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Adult Psychopathology and Serious Mental Illness (SMI): DSM-5, Assessment and Exposure to Treatment Interventions

Adult Psychopathology and Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Trauma-Related disorders: DSM-5, Assessment and Exposure to Treatment Interventions

Adult Psychopathology and Personality Disorders: DSM-5, Assessment and Exposure to Treat Interventions

Pandemic Puzzle Plan

Addressing Ethical Challenges: Integrating a Trauma Perspective in Clinical Practice

Clinical Supervision in Social Work

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Adult Psychopathology and Serious Mental Illness (SMI): DSM-5, Assessment and Exposure to Treatment Interventions

Date:  Friday, July 31, 2020 

Time:  9 AM – Noon  (3 CEU's)

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

The purpose of this course is to integrate knowledge of psychopathology and Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI) into clinical social work practice perspective. Social workers represent the majority of mental health professionals in direct practice in the US and consequently pay 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. Understanding how to assess and diagnose is the centerpiece of the course. This course will review the DSM-5 criteria and core processes to assess and diagnose the three main disorder categories comprising SMIs: Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, Depressive disorders, and Bipolar disorders. In addition, this course will focus on evidence-based treatments for SMIs, namely Cognitive Remediation, Psychoeducation, and Family Interventions.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Robin E. Gearing is a Professor at the University of Houston, the Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation in Treatment Engagement and Service (MH-RITES Research Center), and is a clinical faculty at 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 services for more than twenty-five years. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of a) Improving outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults with serious mental illnesses and their families; b) Client engagement and adherence to evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological treatments; and c) Service access and utilization for underserved racial, ethnic/cultural, and stigmatized populations. 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 60 peer-review journal publications.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the diagnostic criteria for Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, Depressive disorders, and Bipolar disorders. using DSM 5 and their application
  2. Be familiar with commonly used assessment instruments for adults with a SMI
  3. Be familiar with evidence-based interventions for adults with a SMI (Cognitive Remediation, Psychoeducation, and Family Interventions)

Adult Psychopathology and Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-
Compulsive Disorders and Trauma-Related disorders: DSM-5, Assessment and Exposure to Treatment Interventions

Date:  Friday, August 7, 2020 

Time:  9 AM – Noon  (3 CEU's)

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

The purpose of this course is to integrate knowledge of psychopathology in Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive disorders and Trauma-related disorders into clinical social work practice perspective. Social workers represent the majority of mental health professionals in direct practice in the US and consequently pay 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. Understanding how to assess and diagnose is the centerpiece of the course. This course will review the DSM-5 criteria and core processes to assess and diagnose the three related disorder categories comprising Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive disorders and Trauma-related disorders. In addition, this course will focus on evidence-based treatments for these disorders, namely Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

About the Instructor:

Dr. Robin E. Gearing is a Professor at the University of Houston, the Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation in Treatment Engagement and Service (MH-RITES Research Center), and is a clinical faculty at 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 services for more than twenty-five years. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of a) Improving outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults with serious mental illnesses and their families; b) Client engagement and adherence to evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological treatments; and c) Service access and utilization for underserved racial, ethnic/cultural, and stigmatized populations. 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 60 peer-review journal publications.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

1. Learn the diagnostic criteria for Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, and Trauma-related disorders using DSM 5 and their application.
2. Be familiar with commonly used assessment instruments for adults with these disorders
3. Be familiar with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) an evidence-based intervention used to treat adults with these disorders

Adult Psychopathology and Personality Disorders: DSM-5, Assessment and Exposure to Treatment Interventions

Date:  Friday, August 14, 2020 

Time:  9 AM – Noon  (3 CEU's)

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

The purpose of this course is to integrate the knowledge of psychopathology in Personality disorders into clinical social work practice perspective. Social workers represent the majority of mental health professionals in direct practice in the US and consequently pay 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. Understanding how to assess and diagnose is the centerpiece of the course. This course will review the DSM-5 criteria and core processes to assess and diagnose Personality Disorders. In addition, this course will focus on evidence-based treatments for these disorders, namely Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

About the Instructor:

