Full-Day Conference
Friday, October 17, 2014
Presented by GIERS
Battleground Country Club
Manalapan, NJ 07726

No one is immune to the bumps in life.
“What matters is not how far you’ve fallen,
but how well you bounce back”.

George S. Patton

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We never know when a life changing event such as death of a loved one, life threatening illness, natural disaster, divorce, financial losses, or a car accident can cause us to feel like we are on a physical and emotional roller coaster and in great need of survival tools and support. It is because none of us is immune to the bumps in life, that Bounce Back: The Power of Resilience Conference was conceived. Join us for an enlightening full-day conference designed to educate, empower and enrich both community members and the healthcare and educational professionals who serve them. Participants will discover new skills from within and resources in the world in which they live in order to survive and thrive as they recover from serious life challenges.

Bounce Back: The Power of Resilience will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Battleground Country Club. Light breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be included in the registration fee. Professionals will have the opportunity to earn CEUs in their field.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker is
Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP
of Red Bank, NJ. Dr. Tomasulo is a highly acclaimed psychologist, clinician, psychodramatist, teacher, author and international speaker. His down to earth style in his presentations on Positive Psychology is both entertaining and educational. He writes for Psychology Today as an expert on group therapy (The Healing Crowd) and authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, for as well as their Proof Positive blog on practical applications of positive psychology. Recently honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the topic of depression he is also the creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy and the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops.

Gail Reilly, MD is our 2014 conference honoree.
Dr. Reilly has been working to help those in medical need both as a military physician at Fort Monmouth for 12 years and recently as a volunteer and now medical director of the Parker Family Health Center in Red Bank. Dr. Reilly has a passion for helping those who do not have healthcare coverage. She has also been a leader and board member of an educational nonprofit and another that brings classical music to the community. Her dedication in the fields of medicine, education and the arts has provided hope and healing for many community members. We are proud that Dr. Reilly has agreed to be our 2014 honoree.

1.  When You Can’t Stop the Waves, Learn to Sail: Resilience Through Self-Care, Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, author, The Healing Heart: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care
2.  The Domino Effect of Divorce: Putting The Pieces Back Together, Bettina Munson, Esq., Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz
3. We Grieve Differently: Helping Children & Teens Recover from Loss,  Shari Carpman, MA, LPC, RPT, Children & Teen Grief Counselor
4. Money Matters: Recovering from a Financial Setback,
Kathy Anne Lo Bue, Managing Director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC
5.  The Many Faces of Grief: Diverse Responses to Loss, Humanity Players, GIERS’ Dramatic Educational Troupe
6. Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Finding the Positive in Adversity, Charles Fleisher, The Opportunities Guy, author, speaker, entrepreneur, VP National Speakers Association of NJ. 

Loretta Kuhnert, Retired President,
Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce
Sandi Silber, Director of Nutrition, Interfaith Neighbors, Asbury Park

GIERS: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded and co-directed by Bernice Garfield-Szita, MS, LPC, TEP and Robert Szita, MS, LPC, TEP, 9 South Main Street, Marlboro, NJ.  GIERS will provide services to assist individuals, families, and organizations recovering from a wide range of losses.  Using a variety of therapeutic modalities including creative arts and action techniques, these services will include education and counseling that will help develop coping skills to facilitate a successful transition toward a healthy recovery.  GIERS will also educate and train helping professionals and other community members to understand and aid people experiencing grief.

$85.00 in advance
$100.00 at the conference

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