Workshops

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

For many reasons, caregiving professionals may experience secondary trauma when seeking to help traumatized or suffering people.  This workshop assists workers, supervisors and administrators to recognize symptoms of secondary trauma (aka compassion fatigue) and “professional grief”, as well as to develop emotional self-care plans, work-life balance and to envision organizational structures that can mitigate and reduce the impact of secondary trauma.  Participants will learn to provide more effective peer support for colleagues individually and in groups. Attention will also be given to ways of promoting resiliency and “compassion satisfaction” in one’s work.

GOALS:   To recognize and effectively address one’s secondary trauma or distress as a professional when very traumatic or adverse events occur on one’s caseload and thereby to more capably assist one’s clients.

OBJECTIVES:    To become conscious of specific manifestations of secondary trauma/ professional grief in the work place when loss and trauma occur on the caseload.  To learn the phases or process of mourning in the workplace which are paralleled in both professional and client contexts. To consider culturally based forms of grief. To learn how to provide competent peer support (in pairs and groups within social work agencies). To envision “first steps” for developing a grief support program in your agency.

Presenter: Vic Compher is a licensed, clinical social worker who has practiced for a number of years in child welfare, adult and aging, and hospice services.  His workshops address Vic Comphersuch subjects as working with resistant and hostile clients, coping with secondary trauma when tragedy occurs on one’s caseload, understanding adult psychopathology, and supervising social workers and students.  Among various articles and books he has written, Vic is the author of, “Family-Centered Practice:  The Interactional Dance beyond the Family System” (NY:  Human Sciences/Plenum Press, 1989).  He has produced and directed 3 films, including an intergenerational documentary called, “I Cannot Be Silent: Testimonies of Peacemaking”. His current and new documentary project, “Caregivers”, addresses the personal and professional impact upon helping professionals of their work with traumatic cases.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: Friday, September, 23, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $115.00

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Summary: Traditional medicine has relied heavily on medication to change brain chemistry in order to alleviate behavioral health symptoms. Certainly, there is a place for psychopharmacology in the “wellness toolbox.” As technology improves and we are able to view the living and changing brain, we are coming to understand and appreciate those strategies that can improve neural functioning, but do not involve pharmaceuticals. This workshop is designed to look at non-pharmaceutical interventions which can enhance and, in some cases, impede functioning of the human brain, including trauma and treatments for traumatic exposure.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize the main neurological effects of traumatic exposure in user-friendly language
  • Define and distinguish between neuroplasticity and neurogenesis
  • List three non-pharmaceutical interventions which can improve brain functioning including mindfulness, breathing and yoga
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain symptoms and the effects of treatments on brain function utilizing user-friendly language

Goals: The overarching goal of this course is to prepare clinicians, who work with clients with a history of traumatic exposure, to explain symptoms and treatments using a user-friendly version of neuroscience. Another related goal is for clinicians to understand the critical necessity of matching the treatment strategy with the level of biological changes and/or temporary alterations resulting to the nervous system.

Presenter: Craig E. Strickland, Ph.D.

Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1993 with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past academic positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently enjoys guest lecturer privileges at Arcadia and the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.Craig Strickland

In addition, Dr. Strickland has an Adjunct Faculty position at Philadelphia University in the Community and Trauma Counseling program. He has lectured on local, state, and national levels on such topics as psychopharmacology for people recovering from dual-diagnoses, medication adherence, attention deficit disorder, herbal treatments, the biology of the co-occurring diagnoses and the neurobiology and pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, he is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

 Date: Friday, October, 14, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location:
Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $115.00

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Summary: All social workers are required to obtain training in ethics. These trainings focus primarily on codes of ethics, risk management, ethical dilemmas and the narrower topics of boundary issues, dual relationships, conflict of interest, confidentiality, etc. Theories and concepts are important but over time we have come to realize that these studies bring these topics to life and are compelling and essential ways of understand and develop our own ethical values.

