employment or can be volunteer work. This award may be given to a consumer who advocates for other mental health consumers, if their work deserves recognition.

    Lifetime Achievement:

    For the Nurse in Clinical Practice, Education, Research, or Administration who has devoted an entire career to the advancement of the profession, the improvement of care, or the communication of valuable information.

    Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing Excellence:

    A great collaborator who considers the special needs, including but not limited to social, medical, and other problems which impact the functioning of the psychiatric client. This individual has an ability to make patients feel comfortable and assists in a variety of areas, often on short notice. Utilizes evidence based practice as well as knowledge and experience to obtain the best outcome for the individual in their care.

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year:

    An individual who has made an important contribution to the profession of psychiatric advanced practice nursing n New Jersey through service to the Society and who has demonstrated excellence in psychiatric advanced practice nursing either through practice, research, or teaching.

    Collaboration Award:

    To a psychiatrist who shares knowledge and expertise with an advanced practice nurse. This should be recognized especially when the psychiatrist has broken new ground by creating new policies within their agency or institution, giving the APN an opportunity to function at a higher level of practice.

    The Awards Committee will determine award recipients utilizing the committee guidelines. Awards will be announced to the Executive Board for final approval, two months prior to the Awards Meeting.

    Please click here for NOMINATION FORM 

  • 07/30/2015 10:36 AM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)

    The Healing Science of Art

    Agenda & Objectives

    8:00-8:30 Breakfast/Registration

8:30-8:45 Welcome & Introduction

    Donald J. Parker, LCSW, CEO & President, Carrier Clinic

    8:45-9:45 Music Therapy

    Crista Orifice, MA, MT-BC; Music Therapist, Carrier Clinic 

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Participants will be able to define the healing arts profession of music therapy.

    • Participants will be able to discuss the clinical processes of music therapy treatment.

    • Participants will identify several ways that music therapy can affect well-being and various domains of health.

    9:45-10:00 BREAK

    10:00-11:00 Keynote: Creativity, Health, and Wellbeing: From Evolution to Revolution

    Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH; Harvard School of Public Health

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Present the historic importance of creative arts expression from both the evolutionary biology perspective and the humanistic perspective.

    • Review the scientific evidence supporting the proposition that creative arts expression improves health and well- being.

    • Describe creative arts based activities from a public health perspective, with the goal of improving physical health, mental health and social health.

    11:00-11:15 Break

    11:15-12:15  Introduction to the Treatment Mall Approach to Therapy Kenneth Kinter, MA, LPC, MINT; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psych. Rehab; Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Describe the history of and rationale behind the treatment mall

    • Differentiate between a treatment mall and a centralized programming area

    • List favorable treatment outcomes related to treatment malls

    • Provide strategies for starting a treatment mall

    • Provide ideas for measuring the treatment mall fidelity

    12:15-12:30 Travel time (across campus for lunch)

    12:30-1:30 LUNCH 

    1:30-2:30  Panel Discussion:  “How do you know it’s therapeutic?”

    Moderator:  Donald J. Parker, LCSW, Carrier Clinic  

    Panelists:    Eva Mantell -Princeton Arts Council - artist 

                      Nancy Edwards -photographer/artist & art therapist 

                      Jacquese Armstrong—Poet & Mental health advocate 

                      Edie Elkan-Bedside Harp    

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Describe the different modalities of art that are considered to be therapeutic.

    • Discuss the therapeutic value of art in the clinical setting as it relates to healing and health in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

    • Identify the therapeutic difference between creating art and observing art.

    2:30-2:45 Travel time

    2:45-4:15 Break outs

    Two 30 minute sessions with 15 minutes in between --Hands on activities —

    • Treatment Mall Breakout Session I–select 1

    o Horticulture therapy –Laura DePrado

    o drum circle -- Mihee Kim 

    o art project –Doreen Lorenzetti 

    o poetry reading –Teresa Carson/CavanKerry Press  

    o Sand Therapy – PJ Kinter 

    • Treatment Mall Breakout Session II –select 1

    o Horticulture therapy –Laura DePrado

    o drum circle – Mihee Kim 

    o art project –Cathy Rosa

    o poetry reading –Teresa Carson/CavanKerry Press 

    o Sand Therapy – PJ Kinter 

    Paint out “The Windows of the Future Project” and NAMI/Patient Art Exhibit

    4:15-4:30 Don Parker

    Partner Organizations:



    ArtPride NJ

    The Alliance for Arts & Health

    Arts Council of Princeton

    New Jersey State Council on the Arts

  • 02/26/2015 8:13 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)

    As a member of the SPAPN, I would like to inform you that there has been an "outreach" from the Regional Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to attend their one day conference on March 28, 2015 at Drexel University. Please refer to the attached agenda.

