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2015 Annual Social Work Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 26 & 27, 2014

Social Work Paves the Way for Change


Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop Selections

(6 Hours Category I CEUs)

Exhibitions ongoing throughout the day in lobby area near registrations tables

Forensic Social Work Day:
At the Interface of Social Work & the Legal System


8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Welcome and Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Cynthia Callahan, Associate Judge, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland

Keynote Title:   Social Workers: Paving the Way to Change

Synopsis:  Judge Callahan will speak about the marriage of social work and the law.  Of importance are the vast/expanding roles of social workers today, the future of social work and the law, and the power of social work advocacy.  She will incorporate key examples of how the social worker has played a pivotal role in matters before the Court, conflicts that arise regularly, and how the Court, counsel, and the department can work well together to achieve whatever goal is set out for the child/family.

Analytical training of both attorneys and social workers is standard, but the added compassion and empathy from a social worker presents a personal element which the law does not.  Historical roots of advocacy will also be discussed, systemic changes will be suggested, and motivation for social workers to act as a bridge and initiate change will be offered.


10:15 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m. – Morning Workshops

Workshop A:  Behind Locked Doors (Panel)  

Presenters:  Melvin Wilson, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C, Manager, Department of Social Justice and Human Rights, National Association of Social Workers National Office, Charles E. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D.; President and Co-Founder, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) Susan Kerin, Project Director, Capital Consulting Corporation, Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR)

Synopsis:   Prisons in the United States have increasingly relied on the use of segregation to manage difficult populations in their overcrowded systems. Conditions of segregation include spending years locked up 23 to 24 hours a day in small cells with minimal human contact, exercise or access to reading materials.  Research indicates solitary confinement can have a devastating impact on inmate’s mental and emotional health.  The increased use of solitary confinement creates an ethical dilemma for social workers and other service providers who work within correctional systems.  Some people even believe that use of solitary confinement is a clear human rights violation and possibly is tantamount to torture.  Social workers should become engaged in the solitary confinement discussion so that the profession can make an informed decision about our position on the issue and how to remedy abuses in the system.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn:

1.  Participants will learn what solitary confinement is and how and why it is used in the United States correctional systems.

2.  Participants will learn about the negative effects solitary confinement has on those who experience it.

3.  Participants will become aware of the efforts under way to eliminate the use of solitary confinement.


Workshop B:  Reentry For All: An Expanded Approach to Jail-Based Reentry Services

Presenters:  Alicia Flores, LCSW-C; Supervisory Therapist, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Assessment and Transition Services, Kendra Jochum, LCSW-C; Reentry Services Manager, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Detention Services Division, Leah Mitchell, LCSW-C – Social Worker III, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Detention Services Division, Athena Morrow, MA, LCPC; Manager of Adult Forensic Services, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Synopsis:  The Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) maintains a service motto of Reentry for All within its Detention Services Division. Serving the Inmate population at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) and Montgomery County Detention Center (MCDC), the Reentry Services Unit partners with Montgomery County Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Montgomery County Public Schools to ensure information and services are available to address the full range of individual reentry needs of the population. Core program areas of education, mental health, substance abuse, and workforce development are supplemented with a variety of other reentry oriented programs and services. The spirit of our reentry work is to provide comprehensive services addressing individual needs to support returning citizens as individuals, as members of their families, and as members of our community.  Reentry for All represents the entire inmate population we serve as well as the larger public community in reflection of the inmates, their families, and the communities they are returning to.

This workshop will provide participants with a clear illustration of social work and therapeutic interventions for the treatment and reentry needs of a correctional population. Participants will learn the components and processes of DOCR’s expanded approach to jail-based reentry services that incorporates evidence based practices well beyond a traditional reentry focus of work release and job readiness. DOCR’s reentry focus begins with intake assessment and diversion interventions that bridge to larger facility programs as well as individual reentry case management services in preparation for release.  The workshop will also provide participants with several reentry case examples of individuals served through our system in reflection of both typical and challenging reentry scenarios.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this intermediate course, participants will:

1. Learn about therapeutic interventions for treatment of the correctional population.

2. Understand the reentry needs of a correctional population

3. Understand the components of DOCR’s approach to reentry services


Workshop C:  Cracking the Pipeline to the Criminal Justice System (Panel Discussion)

