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NASW-PA FREE WEBINARS PROGRAM

 

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

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Suicide Prevention within the LGBTQ Population

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




(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!)

PAST WEBINARS (reviewing videos for information only, no ceus granted)

 

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 (http://aaswsw.org/grand-challenges-initiative/12-challenges/). 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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