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Professional Education offers a series of webinars throughout the year for social workers and other clinicians. Webinars cover a range of topics from clinical supervision, therapeutic interventions and emerging theories. Conveniently offered during noon lunch hours, webinars are designed to help clinicians go beyond without taking time off from work.

One and one half CEs are available for each participant. 


Upcoming Webinars

Our clients’ symptoms can be both physiological and emotional in origin. As therapists, we’re trained to work with emotions, but in general, our medical system doesn’t have much to offer biochemically aside from a pill, or two, and a recommendation to exercise. And if a client’s depression or substance cravings are due to dysregulated blood sugar or nutrient depletion, we may be wasting time for months, or years, on therapy, when we could be addressing the root cause by helping them to balance their physiology.

Enter mental health nutrition - a powerful and highly effective approach that has gained significant traction in recent decades. Mental health nutrition is the art and science of using nutrition and supplements to balance and stabilize biochemistry and reduce or eliminate mental health symptoms, including anxiety, panic, depression, ADHD, obsessive thoughts, insomnia, poor focus, substance cravings and more. In this webinar, participants will explore the connection between the Standard American Diet, gut function and mental health, and learn simple, highly effective interventions.

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The purpose of this course is to assist beginning and experienced supervisors in the development of practical tools and responses to ethical transactions with supervisees across varying contexts and developmental levels.

“Professional supervision is defined as the relationship between supervisor and supervisee in which the responsibility and accountability for the development of competence, demeanor, and ethical practice take place,”  (ASWB and NASW, 2013). These standards go on to highlight that it is the supervisor who is responsible for providing the direction to achieve these aims, and in collaboration with the supervisee, carry the responsibility to achieve these goals in an ethical manner.

Whether an individual is  tasked with supervising university interns, agency staff, or supervising supervisors, no aspect of supervision or consultation is without ethical underpinnings. Consequently, supervisors must  provide the context for ethical practice from the beginning and throughout the supervision process.

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Nearly 90 million people in the United States struggle with alcohol use but are not physically dependent. Most treatment is designed for the severe alcohol user, which accounts for about 17 million Americans, leaving the majority of people experiencing problems from alcohol without appropriate services. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers put out the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice for Clients with Substance Use Disorders. They state that in accordance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition), substance use is no longer viewed as an either/or phenomenon and should be viewed as existing along a continuum. Additionally, they state that a harm reduction approach is consistent with the social work value of self-determination and meeting the client where the client is. 

However, the traditional recommendation for drinkers experiencing problems is to encourage them to admit   that they are “alcoholics” who must quit drinking forever and who must attend 12-step meetings. There is over 50 years of research that proves that the harm reduction strategy of alcohol moderation is a more effective treatment option. This presentation will give an overview of harm reduction, differentiate types of drinkers and their treatment needs, interpret the Alcohol Moderation Assessment, develop a Moderate Drinking Plan, and teach tools for alcohol moderation.

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Everything that happens in the treatment room between social worker and client is unscripted, unrehearsed, impromptu and extemporaneous. Social workers and clinicians have interpersonal skills and tools at their fingertips that they’ve learned through books, school and on the job but once the client walks in the room, they need to quickly decide how and when to deploy those skills, or if new tools need to be created  on the fly. 

Whether social workers realize it or not, they  are already doing “improv.”

Learning about and playing with the core concepts of improv — “yes and,” remaining  present, flexible and committed — can deepen our understanding of core social work skills including listening, non-verbal communication, being present, reflecting/reacting and acceptance. This workshop will introduce the central principles of improvisation and will use exercises to explore how improv can support and deepen the worker/client process and relationship.

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Cultural competency skills are essential components of successful interventions with individuals, families and communities across the life course. Furthermore, a key component of palliative and hospice care is the effectiveness and compassionate ways in which social workers are able to incorporate cultural preferences and concordance practices. This webinar provides participants knowledge and understanding of the revised NASW Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice. This session will examine the challenges and complexities of culturally competent practice and identify opportunities for improving care until the end of life.

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