Presenter:  Julie Drake, JD, MSW, Director of Forensic Social Work, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Kara Aanenson, Lead Organizer, Just Kids Partnership, Clinique Marshall Chapman, MSW, LICSW, Adjunct Professor,  Howard University School of Social Work; Office of Rehabilitation and Development, Public Defender Service,District of Columbia Betsy A. Biben, ACSW, LICSW, Chief, Office of Rehabilitation and Development (ORD) Public Defender Service for DC

Synopsis:  Forensic social workers are very familiar with the well-worn route that runs from the Child Welfare system, through the Juvenile Justice system, to the Criminal Justice system.  Despite decades of research and the dedicated efforts of generations of social workers, many children appear to move inexorably from one system to the next. In this 3 hour workshop, we will take a hard look at what may be necessary to crack this pipeline. Julie Drake, JD, MSW, Director of Forensic Social Work at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, and a former prosecutor, argues that some of our cherished assumptions about the rehabilitation of youth may be wrong. She will be joined by members of the Just Kids Partnership, a group which works to keep kids out of the justice systems. Members of the audience will be encouraged to express their opinions as well.

Learning Objectives: At the completion of this workshop participants will:

1. Participants will learn how the conditions which breed child abuse and neglect contribute to behaviors which track kids          into the Juvenile and Criminal justice systems.

2. Participants will learn about current programs to break the pipeline, and why they are largely unsuccessful.

3. Participants will explore options which may be more successful in cracking the pipeline.


Workshop D:  Children of Incarcerated Parents – The Silent Victims

Presenter:  Corey Beauford, MSW, LICSW, Founder and President, Inspired Consulting Group, Riverdale

Synopsis:  More than 2.7 million children in America have an incarcerated parent. This leaves the children of incarcerated parents to be raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, or quite often, the state. Growing up with an incarcerated parent can have a devastating impact on the emotional development of a child, and has a de-stabilizing effect on families. This training will provide a detailed exploration of this phenomenon and share strategies that helping professionals can use to address the needs of children and families affected by this issue.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1.  Understand the prevalence of contributing factors to the growing US prison population

2.   Understand the impact that a parent’s incarceration can have on the emotional development of children

3.   Implement strategies and interventions useful for working with children of incarcerated parents


12:15 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. – Lunch and Networking

1:20 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. – Afternoon Workshops


Workshop E:  Ethics and Responding to Behavioral Health Emergencies

Presenter:   Sue Cox, LCSW-C, Team Leader, Continuous Care Team, UMMS/WPCC Clinics, Baltimore

Synopsis:  Behavioral health emergencies impact clinical settings, the educational and criminal justice systems and almost all arenas in which social workers practice. Clinicians, concerned for the safety and welfare of clients as well as their own legal and ethical risk, often refer to emergency department settings with the belief that the client will be hospitalized only to be surprised when the outcome is not what they had hoped for or planned. 

Learning Objectives: In this workshop, we will:

1. Discuss the assessment and triage of behavioral health emergencies in outpatient settings for both adults and           juveniles, and identify when the use of the emergency petition process is and is not warranted;

2. Review the elements of an emergency department (ED) assessment and case-specific factors which impact the decision regarding disposition from the ED to involuntary treatment, voluntary inpatient care, or outpatient resources;

3. Present the clinical and ethical dilemmas inherent in deciding whether to pursue a course of action to which a client or family is opposed; and

4.  Review the value, ethicality, and liability aspects of “safety contracts”, “duty to warn”/Tarasoff and other decisions related to behavioral health emergencies. 

Please Note: This workshop qualifies for the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners 3 hour ethics requirement for licensure renewal.


Workshop F:  The DSM-5 and Its Impact on Forensic Social Work with Juveniles

Presenter:  Joshua Okundaye, Ph.D, LCSW-C, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Synopsis:   This workshop presents an overview of some of the major changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM 5 with special emphasis on the most common disorders encountered in the contexts of forensic social work practice with juveniles.   

Learning Objectives: Participants will gain a greater understanding of:

1.Forensic Social Workers and forensic social work practice with juveniles

2. Mental Health needs of Juvenile Offenders with emphasis on types of Disorders that are most common among these           youth.