This training uses a cross section of ethics cases related to each standard of social worker: responsibilities to clients, responsibilities to colleagues, responsibilities in practice settings, responsibilities as professionals, responsibilities to the social work profession and the broader society. We will discuss each case and the Code of Ethics it mirrors. Participants will have many opportunities to discuss these situations an attempt to resolve the ethical dilemmas in each sample

Objectives: At the end of the training, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the NASW ethical values and corresponding standards
  • List the six NASW ethical standards
  • Discuss ethical scenarios and relate NASW standards and values to each

Present: Allene Lyons, LCSW, M.Ed.Lyons, Allene

Allene has over 40 years of experience providing both clinical and administrative services in the mental health field. This experience included working as Supervisor, Director and Regional Director of both outpatient and BHRS programs, providing clinical supervision to staff and social workers working towards their LCSW, and conducting training in clinical, documentation and compliance areas. Currently, Allene is in private practice providing psychotherapy and management assistance to various agencies. Allene holds an LCSW license and received her MSW from the University of Connecticut and M.A. in Education from Chestnut Hill College.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: Friday, October, 21, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 12pm
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 3 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $60.00

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Humans are multi-faceted creatures with a vast array of interests and needs.  What we each have in common is the desire to feel connected to others.  Three issues that create both unity and divisiveness are sex, religion and death.  The ways in which we were educated about these topics in our childhood homes have tremendous impact on how we grow as healthy, functioning adults.  Left unexamined, they can develop into pathology and violence.

We are sexual beings with sensory apparatus that take in the world around us. A healthy sexual identity and practice enhances our lives and it is useful to be familiar with ourselves and our values around sexuality. Many people are at the effect of abuse, neglect, trauma, grief, sexual confusion, and relationship conflicts because they don’t have the skills to elegantly explore and process these three core issues  When they are not faced, they fester and contribute to ongoing damage and conflict.

Each of us was born and one day, each of us will die. Everyone we know and love will one day die and yet, we are often unprepared to manage the emotions that surround this inevitability, since it is not openly discussed. Long standing grief can devastate and prevent moving forward in life. Healthy expression of bereavement can allow for honoring the deceased while celebrating their lives and serve as an example to the survivors.

Religious belief and practice is a personal, familial and societal issue and one that can either unite or divide. Exploration of the nature of creation and sustenance of life in the context of spirituality may provide answers for ongoing questions of the how, what and why of our existence

Participants will have opportunities to examine their own beliefs about sex, religion and death; a ‘fearless and searching inventory’ as it were. They will be broken down into three segments initially and then woven together into a tapestry.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

PURPOSE OF PRESENTATION (GOALS): DEATH: This program is designed for professional caregivers who may work with individuals, families and groups facing major life losses, particularly those experienced during and after illness and death. Participants will learn information related to the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of loss and grief that they can put to practical use in their personal and professional lives.

SEX: This program is designed for clinicians who work with clients (not necessarily those deemed having sexual dysfunction) who have an interest in discovering how sexuality impacts on their lives and relationships. Participants will learn about the range of interests and practices that are part of the scope of human experience so that they can create a framework for their clients to integrate a healthy sense of sexuality for themselves.

RELIGION: This program is designed for professionals (therapeutic and clergical) who work with clients questioning their connection with the (to use a 12 step term) ‘God of their understanding.’  This comes into play with the questions that arise in a therapeutic setting, such as “Why did God let my child die? “  “Why was I abused?”  Our clients come from various religious/spiritual backgrounds and it is helpful to have a grasp on the ways in which they integrate spiritual awareness and practice into their daily lives.  What is the benefit of prayer and faith in recovery?

COURSE CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn about issues central to loss and grief as they pertain to illness, the dying process and the aftermath of death, whether it stems from a chronic or acute illness or a traumatic incident.  They will explore methods for being of assistance to those they serve while they allow for a deeper experience of their own perceptions and values around the issues of loss and grief. Subjects such as anticipatory grief, vicarious traumatization and caregiver burnout will be addressed.

Students will learn about issues central to human sexuality, to serve clients. Healing through abuse history, discovering sexual/gender identity, exploring relationship parameters and boundaries.