Dr. Robin E. Gearing is a Professor at the University of Houston, the Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation in Treatment Engagement and Service (MH-RITES Research Center), and is a clinical faculty at 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 services for more than twenty-five years. Dr. Gearing’s program of research concentrates in the areas of a) Improving outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults with serious mental illnesses and their families; b) Client engagement and adherence to evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological treatments; and c) Service access and utilization for underserved racial, ethnic/cultural, and stigmatized populations. 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 60 peer-review journal publications.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

1. Learn the diagnostic criteria for Personality disorders using DSM 5 and their application
2. Be familiar with commonly used assessment instruments for adults with Personality disorders
3. Be familiar with Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) an evidence-based intervention used to treat adults with Personality disorders

Pandemic Puzzle Plan

Date:  Friday, August 28, 2020 

Time:  9 AM – Noon  (3 CEU's)

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

As we continue the shared trauma of COVID-19, the impact on children in foster care was almost immediate. As one of the most vulnerable members of our society, foster children are already dealing with trauma due to the multiple effects of abuse/neglect. Those same children are facing additional issues that have changed all our lives as a result of COVID-19. Let’s look at all the pieces of the puzzle, children in foster care, foster parents, child protective services, schools, the legal systems, and others as we navigate through this unprecedented time in our history. In order to have a true plan to deal with all involved, we must also look at the impact of COVID-19 on us as individuals and professionals. Let’s see how we can work together to support each other in making a plan for this pandemic puzzle.

About the Instructor:

Gwendolyn Franks-Carter, LCSW brings vast and varied highly challenging experience in social work. Ms. Franks-Carter works as a school social worker and has retired from the State of Texas after 20 years of service. She served as a CPS investigator, foster home/adoption supervisor, and media specialist. Her experience also includes working in hospice and home health and is an active volunteer in programs for youth in her community.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their professional and personal lives.
2. Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on children in foster caregiving specific examples of life changes, grief, loss, and/or short and long-term impacts.
3. Examine common/shared loss and the resulting impact on our lives.
4. Examine survival concepts, ideas, and resources to support children in foster care and those involved in their lives.

Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep

Date: Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18, 2020

Time:  9 AM – 4 PM Both Days (12 CEU's)

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

Day 1

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 the confidence to take the exam.

Day 2

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.

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 14 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 and has a very high pass rate among students taking this course. It is important that students take both parts of this course.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

Day 1

  1. List the values and standard areas in the most current edition of the NASW Code of Ethics.
  2. List the primary concepts for at least 3 different theories of psychosocial development.
  3. List at least 3 theoretical frameworks for direct social work practice with individuals, families, and groups.

Day 2

    1. Identify the diagnostic criteria for five different types of disorders including schizophrenia, Bipolar I, and Bipolar II mood disorders, and three different types of personality disorders.

 

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Time:  9 AM – 12 PM Noon (3 Ethics CEU's)

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

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.

About the Instructors: 

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW-S, 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.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a framework for understanding seven key areas related to the process and practice of clinical supervision in social work.
  2. Assess their strengths and limitations around these seven established areas.
  3. Identify specific strategies for improving one’s effectiveness as an ethically competent clinical supervisor.
  4. This session will provide important updates on Board changes and their impact on LCSW supervision.

De-escalation Tactics for Case Workers

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020

Time:  9 AM – 12 PM Noon (3 Ethics CEU's)

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 aims to empower caseworkers with skills to de-escalate tense family meetings and situations. Participants will learn the Preparation, Action, and Response (PAR) framework for crisis preparation and response. Caseworkers will learn how to observe cues and adhere to safety protocols to maintain their safety in various settings. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss role-play the application of de-escalation skills for real-world work scenarios and settings.

About the Instructors: 

Steven Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor who specializes in clinical interventions for children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions. Steven holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and both a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Houston. Steven is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Trainer of Play Therapy. Steven is currently a faculty professor at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and operates a part-time private practice, The Healing Place, in Sugar Land, Texas.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recite the framework of the Preparation, Action and Response (PAR) model for crisis response.
  2. Utilize de-escalation skills in real-world scenarios.
  3. Internalize a safety protocol to use within multiple settings.
  4. Apply de-escalation skills to internally regulate themselves in tense situations.

Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Date: Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, 2020

Date: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 2020

Time:  8:30 AM – 4 PM Noon (40 CEU's, includes 12 Ethics CEU's)

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

Register: Here

About the Course

In this 40- hour course approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners for those interested in Becoming Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisors (LCSW-S). This course will be delivered via Zoom and will consist of 8-3 hour modules and 16 hours of structured, independent study course work totaling 40 hours of instruction. Please Note: An LCSW must have two years of practice experience (or very close to it) prior to applying to be a Board Approved Supervisor. Independent work consists of an in-depth review of the NEW TSBSWE rules and regulations regarding LCSW clinical supervision, exploration of supervisory fit and style, assigned readings, and development of essential supervisory forms. This independent work is designed to help participants prepare, explore, reflect, and integrate content from the Clinical Supervision in Social Work Course into their future clinical supervision practice.

The Modules are:

1. Defining Clinical Supervision in Social Work

2. Developing an Effective Clinical Supervisory Relationship

3. Understanding Ethical Responsibilities of Clinical Supervision

4. State of Texas Rules and Regulations for the Practice of Social Work

5. The Process and Phases of Clinical Social Work Supervision

6. Developing Knowledge and Skills of Methods and Techniques

7. Recognizing the Influence of Culture, Technology and Generations

8. Facing the Challenges in the Supervisory Relationship.

About the Instructors: 

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW-S, ACSW, DCSW is a retired clinical professor from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and maintains a consulting practice in Houston. She has over 35 years of social work experience and has provided supervision and consultation to numerous social workers pursuing their LCSW.

Ada Cheung, Ph.D., LCSW-S and Shubhra Endley, LCSW-S Course faculty are clinical social work practitioners, approved LCSW supervisors with extensive experience providing clinical supervision to social workers, and have served as Faculty and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a greater understanding of clinical supervision in social work.
  2. Develop a framework for initiating, building and sustaining an effective supervisory relationship.
  3. Develop awareness of the key ethical and legal issues and create practical guidelines and safeguards for best practice in clinical social work supervision.
  4. Describe and understand the Texas social work law and rules and regulations for social work practice.
  5. Identify specific learning styles, needs and goals of supervisee, evaluate growth and development and promote autonomy.
  6. Develop several methods and techniques for providing clinical social work supervision.
  7. Develop strategies for addressing critical challenges related to one’s cultural background, connection with technology and social media and generational issues.
  8. Identify and develop strategies for addressing critical issues in the supervisory relationship.

Addressing Ethical Challenges: Integrating a Trauma Perspective in Clinical Practice

Date: Postponed until Fall 2020, Dates TBA

Time:  9 AM – 4 PM Noon (12 CEUs including 3 Ethics CEU's)

Location:  TBD

Course Fee: $250 (includes the cost of both days)

Register: Here

About the Course

In the last decade, trauma has gained increasing attention in the United States as it relates to diverse populations. Ethical standards call for clinicians to have working knowledge and skill about trauma and its potential for long-lasting impact. This highly interactive, intensive two-day course, will provide participants with a valuable framework for understanding contemporary research about trauma, its manifestations, types, neurobiological aspects, and post-traumatic growth. Evidence-based practices for clinical assessment and interventions with trauma will be addressed. Using a problem-based learning approach, participants will have an opportunity to integrate a trauma perspective in clinical practice through case vignettes and experiential exercises.

Objectives:

At the end of the 12-hour training, participants will learn to:

  1. Identify and address key ethical challenges related to working with trauma in clinical practice.
  2. Develop a contemporary framework for understanding adverse childhood experiences, trauma, trauma types, manifestations, influencing factors, cultural influences, neurobiological aspects, post-traumatic growth, and resiliency.
  3. Formulate a clinical approach for assessment of trauma across diverse practice settings.
  4. Develop a trauma-informed practice approach and examine evidence-based practice treatment with various populations.
  5. Integrate a trauma perspective in clinical practice

About the Instructors:

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW-S, ACSW, DCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of clinical practice and consultation experience. Her primary areas of clinical expertise include trauma and grief. She is a retired Clinical Professor from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW-S is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 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.

In the spring of 2011, Sandra A. Lopez and Patricia Taylor also co-developed and taught the first Trauma and Social Work Practice course at the UHGCSW. They both have had extensive training in problem-based teaching of a national gold standard training curriculum called “Core Concepts of Childhood and Adolescent Trauma.” They have completed the two-day training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).

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