CE Course Descriptions

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)
Clinical Supervision in Social Work
Ethically Integrating Afterlife Considerations in Therapy 
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep Part I
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep Part II

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Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after May 11, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0253C

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, 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 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, 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.

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Clinical Supervision in Social Work 

Date: Thursday & Friday, March 31 - April 1, 2016 and Thursday & Friday, April 28 - 29, 2016

Time: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Location: UH Graduate College of Social Work 

Course Fee: $550 (Early Bird Registration)  $600 (Registration after March 15, 2016)

Course: 16SSW0249C

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 Instructors

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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Ethically Integrating Afterlife Considerations in Therapy 

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016

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: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

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

Course Number: 16SSW0254C

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

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 3 different theories of psychosocial development.
  • List at least 3 theoretical 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 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

**This course is now being offered virtually on the same date, at the same time as the in-class course!

Date
: Friday, May 20, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 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 Number: 16SSW0255C

CEUs: 6CEUs

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 Instructor

Danielle Parrish, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She began her social work career as a clinical social worker in a large public mental health system where she provided infant mental health, outpatient mental health and juvenile justice mental health services. Dr. Parrish has a passion for bridging the research- practice gap by 1) encouraging students to become critical consumers of practice research and skilled evaluators of their practice, and 2) developing and disseminating feasible and effective prevention and behavioral health interventions that translate seamlessly to real practice settings with high-risk populations.

Sara Narendorf, MSW, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has a particular interest in the transition to young adulthood for youth with mental disorders who are involved in public systems of care. She has investigated where, when and what type of mental health services can most effectively support these young people as they navigate both developmental and institutional transitions. She has taught Research and Knowledge Building in Social Work Practice and Clinical Applications of the DSM. Her interests also include the experience of psychotropic medication treatment and racial differences in mental health. 

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