CarePlus Conference to Focus on LGBTQ Youth & Suicide Prevention

On March 20th, 2017, Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW will be speaking at Bergen Community College for the CarePlus Foundation, Inc. 2017 Annual Conference. The presentation, entitled “Lives Worth Living: Creating an Ecology of Wellness for LGBTQ Youth In School”, will enlighten professionals and community members on how to create safe spaces by cultivating sensitivity and awareness.

Jonathan B. Singer is an associate professor specializing in suicide prevention, bullying, family-based interventions, and social work practice. He is the author of over 45 publications, the host of the Social Work Podcast, and co-author of the book Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention and Postvention (School-Based Practice in Action) – which will be available for purchase at the conference.

“Every year we aim to bring relevant information to our community with this event,” stated CarePlus Senior Vice President, Tara Augustine. “These topics have been showing up all over the news, and we feel it is important for everyone to pay attention to ensure that all children feel safe, and that we as a community know what to do when someone feels hopeless.”

As an advocate of technology, Singer started The Social Work Podcast to provide information on all things social work in a user-friendly format. Although the podcasts target those in that work in the field of social work, the various topics benefit anyone in a helping profession, as well as parents and guardians.

“When we were planning the event and speaking with Jonathan, we were taken by his charisma and passion,” Augustine continued. “His genuine care and concern not only enhance his broad knowledge and expertise, but also align with our compassionate approach to providing resources and services.”

The Annual Conference is intended for social workers, school counselors, child study team members, school nurses, mental health professionals, parents, guardians, family members, caregivers who work with children and the general public.

The event is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 4.5 Continuing Education clock hours. The registration price of $75 includes breakfast, lunch and a resource fair that will feature local exhibitors in related fields of interest.

“We hope that our community members agree that we have picked a topic worthy of considerable attention and that they will support our efforts in bringing this valuable opportunity to Bergen County,” Augustine concluded.

To pay by Purchase Order, or if you have any questions about continuing education hours, registration, or sponsorship opportunities please contact the Foundation Office at or 201-986-5070.