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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep (LMSW, LMSW-AP, LCSW) Part I
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep (LMSW, LMSW-AP, LCSW) Part II
DSM-5: What You Need to Know Now
8 Guiding Principles for Professional Growth and Supervision
Sexuality: Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice
Developing a Successful Private Practice in Clinical Social Work
Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

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DSM-5: What You Need to Know Now

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $60 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after March 13, 2015)

Course Number: 15SSW0227C

To Register: http://bit.ly/1emFAGx or call 713-743-1060 or 713-743-1202

CEUs: 3 Clock Hours

About the Course:

The DSM has changed. Even the way it is written has changed. It is not DSM-V, but DSM-5, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th American Psychiatric Association (APA) in May 2013. The release of the DSM-5 has significant impact for social workers who use mental health diagnoses in their work. This highly interactive workshop will outline the major changes to the DSM, particularly those that will come in October 2014 and is designed for clinicians who will be using the DSM-5 for treatment decisions and diagnoses or who must read and interpret these for use at agencies or courts. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the DSM-5 in order to fully take advantage of the discussion.

Objectives:

At the end of the 3 hour training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
  • Consider how the changes in the DSM-5 will impact mental health treatment.
  • Identify practical ways to utilize the DSM-5 in treatment planning.

About the Instructor:

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor of social workers who has practiced in the Houston area for almost 30 years. She has taught clinical courses at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work for the last 12 years. Her clinical interests include trauma and personal preparation for professional practice. She has taught DSM-5 in several locations throughout the city since its publication last year.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep (LMSW, LMSW-AP, LCSW) Part I

Date: January 16 OR May 1, 2015

Time:   9:00AM - 4:00PM

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

Course Fee: Sign-up for both courses for $150.00 or each individual course is $90.00

Course Number: 15SSW0219C (January 16, 2015) OR 15SSW0221C (May 1, 2015)

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course:

In this revised format learn the skills necessary to take the licensing exam. Intensively review major topics with a section devoted solely to four major categories of the DSM-IV-TR. Handouts and practice tests for the LMSW, LMSW-AP, and LCSW are included. Develop the necessary confidence to take the exam.  

Objectives:

At the end of the 3 hour training, participants will be able to:

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

About the Instructor:

Patricia Taylor, PhD, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and approved Texas LCSW supervisor. An experienced practitioner, she currently is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Child Welfare Education Project and Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. She has presented numerous workshops for the Protective Services Training Institute of Texas and invited papers at professional meetings. 

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep (LMSW, LMSW-AP, LCSW) Part II

Date: January 23 OR May 8, 2015

Time:   9:00AM - 4:00PM

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

Course Fee: Sign-up for both courses for $150.00 or each individual course is $90.00

Course Number: 15SSW0220C (January 23, 2015) OR 15SSW0222C (May 8, 2015)

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course:

In this revised format learn the skills necessary to take the licensing exam. Intensively review major topics with a section devoted solely to four major categories of the DSM-IV-TR. Handouts and practice tests for the LMSW, LMSW-AP, and LCSW are included. Develop the necessary confidence to take the exam.  

Objectives:

At the end of the 3 hour training, 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 Instructor:

Susan Robbins, PhD, LCSW is a Professor at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. She holds licenses as an Advanced Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in Texas and a Diplomat in Forensic Social Work from the American Board of Forensic Social Workers. She also holds a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work from the National Association of Social Workers and from the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. She has presented numerous workshops and invited papers at professional meetings as well as for the Texas Protective Services Training Institute and the State of New Mexico Permanency Planning Project. She also serves on several editorial boards and is a consulting editor for Social Work and the Journal of Social Work Education.   

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8 Guiding Principles for Professional Growth and Supervision

Date: April 17, 2015

Time:   9:00AM - Noon 

Location:   UH Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee$60.00 (Early Bird Registration) $80.00 (After March 17, 2015)

Course Number: 15SSW0224C

CEUs: 3 Ethics CEUs

About the Course:

This course examines 8 guiding principles from "You Can, You Will", as they are seen from the profession of social work ethics, our professional work, and our supervisory positions. Join the group in this examination of how these principles can enhance your work. 

Objectives:

At the end of the 3 hour training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the eight guiding principles and give insight as to their relevance in one's work.
  • Articulate how the Social Work Code of Ethics interfaces with the principles' action steps. 
  • Utilize at least 3 of the guiding principles into their professional life.
  • Examine how the guiding principles impact our supervisory role.  

