The Catholic University of America

Continuing Education

For questions or additional information on Professional Education and Training, contact the office at 202-319-4388.

Interested in conducting a workshop? 

Link here, complete the workshop proposal, and email it to : Thursby@cua.edu or Shaffera@cua.edu.

FALL 2015 CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Overview of Psychopharmacology

Lisa Cullins, M.D.

Friday September 25th 

Noon -3pm

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Building, room 351

 

Description: In this workshop participants will

·         become familiar with medications used to treat various psychiatric disorders

·         understand the side effects of various medication

·         recognize the importance of collaboration between social work and psychiatry

·         be able to assess when a referral for psychiatry is needed

 

 

FEE: $60 regular registration

($40 for NCSSS field instructor, $25 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: three (3) social work CEUs

 

REGISTER

 

 

 

 

Child-Centered Play Therapy

Robert Scuka, PhD

 

Monday September 28th

9am-4pm

The Catholic University of America

 

Caldwell Auditorium, Caldwell Hall


 

Description: Child-Centered Play Therapy is the method of play therapy developed by Virginia Axline, an associate of Carl Rogers.  It follows the Client-Centered principle of creating a non-judgmental, emotionally supportive therapeutic atmosphere while also providing clear boundaries that encourage the child to learn emotional and behavioral self-regulation.  Research has validated this to be a powerful method for decreasing a wide range of child emotional problems as well as for building self-esteem and more mature, pro-social behaviors.  CCPT is based on eight clear-cut principles applied in a systematic way that equip the therapist with a method uniquely capable of handling the many challenges of playing therapeutically with children and achieving predictably positive results.  This workshop is recommended for all clinicians who work with children as well as school counselors and child-welfare personnel.

 

FEE: $120 regular registration

($100 for NCSSS field instructor, $40 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: six (6) social work CEUs

 

 

REGISTER

 

 

 

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

 Jon Fredrickson. MSW

Friday October 2nd
9am -4pm
The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Auditorium, Caldwell Hall

 

Description: In this presentation Jon Frederickson, MSW will use videotaped sessions to show how to work with depressed patients who have not responded to earlier therapies.

You will learn:

---how to identify defenses that will cause depression

---how to stop regression

---how to build the capacity to bear feelings without becoming depressed

---how to address acting out in session

We will view and study an initial videotaped session with a depressed session moment by moment, learning how to assess the patient's needs and how to address them. Unlike most workshops which talk about therapy, here we will see an actual therapy. Rather than just learn theory, we will learn how to put theory into practice through interventions that lead to genuine change. You will come away knowing how to be more effective with your clients.

 

 

FEE: $120 regular registration

($100 for NCSSS field instructor, $40 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: six (6) social work CEUs

 

 

REGISTER

 

 

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Melissa Grady, MSW, PhD, LICSW

 

Friday October 9th

9am-noon

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Building, Room 351

 

Description:

This workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in learning the fundamental concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  In the workshop the following will be presented: the theoretical underpinnings of CBT, specific techniques associated with this model, and how it is used in a variety of social work practice settings (primarily with individuals), including hospitals, schools, and clinical settings.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the theoretical framework of CBT.
  2. Describe the model of treatment of CBT, in beginning terms.
  3. Identify how the CBT model is used with individuals in a variety of social work settings.

FEE: $60 regular registration

($40 for NCSSS field instructor, $25 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: three (3) social work CEUs

 REGISTER

Ethical Decision making: A Crisis Intervention Approach

Veronica Cruz, MSW, LCSW-C

 

Monday October 19th

9am-noon

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Building Room 351

 

Description:

When involved in a crisis, time is of the essence and often time’s social workers are called to quickly triage a situation. The margin for error can be small or extensive depending on the situation and environmental elements can affect ethical decision- making processes and the approach applied. This workshop will explore appropriate ethical decision-making processes in a crisis situation/intervention including but not limited to emergency room evaluations. An emphasis will be placed in best practice techniques for ethical decision-making, allowing participants to engage a variety of different intervention techniques.  This is an interactive workshop were cases vignettes will be presented and participants will work in a group setting.

 

FEE: $60 regular registration

($40 for NCSSS field instructor, $25 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: three (3) social work CEUs

 

 REGISTER

PTSD in the Combat Veteran: Impact on the Family


Michael Gatson, MSW, LICSW, PhD

 

Friday October 23rd

9am-noon

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Building Room 351

 

Description:

This workshop will provide an overview of PTSD and it's impact on the family.

  • Identify Core features of PTSD and risk factors a military member or veteran may have for developing PTSD
  • Learn about the diagnosis and explain a model for understanding the problems typically encountered by combat veterans with PTSD and their families
  • Define the terms used to describe sexual harassment and assault in the military
  • Discuss inclusion of partners in the assessment of PTSD and relationship functioning
  • Explain a model for understanding the problems typically encountered by combat veterans with PTSD and their families
  • Learn about evidence based practices (EMDR, CPT, DBT), psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD and about the comparative efficacy of these treatment approaches
  • Learn about VA program and services available to the veteran and family

 

 

FEE: $60 regular registration

($40 for NCSSS field instructor, $25 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: three (3) social work CEUs

 

REGISTER

 

Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice Today

 

Eileen Dombo, MSW, PhD

 

Friday October 30th

9am-noon

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Building Room 351

 

Description:

  • Participants will explore common ethical dilemmas in clinical practice that involve the use of technology, setting and maintaining boundaries, self-care and worker safety, and cultural competence.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate these practice issues while maintaining a strong working alliance with clients.
  • Participants will role play for clinical practice.

