Workshop & Seminar Descriptions

March 2019 In-Person Workshops

Seminar Title: Postvention: Responding to Schools and Communities Following Adolescent Suicide

Date & Time: March 25, 2019       9:30am to 12:30pm
Number of CE credit hours: 3 CE credit hours
Cost: $65

Description: The term “postvention” refers to planned interventions with those affected by a suicide death that aim to address the needs of the bereaved, reduce the risk of contagion, and promote healthy adaptation of individuals and the community. The goal of this presentation is to provide guidelines for effective postvention as they relate to schools and communities. Help restore balance and functioning within the school, agency, community, or organization after a suicide

This seminar will teach social work practitioners how to promote healthy grieving, provide comfort to those who are distressed, minimize adverse personal outcomes (i.e., depression, PTSD, complicated grief), and reduce the risk of suicide imitation or contagion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the three goals of a suicide postvention response.
  • Discuss the dilemmas and obstacles to implementing a postvention response.
  • Identify at least six postvention tasks.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Postvention: Responding to Schools and Communities Following Adolescent Suicide – Additional Information Sheet.

This program is part of the Social Work in Education Program (SWEP) generously supported by Sharon Cerny, SSW ’71.

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Seminar Title: Who Decides? Using Shared Decision Making to Effectively Engage Adolescents and Young Adults in Treatment Services and Supports

Date & Time: March 29, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: Shared decision making (SDM) is an evidence-based approach for partnering with clients with mental health and substance use conditions to support genuine engagement. It offers a structured collaborative process for exploring treatment options and important life choices in the context of individual values and preferences, to help arrive at sound decisions and plans. Shared decision making strengthens therapeutic relationships by inviting adolescents, young adults, and their families into meaningful dialogue about choices for how they would like to participate, as well as the types of services and supports they opt to use.

Through lecture, case examples, and participatory exercises, workshop attendees will learn about the origins of and research supporting shared decision making and how it is applied in behavioral health care; how SDM has been used with adolescents and young adults; the intersection of SDM with Motivational Interviewing and person-centered planning; and sample tools and applications for using SDM in different clinical settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the core elements of Shared Decision Making and its application in behavioral health, including with people with substance use disorders;  
  • Describe how Shared Decision Making approaches have been integrated into evidence-based programs to enhance engagement for youth and young adults;
  • Demonstrate how to use readily accessible decision aids and other tools that support Shared Decision Making in treatment relationships;
  • Create plans for incorporating Shared Decision Making into their practice.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Who Decides? Using Shared Decision Making to Effectively Engage Adolescents and Young Adults in Treatment Services and Supports – Additional Information Sheet.

This program is part of the Social Work in Education Program (SWEP) generously supported by Sharon Cerny, SSW ’71.

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April 2019 In-Person Workshops

Seminar Title: Creating safe spaces for adolescents in school settings

Date & Time: April 2, 2019       6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Number of CE credit hours: 2 CE credit hours
Cost: $50

Description: For this proposed workshop, social workers will learn how they can create safe spaces for adolescents not only in sessions but also creating safe spaces such as groups, family & teacher partnerships facilitated by the social worker and creating a safe environment at schools that are not entirely trauma-sensitive. Participants will learn the different ways they can provide support for adolescents in school settings. This workshop uses lecture, Power Point presentations, videos and case presentations in order for participants to gain a better understanding on how to support adolescents in school settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify the barriers that schools face in creating safe spaces and trauma-sensitive environments for students.
  • Participants will discuss their experiences in working with youth or other populations as it relates to the workshop topic.
  • Participants will demonstrate an understanding of safe spaces and their importance for students who attend schools in primarily urban locations.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Creating safe spaces for adolescents in school settings – Additional Information Sheet.

This program is part of the Social Work in Education Program (SWEP) generously supported by Sharon Cerny, SSW ’71.

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Seminar Title: An Introduction to Gentle Reprocessing

Date & Time: April 5&6, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm (each day)
Number of CE credit hours: 12 CE credit hours
Cost: $220

Description: Gentle Reprocessing is a psychotherapeutic technique, which can stand on its own or be used in concert with other forms of therapy. A unique integration of guided imagery, drawing, storytelling, cognitive therapy, inner child work, and bilateral stimulation, GR is designed to help clients release negative emotions associated with depression, anxiety and/or PTSD.

