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For questions or additional information on Professional Development 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.

Spring 2016 Professional Development Workshops at NCSSS

 

 

 

Impact of Parental Substance Abuse

Friday May 13th 9am-4pm

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla 351

Veronica Cruz

Veronica Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish and English speaking) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for the last seventeen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, at the Office of the Public Defender in Rockville as a forensic social worker. In 2015 she became the owner of Cruz and Associates a consulting firm specializing in forensic social work in particular sentencing mitigation for juvenile and adult offenders.  She has been deemed in expert in circuit, district and juvenile court. From 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. In 2007 she started her professional continuing education career and has presented over hundred workshops locally and nationally. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups.
Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology (graduated in 2003), and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work (graduated in 2006). In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she still maintains. Under her leadership the committee has successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Association of Forensic Social Workers (NOFSW), the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) and is a member of the American Case Management Association (ACMA).

Registration: $120 ($100 NCSSS field instructor, $40 current NCSSS student)

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Synopsis: According to the Department of Health and Human Services 15 million American adults abuse alcohol and as a consequence 40 million children live in homes where the primary caretaker is addicted to alcohol or other drugs. It is estimated that yearly 675,000 children suffer serious abuse or neglect as a result of parental abuse.

This workshop will explore the collateral consequences of parental substance and how it affects Children of alcoholics and other substance abusers (COA/COSA). Various issues will be discussed including but not limited to behavioral, medical/psychiatric, educational and emotional consequences. Current literature will be discussed and participants will be able to articulate the importance of understanding emerging family structures, dual exposure to domestic violence and addiction and treatment interventions.  The presenter is a bi-cultural forensic social worker specialized in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addictions, trauma, and working with diverse ethnic groups.  This is an interactive workshop where case vignettes will be presented and discussed. 

 Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1.      Identify risk and consequences of parental substance use on children

2.      Understand family structure and it’s importance in assessment and treatment

3.      Identify treatment options for children exposed to violence and addiction

 

Six (6) hours of Social Work Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be provided at conclusion of this workshop for participants

Treating Moral Injury

Friday May 20th 9am-noon

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla 351

Eileen Dombo

Eileen Dombo PhD, LICSW is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Baccalaureate social work program at the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service.  Additionally, she is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Washington, DC.  For ten years she was a clinical social worker at the DC Rape Crisis Center providing therapy to survivors of sexual violence and others impacted by sexual abuse.  She worked with individuals, couples, families and groups and advanced to become the Clinical Director.  Dr. Dombo began her teaching with NCSSS in 2000 as an adjunct professor and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2006. She has over 15 years experience in trauma treatment and services to sexual abuse survivors as a direct service practitioner, supervisor, and clinical director. She has provided numerous clinical trainings to prepare clinical social workers for the individual, couples and group treatment with survivors of sexual trauma. In addition, she has worked with many organizations to address issues of vicarious trauma and burn-out in social workers.

Registration: $60 ($40 NCSSS field instructor, $25 current NCSSS student)

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Moral injury is often discussed within the context of military service and combat veterans. However, civilians report experiences of moral injury beyond the battlefield that require social workers to respond to these clients in a therapeutic manner. This workshop will discuss the differences between moral injury and PTSD, address the role of shame in moral injury, and give guidance on how to assess for moral injury and provide treatment.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  •  Explain the differences between moral injury and PTSD.
  • Identify the role of shame in moral injury and understand how to address this with clients.
  •  Apply this knowledge in assessment and treatment of clients with moral injury.

 Three (3) hours of Social Work Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be provided at conclusion of this workshop for participants

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Friday June 3rd 9am-4pm

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla 351

Jon Fredrickson

Jon Frederickson, MSW is co-chair of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry where he has been on the faculty since 1988. He was previously chair of the Supervision Training Program and the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry as well as chair of their Faculty Clinical Council.  He is also chair of the Norwegian ISTDP Training Program, Co-chair of the Italian Core Training Program sponsored by the Italian EDT Society, and faculty of the ISTDP Training Program at the Laboratorium Psychoedukacji in Warsaw, Poland.  He has published over twenty five articles and book chapters as well as two books. He has presented videotaped examples of his clinical work in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Lebanon, Dubai, India, Australia, and throughout the United States. Among the highlights of his presentations have been several at Oxford University at St. Johns College and Magdalen College, and at UCLA.   Before he became a therapist, Jon was a professional musician for a number of years. When he became a therapist he was struck by a big difference between therapy and music. Music is taught in a far more structured, organized, and systematic fashion to help musicians develop practical performing skills so they can create great art. Jon’s lifetime goal has been to learn to teach therapy as well as his music teachers taught music.

 

Registration: $120 ($100 NCSSS field instructor, $40 current NCSSS student)

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In this presentation Jon Frederickson, MSW will share clinical expertise, review case examples, and use videotaped sessions to show how to work with depressed patients who have not responded to earlier therapies.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify:

  •   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 client 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 session. 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.

 Six (6) hours of Social Work Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be provided at conclusion of this workshop for participants

 

Registration Information
Online registration is available through our website. Look for the workshop you are interested in, and link to the registration site. Current NCSSS students and NCSSS 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.