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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

Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Workshop Brochure (PDF)

Session A: Introduction to Solution Focused Therapy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton Campus
$100.00
7.5 CEUs
Instructors: Susan Tohn, LICSW, Faculty, BC Social Work

The instructor will present a first session in Solution Focused Therapy. Participants will learn a variety of interactional techniques to help clients establish well-formed goals. We will challenge participants to explore their own assumptions about therapy and provide them with hands-on techniques they will be able to incorporate into their work. The instructor has an exciting presentation style, combining humor with the adult learning methods while utilizing role-plays, case examples, excellent handouts and a videotaped session. Participants will leave with energy and enthusiasm for working with their clients, even those who are “difficult” and “resistant”.

Session B: An Introduction to DSM 5…AN EVENING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructor: Greg Plante, Psy.D., Eliot Community Human Services

In May 2013 the 5th Edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical 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. The 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 examine several modifications to existing recognized diagnoses in DSM IV-R. This information is critical for clinical social workers to possess in order to practice competently now and the years to come.

Session C: Interventions and Skills of Trauma Informed Care

Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton 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: An Overview of Psychopharmacology

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Barat House Frst Floor, Newton Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructors: Rich Carey, RN, FNP-BC, Eliot Community Human Services

Mental health clinicians who work in an interdisciplinary fashion need to have an understanding of the nature and function of psychotropic medications. This workshop will provide an overview of the various types of medications available, when they are indicated and when they are not. A discussion of how prescribers try to minimize adverse side effects will also be provided. The trainer will discuss cases that illustrate the issues above. Participants are also invited to share relevant clinical examples from their practice.

Session E: Unplug, Re-charge and Re-connect: Using Yoga and Meditation to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
1:30–4:15 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructor: Sheri Breen, BA, RYT - Eliot Community Human Services

Those 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 also will 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 of these relevant practices if you wish. Please dress in comfortable clothes.

Session F: Victimization: Trauma-Informed, Gender-Responsive Group Therapy for Women with Histories of Victimization and PTSD: Models for Helping Women Towards Healthy Recovery

Thursday, September 25, 2014
9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW - Field Education Specialist, Boston College GSSW

This 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 traumas 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 areas of Self, Relationships, Sexuality and Spirituality.

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014
1:30–4:15 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructors: Frederick A. Duah, Ph.D. (cand.) - Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

The ACA seeks to reduce the number of uninsured Americans 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 H: Effective Approaches in Serving Substance Using Clients

Friday, September 26, 2014
1:30–4:15 p.m.
Barat House First Floor, Newton Campus
$50.00
3.0 CEUs
Instructor: Brendan Clarke, LMHC- Eliot Community Human 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).

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.