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Social Work Month 2012 Annual Conference
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Annual Conference to Feature Diverse Workshops; Distinguished Keynotes
By: Abby Smith

This year’s Annual Social Work Month Conference will be held March 29 &30 at Martin’s West in Baltimore and will feature two days of workshops, notable presenters, and over half of the CEU hours needed for license renewal.
The pre-conference will take place on Thursday, March 29, and is sponsored by NASW-Maryland’s Committee on Aging (CoA). The theme will be “Innovations in Re-Balancing Long-Term Care,” and will feature presentations about programs from the Administration on Aging, Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers, and other agencies that serve older adults. Consumer preferences and budgetary considerations have prompted states to seek ways to keep older adults and people with disabilities in community settings, rather than in institutions. In addition, the Supreme Court 1999 Olmstead decision, which mandated that individuals receive services in the "most integrated setting appropriate," and the Federal government's Affordable Care Act, which offers financial incentives for "aging in place" programs, have accelerated the movement to create long-term services and supports in the community. Thursday’s workshops will focus on Maryland's initiatives to rebalance long-term care with an emphasis on community living and consumer choice. 
Social Work Month 2012’s theme of “Social Work Matters” will be reflected in the second day of workshops held on Friday, March 30. The extensive selection of programs was designed to showcase the many milieus in which social workers practice, and the different roles we assume in these settings. This second day of the conference will offer workshops about macro social work, addictions, groups, forensics, gangs, ethics, and will provide a children/youth & families track.
NASW-Maryland is honored to have NASW Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Nancy Humphreys as Friday’s keynote speaker. A true trailblazer, Dr. Humphreys served as the second female president of NASW national, was integral to establishing a BSW and MSW program at Yerevan State University in the Republic of Armenia, and served on President Carter’s National Advisory Committee on Women's Issues.
Dr. Humphreys feels strongly that there is a place in politics for social work, and believes social workers should seek elected political office. To that end, in 1995 she founded the Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, which was later re-named the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work in her honor. As current Director of the Institute, Dr. Humphreys oversees its mission of “…increasing the political empowerment of social work clients,” and “…increasing the number of social workers who pursue careers in electoral politics.”
Dr. Humphreys’ career exemplifies the power and versatility of the profession and embodies the idea that “Social Work Matters.”
In addition to a wide-ranging offering of workshops, the second day of the conference will feature NASW-Maryland’s Annual Award Ceremony during lunch. Award categories include BSW Student of the Year, MSW Student of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Social Work Educator of the Year, Field Instructor of the Year, and Public Citizen of the Year.
The Annual Social Work Month Conference is a great time to catch up on CEU’s, learn something new, re-connect with colleagues, and take some time to remember that in every setting, with every population, at every level, “Social Work Matters!”

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6 hrs., Cat. I; #1655
Focus: Innovations in Re-Balancing Longer Term Care

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Long-Term Care: A Historical Perspective & Future Projections
Bill Benson, Principal, Health Benefits ABCs
Bill Benson is Managing Principal in Health Benefits ABCs, an organization offering health and aging policy, educational and strategic planning consulting services.   Benson has worked on health and aging issues for 38 years including in various leadership positions in the U.S. Congress. He served in senior appointee positions at the U.S. Administration on Aging including as Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging prior to starting a consulting practice in 1998. 

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Options Counseling’s Role in Re-Balancing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)
Christina Neill Bowen, MSW, LICSW; The Lewin Group
A number of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) initiatives including Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) Money Follows the Person (MFP), Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS), and Care Transitions programs involve elements of Options Counseling. Options Counseling is a person-centered, interactive, decision-support process whereby individuals are supported in their deliberations to make informed long-term support choices in the context of their own preferences, strengths, and values. The process  includes developing an action plan or a LTSS plan, and  assistance in accessing support/resources. It also includes following-up with the individual. Options Counseling is available to all persons regardless of their income or financial assets. This session will provide an overview of Options Counseling activity nationally and summarize the national draft standards for Options Counseling currently under development by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and 19 grantee states. The synergy between social work practice the emerging competencies and standards for Options Counseling will be also be explored.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Room Workshops

