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.

Title: Build an Action Plan to Create or Transform Your Private Practice

Presenters: Gail Guttman, MSW, LICSW  Evan Leepson, MSW, MBA 
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Hours: 9am to 5pm
CEU’s: 7
Cost$120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)
Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America
Description: Do you worry about the size of your caseload or where you will get your next referral? Do you want to build a larger practice or change the direction of your practice? Are you considering starting a private practice for the first time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining us to “Build an Action Plan” for your private practice. With our guidance and business expertise, using your own wisdom and the wisdom of the group, this day will help you:
  • Develop your vision
  • Explore your strengths and challenges
  • Create your elevator speech and power message
  • Target your potential referral sources and develop ways to reach them
  • Learn ‘best practices’ to promote yourself
  • Discuss nuts and bolts of creating and managing a private practice.

The ABCs of HIV

Presenter: Melina Afzal, MSW, LICSW

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015

Time: 9am-noon

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Cost: $60 ($40 for Field Instructors, $20 for Students)

Description: This workshop will provide basic HIV education to social workers who may not directly work in a medical field or with a population whose HIV status is known, allow for discussion and exploration of how HIV/AIDS may impact the clinical relationship, and provide greater confidence to providers to address HIV status, transmission, and harm reduction within clinical settings.  This interactive workshop will challenge the stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that many people have regarding HIV/AIDS, it’s treatment, who is living with it, and how it is transmitted.

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Children and Adolescents: The growing trend of mental health diagnosis and medication

Presenter: Veronica Cruz, MSW, LCSW-C

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

CEU’s:  6

According to the United States Surgeon General, about one in five children and adolescents have a symptom of a psychological disorder. Children are being diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and a host of other mental illness at a rapid rate. With the increase of diagnosis comes in increase in medication. This workshop will explore the effects of medication and how children regulate emotions. Attention will be placed on impulse control, residual effects of medication and an overview of current trends in mental health for children and adolescents.  Current literature will be discussed and participants will be able to articulate the importance of understanding best treatment modalities. The presenter is a bi-cultural forensic social worker specializing 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 participants will work in a group setting. 

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So You Are Thinking About Becoming a Supervisor

Presenter: Kristin Day, PhD

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015

Time: 9am-noon

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Cost: $60 ($40 for Field Instructors, $20 for Students)

CEU’s:  3

Description: This training is intended for MSWs with 3-5+ years of clinical experience who are thinking about becoming a supervisor.  Typically, first line supervisors provide both clinical and administrative supervision; this training will focus on the administrative aspects of the supervisory role.  Topics covered will include: role fit; role responsibilities; typical challenges facing new supervisors; how to prepare to become a supervisor; and, how to interview for a supervisory position.

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Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Presenter: Marilyn Lammert MSW, ScD, LCSW-C  & Cristina Cunha MSW, LCSW-C

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

CEU’s:  6

Description: Social work and other helping professionals’ jobs can be difficult. From being exposed to the trauma and daily stress expressed by their clients, to work overload, lack of control over work, conflict between one’s personal values and the requirements of a job—all of these can bring us to the possibility of burnout.  An issue for the health and mental health profession is how to invest in work while managing the stressors inherent in that work and in life in general. Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are terms used to describe potential effects that exposure to client’s suffering have on the helping professional. When we feel vulnerable, helpless, and perhaps have difficulty admitting to feeling vulnerable, it’s hard to find meaning or purpose—or know how to take the next positive step. Untreated burnout reactions can be detrimental for the worker’s personal and professional life as well as for the clients they treat. This workshop is designed to build awareness of these issues, to strengthen resilience and prevent burnout.

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The trauma of sexual abuse: exploring ethical, cultural, policy and treatment modalities.

Presenter: Veronica Cruz, MSW, LCSW-C

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

CEU’s:  6

Description: This workshop will explore the trauma of sexual abuse from a systems and clinical perspective. Issues discussed will be the role of ethics, cultural competency, policy and direct treatment modalities. Current literature will be discussed and participants will be able to articulate the importance of exploring sexual trauma and the diverse components that are integral for program implementation. 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 were cases vignettes will be presented and participants will work in a group setting. 

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Title:  HIV in DC : A Snapshot of a Caseload in a Pediatric/Adolescent Program

Presenter:  Janet Osherow, MSW, LICSW

Date:  Friday, March 27, 2015

Hours:  9am to noon

CEU’s:  3 HIV

Cost: $60.00 ($40 for field instructors, $20 for students)

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Description: This workshop provides basic HIV knowledge to social workers and introduces the demographics and challenges of working with this unique population. Participants will be able to identify barriers to treatment, and techniques to increase  therapeutic support and success in client outcomes.

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Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples and Families

Presenter: Robert F. Scuka, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW-C

Date: Monday,  April 13, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

Location: Pryzbyla Center,  The Catholic University of America

Description: RE Therapy combines a psychoeducational skills-training approach with deep emotional processing designed to transform couples and families’ negative patterns of interaction into positive, nurturing ones so as to facilitate deepened emotional connection and healing in ruptured relationships. The core RE skills focus on how to manage conflict effectively and how to dialogue in order to uncover clients’ most vital feelings, concerns and desires. This in turn empowers even the most distressed couples/families to resolve current and future problems on their own. An additional strength of RE Therapy is that it equalizes power within relationships, both between genders and across generations. RE Therapy is supported by 40 years of research that validates its clinical effectiveness. This workshop will introduce the theory and practice of RE therapy and demonstrate how the RE therapy process is used in clinical practice via videotaped therapy sessions, live demonstration and experiential practice. 

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Ethics and social media

Presenter: Eileen Dombo, MSW, PhD and Lisa Kays, MSW

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A, The Catholic University of America

Description: How is connecting with my friends online affecting how I connect with clients? Is Google playing a role in the therapeutic alliance? Are my clients following me, even on Twitter? This workshop will address the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools in the personal and professional life of the social worker. Issues of privacy, confidentiality, and ethics will be explored to address ways to assess personal use and minimize the risk of jeopardizing professionalism. Tips for managing your online presence will be given and clinical practice considerations will be addressed.

 

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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.