A growing body of promising evidence suggests GR can promote deep, rapid and lasting improvement. Through lecture, videos, live demonstrations and experiential practice, clinicians gain level I GR skills to integrate into their practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Clinicians will be able to identify trauma targets.
  • Clinicians will be able to identify components of External Gentle Reprocessing and identify components of Internal Gentle Reprocessing

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the An Introduction to Gentle Reprocessing – Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title: The Special Education Process (IEP’s and other handy dandy information)

Date & Time: April 9, 2019       1:00pm to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 3 CE credit hours
Cost: $65

Description: This workshop will de-mystify the IEP process; explaining what, who, why, when, where, and how Special Education is delivered in terms you will understand. You will recognize IEP forms, notices and supplementary documents used by schools and understand how to interpret them. You will apply your skills and new knowledge in a case study to practice your understanding.

We will address discipline, absenteeism, and bullying in the school setting. Parent’s and student’s rights and responsibilities will covered as well as who has authority to sign which forms and make decisions for the student. Accessing student records, translation and interpretation services will be discussed. You will leave with a working knowledge of educational advocacy and references and sources for further information.

Learning Objectives:

 

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit The Special Education Process (IEP’s and other handy dandy information) – Additional Information Sheet.

This program is part of the Social Work in Education Program (SWEP) generously supported by Sharon Cerny, SSW ’71.

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Seminar Title: Habilitation – A Tried and True Model for Working with People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Date & Time: April 23, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours:  6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: Habilitation is a tried and true model for working with people with Alzheimer’s disease designed to make the best use of the person’s remaining skills and abilities, create an environment around the person to accommodate their sensory losses, and most importantly, promote positive emotions. Attendees will begin the day by learning the parts of the brain that are most affected by Alzheimer’s, what stops working, and what continues to work late into the disease process. The remainder of the day will provide detailed tips and techniques for: Knowing and Understanding the Individual, Effective Communication, The Physical Environment, Purposeful Engagement, and Behavior as the Person’s Communication with Us. This session is a must for all professionals working with older adults!

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to identify and explain the parts of the brain that are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and describe why the Habilitation Model is based on emotion.
  • Attendees will be able to put the concepts of knowing and understanding the individual into action with tips and techniques, and why the way they communicate is critically important.
  • Attendees will be able to list the attributes of an appropriate physical environment for people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Attendees will be able to identify behavior that is challenging vs problematic and able to use concrete tips and technique to manage the behavior.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit Habilitation – A Tried and True Model for Working with People with Alzheimer’s Disease – Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title: Working Effectively with Transgender and Non-Binary Children, Adolescents and Adults

Date & Time: April 26, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours:  6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: Our clients are presenting with increasingly diverse presentations of gender and identity. There is much that is exciting and hopeful about this evolving experience of gender, but for many clinicians and clients, this topic can feel confusing, intimidating and scary. Despite much progress, transgender and non-binary clients continue to have increased levels of risk for emotional distress and physical harm. 

In this workshop, we will learn about how to understand gender identity and to help our clients achieve a greater sense of hope and resiliency. Attendees will learn to see and understand gender through a new model, with updates understanding of current terminology and best practices for assessment and treatment. 

We will cover topics such as understanding dysphoria, name changes, social transition, medical transition (including hormones and surgeries), working with schools and parents, letter writing, and particular clinical implications for this population among other topics.  We will review best practices for working with transgender and non-binary clients, and will discuss the challenges and risk factors that they face as they work to build strength, find safety and become resilient. We will end the day hearing from a panel of transgender individuals sharing their own experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe gender identity development and identify current terminology related to gender.
  • Participants will be able to describe the role of a mental health clinician in treating transgender and non-binary clients.
  • Participants will be able to describe best practices and skills to help them feel more effective in their work with gender diverse youth and families.
  • Participants will demonstrate a clear understanding of social transition and how to help clients move forward with these steps if they choose.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit Working Effectively with Transgender and Non-Binary Children, Adolescents and Adults – Additional Information Sheet.

