California Society for Clinical Social Work

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(SFV) Enhancing Clinical Skills in Building a Therapeutic Relationship

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Alliance for Community Empowerment 7227 Owensmouth Avenue #104 Canoga Park CA, 91303
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Presenter: Wanda Jewell, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Description: The therapeutic relationship is the rapport between the clinician and the client. It’s a collaborative agreement based on trust, respect, and empathy. Rapport building in therapeutic relationships is a necessary set of steps in helping people create insight and lasting change. With the popularity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other manualized treatment, there seems to be a lack of emphasis on these essential clinical skills. This workshop will cover these basic skills. We will also discuss the four elements that characterize psychodynamic work, for example, working with the client’s defenses. Together, we will cover the essentials of creating rapport and how to weave in cognitive techniques.

Questions for discussion:

  • Are psychodynamic and CBT techniques compatible?
  • What are ways to promote positive outcomes in clinical work?
  • What is integrity in practice?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define clinical social work.
  2. List the essential elements of creating therapeutic rapport.
  3. Refresh understanding of clinical work through a brief review of relational skill.
  4. Identify ways to create a practical mixture of psychodynamic therapy and CBT or other manualized treatments for the benefit of clients.

Dr. Wanda Jewell is a psychotherapist in private practice in the City of Glendale, CA and a professor at the USC School of Social Work in Los Angeles.

Dr. Jewell began teaching at USC School of Social Work in Spring semester 1998. She teaches academic courses of Practice, Behavior, and Social Policy and has also served as Field Faculty. She also teaches SW 617, Substance Related and Behavioral Addictive Disorders and Recovery, and SW 630, Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice.

She is in private practice of psychotherapy in Los Angeles since 1991, and currently works part time as a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services.

Professor Jewell is a graduate of the USC School of Social Work in 1987. Her PhD in Clinical Social Work is from The Sanville Institute in Berkeley. She has worked as a psychiatric social worker at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk CA and as a Clinical Supervisor and Family Therapist at the LA Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Contact: | 323-664-1846


Parking is located behind the building. Enter through the rear doors.

Light refreshments are provided. Please bring your flyers, business cards and brochures.

Online RSVPs are preferred

This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

Attendance and Registration Policies  

  • Non-members of CSCSW will be charged: $10 admission
  • For CEU’s there will be an additional charge of: $10 per CEU ($15 for 1.5 CEU’s; $20 for 2 CEU’s)
  • CSCSW Members and students will continue to attend and receive CEUs for free

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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