GCSW CE Course Descriptions: University of Houston - University of Houston
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Instructor-Led

  

Hybrid Racial Justice and Liberatory Practice Series

 

Self-Paced

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Identifying, Assessing, and Introduction to Treating Suicidal Behavior with DBT

Date: April 12, 2024 

Time:  9 AM - 5 PM CST (7 CEUs including 2 ethics CEUs) 

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class. 

Course Fee: $100

Register: Here 

About the Course: 

Sadly, suicidal behavior has become an integral component of the COVID-19 health crisis and, as we all know, has exacerbated the already enormous challenges of this pandemic. 
Most social workers will encounter suicidal clients more than once in their careers. Research on suicidal behavior now indicates that non-fatal suicidal behaviors are often most effectively reduced by systematic focus and specialized intervention strategies. This course will assist social workers in identifying, assessing, and managing the clinical risks associated with suicidal behavior as well as exposing them to the most recent empirical research advances in treating suicidal behavior. 

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Identify incidence and prevalence of various suicidal behaviors in demographic and diagnostic groups 
  • Explore ethical considerations and implications related to suicidality 
  • Gain knowledge of the significance of culture, race, and ethnicity on suicidality 
  • Gain knowledge of religious and spiritual influences on suicidality 
  • Gain knowledge of risk, identification, and assessment of suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents 
  • Be introduced to a core evidence-based treatment intervention for suicidality, DBT 

About the Instructor:  

Dr. Robin E. Gearing is a Professor of Social Work and the Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation in Treatment Engagement and Services (The MH-RITES Research Center) and holds a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Texas Health McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Gearing's research focuses on improving the mental health outcomes of adolescents and young adults with serious mental illnesses and their families. His research s driven by interest in informing and improving engagement to empirically-supported psychological and medication treatment and developing evidence-based interventions. This interest is the result of more than 25 years of clinical work with youth, resulting in firsthand professional knowledge of the needs and gaps in the field. As a researcher, his areas of expertise are schizophrenia spectrum disorders, depressive disorders, and suicide intervention. Dr. Gearing's work focuses on engagement with mental health services, including culturally informed adaptations of empirically-supported interventions. In addition to other forums, findings from Dr. Gearing's research have appeared in over 75 peer-reviewed journal publications. 

 

 

The DSM, Gender Dysphoria, & LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy 

Date: April 18, 2024 

Time:  12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST (4 Cultural Competency CEUs)   

Location: This course is being offered in-person at the GCSW. Complimentary parking provided. 

Course Fee: $100 

Register: Here   

About the Course:  

The presentation centers on identifying the historically oppressive conceptualizations of LGBTQ+ identities as pathological by the APA. The presentation then shifts to instruction on the liberatory practice of LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy as a practice approach that aligns with socio-political justice and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the APA’s history of pathologizing LGBTQ+ identities 
  • List the current diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria from the DSM-5-TR 
  • Differentiate the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy approach from non-affirming approaches 
  • Apply an LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy approach with individuals and families in a clinical context 

About the Instructor:   

Steven L. Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor and serves in the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work as a full-time clinical Lecturing Faculty professor. Steven is a Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor (RPT-S) and training director of the A Time for Play | Play Therapy training series based in Houston, TX. He also maintains a small private practice in Sugar Land, Texas and specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing trauma symptoms, depression, anxiety, and externalizing behaviors. He is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Trauma & Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A). Steven has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree of Psychology from Texas Tech University, a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Houston Bauer College of Business, and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Steven volunteers regularly with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and with the various LGBTQ+ Community Organizations. 

 

 

Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Date: April 18 - 19, May 2 - 3, 2024 

Time:  8:30 AM - 4 PM CST (40 CEUs including 12 Ethics hours)   

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class.   

Course Fee: $650  

Deadline to sign up for this course is April 8th. 