3. Major changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM 5 as it relates to forensic social work with juveniles

4. Diagnostic Impressions that move from the 5 Axis and elimination of the GAF

5. WHODAS 2.0 (World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0)

6. How to apply this understanding to case examples.


Workshop G:   

Please Note:  You must choose one of the 2 hour workshops below (G1, G2, or G3) and also attend workshop H (Panel Discussion on Holistic Advocacy) from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to earn 3 CEUs

Workshop G1/H:  PTSD: How the Victim Becomes the Accused

Presenter:   Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C, Forensic Social Worker, Maryland Office of the Public Defender (Rockville)

Synopsis:   This workshop will focus on understanding the role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the link between someone being a victim and becoming the accused.  Specifically, the role of physical and emotional trauma will be explored. Studies show that children who are exposed to domestic violence, trauma, neglect, and abuse are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and aggression. I have worked on murder cases and have been asked numerous times, “How can you work with that monster?” My response is always the same, “No one is born a monster; if you look at their social history they tend to have horrible traumas. So if they are monsters, they were socially created.” This workshop will explore the thin line between victim and abuser.  This is an interactive workshop with case scenarios presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this intermediate course, participants will be able to:

1. Understand what PTSD is, and understand its link to the criminal justice system.

2. Increase knowledge of PTSD and be able to articulate coping skills and preventive measures that can be addressed with client.

3. Identify the impact of childhood trauma and the link between being victimized and becoming the accused.

Workshop G2/H:  The Smallest Victims: Intimate Partner Violence and Child Witnesses

Presenters:   Julie Drake, JD, MSW, Director of Forensic Social Work at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Susan Brown, LCSW-C, Child and Family Therapist, House of Ruth

Synopsis:   Children who grow up in homes where they are exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) suffer a broad range of negative consequences. Exposure to IPV in childhood can dramatically limit a child’s ability to interact normally with peers, and to achieve his or her potential as an adult. Despite the serious consequences of exposure, the needs of children historically have been overlooked as primary focus has been placed on the needs and choices of the non-offending caregiver. In this 2 hour workshop, we will explore the effects of exposure to IPV on children of different ages, tools for assessing trauma, and treatment approaches for addressing the damage that may be inflicted. We will also explore legal remedies and policy approaches which may serve to mitigate some of the negative consequences experienced by children.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this intermediate course, participants will be able to:

1. Learn about the extremely negative effects of childhood exposure to IPV.

2. The reasons why this issue has been ignored will be explained.

3. Participants will become familiar with the various assessment tools and treatment approaches for addressing the trauma children experience due to IPV exposure.

4. A treatment provider will discuss her methods and answer clinical questions regarding this area of treatment.


Workshop G3/H:  Exploring Civil Commitment, Outpatient Commitment, and Forced Medications

Presenters:  Megan Bremer, Esq., Managing Attorney, Maryland Disability Law Center, Stephanie Rosen, Executive Director, NAMI   

Synopsis:  In a quest for meaning and safety in the aftermath of mass shootings, the perceptions of mental illness as a risk factor for violence and our collective fears of people with mental illness have taken hold of the public debates over forced treatment. Yet forced treatment for mental illness is nothing new. For centuries, physicians and community-based healers have experimented with curatives against the will of those who are afflicted with a mental illness. Over the past few decades, the rights of people with disabilities have evolved and people with diminished mental capacity, including diminished capacity related to mental illness, have fought for and won more legal protections. The right to refuse treatment has been affirmed in the United States, but not without limits. As in all areas of health care, certain methods of treatment, especially pharmaceutical interventions, have side effects that influence consumer decisions. Unlike most other areas of health care, the consumer's refusal of mental health care is subjected to a high level of skepticism and coercion by loved ones, healthcare providers, and policy makers.  U.S. courts continually struggle to strike the most just and appropriate balance between the rights of individuals to refuse and/or direct their treatment and the rights of the state to substitute its decision-making authority when the individual's or the public's safety is at risk. In cases where the treatment would restrict the individual's right to liberty by committing an individual to state custody, the courts apply a heightened level of scrutiny.

Advocates engaged in the debate over outpatient involuntary commitment in the state of Maryland will contextualize the national debate through a local lens and explore how the experiments in other states, like New York, are having national impact.  The panel will consider the personal experiences of consumers of mental health services as well as the political landscape at both the local and federal level.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

1. Participants will learn the history of civil commitment, outpatient commitment, and forced medications.

2. Explore the pros and cons of forced medications through the eyes of the mental health consumers and providers alike.

3. Understand the current local and national debate on civil commitment/outpatient commitment. In particular exploring Maryland’s current position as it relates to other states.


