Professional Education Seminars

SSW Professional Education is pleased to announce that the June and July Professional Education Seminars will now be Virtual Professional Education Seminars.

Taught in Zoom Classrooms, these courses will offer the same lively interaction as our on-campus seminars but from the safety of your own home. Seminars will include role plays, small group discussions and practice applications. These courses will not be recorded so one must attend live to earn CEs. Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date during this time.

Virtual Seminars:

This workshop will introduce participants to core concepts in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) - developed by Dr. Bruce Perry - as they apply to working with children who have experienced developmental trauma in a variety of settings. Particular attention will be paid to operationalizing the concepts in practice and the relevance of early intervention. 

CEs: 6 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available.

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Grit and resilience skills help individuals to manage stress and navigate challenges with greater emotional strength and flexibility. In this session participants will learn several evidence-based strategies to build their own resilience and to share with clients. This is an interactive workshop in which participants will engage in a range of exercises, including self-compassion practice, guided visualizations and writing and reflection exercises.

CEs: 1.5 CEs are available for social workers and psychologists. 

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*SOLD OUT. In this session, participants will explore the concept of White Fragility and how that may present in the therapeutic spaces. Participants will engage in reflective work to identify ways in which whiteness in the therapy setting can be challenged. Some potential mechanisms will be reviewed by which white-identified individuals “escape” these challenges. Finally, ways to develop capacity to engage in conversations that challenge whiteness will be discussed. The session will be tailored to white identified clinicians and the spaces in which clinical work operates.

CEs:  2 CEs are available for social workers.

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This highly interactive and participatory two-day seminar will offer the basics of Motivational Interviewing, with emphasis on exploring and understanding the spirit of MI and learning and practicing the core skills through “real” plays, demonstrations, exercises and case examples. Participants new to MI will leave with effective tools, and those already familiar will increase their confidence and repertoire. 

CEs: 12 CEs for social workers are available for a $10 fee.

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This course will examine the multiple roles of school social workers (counseling, assessments, crisis support, school administration, school based tasks and case management) as well as stakeholders in school settings (i.e. administration, families, teachers, students, etc). The course will also review schools as an institution and how school social workers engage in practice within a host setting to promote social justice and provide mental health services.

CEs: 3 CEs for social workers are available for a $5 fee.

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With 1 in every 59 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, it is likely that social workers will encounter a client or family member affected by autism. Behavior analysts and autism specialists interested in working with social workers are essential in helping to develop an interdisciplinary solution to this challenge. The ability to describe and identify inclusive practices and techniques in supporting a client on the autism spectrum will enable participants to strengthen their assistance to this special population.

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CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee.

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. In the U.S., trafficking victims are almost exclusively immigrants-- the majority of which are women. This seminar will help participants understand what human trafficking is, in what forms it occurs and how social work can respond without re-traumatizing survivors.

CEs: 12 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for a $10 fee.

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Shock trauma (acute, traumatizing incidents) differs from developmental trauma (repetitive trauma occurring in childhood, usually caused by caretakers) in several important ways. Shock trauma results in individuals remaining stuck in a defensive-oriented, fight or flight response. Those who have experienced developmental trauma have deficits in both physiological and psychological development due to ongoing autonomic activation. Both types of trauma can be addressed with regulating energy medicine techniques. The specifics of the traumatic incident (s) can be addressed with energy psychology techniques such as EFT.

CEs: 12 CEs for social workers are available for a $10 fee.

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