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. 

28We 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 PsychCentral.com 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.

30Gail 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.

Bounce Back 2014 Conference Schedule
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:45-10 Welcome
10:00-11:00 Keynote
11:15-12:15 1st Breakout Session
12:30-1:30 lunch and honoree presentation
1:30-2:00 Vendor visits
2:00-3:00 2nd Breakout Session
3:00-3:30 Closure/wrap up


Workshop Descriptions

 Morning Sessions (11:15-12:15)

#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

Today we are challenged to rediscover ways to remain healthy and resilient in a world filled with constant stress and change. Come learn three solutions and Self-care practices that will promote body-mind relaxation, enhance health and wellbeing, support you as you move through change, strengthen your ability to respond, and help you reconnect with your heart and authentic Self. You will learn how to use an Awareness Journal, breath and movement practices, acupressure for Self-care, and the “Ten Loves,” a practice designed to reconnect you with what has heart and meaning in your life.


Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA
is a physical therapist, teacher, author, and health coach with three decades of experience in the healing arts and sciences. She has presented seminars nationally and internationally to physicians, health professionals, and community groups, and has worked in hospital, university, home care, and private practice settings. Regina developed and taught a Self-Help For Chronic Pain program as part of her Master’s Thesis. She also developed and taught Stress Busters, a stress management workshop used at the Facial Pain Clinic, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In her book, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, readers will discover seven universal themes encountered during healing, learn empowering Self-care practices to use during healing, and expand awareness about healing as a journey that reconnects us with our heart and authentic Self.
#2. The Domino Effect of Divorce: Putting The Pieces Back Together
Bettina Munson, Esq., Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz
Going through a divorce can be the most difficult and emotional experience in one’s life. The process is quite honestly flawed. People feel frustrated, alone, and often financially destroyed. But after the divorce, the divorcing couple is responsible to put the pieces back together for the health and safety of their family, especially the children. This program will provide guidance on the domino effect of divorce and how best to put the pieces back together. Having knowledge is the first step toward success and solving the puzzle.


An equity partner in the Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz Family Law Department, Bettina Munson has more than 20 years of experience in matrimonial cases. She successfully litigated the first U.S. case in which a non-biological mother in a same sex (domestic) partnership was awarded shared custody. She has extensive appellate experience and has published cases in both Family Law and Civil Litigation.
Bettina has developed an impressive track record litigating relocation cases throughout the state of New Jersey – and was instrumental in the Firm winning the seminal case, Baures v. Lewis. A strong proponent of mediation and collaboration, she served as the co-chair of the Family Section of the Monmouth County Bar in 2011-2012 and serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Monmouth County, and the Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Associations.
In 2003, Bettina was designated a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey – a designation limited to those attorneys with significant involvement in trial matters in Superior Court; an unblemished reputation as attested to by judges and attorneys; and substantial knowledge and continuing legal education demonstrated by passing a special written examination on trial practice.
Appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Domestic Violence in May 2008, Bettina also serves on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association of Justice and is co-chair for the Family Law Section and is a member of the Monmouth Bar Association and the Ocean County Bar Association.

#3. We Grieve Differently: Helping Children and Teens Recover from Loss
Shari Carpman, MA, LPC, RPT, Children and Teens Grief Counselor
“Do children grieve?  At what age is a child capable of grieving?  How can we, as adults, help our children and teenagers when some personal tragedy has occurred?”  These are all questions that people frequently ask. Despite the fact that we were all children once, we have difficulty remembering what it was like to be a child. How children are affected by major life events – such as death or divorce – is something adults wonder about, but are never certain they understand. This workshop will provide an understanding of how grief manifests itself in children, how they are distinctively different from adults in the way they process loss, what factors may contribute to unresolved grief and specific interventions adults can use to help children effectively cope with their loss(es).

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Shari Carpman, MA, LPC, RPT, is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist with over 20 years of clinical and academic experience working with both adults and children. She has extensive individual and group experience in the areas of: parenting, divorce, grief and loss, women’s personal growth, and children’s issues. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Carpman developed and facilitated a school-based divorce group for elementary school children and their guardians. She has also facilitated parenting groups for DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services) mandated clients and for parents with autistic children. As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, she has coordinated support programs for grieving children and their families and developed a coping with illness program to help children and adults adjust to the challenges of living with chronically ill or terminally ill family members. Ms. Carpman has published professional journal articles on the impact of familial relationships on depression and eating disorders in women. She has also been involved in the development and facilitation of a women’s personal growth group. Ms. Carpman earned a Masters Degree in Psychology from City College, and earned both a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling and a Post Masters Certification in Play Therapy from Monmouth University. At present, Ms. Carpman is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of Monmouth County and a Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. She is currently working full-time in her private practice in Freehold, NJ.

