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

Clinical Supervision in Social Work 

Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment and Treatment

Assessing Domestic Violence

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

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

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

Introduction to Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy

EMDR and Play Therapy in the Treatment of Complex Trauma

Addressing Ethical Challenges: Integrating a Trauma Perspective in Clinical Practice

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Addressing Ethical Challenges: Integrating a Trauma Perspective in Clinical Practice

Date: Thursday & Friday, February 16 -17, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Bo's Place 10500 Buffalo Speedway Houston, TX 77054

Course Fee: $250 (Includes the cost of both days)

Course: 17SSW0271C

CEUs: 12 CEUs (Including 3 Ethics CEUs)

About the Course

In the last decade, trauma has gained increasing attention in the United States as it relates to diverse populations. Ethical standards call for clinicians to have working knowledge and skill about trauma and its potential for long-lasting impact. This highly interactive, intensive two-day course, will provide participants with a valuable framework for understanding contemporary research about trauma, its manifestations, types, neurobiological aspects, and post-traumatic growth. Evidence based practices for clinical assessment and interventions with trauma will be addressed. Using a problem-based learning approach, participants will have an opportunity to integrate a trauma perspective in clinical practice through case vignettes and experiential exercises.

Objectives

At the end of the 12-hour training, participants will learn to:

  • Develop a framework for understanding seven key areas related to the process and practice of clinical supervision in social work.
  • Assess their strengths and limitations around these seven established areas.
  • Identify specific strategies for improving one’s effectiveness as an ethically competent clinical supervisor.

About the Instructors

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a retired clinical professor from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and maintains a clinical and consulting practice in Houston. She has over 34 years of social work experience and has provided supervision and consultation to numerous social workers pursuing their LCSW.

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Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00 PM

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

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after October 12, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0262C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

Using the ground-breaking work of Stephen R. Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) as a framework, this 3-hour session will explore seven areas of significance to clinical social work supervisors. This highly interactive session will briefly define the significance of areas in the process of supervision, allow for individual participant’s assessment of their strengths and limitations, and ultimately identify specific strategies for improving one’s effectiveness as an ethically competent clinical social supervisor. This session is designed for social workers who have met the earlier requirements of a 40-hour course and who now want to meet the established requirements for advanced clinical supervisor training as set forth by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and address the ethical challenges in clinical practice with trauma
  • Develop a theoretical framework for understanding trauma, its various manifestations, types, influencing factors, neurobiological aspects, and opportunity for post-traumatic growth
  • Formulate a clinical assessment for working with trauma
  • Distinguish the most appropriate evidence based practices for trauma treatment with various populations
  • Integrate a trauma perspective in clinical practice

About the Instructors

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of clinical practice and consultation experience. Her primary areas of clinical expertise include trauma and grief. She is a retired Clinical Professor from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of clinical practice and consultation experience in Houston and Longview, Texas. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

In the spring of 2011, Sandra A. Lopez and Patricia Taylor also co-developed and taught the first Trauma and Social Work Practice course at the UHGCSW. They both have had extensive training in problem based teaching of a national gold standard training curriculum called “Core Concepts of Childhood and Adolescent Trauma.” They have completed the two day training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).

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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

CEUs: 7 CEUs

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

CEUs: 4 CEUs

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

CEUs: 7 CEUs

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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Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Date: Thursday & Friday, September 22-23 and October 20-21, 2016

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, plus 12 hours of independent, structured work

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work - Multipurpose Room

Course Fee: $550 (Early Bird Registration)  $600 (Registration after September 8, 2016)

Course: 16FSW0261C

CEUs: 40 CEUs

About the Course

This 40-hour course is designed for Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are interested in advancing their knowledge, skill, and experience in clinical social work supervision and in fulfilling licensing requirements to be an approved LCSW supervisor (as set forth by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners 781.102). This course will be delivered in 28 hours of face to face classroom work and in 12 hours of supervised independent, structured work designed for course preparation, exploration, reflection, and integration of content. 

This 40-hour course will consist of five modules:

  • Module 1 Key Elements of Clinical Social Work Supervision: The Framework for an Effective Supervisory Relationship
  • Module 2 Process and Phases of Clinical Social Work Supervision: Developing the Novice to Master
  • Module 3 Supervisory Models and Methods:Developing Conceptual Knowledge of Methods and Techniques
  • Module 4 Critical Issues in Clinical Social Work Supervision: Facing the Challenges in the Supervisory Relationship
  • Module 5 Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Social Work Supervision 

Participants will receive a 40 hour certificate of completion for the course (includes 6 hours of ethics training) if they have attended all 28 hours of face to face classroom work and completed all 12 hours of independent work.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Create and sustain an effective supervisory relationship.
  • Manage clinical challenges in the supervisory relationship.
  • Promote growth, development and self-care.
  • Develop conceptual knowledge of models, methods, and techniques.
  • Maintain and ethical practice of clinical supervision.

