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Dr. Angelo Puig, Ph.D.

 

Keynote Speaker

Founder, Puig Associates, P.A.

Bio

Dr. Ange Puig earned his doctoral degree in Psychology in 1979 from Columbia University. He holds memberships in the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) and American Psychological Association (APA), Division for Trauma Stress, and has a Certificate of Proficiency in the Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and other psychoactive substances. He has maintained a Psychology practice in New Jersey since 1984. A key area of focus in his clinical practice is the assessment and treatment of PTSD and traumatic stress. His approach to therapy and treatment is reflected in the following quote:

 

~ MAYA ANGELOU ~ “No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.”

Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy are integral to his training, philosophy, and treatment strategies.

 

Currently, Dr. Ange Puig provides pre-employment screening for police recruits for a number of police agencies in the Greater Delaware Valley. He provides professional training on workplace violence, mental health juvenile justice issues, critical incident stress debriefing, and fitness for duty evaluations. He has provided consultation, supervision, and training for several South Jersey Treatment Programs. 

 

He has provided professional services to legal enterprises and has been a presenter who provided professional training seminars on a local and national basis. Dr. Puig is the former board president of both the Prevention Plus Burlington County Drug and Alcohol Council and the Mental Health Association of Southwestern New Jersey. He has submitted an Amicus Brief on PTSD to the NJ Supreme Court. He served as a member on Acting Governor Codey’s Mental Health Task Force in 2005. His practice specialty focuses on areas such as assessment of parenting capacity, clinical supervision, trauma-specific therapeutic intervention, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, risk assessments, and psychological services for law enforcement agencies. 

 

During his adjunct teaching time at Chestnut Hill College, Dr. Ange Puig was afforded an opportunity to develop two courses for the Psychology Graduate Studies Program:  Trauma One (Primer to Understanding the Clinical Treatment of PTSD) and Violence:  Role of Psychologist in the 21st Century.

 

Additionally, during his involvement with the Mental Health Association of Southwestern NJ, he was part of the Facilitator and Teaching Faculty for CIT-NJ. This is a county-based collaboration of law enforcement professionals and mental health professionals who are committed to developing a local system of services that is responsive to individuals with mental illness, family members, and the police officers. The CIT-NJ model strives to provide law enforcement officers and mental health professionals with knowledge and skills that allow them to respond to the individual in a psychiatric crisis in a manner that minimizes the potential for injury. In addition, the CIT-NJ model can be instrumental in helping to divert the individual with serious mental illness from the criminal justice system to appropriate mental health treatment.

 

Originally born and raised in Harlem, New York City, he has been in South Jersey since 1975.  Hobbies include cooking and travel.

Workshop Description

Using Mindfulness to Manage the Impact of Psychological Distress & Change,

The purpose of this overview will be to examine psychological distress from a perspective of individuals whom fail to address pain in their life, and it turns into suffering. It will look at elements that cause psychological distress in relationships to the mental health and health consequences. It will examine the role that behavioral and experiential avoidance as well as a tendency towards escapism and denial of self-awareness play. Resources will be examined in the area of mindfulness include but are not limited to the need for increased self-awareness, dialectal behavior, ACT and acceptance. The ultimate aim is to interconnect between the mind and body i.e., the emotional, psychological, and physical world knowing the interrelatedness and interconnectedness which often lead individuals to serious mental health and health consequences. 

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