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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

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part II

HIPAA and the Privacy Act: Our Role

A Recipe for Creating a Private Counseling Practice

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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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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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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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A Recipe for Creating a Private Counseling Practice

Date: Friday, July 28, 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 14, 2017

Course: 17USW0286C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

Social workers often express interest in working in a private practice setting, intrigued by the flexible work schedule as well as the earning potential. Many social workers, however, are uncertain of how to enter into this area of social work practice. This course will outline the steps to develop a business model that has the greatest potential for clinical and financial success.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the logistical steps to become an independent provider of mental health services.
  • Understand how to bill the insurance companies in order to receive financial reimbursement for services rendered.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of accepting insurance assignments.
  • Understand how to navigate ethical challenges unique to private practice.
  • Review the steps to become an in-network participant with insurance panels.

About the Instructors

Andrea Skoglund, LCSW received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Marquette University. She completed her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked at a variety of academic medical centers. She is a Board Approved Supervisor, and has been writing examination items for the ASWB’s clinical licensure exam since 2012. In her own private practice, Andrea works with a variety of clients including adolescent and young adults as well as with women and couples across life’s entire spectrum.

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