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For questions or additional information on Professional Development program, contact the office at 202-319-4388.

Interested in conducting a workshop? 

Link here, complete the workshop proposal, and email it to: Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director of Field Education & Professional Development  Shaffera@cua.edu

SPRING 2017 Professional Development Workshops at NCSSS

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Friday January 27

9am to noon

3 CE credits

Jose Dominguez

Making Change for Change

 

Friday February 10     

9am to 4pm

6 CE credits

Beth Bowman

Supervision in Social Sciences

 

Friday February 17

9am to noon

3 CE credits

Kynai Johnson

Dimensions of Difference


Friday February 24

9am to noon

3 CE credits

Denise Tordella

Trauma Informed SW practice

 

Monday February 27

9am to noon

3 CE credits

Eryca Kasse

Trauma Informing the 12 Step Method


Friday March 3

9am to noon

3 CE credits

Linda Bianchi

Ethics In Action

 

Friday April 7

9am to noon

3 CE credits

Melina Afzal

ABCs of HIV

 

Friday April 21

9am to 4pm

6 CE credits

Lisa Larrabee

Play Therapy

 

Friday May 5

9am to 4pm

6 CE credits

Lisa Kays & Sharilyn Wiskup

Using Improvisation to

Unearth the Unconscious

 

 

FULL Description of Above Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule:

Making Change for Change

Jose Dominguez

Pryzbyla 351

Friday January 27

9am to noon  3 CE credits

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $25

Making Change For Change: Hands On Grassroots Fundraising Training To Raise Money For Your Movement

Do you need to raise money for your movement building work?

Making Change For Change is a class for social workers, educators, organizers, activists and anyone interested in making an impact in the social justice field.  In this class, you will learn how to identify the barriers that keep us from fundraising for our social justice work and how best to overcome them.  All participants will leave this class energized and equipped with the tools they need to develop on-line fundraising campaigns, write appeal letters, make face-to-face asks and understand what it takes to raise funds for a cause.

Goals

·            Knowledge Acquisition - 100% of the students will demonstrate an understanding of fundraising systems (institutional, governmental and individual) and the elements that separate grassroots fundraising apart from more traditional forms of fundraising.

·           Skills Acquisition - 100% of the students will demonstrate an understanding what a “call to action” for a campaign is and the steps that go towards creating effective and persuasive calls for giving

·            Skills Acquisition –100% of the participants will develop the ability to create a fundraising plan for their organization, campaign of project

Jose Dominguez is a veteran of the area's non-profit community and has more than 16 years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising and youth program development. His non profit management experience has included leading municipal grant programs for youth, arts & culture at the DC Commission on the Art & Humanities in the Nation's Capital and serving as Executive Director for Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Maryland.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT).  GIFT is a national organization committed to training fundraisers of color and strengthening the work of social justice organizations by training them to raise the money that they need to make their work possible. Mr. Dominguez received his BA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. 

Supervision in the Social Sciences

Friday February 10   

9am to 4pm
6 CE credits

Beth Bowman

Pryzbyla 351

 

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $120

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $100

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $40

 

Supervision in the Social Sciences

Supervising staff can be lots of fun! There are great ways to motivate people within your unit, to build a cohesive team, and to create trust and respect with your staff. This course will teach how to encourage and motivate staff to perform well, as well as address how to integrate clinical knowledge into supervision. Participants will learn how to establish boundaries, address personnel concerns such as hiring and firing, provide beneficial clinical supervision, and most of all to be an inspirational leader.

This interactive training will help participants understand how to address issues in clinical supervision as well as personnel issues as a manager. Participants will examine issues that they may be having in their current positions or potential concerns that they may have about their management roles and how to navigate these issues.

Objectives: Participants will learn how to effectively manage a team. 

Through interactive discussions, participants will learn how to begin managing a team. Supervisors will learn how to assist struggling staff members to improve performance, how to reward staff who are doing well, and how to negotiate your role as a middle manager with program directors. Participants will learn how to effectively use clinical supervision time to teach staff in both the individual and group settings. Participants will learn what to expect with regard to hiring and termination of staff. 

