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Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Suicidal Behavior

Finding Jenn’s Voice-The Link Between Domestic Violence and Pregnancy (A Documentary Film with Small and Large Group Discussions)

Ethics, Language, and Trauma-Informed Strategies! Inclusive Engagement with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment, and Treatment

Ethical Decision Making in Social Work Practice

HIPAA and the Privacy Act: Our Role

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part II

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Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Date: Wednesday & Thursday, March 15-16 & 22-23, 2017

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

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work - Multipurpose Room

Course Fee: $550 (Early Bird Registration)  $600 (Registration after March 1, 2017)

Course: 17SSW0275C

CEUs: 40 CEUs (Including 6 Ethics 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.

About the Instructors

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, DCSW is a retired clinical professor of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and maintains a 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, 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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Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Suicidal Behavior

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100

Course: 17SSW0277C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

Most social workers will encounter suicidal clients more than once in their careers. While suicide is the penultimate act we wish to avoid, practitioners must also intervene with non-fatal suicidal behaviors that occur with higher frequency. These include suicidal ideation or thoughts; suicidal verbalization, often in the forms of suicide threats, intentional self-harm, and suicide attempts. Research on suicidal behavior now indicates that non-fatal suicidal behaviors are often most effectively reduced via systematic focus and specialized intervention strategies. This course will assist social workers in identifying, assessing, and managing the clinical risks associated with suicidal behavior as well as expose them to the most recent empirical research advances in treating suicidal behavior.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the incidence and prevalence of various suicidal behaviors in demographic and diagnostic groups.
  • Explore ethical considerations and implications related to suicidality.
  • Gain knowledge of the significance of culture, race, and ethnicity on suicidality.
  • Gain knowledge of religious/spiritual influences on suicidality.
  • Gain knowledge of risk, identification, and assessment of suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents.
  • Understand some core evidence-based treatment interventions for suicidality (e.g. Crisis Management, Psychopharmacology, CBT, DBT)

About the Instructors

Dr. Robin E. Gearing, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and a Clinical Associate Professor at UT Health McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. For more than twenty years, he also has extensive experience practicing as a clinical social worker in psychosocial and mental health treatment service. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of adolescent mental health services 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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Finding Jenn’s Voice-The Link Between Domestic Violence and Pregnancy (A Documentary Film with Small and Large Group Discussions)

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: CPS, 2525 Murworth Dr. Houston, TX. Free parking at this location.

Course Fee: $65

Course: 17SSW0281C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

For many women pregnancy is a happy event. However, for many other women, it is a time of heartbreak, as pregnancy is the first sign that violence is a very real part of their relationship. In “Finding Jenn’s Voice-The Link between Domestic Violence and Pregnancy”, domestic violence homicides and pregnancy are examined through research and real life discussion by survivors. Join us for the documentary film viewing and small and large group discussions. Specific attention will be paid to advocacy issues in the Houston/Harris County community and within CPS.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • The link between pregnancy and the increase in domestic violence.
  • How pregnancy increases the threat of domestic violence-related homicides.
  • How social workers and community advocates collaborate to create safety for women.
  • How the injustices of violence impact women and families across social, racial, economic, and political lines.

About the Instructors

Donna K. Amtsberg, LCSW has her clinical license and her MSW from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. Donna is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the GCSW and is Director of the Child Trauma Program. She began working with survivors of domestic violence at the Houston Area Women’s Center in the early 1990’s, and in 1994 joined the District Attorney’s Family Criminal Law Division as a caseworker. She is currently on the board of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and chaired the Harris County Adult Violent Death Review Team from 2005-2015.

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Ethics, Language, and Trauma-Informed Strategies! Inclusive Engagement with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017

Time: 8:30AM - 12:30 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration) $80 (after March 24, 2017)

Course: 17SSW0279C

CEUs: 4 CEUs (Including 3 Ethics CEUs)

About the Course

With the current influx of legislation targeting the transgender and gender non-conforming communities throughout the country, it is more important than ever for helping professionals and organizations to provide inclusive and competent programming to the transgender and gender non-conforming identified communities they serve. The content of this session will outline basic definitions and language within the context of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities, identify the impact of organizational and legislative policy, and explore unique barriers to care these communities face. This session will also provide participants with interactive discussion and opportunities to brainstorm best practices for implementing these strategies in their own work and organizations.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize terms, definitions, and language related to gender identity and gender expression, and identify the importance for helping professionals to understand these terms.
  • Evaluate organizational policies, practices, and environment, and identify barriers transgender and gender non-conforming identified clients may face to accessing services.
  • Discuss the NASW Code of Ethics and ethical obligations for helping individuals in regard to providing services to gender-diverse populations.
  • Brainstorm and discuss strategies for the implementation of best practices, the creation of more inclusive programming and for professional involvement on multiple systems levels.