About the Instructor:

Cynthia Reibenstein, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW has over 25 years of experience in multiple areas: schools, the medical environment, the mental health arena, in supervision and consultation. She has extensive experience developing presentations that assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in growing to overcome their barriers so that they may live a more meaningful life. She currently teaches at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work part-time, and has a supervision/consultation practice. She also works with the elderly and people with disabilities. She stays active on several boards with a focus on education. Reibenstein and Associates is dedicated to ethical, quality service delivery for increasing effectiveness, not only on a professional level, but on a personal level as well. This motivates, inspires and develops the potential in us all. 

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Sexuality: Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Schedule: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $60 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after March 29, 2015)

Course: 15SSW0230C

CEUs: 3 Ethics CEUs 

About the Course:

This workshop is designed to assist counselors in exploring their personal attitudes and values around sexuality and sexual health in order to facilitate increased comfort within themselves and in their interactions with clients. A holistic model of sexuality will be presented including sexual identity, sensuality, reproductive health, and intimacy giving the participants a framework for approaching sexuality with clients. We will review sexuality through the lifespan addressing key developmental behaviors from birth, childhood, adolescence, and the mature years in order to help clinicians integrate sexual counseling in practice. Looking at worldviews of sexuality, surveying values and attitudes regarding a variety of sexual practices, and addressing hierarchy of sexual decision making will enable the participants to assess their own biases and review the origins of their sexual learning. 

Objectives:

At the end of the 3-hour training, participants will learn:

  • The broad range of sexual attitudes and practices in their own biases. 
  • How to communicate with clients about sexual issues with increased comfort. 
  • How to recognize ethical issues surrounding sexuality and dilemmas for social work practice. 

About the Instructor:

Meryl Cohen, M.Ed., LCSW is the Vice-President of Education for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and has served as adjunct faculty teaching sexuality for Baylor College of Medicine and UT School of Public Health. Currently, Meryl teaches Human Sexuality at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. For over 25 years Meryl has taught reproductive and sexual health to parents, teens, and professionals. In addition, for more than 15 years, Meryl has provided Sexual and Relationship Counseling. Meryl has a master's degree in Education from the University of Texas and a master's degree in social work from the University of Houston. 

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Developing a Successful Private Practice in Clinical Social Work 

Schedule: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $60 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after April 20, 2015)

Course: 15SSW0228C

About the Course:

This is a highly interactive workshop is designed for clinical social workers and will provide an overview of how to develop a successful private practice in clinical social work. Participants will be guided through an understanding of key decisions about readiness to undertake private practice, doing solo vs. group practice, learning how to market one’s expertise and practice, finding suitable office space, and meeting requirements by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and HIPAA guidelines. Other key areas will be explored about recognizing responsibilities for management of clinical practice, maintaining client records, identifying referral sources, using consultation, and providing coverage.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the essential components for developing a successful private practice in clinical social work;
  • Explore key decisions about considering, beginning, and sustaining private practice;
  • Identify requirements for private practice as set by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
  • Develop knowledge of clinical practice management and HIPAA guidelines.

About the Instructor:

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW, is a seasoned clinical social work practitioner with over thirty years of experience in her clinical and consulting practice. She has co-authored several NASW national documents related to clinical social work, private practice, and clinical supervision. She has provided consultation to many clinical social workers about beginning and sustaining private practice and about other clinical practice issues.

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Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015

Schedule: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $60 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after April 29, 2015)

Course: 15SSW0229C

About the Course:

Using the ground-breaking work of Stephen R. Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) as a framework, this 3-hour training will explore seven areas of significance to clinical social work supervisors. This highly interactive session will briefly define the significance of the areas in the process of supervision, allow for individual participant’s assessment of their strengths and limitations, and ultimately identify specific skills and strategies for improving one’s effectiveness as a competent clinical social work supervisor. This session is designed for clinical 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 by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

Objectives:

At the end of the 3-hour training, participants will be able 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 in theory, skills, strategies, and evaluation through these identified seven areas.
  • Identify specific strategies for improving one’s effectiveness as a competent clinical social work supervisor.

About the Instructor:

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a clinical social worker with 35 years of social work practice experience. She is a recently retired Clinical Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and currently maintains a clinical and consulting practice in Houston. She has provided supervision and consultation to numerous social workers pursuing their LCSW.

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