Workshop H:  Holistic Advocacy Panel Discussion

Please Note: This workshop is to be taken in conjunction with workshop G1, G2, or G3 ONLY

Presenters:  Julie Drake, JD, MSW, Director of Forensic Social Work at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work Megan Bremer, Esq , Maryland Disability Law Center, Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C, Office of the Public Defender: Rockville, Mary Annette Wegner, LCSW-C.  Office of the Public Defender: Anne Arundel County Betsy A. Biben, ACSW, LICSW . Chief, Office of Rehabilitation and Development (ORD) Public Defender Service for DC

Synopsis:  Victims and defendants in the Criminal Justice System are exposed to a myriad of technical and legal issues, which can be confusing, frustrating and determinative of the case outcome. Often the process leaves everyone involved feeling hopeless and embittered. Forensic social workers are in a unique position to appreciate the need for a holistic approach to providing assistance to those seeking justice or treatment within the context of the Criminal Justice System. Whether the client is the mother of a murdered child, or the youthful defendant accused of the crime, each requires more than a purely legal response in order to navigate the system effectively and secure an acceptable outcome. In this workshop, we will explore the different roles of forensic social workers in providing holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to advocacy for individuals within the Criminal Justice System. Members of the panel include representatives from the Federal Public Defenders Office, the Maryland Public Defenders Office, the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Maryland Disability Law Center and the University of Maryland, School of Social Work’s Director of Forensic Social Work.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this intermediate course, participants will be able to:

1.  Understand the various obstacles and issues faced by victims and defendants in the Criminal Justice System.

2.  Recognize the importance of holistic advocacy and explore the use of attorneys and the various ways forensic social workers are utilized.

3.  Implement strategies and interventions which can be used to enhance holistic advocacy to promote best outcome efforts.




Friday March 27, 2014 Conference Schedule:

(6.5 Hours Category I CEUs)

Exhibitions ongoing throughout the day in lobby area near registrations tables


Social Work Paves the Way for Change

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking

8:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. – Welcome and Keynote Address

Title:     Social Workers Pave the Way for Change: One Man’s Changed Life

Keynote Speaker: Dominic Carter, Television Journalist and Author, “No Momma's Boy: How I Let Go of My Past and Embraced the Future”

Synopsis:  This address is a first person account from the perspective of being the child of a mother diagnosed with Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression. Dominic has overcome enormous obstacles in his life.  He was child out of a poor urban setting in New York City and the housing projects of the South Bronx; on welfare; attended bad public schools; had no father in his life; and his grandfather was a heroin addict on the streets of NYC. Dominic will discuss how his ‘demons’ almost destroyed him as an adult. The address is a very powerful one, and social workers will leave feeling good about themselves and more importantly feeling good about their professional work. 

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will learn how to be able to better approach and assist children with multi-dimensional problems.

2. Attendees will gain a better understanding of poverty, socioeconomic disadvantages, and substance abuse.

3. Attendees will learn how to overcome the feeling of burnout, feel re-invigorated toward their practice of social work, and realize that their work is indeed saving lives.


10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Morning Workshops

Morning Workshops:  

Workshop A: Recovering from the Shame, Guilt, and Embarrassment of Sexual Abuse

Presenter:  Dominic Carter, Television Journalist and Author

Synopsis:   Child victims of sexual abuse are often incapable of expressing their emotions.  Suppressed feelings are real, and Dominic Carter knows that firsthand. Who is better qualified to discuss this scenario than someone who has walked in the shoes of the children? It took Dominic almost his entire adult life to get to the point where he no longer hides his own nightmarish childhood ‘secrets’. As a child, Dominic’s feelings of guilt turned into a smoldering resentment. What does a victim have to say about prevention strategies? Dominic will discuss this in-depth during this workshop.

Learning Objectives:  In this workshop, attendees will:

1. Learn child sexual abuse prevention strategies from the unique perspective of a man who was a child victim.

2. Better understand the physical components of child sexual abuse, as well as the mental anguish of a child victim.

3. Gain a greater understanding of the complexities of a child who was not only forced to cope with sexual abuse, but also had to live with a mentally ill parent.


