Current Trainings

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2021 Spring Live Online Continuing Education Trainings 

Creating a Restorative Climate

Date: February 19, 2021 

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description 

The purpose of the workshop is to provide professionals in the human service field a comprehensive introduction to restorative practice work in youth-serving settings.  The workshop will provide participants a philosophical background of restorative justice and how professionals can implement restorative practices to build community and to strategically respond to conflict.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of restorative practice
  • Participants will be able to show the ability to apply restorative practices in their engagement with clients or colleagues
  • Participants will have the capacity to facilitate community building activities
  • Participants will be able to research, evaluate, and implement community building and conflict resolution activities.

Trainer: 

Shawn E. Thomas, MSW is the program director for the Just Discipline Project at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a service focused practitioner with a strong commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized populations in society.  Mr. Thomas has excelled in program development and organizational planning, with success overcoming challenges of limited resources and financial constraints to deliver high-quality, efficient and comprehensive service opportunities for target populations. Mr. Thomas has over 15 years of progressive employment working with under privileged youth in capacities that include mental health, school-based, and juvenile justice settings. Mr. Thomas has a B.A. in Social Relations (Cheyney University of Pa.) and a MSW in Community Organizing and Social Administration (University of Pittsburgh).  

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4171 

Utilizing Intersectionality in Social Work Practice

Date: February 26, 2021 

Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM

CE's: 2.0

Course Description 

What is intersectionality?  How can social work practice benefit from engagement with the theory of intersectionality? This workshop will introduce participants to intersectionality as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary framework in understanding how interlocking oppressions at both the individual and systemic level impact the different populations we serve in social work. The format of this workshop will consist of a lecture and large group discussion on the theoretical foundations of intersectionality and how this concept can be employed as a framework within the field of social work. The second portion of this workshop will consist of application of this theoretical framework to relevant case studies in small group discussion. Relevant video clips will be utilized as needed

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the theoretical foundations and interdisciplinary utility of intersectional frameworks and theorizing.
  • Discuss the ways in which intersectionality has been utilized and has the potential to be applied in social work practice. 
  • Apply intersectional framing when working with different populations in social work. 
  • Apply intersectional framing to the development of social work interventions within varied contexts.

Trainers: 

Alannah Caisey, MA (she/her/hers) is a sociologist broadly interested in topics related to Black feminist epistemologies, liberatory pedagogies, Black Liberation, intersectionality, and educational inequality. Some of the projects she has worked on center on the experiences of Black girls in advanced placement courses and on empowerment programming as an intervention in reducing inequality.  Her research has focused on education inequality as it relates to the status of Black girls in the United States through an exploration of teaching pedagogy, curriculum, after-school programming, and the lived experiences of Black girls. Currently her research examines Black women's liberatory pedagogies as a mechanism for teaching Black Liberation. Alannah is an editorial assistant for the peer-reviewed academic journal Educational Researcher.

Edoukou Aka-Ezoua, LMSW (she/her hers) is a licensed social worker who is the Project Coordinator for the Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows program, a training fellowship and national child welfare workforce initiative housed in the Pitt School of Social Work’s Child Welfare Education and Research Programs.  She also serves as a member on the Diversity and Inclusion & Monitoring, Education, and Learning Advisory committees for Strong Women, Strong Girls, a multi-generational mentoring organization for women and girls.  As a social worker, Edoukou works to intentionally guide and frame her social work practice through a feminist and intersectional lens, especially as it relates to centering the voices and experiences of marginalized groups in research, program, and policy development. Her specific research interests in child welfare include older youth, program and service evaluation, best practice, racial equity, and child welfare workforce development. Currently, she is working on a project to better understand the impact of a statewide child welfare intervention on the child welfare outcomes of adolescent girls of color. 

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4168

Exploring Racism: Understanding Whiteness and the Clinical Implications

Date: March 5, 2021 

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

CE's: 2.0

Course Description:

This training will focus on exploring racism and understanding its driving force, whiteness. The trainer will focus on what whiteness is and the history surrounding this concept, but most importantly how it shows up in the therapy room. Clinicians will be asked to explore how racism and whiteness have impacted the field of therapy and the clients who are served. The clinicians will begin the reflective self of the therapist process around the ways in which Whiteness has impacted them, and how that is brought into the therapy room. Clinicians will leave with tools on how to engage clients of color and also how to think about whiteness. This training will include group discussion, exercises, and videos to best facilitate clinician growth and exploration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Clinicians will leave with a working knowledge of Whiteness, its history, and how its connected to racism
  • Clinicians will be able to identify how whiteness impacts the therapeutic process
  • Clinicians will leave with tools on engaging clients of color around race and Whiteness
  • Clinicians will engage in self of the therapist work around Whiteness

Trainers: 

Brianna Totty, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the city. In 2018 she launched her business, Choosing Destiny, LLC, with the mission of providing therapeutic services to couples, families, and individuals in need. Brianna joined The Center for Relational Change, where she is the Community Outreach Coordinator. Brianna has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, where she brought systemic thinking into the classroom and curriculum. Currently, Brianna is serving as the treasure for the American Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy’s topic group, Margins to Center: MFT’s of Color.