About the Instructors

Nikki Vogel, LMSW is a licensed master social worker and has served as the Director of Public Relations for the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit for the past two years. Her experience includes facilitating and co-facilitating lectures, workshops, and professional presentations covering advocacy for LGBT rights, inclusive policy, and ethical practice on college campuses across the state of Texas. She is also involved in political and legislative advocacy at the organizational, local, and state levels. She obtained her BSW from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration) $80 (after March 29, 2017)

Course: 17SSW0276C

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, students 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 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, 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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Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment, and Treatment

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100

Course: 17SSW0278C

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, students 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 evidencebased interventions for adults.

About the Instructors

Dr. Robin E. Gearing is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and a Clinical Associate Professor at UT Health McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. For more than twenty years, he also has extensive experience practicing as a clinical social worker in psychosocial and mental health treatment service. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of adolescent mental health services 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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Ethical Decision Making in Social Work Practice

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Child Protectice Services - 2525 Murworth, Houston, TX 77054

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)      $80 (after April 14, 2017)

Course: 17SSW0284C

CEUs: 3 Ethics CEUs

About the Course

While using case illustration, the needs of those who are disadvantaged will be identified. Using ethical theory, various ethical perspectives will help one understand sound, ethical decision making as well as help to determine the values behind those decisions. Social work practice-based case illustrations will examine the legal and ethical hierarchies of decision making with the client’s needs in mind and the agency’s, possibly-limited, resources that can be allocated for the client’s care.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the basic needs of those who are disadvantaged
  • Idenitfy ethical issues involved
  • Idenitfy confidentiality issues
  • Identify the ethical thoughts that guide resource utilization
  • Identify our responsibility as well as the client’s responsibility in attaining one’s needs

About the Instructors

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW, has over 27 years of experience in multiple care settings such as schools, medical environments, the mental health arena as well as in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed highly effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, part-time, and has a supervision/consultation practice. Cynthia also works with the elderly and with people with disabilities and serves on several boards that focus on education. Reibenstein and Associates is dedicated to ethical, quality service that helps individuals be motivated and inspired to develop their full potential.

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HIPAA and the Privacy Act: Our Role

Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)      $80 (after July 7, 2017)

Course: 17SSW0285C

CEUs: 3 Ethics CEUs

About the Course

This 3-hour ethics course examines how we as professionals in independent practice or as agency directors and professionals can make our practice safe with the new HIPAA regulations, TX HB 300 and the Privacy Act. Gain vital knowledge about communication rules with professionals and with clients as well as knowledge of policies and procedures that can ensure safe practice standards. As governing bodies are targeting smaller entities, we must be prepared. This course will help protect you and enhance your professionalism.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the 3 types of confidential communication and identify the HIPAA aspects regarding communication
  • Utilize the audit risks to increase compliance with confidential communication
  • Correlate social work ethics to the HIPAA parameters
  • Grasp the entities working to protect PHI and the penalties imposed on non-compliance

About the Instructors

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW, has over 27 years of experience in multiple care settings such as schools, medical environments, the mental health arena as well as in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed highly effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, part-time, and has a supervision/consultation practice. Cynthia also works with the elderly and with people with disabilities and serves on several boards that focus on education. Reibenstein and Associates is dedicated to ethical, quality service that helps individuals be motivated and inspired to develop their full potential.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100 for Part I    $180 for Part I and Part II

Course: Part I - 17SSW0282C

CEUs: 6 CEUs

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, students 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, June 2, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100 for Part I    $180 for Part I and Part II

Course: Part I - 17SSW0283C

CEUs: 6 CEUs

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, students 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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