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May 2019 In-Person Workshops

Seminar Title: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Date & Time: May 3, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: This is an introductory course for clinicians with minimal or no experience or training in motivational interviewing. This workshop will help attendees to: 1) describe the spirit of motivational interviewing, 2) gain proficiency in client-centered counseling skills using the OARS, 3) identify  different types of change talk including contemplative change talk and mobilizing change talk, 4) demonstrate a capacity to rescue change talk from ambivalence using reflection and evocative questions,  4) use MI strategies to elicit to strengthen commitment to change, and 5) use MI consistent strategies to work through sustain talk and discord. The training will include didactics, video presentation, demonstrations, and small group practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the spirit of motivational interviewing.
  • Gain proficiency in client-centered counseling skills using the OARS. 
  • Identify different types of change talk including contemplative change talk and mobilizing change talk.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to rescue change talk from ambivalence using reflection and evocative questions. 
  • Use MI strategies to elicit to strengthen commitment to change 
  • Use MI consistent strategies to work through sustain talk and discord.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title: Working with the Deaf in Mental Health Settings

Date & Time: May 7, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: A Deaf person comes into your office – what do you do? How do you talk with them? What do you need? Who do you ask for help? This workshop will answer all these questions and delve into how treatment/diagnosis of a Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind persons differs from hearing persons. A comprehensive summary of Deaf culture, communication, how to work with interpreters, and laws impacting this community will also be covered. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of all of these components of working with this population along with a comprehensive resource list to assist you long after the workshop is finished. Demonstrations, multimedia, visual aids, and interactive activities will be included for an complete learning experience.

Learning Objectives:

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Working with the Deaf in Mental Health Settings – Additional Information Sheet. 

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Seminar Title: Hoarding treatment in action: A role play of assessment and intervention techniques

Date & Time: May 13, 2019       10:00am to 5:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: Hoarding Disorder is a mental health problem that affects 2-5% of adults in the United States. People with this problem often live in excessively cluttered homes and experience significant distress at the prospect of letting items go. They may have trouble with organizing and often have strained relationships or live in isolation. The clutter in the home sometimes leads to health-related risks, safety issues, and eviction. People with HD may have another comorbid mental health problems such as Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, or PTSD.

This workshop will provide information on the demographics, assessment, and intervention of hoarding disorder, with specific attention to providing office-based individual and group treatment. It will include role plays of techniques and strategies with interns and a visit from a client who will share their story.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the demographics, prevalence, and diagnostic criteria of Hoarding Disorder.
  • Explain the hoarding model, treatment techniques, and assessment tools. 
  • Present the techniques in role play format.
  • Discuss treatment experience and barriers to progress with person with a Hoarding Disorder diagnosis.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Working with the Hoarding treatment in action: A role play of assessment and intervention techniques– Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title: Expanding Your Multicultural Social Work Practice in Schools 

Date & Time: May 20, 2019 9:30am to 12:30pm
Number of CE credit hours: 3 CE credit hours
Cost: $65

Description: School mental health provider’s cultural considerations must be incorporated into our practice due to global demographic shifting. The ability to identify multicultural needs of students and/or families using evidence based frameworks or models can improve client outcomes is very important.  In this seminar, participants will partake in lectures, case study reviews, and group activities to promote discussions about multicultural self-awareness and its connection to identification, assessments and interventions in clinical practice.

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This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Expanding Your Multicultural Social Work Practice in Schools  – Additional Information Sheet.

This program is part of the Social Work in Education Program (SWEP) generously supported by Sharon Cerny, SSW ’71.

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Seminar Title: Beyond Problem Talk and Problem Solving: The Art and Science of Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy

Date & Time: May 31, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy (SFBT) is a future-focused and goal-directed treatment approach that focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. Often incorrectly characterized as overly simplistic, SFBT is a practical, goal-driven model with an emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations.

This workshop will present values and skills that invite participants to be more flexible, creative, and accountable in their approaches away from a deficit (pathology) model of treatment towards a resource (possibility) model of treatment. The course will encourage participants to explore their values and beliefs about change that may help or hinder them in their ability to practice in the current health care environment. Participants will learn key concepts and skills of SFBT such as exception questions, compliments and use of the miracle question. Participants will also learn how to integrate SFBT with other empirically supported approaches such as CBT and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). This course will combine lecture, video and experiential exercises. 

Learning Objectives:

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Beyond Problem Talk and Problem Solving: The Art and Science of Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy – Additional Information Sheet.

