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NASW-PA is pleased to offer a monthly webinar program as a benefit to our members, which can be used for live 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.


Members can earn up to 11 hours of credit per year, or 22 during each licensure renewal cycle.  Ethics and suicide prevention credits will be offered periodically.

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 evaluation, which will be provided after the webinar
  • Certificates of attendance will be sent within a few days of the webinar; they are not automated
  • Watching the recordings of past webinars does NOT qualify you for the one hour of continuing education credit






November's Webinar


Leadership through Assertive Communication

This session will be of interest to participants because a strong leader has excellent communication skills. These skills are essential to successfully building and sustaining relationships.  Leadership is all about relationships. Leaders who develop their teams to be independent, positive thinkers have the highest likelihood for success in any given experience.  



When:Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Presenter: Renee Cavallaro, MSS, LCSW, CAADC, Owner/Leadership Development Consultant, HOPE (How Organizations Promote Excellence)


Register for the webinar!

(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!)


December's Webinar


Self Care: Managing Loss During the Holidays


For those who have experienced a significant loss, the holiday season may not be full of joy and togetherness. Times of celebration and commemoration can intensity feelings of sadness, confusion, and the loss of life as it once was. This webinar will explore the psychosocial process of grief associated with a broad spectrum of tangible and symbolic loss experiences. We will discuss preventative self-care techniques and planning to cope with grief reactions.



When: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Tami Micsky, MSSA, LSW, CT, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Applied Sociology at Mercyhurst University, in Erie, PA


Registration coming soon!



(reviewing videos for information only, no CEUs granted)




Out of the Broom Closet

In 2016, more Americans than ever identified as Pagan, Wiccan, or other Earth-
Spiritual faith. However, most people who identify as one of these minority faiths often keep their spirituality as secret, because of worries about stigma, legal difficulties, and even threats against their jobs, lives, and families. This workshop will define these minority faiths, and discuss stereotypes, stigma, fear, and the media's representation of Pagans, Witches, and other Earth-Spiritual believers. 


When:Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Rebecca Suglia, LCSW, U3: Mind, Body, Spirit




Behaviors in Long Term Care


When working in long term care, we often see behavioral concerns that can last for a few days to several months or aremainderof a lifetime. This presentation will focus on behavioral approaches, ways to monitor and track, and ways to help staff intervene and support those with behavioral concerns.


When:Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter:Kristie Jo King, LSW, CDP








The Power of Mindfulness


Social workers have long engaged with helping our clients cope with the stressors in their lives as well as learning to cope with their own stressors. It is important for social workers to teach our clients and ourselves how to cope and live better lives. To this end the webinar will focus on mindfulness techniques.


Participants will learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress, relax, and increase awareness. They will able to teach these techniques to their clients.


Mr. Horowitz has been practicing mindfulness for over 50 years. He recently retired after 32 years in a psychotherapy practice where he ran a mindfulness group.


When:Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter:Stuart Horowitz, LCSW, ACSW, QCSW 



Social Work Caring for Caregivers


More than 45 million people in the U.S. provide unpaid care to loved ones. That suggests that professional social workers may have two clients in many situations – a patient and the loved one who takes care of her.In this webinar, I will share some of the lessons I’ve learned. They just might help you help your clients who have caregivers.


For the past five years, I’ve been the primary caregiver for my parents, ages 93 and 88, one of whom has Parkinson’s Disease and the other is on permanent hemodialysis. While we have a wonderful paid caregiver who is very helpful, the proverbial caregiving “buck” stops with me, their only child. I have been doing my best to advocate, protect and help them. And I am pleased to share what I’ve learned as a Caregiver with you so that you might find inspiration and support for your clients or your own loved one.


When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Santo D. Marabella, MBA, DSW,The Practical Prof®



Ethics Road Show
Join May’s lunch and learn series for the Ethics Road Show.  Meet members of the NASW-PA Ethics Committee to discuss ethics and ethical dilemmas.  Members from the committee will be available to answer questions and share their thoughts on how to resolve ethical challenges.  Participants have the opportunity to discuss ethics cases with the committee and learn about the role the NASW-PA Ethics committee plays in supporting high ethical standards in social work practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will review ethical standards and learn how to apply them in a variety of practice areas.
  • Participants will explore ethical decision making models to resolving ethical challenges
  • Participants will learn about the role of the NASW-PA Ethics Committee and how to locate consultation resources to help resolve ethical conflicts as they arise in practice settings.
When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: A group of panelists from NASW-PA's Ethics Committee

Concussion 101
Every 9 seconds, someone in the US sustains a brain injury and one of every 60 people in the US lives with a Traumatic Brain Injury-related disability ( Learn to recognize typical symptom of concussion, the variable ways these symptoms present, and how a concussion can impact the whole family system.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Kayla Schubert-Wirth, LSW, CBIS


Policy Practice isn’t just for Macro Social Workers: The role of direct practice in Legislative Advocacy
We often think legislative advocacy is just for macro social workers; however this isn’t the case. This presentation describes the critical role of direct practice social workers (e.g. clinicians) in legislative advocacy. We will discuss strategies for influencing policy and practical ways to participate in advocacy efforts.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: LauraEllen Ashcraft, MSW


A Process-Oriented Approach to Grief Treatment
Social workers in a variety of professional settings encounter clients coping with an impending or prior death experience daily. Providing competent assistance to grieving individuals across the lifespan requires that practitioners hold a basic understanding of core process-oriented approaches to grief treatment. This interactive session presents a comprehensive overview of three empirically-based models to assist clients in understanding the lifetime grief process, reconstructing meaning, and restoring equilibrium after a death experience. Emphasis will also include practitioner self-awareness and clinical application.

