Supporting the Mental Health Community with Continuing Education and Empowerment
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Supporting the Mental Health Community with Continuing Education and Empowerment

Newport Healthcare is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development opportunities through in-depth certificate programs, interactive online workshops, CE classes, and more. Our ultimate goal is to support mental health professionals in the essential work of guiding young people to a better future. 

Online CE Opportunities

Newport offers ongoing education and connection through national and regional events with our clinical leadership, at no charge. Presented online, these interactive workshops and trainings cover the most pressing topics in the industry, from adolescent attachment issues and trauma in school communities to the necessity of fostering cultural safety within therapeutic relationships. Presentations are designed for mental health professionals but are open to the public.

Upcoming Events


A Body Positive Foundation: Helping Youth Discover the Power of Body Acceptance in the Classroom

with Kara Becker and Heather Clark, LCPC
Friday, June 2, 4:00–5:30 pm ET

Kids today are plagued with messages of what their relationship with food and exercise should look like, and how that affects their body. Schools are launching “healthy initiative” campaigns, encouraging “clean eating” and weighing children in class to promote healthy living. With millions of people across the nation struggling with eating disorders, the reality is that these campaigns often reinforce body shame and disrupt students’ relationship with food and their body. In this presentation, Kara Becker (Newport Academy) and Heather Clark (Clinical Director, Rock Recovery) will break down the current trends of disordered eating amongst children and adolescents, while offering insight into the warning signs of disordered eating in elementary through high school age students. Educators and school professionals will walk away with solutions and best practices to implement a curriculum that supports mindful eating and movement, driven by Health At Every Size (HAES)-aligned principles (learn more about HAES here). Additionally, our speakers will offer resources to help educators support families whose children struggle with disordered eating. Q & A discussion to follow the presentation.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn current prevalence and trends in eating disorders among children and adolescents
  • Participants will be able to identify key warning signs of disordered eating in school-aged children
  • Participants will learn the 5 principles of the Health At Every Size(R) approach to health and wellness
  • Participants will learn strategies for promoting a healthy relationship with food and body among their student populations.

Childhood Psychiatric Disorders: Presentations, Screening Tools, and Treatment Options 

with Mirela Loftus, MD, PhD
Friday, June 3, 12:00–1:00 pm ET

Now more than ever, pediatricians and family doctors are seeing a dramatic rise in symptoms of anxiety and depression in their adolescent and young adult clients. Join Dr. Mirela Loftus, MD, PhD, Medical Director for Newport Healthcare’s teen treatment programs in Connecticut, as she discusses how anxiety and depression present in young people, how to identify these conditions, and the various approaches for treating this age group. 

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss and understand the developmental trajectory of psychiatric disorders, from “normal” to “typical” to those requiring intensive services 
  • List steps and tools for detecting and diagnosing pediatric depression and anxiety, including suicide screening and prevention 
  • Identify ways to evaluate treatment options and levels of care for this demographic and make appropriate recommendations to patients and parents. 

Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior

with Jennifer B. Dragonette, PsyD.
Friday, June 17, 11:00 am–12:30 pm PT

Research indicates that at least 15 percent of adolescents and between 17 and 35 percent of college students engage in some form of self-injury. When working with clients who self-injure, it is critical that clinicians feel confident assessing, triaging, and treating these individuals. Designed for mental health professionals working with adolescents and young adults who engage in self-harm, parasuicidal, or suicidal behaviors, this presentation will cover the reasons people injure themselves and how to evaluate self-injury when it occurs. We will also discuss practical skills, tools, and treatment interventions for working with clients around non-suicidal self-injury without exacerbating the problem, teaching clients to self-regulate their emotions, and reducing stress for self-injuring clients and for the clinicians who treat them.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe various reasons why adolescents and young adults self-injure 
  • Explain multiple strategies for intervening with individuals who are at risk for self-injury or who have injured themselves
  • Utilize specific therapeutic skills to effectively change self-injurious behavior. 

