2021 Noon Hour Winter Webinar Series

Webinars are held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, CST*

1 Continuing Education Hour Each *

Sign up for all nine and receive a 10% discount!


1/22/2021 – Recovery in a Digital World

Presented by KimberleL. Berlin, LCSW, CSAC, MAC, SAP

If “everything” was online before COVID-19, today, everything really is online. We are operating in a domain that in the past was considered outside of the accepted norms of treatment for mental health and addiction; today it is the only way we can operate due to a pandemic that has changed our world, our country, and the fabric of our society. The surge of alcohol use and opioid related disorders due to COVID-19’s enforced isolation has created the need for greater awareness of on-line resources for recovery ranging from treatment options online to recovery community platforms to support on-going sobriety.

This webinar will give social workers an understanding of:

  • The distinction between recovery “applications” and interactive participatory platforms;
  • Telemedicine for recovery including “Treatment” and “Intensive Outpatient Programs”;
  • Learning about the pioneers in interactive platforms;
  • Learning about the leading platforms for recovery;
  • Pro’s and Con’s of “Digital Recovery”;
  • Availability, access, and the “social media” argument
  • What will the future hold?

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1/29/2021 –When Politics Enter the Room: Ethical Challenges for Social Workers

 Presented by Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Many social workers and clients are becoming increasingly affected by and involved in the political process, and this can present challenging ethical dilemmas. Frederic Reamer will explore issues that may arise when clients share distress about the current political climate; how social workers can manage differences in political/social views with clients; and boundary issues that may arise when social workers or clients become involved in highly publicized political activities. Dr. Reamer will discuss relevant ethical standards.

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

  • identify ethical issues that emerge when political issues arise in social workers’ relationships with clients
  • identify ethical standards related to skillful management of relevant boundary issues
  • implement risk management protocols to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints

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2/2/2021 –Personal Faith and Professional Ethics: Best Practice with the Families of LGBT Youth

Presented by Sloan Okrey Anderson, MSW

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people exist in every community, in every faith, and in every kind of family. Regardless of where you practice, as a Social Worker you are likely to interact with LGBT people or their families at some point in your career. Grounded in Social Work ethics and values, this webinar explores the importance of cultural competence and affirmative therapeutic practices when working with these families. Additionally, this webinar will explore the tension between personal faith and professional Social Work ethics for religious Social Workers who hold “traditional” beliefs about gender and sexuality. 

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2/5/2021 –Bullying in the Workplace

Presented by Nicholas Smiar, PhD, ACSW, CISW

Workplace bullying is abusive verbal conduct which demeans and humiliates the victims. Both the victim and the organization are negatively impacted and pay a cost. Workplace bullying is a serious threat to employee health and safety, civil rights and dignity in the workplace, work team morale and productivity, and retention of skilled employees. In this workshop we define workplace bullying, examine the dynamics of bullying, and suggest counter-measures to protect the victim and enhance self-care.

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2/10/2021 – “Let’s Keep It Real”: Addressing Expressions of Racism and Racial Prejudice in the Context of Social Work Practice

Presented by José B. Torres, PhD., MSW, LCSW, LMFT

Although racist narratives, including racism at individual, systemic and institutionalized levels have historically been present in the medical and mental health care environments, race and racism have become more relevant in our society. It is increasingly clear that this phenomenon continues to have deleterious effects on the health care of racial and ethnic minority populations. Social workers and other mental health practitioners lack clear guidelines regarding how to address client’s racist and prejudicial attitudes and comments in the clinical setting. This presentation will provide a brief discussion regarding how to address race related issues as a clinical and ethical concern with clients who present racist ideas and narratives in the practice of clinical social work.

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2/12/2021 –Do Atheists Have Spiritual Needs at the End of Life?

Presented by Ann M. Callahan, PhD, LCSW

With an increasingly diverse society, it is important for social workers to protect, support, and respect the rights of all clients. This includes clients who are religiously unaffiliated. It is important to assess how each client defines their own “spiritual” needs. People with implicit religious beliefs or those who question their beliefs may have spiritual/religious needs that evoke suffering. The need for meaningful relationships remains even when spiritual/religious beliefs do not. This presentation describes how spiritually sensitive social workers can recognize relationships a client finds meaningful and cultivate these relationships to support clients when they need them the most.

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2/23/2021 –Immigration and the role of Social Workers

Presented by Gabriela Diéguez Hurtado, MSW, LCSW

The United States is a country made of immigrants that have come before the country had immigration laws and they continue to come. Immigrants today are fleeing deplorable conditions at home including gang violence, crime, extreme poverty, drug traffickers and sex trafficking. Social Workers are on the frontlines helping adults, families and children with their daily needs, mental health services and guidance regarding their immigration status. Workshop panelists all work on the frontlines with undocumented immigrants. They work in different capacities and they will share their experiences. Also highlighted will be Immigration laws since they are changing at a fast rate and social workers need to be informed to maintain the core values of social workers: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. There will be orientation to different types of immigration cases U-Visa, VAWA, refugee and asylum.

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2/24/2021 –Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

Presented by Dimitry Topitzes, PhD, LCSW

This workshop will introduce participants to a trauma responsive protocol – trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment or T-SBIRT – which has been implemented in a number of service settings in southeastern Wisconsin including community-based primary care, home visiting, and employment services.  Developed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee based on SBIRT for substance misuse, T-SBIRT takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes for a service provider to complete with service recipients.  In this workshop, I will detail the components of the protocol, which include provision of education about trauma exposure and symptoms, elicitation of insight into stress coping, and enhancement of motivation for mental healthcare or related services.  In addition, I will review results from several studies that we have conducted, indicating that it is feasible to implement T-SBIRT within various settings and that T-SBIRT potentially enhances service outcomes. 

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2/26/2021 –Clinical Implications of Identifying and Treating Race Based Trauma

Presented by Patricia Parker, CSW & Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW *1.5 CEH’s 12-1:30 pm

Socio-Cultural or race-based trauma, and its negative impact on the overall wellness of African Americans, is just beginning to be researched and addressed in clinical practice. This workshop will highlight the physiological, emotional, and psychological impact racism, discrimination and toxic stress has on the well-being of African Americans.
This workshop will focus on best practice strategies; assessments tools developed to evaluate the negative effect of racism on the quality of life; and treatment interventions that incorporate resiliency factors that are essential components of client engagement and service delivery.

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