Money Follows the Person
Devon Snider, Project Director, Money Follows the Person
The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration represents an unprecedented investment in long-term care at both the state and federal level. MFP was extended as part of the Affordable Care Act and Maryland recently revised its implementation plans. This session will provide information on how MFP is supporting long term care reform in Maryland and what this means for individuals seeking long term services and supports.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC):  the National ADRC Initiative and its Application in Maryland
Stephanie Hull, Chief, Long Term Services and Supports, Maryland Department of Aging
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) initiative began in 2003 when the first twelve states received grants from the Administration on Aging to develop a program that would “establish a trusted and visible program where people could seek information and access to services for long term services and supports and to streamline eligibility and access to long term services and supports.  The initiative was soon joined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is now active in 54 states and territories. Maryland’s Department of Aging was one of the first twelve states to receive a grant in 2003 where its ADRC known as Maryland Access Point (MAP) has grown from two to sixteen county MAP sites and has become one of three required infrastructures required for Maryland’s application for a national incentive program to shift the balance of long term care and services from high cost institutional settings to community-based settings. The ADRC and the state’s rebalancing efforts will expand the availability of community-based long term services which older adults and individuals with disabilities desire.  It also will shift funding toward community-based settings rather than nursing homes and other institutional facilities. This workshop will provide an overview of the ADRC initiative nationally and the development of Maryland’s ADRC program and its current role in Maryland’s long term care reform. 

Ethical Issues in Re-balancing Long Term Care
Lucy Bassin, LCSW-C
As the Federal and State government seeks innovations that will strengthen efforts to re-balance long term care, social workers can expect to confront challenges regarding the rights of the individual and the applicable laws and the goals of involved institutions.  This workshop will explore the ethical issues and ethical dilemmas likely emerging as a result of new directions in long term care.
Please note: This workshop qualifies for the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners’ 3-hour Category I Ethics requirement for licensure renewal.

Friday, March 30th , 2012
6.5 hrs., Cat. I #1656
Exhibitions ongoing throughout the day on Friday, lobby of first floor.
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking Time

Keynote Presentation
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Social Work Really Matters in an Election Year!
Dr. Nancy Humphreys
Dr. Nancy Humphreys will discuss the importance of social workers being not only informed about political issues, but active in the political arena.

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (2 ½ Hours)
Morning Session Workshops 

Workshop A
Best Practices in Family Finding Across Borders
Kerri Socha, MSW, International Social Services, USA Branch, Inc;
Karen Czajkowski, LGSW, International Social Services, USA Branch, Inc.
Tamara Neuhaus, International Social Services, USA Branch, Inc.
As the world is becoming seemingly smaller and smaller with the process of globalization, many career fields are facing major evolutionary changes, and Social Work is no exception.  An increasing number of children in the social welfare system have family members in countries other than the one in which they currently reside.  In an effort to remain up to date with the current trends and to be most effective in the field, Social Workers must be willing to learn and adapt to new and innovative methods of family finding in the effort to locate alternative placement options for children in need of a stable home.  Technological advances can assist in overcoming barriers that were once hindering the ability to perform intercountry Social Work.  Technologies including internet resources like Skype, sites for tracing individuals, social networking, language translation, etc. have all contributed to the increased abilities of Social Workers when working between countries.  This workshop will address strategies toward identifying children with potential international family connections, discuss problems that caseworkers face when presented with a case that spans across international borders, and recognize best practices in dealing with these barriers. Intercountry casework and the possible resources involved are currently unfamiliar to many social workers.  Learning Objectives:1. Increase the knowledge and familiarity of intercountry casework so that participants can utilize these skills in family finding and in their everyday Social Work practice. 

