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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

Registration & Information

Summer 2014

Summer 2014 Workshop Brochure (PDF)

Session A: Clinical Treatment of Men: Mission (Im)possible?

Thursday, June 12, 2014
9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructors: Dennis Balcom, LICSW & Joe Pereira, LICSW, CAS, Outlook Associates of New England, Arlington, MA

Men's difficulties continue to trouble American society across the diverse range of masculinities, ethnicities and at all socioeconomic levels. This workshop will incorporate concepts from gender socialization, attachment and male development. It will also describe effective treatment methods that are responsive to men's concerns and psychological experiences. Providing treatment that takes into consideration the specific needs of men can also improve men's willingness to access treatment.

Session B: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): Current Approaches

Thursday, June 12 & Thursday, June 19, 2014
1:30–5:00 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$110.00
8.0 CEUs
Instructor: Kerry Mitchell, LICSW, PhD, Faculty, BC Social Work

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be offered in two segments (June 12 and 19). You must register for both segments. The first segment will focus on the mediational model underlying CBT and the processes that produce maladaptation, including cognitive distortions and intermediate beliefs. Case examples and a video will be presented. The second segment will focus on cognitive schemas, their origins and maintenance. Also, some discussion of CBT within family systems and psychodynamic therapy will be presented. Vignettes and a full schema-focused session will be presented.

Session C: Interventions and Skills of Trauma Informed Care

Friday, June 13, 2014
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$100.00
7.5 CEUs
Instructor: Greg Plante, PsyD, Eliot Community Human Services

Individuals respond to trauma based on a number of factors including the psychological, emotional, sociocultural, spiritual and familial. This training provides evidence-based theory and skills based on the Triphasic Trauma Theory model which will give clinicians a variety of key interventions to employ in the treatment of traumatic stress, grief and loss. We will focus largely on this type of clinical work as applicable to work with various adult populations.

Session D: Understanding Trauma in Children, Youth and Families

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:00–4:15 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$55.00
3.6 CEUs
Instructors: Rachel Tuckman, LICSW & Zane Fitzgerald, LICSW, Eliot Community Human Services

This training will provide an overview of traumatic stress on children, youth and families. It will provide, as well, an overview of trauma informed care in the context of child, youth and family service systems. We will also address the issue of vicarious traumatization and the importance of self-care for human service professionals. Practical examples, case studies, group activities and audio/video clips will be utilized. Active participation of attendees will be strongly encouraged.

Session E: The Overscheduled Life as a Therapeutic Issue

Thursday, June 19, 2014
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$55.00
3.25 CEUs
Instructor: Abby Seixas, MEd, LMHC Founder, Deep River Seminars

We live in a "time-starved" society. How can we create conditions for ourselves and clients that invite renewal, calm and balance in daily life? This workshop will present tools that can help us get closer to deeper feelings, creative possibilities and spiritual sustenance in daily life. We will also address the disconnection from self that can negatively influence relationships with partners, children, coworkers and others. We will focus on information from the instructor's book, Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life (Jossey-Bass, 2007). We will learn six core practices for recovering balance and meaning in daily life as well as strategies to heal the healer.

Session F: Advancing the Skills of Motivational Interviewing

Friday, June 20, 2014
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$110.00
7.55 CEUs
Instructor: Greg Plante, PsyD, Eliot Community Human Services

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. Its aim is to strengthen personal motivation for, and commitment to, a change goal by exploring an individual's own arguments around the meaning of change. This training is designed for those with an existing basic understanding of MI. We will build on your existing skills in OARS and rolling with resistance. We will conduct exercises and role-play.

Session G: Trauma Informed Care Interventions for Children, Youth and Families

Thursday, June 26, 2014
1:00–4:15 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$55.00
3.6 CEUs
Instructors: Rachel Tuckman, LICSW & Zane Fitzgerald, LICSW, Eliot Community Human Services

In this training we will provide an overview of several specific trauma informed interventions tailored for serving children, youth and families. Participants will learn how to do a trauma screening, assessment and evaluation and will learn how to access several specific practice tools. Several well-regarded treatment modalities for these client populations will be reviewed. They include: Attachment Self-Regulation (ARC), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Child/Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). The importance for therapist self-care when doing this kind of work will also be addressed.

Session H: What Should Social Service Professionals Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Subsidized Health Insurance in Massachusetts?

Friday, June 27, 2014
9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructor: Frederick A. Duah, PhD (cand.), Network Health

One way the ACA seeks to reduce the number of uninsured Americans is by expanding Medicaid eligibility. In Massachusetts ACA implementation will eliminate some existing MassHealth and Connector programs and create new benefit plans, requiring a significant portion of MassHealth and Connector members to be realigned with the state's various subsidized health insurance programs. For social service providers it is important to understand how clients can continue to access critically needed services amidst this reorganization. We will provide: 1) an overview of changes to Massachusetts' subsidized health insurance market; 2) how ACA redefines eligibility for these programs; and 3) the types and costs of services available to eligible members.

Session I:An Introduction to DSM 5

Friday, June 27, 2014
1:30–4:15 p.m.
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructor: Greg Plante, PsyD, Eliot Community Human Services

In May 2013 the 5th Edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was released. It embodies the first substantial change to psychiatric diagnosis in over thirty years. This workshop focuses on the structural changes of the manual. We will address what diagnoses were deleted (and why), with special focus on adult diagnoses. We will present details on new additions to the manual and will discuss significant modifications to existing diagnoses. We will describe how these changes represent changes from diagnoses in DSM IV-TR. This information is critical for all clinical social workers to possess in order to practice effectively now and in the years to come.

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.