Afternoon Sessions (2:00-3:00)

#4. Money Matters: Recovering from a Financial Setback
Kathy Anne Lo Bue, Managing Director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC

When a financial crisis hits, everyone reacts differently.  How would you react and more importantly how would you recover?  Prepare yourself, your clients, family & friends on how to SURVIVE a crisis and THRIVE after one!  Together we will prepare a Toolkit, which will take you from the brink to survival and beyond. One of our tools will be: Back to Basics – evaluating your Values! What’s important to you and how did you end up here.  This is only one of the tools along with many more which we will explore!  I will share REAL life stories and give you REAL life solutions and strategies.  SUCCESS is just around the corner…. look and you will find!


Kathy Anne Lo Bue
Kathy has over 30 years of investment management experience. Before joining Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC Kathy worked for over nine years as a Portfolio Manager/Investment Strategist and was a member of the Investment Policy Committee for Dumont & Blake Investment Advisors. Previously, Kathy was with JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York for over 18 years. There she was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President in the Personal Asset Management Division. In this position Kathy was responsible for managing over 200 investment and trust portfolios totaling over $180 million in assets. Kathy also worked for the JPMorgan Private Bank, where she served as Portfolio Manager for both domestic and international clients, managing over $580 million in assets. In addition, during her tenure she was a manager in the International Private Banking Operations division. Kathy started her career at American International Group as an Investment Administrator, and moved on to manage corporate fixed income assets totaling over $1 billion, as well as managing the cash position for an AIG Offshore Mutual Fund. Kathy earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Bernard M. Baruch College in New York. Kathy is looking forward to the opening of her new office in Freehold.

#5. The Many Faces of Grief: Diverse Responses to Suicide
Humanity Players, GIERS’ Dramatic Education Troupe
Bernice Garfield-Szita, MS, LPC, TEP & Bob Szita, MS, LPC, TEP, Executive Co-Directors, GIERS, Inc

Losing someone through suicide can be one of the most traumatic losses.  The recent death of Robin Williams, highlighted the rollercoaster of emotions one can feel after a loved one commits suicide, including guilt, shame, anger and remorse.  Humanity Players, a trained dramatic education troupe, will dramatize the story of a family and friends coping with the suicide of a young man.  Each actor will portray his or her role from a diverse point of view.  The workshop is interactive and participants will have the opportunity to add their own perspective.  Understanding the emotional complexities of family and friends after a suicide can be beneficial for those affected by the suicide and the professionals and community members who want to help in the recovery process.


Humanity Players is an interactive educational theater arts program using Psychodrama that teaches understanding of and compassion for the challenges of grieving from a diverse perspective. Humanity Players, a trained troupe of actors, with the help of workshop participants, will portray the inner lives of a family and close friends struggling with the universal issues that loss creates. Presented by GIERS: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services, a 501c3 organization. This program was developed and directed by Bernice Garfield-Szita, MS, LPC, TEP and Bob Szita, MS, LPC, TEP, founders and Executive Co-Directors of GIERS. Bob and Bernice use their over thirty five years of clinical and training experience to create sensitive and meaningful programming that stimulates learning in education, healthcare, government and business settings.

#6. Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Finding the Positive in Adversity
Charles Fleisher, The Opportunities Guy, author, speaker, entrepreneur, VP National Speakers Assoc. of NJ

This presentation will show the participants how ordinary individuals capitalized on their difficulties.  Instead of viewing them as obstacles, they embraced them as growth experiences.  It will demonstrate how difficulties actually became springboards necessary for many companies, organizations, and individuals to be successful beyond what many people would have imagined possible.  The audience will be inspired to use their own challenges as opportunities.  As Frederick Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger” and as Anthony Robbins said, “Every problem is a gift. Without problems we would not grow.”


Charles Fleisher, The Opportunities Guy, was permanently injured in an automobile accident at age 18. In his book “The Secret of Difficulties: 4 Steps To Turn Tragedies into Opportunities”, and through his speeches and workshops he teaches how to use challenges to get the most out of your business, career and personal life.

Non-Perishable Food Drive

GIERS, Freehold Township Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, and Sam’s Club of Freehold are joining together to ask all who attend the Bounce Back Conference to assist those who need a little help from some friends. Please bring non-perishable foods to the conference, such as canned fruits and vegetables, rice and other grains, coffee or tea, which will be sent to Freehold Open Door to be distributed.  Let’s show our gratitude for the abundance many of us have by helping those children and adults in our community to have the food that is needed for them to survive and thrive.  

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.

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$100.00 at the conference

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