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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
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)
Clinical Supervision in Social Work

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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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Sexuality: Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Date: April 29, 2015

Time: 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 

Date: May 20, 2015

Time: 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

Time: 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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Clinical Supervision in Social Work 

Date: Monday & Thursday, September 10 & 11, 2015 and Monday & Thursday, October 8 & 9, 2015

Time: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $550 (Early Bird Registration)  $600 (Registration after August 28, 2015)

Course: 15SSW0231C

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 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 superivison, exploration of supervisory fit and style, assigned readings, and development of supervisory forms. 

Objectives:

At the end of this 40-hour training, participants will be able to:

  • Define and understand key elements of the clinical social work supervisor, creating and sustaining an effective supervisory relationship.
  • Understand the process and phases of clinical social work supervision-promoting growth, development and self-care.
  • Identify and develop conceptual knowledge of models, methods, and techniques.
  • Understand critical issues in clinical social work supervision-managing clinical challenges in the supervisory relationship. 
  • Understand cultural competence, ethical and legal issues and maintain an ethical practice in clinical supervision. 
  • Receive a 40-hour certificate of completion for the course (including 6 hours of ethics training). 

About the Instructor:

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 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, PhD, LCSW is a social worker with 29 years of clinical practice and consultation experience in Houston and Longview, Texas. She served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has provided LCSW supervision to many LMSWs since 1991. She has also taught a course on supervision and consultation within the UHGCSW. 

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