Workshop B: Meeting the Challenges of the Aging Boomer Generation (Panel)

Presenters:  Mary Faith Ferretto, LCSW-C, C-ASWCM, Ferretto Eldercare Consulting, Inc., Judi Welsh, MS/CDP, Resident Services Coordinator, Charlestown Retirement Community, Nancy Kusmaul, Ph.D., LMSW, Undergraduate Social Work Program University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Synopsis:  Our country is currently experiencing the largest ever influx into the senior demographic due to the aging of the baby boomer generation.  What does this group look like?  What are their needs?  What services can social workers provide?  Marsha Ansel, LCSW-C, will moderate a panel of experts who will be discussing these questions.

Learning Objectives: Participants will:

1.  Identify the demographic profile and service needs of the Baby Boom Generation

2. Learn about interventions that support positive aging, and

3. Be able to describe the assessment process for baby boomers with chronic illness.


Workshop C:  Spirituality as a Resource for Mental Health and Wellness         

Presenter:   Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, TEP, Private Practice; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins, University

Synopsis:   Over the past few decades, researchers in diverse fields have begun to study the contribution spirituality can make to physical and mental health.  In this workshop, we will identify ways that spirituality can be a resource for mental health and wellness, as well as how spiritual beliefs can sometimes function as a barrier to mental health.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore their personal understanding of spirituality and how this can be a resource in their work and their lives.  The workshop will be highly interactive and experiential, using psychodramatic role-play and related action methods to explore the topics discussed.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will:

1. Discuss current research findings regarding the effects of spirituality on mental  health problems, including potential positive and negative effects on mental health.

2. Clarify their own spiritual beliefs and values and identify major influences on their spiritual development.

3. Identify ways that spiritual beliefs and practices can provide support and strength in their lives and those of their clients.


Workshop D:  Structuring the Environment: DBT Interventions for Parents

Presenter:  Pat Harvey, LCSW-C,  DBT Coach, Trainer, Consultant

Synopsis:   DBT is an evidence based practice that has been researched and found effective in helping adolescents and young adults who have emotion dysregulation to safely manage painful emotions and the high risk and challenging behaviors that result. One aspect of the treatment is structuring the environment so parents can provide a natural environment that reinforces healthy, adaptive behaviors to replace the unsafe, unhealthy, or problematic behaviors that their adolescents have been using to help themselves feel less emotional pain. Parents can benefit themselves from learning the DBT concepts and skills to help them parent more effectively and less emotionally. This workshop will provide a brief overview of DBT concepts, principles, and skills; specifically addressing the ways those principles and skills can be used to engage parents and help them make the changes necessary in themselves their environment that will enable and foster positive behavior changes in their adolescents and young adults. The workshop will be presented by a clinician with many years of practice focused on using DBT with the parents of adolescents and young adults, and will use case examples and interactions with the participants within the presentation.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion course, participants will be able to:

1.  State and explain the three parent-adolescent dialectical dilemmas

2.   Understand the role and function of the parent coach

3.   Explain the bio-social theory of pervasive emotion dysregulation

4.   Use at least 3 skills to help parents structure the environment to help adolescents and young adults learn and use healthier behaviors


Workshop E:  Care Committees: Power for Patients, Support for Caregivers

Presenter:  Diana Rein, M.Ed., MSW, LGSW, Consultant, Choice Consulting and Training, Easton

Synopsis:   This course, designed specifically for social workers and other professionals, will be an overview of strategies for creating and maintaining a Care Committee. Attendees facilitate Care Committee creation; empowering  patients as they choose their committee members, working cooperatively with members who bring varied skills to the endeavor, and supporting caregivers in challenging situations.  Care Committees in a systematic, organized fashion reflect the wants and needs of the seriously ill, chronically ill, or aging patient by building  a supportive network of multiple, cooperative caregivers. . 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will:

1.  Review caregiver demographics, issues, and care committee appropriate situations.

2.   Discuss patient, family and member fears and benefits.

3.  Apply the 7 key Share the Care principles.

4.  Discuss care committee information and organizational systems.


Workshop F:  Collaborating Across Disciplines, Professions, and Theoretical Orientations: A Communication Approach

Presenter:  James A. Forte, Ph.D., MSW, Professor, Salisbury State University, Salisbury

