Upcoming Events

Ethical Issues When Serving Vulnerable Populations

NASWMO Chapter 0 11

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, LCSW

*** This course meets the Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. ***

Building resilience with vulnerable populations requires knowledge, skills and values that are sensitive to their needs and context. Vulnerable populations include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, homeless, those with HIV and other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness. During this workshop participants will address these issues with practical applications.

Exploring Our Six Ethical Principles (Panel Discussion)

NASWMO Chapter 0 5

*** This course meets the Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. ***

Explore the six Ethical Principles of the NASW Code of Ethics (Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relations, Integrity, and Competence) with the three officers of the NASW, Missouri Chapter. The unique format of this two-hour ethics workshop is a virtual sofa discussion where our three social work leaders share their perspectives and real-life experiences. Attendees will have opportunities to participate in the workshop that will be recorded for future use on the NASW CE Institute.


This workshop is a sequel to the exceptional pre-conference workshop presented in March 2021. It was highly rated by participants with 81.6% strongly agreeing that “the presenter(s) were knowledgeable about the topic” and the other 18.4% agreeing.

Trauma and Recovery

NASWMO Chapter 0 3

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div.

Often clients present in our practice with symptoms of depression and anxiety that might be rooted in histories of trauma. It is critical for recovery that we understand the impact of trauma on the whole person and how triggers may be threatening the quality of life for clients. The key to recovery is assisting clients in building resilience, which is the ability to “bounce forward.” In this workshop we will build knowledge and skills with theoretical and practical applications in the art and science of healing trauma. 

Implementing Best Practices in Clinical Supervision with an Eye on Ethics

NASWMO Chapter 0 6

Presented by Teresa A. Cooley-Bennett, LCSW, LSCSW, CCDP-D, TTS

*** This course meets the 3.0 hour Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. ***      OR     ***This course meets 3.0 hour Supervision requirement for renewal of acceptable supervisors for licensure***

Providing clinical oversight and supervision in the delivery of services to vulnerable populations is a common responsibility of social workers.  Because of the unique challenges experienced, opportunities for ethical dilemmas and vicarious liability are not uncommon.   As supervisors, we are accountable not only for our own ethical behavior, but for the behavior of others including colleagues and supervisees.  This continuing education program will provide an overview of common ethical principles with a special emphasis on Vicarious Liability or the doctrine of “imputed negligence”.  As an important aspect of practice, resources for identifying, managing, and preventing ethical violations will be pro

Ethics, Social Justice and Weight Stigma

NASWMO Chapter 0 4

Presented by Nancy Ellis-Ordway, LCSW, PhD

*** This course meets the Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. ***

Increased stigma is an unanticipated consequence of the overwhelming and contradictory information about food, eating, weight and health. Weight stigma affects people of all sizes in ways that are personal, cultural, economic and social. As agents of social change, what is our responsibility to engage with this dynamic? How do we do so?

Early Detection of Suicide Risk in Older Populations

NASWMO Chapter 0 0

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div.

* This course meets Suicide Prevention requirement for licensure renewal. *

For over a decade, the suicide rates in the U.S. are rising.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the general population, with suicides outnumbering homicides by more than two to one. Among all populations, white males over the age of 55 are at highest risk for suicidal ideation and completion. It is critical that social workers are educated in how to assess, treat, and refer to appropriate levels of care to lower the risks for suicide especially among againg populations. 

Suicide Prevention, Behavioral Health, and Best Practices

NASWMO Chapter 0 3

Presented by Teresa A. Cooley-Bennett, LCSW, LSCSW, CCDP-D, TTS

*** This course meets the Suicide Prevention requirement for licensure renewal. **

This workshop will examine the prevalence of suicide and what types of mental health concerns coincide with high rates of suicide.  The workshop will also examine prevention strategies and how social workers can take care of and manage vicarious trauma that may occur when working with clients who present as suicidal, have attempted suicide, or have completed suicide.  This course will meet the Suicide Prevention Continuing Education Units as required by the Missouri Licensing Board.

Aging Gracefully

NASWMO Chapter 0 2

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW 

To live full of grace is what our hearts long for. What does it mean to live grace-fully? Together we will explore this question and discuss approaches on how to integrate grace into our lives. How do we open our hearts to grace and live to our fullest potential? Tools and strategies will be discussed to live grace-fully. Resources will be provided for ongoing support for a healthy life. This will be a holistic approach to aging physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually to inspire us to be connected in a meaningful way to self, our clients, and our purpose in life. 

Motivational Interviewing

NASWMO Chapter 0 4

Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW 

Effective therapeutic approaches with clients involves identifying what motivates a client to change.  This entails surfacing what is most meaningful for the client and providing effective tools and resources.  It is critical that the client claims ownership of the treatment plan.  In this workshop, we will explore and discuss holistic approaches for clients to achieve their goals by examining the importance of instilling confidence and utilizing core principles of motivational interviewing.


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