Workshop B
Problems Hiding in Plain Sight: The Case for Politics in Social Work
David Dempsey, MSW ACSW
This workshop will describe the myth of American exceptionalism and define and explain the importance of electoral politics. The myth that social work is interested in environmental change is subverted by the complete absence of electoral politics from professional social work practice. A brief examination of fourteen recent texts used in social work education reflects a lack of political information and training, especially for clients. The class divide between voters and non-voters is noted as well as the relationship between economic and political economy.
Four problems hiding in plain sight will be identified, two in U.S. society and two in professional social work. This workshop will highlight the biases in the U.S. electoral system and present a re-imagined electoral system, as well as suggestions about how social workers could help clients politically.

Workshop C
Interdisciplinary Collaboration in a Law School-Based Immigration Clinic
Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, LCSW-C, University of Maryland Clinical Law Office, & Maureen A. Sweeney, Attorney; University of Maryland Clinical Law Office.
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a working program which provides pro-bono legal and social work services for immigrants in need. Some basic information about immigration statuses and proceedings will be provided, in addition to strategies for working effectively with this population.
Learning Objectives: 1. Awareness of the services provided by UM Clinical Law Office’s Immigration Clinic, and the role of social workers in immigration law; 2. Identify common types of visas, basic immigration statuses and the rights and limitations associated; 3. Identify circumstances in which criminal convictions can affect immigration status; 4.Explain the factors which can trigger deportation proceedings and some basic strategies for preventing them or having them halted; 5. Identify strategies for effective work with immigrant populations.

Workshop D
Using DBT Skills to Reduce Emotion Dysregulation in Adolescents and their Parents
Pat Harvey, ACSW, LCSW-C
This workshop will begin by providing an overview of the philosophy that provides the foundation for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a well-researched treatment framework found to be effective in decreasing a number of unsafe behaviors related to emotion dysregulation (intense and immediate responses to emotional situations followed by a slow return to baseline). The core dialectic of DBT, acceptance and change, provides an effective model for social workers to use when working with families in any social work practice setting. The focus of the workshop will be on how the DBT treatment framework can be used to help adolescents whose emotion dysregulation have led to a variety of behaviors that may be unsafe, defiant or ultimately unhealthy or dysfunctional despite the fact that they help the adolescent to feel momentarily better. The workshop facilitator will discuss the impact that emotion dysregulation has on the entire family and discuss how the same skills that help adolescents can help parents to become more effective in parenting their adolescent children.
The workshop  will  discuss the 5 functions of DBT (including “increasing motivation to change” and “enhancing skills for clients and therapists”) and how those functions can be met by a variety of “modes” (such as individual therapy, skills training and family skills training) in various practice settings. The workshop will then focus on several specific DBT skills (from the Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation modules) that social workers can utilize when helping adolescents who have intense emotions and when helping parents to become more validating and effective in parenting these young adults. Examples and exercises throughout the workshop will introduce social workers to the DBT skills in ways that they can experience and practice them. As a collaborative treatment framework that teaches life skills as well as therapeutic skills, social workers will find DBT helpful with any population they work with. By the end of the workshop social workers will understand why these skills are so well suited to the adolescent population and their families.
Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to explain the dialectic of Acceptance and Change and use Validation with their clients
2. Participants will learn the 5 functions and 5 modes of DBT treatment in a variety of settings.
3. Participants will learn several Distress Tolerance skills to help adolescents who have emotion dysregulation and their parents.
4. Participants will learn several Emotion Regulation skills to help adolescents who have intense emotions.

Workshop E
Person-Centered Thinking
Sal Campo, LCSW-C, & Steve Dickerson, LCSW-C
Person-centered thinking is a cornerstone of effective social work. In order for clients to wholly change lifetraps, social workers assisting them must see the client as an individual and be mindful of his unique needs, strengths and challenges.
This experiential workshop provides participants with 9 tools to facilitate person-centered thinking, and then utilizes role-play activities to allow participants to practice using a person-centered approach.

