CE Course Descriptions

Clinical Supervision in Social Work
Domestic Violence and Trauma
DSM-5 What You Need to Know Now
Ethical Considerations for the Integration of Technology in Social Work Practice
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep-Part I
Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep-Part II
Sexuality and Intimacy in the Mature Years

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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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Domestic Violence and Trauma

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

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

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

Course Number: 16SSW0245C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

This course constitutes Part 2 in the brand new Trauma Series at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Part 1 is not a prerequisite for this course. It will focus on domestic violence and will examine how power and control contribute to the presence of domestic violence, and how early development is impacted by trauma. The course further examines how domestic violence related-trauma impacts stages of life from childhood to adulthood. Drawing on her extensive experience in the field, Donna Amtsberg brings a wealth of information and insight on the topic that social workers can apply in their day-to-day work with clients. Define dynamics of domestic violence, understand the necessity for screening for domestic violence; understand elements of power & control within relationships; recognize impact of trauma on early development; understand impact of domestic violence-related trauma from childhood to adulthood.

To complete your registration please select a workshop to attend the course Onsite or Online:

Option 1: Attend class onsite in the GCSW classroom (January 29th - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM) (3 CEUs provided)

Option 2: Attend the class online as a virtual class member (January 29th - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM) Participants will be emailed a link upon registering for the class that will allow individuals to join the live classroom as a virtual online class member at the scheduled time. (3 CEUs provided)

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Clearly define the dynamics of domestic violence in families.
  • Understand the necessity for screening for domestic violence in families.
  • Understand the elements of power and control within relationships.
  • Recognize the impact of trauma on early development.
  • Understand the impact of domestic violence-related trauma from childhood to adulthood.

About the Instructor

Donna K. Amtsberg , LCSW, is Director of the Child Trauma Program and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her areas of specialization include social policy, macro social work practice and political social work. Her research interests are many and include clinical social work practice, macro social work practice, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, family violence, crisis intervention, adult violent death fatality review, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and play therapy. As a social work educator her philosophy is that social workers have a responsibility to not only honor our past, but to positively impact our future. Social workers are able to do both by staying current with research, nurturing the possibilities within our students and within ourselves, and by maintaining a strong relationship with our community. She has been chairing the Harris County Adult Violent Death Review Team (AVDRT) since 2005. She is also certified to provide psychotherapy services through the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) practice model.

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DSM-5 What You Need to Know Now

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

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

Course Number: 16SSW0250C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

As we all know, the DSM has changed. Even the way it is written has changed. It is 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, and is designed for clinicians who will be using the DSM-5 for treatment decisions and diagnoses or for those 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.

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Ethical Considerations for the Integration of Technology in Social Work Practice

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

Date
: Friday, March 11, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65

Course Number: 16SSW0244C

CEUs: 3 Ethics CEUs

About the Course

Recent advances in technology, including social media, present unique challenges for social work professionals. This seminar on technology and social work offers social work professionals practical tips for the ethical integration of technology into social work practice, research and administration. Ethical challenges related to electronic record keeping, online data base management, electronic therapy and social media will be highlighted. Strategies for resolving potential conflicts of interest, boundary issues and other potential violations of the ethical code will be presented.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Locate an online version of the 2008 NASW Code of Ethics, Statement on Social Workers and E-Therapy and applicable sections 2014 State of Texas Health and Safety Code pertaining to professional practice in Social Work.
  • Identify risks to confidentiality and potential boundary violations related to clients’, agencies’ and practitioners’ use of social media.
  • Explain “best practices” for conducting internet based intervention sessions and electronic record keeping.
  • Describe potential limits to confidentiality related to email, text messaging and other forms of electronic communication with clients.

About the Instructor

Micki Washburn, Ph. D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor specializing in affirming mental health care for LGBT communities. Her research interests include the integration of technology in social work education and practice. Micki has conducted numerous trainings for mental health professionals at the state and national levels focused on ethics and clinical decision making. She is currently a researcher and clinical instructor at the Graduate College of Social at the University of Houston.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep-Part I

Date: Friday, February 5, 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: 16SSW0246C

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 completing 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 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

Date: Friday, February 12, 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: 16SSW0247C

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 completing 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 Instructor

Danielle Parrish, MSW, Ph.D. is 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 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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Sexuality and Intimacy in the Mature Years

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Amazing Place 3735 Drexel Drive Houston, TX 77027

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)  $80 (Registration after February 17, 2015)

Course Number: 16SSW0249C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

As we age, our reproductive years may come to an end but that does not mean our sexual lives stop. Enjoying intimacy and sexual relationships into the golden years is a reality for many mature adults. Family and professionals who are knowledgeable about sexuality and aging can help encourage and support our aging population to take advantage of their golden years by giving them resources and tools that keep them active and informed. We will learn the impact of aging on the physiology of sexual functioning and address the many myths that surround sexuality and aging.

Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of policy on resident’s rights and informed consent.
  • Acknowledge the impact of caregiver attitudes about sex on the rights of older adults.
  • Discuss the major sexual issues facing older adults – physical, social and emotional.
  • Identify resources for sexuality and aging.
  • Understand the biology of aging and sexual response.

About the Instructor

Meryl Cohen, Med, LCSW is a certified Sexuality Educator and a licensed therapist in association with Houston Sex Therapy, PLLC. She teaches Human Sexuality at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, was the former Vice-President for Planned Parenthood and has taught hundreds of professionals, teens and parents about reproductive and sexual health for over 25 years.

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