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Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment and Treatment
Assessing Domestic Violence
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Normal and Pathological Aspects of Youth, 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
Non-Profit Management Training: Prepare for Your Next Step Up the Ladder Using Simulation Games
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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Assessing Domestic Violence

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Please note the location of this class - 2525 Murworth Drive Room D36 A and B, Houston, TX 77054

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after September 30, 2016)

Course: 16FSW0269C

About the Course

Assessing domestic violence within individuals and families requires thorough knowledge of the dynamics of violence and trauma. This course will cover the impact of violence across the developmental stages as well as incorporating a view of Harris County through the lens of the county-wide domestic violence fatality review team. This course will combine the interesting elements of individual trauma that the profound impact these traumas have on the larger community.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • How trauma impacts individuals throughout the stages of development and how to identify the symptoms of trauma and the behaviors that result from untreated, unprocessed trauma.
  • How social workers and community advocates re-examined community collaborations across systems that serve domestic violence victims.
  • How, through the example of the Harris County Adult Violent Death Review Team, the work of this team demonstrates collaborative efforts on a county-wide scale.
  • To understand domestic violence from a victim’s perspective.
  • How domestic violence leads to suicidal tendencies, addiction, and depression.

About the Instructors

Donna K. Amtsberg, LCSW is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and Director of the Child Trauma Program. Donna began working with survivors of domestic violence at the Houston Area Women’s Center in the early 1990’s. In 1994, she joined the District Attorneys Family Criminal Law Division as a caseworker. In 1997, she began working with the Family Violence Center of Northwest Assistance Ministries and became the Program Director in January of 2000. In 1997 her article, Cruelty to Animals…A Communication Form in Family Violence was published in the Texas Speech Communication Journal. Donna is the co-founder of the county-wide PetSafe Program with the SPCA. She currently serves on the board of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and was chair of the Harris County Adult Violent Death Review Team from 2005 through 2015. Assistant Professor Amtsberg is in private practice and specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and is certified in the EAGALA model. She also serves on the University Committee for EAGALA and is a Texas State Board Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Denisha Raychelle Hardeman is a professional actress, author, screenplay writer, producer, and former collegiate track star who worked on many commercials, indie films, and television shows including “Glee” and “CSI”. She also appeared in “Straight Outta Compton”. Denisha published her first book recently, entitled, “8 Lanes”, loosely based on her early years in college as a track star dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, suicidal tendencies, addiction and depression. This sparked the creation of her new charity, “The Un-hushed Foundation”, created to ohelp those that are going through the darkness into the light and to help those in need find ways to cope with their past and follow their dreams.

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Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Normal and Pathological Aspects of Youth, DSM-5, Assessment, and Treatment

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM

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

Course Fee: $100

Course: 16FSW0268C

About the Course

Social workers play a critically important role in the child and adolescent mental health field as they comprise the majority of mental health professionals in direct practice in the U.S. In order to be optimally helpful to clients, a social worker needs to know how best to elicit and organize clinical information and how to link it to the principles, strategies, and techniques that comprise interventions with proven efficacy. Correctly considering symptoms and diagnoses is an important component of treatment planning. The purpose of this course is to integrate knowledge of the more common mental disorders (psychopathology) of children and adolescents into a clinical social work practice perspective. This course includes review of the more common child and adolescent mental disorders to enhance familiarity with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the epidemiology and usual course of common disorders, child development, the importance of cultural context, and the recommended, evidence-based approaches to treatment, including psychopharmacological treatments and measures that might be incorporated into practice. A major objective of this course is to learn how to do a case formulation. A case formulation is a way to organize and structure individual clinical information such that meaningful goals can be established and optimal intervention planned. It 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:

  • Have a stronger understanding of child development and normal and pathological aspects of childhood.
  • Learn the diagnostic criteria for the most common child/adolescent mental disorders using DSM-5 and their application.
  • Be familiar with commonly used assessment instruments for children and adolescents, and with evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents.

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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Non-Profit Management Training: Prepare for Your Next Step Up the Ladder Using Simulation Gaming

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work, Room 110J

Course Fee: $100 (Early Bird Registration)  $125 (Registration after September 2, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0263C

About the Course

You’ve done good work and you’ve been promoted. How do you prepare to assume upper management positions, especially since promotions often don’t come with a training manual? Part of this preparation is specific to your organization-cost codes and policies and procedures, but part of it applies to organizations of all sizes and types of service. This fun and engaging simulation empowers current and future leaders to get a bird’s eye view of their organization, from staffing to finances to the Board of Directors. Simulation gaming will help the participant practice and understand several roles in a standard organization and be better prepared to execute their current position as well as the one they seek in the future.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand from a bird’s eye view the core functions of a non-profit organization and its staff as well as the roles of the non-profit’s board of directors.
  • Simulate decision-making and reaction to the environment and external stakeholders through various simulation gaming scenarios.
  • Form a philosophy of governance and leadership that can be applied now and in the future.

About the Instructors

Josh Reynolds, MSW, MBA is the Director of the United Way Care for Elders, a collaboration of organizations focused on aging. This includes non-profits, public sector, such as local and state government, entities, healthcare and other private/for-profit organizations, as well as other faith-based and community groups. Before Care for Elders, Josh was the Director of Planning and Evaluation for Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and Vice-President of Emerging Programs for Family Services of Greater Houston. Josh has worked in many different areas of non-profit management, including executive leadership, program management, collaborations, grant writing and other forms of fundraising, evaluation and impact modeling, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and visioning, and research and development. Josh holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Rice University.

Richard Simonds, MSW is the Director of THRIVE Connection at Family Houston where he manages a team that helps Houstonians reach financial stability. Before coming to Family Houston Richard worked for a fortune 500 financial firm where he helped individuals and families accumulate, protect and pass on multigenerational wealth. Richard and his team serve over 5000 people a year in the Houston area. Richard has spoken locally, regionally and nationally about behavioral change, money management and credit. In addition to his full-time position at Family Houston, Richard is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston-Downtown. Richard obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston in 2007.

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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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