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2017 Annual Social Work Month Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 30 & 31, 2017

At the

Maritime Institute of Technology, Linthicum, MD

Social Workers Stand Up




2017Annual Social Work Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, 2017

Social Workers Stand Up


Thursday Day of Intensives: The Grand Challenges

(6 Hours Category I CEUs)- Attendees will remain together in the morning as a group. There will be no workshop choices until the afternoon sessions.

Workshop Selections:

Exhibitions ongoing throughout the day in lobby area near registrations tables

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Keynote Presentation

 Title:              Grand Challenges for Social Work: A Social Agenda Powered by Science

Keynote Speaker:  Richard P. Barth, Ph.D 

 Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore


Synopsis: The Grand Challenges for Social Work is taking off and bringing social work’s education, research, and practice communities together with common cause.  The 12 Grand Challenges were announced in January of 2016 and are rolling out through 12 corresponding networks.  Networks are looking for ways to harness the interest and expertise of social work and allied practitioners to create new mechanisms for social change. Dean Barth will describe the goals of this 10 year effort and steps that have been taken, and could be taken, to achieve this agenda for America’s social progress.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Changes and Constants in National Behavioral Health

Presenter:      Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D

Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Synopsis: Today, many long-term givens for behavioral health are in flux as a consequence of our recent national elections. At the same time, other elements of our field likely will remain constant. This presentation will provide an up-to-date overview of these potential changes and constants. Most of the potential changes we are likely to confront address how we insure and fund healthcare, including behavioral health. These include the Affordable Care Act, as well as our national Medicaid and Medicare Programs. How are they likely to change? How should they change? Most of the likely constants address how care actually is delivered. These include integrated care, prevention and promotion interventions, the culture of well-being, and population health management. How are they likely to remain the same? Should they remain the same? As a field, we need to have opinions on each of these topics, and we need to engage in vigorous advocacy to support our point of view.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Title:               Social Work and Civic Engagement in the Trump Era

Presenter:      Charles E. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D

Founder and President, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP)

Synopsis: Many social workers are horrified by the prospects of a Trump presidency because he has embraced the alt-right, and has made disparaging remarks about people of color, the disabled, the LBGT community, the media, and most recently he attacked the character and veracity of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis. Several special sessions were convened at the recent Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference to explore how the social work community can best respond. The overarching theme that evolved was greater emphasis on civic engagement. Dr. Lewis will present ideas on a number of ways social workers can exercise civic engagement most effectively.

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

1. Receive a brief overview of the history of social work civic engagement.

2. Receive a brief overview of the 12 Grand Challenges.

3. Understand the critical role of policy and politics.

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

1:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Afternoon Workshops (Please choose one)

Workshop 1

Title: Navigating Contentious Discussions in Practice and Education

Presenters: Michael Reisch, Ph.D., MSW

Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, School of Social Work University of Maryland, Baltimore and

Deborah Gioia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Social Work University of Maryland, Baltimore

Synopsis: In the current political climate, it is incumbent on social workers, in whatever practice or educational roles to be comfortable discussing contentious religious, social, and political issues with our clients, constituents, colleagues, and students. While these topics have always been important, they have moved to a more central place in our service delivery systems. Those of us who were trained and socialized in different eras may have been instructed not to bring up these topics in the workplace or classroom. However, it is critical in the present context that we learn how to facilitate and feel comfortable with such conversations and that we serve as role models whatever our particular perspectives are.

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

1. Understand the relationship between political, social, or religious differences and interpersonal conflict.

      2. Develop skills in diffusing conflict in different settings when it arises

3. Understand the implications of effective conflict resolution for the future of social work and the development of effective practice and teaching.

Workshop 2

Title: The Grand Challenges: Transformations and Opportunities for Social Work Leadership

Presenter:       Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D

Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Synopsis: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to transform all of healthcare. For behavioral health, these changes involve major moves toward population health management and toward integrated care delivery, including social services. Changes of this magnitude can be expected to reverberate throughout the field for most of the coming decade.

Within this context, the Grand Challenges offer an exceptionally important narrative for social work management going forward. Cluster 1 (Ensure Healthy Development, Close the Health Gap, Stop Family Violence, Advance Long and Productive Lives) addresses fundamental issues in community population health management. Cluster 2 (Eradicate Social Isolation, End Homelessness, Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment, and Harness Technology for Social Good) seeks to improve community population wellbeing management. Cluster 3 (Promote Smart Decarceration, Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality, Build Financial Capability for All, and Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice) seeks to promote community population equity management. Considered together, the three clusters offer major new opportunities for social work leadership and for the field generally.

