2019 Winter Webinar Series

webinar small photoJust in time for the February 28, 2019 deadline!

In January and February of 2019 NASW WI will once again offer their Winter Webinar Series.  In these 9 webinars, national experts, who have published in one of the NASW journals, NASW Section Magazines or Social Work Today, will present a 45 minute talk over the noon hour followed by 15 minutes of comments and questions from participants.  Registration is now open.

Scroll down for course information and links to registration 

 All webinars are for 1 hour from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm,

I CEH Each
Members-$25     Members-Student/Retired/Unemployed-$20     Non-Members-$35

January 18, 2019, 12-1 pm  “THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: Medication Assisted Treatment and Recovery & Best Practice”

Presented by Dottie Saxon Greene, PhD, LCSW, LCAS, LADAC II, CCS, QCS, RYT.

After a review of opioid use disorder and current statistics relative to the epidemic, medication-assisted treatment and recovery from a social work best practice perspective will be discussed.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to

  1. define opioid use disorder and addiction.
  2. describe the current state of the opioid epidemic in the United States.
  3. understand medication-assisted treatment and recovery from a best practice perspective.

January 24, 2019, 12-1 pm   “Professional Learning Networks for Social Workers in the Digital Age”

Presented by Dr. Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW, PIP and Dr. Melanie Sage, Ph.D., LICSW

Competent and ethical social work practice requires practitioners, educators and students to be lifelong learners who stay up-to-date and share information about current news, practice knowledge and the latest research. While there are many strategies, one robust strategy is connecting with a network of people who share interests and information that can advance professional knowledge, skills and values. This type of network is commonly referred to as a Professional Learning Network (PLN), and exists when a social worker uses social media to collect information related to professional interests, shares this information with others, and also collaborates with others on projects.  This webinar will provide an introduction to PLNs for social workers wanting to create their own network or who want to incorporate PLNs into their agency practice or with student interns.
By the end of the session, participants will:
Objective 1: Describe what a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is and why one would use one
Objective 2: Discuss how to establish their own PLN and how to tailor it to their professional learning goals
Objective 3: Appreciate the role of theory in adopting technology tools for social work practice 

January 31, 2019, 12-1 pm “Released but not Free: Formerly Incarcerated Individuals and the Challenges of Reentry”

Presented by Christina Reardon, MSW, LSW

Hundreds of thousands of people are released from correctional facilities each year, but many of these individuals soon learn that their punishment has not yet ended. With freedom comes struggles to do the things necessary to successfully reintegrate into communities, such as finding jobs, establishing stable housing and reconnecting with loved ones. This webinar will explore the myriad challenges formerly incarcerated individuals face when reentering communities and examine how these challenges are the byproducts of historical, political and societal forces. The presentation also will describe innovative efforts to assist formerly incarcerated individuals and outline why social workers – with their strengths-based and person-in-environment perspectives – are well-suited to advocate for reforms to make reentry easier.  

February 6, 2019, 12-1 pm  “Child Trafficking: Understanding the Issue & Identifying Solutions”

Presented by Kristi Wood, MSW, APSW 

Child trafficking is a global issue that strikes home in Wisconsin: there has been at least one confirmed case of trafficking in all 72 counties of our state. The purpose of this webinar is to: 1) differentiate between the different types of trafficking; 2) define the issue of child sex trafficking; 3) identify the scope of child sex trafficking on a global, national, and statewide scale; 4) accentuate the risk for youth in Out of Home Care and runaway youth; 5) identify actions that states are taking across the nation to address the issue; and 6) identify resources and strategies that social workers can utilize to help inform the public about this issue. 

February 15, 2019, 12-1 pm  “Social Worker Identity: A Profession in Context”

Presented by Brad Forenza,MSW, Ph.D.

Professional identity is conceptualized as an extension of social identity, vis-à-vis the embodiment of three qualities: connectedness, expansiveness, and effectiveness.  This training utilizes interviews with 12 social workers, practicing in different areas, to identify shared aspects of social worker professional identity.  Commonalities pertaining to practitioner motivations, environments, and external challenges/triumphs help to contextualize the profession for new social workers. 

February 20, 2019, 12-1 pm “Fearful and Distracted in School: Predicting Bullying Among Youths”

Presented by Stephen Brewer, PhD

Bullying and aggression in schools can have a traumatic and lasting effect on the well-being of children and youths. Using evidence based outcomes from the 2013 National Crime Victimization Survey’s School Crime Supplement, this course will identify the factors that increase likelihood for bullying in schools assists practitioners in implementing programs and policies to improve school climate and reduce youth bullying. Being distracted and fear of being attacked were among the top statistically significant variables. Avoiding online activities and knowing someone who brought a gun to school were top predictors using logistic regression. Being involved in a fight and seeing hate-related words or symbols were additional influential predictors in bullying.

February 21, 2019, 12-1 pm “Anti-Semitism: Out of the Closet, Unhooded, and Bold”

Presented by Elana Kahn

Incidents of Jew-hatred have risen in Wisconsin, in the United States, and globally. This webinar will: 1) look at the history and features of contemporary anti-Semitism; 2) describe the lived experience of being Jewish, and more broadly, a religious minority in Wisconsin; 3) consider how anti-Semitism fits in with other forms of bigotry; 4) examine the questions and issues that Jews wrestle with; 5) discuss strategies of countering anti-Semitism; and 5) identify how to be an ally to Jews and other minority populations.

February 22, 2019, 12-1 pm Social Stigma and Social Justice in Social Work With Black Males”

Presented by Martell Teasley, PhD 

Given the plight, socioeconomic status, and scarcity of research on Black/African American men within the social work profession, there is a need for greater understanding, knowledge development, and skills acquisition for social work professionals working with this population. Using the Trayvon Martin court case and its aftermath, the presenter will discuss implications for engagement, interventions, and research with African American males. Within a historical and contemporary context, a racism-centered perspective is examined in order for participants to better understand how stigma, bias and injustice are often a part of the life course for Black males, and how such factors affect the social service intervention process with this population. The following objectives will be achieved during this presentation:
1.       Provide an overview of the socioeconomic status of Black men in the United States.
2.       Highlight conceptual and theoretical approaches to social work practice with African American males.  
3.       Examine research findings on social work intervention with African American males
4.       Discuss knowledge and skills needed for social work intervention with Black males. 

February 26, 2019, 12-1 pm “How do You Respond to Difference?:  Social Work’s Role in Combatting Xenophobia in America”

Presented by Karen Clark-Hoey, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Learning Goals:

  1. Increased understanding of the current social and political climate affecting the attitudes and opinions of American’s toward immigration policy and the implications of this paradigm shift for social work practice with newcomers.
  2. Acquire the ability to effectively articulate how/why welcoming newcomers is in the best interest of the United States using language that is rooted in the knowledge necessary to respond to difference (ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, etc.) commensurate with the profession’s values and ethics.
  3. Proficiency in the nexus between forced migration and global poverty and implications for social work practice with newcomers using cross-sector illustrations (mental health, trauma, child welfare, community health, etc).

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