Participants will examine real case scenarios and will gain skills that will be useful to all areas of supervisory social work practice. 

Upon completion of this training, participants will learn how to effectively manage a team by using strategies in the areas of conflict resolution, morale building, and clinical supervision.

Participants will learn what to expect with regard personnel issues including personal improvement plans, hiring, and termination of staff. 

Participants will learn strategies for identifying and managing conflict in the workplace as a supervisor.

The first half of the day, participants will learn about what supervision is, different ways it can be done, and why it is needed. Participants will learn how to effectively use clinical supervision time to teach staff in both the individual and group settings. Different learning styles and how this applies to supervision as well as identifying and addressing conflict are also discussed. The second half of the day, participants will learn about practice standards for managers, specifically in the area of personnel. Personnel issues such as improvement plans, hiring and orientation, and firing processes will be covered. Supervisors will learn how to assist struggling staff members to improve performance, how to reward staff who are doing well, and how to negotiate your role as a middle manager with program directors.

Elizabeth Bowman has been employed in child welfare and mental health at PSI Family Services since graduating from the Masters in Social Work program at Gallaudet University in 2009. She has supervised staff in both child welfare and mental health settings in Washington, D.C. She has taught courses at the Gallaudet University Social Work Department as well as for CEYou including training on management in the social sciences. She has also taught yoga to social work staff at PSI Family Services to help address issues of social worker stress. She is a mother of two and a current doctoral student at the Catholic University of America.

 

Dimensions of Difference

Friday February 17

9am to noon  3 CE credits

Kynai Johnson

McGivney Hall Room  006

 

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $25

Dimensions of Difference: Fostering Positive Identity Formation in Social Work Practice

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon their individual relationship to privilege and oppression. As such, they can consider how the various dimensions of their own unique identities are celebrated, discouraged, or ignored within various contexts. Moreover, by recognizing the implications of our sphere of influence, participants will recognize their opportunities to foster positive identity formation on the micro, mezzo and macro scale within our communities.   

Participants will be able to:

(1) Reflect upon their own sociopolitical relationship to privilege and oppression

(2) Recognize institutionalized oppression within agency settings

(3) Define concrete examples of sphere of influence, including abilities to promote safe and affirming spaces within an agency context 

Kynai Johnson is the Program Manager for the Educational Enrichment Department, as well as a Positive Youth Development trainer, and LGBTQ Ally trainer for the Latin American Youth Center. Kynai has a BA from Washington and Lee University in Spanish and Communications, and an MSW from Catholic University. She is currently working on a PhD from Catholic University with a focus on the Intersectionality of Dimensions of Difference - specifically regarding SOGI (Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Expression), Race, and Ethnicity. To date, Kynai has traveled to over 30 countries exploring identity formation in this regard, and looks forward to applying these experiences to her research. 

 

Trauma Informed SW practice

Friday February 24

9am to noon  3 CE credits

Denise Tordella

Pryzbyla 321

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $25

Summary and bio to follow

 

Trauma Informing the 12 Steps: Empowerment in Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery

 

Monday February 27

9am to noon

Eryca Kasse 3 CE credits

Pryzbyla 351

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $25

 

Trauma Informing the 12 Steps: Empowerment in Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery

Surviving emotional, physical and/or sexual trauma has long been a part of the histories of many clients engaged in substance use disorder treatment services. In recent years the critical need for Trauma Informed Care has risen to widespread visibility through research, training & evidence based intervention models from SAMHSA and partnering agencies. 12 Step groups AA & NA are the most widespread and accessible peer support groups. This training provides an overview of broad definitions of trauma & the principles of trauma informed care, with supplemental 12 step language options to support client empowerment and prevent retraumatization.

GOAL:

Learn concrete knowledge & skills to assist trauma survivors in 12 step drug & alcohol recovery with language options that support their empowerment and prevent retraumatization.