    I had personally met with the outgoing president of CAPP in the late fall. He explained that their hope is to begin inclusivity of Psych APNs into the AACAP. They are beginning with the region of South eastern PA and NJ.

    I am very excited for the future is Psych APNs and the integration with psychiatrists. This is a step forward in a process that is so desperately needed to provide care for our communities!

    I am requesting that this conference be disseminated to
    our SPAPN members as soon as possible. It would only be to our advantage to have a healthy attendance.

    If you have any other questions, please contact me.

    Diane M Peer, PMHCNS,APN-BC, PMHNP

    Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Of Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey


    5th Annual Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology Conference

    Clinical Strategies for treatment of complicated and complex

    Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD and Traumatogenic Disorders

    Saturday, March 28th, 2015, 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Drexel University College of Medicine, SAC

    2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia

    Program Description/Purpose:

    The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology (CAPP) conference is initiated by RCCAP in collaboration with other child and adolescent care agencies to address the mental health needs of the tri-state  area.  This 5th conference will focus on complex and complicated  pediatric Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and Stress and Trauma induced syndromes.  Over the past decade, there has been a growing appreciation of the multiple factors underlying Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Trauma and Bipolar Disorder.   A direct and causal relationship to the many developmental challenges and life impairments experienced by population that are struggling with these syndromes.  The etiologic models provide a science-based understanding of the various and converging effects of different brain networks and psychological, social factors.  Rather than looking for a single explanation, research is increasingly focused on the complex interplay of these different networks.   The presentations will review the current knowledge, and evidence based treatment about these syndromes. 

    Program Schedule:

          7:45 AM - Registration and Coffee
          8:45 AM - Welcoming Remarks, Randell Gurak, M.D., President, RCCAP

          9:00 AM-Clinical strategies within empirically supported treatments for                             anxiety in youth
                             Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Laura H. Carnell Professor of                                Psychology, Temple University
         10:30 AM – New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder                               Boris Birmaher, M.D., Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar                                 Disease and Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of                                     Pittsburgh School Of Medicine
          12:00 to 1:00 P.M.  Networking Lunch
            1:00 PM – ADHD: Deficient Emotional and Executive Functioning Regulation
                              Anthony Rostain, M.D, President, American Professional                                     Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD)

           2:30 PM - Chronic Childhood Stress, Trauma and Adversity: Prevention and                        Intervention
                                Steven Berkowitz, M.D., Director, Penn Center for Youth and                               Family Trauma Response and Recovery

      4:00 PM - Adjournment

     Moderator: Ellen Sholevar, M.D.


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern PA & Southern NJ.  The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    “CORA Services , is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  CORA Services maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

    The PA Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors has approved the credit hours for this conference.

    CORA Services is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (EACEP-Provider #5802) and CORA Services may award NBCC-approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements.  CORA Services maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

    Certificates of attendance will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude awarding of CE credits.”

    The planning committee of the Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey has determined that 6.0 credit hours of this program may qualify for patient safety/risk management licensure requirements.

    Credits Offered:

    NBCC: 6.0

    Psychology Credits: 6.0

    SW, MFT & PC: 6.0

    Educational Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

    1)    Describe several ways that executive functioning and motivation regulation difficulties are important dimensions of ADHD

    2)     Disseminate information about the available computer-assisted programs that can improve treatment of youth suffering from anxiety disorders

    3)    Learn the latest options in biological treatments and psychosocial therapies for helping the bipolar child or teen

    4)    Learn  consequences from immediate and long-term trauma so as to provide more effective interventions

    Intended Audience: This program will benefit parents and Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Educators, Principals, Teachers, Graduate Students, and other Practitioners within mental health and education who provide direct services and/or parent/teacher consultation for this population


    Steven Berkowitz, M.D.,  Director, Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery


    Boris Birmaher, M.D.,  Endowed chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


    Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP,  Laura H.Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University


    Anthony Rostain, M.D., President, American Professional Society for ADHD  and Related Disorders (APSARD) 


    Ellen Sholevar, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania                                                                                                                                                                           

    Registration for “Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology” Conference

    Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch.  Checks should be made payable to RCCAP. 


    Please register to indicate your attendance even if there is no fee. 


    Mail completed registration to RCCAP, C/O Carol Coffman, 250 Crawford Ave., Lansdowne,PA.19050

    If you have any questions, please contact Carol at 610-626-5133 Or email:

    Refunds will be mailed if cancellation is before March 23, 2015.


