Current and future Brookdale students were among more than 100 participating in a Behavioral Health Awareness and Career Pathways Day held April 10 at the Warner Student Life Center. The event was sponsored by the Brookdale Center for Career Development and the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network.
Dr. Maureen Murphy, Brookdale Community College president, introduced keynote speaker New Jersey Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, president and CEO of Preferred Services of New Jersey, a nonprofit community behavior health agency offering outpatient treatment and programming in such areas as substance abuse and bullying prevention. Angelini sits on the Health and Senior Services and Human Services committees.
Angelini told the group she first became a healthcare advocate as a child, when she successfully held a carnival for muscular dystrophy in her neighborhood. She later served as a candy striper volunteer at Riverview Medical Center. She said the state assembly is where her professional world intersects with the world of policy.
Other speakers included Loretta Kaes, director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Services; Lawrence Sternbach, job developer/outreach specialist for the Division of Workforce Development; and David Stout, dean of the Freehold campus.
The day also included panel discussions on prevention, collaborative care and service, and mental health career tracks. Students and job seekers were also able to network with employers.
“The purpose of the day is to provide awareness of the different career pathways available to those interested in a career in the mental health field,” said Anne La Porta, job developer, Brookdale Center for Career Development.
For information on programs leading to careers in the mental health field, call 732 224-2315 or visit continuinged.brookdalecc.edu/careerdevelopment.