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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
Clinical Supervision In Social Work (Fall 2014)
Sexuality, Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice
Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work Refresher Course
Developing a Successful Private Practice in Clinical Social Work 
Ethics, Leadership, and Organizational Culture: Why Good People Do Bad Things
The Mosaic of Self-Determination: Professional, Client, Agency & Society
DSM-5: What You Need to Know Now

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

Date: August 22, 2014

Time:   9:00AM - 4:00PM 

Location:   UH Graduate College of Social Work

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

Course Number: 14SSW0211C

CEUs: 3 Clock Hours

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 exams 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 for at least three different theories of psychosocial development. 
  • List at least three thereotical frameworks for direct social work practice with individuals, families and groups. 

About the Instructor:

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., 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: August 29, 2014

Time:   9:00AM - 4:00PM 

Location:   UH Graduate College of Social Work

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

Course Number: 14SSW0212C

CEUs: 3 Clock Hours

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 exams 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, Ph.D., LCSW is an Associate 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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Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Fall 2014) 

A 40 hour LCSW Supervision Course approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

Dates: September 11 - 12 and October 9 - 10, 2014

Time: 8:30AM - 4:30PM on Thursdays and Fridays (1 hour lunch)

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Multipurpose Room - 1st Floor

Course Fee: $550 (Early Bird Registration)  $600 (After August 11, 2014)

Course Number: 14SSW0209C

CEUs: 40 Clock Hours

About the Course:

This 40 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.

The four day course will consist of five modules and twelve hours of independent work to be completed throughout the course period. Independent work consists of an in-depth review of the TSBSWE rules and regulations regarding LCSW clinical supervision, exploration of supervisory fit and style, assigned readings, and development of supervisory forms.

Module 1          Key Elements of Clinical Social Work Supervision: Creating and Sustaining an Effective Supervisory Relationship                
Module 2 Process and Phases of Clinical Social Work Supervision: Promoting Growth, Development and Self-Care
Module 3 Supervisory Models and Methods: Developing Conceptual Knowledge of Models, Methods, and Techniques
Module 4 Critical Issues in Clinical Social Work Supervision: Managing Clinical Challenges in the Supervisory Relationship
Module 5 Cultural Competence, Ethical and Legal Issues: Maintaining an Ethical Practice of Clinical Supervision

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

About the Instructors:

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a retired Clinical Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and maintains a clinical and consulting practice in Houston.  She has 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 25 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 29 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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Sexuality, Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Date: October 3, 2014            

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon                       

Location:  University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Room 107-B

Course Fee: $60             

Course Number: 14SSW0214C    

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 a 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 and 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, MEd, 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, 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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Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work Refresher Course 

Date: October 15, 2014

Schedule:   9:00AM - 12:00PM 

Location:   University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $60 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after September 15, 2014) 

Course Number: 14SSW0210C

CEUs: 3 Clock Hours

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 34 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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Developing a Successful Private Practice in Clinical Social Work  

Date: October 24, 2014

Schedule:   9:00AM - 12:00PM 

Location:   University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $80

Course Number: 14SSW0216C

CEUs: 3 Clock Hours

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:

At the end of the 3 hour training, 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.
  • 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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Ethics, Leadership, and Organizational Culture: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Date: October 30, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:  University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Multi-Purpose Room

Course Fee:  $60 (Early Registration)           $80 (After September 30)

Course Number:  14SSW0215C 

CEUs:  3 Ethics CEUs

About the Course:

In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world of human services, human service managers and leaders face a myriad of compliance issues, fund raising pressures, and the need to make frequent and quick decisions.  The wrong decision can impact the lives of those you serve, your staff, and the survival of your organization.  There is no doubt that leaders in an organization set the tone for an ethical organizational culture.  What’s a leader to do?  Through discussion and case studies this seminar will present information to help leaders find the best ways to promote ethical behavior within organizations.

Objectives

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

  • Factors that influence ethical decision-making. 
  • How ethical conduct influences success of an organization.  
  • How to create an ethical culture.  
  • How to promote ethical behavior within organizations. 

About the Instructor:

E. Lane Coco, PhD, LCSW has a master’s degree and a PhD in social work and has worked in the social work field for more than 35 years.  In 2007, she received a Fulbright Fellowship where she developed and taught a course in Applied Ethics for bachelor’s and master’s degree students in sociology and community and  youth work at the National University of Ireland-Maynooth, Ireland.  Her interest in ethics in the delivery of human services is long standing.  She has presented ethics seminars at national, state and local conferences.  Before her retirement from DePelchin Children’s Center, she was the VP of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement.

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The Mosaic of Self-Determination: Professional, Client, Agency & Society

Date: November 14, 2014 

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:  University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Multi-Purpose Room

Fee:  $60 (Early Registration)          $80 (After October 14, 2014)

Course Number:  14SSW0213C

CEUs:  3 Clock Hours

About The Course:

How do rights and responsibilities go with self-determination?  The non-compliant/chronically ill client is one that challenges our work. This class addresses individual compliance vs. agency/society burden.  Through an examination of the underlying principles and concepts we will grasp the values, laws, ethics that guide and give direction to our work with clients, our agency’s program and societal consequences.  Our view, our role and our practice is a delicate balance of problem solving with compassion and conserving resources with our freedoms.

Objectives

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

  • To identify the ethical components of self-determination.
  • Through discussion, examine the rights and responsibilites that co-exist with self-determination for the client, the professional and the agency. 
  • To examine theoretical aspects that guide ethical decision-making. 
  • To define the Case Management/Social Work role in reflection of professional values, agency mission and societal implications. 

About the Instructor:

Cindy F. Reibenstein,  LCSW, ACSW, DCSW has over 25 years of social work experience in a multitude of arenas-education, medical, mental health, and supervision consultation.  Through this experience she has developed presentations that assist colleagues, professionals, and the public to grow and overcome barriers in order to lead more meaningful lives.  She currently teaches at UH GCSW part-time and has a supervision/consultation practice.  Cindy also works with the elderly and disabled and stays active on several boards that focus on education.  Reibenstein and Associates is dedicated to ethical, quality service delivery for increasing effectiveness, not only on the professional level, but on the personal level as well.  Her work motivates, inspires and develops the potential in us all.

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DSM-5: What You Need to Know Now

Date: December 12, 2014 

Time:   9:00PM - 12:00PM 

Location:   UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $60 (Early Bird Registration)     $80 (Registration after November 12, 2014) 

Course Number: 14SSW0217C

CEUs: 3 Clock Hours 

About the Course:

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the DSM has changed. Even the way it is written, 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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