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Assistant Professor Social Work

Year Joined RCNJ: 2018

Contact Information

Education:

  • Ph.D. – Rutgers University
  • M.S.W. – Rutgers University
  • B.S.W. – Rutgers University

Convening Group: Social Work

Courses Offered:

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I-Theory
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II – Life Cycle
  • Theory and Practice of Social Work I/ Field I
  • Theory and Practice of Social Work II/ Field II
  • Research I
  • Research II
  • Topics: Play Therapy

Teaching Interests:

  • Play Therapy
  • Direct Practice
  • Trauma
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Clinical Practice with Children and Families
  • Measurement in Social Work Practice
  • Program Development and Evaluation

 Research Interests:

  • School based wellness, prevention and intervention
  • Anti racism and anti racist organizational change
  • Social work education
  • Relationships in the teaching and learning process

Publications:

Martinez, C.D. (2021). Latrice’s Story. In J.L.M. McCoyd, J.M. Koller & C.A. Walter (Eds.) Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan (pp.71-75). Springer.

Martinez, C.D. & Blair, S. (October 2015). Education Policy & Reform: What Do You Think? NASW NJ Focus, 24 (5), 19-20.

Martinez, C.D. & Dowd, P. (December 2012) Bringing Play Therapy To School. Play Therapy Magazine, 14-19.

Baer, J. C. & Martinez, C. D. (2006). Child Maltreatment and Insecure Attachment: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 24 (3), 187-197.

Conference Presentations:

Refereed Conference Presentations

Martinez, C.D., Hocutt, A., Martinez, Y.  & Ober, C. (April, 2021) Student Voices on Social Work Education During the COVID – 19 Pandemic. Roundtable moderator of student panel at Global Social Work Symposium, virtual.

Martinez, C.D. & Williams, J. (March, 2021) Envisioning Anti Racist Social Work Organizational Change: Amplifying the Grey Literature. Paper presented at Social Work, White Supremacy, and Racial Justice: Reckoning with Our History, Interrogating our Present, Re-Imagining our Future Symposium, virtual.

Martinez, C.D. (January 2021) Building Community for Online Course Success. Presentation at Faculty Resource Network Teach Share, virtual. 

Martinez, C.D. (November, 2009) A Simple, Useful Play Technique for Your Child, Adolescent and Adult Clients. Interactive workshop presented at  Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX. 

Martinez, C.D. (March, 2005) An Introduction to Play Therapy for Social Work Educators and their Students. Presented at Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, New York, NY.

Refereed Poster Presentation

Martinez, C.D. & Baer, J.C. (January, 2005) Child Maltreatment and Insecure Attachment: A Meta-Analysis. Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Miami, FL.

Conference Talks:

“Using Play Therapy at School with Young Students with Emotional and Behavioral Issues” –  New Jersey Education Association Convention. Virtual, November 5, 2020. 

“Using Group Play in the Classroom to Foster Relationships, Cooperation, and Community” –  EdCamp SEL.  Mahwah, NJ, May 30, 2019. 

“Using Group Play in the Classroom to Foster Relationships, Cooperation, and Community” – New Jersey School Boards Mental Health Conference.   West Windsor, NJ, April 9, 2019. 

“Using Group Play in the Classroom to Foster Relationships, Cooperation, and Community” – NJ Council for Exceptional Children Annual Spring Conference.  Mahwah, NJ, March 22, 2019.

“Using Play Therapy at School with Young Students with Emotional and Behavioral Issues” –  New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children Annual Spring Conference. Mahwah, NJ, March 12, 2018. 

“Effective Classroom Teams: The Classroom Teacher, the Paraprofessional, and How the Social Worker Might Assist” (With co-presenter Allison Turon).  New Jersey Education Association Convention. Atlantic City, NJ, November 9, 2017.

“School Based Play Therapy and How to Become a School Based Registered Play Therapist” – New Jersey School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Edison, NJ, September 29, 2017.

“Using Play Therapy at School with Young Students with Emotional and Behavioral Issues” –  New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education’s 15th Annual Summer Inclusion Conference. Montclair, NJ, June 27, 2017.

“Coping Tips for Staff and Students Dealing with Test Anxiety” – New Jersey Education Association Convention. Atlantic City, NJ, November 5, 2015. 

“Test Taking and Student Anxiety” – New Jersey Association of School Social Workers Spring Institute. Woodbridge, NJ. May 18, 2015. 

“Play Therapy at School”-  New Jersey Association of  School Social Workers Spring Institute. Monroe, NJ,  April 7, 2014.  

Webinars:

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders. “The Important Work of Play” April 22, 2021. 

NJ Association of School Social Workers. “The Important Work of Play (during COVID)” January 13, 2021.

NJ Council for Exceptional Children.  “What is Play Therapy” December 9, 2020. 