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June 2019 In-Person Workshops

Seminar Title: Holistic Care & Feeding of the Body, Mind, & Spirit

Date & Time: June 4, 2019       9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: The purpose of this seminar is to enable the learner to understand and integrate holistic/integrative concepts, particularly self-care, into their personal and professional practices. Topics in this seminar include the mind-body connection, conventional vs holistic/integrative health model, burn-out, holistic nutrition, holistic stress management, coping and relaxation strategies including humor and communication, and self-care strategies. Experiential sessions include guided imagery, a gratitude exercise, humor, deep breathing, interactive readings, music & movement, and “One Stone” meditation allow participants to experience wellness and stress management.

Learning Objectives:  

  • Identify three key components of a holistic program.
  • Explain five factors that contribute to burn out.
  • Discuss three coping skills useful in a holistic paradigm.
  • Identify three strategies of using food as medicine.
  • Describe two components of spiritual self-care.
  • Discuss five self-care strategies.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Holistic Care & Feeding of the Body, Mind, & Spirit – Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title: Incorporating Telebehavioral Health Services in Care Delivery

Date & Time: June 14, 2019       9:30am to 12:30pm
Number of CE credit hours:  3 CE credit hours
Cost: $65

Description: The utilization of telehealth has grown rapidly in the last decade across many health care specialties. While this technology is well suited for the delivery of behavioral health services, its utilization among mental health providers has lagged behind that of other health care providers. This workshop is designed to introduce social workers to telebehavioral health, familiarize participants with research on its effectiveness, address legal and ethics issues, and help social workers assess their readiness to offer telebehavioral health services. Incorporating telebehavioral health services has an administrative component, participants will identify resources to develop appropriate protocols, policies, and procedures to guide service delivery. This workshop uses lecture and case presentation to help participants identify the steps to assess, design and incorporate telebehavioral health services into their practice or organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current telehealth legislation in Massachusetts.
  • Identify three benefits of offering telebehavioral health services
  •  Discuss legal and ethical Issues
  • Assess readiness to incorporate telebehavioral health services in care delivery

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Incorporating Telebehavioral Health Services in Care Delivery – Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title:  Mindfulness and Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma in Schools 

Date & Time: June 18, 2019 9:00am to 4:00pm
Number of CE credit hours:  6 CE credit hours
Cost: $110

Description: In recent years, rates of anxiety and depression in youth have climbed dramatically in schools. High rates of trauma in areas of poverty compound these mental health problems. Under these circumstances, the exclusive use of traditional talk therapy is inadequate. This workshop will provide an overview of the neuroscience of anxiety and trauma and will demonstrate how mindfulness and yogic breathing can interrupt the fight or flight response. Participants will review the benefits of the practices, and will also experience them first hand. Interactive discussion, didactic learning, formal and informal mindfulness techniques and simple yogic breathwork are all interwoven to create a more comprehensive understanding of how to use these practices with students.

 
Learning Objectives:

 

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Mindfulness and Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma in Schools – Additional Information Sheet.

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Seminar Title: Serving those who served: Exploring trauma and post traumatic growth in Veterans

Date & Time: June 21, 2019       9:00am to 12:00pm
Number of CE credit hours: 3 CE credit hours
Cost: $65

Description: This workshop would focus on understanding the unique issues that face the veteran population. It would explore the connection between early childhood trauma, and other adverse experiences (such as poverty) and the promises that the military provides to help young people escape these circumstances. It would explore the unique psychological issues that military personal face. It would then focus on the difficulties individuals face in returning to civilian life after military service, including looking at PTSD, and post-traumatic growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify PTSD and post-traumatic growth in the veteran population.
  • Participants would discuss and apply social justice and trauma models to the veteran population.
  • Participants would be expected to analyze how social inequality and trauma play into the complex psychosocial lives of the veteran population.
  • Participants would be expected to demonstrate familiarity with assessment tools regularly used by the military to screen for psychological and social issues as well as assessment tools used in the acute care hospital setting when working with veterans with PTSD and trauma.

This session is interactive and to learn more about this workshop including an outline and requirements, please visit the Serving those who served: Exploring trauma and post traumatic growth in Veterans – Additional Information Sheet.

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Registration open until the day before the session.