Brianna’s passion is around providing BIPOC a safe space to heal from systems of oppression and to create a space for thinking to possibly occur. Through her thinking she has observed the complexities of human interactions and relationships. She believes relationships and the individuals who are apart of them are interconnected and yet separate at the same time. This is the mindset and philosophy that Brianna takes into life with her and into relationships. Through thinking about relationships, we can better think about our individual selves and the way we choose to show up in the world around us.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4183

Creative Approaches to Counseling: An Experiential Workshop

Date: March 18, 2021 

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description:

Welcome to “Creative Approaches to Counseling!” This course is designed to help counselors and therapists become more creative and spontaneous and is based on the philosophy of Abraham Maslow who noted that “the concept of creativeness and the concept of the healthy, actualizing, fully human person seem to be coming closer and closer together and may perhaps turn out to be the same thing.”
In this course, we will journey together into the concept of “creativity” and explore our own creativity as human beings. We will also learn a few creative approaches that have been found to be effective in helping beings to overcome challenges and reach their own human potential. These approaches will include the use of journal therapy and Gestalt role-playing techniques.
Please note that this course will be entirely experiential and will be taught in a group therapy format. Therefore, if you wish to enroll, please be prepared to have your camera turned on and to be fully engaged in discussion and class exercises. I look forward to exploring our creativity together…

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how creativity can be developed in individuals to help allay worrying about the future and dwelling on the past.
  • Understand how self-expression in the here and now is a necessary component for human growth and development.
  • Add to their “toolbox” of creative techniques the processes of journal therapy and Gestalt two-chair techniques.
  • Become more spontaneous and creative in their work.

Trainers: 

Dr. Nancy Farber (Kent)  is a humanistic psychologist, school counselor, and veteran professor of school, community, and clinical counseling with over 25 years of experience in teaching and psychotherapy. She has served as an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University, a supervising psychologist at Torrance State Hospital and as a psychologist at university counseling centers across the country. Dr. Farber currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Hershey, PA and over telehealth where she integrates creative approaches including writing, music, Gestalt two-chair, psychodrama, and art into her work with clients. Dr. Farber is also a published researcher and author who has written articles for professional journals and presented both research and training workshops for national organizations including the American Psychological Association and the American School Counselor Association. She has recently published a book, which is a model of “journal therapy,” and “Gestalt therapy” entitled Vessel: Writing through the fears of death, isolation, responsibility, and meaninglessness.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4184

Neighborhood Power Play – Community Development and Dynamics

Date: April 9, 2021 

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description:

This workshop will offer a foundation perspective on what aspects influence how development occurs in neighborhoods within the City of Pittsburgh.  It will also detail how residents and organizations can work both with and against the system to ensure communities are places that protect the vulnerable while providing opportunity for growth.  The session will be interactive and provide opportunities that allow participants to work through place-based strategies and engage in planning priorities to further enhance the understanding of neighborhood revitalization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Foundation understanding of development process
  • Neighborhood revitalization components including people-first planning
  • Understanding of neighborhood and political dynamics and their effect on community stabilization

Trainers: 

Demi Kolke, MSW ,is currently employed by Neighborhood Allies where she serves as the Senior Program Manager of Corridor Revitalization. In this role, Demi works to enhance Homewood’s business district through small business support, physical improvements, marketing and events.
Demi also serves as an advisory member to the Homewood-Brushton Business Association and is the Founder and Owner of Kenny’s, an outdoor community and cultural celebration space in Homewood. She has served the neighborhood of Homewood for 10 years, first at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, then several years at Operation Better Block, Inc. Her most recent position as a Senior Planner for the City of Pittsburgh gave her an opportunity to advocate for and enact policy that would further enhance her previous work. Demi has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from North Dakota State University.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/3905

Minimizing the Impact of Cyber-Bullying

Date: April 29, 2021 

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description:

This workshop will provide an overview of bullying and cyberbullying, strategies for dealing with cyberbullying, how to recognize and respond to cyber-bullying, cyber-bullying and the law, social networks and protecting yourself online. The workshop is intended for professionals, educators, students, parents, and guardians who want to recognize bullying and cyberbullying effectively, protect children from it and prepare them for dealing with emergency situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the term cyber-bully.
  • Discuss the results of cyberbully behaviors among children and teens.
  • Become aware of internet sites and gadgets that may affect those who are being bullied.
  • Discuss strength-based strategies to combat cyber-bullying.

