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Workshops & Programs

Online Registration & Additional Information

Social Work Re-licensing Deadline: Continuing Education Requirements must be completed by September 30, 2016

  • LCSW = 20 Hours
  • LICSW = 30 Hours

 

June Workshops

 

June Workshops Brochure & Mail-in Registration (PDF)

Workshop A: Advanced Skills in Motivational Interviewing

Thursday, June 18, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gasson Hall Room 100, Chestnut Hill Campus
$100.00
7 CEUs
Instructors: Greg Plante, Psy.D., Eliot Community Human Services

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. This approach to interviewing can be used with a wide range of client problems/diagnoses. Its aim is to strengthen personal motivation for, and commitment to, a change goal by eliciting and exploring the individual’s own arguments for change. This workshop is designed to assist participants who ALREADY have a basic understanding of MI skills such as OARS, rolling with resistance and recognizing/evoking change talk towards committing towards an action plan. We will conduct exercises, role-plays, discussions of cases and demonstrations throughout the day’s training.

 

Workshop B: Effective Approaches in Serving Substance Using Clients

Friday, June 19, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.5 CEUs
Instructor: Brendan Clarke, LMHC, Eliot Community Human Services

This workshop addresses the challenges of working with substance using and dual diagnosis individuals 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 implementing motivational interviewing skills). We also will address topics such as 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 (abstinence, harm-reduction, etc.).

 

Workshop C: Trauma Informed Care and Interventions for Children, Youth and Families

Thursday, June 25, 2015
9:30 a.m.– 4:45 p.m.
Walsh Function Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
$100.00
7 CEUs
Instructor: Zane FitzGerald, LICSW and Kelsey Taylor, LMHC, Eliot Community Human Services

This workshop will address strategies for working with children, youth (and families of children/youth) where psychological, sexual or physical trauma has been present. Trauma Informed Care is the cornerstone of best practices service delivery in all programs that provide services to children, youth and families. Trauma and traumatic stress touch the lives of vast numbers of children, youth and families that are served by residential, outpatient and community-based programs. As such, the need for a comprehensive framework for ensuring trauma informed service delivery in these programs is abundantly clear. This workshop provides and overview of evidence-based screening, assessment and interventions in cases involving trauma and complex trauma. Several evidence-based treatment modalities including Attachment Self-Regulation (ARC), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) will be presented. Practical tools for use in individual, family, group and milieu settings will be learned and practiced during the workshop. Practitioner self-care and vicarious traumatization will also be discussed and explored.

Practical examples, case studies, group activities, audio clips, video and other visual tools will be employed in this interactive multi-media training. We will utilize a detailed PowerPoint presentation, lecture, discussion and active participant engagement as methods to achieve our learning objectives.

 

Workshop D: Interventions and Skills of Trauma Informed Care with Adult Clients

Friday, June 26, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Walsh Function Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
$100.00
7.0 CEUs
Instructors: Greg Plante, Psy.D., Eliot Community Human Services

Individuals respond to trauma based on a number of factors, including the psychological, emotional, sociocultural, spiritual and familial. This training will concentrate on understanding and applying the evidence-based theories and skills found in the “Triphasic Trauma Therapy Model.” These phases include: strategies for stabilizing and managing the traumatic response; how to assist in processing and grieving traumatic memories; strategies for re-connecting with the world. Case examples will be provided for discussion and you are invited to bring questions from your own clinical practice as well.

 

July Workshops

 

Workshop A: Group Therapy and PTSD: Trauma Informed Treatment Model for Women with Histories of Victimization and PTSD

Friday, July 10, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
McGuinn Hall Auditorium, Room 121, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.5 CEUs
Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW, BCSSW Field Education Faculty

The facilitator will address gender-responsive group therapy strategies which focus on women-specific needs implemented in tactical ways to promote positive psychological growth, emotional healing and positive social behaviors. We will discuss how, within the group context, we can help women recognize the different types of trauma and victimization, reactions to abuse and how a history of victimization affects self esteem and interpersonal relationships. The workshop will address the use of group cognitive-behavioral approaches, mindfulness meditation, experiential therapies, psycho-educational, relational and mind/body techniques that help women in the areas of Self, relationships, Sexuality and Spirituality.

