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Social Work Professional Development Conference 2017

 

8:00am-9:00am     "Preparing for Social Work Licensure (no CEs)"
Presenter: Jonathan Hartsell, LCSW

This NON-CE workshop provides information and tips about preparing for the LBSW, LMSW, and LCSW examinations with emphasis placed on Tennessee requirements.

 

9:15am-10:45am     "Brain Development in Early Life (1.5 CEs)"
Presenter: Terri Combs-Orme, PhD Part 1  Part 2Part 3 

Although we often say “young children are resilient,” they are also vulnerable during this time of high neuroplasticity. The brain is developing rapidly in the first three years of life, which means that both positive and negative experiences are likely to play a role in organizing the brain. In this workshop we will talk about the mechanisms through which early experience influences brain development for both good and bad.

 

11:00am-12:30pm    "Overview of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1.5 CEs)"
Presenter: Kristin Dean, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will provide a brief history of the TF-CBT model, including evidence of its efficacy with various populations. The key components of the model, including trauma assessment, will be reviewed. Participants will receive information about how to receive further training.

 

2:00pm-5:00pm      "Ethical Considerations Concerning Medication-Assisted Recovery and Treatment (3 Ethics CEs)"
Presenter: Dottie Saxon Greene, PhD, LCSW, LCAS, CCS 

Upon a foundation of ethical principles, this session will explore several facets of the opioid epidemic. First, an overview of the epidemic will be presented, focusing on the eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina regions. Next, treatment frameworks will be reviewed with an emphasis on Harm Reduction philosophy. The session will conclude with an examination of the common myths relative to Harm Reduction and medication-assisted treatment and recovery. A Q & A period with a panel of experts will close the session.

Career Fair
Culp Ballroom

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
    This is an excellent opportunity to meet social workers, learn about area social work services, connect with other agencies, find volunteer opportunities, further your employment search, and for agencies to recruit future employees.

“Getting Ready for the Job Market”
Sessions for Social Work Students and Alumni

Culp Forum
9:15am-10:15am - Preparing for the Job Market
• Brittany Wilkins, Ph.D., LCSW will discuss tips for resume construction, conducting job search, completing and submitting applications, writing a cover letter, and preparing for the all-important interview.
12:15pm-1:15pm - Preparing for the Social Work Licensure Exam
• Jonathan Hartsell, LCSW will give information and tips about preparing for the LBSW, LMSW, and LCSW examinations with emphasis placed on Tennessee requirements.

"Common Sense Self Defense"
Presenter: Rene' Hashe Keplinger, State Certified Handgun Instructor

  • 8:30am-10:00am
    This workshop is for the average citizen who goes to work, shops, goes to school, is out in public and may be the victim of a crime. Criminals are out there hoping you will be distracted or alone and an easy target. The class will provide ways to be a hard target or to avoid or escape dangerous situations. This workshop will address simple everyday things we can do to make it harder for anyone to take advantage of us.

"Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)" 
Presenter: Cynthia Thomas, DO, MPH
Northeast Regional Health Office Tennessee Department of Health

  • 11am-12:30pm
    This workshop will address neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which is a group of signs and symptoms that may be observed in a newborn due to withdrawal from substances to which the fetus was exposed during pregnancy. Rates of NAS in Northeast Tennessee are the highest in the state. Dr. Thomas will discuss the etiology, diagnosis, and management of NAS. She will describe the epidemiology of NAS in Tennessee, with a focus on the Northeast region, and discuss the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of NAS.
  • Presentation - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

"Ethical Considerations when Working with Non-Religious Clients"
Presenter: Shawn Liu, LCSW

  • 1:30pm-12:30pm
    This workshop will consist of three segments that address the ethics of working with nonreligious clients. These ethical responsibilities reflect the NASW Code of Ethics, specifically within Section 1. Social Workers’ Ethical Responsibilities to Clients.
    The workshop will begin with an introduction to terminology surrounding religious and nonreligious belief systems. This will be followed by a review of the research ethical best practices when working with nonreligious clients. Last, a moderated panel of clinicians will discuss ethical issues and case examples of working with non-religious clients. Workshop attendees will also be given the opportunity to ask the panel questions regarding this area of social work practice.
  • Presentation - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Career Fair
Culp Ballroom
9am – 12:00pm
This is an excellent opportunity to meet social workers, learn about area social work services, connect with other agencies, find volunteer opportunities, further your employment search, and for agencies to recruit future employees.