    Please check all that apply:                                                                                                                               

         $90.00 Fee applies to all attendees with the exception of the categories below  

         $110.00 Fee - non members

         Residents, Trainees, Students - $50   to be refunded at the end of conference 



    Name:    ___________________________________________________________________


    Address:     ___________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                

    Telephone    ____________________________________________________________________


     Email:     ____________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


  • 02/26/2015 3:07 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)

    This is an important bill for us. S2180 was heard in the Senate Commerce Committee on Feb 9th. Sponsored by Sen Gordon and introduced last summer this bill would require health insurers to provide coverage w/o utilization mgt for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment when treatment is prescribed by qualified clinicians, APNs included. It passed out of committee with amendments (4 yes and 2 no) and referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations. Please get to know your legislators. If they are on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, they will be receiving the bill next. Write letters about the denials and first fail experiences you have had. They will be particularly concerned about the cost. If you can address this with examples, that would be helpful. 

    Sarlo, Paul A. - Chair View Votes
    Stack, Brian P. - Vice-Chair
    Barnes, Peter J. 
    Beck, Jennifer 
    Bucco, Anthony R. 
    Cunningham, Sandra B. 
    Greenstein, Linda R. 
    O'Toole, Kevin J. 
    Oroho, Steven V. 
    Pou, Nellie 
    Ruiz, M. Teresa 
    Thompson, Samuel D. 
    Van Drew, Jeff

    Here is the bill:

  • 09/13/2014 9:51 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)


    This year, implementation of the patient protection and affordable care act is expected to make health care insurance available for more than 440,000 New Jersey residents.


    This influx of the newly insured is occurring at the same time that there is an increasing shortage of primary care physicians in the state, begging the question: who will provide their care?


    New Jersey's advanced practice nurses are prepared to fill the states gap in primary care providers.


    Of more than 6000 APN's in New Jersey, nearly 90% have been educated in primary care about 75% currently work in primary care specialty. AP and have been offering primary care in the state for nearly 4 decades.


    APNs are registered nurses with advanced education at the masters or doctoral level who hold national certification in advanced practice specialty and her license to practice is both an RN and in APN by the New Jersey Board of nursing. Well APN clinical nurse specialist and APN's/anesthesia practice primarily in hospital settings, other APN's/nurse practitioners practice for example in private physician practices, retail clinics, college health centers, prisons and nursing homes.

    Studies over the past two decades described in the Institute of medicine's 2010 report: the future of nursing: instituting change, advancing health, offer evidence that APN's provide high-quality effective safe and cost-effective care comparable to that of physician colleagues.

    However barriers involving statutes, regulations and insurance reimbursement limit APN's from being both directly Consumer accessible and from practicing to the fullest extent of their education, clinical training, experience and professional scope of practice (described as full practice authority).


    The most significant of these berries in New Jersey is the statutory requirement mandating that APNs prescribed legend drugs only according to a written joint protocol developed in agreement with & by a collaborating physician.


    These barriers make APN's practice difficult in the following ways: for ex. if the collaborating physician moves, retires, dives, loses his or her license or refuses to renew the joint protocol, practice stops until the collaborating physician is replaced, disrupting the patient's access to a provider, laboratory, diagnostic tests and consultant care results often are sent to a mandated collaborating physician, not the APN who ordered them, delaying timely patient care and medication containers May with both the prescribing APN and collaborating physician causing confusion for patients and other providers.

    National organizations going for the removal of barriers to APN practice include: the Institute of medicine, the Joe Seiyu Macy foundation, AARP, the American Hospital Association and the national Governors Association. The Federal Trade Commission has issued a series of letters to at least five states where the past four years, most recently to Connecticut, recommending the elimination of scope of practice barriers that the FTC views as potentially anticompetitive and limiting in patient choice.

    New Jersey APN seek to remove legal barriers to their practice through legislation, joining 19 other states and the district to come Columbia have already done so. Bills currently before the New Jersey Legislature would eliminate then mandated join protocol for APN prescribing practice, however the amended statute we continue to maintain strict requirements for educational preparation, national certification and continuing education.

    The American Medical Association has informed state senate president Steven Sweeney of its opposition to these bills. The AMA opposition to these bills is based on the philosophy that other healthcare professions are not competent to perform elements of healthcare independent of medicine. Other unvoiced factors related to the AMA's opposition to a removing the JP and granting APN full practice authority involve fears that patients will receive inferior care: that in a competitive market physicians will make less income, and that a physicians risk of Malpractice is lower if APN's are required to work under physician oversight. Men of these concerns are supported by repeated research. Team-based care, where the teams are patient centered and outcome focused is ideally flexible enough for leadership to alternate between providers as needed.

