Presented by Jon Mandracchia, PhD
2.0 Clock hour
* This course meets Suicide Prevention requirement for licensure renewal. *
Suicide is a serious and prevalent problem that most mental healthcare providers will encounter at some point in their career regardless of the setting in or population with which they work. This presentation will introduce the topic of suicide by presenting the prevalence of suicide in general along with specific demographic data. Attendees will then learn about risk and protective factors associated with suicide, while considering the differences between risk/protective factors and causal factors for suicide ideation and behavior. To promote a better understanding of the actual underlying mechanisms of suicide, a brief overview of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide will be presented as one possible explanation for serious suicide attempts and completed suicide that has gained empirical support in recent years. After presenting information to better understand the overall scope and potential causes of suicide, the presentation will turn to specific recommendations for assessing and responding to individuals who may be at risk for suicide ideation or making a serious suicide attempt. Many of these recommendations are specific for licensed mental healthcare providers (and those who are in-training); however, more basic forms of assessment and response will be presented that may be employed by the general public.
Presented by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW
*** This course meets the 3.0 hour Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. *** The NASW Code of Ethics provides valuable tools and insights into acting ethically. However, the needs of vulnerable populations such as persons with life threatening illnesses, brain disease, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, minority status, and others, can be exploited and overlooked. This workshop, which meets the clinical licensure requirements, will closely examine our responsibilities when working with vulnerable populations and how to be both sensitive and effective in meeting their goals.
Presented by Teresa A. Cooley-Bennett, LCSW, LSCSW, CCDP-D, TTS
*** This course meets the 3.0 hour Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. ***
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 provided with the goal being excellent customer service to our clients, supervisees, colleagues, and agencies. This workshop meets the ethics requirements for licensure.
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.