 

Workshop B: Into the Eye of the Storm: Disaster Mental Health in 2015, Challenges for the Mental Health Clinician

Friday, July 10, 2015
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
McGuinn Hall Auditorium, Room 121, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.5 CEUs
Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW, BCSSW Field Education Faculty

The facilitator will address the history of Disaster Mental Health Response and how clinical disaster response has changed since September 11. We will address the transformation in national mental health response to school shootings, rape, torture, natural disasters, riots and aviation/transportation disasters over the past 14 years. The seminar will include discussions on how clinicians can prepare for disasters; strategies for managing the stress of families and loved ones whether in the "eye of the storm" or those who are worrying from afar; giving comfort and aid to first responders in major disasters, and, finally, approaches to help clinicians recover emotionally after exposure to traumatic events.

 

Workshop C: Solution Focused Therapy: the Later Sessions

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
McGuinn Hall Auditorium, Room 121, Chestnut Hill Campus
$100.00
7 CEUs
Instructor: Susan Tohn, LICSW, BCSSW Faculty

This exciting training will address those "later" sessions in Solution Focused Therapy. We will assume that participants in this workshop have knowledge of the essential basics of what constitutes solution focused therapy and how to conduct a solution focused first session. Specific techniques for working with "stuck" clients will enable participants to leave with a variety of skills they can immediately incorporate into practice. Susan will use lecture, case examples, videotapes and role-playing, enlarging your abilities to become more competent in using this very effective approach to therapy.

 

Workshop D: Negotiating: Basic Skills and Concepts

Friday, July 17, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
McGuinn Hall Auditorium, Room 121, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.5 CEUs
Instructor: Tiziana Dearing, MPA, BCSSW Faculty

We all know we would like to be more confident and effective when buying that car. What about when working with another organization to craft a proposal? Or asking for a salary increase while keeping your working relationships strong? Come learn and practice a very simple set of negotiating principles that will make you more effective as an advocate for yourself, a colleague to others and a representative for those you serve. This workshop will combine a lecture on basic negotiating principles with up to two opportunities for each participant to practice negotiating simple, yet real-world scenarios.

 

Workshop E: Our Favorite Books: Foundational Themes for New Supervisors

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
McGuinn Hall Auditorium, Room 121, Chestnut Hill Campus
$50.00
3.5 CEUs
Instructor: Susan Coleman, LICSW, Director, BCSSW Field Education

Using a variety of literary works that illustrate the themes of social work, new supervisors can begin to establish their own best practices in supervision. The instructor will reference several well known works from literature and identify themes in those works that can help beginning supervisors to: identify the learning needs of staff and interns; identify the strengths they have to establish a solid supervisory experience; build an action plan for gaining skills in staff supervision.

 

A Unique Program to be Offered this Fall...

This Fall we at BCSSW will be offering a thirty-hour certificate program on Motivational Interviewing (MI). In addition to the certificate, thirty hours of social work CEUs will be awarded. We expect it will be offered on Wednesday evenings starting in late September. This evidence-based aaproach to clinical interviewing is designed to achieve successful behavior change for clients. We will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of MI principles including: understanding the dynamics of behavior change, ambivalence/resistance around change, understanding the “stages of change” (and how to assist clients achieve successful and enduring change in their lives). Case studies, videos, role-playing and strategies for applying MI principles in participants’ own cases will also be provided.

Our instructor, Dr. Greg Plante has completed advanced trainings and certifications in Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the highly esteemed Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). We expect this to be a very popular offering. Space will be limited. We are giving registration priority to BCSSW alums. We are working to keep it affordable for our alums. If this interests you and you wish priority consideration please e-mail Kellyann Stewart as soon as possible at kellyann.stewart@bc.edu and indicate you are highly interested in enrolling and wish detailed information as soon as it becomes available. A flier that contains more detailed information will be e-mailed to all BCSSW alums in the area in late June.

Upcoming workshops and programs are posted every fall and spring. 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.