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Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment and Treatment
Did You Say Play? Children's Assessment and Play Therapy Techniques

Integrating Mindfulness, Intuition, and Energy Concepts in Clinical and Administrative Social Work
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep Part I
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep Part II
Part 4 of our Trauma Series: (No prerequisite trauma courses necessary-Everyone welcome!) Ethical and Trauma-Informed Approaches in Providing Services to the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Communities

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Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment and Treatment

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work, Room 107B

Course Fee: $100

Course: 16FSW0267C

About the Course

The purpose of this course is to integrate knowledge of mental disorders (psychopathology) into the clinical social work practice perspective. Social workers represent the majority of mental health professionals in direct practice in the US and consequently play a critically important role in the mental health field. Social workers view psychopathology and wellness within the broader context of a client’s personal and family history, as well as her or his current social and occupational environment, important life events, stressors, and her or his strengths and resources. In order to be optimally helpful to clients, a social worker needs to know how to best organize this information and how to link it to the principles, strategies and techniques that comprise interventions with proven efficacy. Social workers should know how to utilize efficacious interventions in practice. Case formulation is the centerpiece of the course. An individualized case formulation is a tool to link assessment, treatment, and aftercare, and to link research and practice. A formulation is a way to organize and structure individual clinical information such that meaningful goals can be established and optimal intervention planned. The case formulation integrates the client’s current symptoms, impairments, and strengths, in the context of important life events and chronic stressors, family and community, and the client’s own past history.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn the diagnostic criteria and their application for the most common adult mental disorders using DSM-5.
  • Know how to develop an individualized case formulation for adults.
  • Be familiar with commonly used assessment instruments and evidence-based interventions for adults.

About the Instructors

Robin E. Gearing, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and a Clinical Associate Professor at the UT Health McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also has extensive experience practicing as a clinical social worker in psychosocial and mental health treatment service for more than twenty years. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of adolescent mental health service use and treatment interventions. His research examines and seeks to build on improving and family treatment engagement, adherence, and developing evidence-based psychosocial treatment interventions for youth with mental illness and their families. In addition to other forums, findings from Dr. Gearing’s research have appeared in over 50 peer-review journal publications.

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Did You Say Play? Children's Assessment and Play Therapy Techniques 

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after July 15, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0258C

About the Course

Treatment of common conditions such as anxiety in elementary aged children may be enhanced when professional clinicians regularly measure the effects of treatment (Erford and Lutz, 2015). Assessment should include on-going measurement that informs treatment engagement and modalities. Participants will increase their understanding of the proper use of an evidence-informed assessment instrument. Then participants will learn how to utilize the results of the assessment instrument measures to inform appropriate play-therapy techniques-directive or non-directive therapeutic play-as well as some appropriate play therapy tools for work with school-aged children.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use assessment instruments to improve objectivity.
  • Determine and apply appropriate play therapy techniques to address symptoms of disorders.
  • Understand how assessment provides measurement of progress that determines efficacy of therapy.
  • Understand the efficacy of play therapy techniques when working with children who exhibit various symptoms of mental disorders identified by the DSM-5.

About the Instructors

Maurya W. Glaude, MSW, LCSW-S has over 10 years experience helping families improve their behavioral functioning through parenting education, group, family and individual adult, child, and adolescent psychotherapy. Her theoretical orientations include evidence-based cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and family systems. She earned her MSW from Tulane University and she is currently a doctoral student and adjunct instructor at the University of Houston. Her research goal is to help bridge the gap between practice and research with regard to prevention of risky behaviors which co-occur with substance use among adolescent students. Her practice goals, informed by her research, are to increase coping skill utilization, reduce substance use, improve school performance and reduce academic-related anxiety through the use of therapeutic strategies.

Lenecia Nickell, MA, LPC-S, NCC, Registered Play Therapist has over 10 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapeutic support through individual, family and group therapy. Through the course of her career, she has specifically focused on helping children, beginning at age 3, work through behavioral issues while also providing supplemental support to their families working with various non-profit agencies and her own private practice. Her theoretical orientations include cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused interventions along with Adlerian play therapy techniques. She earned her MA in counseling from Sam Houston State University and is currently in private practice serving the Cypress area.

