Public Lecture Series

Smith SSW students clapping at a public lecture.

The annual Public Lecture Series brings experts in the field to campus for lively and informative presentations. The lectures are free, open to the public and accessible. Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for a fee. Learn more about this year's Public Lecture Series below. 

Within the world of clinical social work, and in particular psychodynamically oriented work, there have been growing tensions between those who perceive clinical social work as an art versus a science. While there are some scholars that have demonstrated the effectiveness of psychodynamically-oriented interventions (such as Shedler and Fonagy), the issue of how psychodynamically trained social workers can incorporate research into their everyday practices has been very limited, both in the literature and discussions within clinical practice circles. An important focus should be on psychodynamic interventions as both an art and a science. This presentation will identify how the evidence-based practice process (EBP) can and should be a critical part of every social work practice, and how its principles can be a complement to and enhancement of the psychodynamic interventions that clinical social workers are using within their practices.

CEs: Public lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures also provide one and one-half (1.5) Continuing Education Credits (CEs). The cost to register for CEs is $15 per lecture. Registration is required even for participants who do not wish to earn CEs. 

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Public lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures also provide one and one-half (1.5) Continuing Education Credits (CEs). The cost to register for CEs is $15 per lecture. Those who wish to earn CEs must register ahead of time. Webinars (referred to as live interactive webinar by ASWB) are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.