Register: Here   

About the Course:  

This course is designed for Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are interested in fulfilling licensing requirements to become an approved LCSW supervisor (as set forth by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners 781.102) and in advancing their knowledge, skill, and experience in clinical social work supervision. This course will be delivered in 24 hours of face-to-face classroom work online via Zoom and in 16 hours of supervised independent structured work designed for course preparation, exploration, reflection, and integration of content. This 4-day course will consist of 8 3-hour modules and 16 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 supervision, exploration of supervisory fit and style, assigned readings, and development of essential supervisory forms.

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Define Clinical Supervision in Social Work 
  • Understand Ethical Responsibilities 
  • Develop an Effective Supervisory Relationship 
  • Explore the TX BHEC TSBSWE Rules for Social Work 
  • Identify Models and Phases of Clinical Supervision 
  • Understand Supervisory Methods and Techniques 
  • Comprehend The Influence of Culture, Technology and Generations 
  • Increase Awareness of Critical Challenges in Clinical Supervision 

About the Instructors:   

Dr. Ada Cheung, Ph.D, LCSW-S, RPT, EMDRIA certified therapist and approved consultant, received her Doctoral and Master Degree of Social Work from the University of Houston. She has years of experience working at various behavioral health, mental health and clinical settings serving children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric population for individual, couples, family and group therapy. She has been providing clinical supervision for over 25 years. 

Shubhra Endley, LCSW-S, Licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience providing services to diverse populations in community based and independent clinical practice settings. Direct practicum instruction and liaison experience in higher education. Served as Adjunct Faculty and Field Liaison at the GCSW. Advocates for the social work profession at state and local leadership levels. Inspired to continue leveraging clinical, practicum, and educational expertise in the advancement of future social work professionals. 

  

 

A Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Successful Private Counseling Practice

Date: April 26, 2024

Time:  9:00 AM - 12 PM CST (3 CEUs) 

Location: This course is being offered in-person at the GCSW. Complimentary parking provided.

Course Fee: $75 

Register: Here 

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. 

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the logistical steps to become an independent provider of mental health services 
  • Discuss the pros and cons of accepting insurance assignments 
  • Review the steps to become in-network with insurance panels 
  • Understand how to navigate ethical challenges unique to private practice 

About the Instructor:  

Andrea Skoglund, MSW, LCSW-S, EMDR Trained received her bachelor's degree in public relations from Marquette University. She completed her MSW 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 2021. 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. 

 

 

 

Intro to Animal-Assisted Counseling (A Roadmap to Harnessing the Therapeutic Power of the Human-Animal Bond)

Date: May 3, 2024   

Time:  9 AM - 12:30 PM CST (3 CEUs) 

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class.  

Course Fee: $75 

Register: Here  

About the Course:  

A growing body of research supports what many professionals have already experienced with their own pets - that the human-animal bond can be emotionally, psychologically, and physically beneficial. This course offers a roadmap to mental health professionals considering taking the next step towards bringing the healing power of animals into their counseling. The fundamentals of Animal-Assisted Therapy will be covered by exploring the history of animals in counseling, clarifying terminology, discussing benefits and risks, and experiencing some AAT interventions.  

Research evidence supports that Animal-Assisted Therapy can be beneficial to a wide range of ages, genders, and cultures. It has been researched and is currently being provided in numerous countries. As such, it offers emotional healing to diverse clients. Additionally, animals typically interact with clients without consideration of their social, racial, economic, or political status, which gives clients an opportunity for genuine, healthy, therapeutic relationship. 

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to:   

  • Identify characteristics of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling and differentiate from other therapeutic applications of the human-animal bond 
  • List at least 3 research-based benefits of partnering with animals in counseling 
  • List at least 3 risks of including an animal in counseling and describe ways of mitigating those risks 
  • Identify at least 3 indicators of stress and at least 3 indicators of consent for canines and equines 
  • Describe at least 3 different animal-assisted counseling interventions 

About the Instructor:   

Kim Sullivan, LPC, RPT, NCC, operates a solo private practice based in Round Rock, Texas, working with clients ages 3 to adult utilizing modalities including Child-Centered Play Therapy, expressive arts, sand tray, and animal-assisted counseling.  She teams up with her canine counseling partners, Gordon and Barney, or her equine partner Lewis, for the majority of her sessions.  Kim offers supervision for LPC-Associates and consultation for licensed counselors working towards their RPT certification, with Kim’s little equine herd joining in for equine-assisted supervision.  Kim is certified as an Animal-Assisted Counselor through Texas State University’s Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy (where she also serves as lead trainer).  She has completed Level 2 training in Natural Lifemanship, a trauma-informed equine-based approach, and is currently engaged in the Natural Lifemanship certification process as both a Mental Health and Equine professional.