Students will learn about issues central to the vast range of spiritual beliefs and practices and the ways in which clients can integrate them into their recovery. They will learn how to assist clients in determining a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

EDUCATION OBJECTIVES

DEATH: Participants will have acquired knowledge and skills relevant to grief and loss particularly as they relate to death and dying. They will explore the various cultural perspectives connected to the loss and grief process, as well as the impact death and loss has on the physical, emotional and spiritual components of their clientele’s lives.

They will identify expected dynamics incurred during the dying process as experienced by the individual and his/her significant others in order to provide support to those involved. They will be able to clarify their own values with regard to choices of the individual who is in the dying process to provide an environment that is free of bias and personal issues.
Students will integrate a strong foundation of knowledge if what to expect during the dying process, the moment of death and after death for the individual and the significant others. Participants will be able to facilitate a ‘life review’ with the person who is in the dying process.

Special areas of concern:  explaining illness and death to children, coping with suicide, the loss of a child, and multiple traumatic losses in the family will be explored. In addition, participants will learn about living wills and organ donation as they relate to the grief process.

SEX: Participants will have acquired knowledge and skills relevant to the exploration of human sexuality. They will explore information on the various practices in which their clients may indulge and the impact they have on the person’s identity and relationship structure.

They will complete a personal inventory for themselves and their own use (not needed to be shared with class). Attendees will learn techniques to assist clients in healing through sexual abuse issues and open to a sense of healthy sexual expression. Students will gain knowledge of treatment of sexual addiction.

RELIGION: Attendees will learn about the paradigm shift that is occurring in therapeutic intervention with regard to psycho-spiritual dynamics. Participants will derive an understanding of the ways in which client’s various spiritual practices impact on treatment. They will learn how to complete a religious/spiritual assessment with clients. Students will learn the impact of forgiveness and compassion in therapy.

Presenter: Rev. Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSWWeinstein, Edie

Edie Weinstein. MSW, LSW is a licensed Social Worker, interfaith minister, journalist, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, radio host, editor, event planner and promoter, coach and the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary. www.opti-mystical.com

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s

Fee: $115.00

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This course takes a look at best practice as it applies to prescribing, or not prescribing, psychotropic medications for a person in recovery with mental illness and substance abuse (MISA) diagnoses. Each medication class will be discussed in terms of benefits and side effects and, whenever possible, recommendations of one medication type over another for the dually-diagnosed person in recovery. Introductory material relating to the neuroanatomy and physiology of the central nervous system will also be presented and linked to why some medications should be prescribed and why others should be avoided for this population.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify the basic brain structures and primary neurotransmitters involved in chronic mental illness as well as in substance abuse
  • Describe the rationale for prescribing (or not prescribing) a psychotropic medication for a person with a known substance abuse diagnosis
  • List at least three non-benzodiazepine alternative pharmacotherapies for treating anxiety disorders
  • Summarize the different choices available for treating sleep disruption

Presenter: Craig Strickland, PhD

Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1993 with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past academic positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently enjoys guest lecturer privileges at Arcadia and the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.Craig Strickland

In addition, Dr. Strickland has an Adjunct Faculty position at Philadelphia University in the Community and Trauma Counseling program. He has lectured on local, state, and national levels on such topics as psychopharmacology for people recovering from dual-diagnoses, medication adherence, attention deficit disorder, herbal treatments, the biology of the co-occurring diagnoses and the neurobiology and pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, he is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $115.00

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Brief Course Description:

According to statistical reports, sampling individuals at risk for the development of trauma related symptomology may produce prevalence rates of up to 58 percent. In addition to significant prevalence rates, PTSD is very often difficult to diagnose as evidenced by the number and variation of other disorders from which PTSD must be distinguished. For these reasons, it is important to study PTSD and to try to understand why some individuals will develop the disorder and others, also exposed to specific traumatic events, do not. Studying the symptomology of PTSD as it relates to possible neural mechanisms may provide some insight toward answering these questions. In addition, neural changes, which may occur because of experiencing a traumatic event, may explain the variability of PTSD symptoms as well as the long-term nature of these symptoms.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List the three general categories of symptoms typically exhibited by consumers diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Describe the role of the limbic system and associated structures in the production of memory dysfunction in persons who have been traumatized
  • Summarize the mechanism by which the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are involved in the “fight or flight” response in persons diagnosed with PTSD
  • Summarize the benefits and side-effects of the most common pharmacological agents used to treat PTSD/Trauma

Goals: The overall goal of this course is for practitioners to understand that the development of PTSD is not merely a psychosocial phenomenon. In addition, trainees will be better able to provide treatment interventions based on their understanding of these changes in the nervous system.

