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Now that PA social workers can receive continuing education in one-hour increments, NASW-PA has decided to start offering monthly webinars, which NASW-PA members can use for continuing education credit. This is a great opportunity to get continuing education during your lunch break, or from your home. Our webinars have been extremely educational and we typically have a lot of engagement from our attendees. These webinars will take place the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon, unless otherwise noted.

Below are the upcoming webinars, as well as recordings of our past webinars for your education and enjoyment. Please note the following:
  • You must attend at least 50 minutes of the live webinar in order to receive your one hour of continuing education credit
  • You must submit the webinar eval, which will be provided after the webinar
  • Watching the recordings of past webinars does NOT qualify you for the one hour of continuing education credit




In the Mind of Someone with Suicidal Thoughts

There are many challenges to suicide prevention. However, one of the major challenges is that our ability to predict who will act on their thoughts of suicide is limited. I will try to address this challenge by describing the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicide to advance our understanding of the transition from thoughts of suicide to suicide attempts/suicide deaths. I will also discuss implications for intervention development.
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Justin Behrens, NASW-PA Northeast Division Chair



(IMPORTANT: You must attend at least 50 minutes of the webinar and fill out the webinar evaluation, which is provided after the webinar, in order to receive your one hour of continuing education credit!)


Social Work Ethics and Advocacy: Standing at the Forefront of Change

Social work practitioners may struggle with section 6.04 of the Code of Ethics (Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society). Is it mandatory? How does advocating for changes in policy and politics connect with my daily practice? What if I lack the skills or knowledge to be an effective advocate? This workshop will enable social workers to better adhere to the Code’s mandate for social work involvement in promoting social justice, explore barriers to advocacy and how to best overcome them, and develop tools for using existing social work skills in the legislative and/or political arenas.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will discuss section 6.04 of the Code of Ethics and what it means to adhere to this important ethical obligation as a micro, mezzo, or macro practitioner.
  • Participants will explore barriers that keep social workers from being fully involved in legislative and/or political action.
  • Participants will learn tools for improving their efficacy as advocates for social justice and the social work profession.
When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Johanna Byrd, NASW-PA Executive Director





(IMPORTANT: You must attend at least 50 minutes of the webinar and fill out the webinar evaluation, which is provided after the webinar, in order to receive your one hour of continuing education credit!)



Best Practices for Telehealth: Client Safety & Technology

This course will cover the basics of services online in safe and responsible manner with your clients' best interests at the forefront of the conversation. Those interest in learning more about preparing for and implementing safe strategies for telehealth execution should attend.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00pm
Presenter: Abby Ghattas, Director of Operations, Wecounsel


Managing Holiday Stress 2017

Welcome to the holiday season -- that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year. While the Holidays are meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the harbinger of holiday stress for many. In fact, polls conducted on the Holidays show that more than 80% of people find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful! The goal of this presentation is to identify the main sources of holiday stress, learn ways to manage holiday stress, and develop strategies to promote self-care during this time of year.

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:00pm
Presenter: Troy L. Brindle, LCSW, Co-Owner/Director at Springfield Psychological


Putting the Social in Social Work: Building Your Professional Network

Social work is the fastest growing field in the United States. The ability to connect with others is often seen as the cornerstone of our profession, regardless of if you are doing micro or macro work. Whether you are looking to develop and share resources, find employment, organize around social or political issues, or excel in mentoring partnerships, having strong relationships can mean success or failure in the field. This webinar will explore best practices in networking, both in-person and electronic, and provide attendees with tools they can use to assist themselves and their employers in building stronger connections and coalitions.

There will also be discussion on the recent changes to the NASW Code of Ethics and Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice and potential impacts on your practice as it related to building your networks.

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:00pm
Presenter: Duane Breijak, NASW Michigan


Technology and Social Work Practice: A Review of the New Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice

This workshop will discuss the new NASW/ASWB/CSWE and CSWA standards for Technology and Social Work Practice, and the ethical implications related to working with technology in the social work profession.

When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:00pm
Presenter: Chris Rich, LCSW, ACSW, Coordinator of Health Services, Milton Hershey School


Transgender Women’s Barriers to Obtaining Mental Health Services

This presentation will: 1) Define terms related to transgender identity; 2) Discuss barriers this population faces in accessing mental health services; 3) Describe ways to create a welcoming environment for transgender persons.

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12:00pm
Presenter: Lynn Carson, PhD, Children's Resource Center


Legislative Advocacy

This one-hour webinar will explore best practices when meeting with your elected official, and some tips and tricks for how to maximize your effectiveness and make the biggest difference for your profession and your clients. Social workers who plan to attend LEAD (Legislative Education and Advocacy Day) on April 18th will be more prepared after participating in this webinar, but all who connect with elected officials at the local, state, or federal level will benefit!

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00pm
Presenter: Johanna Byrd, NASW-PA Executive Director


Managing Holiday Stress 2016

Do you feel that the Holiday Season creates more stress in your life? This interactive webinar will go over tips and tricks to reduce your stress over the holidays. Learning objective: figuring out what is really important for you throughout the holidays and increasing self care activities to reduce stress.

When: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12:00pm
Presenter: Kristie Jo King, NASW-PA West Central Division Chair






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