2020 Winter Webinar Series

All Webinars – 1 CEH



$25 – Members        
$20 – Members – Student/Unemployed/Retired
$35 – Non Members


February 19, 2020, Noon – 1:00 PM
Working with Clients Experiencing Economic Despair

Presented by Janice Berry Edwards, PHD, MSW, ACSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, BCD

The psychologically taxing circumstances associated with economic distress can have a major impact on the individual and family and can lead to significant psychological challenges from externalizing to internalizing personal problems and the expression of depressive symptoms and hostility toward others. As such, economic distress and despair as a traumatic experience must be considered as a complex trauma that can cause alterations in relationships and in an individual’s sense of self and can affect personal relationships with others.

The psychological pain associated with economic distress can be experienced as unbearable, capturing the individual’s ability to communicate the depth of their suffering. The challenges of economic distress and the harsh conditions associated with this strained level of deprivation has the capacity to have powerful effects on mental health, psychosocial functioning, and well-being. Understanding of the traumatizing effects must be better understood and become a focus of clinical practice intervention with clients who are victim to this duress. Clinical social workers must incorporate in their clinical understanding of the client or clients their narrative of their experience.

This webinar will discuss how we work with these issues of economic despair with our clients. 
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February 26, 2020, Noon – 1:00 PM
Successful Strategies for Building Employee Resilience

Presented by Chelsey Nisbet, MSW, APSW

Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services (WCDHHS) is a county agency that recognized that the work that all of their social workers and employees do takes a toll on them. Systems are over-whelmed, morale can be low, individuals are getting tired, and people constantly feel like they can’t do enough. The response? The Employee Resilience group, a cross-agency effort to look at the issues around chronic stress, vicarious traumatization, burnout and their impact on staff and staff retention. Self-care can be seen as an ethical obligation when the impact of a low professional quality of life trickles down to a threat to protection of clients. Considering the importance of recognizing both personal and organizational stress responses, learning specific strategies that have worked in organizations will assist both direct staff and administrators in moving the needle towards a more resilient workforce, community and society. This session will cover the actions Waukesha County has taken as well as the science behind what it takes to implement innovative resilience-building efforts on a macro level. Leave with inspiration and an action plan for implementing employee resilience building practices within your own place of work.
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February 28, 2019, Noon – 1:00 PM
Supervisor Ethical Responsibilities
Presented by Jack Register, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, ICA-ADC, ICCS

Supervisors are asked to do a great deal to ensure that best practices happen without harm to clients. There is also a national trend toward care that is time limited and focused on stabilization of crisis even if that is not necessarily what the client needs. This workshop focuses on the “how” of supervision in this environment and when it is necessary to use systemic advocacy skills with agencies and payer sources. This workshop also covers some of the historical trends and ways in which supervision became a distinct area of practice in social work.
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March 3, 2020, Noon – 1:00 PM
Beyond Niceness: Critical Reflections on Anti-Racist Allyship

Presented by Jenny Andersen, LCSW

Have you ever wanted to make your practice more inclusive?  Do you want to engage in anti-racist practices, and you’re not sure where to begin?  This webinar is designed to critically reflect on systemic racism and our power to interrupt it, racial bias in clinical work, and give participants some resources and tools to empower them in creating a more inclusive social work practice.  
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