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Clinical Supervision in Social Work: A 40-hour LCSW Supervision Course approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

Date: Postponed until Fall 2020.

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM all 4 days (1 hour lunch)(40 CEU’s including 12 Ethics CEU’s)

Location: TBA

Course Fee: $650

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About the Course

This 40-hour course is designed for Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are interested in creating a highly ethical supervision practice and advancing their knowledge, skill, and experience in clinical social work supervision to fulfill 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 now include the new licensing board mandates and 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. 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. The four-day course will consist of five modules and twelve hours of independent work to be completed throughout the course period. Independent work consists of an in-depth review of the TSBSWE rules and regulations regarding LCSW clinical supervision, exploration of supervisory fit and style, assigned readings, and development of essential supervisory forms.

Content Areas: This highly interactive and experiential course is grounded in a strong ethical framework to allow for the most effective clinical supervision experience. Actively engaging in connecting course content with ethics, the course covers five major modules:

  • Key Elements of Clinical Social Work Supervision: Creating and Sustaining an Effective and Ethical Supervisory Relationship
  • Process and Phases of Clinical Social Work Supervision: Promoting Growth, Development and Self-Care
  • Supervisory Models and Methods: Developing Conceptual Knowledge of Models, Methods, and Techniques
  • Critical Issues in Clinical Social Work Supervision: Managing Ethical and Clinical Challenges in the Supervisory Relationship
  • Cultural Competence, Ethical Decision Making, Ethics and Legal Issues: Maintaining an Ethical Practice of Clinical Supervision

Participants will receive a 40-hour certificate of completion for the course (that includes 12 hours of ethics training) if they have attended all 28 hours of face-to-face classes and completed all 12 hours of independent work. Please note: Additional fees will apply if any make-up assignments are required, and this will likely delay receipt of the certificate of course completion.

About the Course Faculty

Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW-S, ACSW, DCSW
Ada Cheung, Ph.D., LCSW-S 
Shubhra Endley, LCSW-S

Course faculty are clinical social work practitioners, approved LCSW supervisors with extensive experience in providing clinical supervision to social workers, and have served as Faculty and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

Advanced Clinical Supervision in Social Work (Refresher Course)

Date: Online via ZOOM. (Link to Zoom will be sent to participants prior to the class date and time.) April 8, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - Noon ( 3 Ethics CEU’s)

Location: Online via ZOOM. (Link to Zoom will be sent to participants prior to the class date and time.)

Course Fee: $75

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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 Instructor:

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.

Ethics of Technology

Date: April 24, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - Noon ( 3 Ethics CEU’s)

Location: Online via ZOOM. (Link to Zoom will be sent to participants prior to the class date and time.)

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About the Course: 

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, this course is now offered exclusively via Zoom. It is taking place at the same date and time as scheduled. It is fitting that this course is offered exclusively on Zoom, since technology impacts every social worker’s work. The practice of social work, whether it is face-to-face or through technology must meet the same standards. Our ethics, legal requirements and evidence-based practice standards guide our abilities to deliver quality work. This course will examine our role in the process and explore the means to make our practice strong. Participants are encouraged to share their situations to be examined and discussed in order to help enhance our work. This course will examine our role in the process and explore the means to make our practice strong. Participants are encouraged to bring their situations to be examined and discussed in order to help enhance our work.

About the Instructor:

Cynthia F. Reibenstein, LCSW-S, ACSW, DCSW has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings including 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 has a supervision/consultation practice and works with the elderly and people with disabilities and serves on several boards that focus on education. Reibenstein and Associates are dedicated to ethical, quality service that helps individuals be motivated and inspired to develop their full potential.

What Students Can Expect To Learn:

Upon concluding this course, participants will be able to:

  • Grasp the scope of the medium of technology in their practice.
  • 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 (with a goal of helping the clinician protect themselves and the client).
  • Through situations and case scenarios problem-solve for strong ethical practice. 

 

A Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Successful Private Counseling Practice

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 

Time:  9 AM – 12 PM 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

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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.

About the Instructor:

Andrea Skoglund, MSW, LCSW-S, EMDR trained therapist.

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 adolescents and young adults as well as with women and couples across life’s entire spectrum.

What Students Can Expect to Learn:

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the logistical steps to become an independent provider of mental health services.

  2. Understand how to bill the insurance companies in order to receive financial reimbursement for services rendered.

  3. Discuss the pros and cons of accepting insurance assignments.

  4. Understand how to navigate ethical challenges unique to private practice.

  5. Review the steps to become an in-network participant with insurance panels.

 

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 CEUs)

Location:  TBD

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

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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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