Learning Goals: Compare and contrast the three process-based approaches of grief treatment. Discuss the relevance of understanding the core process-oriented approaches to competent practice. Explain how you anticipate applying one of the process-oriented approaches to current or future practice.

When: Monday, February 25, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Julie A. Guistwite, PhD, LSW


Leadership in Social Work Practice
Learning Goals: Participants will better understand the importance of effective leadership in social work practice and identify leadership models for use in their own practice.

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Chris Rich, LCSW, ACSW

Suicide Assessment and Prevention: Risks, Warning Signs, & Intervention
Abstract: NIMH states that over 40,000 people die by suicide in the United States annually, which makes it the 10th leading cause of death. As social workers we will encounter the challenging situation of assessing the risk of suicide. This workshop will discuss the risk factors, warning signs and protective factors as well as the action steps and plans that can be taken to help prevent suicide.

Learning Goals:
  • Risk, warning signs, & protective factors
  • Establishing a collaborative patient alliance
  • Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) Techniques
  • Risk assessment/documentation/response
  • Managing suicide risk & key interventions
  • Safety Planning

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Troy Brindle, LCSW; Marietta Scalise-Warnitsky, LCSW

Convergence of Social Workers' Ethics and Civic Responsibilities
Learning Goals:
Participants will identify the connections between social work ethics and civic responsibility, with an emphasis on participating in local, state and federal elections.

We have pledged to “advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.” We will discuss the connections between social work ethics and civic responsibility, with an emphasis on increasing participation in and gathering information about local, state and federal elections. Attention will be given to the concepts of self-care and burnout, with a recognition that civic engagement can replenish us.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Laurie Friedman

Panic! Stop the Fear!

In this workshop, we will be discussing treating clients who suffer from panic. Topics to be covered include treatment planning, strategies, risks, behaviors, and more!.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Kevin Caridad, PhD, BSN, MSW, LSCW, ACT Diplomate

CBT for Anxiety and Depression

In this workshop, we will be discussing cognitive behavioral therapy and its application to treating clients suffering from anxiety and depression. Topics to be covered include, patient conceptualization, treatment planning, core strategies, various mental disorders related to depression & anxiety, and more.

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Kevin Caridad, PhD, BSN, MSW, LSCW, ACT Diplomate

A Response to Suicide Risk in the LGBTQIA Community

In this workshop, we will be discussing specific risks and signs of suicidal thoughts within the LGBTQ population, as well as tools and tactics for working with LGBTQ clients who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. This workshop will count towards the one hour of "suicide prevention" continuing education required by the State Board of Social Workers.

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Justin Behrens, LSW, Forensic Social Worker, Northeast Counseling

Trauma and The Sex Offender

Trauma does not discriminate - one’s sociocultural, economic and educational background does not protect you, it is all around us. The media has been responsible for shining the light on this very difficult topic. Coupled with the impact of sex crimes, sex offenders have changed the way we parent our children, the way we educate others and the way we respond to our neighbors. This topic was chosen to educate, dispel some myths and to empower society so that this sensitive topic will be addressed in a healthy manner. A longitudinal study was conducted using 40 people. The results will be discussed; mood disorders, polygraphs, support services, and life skills play an integral part in treating trauma and the sex offender. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will be introduced and community resources will be discussed. Self-reflection, vicarious trauma, mindfulness and compassion fatigue will be discussed during this webinar.

The dilemma will hopefully leave you hungry for more knowledge and will empower each one of us to keep working toward change.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe 5 types of trauma
  • Define Sex offending behaviors
  • Become familiar with 5 mood disorders
  • Become familiar with treatment modalities
  • Identify resources in the community
  • Create a self-care wheel
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Karen Holcomb, LSW

Understanding the Connection Between Adoption and Trauma

The Evan P. Donaldson Adoption Institute estimates 100 million Americans are touched in some way by adoption. That is 1 in every 6 people. Adopted individuals and their families are more likely to utilize mental health services than the general

population. However, mental health professionals typically do not receive adoption related training. This workshop will address adoption and trauma in light of new research about how the brain develops and adapts to its environment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Pennsylvania Statistics
  • Understand the losses surrounding adoption
  • The basics of how the brain develops with neglect/trauma
  • Attachement
  • The 7 core issues of adoption
  • Interventions to share with adoptive families in helping their children
  • Understanding blocked care and secondary family trauma
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Leonette Boiarski, LCSW, ACSW

Environmental Social Work: A Call to Action

The importance of social work adopting environmental priorities has only become increasingly clear. The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare proposed 12 Grand Challenges for our profession ( One of these is: “Create social responses to a changing environment”.

Instead of viewing a person in environment, it is crucial to view the environment in the person. Environmental social work, sometimes referred to as ecosocial work, is different from ‘regular’ social work in that it takes an ‘ecocentric’ instead of a people-centric view. The eco system is at the core of practice rather than the person.

It isn’t difficult to believe that the most vulnerable populations are exploited environmentally. But it is not as easy to identify ways that social workers can advance environmental justice. This workshop explores social work roles in addressing environmental injustice.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the Grand Challenge of Social Work regarding a changing climate.
  • Enumerate ways in which environmental challenges affect people, especially marginalized communities and vulnerable populations.
  • Describe three specific themes of the social work profession and environmental action.
  • Discuss ways that individual social work practitioners can address environmentalism concepts on micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presenter: Claudia J. Dewane, D.Ed., LCSW

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

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


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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