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Workshops & Programs

Social Work Re-licensing Deadline: Continuing Education Requirements must be completed by September 30, 2014

  • LCSW = 20 Hours
  • LICSW = 30 Hours

Fall 2013 Workshop Brochure (PDF). Spring 2014 Workshop information will be available soon.

Registration & Information

Fall 2013 Workshop Information

Workshop A: Yoga for Trauma Survivors

Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:30–4:15 p.m.
Barat House, Newton Campus
$35.00
3.00 CEUs
Instructor: Alison M. Rhodes, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Boston College GSSW

Over the past several years the Trauma Center for Justice Resource Institute has developed a regular yoga program from traumatized individuals ("Trauma Sensitive Yoga"). In addition the Center has carried out one of the first major scientific studies showing that yoga can significantly improve trauma symptoms. In this half-day training you will learn about (and have the opportunity to practice) some elements of Trauma Sensitive Yoga. We will review the impact of traumatic stress on survivors' minds and bodies as well as the rationale and research evidence for yoga as a treatment modality for traumatic stress. We will discuss the ways in which yoga can be integrated into clinical treatment and also used as a tool for the clinician's own self care.

Workshop B: Unplug, Re-charge and Re-connect: Using Yoga and Meditation to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Thursday, October 31, 2013
10:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Barat House, Newton Campus
$35.00
3.00 CEUs
Instructor: Sheri Breen, BA, RYT - Eliot Community Human Services

Many of us who are caretakers often struggle with issues of compassion fatigue due to excessive demands of the work. Yoga and meditation have increasingly been shown to combat stress, anxiety, and depression as well as related experiences associated with compassion fatigue. In this experiential workshop we will first discuss research findings that support the use of yoga and meditation for relief from compassion fatigue. We will also invite participants to identify their personal burnout patterns in their professional lives so we can identify the specific yoga and meditation practices that may be beneficial to the rejuvenation process and also proactively ward off compassion fatigue in the future. During the latter part of the workshop you'll also have the opportunity to briefly experience some the these relevant practices if you wish. Please dress in comfortable clothes.

Workshop C: Effective Approaches in Serving Substance Using Clients

Thursday, October 31, 2013
1:30–5:15 p.m.
Barat House, Newton Campus
$45.00
4.25 CEUs
Instructor: Brendan Clarke, LMHC - Eliot Community Services

This training addresses the challenges of working with substance using and dual diagnosis persons from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective. It will focus on the various tools of engagement that are useful with ambivalent clients (with an emphasis on motivational interviewing). We also will address relapse issues, recognizing and "rolling with" resistance, maintaining personal boundaries, managing client and practitioner safety, stage-of-change treatment planning, and knowledge of treatment options and resources (including abstinence and harm-reduction models).

Workshop D: An Introduction to DSM 5

Friday, November 22, 2013
9:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Barat House, Newton Campus
$40.00
3.75 CEUs
Instructor: Greg Plante, Psy.D., Eliot Community Human Services

In May 2013 the 5th Edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistic Manual was released. This diagnostic nomenclature is significantly different in many ways from DSM IV. It embodies the first substantial change to psychiatric diagnosis in over thirty years. This workshop will provide an overview of the structural changes to the new Manual. We will address some of the remaining thorny issues to be grappled with as this new Manual is introduced. We will also discuss what diagnoses were added and deleted... and why. We will also discuss several modifications to existing recognized diagnoses. This information is critical for clinical social workers to possess in order to practice competently now and in the years to come.

Workshop E: Social Work Supervision in Today's Changing Workplace–Let's Refer Back to the Classics

Friday, November 22, 2013
1:30–4:45 p.m.
Barat House, Newton Campus
$35.00
3.00 CEUs
Instructor: Susan A. Coleman, LICSW, Director, Field Education - Boston College GSSW

Social workers are employed in a multitude of settings, each of which may have varying beliefs regarding the nature and importance of staff and student supervision. This workshop provides the opportunity for the supervisory social worker to step back and examine key elements of practice and supervision today by looking at some selected relevant themes in classic literary works. Some of these works include: The Color Purple, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and The House on Mango Street. We will see how these themes from the classics can provide new insights into social work practice and supervision today. Further, we will identify a set of best practices regarding supervision as well as what structures need to be built into an effective supervisory relationship. We'll also provide several usable tips you can implement right away in your supervisory work.

Upcoming workshops and programs are posted every spring and fall. Please check back for updated information.

Additional workshops and conferences on special topics, including our renowned Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, are held throughout the year.