    Currently in New Jersey there is a divide between what APN's can do by virtue of their educational and clinical preparation, and what they are allowed to do by virtue of existing law. Granting New Jersey's APN's full practice authority Willbridge this divide and will benefit states by:

    • Improving patient access to primary care
    • We leaving primary workforce shortages
    • Reducing patient waiting times for appointment
    • Increasing health care at efficiency, timeliness, seamless nest and safety
    • Reducing healthcare costs
    • Preventing precipitous loss of service
    • Permitting a patient to exercise provider choice

    Full Whitepaper Second Edition PDF

    Carolyn Torre, RN, MA, APN

    Nursing Policy Consultant


  • 07/03/2013 2:36 AM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)

    July 2, 2013

    APNA Supports the Expansion of APRN Prescriptive Authority to Include Prescription of Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone)

    Buprenorphine, an opioid receptor partial agonist, is a Schedule III drug that currently can only be prescribed by physicians with specialized training and separate DEA authorization. Advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurses treat chronic pain patients as well as patients who have addictions to various substances. Most advanced practice nurses (APRNs) have prescriptive authority to prescribe schedule II-V drugs, including methadone in the treatment of chronic, severe pain, yet cannot prescribe buprenorphine due to restrictions in the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000.

    The number of patients who are addicted to opiates is rising at an alarming rate. The Veterans Administration (VA) is seeing a trend of veterans returning from deployment who are addicted to opiates and is predicting these numbers will continue to grow in the near future. Experts in addiction medicine identify that treatment of opiate addiction with buprenorhine or buprenorphine/naloxone can save lives and reduce the consequences of opiate addiction for the addicted person, their families and society. Currently, there is a shortage of physicians who can provide office-based treatment for persons who are addicted to opiates and some states do not have anyone trained to provide outpatient treatment to this population.

    In spite of difficulties posed by current state Board of Registered Nursing collaborative practice requirements and a paucity of physicians who are currently able to prescribe these medications, experts within the VA and addiction medicine communities are in favor of training more health professionals, including APRNs, to enable them to prescribe opiate antagonists, agonists/antagonists and partial antagonists in the treatment of opiate addiction. In addition, many states currently allow APRNs to prescribe schedule II-V substances, including opiate medications. It is inconsistent to not allow these APRN nurses to receive training in order to prescribe buprenorphine or buprenorphine/naloxone. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association therefore fully supports the expansion of advanced practice registered nurses' prescriptive authority to include the prescription of buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in the treatment of persons who are addicted to opiates.

    View Online:

    American Psychiatric Nurses Association
    3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625
    Falls Church, VA 22042
    Toll free: 855-863-APNA (2762)
  • 05/15/2013 2:00 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)
    Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses 

    Laura G. Leahy, MSN, PMH-APN and Christian G. Kohler, MD


    Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses is a "go to" guide that offers the Advanced Practice Nurse a solid resource for psychopharmacologic practice. Leahy and Kohler provide the nuts and bolts for prescriptive practice across the diagnostic and environmental contexts of caring for mentally ill clients, and contemporary and practical clinical management advice from our peers in nursing that reflects the natural complexities inherent in our work. Congratulations to the authors for this important contribution to our practice!"

    Julie A. Carbray, Ph.D., APN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHFNP-BC, Clin Prof Psych & Nursing; Admin Director, Ped Mood Dis Clinic, Ped Brain Research & Intervention Ctr, Dept of Psychiatry, Univ of Illinois at Chicago
  • 11/14/2012 4:13 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)
    Precepting a student in your profession can be one of the most satisfying experiences of your professional life. Students are eager to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom and it is a privilege to guide them through this transition. If you would like to take your skills to the next level and serve as a preceptor, there are wonderful opportunities available.  

    We now have a Preceptor / Student matching center in the Members area. Go to

    Member Students looking for a preceptor, can post their need here.  

    Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the forum in the upper right corner of the page!
  • 10/03/2012 4:12 AM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)
    GOOD NEWS for New Jersey!

    Saundra Austin Benn Saundra Austin-Benn, MSN, APN has been appointed to the APRN COMMITTEE for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). 

    Saundra brings a breadth of expertise and knowledge of the issues in advanced practice nursing to serve on a national scale. She has held a position on the New Jersey Board of Nursing since 2008 and is currently secretary of the Board. 

    A longtime member of the Society of Psychiatric APNs, Saundra is past secretary and current co-chair of the Awards Committee. She has actively served on various committees at NJSNA and has been a facilitator for the NJSNA Recovery and Monitoring Program.  She is co-owner of the World of Wellness Center in East Orange and maintains a private practice in Montclair. 

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

    For more information, please visit their website at

<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 


Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses
Tel/Fax: (877) 727-6283
SPAPN © All Rights Reserved