Synopsis:   Skillful theorizing and adept knowledge translation are critical to social work collaboration with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. However, contemporary approaches to practice expertise fail to specify the theorizing competencies and translation methods necessary to excellent collaboration. The presenter will identify 21 core theorizing skills, 8 advanced skills, and a framework for collaborative theory critique, deconstruction, and reconstruction. The presenter will also introduce a model for communication across professional and theoretical languages, a set of tools (major terms, maps, marks of excellence, metaphors, middle-range theories, and role models), and a set of guidelines for translating scientific knowledge and for facilitating productive exchanges with partners from different disciplinary, professional, role, and theoretical backgrounds. Progress toward theorizing and translation expertise will equip the practitioner for commerce in trading zones including varied knowledge of creators and users.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will learn:

1.  Five communication barriers to cooperation on teams including members from varied disciplines, professionals, theoretical, and role specialty backgrounds;

2.  A conceptual model derived from translation science for understanding and using knowledge generated by colleagues affiliated with universities, research centers, or practice settings;

 3.  Seven research-supported guidelines for effective dialogue with partners socialized in different disciplinary, professional, theoretical traditions, or role specialties;

 4.   A “knowledge exchange” approach for communication with diverse colleagues inspired by the Society for Psychotherapy Integration’s “Clinical Exchange” method; and

5. Three skills for respectful and constructive interaction with colleagues speaking different “languages”

a.  listening for and identifying the assumptions of stakeholders in collaborative projects,

b. listening for and grasping the root metaphors anchoring partners’ approaches to collective helping projects;

c.  learning the major terms of the disciplinary, professional, and theoretical vocabularies of collaborators.


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Luncheon and Social Work Month Awards Presentation

Presiding: Christine Garland, NASW-MD Chapter President


2:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m. – Afternoon Workshops


Afternoon Workshops:


Workshop G:  Kaleidoscope of Play Therapy Techniques

Presenter:   Sonia Hinds, APRN-BC, RPT, Founder & Director, Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars, Chesapeake Beach

Synopsis:  This workshop will introduce the play therapy process to include non-directive as well as directive play therapy techniques. Directive techniques to build self-esteem, help children identify and tolerate various feelings, deal with anger, and manage ADHD symptoms will be demonstrated

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1.  Define Play Therapy

2.   Identify important contributors to the field of Play Therapy

3.   Discuss the tenets of Child Centered Play Therapy or non-directive play

4.   Demonstrate at least five Directive Play Therapy techniques


Workshop H:  Motivational Interviewing

Presenter:   Suzanne Cox, LCSW-C, Team Leader, Continuous Care Team, UMMS/WPCC Clinics, Baltimore

Synopsis:  Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, directive method of communication for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. It allows clinicians to develop effective, collaborative working relationships with clients and helps guide them toward more desirable behavior.  Motivational interviewing is an essential tool for the therapist “toolbox”, an evidenced-based practice, and is effective for work with individuals, families, and groups.

Learning Objectives: Workshop participants will:

1.  Become familiar with the ‘spirit’, basic principles, and stages of MI

2.  Identify what motivates people to change, and how to use the clinical relationship to enhance this natural motivation

3.   Learn to use MI to recognize and problem-solve common impediments to progress in treatment


Workshop I:  Companioning the Dying: Ethical Dilemmas

Presenter:  Mary Card, LCSW-C, Hospice Social Worker, Heartland Hospice of Baltimore, Catonsville

Synopsis:  Hospice practitioners face many ethical and legal dilemmas as they work with patients who are nearing the end of life.  These dilemmas often evoke strong personal feelings and give rise to social and political controversy. The presenter will describe six of those dilemmas with case examples and helpful interventions, following the guiding principle: ‘We must join patients on their personal journey; not attempt to set the itinerary, determine the pace of the journey, or the number of layovers.’

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe ethical dilemmas encountered in hospice work

2. Get in touch with clients’ emotional reactions to each dilemma by drawing on personal and professional experiences

3. Identify appropriate interventions when encountering these dilemmas

Please Note: This workshop qualifies for the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners 3 hour ethics requirement for licensure renewal.


Workshop J:  Impact of Laws and Regulations on Social Work Practice: What You Don’t know CAN Hurt You.

Presenter:   Gisele Ferretto, MSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Synopsis:   To fully navigate and understand the ‘person in the environment’ it is necessary for social workers to be aware of the various laws and regulations that impact clinical and macro practice. This workshop will explore the context and various kinds of requirements social workers are obligated to follow. The workshop will include opportunities to enhance skills for locating and understanding laws and regulations relevant to social work practice. Risk Management Strategies will also be explored and a Policy Guide will be provided.