About the Instructors

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW serves as Clinical Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and maintains a part-time clinical and consulting practice in Houston. She has over 34 years of social work experience and has provided supervision and consultation to numerous social workers pursuing their LCSW.

Kay G. Schiller, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a social worker with over 23 years of social work experience and maintains a clinical practice in Houston. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has provided LCSW supervision to social workers across a variety of social work settings.

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW is a social worker with over 27 years of clinical practice and consultation experience in Houston and Longview, Texas. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has provided LCSW supervision to many LMSW’s since 1991. She has also taught a course on supervision and consultation within the UHGCSW.

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EMDR and Play Therapy in the Treatment of Complex Trauma

Date: Friday, February 10, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after January 27, 2016)

Course: 17SSW0272C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

When a child experiences traumatic events and maintains a physically or emotionally debilitating belief, how can she heal and move on to effective, healthy living? What options exist when our innate human information processing system becomes blocked? Despite the wonder, freedom and safety of play therapy, many children remain locked in pain and fear. How can a child access this maladaptive stored information, for which she may not even have words, concepts or safety for expressing, and then reprocess it so it becomes integrated and useful in life? Through a combination of EMDR Therapy and Play Therapy, children can process both big T and little T traumas and reach a meaningful resolution integrating mind, heart and body. When this occurs, learning takes place, and the experiences is stored with appropriate emotions able to guide the person in the future. The presentation will cover the basic concepts of EMDR Therapy, an evidenced based therapeutic protocol, and the AIP Model. The speaker will discuss how play therapy can be integrated with EMDR Therapy to more effectively address trauma with children and adolescents.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the basic concepts of EMDR Therapy and the AIP Model.
  • Identify ways to integrate Play Therapy into each of the 8 phases of the EMDR protocol.
  • Identify 6 ways to target a trauma utilizing Play Therapy and EMDR Therapy.
  • Discuss 3 benefits of integrating Play Therapy and EMDR Therapy in the treatment of trauma.
  • Know the steps to become an EMDR Therapist.

About the Instructors

Karen Sullivan began her career 24 years ago by helping children and families through her various positions at Children’s Protective Services, the Children’s Assessment Center, and Child Advocates of Fort Bend. During this time, Karen utilized play therapy to connect with children and help them process their traumas. Play therapy was effective, but there always seemed to be lingering negative thoughts, beliefs, emotions and bodily sensations. Once she was EMDR Trained in 2004, Karen realized that the protocols unlocked many of the lingering issues and provided for deeper processing and insights. Since that time, Karen has utilized play therapy in conjunction with EMDR. In 2013, Karen opened her private practice in Sugar Land where she specializes in working with children and adults experiencing trauma and attachment issues.

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Introduction to Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after November 4, 2016)

Course: 16FSW0270C

About the Course

This course aims to provide participants with an overview of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, an empirically validated treatment for couples’ issues and marital distress. The course aims to provide participants with a conceptual understanding of the EFT model as well as an introduction to emotionally focused therapy techniques. Participants will be able to see what EFT looks like through actual video demonstrations and will gain greater knowledge of how to help struggling couples deescalate arguments and strengthen their attachment bond.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the underlying cause of distress in couples seeking couples therapy from an attachment and EFT perspective.
  • Gain greater understanding of how to identify maladaptive and adaptive emotions in therapy sessions with couples.
  • Break down and analyze the negative interaction cycles that are responsible for recurring arguments and breakdowns in communication in most distressed relationships.
  • Identify at least 5 emotionally focused therapy techniques that can bring partners more in touch with underlying emotions and attachment needs.
  • Differentiate the key steps and stages of a fully completed EFT treatment.

About the Instructors

Rune Moelbak, PhD is a clinical psychologist and a member of Houston Community for EFT. He has completed training as an EFT couples therapist and sees couples at the University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services, as well as in his private practice. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals.

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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

CEUs: 3.5 CEUs (1hr Ethics Training)

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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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

CEUs: 3 CEUs

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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