Social work needs to define a clear vision going forward; it needs to define career trajectories for young social workers in marketable projects; and it needs to engage in societal tasks that contribute to better health, wellbeing, and equity. The Grand Challenges can do this.

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

Know the grand challenges

Understand their interrelationship

Understand their implications for the future of social work

Workshop 3

 Title:              The Ethical Dimensions of Vicarious Trauma and the Plight of the Wounded Healer  

Presenter:     Susan C. Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C

           Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Synopsis: As Social Workers, we carry many individuals and families through the traumas of life. It is through this provision of care and support that we simultaneously collect the stories of countless people. Preservation of the painful elements of these stories within our own memories can be equally traumatizing. We as Social Workers bear witness to a vision of humanity that is all at once unique and psychologically isolating. Additionally, many of us who are called into this field have our own stories and our own past traumas that collide with these pain points  

of our work. It is often our own history that propels us so powerfully into this work because we have personal insights and experiences with a broken system. Carl Jung once said, “The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals.” There is a place for the wounded healer, but there is also a place for unpacking the ethical dimensions of the convergence of these two worlds. This training seeks to give voice to the role of the wounded healer; to illustrate the impact of vicarious trauma; to highlight the ethical components inherent within self-reflection and practice; and to provide insights and tactics for self-stewardship.

Learning Objectives: The goals of this training are to provide attendees with information and

             insights on:

1. Understanding myths and truths about vicarious trauma as it relates to our service to others

            2. How ethical and trauma-informed practice is wrought with endless paradoxes

            3. How we are called and primed yet still ill-prepared for vicarious trauma

            4. The place of the Wounded Healer within the world of practice

5. How the cascading effect of stigma silences our opportunities to examine the wounds of our work

            6. The role of storytelling within a world of forging meaning

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

Workshop 4

1:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Presenter 1:    Diana Morris, JD

                        Director, Open Society Institute (OSI), Baltimore.

Title:               Lessons from OSI’s Solutions Summit: How do youEngage a City of Thousands in                               Developing Public Policy?

Synopsis: In the spring of 2016, OSI-Baltimore began a project that aimed to gather feedback from Baltimore residents on the policy solutions they wanted to see the new leadership (who would be elected in November) focus on. They brought together dozens of local thought leaders and community members to serve on planning committees, 16 organization partners, 13 financial sponsors, and 4 media sponsors. They drafted white papers and held public half-day forums to discuss potential solutions in the areas of jobs, justice, and behavioral health. Then, at the Solutions Summit on December 10th, they brought together more than 700 people, (including Mayor Catherine Pugh) and many newly elected city council members, to discuss and vote on a community-driven 16-point action plan for the city’s new leaders. At this panel, OSI Director Diana Morris will take us through OSI’s process in developing and executing the Solutions Summit and future plans to build on it. We’ll discuss using aspects of this process as a model for developing policy priorities as part of the Grand Challenges.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter II:  Charles Howard, Ph.D

President and CEO, CR Howard and Associates; President, NASW-MD Board of  


Title:              Winds of Change: What's your Challenge?

Synopsis: The second half of workshop 4 will focus on conference participants identifying their specific challenges for dialogue & discussion. Presentation will be followed by overview of general issues impacting social workers in today's work environment. Areas such as our multi-skilled requirements, use of technology, and a multi-generational workforce impacting the profession all at the same time will highlight conference theme.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this presentation, participants will:

                        1. Better understand the Grand Challenges and how it will affect the Social Work  

                         field going forward.

                        2. Identify the challenge that will most impact their profession.

                        3. Learn how to meet the challenge.

Friday March 31, 2017 Conference Schedule: Social Workers Stand Up

#2138 (6.0 Hours Category I CEUs)

Exhibitions ongoing throughout the day in lobby area near registrations tables

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Welcome and Instructions

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Morning Workshops

Workshop A

Title: I’m Lonely and Sad: Depression in Later Stages of Life

Presenter:       Joanna Frankel, MSW, LCSW-C

Director of Social Services, Howard County Health Park; Social Work Consultant 

Synopsis: Depression is very common as people age, although not always explored or addressed. Due to multiple medical complications, numerous losses, change in lifestyle, financial restraints and more, mood changes occur and symptoms of depression are more prevalent. In addition, our elderly clients are in the stage of Ego Integrity vs. Despair and are reflecting on their entire life. When working with the elderly, a clinician may have to work through anything from a childhood trauma to fears or a desire regarding death, including suicidal ideations. This interactive course will focus on depression in the elderly, what that means and how clinicians can work through these difficult times with their clients. There will be group discussions, peer-to-peer assignments and interactive scenarios to review. Further, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in open discussion throughout the presentation.

