Join us October 19-21, 2017
Earn CEUs toward re-licensure at Boston College this fall.
Join us this fall to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as we enter a license renewal year (2018) for social workers. Boston College Continuing Education, in collaboration with the School of Social Work, is offering 10 three-hour workshops (3 CEUs each) running in concurrent sessions over three days. With offerings in the daytime, evening, and the weekend, we hope you'll find a session to fit your busy schedule.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Mental Health Settings
Tsana Dimanin, MSW, LICSW, NIC
A Deaf person comes into your office – What do you do? How do you talk with them? Where do you refer them? This workshop will answer these questions and delve into how treatment/diagnosis of Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind persons differs from hearing persons. An essential summary of Deaf culture, communication, working with interpreters, and laws impacting this community will also be covered. You will leave with a comprehensive resource list to assist you long after the workshop is finished. Demonstrations, multimedia, visual aids, and interactive activities will be included for a complete learning experience. (3 CEUs)
Suicide in the Military: From Predictors to Prevention Among Armed Services Personnel
Kenna Sullivan, LICSW
The workshop will examine the current crisis of suicide in the military, for both current and former armed services personnel. We will look at the incidence, prevalence, root causes of suicidal behavior, and military response to the crisis. Historically, suicide rates were lower in the military than in the general population; however in recent years, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military suicide rates are increasing and have surpassed the rates for society at large. We will look at the predictors of behavior, specific stretches of military life that contribute to suicide, and strategies within the military to address these issues. (3 CEUs)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Social Workers Speak Up: Creating Engaging, Informative, and Persuasive Presentations
Rachel DiBella, MSW, LCSW
This workshop is intended for social workers who are interested in improving their competence and confidence in designing and evaluating engaging and informative presentations. This workshop will be relevant to all social workers who plan to present their work or research interests to colleagues, community stakeholders, funders, or wider audiences in public speaking engagements. Topics covered will include designing effective learning outcomes, backward curricular planning, and assessment. (3 CEUs)
Talking about Substance Abuse: Micro and Macro Perspectives
Leigh Hardy, LICSW
Talking about substance abuse with our clients and colleagues can be intense and complicated. In this workshop, you will learn the ways substance abuse is explored in group therapy at Marie’s Place, a Crisis Stabilization Unit. Topics include the difference between substance use, abuse, and dependence; psychological and physical dependence; and prolapse versus relapse. Leigh Hardy will also discuss substance abuse from a macro point of view and argue the importance of paying attention to the “opiate lobby” and its influence on our country’s ability to curb the opiate epidemic. (3 CEUs)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Animal Assisted Therapy: What Clinicians Need to Know
Kathy Clair-Hayes, LICSW
Have you ever thought about incorporating an animal in your work with clients? Here is a primer in everything you need to know before you introduce animals into your practice. This workshop will focus on incorporating facility dogs (specially trained service dogs) into clinical settings. You will learn about the history and research behind Animal Assisted Therapy and how it is different from Pet Therapy. Case examples and live demonstrations with Thor (5 year old facility dog) will be interwoven throughout the session. Special populations to be highlighted: working with veterans, children and teens with school anxiety, and clients with trauma and pain. (3 CEUs)
Starting a Private Psychotherapy Practice
Andrew D. Kang, JD, LICSW
This workshop will examine one clinician’s take on how to start and build a private practice. While this is not the only way to begin a private practice, Andy will take you step-by-step through his process to start, build, and sustain a private psychotherapy practice. Topics covered will include key issues such as readiness and timing, financial considerations, the particulars of starting a business, whether to take insurance, record keeping, and other best practices. The workshop will be primarily lecture format, with an extended Q&A period to delve deeper into particular situations and commonly asked questions. (3 CEUs)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Legal Aspects of Family Conflict Resolution: Resources and Process Options
Beth L. Aarons, JD, MSW
This workshop examines the legal aspects of family conflict resolution, and provides options to guide, inform, and empower clients. The first portion is an overview of the spectrum of dispute resolution processes available in family law matters, specifically divorce, with particular focus on mediation and Collaborative Law Practice. The second portion dives into family conflict already in process, and how a Guardian ad Litem or Parenting Coordinator might be useful in diffusing conflict and keeping focus on the best interests of the children. Therapists will learn tips, tools, and resources to answer the common question of a client in family crisis: “What should I do now?” (3 CEUs)
Processing the Experience: Where Mental Health Theory Meets Adventure
Carolyn A. Romano, LICSW
This experiential, interactive workshop focuses on pairing mental health theory with adventure activities as a catalyst for client growth. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and other theories form a basis for in-depth processing of the novel experiences of adventure, helping clients move toward their individual and/or group goals. The use of these theories and their interventions gives clients a rich opportunity to connect what happened during the adventure-based experiences with challenges they face in their daily lives. Learn how a growing number of mental health professionals is incorporating adventure elements into their clinical work, and how the therapeutic execution is different from non-clinical adventure programming. (3 CEUs)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Yoga and Mindfulness Strategies for Children: Interventions for Traumatic Stress and Anxiety
Victoria Grinman, LICSW
Not all stresses and traumas are created equal, and children experience all kinds of situations that impact their assumptions of safety in the world (and in their bodies). Bullying, parental divorce, separation, an accident, loss of a loved one, and so many other adverse childhood experiences have the potential to be life altering and traumatic. This unique workshop integrates hands on and ready to use techniques with cutting-edge research about traumatic stress, the brain-body connection, and how yoga and mindfulness practices help to actually rewire the brain for healthier and more resilient functioning and reconnection. You will walk away with the know-how to help children who experience anxiety, depression, profound stress, and self-regulation difficulties to identify triggers, grow more self-aware, soothe their central nervous system, and feel greater overall safety and joy. (3 CEUs)
Early Psychosis: Population, Programming, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Melissa Weise, MSW LICSW
Historically, psychosis often led to schizophrenia, which has some of the worst prognostic outcomes of major mental illness. Now, research in the field of psychosis has yielded tremendous new and important information in the last decades about ways in which to help those who experience psychosis to prevent or recover from their symptoms earlier and with a better prognosis over their lifetimes. This workshop will present an overview of the research, policy, programming, diagnosis, and treatments in this burgeoning and hopeful field. (3 CEUs)
General Admission for 3-hour program $60
Discounted Admission: $30
Current BCSSW Students
Recent BCSSW Graduates (classes of 2013-2017)
BCSSW Full- and Part-time Faculty
BCSSW Staff who need to maintain a license
Registration deadline: October 17, 2017. All sales are final; no refunds.
