Current Trainings

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2020 Fall Live Online Continuing Education Trainings 

Fatherhood Engagement and Social Connections

Date: November 19, 2020

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM

CEU's: 6.0

Course Description
This training will have a direct impact on the importance of engagement with fathers and father figures. We are trying to change the practice from being “Mother Focused” into the “Full Family Engagement Model ’, by providing the importance of fatherhood engagement. It is in our hopes that our training will provide information and education and try to eliminate any personal and professional barriers that interfere with father involvement which could ultimately results in benefits and increased success of having fathers, father figures, and paternal relatives involved, which correlates directly to case decision-making practices. This training will also be impactful for fathers and father figures as there will be breakout sessions to provide information on co-parent, engaging mothers as gatekeepers, legal rights on child support and paternity, young fatherhood parenting, and empowering fathers.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore Internal (personal) and External (societal) views of the importance of fatherhood
  • Discuss mothers as gatekeepers and provide engagement strategies
  • Discuss the importance of a father’s role in the journey for permanency
  • Examine how fatherlessness impacts the community
  • Look at how systems engage fathers
  • Discuss the benefits of father involvement
  • Discuss strategies on how to engage fathers
  • Discuss how to provide hope to fathers who may be struggling
  • Provide fathers with information and resources

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/4079

I Cant Keep Calm: Strategies for Regulating Intense Emotions

Date: December 4, 2020

Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM

CEU's: 2.0


Course Description
Emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. Emotions are created in the brain and can signal threats and rewards. Experiencing both positive and negative intense emotions such as pain, distress, despair, fear, excitement, love, happiness, or sadness is normal. Becoming overwhelmed with how to manage these intense emotions can cause one to feel emotionally dysregulated. External messages received from family and society can have an impact on emotional development, including how emotions are processed. I Can’t Keep Calm: Strategies for Regulating Intense Emotions is a 2-hour training designed to bring awareness to the purpose emotions serve in our lives as well as learning to use, enjoy and coexist with them in healthy ways.


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe emotion regulation and emotion dysregulation
  • Participants will be able to identify the impact of dysregulated emotions on relationships with themselves and others.
  • Participants will be able to identify strategies to manage emotional distress.
By the end of the workshop, Participants will be able to:
  • Understand the impact of messages received from family of origin on emotional development
  • Understand the emotions experienced
  • Decrease negative vulnerability and increase acceptance of emotions
  • Identify and implement trauma informed approaches for regulating intense emotions.

Trainer: 

Sharise Nance LCSW, CCTP (also known as the Compassion Fatigue lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services LLC and has over 20 years of experience assisting individuals, couples and families see beyond energy depletion, hopelessness, panic, guilt and feeling overwhelmed and assists them in making a shift to a place of peace, joy, clarity and gratification. Sharise also dedicates her efforts to running Vitamin C Healing, an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.

With considerable experience speaking at keynotes, workshops, and seminars for young professionals, helping professionals, caregivers, entrepreneurs, women, parents, and adolescents across the country; she strives to equip individuals with the tools to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in order to live happy, fulfilled lives and careers. With her depth of experience from nearly two decades working with a diverse population of people from all walks of life, Sharise is eager to share all that she’s learned. Most recently, Sharise created the S.W.A.G. Awards: Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness Awards, to honor the "heart work" of local social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh area who often go unappreciated and unrecognized.She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband William Nance. More information on Sharise can be found by visiting www.vitaminchealing.com

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4083

Engaging Foster Care Youth

Date: December 8, 2020

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

CEU's: 3.0

Course Description
This training designed to increase awareness of those youth who are in the foster care system. The training will bring together the best methods of in-person and virtual education to educate professionals and advocates in the field on this timely topic. The intent is to guide participants through an exploration of strategies intended to engage youth which promote autonomy, a positive sense of self, and a willingness to expand their network of resources and support. This includes complying with counseling and other resources aimed at ensuring their social and emotion needs are being met. Participants will gain an understanding of how to support youth and their foster family as we all work as members if a professional team.

Learning Objectives                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Participants will understand how the following concepts relate to youth engagement/safety:

  • Critical thinking
  • Self-awareness
  • Working through Resistance
  • Explain the importance of identifying and establishing Kin/Fictive Kin placements to promote wellbeing in children

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/4080

Everyday Ethics in Social Work Practice

Date: December 19, 2020

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

CEU's: 3.0

Course Description

While most social workers believe that they practice ethically, many are not familiar with general ethical principles which impact everyday social work practice.  Still others have not reviewed the Code of Ethics since its update in 2018.  How can you know that you practice ethically when you remain generally uniformed?  Even for those who consider themselves ethically competent, new models of service provision presented by the current public health crisis offer ethical challenges for all.  This workshop helps participants translate ethical concepts into everyday practical application. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Fundamental ethical principles and social work values commonly applied to social work professional practice 
  • Understand how ethical principles found in the NASW Code of Ethics impact everyday practice                                          
  • Review emerging and timely issues which impact ethical practice in the workplace

Trainer: 

Ginny Vayda, LCSW, BCD, is a well-known speaker and workshop presenter locally, statewide, and nationally. She has presented on a wide variety of subjects spanning topics from social work productivity, competency based staff development to social health determinants, social work safety and ethics. She has been part of the adjunct social work faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and several other Pennsylvania universities. For the past 18 years she has been an NASW trainer in Pennsylvania for the social work licensure preparatory class. Currently Ginny is the Social Work Executive at a VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania where she oversees the professional practice of more than 60 licensed social workers.

Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/pittsocialwork/Activity_Search/4081


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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.