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Department of Social Work

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Friday, October 27th
8:00am - 4:30PM

Student registration opens 9/1/2017!
Regular registration opens 9/8/17!

The Social Work Self-Care Initiative Presents

The Social Work Self-Care for Helping Professionals Conference

Free for ETSU social work students & faculty, including social work field instructors, task supervisors, adjuncts, advisory board members, & presenters!

  • $10 ETSU non-social work students
  • $30 NASW members
  • $60 Non-NASW members

8:00 to 8:30 - Conference check-in

8:30 to 8:45 - Conference Welcome, Dr. Paul Baggett

8:45 to 10:15 - Ethical Considerations of Self-Care
Dr. Heather Dye (1.5 ethics CEs)

This session will explore the impact of stress and trauma on service providers. Participants will gain knowledge regarding the categories related to trauma i.e. burnout, secondary trauma, and vicarious trauma. Participants will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms, risk factors, and protective factors of trauma. In the context of ethical practice, Dr. Dye will emphasize the importance of understanding and practicing self-care as a best practice imperative. Participants will assess their own level of self-care and develop an individualized self-care plan.

10:30 to 12:00 - Mindset Matters: Practitioner Resilience in the Helping Professions (1.5 CEs)
Dr. Bethany, Dr. Novotny

This session will be didactic, inductive, and experiential. Practitioners will learn how grit and mindset relate to self-efficacy and rates of burnout. Practitioners will also understand the importance of resilience and participate in self-exploration of these constructs and how they manifest in personal and professional arenas.

10:30 to 12:00 - The Fab Five: Making Personal Gains in Health-Related Physical Fitness (1.5 CEs)
Dr. Kason O'Neil & Jennifer O'Neil, MS

This interactive session will explore the impact the five health-related components of physical fitness have on overall health and wellbeing. This session will provide participants the opportunity to assess his/her own fitness through selected assessments. Dr. and Mrs. O’Neil will lead a discussion and interactive activities that will help attendees work towards developing and maintaining a plan for making personal gains for fitness improvements.

12:00 to 1:15 - Lunch

1:15 to 2:45 - Everett Lilly and the Songcatchers: Music and Well-being (1.5 CEs)

Against the backdrop of the southern coalfields of West Virginia and migration, Dr. Lilly will present his own experience and that of his musical family and others as they pursued a better life in the north, sought to maintain their own culture and heritage, and helped to spread bluegrass music to New England and around the world. Connections between the music and the Appalachian experience will be highlighted along with a discussion of how a regional music came to be a worldwide phenomenon. Dr. Lilly and The Songcatchers will also perform!

1:15 to 2:45 - Nutrition on the Go: Fast and Easy Tips to Fuel Your Busy Life (1.5 CEs)
Carol Shimberg, MS, RDN -Mindful Eating |Dinner In A Minute | How To Choose Healthy Snacks Mindful Snacking

In this workshop, you will discover your healthy eating style and how to incorporate it into your busy life. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including age and stage of life, situations, food preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and personal decisions we make over time. Making wise food choices matters. This workshop offers ideas and tips to help create a healthier eating style that meets individual needs and improves health. Participants should come ready to be active! 

3:00 to 4:30 - Self-Healing Through Movement: Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga (1.5 CEs)
Kim Bushore-Maki, LPC; Stephan Steffan, LMT, & Dr. Tonya Van Hook

In this workshop, participants will learn about the mind-body connection, the evidence base for mindful, body-moving practices relative to stress, anxiety, and trauma, and practice basic yoga, tai chi, and qigong postures for stress and anxiety reduction.


ETSU, D. P. Culp Center, Culp Auditorium,
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614




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