OBJECTIVES: 

Participants will be able to:

1)      Learn broad definitions of trauma including (DSM V, SAMHSA, ACES, Intersectional Oppression & more)

2)      Understand the relationship between unhealed trauma and the development of substance use disorders through a review of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

3)      Learn the key principles of Trauma Informed Care

4)      Understand how some 12 step language may be contraindicated for survivors of trauma

5)      Learn trauma informed language options to promote healing and empowerment and prevent re-traumatization

 

Eryca Kasse is a clinical social worker in Washington, DC with a background in mental health, substance use and addiction. During her MSW program at Howard University her field placements included work with women returning home from prison & jail, and behavioral health services with homeless adults. Since graduating in 2010 she has worked with the DC Department of Behavioral Health , community mental health centers & hospitals providing diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, individual & group therapy, crisis intervention & care coordination with adults living with mental illness, substance use & addiction. She recently launched her consulting practice CHOICES in Healing & Recovery, LLC which provides clinical supervision, trainings on trauma informed substance use & addiction recovery, diagnostic assessments, writing therapy groups & peer support groups. CHOICES welcomes adults living with mental health & substance use disorders whether they choose abstinence from alcohol, drugs & behaviors or harm reduction, the 12 Step model of AA/NA or a non-spiritual recovery model; to take psychiatric medication, reduce or discontinue. CHOICES! In name and mission.

 

 

 

 

Ethics In Action

Friday March 3

9am to noon  3 CE credits

Linda Bianchi

Caldwell Hall Auditorium

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $25

 

Different traditions offer varying opinions on therapist self-disclosure.  How can you determine whether a disclosure is appropriate in context, and adheres to the ethical treatment of a given client?  This experiential workshop will use the technique of “future projection” to explore real-life, garden-variety self-disclosures that therapists make to clients.  In a lab-like setting, participants will have the opportunity to enact and discuss the ramifications of self-disclosure.  In slowing down the process through action, “choice points” can be assessed, and different possibilities can be considered without negative consequences.  Discussion and processing will round out the experiential focus as peers benefit from each other’s wisdom and perspectives.

Objectives:

1) Identify and discuss ethical issues surrounding self-disclosure in a clinical relationship, using guidelines from literature on boundaries.

2) Use action to explore clinically sound and ethically appropriate variations in self-disclosure.

3) Practice a take-away technique to continue to refine ethical decision-making skills.

Linda Bianchi is licensed in DC and Virginia as a clinical social worker, and is nationally certified as a trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy.  She worked for twelve years at the D.C. Department of Mental Health, where she was part of the award-winning psychodrama section. Practice settings have included inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community-based agencies, private practice, and an employee assistance program.

 

ABCs of HIV

Friday April 7

9am to noon 3 CE credits

Melina Afzal

McGivney Hall Room 006

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $25

 

The ABC’s of HIV for Social Workers

Washington DC has the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the United States. For the Nation’s Capitol, we are still in the midst of an epidemic, nearly 32 years later. Social workers experienced the depth of HIV disease from the beginning. We were and still are in the front lines of addressing the complex and multi-faceted psychosocial issues. We are educators, activists, advocates and support for those infected and affected. As HIV has moved from a death sentence to a chronic disease so have the understanding, perception and behaviors.

The intentions and purpose of The ABC’s of HIV for Social Workers workshop is for social workers to be comfortable interpersonally and intrapersonally in discussing HIV. The first step is to learn the basics of HIV. Participants will learn about transmission, prevention, testing options. Then participants will learn the pathology of HIV and AIDS. To solidify the basics, participants will learn to identify risky behaviors and discuss prevention with clients. Participants will also gain insight into the personal impact of HIV/AIDS as well as the role of stigma. This is an interactive workshop which includes lecture, video and group discussion.  Specific language and sex toys will be used at times to demonstrate prevention tools.