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

            1. Be able to recognize signs and symptoms of depression in their elderly client.

2. Learn how to identify what works for each individual client and what is specifically important to him or her.

            3. Learn how to assess for death wishes and suicidal ideations.

4. Gain an understanding of when end of life discussions are inappropriate due to severe symptoms of depression.

5. Identify strategies for supporting individuals who are experiencing symptoms of depression.

Workshop B

Title: Building Trust Inside Your Team

Presenter: Marsha Stein, LCSW-C

President, Marsha Stein and Associates LLC

Synopsis: Individual beliefs, perceptions and workplace behaviors, both explicit and implicit, influence the development of organizational culture. While cycles of mistrust, once ignited, build on themselves, conflict can actually be an opportunity for growth. Interactive behavioral scenarios enacted by professional role players will keep the class interactive and informative.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about:

          1. Strategies in overcoming barriers to communication

          2. Strategies in overcoming the cycle of mistrust

          3. Utilizing conflict positively on teams

          4. Leveraging the diversity of differences on teams

Workshop C

                        Title: The Psychological Impact of Incarceration

                        Presenter: Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C

                        CEO, Cruz and Associates, LLC

Synopsis: According to current US Census Bureau statistics, US population less than 5% of the world’s population, yet houses 23% of the world’s prison population. In addition, reports estimate that 1 in 100 adults are in prison. Imprisonment is costly to the nation (with an annual cost of $60.3 billion and with an average cost of $24K per inmate). Incarceration is no longer limited to a certain age groups, race, or gender; it affects juvenile and adult offenders alike. In this workshop we will explore the similarities and differences between adolescent and adult criminal pathology. Issues discussed include: offender typologies, role of trauma, co-occurring disorders, “war on drugs”, gender differences, racial disparities, and re-entry. Current literature will be discussed and participants will be able to articulate the psychological effects of incarceration. This is an interactive workshop with case scenarios being presented and discussed.

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

1. Understand and explore the overall psychological, psychosocial, and developmental effects of detention/incarceration.

2. Articulate key adolescent and adult differences in relationship to criminal pathology and treatment modalities.

3. Increase knowledge regarding comorbidity among offenders, including (but not limited to) mental illness, addiction, and/or medical conditions.

4. Identify the impact of trauma, “war on drugs”, racial disparities, and re-entry.

5. Define various treatment techniques and modalities that are effective when working with this population.  


Workshop D

Title: Ethics Versus Pseudoscience: Thinking Critically about Theory, Research, and Practice

                        Presenter: James A. Forte, PhD

                        Professor, Salisbury University, Salisbury

Synopsis: Pseudoscientific, anti-scientific, and pro-fad ideas are spreading across communication medias. Social workers are knowledge workers who aim to help clients by drawing from multiple sources of theory, research, and practice wisdom: sources varying in commitments to evidence and rationality. In this workshop, I will demonstrate how the use of pseudoscience compromises our adherence to social work’s core ethical principles of competence, dignity and worth, integrity, relationship, service, and social justice. Participants will have an opportunity to expand the range of critical thinking habits, methods, and skills in their professional toolboxes and to practice using these new tools in the search for and appraisal of potentially useful knowledge. Additionally, workshop members will learn how to critique established but questionable assessment tools as well as novel but unsupported treatments (NUTS). Participants will also learn strategies for shifting from fast to slow thinking to avoid logical fallacies, cognitive biases, and errors of scientific inquiry. We will conclude with a review of 12 new ethical guidelines for evidence-informed practice.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion course, participants will:

                        1. Learn the six features of a scientific, evidence-informed approach to practice.

                        2. Learn the ten warning signs identifying a pseudoscientific approach to practice.

3. Become familiar with the recent cognitive science research and theorizing on the fallibility of human reasoning and on common impulses to accept “weird” claims, claims leading to ineffective or harmful helping work.

4. Enhance their critical thinking habits, skills, and methods for appraising pseudoscientific assertions related to theories, research, and practice wisdom in three areas - client system problem formulation, bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment tools, and intervention techniques, packages, and programs.

5. Learn twelve ethical guidelines not included in the NASW Code of Ethics related to avoiding the harms associated with pseudoscience.

6. Learn about a range of more than twenty resources – books, professional associations, videos, and websites – for increasing one’s capacity for critical, reflective, responsible, scientific, skeptical, and evidence-informed practice.

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


Workshop E

                        Title: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

                        Presenters: Gloria Cain, MSW, Ph.D.

