Deepening Clinical Practice Conference

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An annual conference of practitioners and scholars sharing knowledge and research about current issues in clinical practice.

Smith College School for Social Work presents the 2024 Deepening Clinical Practice Conference

Equity in an Uncertain World: the Role of Social Work

How do we uphold the mission of social work and adhere to our values and ethics in the face of escalating animosity and extremism, coupled with the rollback of legal protections for marginalized communities and attacks on human rights? This conference serves as a vital platform for social workers and clinicians to reaffirm their commitment to social justice and equity and delve into the essential role that social work plays in these unsettled times.

The Deepening Clinical Practice conference presents knowledge and essential skills while providing a space for clinicians to ground themselves, connect with peers and explore ways to support one another and their clients. It explores the practical challenges social workers encounter when state guidelines conflict with social work values. This conference delves into strategies for practicing social work without succumbing to overwhelming moral distress and offers insights on how to care for both our communities and ourselves in the process. 

We will discuss how social work clinicians can honor the communities we serve and recognize the transformative beauty that emerges through the power of collective care. Join us on June 14, 2024 to learn about clinical anti oppressive practices, macro social justice initiatives and how to mitigate the effects of moral distress and vicarious traumatization.

Be part of the conversation.

June 14, 2024, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Smith College Campus Center
100 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Lunch provided.

Up to 5.5 CEs for social workers available.

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Keynote Speaker: Dawn Belkin-Martinez
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Dawn Belkin Martinez, Ph.D., LICSW is a clinical professor and associate dean of equity and inclusion at the Boston University School of Social Work, where she coordinates the clinical practice with families sequence. Formerly the chief social worker on the inpatient psychiatry service at Children’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, she has nearly 30 years of experience as a scholar, clinical social worker and activist in the movement for our collective liberation.

Belkin Martinez is a nationally recognized expert on anti-oppressive social work practice and was recently appointed to the coordinating committee of the International Social Work Action Network. She is the co-author of the book Social Justice in Clinical Practice, A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work (Routledge, 2014), faculty affiliate at the BU Center for Antiracism and a founding member of the Boston Liberation Health Group, which provides training and mentorship in anti-oppressive social work practice to over 2,900 social workers across the country. As the associate dean for equity and inclusion at BUSSW, she has designed, developed, and implemented diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives, in addition to providing consulting and supervision for social justice-focused practice, both nationally and internationally.

Plenary Speaker: Deran Young
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Deran Young is a licensed therapist specializing in racial trauma and legacy burdens. She is also a co-author of the New York Times Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, a retired military officer and founder of Black Therapists Rock.

Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization with a network of over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma.

She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students. Young has visited over 37 different countries and her clinical experience spans across four different continents.

Her passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YWCA. She resides in the Washington DC area with her young son.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for This Course

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.


Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

NY State

Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.

Not Approved for Counselors (LMHC, LPC)

Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. This program does NOT qualify for NBCC ACEP approval.