Learning Objectives: After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Identify the social worker’s roles and function as it relates to ethical and legal responsibilities;

2. Describe the nature, context, and origin of policy;

3. Locate relevant statute and regulations relevant to social work practice;

4. Identify and understand policy associated with judicial branch, and executive branch;

5. Explore risk management strategies

Please Note: This workshop qualifies for the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners 3 hour ethics requirement for licensure renewal.


 Workshop K:   Helping Men Give and Get All the Love They Can

 Presenter:  Jack Kammer, MSW, MBA, Director, Working Well With Men, Highland

Synopsis:   You know that some problems can't be adequately addressed without engaging the men who are involved in them. This is especially true if you work in child protection or family support services. You want to reach out and engage men, but how? Many men are at best distrustful and at worst hostile toward social workers. And, truth be told, many of our colleagues and staff feel the same way about men. In this course, we'll work on seeing men not as the problem, but as an essential part of the solutions we, our clients, and communities need. We will work on strategizing an approach and designing programs and services that reach out to men and embrace them accordingly. There are many facets to this work, but the unifying theme and focus is on how to bring men more fully into the world of healthy, loving relationships.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

1. Articulate to funders, colleagues, and other stakeholders a new concept of what men and fathers most want and need and what is preventing them from getting it.

2. Learn how female workers and predominately female staffs can use their experiences as women to build special bonds of trust and respect with men and help men improve their relationships with other women.

3. Take away ideas for new programs and services to engage men and fathers for the benefit of women, children, the community, and the men themselves.


 Workshop L:  PTSD in Combat Veterans and Its Impact on the Family

 Presenter:  Michael Gatson, MSW, eadjustment Counselor, Silver Spring Vet Center

Synopsis:  This intermediate level course specifically addresses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans and its impact on the family.  While some attention will be given to the history of the military and culture, diagnostic issues, traumas, and military sexual trauma, the primary focus will be the immediate use of information and practical applications to aid those involved in the treatment of veterans who suffer from PTSD.  We will discuss assessment, referral, and direct intervention, including how to increase your awareness of essential resources to assist in providing this care.  Presentation will target developing an appreciation of the association between PTSD and intimate relationship functioning, as well as helping clinicians understand the rationale for including partners and loved ones in the assessment and treatment phases for PTSD care.  The workshop will use a variety of learning approaches, including group discussion, experiential exercises, and lecture. Participants will learn how to work holistically with veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this intermediate level workshop, attendees will:

1.  Identify the core features of PTSD

2.   Learn about the diagnosis and explain a model for understanding the problems typically encountered by combat veterans with PTSD (and their families)

3.  Define the terms used to describe sexual harassment and assault in the military

4.   Discuss inclusion of partners in the assessment of PTSD and relationship functioning

5.  Learn about evidence-based practices (EMDR, CPT, DBT), psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD, and the comparative efficacy of these treatment approaches

6.   Learn about VA program and services available to the veteran and family


Workshop M:  Where Are You With Change?

Presenters:  Luanda Johnson, LCSW-C, Clinical Director, Support By Design, Inc., Towson, Robert F Cephas, IIICOO, Support By Design, Inc., Towson, Damon T. West, CEO, Support By Design, Inc., Towson

Synopsis:   Social workers have dedicated their careers to changing the lives of others for the better, and improving entire environments for the good of all.  Are we as committed to ourselves? Do we know ourselves as well as we know the people we serve?  Are we as insightful about our strengths, weaknesses, hopes and dreams? Do we stop and ever take the time to see the good in ourselves? Sometimes we get so caught up in the perceptions of others we form impressions of and make inferences about other people. At times we can be so focused on other people that we lack in the development of our own self-concept. We point the finger at other people’s faults and shortcomings, but can we find our own? Once we have established a strong sense of self, we can use these same techniques to assist our clients in developing true self-actualization. This course will offer key insights and applicable strategies which can be used to better enhance the therapeutic relationship with our clients.  Do they know their worth, strengths, and abilities?  This course will teach techniques and strategies to help the social worker gain personal insight and will help guide clients to gain personal insight as well.            

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

1.  Gain self-awareness to aid in personal and professional growth.

2.  Gain critical self- reflection and personal learning as an attribute of social work practice.

3.  Be able to identify where they fall in the current cycle of change.

4.  Be able to practice real life techniques to use with children, adolescent and adult clientele.





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