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HIPAA and the Privacy Act: Our Role

A Recipe for Creating a Private Counseling Practice

Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment, and Treatment

How to Be a Better Activist

Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part II

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 HIPAA and the Privacy Act: Our Role

Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)      $80 (after July 7, 2017)

Course Number: 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: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65 (Early Bird Registration)    $80 after July 14, 2017

Course Number: 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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Adult Psychopathology: DSM-5, Assessment, and Treatment

Date: Friday, August 25, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100

Course Number: 17USW0287C

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

Robin E. Gearing, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and a Clinical Associate Professor at the UT Health McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also has extensive experience practicing as a clinical social worker in psychosocial and mental health treatment service for more than twenty years. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of adolescent mental health service 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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How to Be a Better Activist

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65

Course Number: 17FSW0292C

CEUs: 3 CEUs

About the Course

Drawing on his vast experience as a community activist, Ray Hill seeks to teach participants how to be more effective activists. In doing so, Mr. Hill will attempt to place the participant in the correct frame of mind to affect change, help them to be more assertive in promoting their causes, examine the realistic potential consequences of their actions and better explain how to protect themselves and others as they promote the causes of social justice.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, students will be able to:

  • Learn the right mindset to affect change.
  • Learn to identify your passion and determine what is worth fighting for.
  • Learn how to use the media to work for your cause.
  • Challenge yourself by asking how much of your freedom you are willing to risk to accomplish your goal.
  • Help ethically protect those you may be leading into possible civil disobedience.

About the Instructors

Ray Hill is a well-known Houston activist. He served as the General Manager of Pacifica Radio, KPFT-FM, co-founder and executive director of the Houston Human Rights League, past president of the Houston Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Political Caucus, co-founder of the Montrose Counseling Center (now the Montrose Center), co-founder of the Montrose Clinic (now Legacy Community Health Services), co-founder of the Kaposi’s Sarcoma Foundation (now AIDS Foundation Houston).

Mr. Hill was imprisoned for 5 years in the Texas Prison System and from that experience became a lifelong advocate for prison reform. He was founder and producer of the Prison Show and remains active to this day in promoting prison reform. Mr. Hill was winner of the landmark First Amendment US Supreme Court Case, Houston v Hill, S.Ct2502 and was labeled by one Supreme Court Justice as a “Citizen Provocateur”.

Among his many awards, Mr. Hill was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the ACLU, the First Amendment Award from the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Unity Committee (several organizations supporting equality for transgendered people), and the John P. McGovern Award presented by the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Mr. Hill is also a playwright and performer of Ray Hill, The Prison Years and Ray Hill and the Sex Police, as well as Ray Hill in Love, among others. He is the subject of 3 documentaries, Citizen Provocateur, Ray Hill’s Texas Prison Show, and The Trouble with Ray. He remains a strident community activist with intense interest in LGBT and prison reform issues.

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Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Date: Thursday & Friday, September 14-15 and October 12-13, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, plus 12 hours of independent, structured work

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work - Multipurpose Room

Course Fee: $550 (Early Bird Registration)      $600 (after September 1, 2017)

Course Number: 17FSW0288C

CEUs: 40 CEUs including 6 Ethics CEUs

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 40-hour course will consist of five modules:

  • Module 1 - Key Elements of Clinical Social Work Supervision: The Framework for an Effective Supervisory Relationship
  • Module 2 - Process and Phases of Clinical Social Work Supervision: Developing the Novice to Master
  • Module 3 - Supervisory Models and Methods: Developing Conceptual Knowledge of Methods and Techniques
  • Module 4 - Critical Issues in Clinical Social Work Supervision: Facing the Challenges in the Supervisory Relationship
  • Module 5 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Social Work Supervision
Participants will receive a 40 hour certificate of completion for the course (includes 6 hours of ethics training) if they have attended all 28 hours of face to face classroom work and completed all 12 hours of independent work.

About the Instructors

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a retired clinical professor of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and maintains a 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.

Kay G. Schiller, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW is a social worker with over 23 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, Ph.D., LCSW is a social worker with over 27 years of clinical practice and consultation experience in Houston and Longview, Texas. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has provided LCSW supervision to many LMSW’s since 1991. She has also taught a course on supervision and consultation within the UHGCSW.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part I

Date: Friday, September 29, 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 Number:
17FSW0289AB (if registering for both parts, Part I and Part II)
17FSW0289C (if registering only for Part I)
17FSW0290C (if registering only for Part II)

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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Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $65

Course Number: 17FSW0291C

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, 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 over 34 years of social work experience and has provided supervision and consultation to numerous social workers pursuing their LCSW.

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep - Part II

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100 for Part II    $180 for Part I and Part II

Course Number:
17FSW0290C (if registering only for Part II)
17FSW0289AB (if registering for both parts, Part I and Part II)

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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