Are The Boys Alright? How to Help Your Young Male Clients Get Unstuck, Get Healthy and Thrive

with Elizabeth Jorgensen, CADC
Wednesday, June 22, 1:00–2:00 pm MT

For young men, depression and anxiety often manifest in patterns of avoidance, withdrawal from school and social life, and displays of anger and aggression. What can appear to parents as poor or “bad” behaviors are often the telltale signs of severe distress. Our culture still stigmatizes mental health conditions in boys and men, which makes it more difficult for them to ask for help, or even realize they are depressed or anxious. This workshop focuses on the unique presentation of boys when they are suffering, and how clinicians and parents can engage them in conversation and treatment.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in teen and young adult men
  • Identify atypical presentations of depression and anxiety in teen and young adult boys
  • Learn and practice three strategies for engaging young men in the process of assessment and treatment.

Are The Boys Alright? How to Help Your Young Male Clients Get Unstuck, Get Healthy and Thrive

with Elizabeth Jorgensen, CADC
Thursday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm MT

For young men, depression and anxiety often manifest in patterns of avoidance, withdrawal from school and social life, and displays of anger and aggression. What can appear to parents as poor or “bad” behaviors are often the telltale signs of severe distress. Our culture still stigmatizes mental health conditions in boys and men, which makes it more difficult for them to ask for help, or even realize they are depressed or anxious. This workshop focuses on the unique presentation of boys when they are suffering, and how clinicians and parents can engage them in conversation and treatment.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in teen and young adult men
  • Identify atypical presentations of depression and anxiety in teen and young adult boys
  • Learn and practice three strategies for engaging young men in the process of assessment and treatment.

Certificate Programs for Professionals

The USJT Trailblazer Series, powered by Newport Healthcare, offers multiple certificate programs each year, focusing on areas of behavioral healthcare treatment that empower professionals to address the most pressing concerns of today. Each certificate program provides CE credits for psychologists, therapists, social workers, LMFTs, and other mental health counselors. Programming is delivered virtually through a series of webinars with Newport experts and other thought leaders in the fields of teen and young adult treatment and trauma-focused care. Digital credentials are available for each certificate program. 

Our national and international conferences and symposiums have explored a variety of topics, including cultural competency in mental healthcare; the link between trauma and addiction; understanding adolescent trauma through the lens of authentic connection; and integrating spirituality, mindfulness and compassion into mental health and substance abuse treatment. Presenters include Newport experts and other leading voices in the mental healthcare field, looking at symptomology, from innovative and illuminating perspectives.


Parent University Webinars

At Newport Healthcare, the family is a primary focus of our treatment process, as we recognize that sustainable healing for teens and young adults involves treating the entire family as a unit. Family therapy is a core component of our treatment model, allowing parents and children to practice the coping and communication skills that are essential to building a healthy family. As part of that effort—for both the families we serve directly and those in our larger communities—our Parent University webinars provide resources, guidance, and tools for parents navigating through these uncertain times.

Newport is proud to partner with clinical and educational professionals around the country, to invest in their training and development, and help them earn required, but sometimes costly continuing education credits for free. This collaboration and innovation are what make Newport a mental healthcare leader and allow us to contribute to the evolution of the broader mental health treatment field.

—Joe Procopio, CEO, Newport Healthcare 

Filling the Growing Need for Trauma-Informed Care

Our mission to empower young people and restore families includes serving as a trusted source of information and training for clinicians, which is particularly critical at this challenging time when their skills and expertise are so desperately needed. As rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide increase among teens and young adults, so too does the demand for trauma-informed, leading-edge treatment—and for the trainings that support providers to offer this care.

Newport has been offering CE opportunities for many years, but as awareness around trauma-informed care has increased, in tandem with the enormous need for this care, we have seen steep upticks in attendance. In 2021, the number of CE certificates we issued grew by 77 percent from the previous year. Current 2022 numbers indicate continued interest and growth, with more than 1,300 CE certificates issued, over 2,000 attendees, and 17 webinars completed. We are dedicated to providing behavioral healthcare professionals with the resources, community, and connection they need in order to be the best they can be for their clients.