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Integrating Mindfulness, Intuition, and Energy Concepts in Clinical
and Administrative Social Work

Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 

Time: 9:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after October 14, 2016)

Course: 16FSW0266C

About the Course

This course will help social workers teach clients and themselves how to sharpen intuitive skills that will ultimately expand solutions. It will do this by increasing the understanding of the concepts of mindfulness, energy therapy and energy psychology. Participants engage in experiential exercises, conversations and demonstrations to play with the concepts with the intent to utilize them in their social work practice. An hour of ethics will be included to explore ethical dilemmas for the social workers who choose to apply these concepts in their social work practice. This course is helpful to both clinicians and macro social workers.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define and explore concepts of mindfulness, energy therapy, and energy psychology and apply them in social work practice.
  • Practice and learn skills for you, your clients or staff, including systemic deep relaxation, somatic and sensory cuing, yogic breathing and right and left brain integration in order to sharpen intuitive skills, relieve stress and enhance creative problem solving.
  • Address ethical questions and personal beliefs about integrating these concepts in your work.
  • Learn the questions to ask in order to distinguish between innovative practice and unethical practice.

About the Instructors

Vicki Sherman, LCSW, CBP graduated from the University of Houston in 1979, and continuously studied with the Houston Galveston Institute, The Yoga Institute of Houston, and Ligmincha International. This helped form unique meshing of energy psychology, collaborative therapy and coaching. She is a certified Yoga teacher and Certified Body Talk Practitioner and founded Body Talk Houston in 2006. Vicki taught Yoga at the YMCA, NIA Moves and the Menninger Clinic. After 20 years at the University of Texas Health Science Center, she retired to focus her career in private practice as a consciousness based Energy Therapist, Success Coach and Trainer. She is passionate, curious, intuitive and appreciative of the ability to look beyond what is visibly observed or easily explained in order to achieve greater potential in our everyday lives.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $100 for this course, $180 for Part I and Part II

Course: 16SSW0264C

About the Course

In this revised format, students are taught the necessary test-taking strategies and skills to prepare for the licensing exam. There are intensive reviews of major topics with new instruction on DSM-5. Handouts and practice texts for the LMSW, LMSW-AP, and LCSW exams are included. Develop the necessary confidence to take the exam.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the values and standard areas in the NASW code of ethics.
  • List the primary concepts for at least 3 different theories of psychosocial development.
  • List at least 3 theoretical frameworks for direct social work practice with individuals, families, and groups.

About the Instructors

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and approved Texas LCSW supervisor who has practiced in the Houston area and taught clinical courses at the University of Houston Graduate College of
Social work for the last 12 years. She is currently Curriculum Coordinator for the Child Welfare Education Project and adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She presented numerous workshops for the Protective Services Training Institute of Texas and presented research by invitation at professional meetings. She is also highly experienced at teaching Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part II

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $100 for this course, $180 for Part I and Part II

Course: 16SSW0265C

About the Course

In this revised format, students are taught the necessary skills to prepare for the DSM-5 section of the licensing exam. There are intensive reviews of major topics with particular attention to DSM-5. Handouts and practice tests for the LMSW, LMSW-AP, and LCSW exams are included. Students develop the necessary confidence to take the exam.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for five different types of schizophrenia.
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for Bipolar I and Bipolar II mood disorders.
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for three different types of personality disorders.

About the Instructors

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and approved Texas LCSW supervisor who has practiced in the Houston area and taught clinical courses at the University of Houston Graduate College of
Social work for the last 12 years. She is currently Curriculum Coordinator for the Child Welfare Education Project and adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She presented numerous workshops for the Protective Services Training Institute of Texas and presented research by invitation at professional meetings. She is also highly experienced at teaching Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep.

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Part 4 of our Trauma Series: (No prerequisite trauma courses necessary-Everyone welcome!) Ethical and Trauma-Informed Approaches in Providing Services to the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Communities (3 Ethics CEU’s)

Date: Friday, August 5, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work-Room 110J

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after July 29, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0259C

About the Course

With the current influx of negative legislation targeting the transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) communities throughout the country (the so-called erroneously-named “Bathroom Laws”, it is more important than ever for helping professionals and organizations to provide affirming services to their transgender and gender non-conforming identified clients. The content of this session will outline basic definitions and language within the context of the transgender and GNC communities, and explore unique barriers to care these communities face. This session will also provide participants with an opportunity to discuss best practices to serving the transgender and gender non-conforming communities through an ethical and trauma-informed perspective.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify terms, definitions, and language related to gender identity and gender expression, and recognize the importance for helping professionals to understand these terms.
  • Recognize and discuss best practices for providing competent and affirming services to transgender and gender non-conforming identified clients.
  • Evaluate organizational policies, practices, and environment, and identify barriers transgender and gender non-conforming clients may face to accessing affirmative trauma-informed care.
  • Discuss the NASW Code of Ethics and ethical obligations for helping professionals in regards to providing services to gender-diverse populations.

About the Instructors

Nikki Vogel, LMSW is a licensed master social worker and serves as the Director of Public Relations for the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit. Her experience includes co-facilitating lectures, workshops, and professional presentations covering transgender advocacy, inclusive policy, and ethical practice on college campuses across the state of Texas, as well as advocating for transgender rights and social justice at the local and state levels.

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