 

 

Effective Advanced Clinical Supervision (Refresher)

Date: May 10, 2024

Time:  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM CST (6 Supervision CEUs)   

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class.   

Course Fee: $100 

Register: Here   

About the Course:  

This six-hour highly interactive clinical supervision training is designed to meet the requirements of the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council for Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor.  The training will focus on three major areas:  providing updates on pertinent aspects of the licensing rules related to clinical supervision in social work, emphasizing key components of the clinical supervisory relationship, process, and phases of work; and focusing on contemporary perspectives/content related to clinical supervision as a field of practice.  Participants will be invited to actively participate in sharing challenges, seeking guidance, and developing peer connections. 

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Learn updates on pertinent aspects of the licensing rules related to clinical supervision in social work 
  • Include key components of the clinical supervisory relationship, process, and phases of work 
  • Apply contemporary perspectives/content related to clinical supervision as a field of practice 

About the Instructors:   

Dr. Ada Cheung, Ph.D, LCSW-S, RPT, EMDRIA certified therapist and approved consultant, received her Doctoral and Master Degree of Social Work from the University of Houston. She has years of experience working at various behavioral health, mental health and clinical settings serving children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric population for individual, couples, family and group therapy. She has been providing clinical supervision for over 25 years. 

Shubhra Endley, LCSW-S, Licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience providing services to diverse populations in community based and independent clinical practice settings. Direct practicum instruction and liaison experience in higher education. Served as Adjunct Faculty and Field Liaison at the GCSW. Advocates for the social work profession at state and local leadership levels. Inspired to continue leveraging clinical, practicum, and educational expertise in the advancement of future social work professionals. 

 

 

Going to Court – Ethical Considerations and Practical Guidance

Date: May 31, 2024 

Time:  9 AM - 3:30 PM CST (5.5 CEUs including 2 Ethics hours) 

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class. 

Course Fee: $100

Register: Here 

About the Course: 

It is every therapists worst fear . . receiving a subpoena.  It is rarely anyone’s first choice to have to go to court, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Many times our voices are needed to advocate for justice when due to societal and personal traumas our clients’ voices have been silenced.  As social workers, we need to understand how to ethically support our clients in these difficult situations. 

 In this course, we will discuss ethical considerations around court testimony, how to speak to attorneys and our clients about court, and how to prepare and build your confidence before testifying. 

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Identify and assess 3 ethical considerations regarding subpoenas and court testimony
  • Discuss how to navigate conversations with clients and attorneys around court testimony
  • Prepare a clinical record for release to attorneys
  • Identify and apply strategies for effective court testimony
  • Explain the difference between fact and expert witness testimony

About the Instructor:  

Karen Sullivan LCSW-S, RPT-S, EMDR Approved Consultant, is a graduate of UH – GCSW.  She began her career as a caseworker and supervisor at CPS in  Sexual Abuse units.  Since that time, she has worked as a therapist at advocacy centers in both Harris and Fort Bend Counties. In her private practice, Karen continues to specialize in trauma, sexual assault, and attachment.  She frequently testifies on these matters in both civil and criminal courts. 

 

 

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep

Date: June 6 - 7, 2024 

Time:  9 AM - 4 PM CST (12 CEUs) 

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class. 

Course Fee: $200

Register: Here 

About the Course: 

In this updated course, students are taught the necessary skills to successfully prepare for the licensing exam. Helpful tips will guide students toward concentrating their preparation in areas helpful to success. Handouts include practice test questions and answers that will help students develop confidence to take the exam. 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.

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged 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.