 

FEE: $60 regular registration

($40 for NCSSS field instructor, $25 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: three (3) social work CEUs

 

REGISTER

 

 

Trauma Whisperers

Dan Buccino, MSW, LCSW-C

Monday November 2nd

9am-4pm

 

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Building Room 351

 

 Description: Clinical social workers and psychotherapists are being faced with a great demand to care for traumatized patients.   While the clinical community certainly needs to ramp up its capacity to respond to the surge of veterans and their family members, there is also a need to step back and reflect soberly on the evidence about what works across different models of trauma treatment in order to provide the most effective services in the most efficient manner.   This highly acclaimed and clinically relevant workshop is meant to demystify some of the competing discourses about trauma treatment and support therapists in all practice settings to be better equipped to respond to this clinical imperative.  In attending to the needs of our returning warriors, however, we must not forget the need to continue to provide trauma-informed therapy to a wide range of other clinical populations.  This workshop will examine differential issues of trauma in those exposed to war, urban violence and incarceration, domestic violence, physical and sexual child abuse and neglect, terrorism, and natural disasters.  In reviewing issues of PTSD, DID, medication management, psychic numbing and hypervigilance, vicarious traumatization, competing models of therapy, and resilience, we will identify the latest gentle, but steadfast and effective, strategies for promoting recovery in those suffering from psychological wounds. 

 

FEE: $120 regular registration

($100 for NCSSS field instructor, $40 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: six (6) social work CEUs

 

 

REGISTER

 

Enliven Your Practice: Using Action Techniques in Individual Sessions

Linda Bianchi MSW, LICSW

 

Monday November 9th

9am-noon

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla Center Room 351



Description: Are you looking for a way to invigorate your practice? While psychodrama was developed as a group method, certain action techniques can be used quite effectively in individual practice. Participants will receive grounding in the philosophy of action methods, experience the power of a few specific techniques, and practice skills to take back for use with clients Through discussion and experiential means, participants will learn about concretization, doubling and role reversal, and will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways they can apply these techniques in their work with clients.  Attention will also be paid to ethical considerations when using experiential methods.

 

 

FEE: $60 regular registration

($40 for NCSSS field instructor, $25 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: three (3) social work CEUs

 

REGISTER

 

 

Child Abuse: Its Collateral Consequences and Treatment Modalities

 

Veronica Cruz, MSW, LCSW-C


Monday November 16th
9am-4pm

The Catholic University of America
Pryzbyla Building Room 351

DescriptionThis workshop will examine the collateral consequences of child abuse while exploring legal, social, psychological and developmental implications.  Participants will discuss the various forms of child abuse, gender differences, propensity and risk factors. Participants will use current literature to explore the importance of understanding best treatment modalities, congruent with the type of abuse. This is an interactive workshop with case scenarios presented and discussed. 

FEE: $120 regular registration

($100 for NCSSS field instructor, $40 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: six (6) social work CEUs

 

 

REGISTER

Clinical Ethics and Risk Management

 

David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

 

Friday December 11th
9am-4pm
The Catholic University of America
Pryzbyla Building Room 351
 

Description:
This workshop explores the spectrum of ethical issues that commonly arise in general mental health practice.  There is a heavy emphasis on the process of ethical decision-making especially in relation to complex case scenarios.  Issues of informed consent, documentation, confidentiality, consultation, and how to decrease the risk of malpractice liability will be explored in a lively presentation format.

FEE: $120 regular registration

($100 for NCSSS field instructor, $40 for NCSSS student)

CEUs: six (6) social work CEUs

 

 

REGISTER

 

 

 

Registration Information
Online registration is available through our website. Look for the workshop you are interested in, and link to the registration site. Students and Field Instructors receive a discounted rate.
Phone registration is available. Please call 202-319-4388
Cancellation policy 
Refunds will be honored up to 1 week prior to the workshop, minus a $25.00 processing fee.  Substitution requests for an alternate workshop will also be considered.  Please contact Ellen Thursby at Thursby@cua.edu.  Registrants will be notified if a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment and registration fees will be fully refunded. Workshops will be cancelled if The Catholic University of America is closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Please check the website http://cua.edu for information on closures.
Parking
On campus parking is very limited. It is best to use public transportation. CUA is located on the Red Line of the Metro, CUA/Brookland stop.
Accommodations
If you require any special accommodations, we will try to meet those needs. Please call at least 2 weeks prior to an event to make reasonable requests.
For more information, contact
Ellen Thursby, Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development or Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development. Tel: 202-319-4388, Thursby@cua.edu or, Shaffera@cua.edu.