Presenter: Craig Strickland, Ph.D.

Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1993 with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past academic positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently enjoys guest lecturer privileges at Arcadia and the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.Craig Strickland

In addition, Dr. Strickland has an Adjunct Faculty position at Philadelphia University in the Community and Trauma Counseling program. He has lectured on local, state, and national levels on such topics as psychopharmacology for people recovering from dual-diagnoses, medication adherence, attention deficit disorder, herbal treatments, the biology of the co-occurring diagnoses and the neurobiology and pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, he is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: Friday, December 9, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $115.00

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January 20, 2017 – Ethics in Social Work – Am I Doing the Right Thing?

Summary: All social workers are required to obtain training in ethics. These trainings focus primarily on codes of ethics, risk management, ethical dilemmas and the narrower topics of boundary issues, dual relationships, conflict of interest, confidentiality, etc. Theories and concepts are important but over time we have come to realize that these studies bring these topics to life and are compelling and essential ways of understand and develop our own ethical values.

This training uses a cross section of ethics cases related to each standard of social worker: responsibilities to clients, responsibilities to colleagues, responsibilities in practice settings, responsibilities as professionals, responsibilities to the social work profession and the broader society. We will discuss each case and the Code of Ethics it mirrors. Participants will have many opportunities to discuss these situations an attempt to resolve the ethical dilemmas in each sample

Objectives: At the end of the training, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the NASW ethical values and corresponding standards
  • List the six NASW ethical standards
  • Discuss ethical scenarios and relate NASW standards and values to each

Presenter: Allene Lyons, LCSW, M.EdLyons, Allene

Allene has over 40 years of experience providing both clinical and administrative services in the mental health field. This experience included working as Supervisor, Director and Regional Director of both outpatient and BHRS programs, providing clinical supervision to staff and social workers working towards their LCSW, and conducting training in clinical, documentation and compliance areas.

Currently, Allene is in private practice providing psychotherapy and management assistance to various agencies.

Allene holds an LCSW license and received her MSW from the University of Connecticut and M.A. in Education from Chestnut Hill College.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: January 20, 2017

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 12pm

Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 3 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $60.00

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Summary: All social workers are required to obtain training in ethics. These trainings focus primarily on codes of ethics, risk management, ethical dilemmas and the narrower topics of boundary issues, dual relationships, conflict of interest, confidentiality, etc. Theories and concepts are important but over time we have come to realize that these studies bring these topics to life and are compelling and essential ways of understand and develop our own ethical values.

This training uses a cross section of ethics cases related to each standard of social worker: responsibilities to clients, responsibilities to colleagues, responsibilities in practice settings, responsibilities as professionals, responsibilities to the social work profession and the broader society. We will discuss each case and the Code of Ethics it mirrors. Participants will have many opportunities to discuss these situations an attempt to resolve the ethical dilemmas in each sample

Objectives: At the end of the training, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the NASW ethical values and corresponding standards
  • List the six NASW ethical standards
  • Discuss ethical scenarios and relate NASW standards and values to each

Presenter: Allene Lyons, LCSW, M.Ed.Allene

Allene has over 40 years of experience providing both clinical and administrative services in the mental health field. This experience included working as Supervisor, Director and Regional Director of both outpatient and BHRS programs, providing clinical supervision to staff and social workers working towards their LCSW, and conducting training in clinical, documentation and compliance areas.

Currently, Allene is in private practice providing psychotherapy and management assistance to various agencies.

Allene holds an LCSW license and received her MSW from the University of Connecticut and M.A. in Education from Chestnut Hill College.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: February 10, 2017

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 12pm
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 3 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $60.00

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