 

 

Introduction and the Role of a Nephrology Social Worker

Date: June 13, 2024 

Time:  6 PM - 9 PM CST (3 CEUs) 

Location: This course is being offered exclusively on Zoom. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class. 

Course Fee: $75

Register: Here 

About the Course: 

This course introduces and defines the role of the nephrology Social Worker and the care needs of those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Basic nephrology social work assessment tools will be identified and discussed along with effective interventions used to effectively work with this population. An understanding of the challenges for providing effective care will become a part of the instruction for those on dialysis and who might be candidates for transplant.

At the conclusion of the class, the series of courses in nephrology social work will be outlined. The series is a distinctive recognition of advanced skills, expertise, and experience that goes beyond the scope of a standard Master of Social Work program. It sets apart social workers as devoted professionals who prioritize the principles and ethics of nephrology social work. The series requirements and future nephology specific CE trainings will be outlined for those wishing to pursue the Nephrology Series of courses.

Upon concluding this course, fully engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Define Nephrology Social Work and recognize the importance of nephrology social work as a specialty in healthcare settings
  • Learn how to provide optimal care for a patient with kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Determine the cause of their condition and ascertain whether it is acute or chronic
  • Healthcare professionals can provide individualized care and resources by understanding each person's specific needs and challenges, as well as those of their loved ones
  • Identify the fundamental tools and interventions utilized in the context of social work assessments for nephrology
  • Understand the Certification in Nephrology requirements and courses that will be available as part of a series

About the Instructor:  

Dr. Mikela Jerilynn Jones, with extensive experience spanning over 23 years in nephrology social work, has expertise in providing comprehensive support to patients with acute or chronic kidney disease. Dr. Jones' primary focus is on assisting patients in outpatient settings with their transplant or dialysis treatment, and ultimately, her goal is to help them navigate the challenges of their dialysis treatment with empathy and guidance. Her approach involves providing patients with relevant resources and helping them articulate their emotional needs while developing practical coping mechanisms. As the Director of Social Services and Education, she have successfully led a team of social workers in implementing programs and tools to improve patient outcomes. Her team worked closely with patients and their families, serving as their advocates, and providing the necessary support to overcome their health challenges and environmental needs. In addition, she implemented a platform for providing continuing education units to healthcare providers such as case managers and social workers to ensure that their skills remain up-to-date and aligned with the latest developments in nephrology and other populations in healthcare settings. By equipping healthcare providers with the necessary tools and knowledge, we can deliver the highest quality of care to our patients and ensure the best possible outcomes. 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberatory Practice

Date: April 1, 2024 - April 19, 2024

This course is instructed in a Hybrid format with 9 hours of self-paced content along with 3 weekly 1 hour Zoom instructor-led discussion sessions.

9 hours of Self-Paced instruction with 1 hour required Zoom Instructor-led sessions on: April 4, 11, 18, 2024 (12 PM - 1 PM CST)

Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (14 CEUs)  This course counts towards the Texas cultural competency requirement.

Location: This course is being offered via a combination of Zoom and self-paced coursework. A direct link will be sent prior to the date and time of the class.  

Course Fee: $240

About the Course: 

In this course, we explore ways to engage in liberatory practice. We look at anti-racist, anti-oppressive, decolonial approaches, with specific examples from folks doing this work in clinical, community, and policy practice areas. We identify barriers to liberatory practice and discuss supports needed to engage in this work. We utilize a variety of learning methods with a focus on theory and action.

By participating in this course, participants will:

  • Explore the concept of liberatory practice
  • Utilize examples of liberatory social work practice for application to their work/discipline
  • Identify barriers to engaging in liberatory social work practice
  • Identify supports needed to engage in liberatory practice
  • Apply course concepts in facilitated discussions with colleagues and collaborate to consider strategies for integration in their work and lives.

About the Instructors:  

Shimon Cohen, LCSW, is a social work educator, podcaster and change agent. He is passionate about racial justice and liberatory social work. He is the host and producer of the nationally recognized podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stores of Social Change. 