Melina Afzal brings 22 years of experience in HIV prevention and treatment. Her journey started as a college intern at the DC AIDS Information Line at Whitman Walker Clinic. This lead to path of activism, advocacy and community organizing with a special focus on disfranchised populations, such as women, substance users and sex workers. She then went to receive her Masters in Social Work in 2000 from the University of Virginia. From 2000 – 20004 she provided clinical case management for dual and triple diagnosed adults at Community Connections in Washington D.C. She has worked on needle exchange access and policy, was a member of Community AIDS Partnership and has assisted in a prevention project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently MS. Afzal resides in the Nations’ Capitol and is the Clinical Director of Regional Addiction Prevention, Inc. along with a renal social worker part time. To balance being a social worker, she owns an entertainment company. 

 

 

 

All Fun and Games: Directive Play to Engage Children

Friday April 21

9am to 4pm 6 CE credits

Lisa Larrabee

Caldwell Auditorium

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $120

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $100

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $40

 

All Fun and Games: Directive Play to Engage Children

 Objectives:

Participants will:

1) Learn the basic theoretical foundation and values of play therapy

2) Learn the differences between directive and non-directive play and the benefits of each

3) Understand and practice a variety of directive play techniques as well as learn "real world" tips for using each technique

4) Begin to think creatively about ways to develop their own playful strategies to integrate into their practice.

 

Lisa Larrabee, LCSW-C, LICSW, RPT-S, received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the National Catholic School of Social Service in 2005. She received a post-graduate Certificate in Play Therapy in 2010 from Johns Hopkins University and was certified as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor by the Association of Play Therapy in 2011.  Lisa has been working since 2009 at an outpatient mental health clinic in Landover, MD, where she currently oversees trauma services for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, community violence, and other significant adverse experiences. 

Playing with Group Process: Using Improvisation to Unearth the Unconscious

Friday May 5

9am to 4pm  6 CE credits

Lisa Kays & Sharilyn Wiskup

Pryzbyla 351

REGISTRATION:

Regular Registration Rate: $120

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Rate: $100

Current NCSSS Student Rate: $40

 

Playing with Group Process: Using Improvisation to Unearth the Unconscious

Workshop participants will fluidly move between playful, fun, improvisational games and activities, and interpersonal group processing, using observations and experiences from the games to increase group intimacy and provide feedback to one another. This process will deepen relationships and group cohesion, increase self-awareness, improve understanding of ones own unconscious behaviors and patterns, and help illuminate roles and identities that we take on in relationship to individuals and in groups.

The workshop will provide experiences for clinicians to increase their self- awareness of how their behaviors impact the group dynamic as a whole and the individual members within the group, as well as to illuminate uncon- scious motivations or biases they may hold in relationship to others that will bolster the intimacy and clarity of clinical work.

Additionally, clinicians will learn methods for integrating action methods into group work and how to process and discuss those activities in a way that furthers the self-exploration and personal growth of clients

Participants will be able to:

1)      Learn improvisational acting techniques that will rapidly contribute to group cohesion and intimacy

2)      Gain increased self-knowledge that will positively influence client work and empathy

3)      Explore and understand barriers we (and our clients) experience to intimacy, authenticity and spontaneity

4)      Explore new ways of being that remove those barriers and allow for new and depended experiences of connection with others

 

Lisa Kays holds an MSW from Catholic University and has been practicing psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups since 2013.  She has studied and performed as an improviser since 2007 and been on the Washington Improv Theater faculty from 2008-2016, creating Washington D.C.’s first Improv for therapists class.

Sharilyn Wiskup received her masters degree in counseling from the University of Florida. Shes worked in the field since 2006, and received advanced training from the Washington School of Psychiatry from 2012-2014 in two programs - the National Group Psychotherapy Institute and the Clinical Program on Psychody- namic Psychotherapy Practice. In the spring of 2015, she was invited to be an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University. A year later, she joined Lisa Kays Improv for Therapists class and was immediately hooked and  is currently taking her last class in completion of Washington Improv Theaters training program.

 

 


 

 

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 Allyson Shaffer at Shaffera@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
Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development. Tel: 202-319-4388,  Shaffera@cua.edu.