“Getting Ready for the Job Market”
Sessions for Social Work Students and Alumni

Culp Forum
9am-10am - Preparing for the Licensure Exam Presentation
• Jonathan Hartsell, LCSW will give information and tips about preparing for the LBSW, LMSW, and LCSW examinations
10:45am-11:45pm - Job Seeker Panel
• Brittany Wilkins, Ph.D., LCSW will discuss tips for resume construction, conducting job search, completing and submitting applications, writing a cover letter, and preparing for the all-important interview prep
12:15pm-1:15pm - Employer Panel
• Representatives from local agencies discuss what they look for when hiring social workers and answer audience questions

"My Job is Talking to Kids: Forensic Interviewing"
Presenter: Amy Whitt-Bachman, BA

  • 9am-10:30am
    Amy Whitt-Bachman is trained in the nationally-recognized Cornerhouse Forensic Interview Protocol and has completed more than 3000 forensic interviews during her time at the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Sullivan County. Participants in this workshop will learn about a forensic interview protocol, the process of a child abuse case once reported to DCS, and about training to become a forensic interviewer. In addition, Amy will discuss the CAC of Sullivan County and the services provided.

"Defining the Good Life: Putting Values into Action"
Presenter: Phillip Keck, MA

  • 11am-12:30pm
    Phillip Keck, a psychology resident at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and positive rehabilitation researcher, would like to know “What is good about you?” This is a question social workers may often ask their clients. This workshop will focus on identifying and employing a social worker’s own strengths as change agents to increase knowledge and skill in engaging clients in structured strength-based intervention. Supported by ample empirical evidence, the Classification of Virtue and Character Strength (Peterson & Seligman, 2004) will be reviewed, applied, and discussed.

"Ethical Considerations When Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer Clients"
Presenter: Patricia E. Robertson, Ed.D, LPC-MHSP

  • 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dr. Patricia E. Robertson, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider and Professor Emeritus of Counseling at ETSU, will present an overview of working with clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and/or queer. In addition, this workshop will include a panel of clinicians who will discuss ethical issues and case examples of working with LGBTQ clients. Workshop attendees will also be given the opportunity to ask the panel questions regarding this area of social work practice.
  • Presentation - Part1, Part 2

Career Fair
Culp Ballroom
9am – 12:00pm
This is an excellent opportunity to meet social workers, learn about area social work services, connect with other agencies, find volunteer opportunities, further your employment search, and for agencies to recruit future employees.

“Getting Ready for the Job Market”
Sessions for Social Work Students and Alumni

Culp Forum
9am-10am - Preparing for the Licensure Exam Presentation
• Jonathan Hartsell, LCSW will give information and tips about preparing for the LBSW, LMSW, and LCSW examinations
10:45am-11:45am - Job Seeker Panel
• Recent ETSU BSW and MSW graduates present their experiences successfully searching for jobs and answer audience questions.
12:15pm-1:15pm - Employer Panel
• Representatives from local agencies discuss what they look for when hiring social workers and answer audience questions

"The Relevance of Buddhist Teachings in Psychotherapy"
Presenter: Linda Good, LPC/MHSP  

  • 9am-10:30am
    A student of Buddhism and psychotherapist in private practice, Linda realized the relevance of Buddhist Teachings to psychotherapy--especially Existential Therapy. This hour and a half interaction features comparative elements of Existential Psychotherapy and Buddhist Teachings and her research in the growing movement towards the application of Buddhism to Western Psychotherapy. A brief review of the effects of mindfulness meditation on brain chemistry will be included.

"CBT for Substance Use Disorders"
Presenter: Mina McVeigh, LMSW

  • 11am-12:30pm
    Mina McVeigh is certified in CBT by the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina and is also a certified trainer for SMART Recovery, an addiction recovery program. Attendees will learn cognitive and behavioral skills and techniques for substance use disorders in individual and group therapy. A brief review of relevant DSM-V changes will also be included.

"Ethical Considerations When Working with Older Adults"
Presenter: Jina P. Lewallen, PhD, MA, LCSW

  • 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Dr. Jina Lewallen is a Gerontologist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices social work with older adults, older homeless adults and older adults with mental health/substance abuse concerns. She provides APS (adult protection) training for programs around the country. This workshop is designed to give social workers information and education to help guide them in working with older adults through case study examples and discussion of ethical issues in areas of work and practice with older adults including: physical and mental health care and treatment, family and friends, abuse, neglect, and exploitation among other topics.
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