Charla Yearwood, LCSWis an Indianapolis based clinical social worker. Her professional work, which includes clinical services, consulting, and teaching, are all rooted in liberation. Her research interests include challenging white supremacy in the social work profession and liberation based clinical mental health care.

 

 

 

Ethical Practices in Telehealth Services for Social Workers (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Ethics CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

Technology impacts our work on a variety of fronts, service delivery and organizationally, therefore learning how to make our work HIPAA compliant will enhance protections of a client's PHI. Avenues with case scenarios and situations will illustrate the material readings along with some media sidebars. Resources are given and the state laws, federal laws and our professional ethics are given as they guide our practice in all situations.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

This course, as part of the new normal, is vital for any clinical or macro social worker who is providing telehealth services. Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the scope of practice with technology as the medium.
  • Identify the ethical standards impacting the use of technology in social work practice.
  • Identify the legal aspects needed to ensure ethical social work practice using technology.
  • Implement problem-solving with strong ethical practice

About the Instructor:

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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.

 

 

Record Keeping and Documentation: Ethical Challenges in Our Professionalism (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Ethics CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

Record keeping and documentation are the backbone on which our professionalism stands. Without these skills we stand to lose credibility and value within our organizations, our profession and our society. Learn the skill sets that can enhance your communication, your professional worth, and your viability. The laws that govern these vital areas will be reviewed in light of issues and situations we find ourselves in our practice micro to macro. The ethical challenges present opportunities for professional growth.

A link to the newly revised NASW Code of Ethics will be sent.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ethics that involve record keeping, documentation, and storage.
  • Identify new laws that embody the rules of record-keeping, documentation and storage.
  • Understand the financial consequences of poor records management that place you at risk.
  • Learn the best possible approach to clinical records.
  • Learn the 5 steps of record keeping.

About the Instructor:

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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.

 

 

The Ethics and Role of Social Work in Addressing Socio-Economic Disparity and in Achieving Financial Literacy to Help Overcome It (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing 

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Ethics CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

Socio-economic disparity is a reality that is under-addressed in our work. The divide impacts the client’s ability to “make ends meet” and to lead a life with the knowledge of their relationship with money and finances. Families’ livelihoods impact mental health, emotional health and is the source of many communication problems. The tension underscores a culture of poverty. Beginning with children, financial literacy can enhance their growth, and avenues to have a positive relationship with money, will close the economic gap. Social work has a role, and our ethics provide the template for addressing this both on the individual and societal levels.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Improve their ability to address socio-economic disparity in their client’s life.
  • Enhance their ability to address the socio-economic disparity in the systems that will engage with the client.
  • Identify basic terms in financial literacy and the 2 theoretical models for financial social work.
  • Identify the ethics that guide our work with those affected by social economic disparity.
  • Apply financial health to their life.

About the Instructor:

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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.

 

 

Play Therapy 101: Introduction to Play Therapy (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing 

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

This is a self-paced, recorded lecture.

This continuing education course teaches participants the basic theories of play, Play Therapy, and the neurobiological impacts of play. Participants will learn the core Therapeutic powers of play and learn through case examples how Play Therapists utilize the powers to achieve therapeutic treatment goals. Participants

will learn about the Association for Play Therapys credentialing process and requirements for becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Completion of a Post-Test and Evaluation are required for participants to earn 3 non-contact APT Approved Play Therapy continuing education hours as well as the 3 CEUs for the course.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between regular play and therapeutic play.
  • Describe the therapeutic powers of play and the basic elements of Play Therapy.
  • Identify the neurobiological impacts of play and Play Therapy.
  • Identify major theoretical foundations and empirical research base for Play Therapy.
  • List the requirements for the attainment of the RPT Credential and define what it means to call oneself a Play Therapist.

About the Instructor:

Steven L Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) is the instructor for this course. Steven L. Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor that specializes in the clinical practice with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions. Steven holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Houston. Steven is also a Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor, and an Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education. Steven is currently a lecturing faculty professor at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston and operates a part-time private practice, The Healing Place in Sugar Land, Texas.

