CE Course Descriptions

Did You Say Play? Children's Assessment and Play Therapy Techniques
Ethically Integrating Afterlife Considerations in Therapy 
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep Part I
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep Part II
Part 4 of our Trauma Series: (No prerequisite trauma courses necessary-Everyone welcome!) Ethical and Trauma-Informed Approaches in Providing Services to the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Communities

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Did You Say Play? Children's Assessment and Play Therapy Techniques 

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after July 15, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0258C

About the Course

Treatment of common conditions such as anxiety in elementary aged children may be enhanced when professional clinicians regularly measure the effects of treatment (Erford and Lutz, 2015). Assessment should include on-going measurement that informs treatment engagement and modalities. Participants will increase their understanding of the proper use of an evidence-informed assessment instrument. Then participants will learn how to utilize the results of the assessment instrument measures to inform appropriate play-therapy techniques-directive or non-directive therapeutic play-as well as some appropriate play therapy tools for work with school-aged children.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use assessment instruments to improve objectivity.
  • Determine and apply appropriate play therapy techniques to address symptoms of disorders.
  • Understand how assessment provides measurement of progress that determines efficacy of therapy.
  • Understand the efficacy of play therapy techniques when working with children who exhibit various symptoms of mental disorders identified by the DSM-5.

About the Instructors

Maurya W. Glaude, MSW, LCSW-S has over 10 years experience helping families improve their behavioral functioning through parenting education, group, family and individual adult, child, and adolescent psychotherapy. Her theoretical orientations include evidence-based cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and family systems. She earned her MSW from Tulane University and she is currently a doctoral student and adjunct instructor at the University of Houston. Her research goal is to help bridge the gap between practice and research with regard to prevention of risky behaviors which co-occur with substance use among adolescent students. Her practice goals, informed by her research, are to increase coping skill utilization, reduce substance use, improve school performance and reduce academic-related anxiety through the use of therapeutic strategies.

Lenecia Nickell, MA, LPC-S, NCC, Registered Play Therapist has over 10 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapeutic support through individual, family and group therapy. Through the course of her career, she has specifically focused on helping children, beginning at age 3, work through behavioral issues while also providing supplemental support to their families working with various non-profit agencies and her own private practice. Her theoretical orientations include cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused interventions along with Adlerian play therapy techniques. She earned her MA in counseling from Sam Houston State University and is currently in private practice serving the Cypress area.

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Ethically Integrating Afterlife Considerations in Therapy 

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 (Now offered simulatenously in the classroom and virtually!)

Time: 9:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after June 10, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0257C

About the Course

There are few suggestions in the academic literature for how to integrate spirituality into the therapeutic process, especially afterlife beliefs. It is important that the afterlife be addressed by mental health providers in an ethical manner as most Americans believe in life-after-death.
This class will:

  1. Discuss how to assess spirituality and afterlife beliefs.
  2. Provide resources that address the client’s desire to incorporate or explore afterlife beliefs.
  3. Identify how to support those who have had spiritual experiences in which an afterlife was perceived (such as when sensing the presence of a loved one).

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how the NASW Code of Ethics applies to assessing and integrating a client’s religiosity and spirituality.
  • Identify and distinguish between the pros and cons of quantitative measurements and open-ended questions as ways to assess a client’s religiosity/spirituality. Recognize how ethics applies to conducting the assessment.
  • Complete an initial spirituality/religiosity assessment of a client using an interview process with open-ended questions. Assess client’s belief in an afterlife as well as any spiritual experiences in which an afterlife was perceived, such as after-death communications or near-death experiences.
  • Identify local, national, and online resources that provide discussion or education groups on the afterlife as well as organizations that conduct afterlife research (often called survival of consciousness research). Identify ethical issues to consider regarding providing these resources to clients.
  • Recognize how the subjective experience of an afterlife is a component of many spiritual experiences. Identify and ethically provide appropriate resources and accompanying support to clients who have had these experiences or clients who would like to learn more about these experiences.

About the Instructors

Beth Christopherson, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She is certified through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as well and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Her additional focus is on integrating spirituality, particularly beliefs in or desire to explore the possibility of an afterlife, into her therapy practices to best serve her clients’ spiritual and religious needs. She is a frequent presenter at local universities and a contributor to social work publications.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $100 for this course, $180 for Part I and Part II

Course: 16SSW0264C

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, participants 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, August 26, 2016

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $100 for this course, $180 for Part I and Part II

Course: 16SSW0265C

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, 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 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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Part 4 of our Trauma Series: (No prerequisite trauma courses necessary-Everyone welcome!) Ethical and Trauma-Informed Approaches in Providing Services to the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Communities (3 Ethics CEU’s)

Date: Friday, August 5, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work-Room 110J

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after July 29, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0259C

About the Course

With the current influx of negative legislation targeting the transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) communities throughout the country (the so-called erroneously-named “Bathroom Laws”, it is more important than ever for helping professionals and organizations to provide affirming services to their transgender and gender non-conforming identified clients. The content of this session will outline basic definitions and language within the context of the transgender and GNC communities, and explore unique barriers to care these communities face. This session will also provide participants with an opportunity to discuss best practices to serving the transgender and gender non-conforming communities through an ethical and trauma-informed perspective.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify terms, definitions, and language related to gender identity and gender expression, and recognize the importance for helping professionals to understand these terms.
  • Recognize and discuss best practices for providing competent and affirming services to transgender and gender non-conforming identified clients.
  • Evaluate organizational policies, practices, and environment, and identify barriers transgender and gender non-conforming clients may face to accessing affirmative trauma-informed care.
  • Discuss the NASW Code of Ethics and ethical obligations for helping professionals in regards to providing services to gender-diverse populations.

About the Instructors

Nikki Vogel, LMSW is a licensed master social worker and serves as the Director of Public Relations for the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit. Her experience includes co-facilitating lectures, workshops, and professional presentations covering transgender advocacy, inclusive policy, and ethical practice on college campuses across the state of Texas, as well as advocating for transgender rights and social justice at the local and state levels.

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