Workshop F
Identifying and Working with Gang Members
Detective Paul Ciepiela, Baltimore County Police Department
Although it may not be obvious, some individuals seeking social work services have gang affiliation of some type. This workshop will provide an introduction to gang culture and will give clinicians an overview of the psychological, sociological, financial, and cultural factors associated with gangs.
Learning Objectives: 1. Define what is a “gang”; 2. Provide the legal definition of “gang”; 3. Review gang ideology, behavior, signs, symbols etc; 4.Definitions and characteristics of gang-related terms; 5. Discuss social media outlets and their impact on youth and the gang culture; 6. Identify gangs currently active in and around Maryland.
Identify the psychological, sociological, financial, and cultural factors associated with gangs.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Social Work Month Awards Presentation
Presiding: Tyler Betz, NASW-MD President

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (3 Hours)
Friday Afternoon Session Workshops

Workshop G
Effective Group Therapy
Khaalida Forbes, LCSW-C
Group therapy is a therapeutic modality that has been found to be highly effective in bringing about transformation in the lives of those in need of clinical support.  When our clients come together with others, they find that they are not alone in their day-to-day challenges.  Clients are able to receive support, encouragement, and other alternatives, while simultaneously being empowered by offering the same to others.  Research has found that there is power in the collective.  For that reason it is of great benefit for social workers to enhance their expertise in how to effectively plan, structure, and facilitate group therapy sessions.
 “Effective Group Therapy” will highlight the importance of group therapy as a viable and results oriented treatment modality.  21 strategies will be shared and reviewed to add to, and or reinforce participants’ current clinical tool belt.  The workshop will allow participants to bring forth challenges possibly being experienced if they are facilitating groups in their current context.  Lastly, we will collectively explore what needs are germane to certain groups depending on which population ones group consists of, and whether it is an open or closed group.  

Workshop H
Absent parents: The Emotional and Psychological Effects on the Child Psyche.

Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C
This workshop will explore the dynamics between absent parents and emotional and psychological deficits caused to the child psyche. Various issues will be discussed including but not limited to family structure, mental health, addictions, juvenile delinquency, attachment, gender differences, and school engagement. Current literature will be discussed and participants will be able to articulate the importance of exploring various prevention and intervention techniques. The presenter is a bi-cultural forensic social worker specialized in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addictions, trauma, and working with diverse ethnic groups.  This is an interactive workshop where case vignettes will be presented and participants will work in a group setting. 
Learning Objectives:  1. Define and articulate the emotional and psychological deficits on the child psyche related to the absence of parental figures; 2. Increase participant’s knowledge of utilizing attachment and strength based theories for creating or maintaining resiliency; 3. Understand the connection between absent parents and increased mental health and addictions problems; 4. Increase their knowledge of various prevention and intervention techniques that are both cost effective and practical; 5. Participants will be able to articulate essential clinical skills needed to work with children and adolescents from absent parent households.

Workshop I
Ethical Practice: A Social Worker’s Best Defense Against Malpractice
NASW Assurance Services
This session, developed especially for social workers, is sponsored by the NASW Assurance Services (ASI), and describes the most significant malpractice risks in social work today and numerous methods of mitigating and reducing one’s risk of being sued for malpractice. The presentation is intended for social workers in all settings and positions, not just the clinical, therapeutic mental health setting. The session will cover key concepts in risk management, such as confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to warn, and informed consent. The seminar will reveal the major reasons why social workers are sued and what you can do about those risks. We will define what constitutes a malpractice case and emphasize important recordkeeping issues, guidelines for supervision, special tips for clinical and private practitioners, and brief you about your malpractice insurance, its special features and implications for your practice.
A free attendee toolkit will be distributed at the workshop.
Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the current ethical issues and risks faced by the profession, including common ethical dilemmas, mistakes, and violations; 2. Know the key concepts that will reduce your risk of being sued for malpractice and the triggers that constitute malpractice; and 3. Become aware of strategies and understand the resources to avoid ethical violations and manage risks.
Please note: This workshop meets the three-hour ethics requirement of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for licensure renewal.