These workshops are approved for CEUs in MA, CT, NH, RI, and VT, and they meet the requirements for Continuing Education Hours established by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure in ME.
Beth L. Aarons JD, MSW, is an MCFM Certified Mediator and Collaborative Law attorney who has dedicated her law practice to helping clients resolve their family law, estate planning, and probate issues with empathy, dignity, and pragmatism. While her career is focused in law, her background in social work and psychology has informed her connection with clients, child-focused family law work, and ability to finesse complex family dynamics. Beth is a professional peacemaker, actively working to expand public knowledge of and access to dispute resolution processes.
Kathy has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. She graduated from Boston College with a joint master’s degree in social work and pastoral ministry. She has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical social worker in the cancer center and also the Home Base Program (for post 9/11 veterans and military families). She is the handler for Thor, a specially trained 5 year old yellow lab who can perform over 40 commands, and she incorporates Animal Assisted Therapy in her work with children, teens, adults, and families.
Rachel DiBella is a trauma-informed social worker, educator, and higher education professional who currently serves as Assistant Director of the Boston College Women's Center, and teaches courses at area universities spanning subjects from Group Therapy to Victimization and Justice. Rachel's primary areas of focus include addressing power-based interpersonal violence, liberatory social work practice, and social change models of leadership. Rachel completed her MSW at Boston College and never left.
Working in the Social Work field for over 10 years, Tsana has been in private practice since 2011 while sharing her time with her other career as a certified American Sign Language Interpreter. Graduating from Boston College in 2009 with her MSW, she went on to be the Assistant Clinical Director for the Freedom Trail Clinic, located in Boston, MA, overseeing and also working at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf as a contracted outpatient therapist through FTC. Her expertise in the mental health field centers around working with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing populations of all ages as well as trauma-informed care and child/family counseling. She holds a Certificate of Forensic Social Work from the National Association of Forensic Social Work and a Certificate of Trauma Assessment and Evaluation from Boston University.
Victoria Grinman, LICSW is a psychotherapist, educator and activist with many years of experience supporting individuals and families of all ages and differences in life perspectives. She is the owner of Growing Kind Minds, a private practice and community resource, and a faculty member of Boston College School of Social Work. Victoria holds a BA in Social Work and Psychology from Adelphi University and a MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a Certified Family Trauma Professional, a trained Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor to children and adolescents through Little Flower Yoga, and a certified aromatherapist through New York Institute of Aromatherapy. She is a doctoral candidate and researcher at Adelphi University, with research focus on parenting, Autism, and post-traumatic growth.
Leigh Hardy is currently on the leadership team at Marie’s Place, a Crisis Stabilization Unit run by Commonwealth Care Alliance. Leigh has been working in the field of substance abuse since 2013 in a range of settings, including inpatient detox, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Medication Assisted Therapy clinics.
Andy is a licensed independent therapist in private practice with Boston Professionals Counseling, LLC. He completed his clinical training at the Boston College School of Social Work. Prior to becoming a therapist, he was a counselor of a different kind, practicing law for ten years in Boston in the areas of complex commercial litigation and employment law. Andy now treats professionals, addressing the barriers to wellbeing with an aim of de-stigmatizing mental health care and helping individuals, couples, and families in need. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Services at The O’Connor Professional Group, a behavioral health navigation firm. Andy is an Adjunct Professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, teaching courses in Substance Abuse and Diversity.
Carolyn Ann Romano, MSW, LICSW, teaches at the Boston College School of Social Work. In addition to earning her BA in Social Work at The Catholic University of America and her MSW at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Carolyn has post-graduate training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Brief Strategic Family Therapy. In her private practice at Counseling Collaborative, LLC, Ms. Romano works primarily with adolescents, adults, and families. Employing Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Adventure Therapy Techniques, she most commonly addresses client concerns relating to anxiety, depression, mood disorders, family systems, and adolescent development.
Kenna Sullivan is the Assistant Director of Field Education at Boston College School of Social Work and has been an academic advisor here since 2005. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Social Work. Kenna has 30 years of experience in Emergency Room Social Work and continues to practice at both Lahey Health and Partners Hospitals. She is a psychiatric triage clinician at both Boston College Counseling Services and the Berklee College of Music Counseling Center.
Melissa Weise has over ten years’ experience working with adults and adolescents with major mental illness. She currently directs the PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) West Program. In addition, she runs a small group private practice and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses while completing her PhD at Smith College School of Social Work.