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Temporary 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:

M.S.W. Program:

  • 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 II

Teaching Interests:

  • Social Work Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Clinical Practice in Social Work
  • Clinical Practice with Children and Families
  • Play Therapy

 Research Interests:

  • Attachment
  • Child wellbeing
  • School based wellness, prevention and intervention
  • Risk for child sexual abuse

Publications

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.

Presentations:

 Play Therapy Techniques that You Can Use Today Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Continuing Education Program. October 25, 2019, Paramus, NJ

 Using Play Therapy with Preschool Aged Children with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges, Co sponsored by NJ Association for Infant Mental Health and NJ Association for Play Therapy. June 20, 2019, Montclair, NJ.

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

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

 Attachment Theory. Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Continuing Education Program. June 1 2018, New Brunswick, NJ.

 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. April 27, 2018, Buffalo, NY.

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

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

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

 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. November 9, 2017, Atlantic City, NJ.

 School Based Play Therapy and How to Become a School Based Registered Play Therapist, New Jersey School Counselor’s Association. September 29, 2017, Edison, NJ.

 The Mother and the Sexually Abused Child Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Continuing Education Program. June 7, 2017, Parsippany, NJ.

 Play Therapy With Children and Their Families, Care Plus NJ. May 4, 2017, Paramus, NJ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The importance of movement and play in learning. April 2, 2014, Irvington, NJ.

 Working With Difficult Students. January 28, 2014, Irvington, NJ.

Mental Health Issues in the Classroom. May 3, 2012, Irvington, NJ.

 Play Therapy with Adolescents. March 30, 2012, Hackensack, NJ for Bergen County Division of Family Guidance Staff.

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

Mental Health and Academic Functioning. December 9, 2011, Irvington, NJ.

A Simple, Useful Play Technique for Your Child, Adolescent and Adult Clients. Council on Social Work Education 55th Annual Program Meeting. November 7, 2009, San Antonio, TX.

 An Introduction to Play Therapy for Social Work Educators and their Students. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. March 1, 2005, NYC.

Child Maltreatment and Insecure Attachment: A Meta-Analysis. Paper written with second author Judith C. Baer, Ph.D., presented as a poster at Society for Social Work and Research: Celebrating a Decade of SSWR. January 14, 2005, Miami, FL.

Webinars

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders. Demystifying DSM 5: What Parents and Educators Should Know. Presented live March 15, 2017.  Recording available at  https://njcts.org/demystifying-dsm-5-diagnosis/

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders. Play Therapy: What is it and How Can it Help My Child? Presented live June 1, 2016. Recording available at  http://njcts.org/play-therapy-what-is-it-and-how-can-it-help-my-child/

 NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders. Anxiety and Test Taking. Presented live August 18, 2015.  Recording available at  http://njcts.org/anxiety-and-test-taking/

Credentials

 NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker

NJ Clinical Social Work Supervisor

Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor

 

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