            Clinical Director of Training and SBIRT Coordinator, Howard University

            Brenda Rodriguez, MBA, MSc

            Independent Consultant and SBIRT Specialist, Rockville

            Denise M. Scott, M.S., Ph.D.

            Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics, and

            Associate Director, SBIRT Training Program, Howard University

Synopsis: This workshop will increase the social workers capacity to provide evidenced-based screening, brief intervention, treatment and referral for clients who have or are at-risk for substance use disorders.  SBIRT training utilizes a combination of didactic and clinical skills instruction, motivational interviewing exercises, role playing, and a question and answer period to increase social workers ability to impact behavioral change among individuals with substance use disorders.   

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

Demonstrate an awareness and responsiveness to the prevalence of substance use and the role of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in improving health outcomes and reducing the burden of substance abuse.

Demonstrate basic understanding of the components of SBIRT and the various screening tools used to address alcohol and substance use.

Incorporate cultural and social norms and values in the delivery of services and patient receptiveness to services. 

Apply SBIRT approaches and practices

Workshop F

Title: It’s Not Love. Dating/Relationship Abuse: A teen and Young Adult Prevention Program

Presenter:       Stacy Lang, Ph.D., LCSW-C, ACSW

                         Rahel Schwartz, PhD, LCSW-C 

                         Kira Doar, M.A.

            Director of Outreach, Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, Rockville  

Synopsis: It’s Not Love® is a choose-your-own-path workshop in which participants assume the role of a character who is in an abusive dating relationship or is a witness to one. As the character, the participant makes the tough choices that one faces in these situations. According to the national dating abuse prevention organization, Break the Cycle, one in three adolescents is a victim of dating abuse.  However, only one-third of teens who experience dating abuse tell someone. This workshop provides an opportunity to introduce young people to the skills they need to form positive relationships. Participants learn to identify signs of unhealthy relationships and to use tools to help themselves or a friend. The goal of this unique workshop is to create a safe and open environment to discuss where relationships fall on a healthy-to-abusive continuum.

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

  1.              1. Identify and describe the different types of domestic / dating abuse;
  2.              2. Identify three myths about domestic / dating abuse; and
  3.              3. Understand and articulate teenage responses to dating abuse and how to assist teens and
  4.                  young adults appropriately.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Luncheon and Social Work Month Awards Presentation

Presiding: Charles Howard, NASW-MD Chapter President

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

Afternoon Workshops:

Workshop G

Title: Ethics of Reentry: Incarceration/Reentry and the Individual, Community, and Local/Global Level Environment

Presenter:      Laurens Van Sluytman, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist in Private Practice and Associate Professor, Morgan State University School of Social Work

Synopsis: The U.S. incarceration rate is about seven times higher than the West European average. Incarceration dislocates many men from their communities – barring them from public housing, certain types of employment, and the right to vote. Incarceration also determines the contributions men make to their communities in exchange for needed resources. Further local and national processes (e.g., recession, unemployment, declines in industries, etc.) transform access to resources, communications, and the norms within communities to which men return. Social norms and communication within social networks are critical elements of family functioning, capacity to combat cycles of poverty, behavior change, health maintenance, and recidivism.

The presenter identifies and discusses those challenges in relation to family complexity, poverty, and disparities in health outcome.

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

Describe, critically analyze, and fully explain the impact of social policy on the client system, client’s presenting problem, and service delivery.

Identify and discuss how the dynamics of the urban environment impact the client system (cultural, social justice, economic, etc.).

Identify and explain the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination that impact social justice.

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

Workshop H

                        Title: MSW Does NOT Mean “Must Save the World!”

                        Presenter: Dorothy Adamson Holley, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Founding Manager/Director, and Therapist, Nyame Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy, Inc., Baltimore

                        Deirdre E. Osiomwan, RN, BSN

Co-Founder and Mental Health Counselor, Nyame Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy, Inc., Baltimore

Synopsis: In this workshop, attendees examine self-care as the cornerstone of sound practice, and its basic premise is that we will only be able to work effectively with our patients to the extent that we are able to take care of ourselves. The presenter examines self-care as it relates to the four dimensions of the human person: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual (PIES Model). We will explore topics such as barriers to self-care, boundary issues, self-love, and avoiding burnout. Attention will also be given to identifying ways that self-care practices can be integrated into our daily lives and taught to our clients, thus extending the impact of the learning beyond the workshop. This workshop includes a guided meditation on BEing, movement therapy, and a closing ritual. Participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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

List and describe the four major dimensions of care for self and clients

Learn self-care principles and practices that will help their clients thrive

Identify self-care practices (assessment) in each dimension and identify specific ways to create more balance for their clients (self-care plan)