Trainers: 

Marcus Stallworth, MSW, is the Director of Learning and Organizational Development at Welcome 2 Reality. He is an author of a journal article published in the 23rd volume of Child Welfare League of America?s Children?s Voice. Marcus is a national consultant and trainer for Child Welfare League of America and professor at the University of Bridgeport and Post University

Qur-an Webb, MSW, is the Director of Operations at Welcome 2 Reality. He is a wealth knowledge and experience in Child Welfare. Qur-an an independent contractor and graduate of the Elm City Fellowship for Children and Families sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Qur-an teaches at the University of Bridgeport.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4197

The Childbearing Years: Working with Loss During the Perinatal Period

Date: May 14, 2021 

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CE's: 6.0

Course Description:

This training will focus on understanding and working with both fetal loss and issues related to fertility. When someone becomes pregnant, there is often a sense of hopefulness and looking forward to the future. But when pregnancy loss occurs or it is difficult or impossible to get pregnant, loss becomes a significant part of the experience. This training will help participants understand the experience of loss before, during and after pregnancy as well as explore treatment that promotes healing. The the impact of race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status will be woven into the training to help providers bring greater depth to the treatment they provide.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify stages of grief during the perinatal period
  • Identify and assess risk and protective factors related to perinatal loss
  • Develop therapeutic tools for working with loss during the perinatal period
  • Facilitate a healing process with clients experiencing loss or fertility issues
  • Identify impact of race, gender, sexual orientation and SES on perinatal loss

Trainers: 

Dinnie Goldring, LCSW is a psychotherapist who specializes in working with women during the childbearing years. She has been working in the perinatal arena for almost 30 years, at first as a midwife and then as a psychotherapist. This combination of experience gives her a unique perspective of the perinatal period. Dinnie is a trained Gestalt therapist, leads a Mindfulness Based Anxiety Reduction group, leads consultation groups for therapists specializing in perinatal mental health, and has a private practice in Squirrel Hill.

Registration Linkhttps://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4185

White Privilege: What exactly is it? and why do we all need to know about it?

Date: May 18, 2021 

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CE's: 3.0

Course Description:

This course will define and explore white privilege in a variety of circumstances to help individuals recognize, communicate, and reduce it. We will also explore ways it impacts communities of black and brown people and professionals. Last but not least, this course will provide information regarding common themes, defense mechanisms, and cognitive conditions associated with white privilege

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and Identify White Privilege
  • Communicate White Privilege to others in a way that is both effective and informed.
  • Apply activities and information used in this course to teach others about White Privilege
  • Identify associated distortions related to white privilege.
  • Use White Privilege to help advance, protect, and lessen the disparities and improve the opportunities of BIPOC people; if applicable

Trainers: 

Jessica Gurley MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over eleven years of mental health experience. Jessica currently works as the Facility Telehealth Coordinator and Supervisor for Veterans Affairs (VA) after being promoted from an Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker. In addition to working for the VA, she provides therapy, supervision, and mental health trainings, workshops, and consulting services for both individuals and organizations through her company Social Work Consulting and Counseling (SWCC) LLC. Through SWCC alone, Jessica has presented to the University of Pittsburgh Social Work CEU department, CCAC classrooms, small business, nursing homes and churches. Jessica always communicates in a way that is culturally sensitive, and she is confident when presenting to expert professionals and skilled at including new professionals. She has been providing clinical services to diverse populations of children, adults, older adults, families, and Veterans with mild to severe mental illness, addictions, and intellectual disabilities; including those on the autism spectrum. She has advanced knowledge and expert skill in the range of specialized interventions, theories, and treatment modalities used to treat individuals with complex dual illnesses. Lastly, Jessica recently embarked on a new journey to reduce stigma and reduce the suicide rate by creating a mental health t-shirt line. In a nutshell, Jessica’s and SWCC mission is to H.E.L.P.: Heal, Enlighten, Liberate, and Plan with every person she serves.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4192

 

NEW! CE On-Demand 

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Continuing education can now be taken on your schedule! Topics include: Ethics, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, LGBTQIA+ Populations, and many more! All at the click of a mouse, at your own pace, and to fit your busy schedule! Check out our recorded self-paced CE programs now! 

Recorded Trainings 

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures

Assessment of Dementia Through the Use of Evidence-Based Measures focuses upon assessment and differential diagnosis.  Emphasis will be on explaining how to use screening tools and to differentiate various types of dementia.  Participants will be asked to think about how to incorporate these tools into mental status examination and community practice.  The information will be useful for other health care providers as they interact with primary care and help persons who have ADRD or their families navigate the health system.

Pharmacologic Interventions for Dementia Syndromes

Pharmacologic Interventions for Dementia Syndromes will explore interventions with an emphasis on using the published literature to choose pharmacological interventions for cognitive and behavioral manifestations of dementia, including the roles (i.e., indications and benefits), cautions (i.e., risks, side-effects, warnings) and potential alternatives to using cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, antipsychotics, and antidepressants in ADRD.  Finally, given the recent FDA approval of 3 amyloid imaging agents, this program will also help participants better understand how biomarkers are changing practices with regard to clinical research and management of ADRD.