 

 

Behavior Change Tools/Techniques in Our Practice of Financial Social Work - Private Practitioners, School Social Workers, Agency Case Managers (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing 

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Ethics CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

Through this three-hour self-paced instructor-recorded course, one will become more acquainted with the tools and techniques, an overview of models, for working with clients and systems in the area of financial social work. Addressing the disparity will enhance one’s ability to provide for not only basic living and decision making but also address means in building a successful financial relationship and retirement. In the work, the tools and techniques highlighted from Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model of Change will also be held as one of social work’s basic ethics, that of self-determination as well as professional growth.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • To identify at least three tools/techniques in building a client’s relationship with their money
  • To identify tools/techniques in working with a clients financial habits
  • To identify how their relationship with money impacts their financial social work
  • To identify how our ethics impacts the client/worker relationship
  • To identify how motivational interviewing, the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, and the Transformational learning model impacts financial wellness work

About the Instructor: 

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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.

 

 

Challenges and Update on Confidentiality Ethics, All Settings: Private Practice, Schools, Agencies, Healthcare and Technology! (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing 

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Ethics CEUs) 

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered. 

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here 

About the Course: 

Confidentiality is a core value in our profession. Through cases, scenarios and your discussion, the challenges that confidentiality holds in our work will be examined with the ethical decision-making model. Confidentiality is a core ethic that builds the relationship for effective practice. Our practice settings will bring to life some real-life situations and cases illustrating the updates we need to stay current in our practice. Come and participate! 

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: 

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:  

  • Identify strengths to aide in maintaining confidentiality 
  • Identify vulnerable times that put confidentiality at risk 
  • Identify practice strategies to safeguard one's ethics 
  • Distinguish between privacy and confidentiality and privileged communication 
  • Grasp the many roles and relationships one has while at work 
  • Understand how the funding source impacts confidentiality 
  • Identify the updates in confidentiality areas, especially with technology 

About the Instructor:  

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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. 

 

 

“You Can”: The Eight Guiding Principles for Professionalism and Supervision (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing 

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Ethics CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

Eight guiding principles from “You Can” are seen from the profession of social work ethics, our professional work and our supervisory positions.  Join the group in this examination of how these principles can enhance your work.  Our motivation to become the best professional demands growth and through this workshop you can explore ways to keep yourself fresh/grow.  Our ethics demand our professionalism; come see how “You Can!”

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the eight guiding principles and give insight as to their relevance in one's work
  • Articulate how the Code of Ethics interfaces with the principles in the action steps
  • Utilize at least three of the guiding principles into their professional life
  • Examine how the guiding principles impact our supervisory role

About the Instructor: 

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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.

 

 

Culturally Competent Services-Macro/Micro; Our SW Ethical Role (Self-Paced)

Date: Ongoing 

Time:  24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week (3 Cultural Competency CEUs)

Location: This course is being offered exclusively online via Canvas. A direct link will be sent once the participant has registered.

Course Fee: $50

Register: Here

About the Course:

When we are able to recognize and embrace different perspectives, one is able to create value, serve and support clients/communities/agencies.  Examining our cultural skills, knowledge and attitudes we can best prepare for our work.  Several clinical models for healing, along with the development of intervention strategies will enhance our delivery of culturally competent work.  Throughout the process in our discussion, our social work ethics will take a role in building our knowledge in various cultural arenas, micro to macro.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Grasp the importance of delivering culturally competent services
  • Identify strategies and tools to enhance the delivery and utilization of services for culturally competent practices
  • Recognize culturally competent components of various groups: micro to macro
  • Understand cultural competency includes ethnic and spiritual competency
  • Grasp the culturally competent from an agency/business standpoint
  • Understand the ethics surrounding the delivery of culturally competent services, micro to macro

About the Instructor: 

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, CFSW, ACSW, DCSW, is the instructor for this course. Cynthia Reibenstein is certified in Financial Social Work and is very highly regarded throughout Texas as an expert in social work ethics. She has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, as well as experience in supervision and social work consultation. She has developed effective presentations to assist colleagues, professionals, and the public in overcoming barriers that lead them to a more meaningful life. Currently, she teaches part-time at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work 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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