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

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

 FALL 2016 Professional Development Workshops at NCSSS

REGISTRATION LINKS BELOW SCHEDULE

Friday September 23rd 9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Melina Afzal

ABCs of HIV for Social Workers - COURSE CLOSED - REGISTRATION FULL

 

Friday September 30th 9am-noon

Caldwell Hall Auditorium

Linda Bianchi

Ethics in Action: Shades of Gray - COURSE CLOSED - REGISTRATION FULL

 

Friday October 21st   9am-4pm

Caldwell Hall Auditorium

Lisa Larrabee

Fun & Games: Directive Play to Engage Children

 

Friday October 28th  9am –noon

Pryzbyla Great Room A

Janet Osherow

HIV in DC- A snapshot of a Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic

 

 

Friday November 4th  9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Jose Dominguez

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

 

Monday November  14th 9am-4pm

Pryzbyla 351

Robert Scuka

Helping Couples Recover from

the Trauma of Infidelity

 

Friday November 18th 9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Kynai Johnson

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

 

Friday December 2nd 9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Matt Burstein

Neurodiversity & Social Work Ethics


 

 

 

The ABC’s of HIV for Social Workers

COURSE CLOSED - REGISTRATION IS FULL

Friday September 23rd 9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Melina Afzal

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Field Instructor Registration Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $25

The ABC’s of HIV for Social Workers

3 Social Work CE credits

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 toys will be used at times to demonstrate prevention tools.

Goals & Obectives:

Participants will

·         gain an understanding of HIV/AIDS and it’s psychosocial implications for patients

·         learn about transmission, prevention, testing options

·         learn to identify risky behaviors and discuss prevention with clients

 

Melina Afzal, LICSW Melina 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 – 2004 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 a condom distribution project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently Ms. Afzal resides in the Nations’ Capitol and is the Clinical Director of Regional Addiction Prevention, Inc., and is a renal social worker part time. To balance being a social worker, she owns an entertainment company.  


 

 

Ethics in Action: Shades of Gray

Friday September 30th 9am-noon

Caldwell Hall Auditorium

Linda Bianchi

COURSE CLOSED- REGISTRATION IS FULL

Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Registration Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $25

3 Social Work Ethics CE credits

Ethics in Action: Shades of Gray 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 reallife, 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:

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

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

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. Currently employed by the federal government, she previously 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.

Fun & Games: Directive Play to Engage Children

Friday October 21st   9am-4pm

Caldwell Hall Auditorium

Lisa Larrabee

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Regular Registration Rate: $120

Field Instructor Registration Rate: $100

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $40

Fun and Games: Directive Play to Engage Children

6 Social Work CE credits

Objectives:

Participants will:

-Learn the basic theoretical foundation and values of play therapy

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

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

-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.

HIV in DC/ A Snapshot of a Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic

Friday October 28th  9am –noon

Pryzbyla Great Room A

Janet Osherow

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Regular Registration Rate: $60

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Registration Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $25

HIV in DC/ A Snapshot of a Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic

3 Social Work CE credits

Participants will:

  • become familiar with the disclosure laws in Maryland, DC and Virginia

  • learn about the current treatment options 

  • learn about the barriers to medication compliance for many living with HIV

Janet Osherow, MSW, LICSW has been working with the HIV population since 1991 and is currently employed as the Family Services Coordinator for the Pediatric/Adolescent HIV program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In this role, Janet provides therapy and support services for families of long term HIV survivors and those newly infected with the virus.  Janet completed her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her MSW at the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

 

 

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

Friday November 4th  9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Jose Dominguez

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Regular Registration Rate: $60

Field Instructor Registration Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $25

3 Social Work CE credits
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

· Participants 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.

· Participants 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

· 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 strenghthening 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.

 

Infidelity and Affairs: Helping Couples Heal their Broken Hearts

Robert F. Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C

Monday November  14th 9am-4pm

Pryzbyla 351

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Regular Registration Rate: $120

Current NCSSS Field Instructor Registration Rate: $100

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $40

6 Social Work CE credits

The disclosure of an affair is among the most devastating and painful experiences that couples face. It is also one of the most challenging and complicated problems encountered in therapy. This workshop will examine various forms of infidelity, the impact of its discovery on each spouse and the marriage, and issues of recovery and treatment. Some of the challenges encountered in treatment include: how much about the affair should be disclosed, how to help with shattered trust, hyper vigilance and anxiety, and how to build empathy between the partners. Some important insights that have been gained in understanding and treating infidelity and affairs will be reviewed. In addition, a framework for the treatment of infidelity rooted in Relationship Enhancement Therapy will be presented. The instructor will present a live demonstration and illustrative case material. Participants are encouraged to bring case material for discussion as well.

Participants will be able to:

1)      Integrate two complementary perspectives in the treatment of infidelity

2)      Identify key thematic considerations in understanding and treating infidelity, including pitfalls to avoid

3)      Address the issue of confidentiality in couples therapy with clarity

4)      Use a couple’s dialogue process and the empathic technique of “Becoming” to facilitate the couple’s work of emotional healing

Dr. Robert Scuka is Executive Director of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® in Bethesda, MD, and author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005). He also has published the article “A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Couples Heal from the Trauma of Infidelity,” Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 2015, 14, 141-168.

 

 

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

Friday November 18th 9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Kynai Johnson

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Regular Registration Rate: $60

Field Instructor Registration Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $25

3 Social Work CE credits

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:

            Reflect upon their own sociopolitical relationship to privilege and oppression

Recognize institutionalized oppression within agency settings

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.

 

 

Neurodiversity, Ethics, and Social Work

Friday December 2nd 9am-noon

Pryzbyla 351

Matt Burstein

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Regular Registration Rate: $60

Field Instructor Registration Rate: $45

Current NCSSS Student Registration Rate: $25


Neurodiversity, Ethics, and Social Work 

3 Social Work Ethics CE credits

There are many forms of diversity that we've come to celebrate, including sexuality and gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. What would happen if we were to acknowledge a different kind of diversity, neurodiversity? That is, what does it mean to acknowledge the diversity of human brains and minds rather than to understand them in terms of normality and pathology? In this workshop, we will examine the neurodiversity paradigm and movement, and we will spend time considering what sorts of ethical challenges the neurodiversity paradigm and movement pose for social workers.

Goals and Objectives:

1) Participants will be able to distinguish between "neurodiversity," the "neurodiversity paradigm," and the "neurodiversity movement."

2) Participants will be able to identify major concepts in professional ethics.

3) Participants will evaluate how the neurodiversity paradigm and movement might raise ethical challenges for social workers.

Matthew Burstein received his PhD in Philosophy from Georgetown University in 2004. He has taught, lectured, and held workshops on a wide range of applied ethics courses: contemporary moral problems, environmental ethics, business ethics, ethics and public policy, and engineering ethics.His scholarly interests revolve around the relationship between institutions and persons, with a particular focus on how certain institutions create the kinds of individuals that they purport to discover.

 

 

 

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.