NJ Council for Exceptional Children.  “The Important Work of Play” July 30, 2020. 

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders.  “Demystifying DSM 5: What Parents and Educators Should Know” March 15, 2017. 

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders.  “Play Therapy: What is it and How Can it Help My Child?” June 1, 2016. 

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders.  “Anxiety and Test Taking” August 18, 2015.  

Workshops and presentations:

“Play in the Time of Online Learning” – TEAM Charter: Newark for Newark Camden, and Miami TEAM Charter Schools. Virtual,  March 19, 2021. 

“Playful Ways of Coping with Anxiety” – Bergen County Technical Schools Mental Health Awareness Day. Virtual, March 12, 2021.

“The Important Work of Play” – Cannon Conversations: Parents Helping Parents Podcast. Virtual, July 14, 2020. 

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, December 13, 2019.

“Using Play Therapy with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Issues” – KIPP: Newark. Newark, NJ,  December 4, 2019.

“Using Play Therapy with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Issues” –  Monmouth and Ocean Regional Professional Development Academy. Eatontown, NJ,  November 20, 2019.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Paramus, NJ, October 25, 2019. 

“The Mother and the Sexually Abused Child” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, October 11, 2019.

“Using Play Therapy with Preschool Aged Children with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges” –  NJ Association for Infant Mental Health and NJ Association for Play Therapy.  Montclair, NJ, June 20, 2019. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, June 14, 2019.

“An Introduction to Play Therapy for School Counselors”  – Bergen County School Counselors Association, Paramus, NJ, September 28, 2018. 

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, June 1, 2018.

“The Role of the Mother-Child Relationship in Child Sexual Abuse: Using an Attachment Framework Approach to Engagement in Services and Treatment” –  State University of New York at Buffalo.  Buffalo, NY, April 27, 2018.

“Play Therapy with Children and Families” –  New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work and the Clinical Social Work Guild. Montclair, NJ, April 12, 2018. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, February 14, 2018.

“Attachment Theory: A Helpful Framework for Understanding and Intervening with At Risk Children and their Caregivers” – Care Plus New Jersey.  Paramus, NJ, November 30, 2017. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Bridgewater, NJ, September 22, 2017.

“The Mother and the Sexually Abused Child” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, June 7, 2017.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, May 25, 2017.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Paramus, NJ, May 11, 2017.

“Play Therapy with Children and Their Families” – Care Plus New Jersey.  Paramus, NJ, May 4, 2017.

“Creative and Expressive Techniques for the Trauma Therapist” – Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center. Hackensack, NJ, November 2, 2016.

“Play Therapy Skills for the Trauma Therapist” –  Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center. Hackensack, NJ, October 26, 2016. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, June 10, 2016.

“The Mother and the Sexually Abused Child” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Teterboro, NJ, June 3, 2016.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, May 20, 2016.

“Play Therapy with Children and Families”-  George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care. Perth Amboy, NJ,  March 22, 2016.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, December 4, 2015.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, June 4, 2015.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, May 14, 2015.

“Favorite Play Therapy Techniques” –  New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Morristown, NJ, May 1, 2015. 

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, June 13, 2014.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, June 6, 2014.

“The Mother and the Sexually Abused Child” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Paramus, NJ, May 16, 2014.

“The Importance of Movement and Play in Learning” – Irvington Public Schools. Irvington, NJ, April 2, 2014.

“Working with Difficult Students” – Irvington Public Schools Middle and High School Special Educators. Irvington, NJ, January 28, 2014. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Flemington, NJ, January 21, 2014.

“Working with Difficult Students” – Irvington Public Schools Preschool and Elementary Special Educators. Irvington, NJ, January 7, 2014. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, August 9, 2013.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. New Brunswick, NJ, July 12, 2013.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Piscataway, NJ, June 11, 2012.

“Mental Health Issues in the Classroom” – Irvington Public Schools. Irvington, NJ, May 3, 2012. 

“Play Therapy with Adolescents” – Bergen County Division of Family Guidance. Hackensack, NJ, March 30, 2012. 

“Understanding and Working with Challenging Student Behaviors: A Play Therapist’s Perspective” – Irvington Public Schools. Irvington, NJ, March 27, 2012.

“Mental Health and Academic Functioning” – Irvington Public Schools. Irvington, NJ,  December 9, 2011.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, October 10, 2011. 

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Hackensack, NJ, May 12, 2011.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Piscataway, NJ, October 8, 2010.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, July 16, 2010.

“Attachment Theory”  – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Piscataway, NJ, May 27, 2010.

“The Mother and the Sexually Abused Child” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, April 2, 2010.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Piscataway, NJ, July 10, 2009.

“Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today” – Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Parsippany, NJ, December 11, 2008.

Credentials

 NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker

NJ Clinical Social Work Supervisor

Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor

 

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