Workshop J
Mindfulness - The Art of Being Present in Your Life
Linda Johannison, LCSW-C; Johannison and Associates
Have you ever been in a situation that is so stressful that you can't think straight?  This is when mindfulness practice becomes most useful because it helps us remain more calm and clear.  It can keep us from being overcome by waves of emotion and confusion which color and distort our perception. It keeps us artfully grounded in our present reality.  This workshop will focus on what mindfulness is and offer methods to use mindfulness in formal meditation as well as incorporate this practice to improve daily life. A combination of lecture and question and answer along with experiential exercises will be utilized. Learning Objectives: 1. Obtain and understand definitions of mindfulness from at least three sources in this field; 2. Learn how to use breathing, physical sensations, sounds and more to improve one's formal meditation experience; 3. Understand the potentials for using mindfulness to reduce stress and remain centered when not in formal meditation, in other words, during the rest of one's waking hours; and 4. Learn how to teach mindfulness techniques to your clients.

Workshop K
Substance Abuse: A Holistic Approach
Erica Martin, MSW, LCSW-C, ADS, CMFSW
Maureen Gary, M.Ac., L.Ac., National Board Certified
The challenges faced by treatment providers are overwhelming, but when compounded by issues surrounding substance abuse and dual diagnosis, we can often feel lost and ineffectual.  The purpose of this training is to expand your knowledge of substance abuse and to provide you with information and resources that may be implemented in both diagnosis and treatment, as well as in referral and placement.
Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the fundamental objectives of substance abuse treatment; 2.Understand available treatment programs and modalities; 3.Become aware of resources necessary to assist clients who are struggling with issues of abuse and dependence; 4. Understand alternative treatment modalities, to include: Auricular Therapy, Acupuncture, and Holistic Nursing; 5.Explore how these components come together in a holistic approach to substance abuse.

Workshop L
A Social Worker’s Guide to Testifying in Court
Francis J. Gorman, Esq.; Gorman & Williams
Angela D. Sheehan, Esq.; Gorman & Williams
This workshop, led by attorneys Frank Gorman and Angela Sheehan will introduce social workers to the basics of testifying in court. The Workshop will cover both substance and procedure of testimony, from the subpoena, to dealing with attorneys, your client files, to preparations, to privileges, to depositions, and finally to trial testimony.
The audience should come away with a better understanding of how witnesses and testimony fit into the court system. They will know what a social worker should do to properly handle the process that culminates in court testimony from the initial contact by an attorney to actually testifying.

Why wait to register?  Register ONLINE NOW!!!

2012 Social Work Month Annual Conference
Friday, March 30, 2012
(Course #1656 – 6.5 Hours Category I)
Thursday Long Term Care Pre-Conference
Thursday, March 29, 2012
(Course #1655 – 6 Hours Category I)

Please Note: Lunch is included in the registration fees for both days

Martin’s West
6817 Dogwood Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244


Registrations must be received in NASW-Maryland office
 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012

__________Thursday Pre-Conference Only–Early Bird
- $99 for NASW Member
- $139 for Non-Members

__________Friday Annual Conference Only–Early Bird
- $99 for NASW Members
- $139 for Non-Members

__________Both Thursday and Friday Conferences-Early Bird
- $185 for NASW Members
- $250 for Non-Members

Registrations received in NASW-Maryland office
after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012

_________Thursday Pre-Conference Only-Regular Rate
- $120 for NASW Members
- $165 for Non-Members

________Friday Annual Conference Only-Regular Rate
- $120 for NASW Members
- $165 for Non-Members

________Both Thursday and Friday Conferences-Regular Rate
- $209 for NASW Members
- $279 for Non-Members

$35 Per Person







 (Must submit proof of Gold Card with registration)
$60 Each Day


Thursday Pre-Conference
“Innovations in Re-Balancing Long Term Care”
PLEASE NOTE: Breakout Sessions will take place
during 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. hour only.

Thursday Morning Workshop Selections
First Choice:__  ___  Second Choice:_  ___

Friday Annual Conference Workshop Selections
Please indicate your first and second choices for each workshop. All workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will attempt to honor each participant’s selection, however, participants will be issued their second choice if a chosen workshop is already full.

Friday Morning Workshop Selections
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
First Choice: ___________________     Second Choice: ______________________

Friday Afternoon Workshop Selections
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
First Choice: ___________________      Second Choice: _______________________


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