Workshop I

                        Title: The Opiod Epidemic: Current Best Practice Prescribing and Supporting the


                        Presenter: Lonny Samuels, LCSW-C

                        President, Solution-Focused CEU Programs, Nottingham

Synopsis: Take a journey to learn the new guidelines in prescribing opioid medication. Because of these new guidelines, patients who are prescribed high doses of pain medicine must have the doses lowered. The presenter will educate you on what has become an epidemic in our country. Attendees will learn about types of pain and treatments, how the strength of pain medicine is measured, new CDC prescribing guidelines, four cornerstones of a successful pain management practice, changes in the human body dependent on opioids, and four clinical methods (humanism, education, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing) to support the client through the process of weaning down in dosage.

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

           1. Why we have an opioid epidemic

           2. Different types of pain, treatments, and pain medications

           3. About Morphine Equivalent Dosing (MED)

           4. New Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines

           5. The basics of four clinical methods to support the patient through this process.

Workshop J

Title: African American Caregivers: Understanding how Faith Impacts Health Outcomes

                        Presenter: Jeronda Burley, MDiv, Ph.D.

                        Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Coppin State University   

Synopsis: In this workshop, we will examine the impact of religion on health outcomes of African American caregivers. The presenter will discuss implications for social work practice and education while highlighting ways social workers can work in partnership with the faith community to support these caregivers. This presentation will aid social workers and faith communities in developing the most appropriate services for addressing mental health needs among religiously-involved African American caregivers. Furthermore, this session will stimulate conversations on ways that social workers can collaborate with religious organizations strengthen existing partnerships (and build new ones) with black churches and other African American organizations within the faith-based community.

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

Understand the impact of religion and caregiving stress on the mental health of African American caregivers.

Describe the implications of the research to better inform the services social workers provide to faith communities.

Inspire the forging of new and improved collaborative efforts with religious institutions (particularly within the African American community).

Workshop K

Title: A Critical Disability Approach to Addressing Stigma in Social Work Practice and Service Delivery for People (and their Families) with Developmental Disabilities


                        Presenter: Samantha Fuld, MSW, LCSW-C

                        Clinical Supervisor, YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities

Synopsis: Professionals, including social workers, are taught to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families through primarily behavioral interventions, which research indicates are effective in improving educational outcomes. However, behavioral approaches do not address the impact of social isolation and internalized stigma which are issues of great importance to social workers and cannot be ignored in sensitive and effective

service delivery and practice with this population. In this workshop we will explore the impact of social stigma on the mental health of people with ID/DD through a critical disability lens, offering practical recommendations for the delivery of social services and clinical interventions utilizing this perspective.

Through interactive presentation and discussion, workshop participants will study the impact of societal stigma on people with ID/DD and its role in shaping our current policies, interventions, and service-delivery paradigms. Such stigma is so deeply rooted that it may influence provider attitudes and assumptions, which only perpetuates the problem. Assessment strategies and practical tools to address this stigma will be presented through examples relevant to multiple settings where social workers regularly interact with individuals with ID/DD and their families (clinics, schools, hospitals, shelters, advocacy settings, etc.). Factors which often add to the experience of stigma associated with ID/DD including race, culture, gender, and socioeconomic status will also be processed and incorporated into discussion throughout the workshop

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

1. Have a clear understanding of key definitions and characteristics associated with this population.

2. Experience increased knowledge and sensitivity as to the impact of societal stigma on people with ID/DD and how it can be unwittingly promoted through current service and intervention frameworks.

3. Learn basic strategies for assessment and interventions which incorporate a critical disability perspective and are relevant across multiple social work practice and advocacy settings.

Workshop L

Title: Children and Trauma: How can Social Workers Provide Effective Treatment?


                        Presenter: Bethany Arnold, MSW, LCSW

                       Outpatient Clinician, Penn State, Hershey- Transforming the Lives of Children Clinic 

Synopsis: This interactive workshop will focus on increasing social workers’ understanding of evidence-based treatments for traumatic stress in children. A case study will be presented to provide an example of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in an outpatient mental health setting with children. If social workers are skeptical, interested, or already using evidence-based trauma practices, they will benefit from learning about interventions and will gain resources from this workshop.

Learning Objectives: In this workshop, attendees will:

1. Examine types of trauma children experience and understand common symptoms associated with trauma exposure.

2. Identify evidence-based trauma treatments for children and obtain resources to explore specific models after the session.

3. Evaluate a case in which Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) was used successfully with a child and his guardians. Social workers will

see practical examples of using evidence-based trauma treatments with children





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