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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep

Racial Micoraggressions and Their Effect on the Therapeutic Process

Addressing Ethical Challenges: Integrating a Trauma Perspective in Clinical Practice

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

A Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Successful Private Counseling Practice

Ethical Approach to Working with Transgender Clients

Identifying, Assessing and Treating Suicidal Behavior

The New NASW Code of Ethics with HIPAA Revisions and Additions

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

 

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Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep

Date: Day 1, Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 2, Friday, June 29, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Both Days)

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $200 (Includes parking both days at the stadium parking garage)

(Also includes a complimentary copy of the brand new NASW Code of Ethics)

Register:  Here

Course Number: 18SSW0309C

CEUs: 12 CEUs 

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 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.

Objectives

Day 1 Upon concluding this segment of the course, students will be able to:

  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 Upon concluding this segment of the course, students will be able to:

  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.

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.

Racial Microaggressions and Their Effect on the Therapeutic Process

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $75

Register:  Here

Course Number: 18SSW0306C

CEUs: 3 CEUs 

About the Course

Racial Microaggressions are brief and ordinary verbal, behavioral, or environmental incidents, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial insults towards people of color. Examples are making statements such as “When I look at you, I don’t see color,” and telling someone of a different race that they “speak good English.”

Employing the ground-breaking work of Dr. Derald Sue as a framework, this interactive 3-hour session will provide and overview of the various types of racial microaggressions and how they can affect the therapeutic process. In addition to learning skills to become more culturally competent, participants will also be challenged to analyze their own racial identity and their feelings toward people of other racial groups.

Objectives

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three major forms of racial microaggressions.
  • Identify common dilemmas in responding to microaggressions.
  • Describe examples of racial microaggressions in the therapeutic process and their effect on the therapeutic relationship.
  • Analyze personal racial identity and feelings towards other racial groups.
  • Learn strategies to increase cultural competency.

About the Instructors

Kamilah Thomas, LCSW, has more than 12 years of experience working with adolescents and adults who have had difficulty with symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues, and serious mental illness. She has a passion for destigmatizing mental illness in the community. She has worked with youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, with at-risk adolescents in a residential treatment center, parents in parenting classes, clients in individual and group therapy sessions as well as with adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities. Kamilah is currently employed as a therapist at Cy-Hope Counseling in Cypress, Texas.

Addressing Ethical Challenges: Integrating a Trauma Perspective in Clinical Practice

Date: Thursday, April 26 & Friday, April 27, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Bo’s Place 10500 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054

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

Register:  Here

Course Number: 18SSW0302C

CEUs: 12 CEUs including 3 Ethics CEUs

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

Students who are fully engaged and participate in this class will be able to:

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

About the Instructors

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, 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 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).

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $75

Register:  Here

Course Number: 18SSW0301C

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

Students who are fully engaged and participate in this class 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.

A Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Successful Private Counseling Practice

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $75

Register:  Here

Course Number: 17SSW0303C

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 completing this course, participants 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 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.

Ethical Approach to Working with Transgender Clients

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $75

Register:  Here

Course Number: 18SSW0308C

About the Course

This course will examine the current NASW Code of Ethics concerning gender identity and gender expression. Terminology related to transgender populations will be discussed. The course will help professionals working with transgender clients better engage transgender individuals in accessing mental health services and in ethically engaging them in therapy with the goal of better therapeutic outcomes.

Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Gain knowledge of terminology related to transsexual and gender non-conforming individuals for the purpose of providing more empathic service to this population and, concomitantly, helping them to achieve better service outcomes.
  2. Get an understanding of the New NASW Code of Ethics related to gender identity and expression.
  3. Receive skills to engage transgender individuals and gender non-conforming individuals in accessing mental health services and achieving better mental health outcomes.
  4. Receive skills to understand and engage with foster care agencies.

About the Instructors

A fascinating and strong advocate for transgender individuals, Josephine Tittsworth is a graduate of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and a transgender individual. She is a Vietnam Era veteran and a retired IBM employee with 31 years of mainframe computer repair and maintenance experience. She has published numerous articles in academic journals focusing on transgender issues.

Identifying, Assessing and Treating Suicidal Behavior

Date: July 20, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $100

Register:  Here

Course Number: 18SSW0311C

About the Course

Most social workers will encounter suicidal clients more than once in their careers. While suicide is the penultimate act we wish to avoid, practitioners must also intervene with non-fatal suicidal behaviors that occur with higher frequency. These include suicidal ideation or thoughts; suicidal verbalization, often in the form of suicide threats, intentional self-harm, and suicide attempts. Research on suicidal behavior now indicates that non-fatal suicidal behaviors are often most effectively reduced via 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 expose them to the most recent empirical research advances in treating suicidal behavior.

Objectives

By the end of this workshop, fully engaged participants will be able to:

  1. 1dentify incidence and prevalence of various suicidal behaviors in demographic and diagnostic groups
  2. Explore ethical considerations and implications related to suicidality
  3. Gain knowledge of the significance of culture, race, and ethnic on suicidality 
  4. Gain knowledge of religious/spiritual influences on suicidality 
  5. Gain Knowledge of risk, identification, and assessment of suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents 
  6. Understand some core evidence-based treatment interventions for suicidality (e.g., Crisis management, Psychopharmacology, CBT, DBT)

 

About the Instructor

Dr. Robin E. Gearing is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and a Clinical Associate Professor 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 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. 

 

 

The New NASW Code of Ethics and HIPAA Revisions and Additions

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $75  Includes FREE parking at the stadium parking garage at the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Holman. This fee also includes a free copy of the new NASW Code of Ethics.

Register:  Here

Course Number: 

About the Course

The New NASW Code of Ethics with HIPAA Revisions and Additions will inform you of the changes to the code of ethics and to the new 13 standards. Advances in technology impact our work and the new code reflects the ethical ways to protect our values. See how HIPAA influences our professional way of life.

Objectives

By the end of this course, fully engaged participants will be able to:

  • Identify two main areas of the NEW NASW Code of Ethics and their impact.
  • Identify how HIPAA influences our new Code of Ethics.
  • Identify how the ethics of technology will impact our work.
  • Identify tools that can enhance compliance with the ethics of technology.
  • Correlate how HIPAA and Social Work Code of Ethics are compatible.

About the Instructor

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW has over 27 years experience in a variety of settings like schools, medical and mental health facilities, and has extensive 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.

 

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: October 4, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Course Fee: $75

Register:  Here

Course Number: 

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

By the end of this course, fully engaged 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 Instructor

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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