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    • Saturday, August 22, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • ONLINE ZOOM
    • 9
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    Open consultation/support group for CSCSW members to discuss topics, questions, concerns, creative solutions, etc. regarding the use of Telehealth, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Previous meetings have included discussions around the use of different telehealth platforms, how clinicians are approaching their work with children, teens and TAY through telehealth, navigating insurance, resource sharing, etc.

    If you are not a member join today at a prorated amount - click here to learn more

    • Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online ZOOM Webinar (will NOT be recorded)
    • 96
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    Presenter:  Chris Smith

    1.5 CEUs

    Costs: Member - $15 | Nonmember - $25 | Students and First Year Graduates - FREE.

    With so many clinicians needing to adapt to online platforms to provide services, this workshop is for mental health professionals of all experience levels who either are currently providing online groups or are interested in expanding to incorporate groups into their practice. Using an experiential process, attendees will learn how to facilitate a group using Zoom. This will involve members sharing some of their personal and professional challenges related to COVID-19. The facilitator will show members how to effectively utilize the features of Zoom to enhance the group process. Participants are encouraged to at least have a basic understanding of Zoom (don't worry, you don't need to be an expert).

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how to use Zoom features to enhance feedback and participation.
    2. Learn how to support rapport building amongst participants using the platform.
    3. Learn strategies to support the safety of group members during the meeting.
    4. Identify strategies for engaging all members during a session.
    About the Presenter:

    Chris is a dynamic presenter with over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in Honolulu, Sacramento and Los Angeles. Chris started his career at the YMCA of Honolulu, then had stints as a mobile Crisis Therapist providing suicide and homicide lethality assessment and intervention on the island of Oahu, and worked as a Hospice Social Worker in Sacramento.

    He is a proud graduate of the California community college system, having graduated from Sacramento City College with two Associates degrees before moving to Hawaii where he obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and later an M.S.W. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Since 2014, Chris has supervised the Looking Ahead program at the Actors Fund, which provides supportive counseling and enrichment activities for young professional performers and their families. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has successfully transitioned to an entirely virtual platform.

    He has a passion for youth suicide prevention and has led workshops on suicide prevention, adolescent mental health and coping skills in California, Hawaii and Japan.

    Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM meeting.

    This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 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.

    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.



    • Sunday, August 30, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • ONLINE ZOOM
    • 429
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     ABOUT THE WORKSHOP


    Presenter: Wanda Jewell, MSW, PhD, LCSW

    Description: 

    This is the second in a series of ongoing presentations on the therapeutic relationship.

    This workshop is for clinical social workers in all levels of practice, a review for some, new ideas for beginners, and essential skills for all.

    • How do you build a foundation for the therapy in the first sessions?
    • What is a therapist doing, thinking, and aware of in the first contact?
    • How do you describe psychotherapy to a new client/patient?
    • How do you know when to intervene and when to honor silence?
    • Do you ever feel anxious?

      Dr. Jewell will discuss beginnings of the therapeutic relationship for the purpose of building a workable rapport. As we know, the relationship is our main tool in therapy. The initial sessions with a person create the base wherein healing can occur. The characteristics of that initial rapport set the stage for what occurs throughout therapy. Creating the rapport includes clinical skills of engagement, assessment, and planning. The therapist needs to be aware of and work with anxiety, defenses, cultural issues, and transference and countertransference. Mainly, there needs to be awareness of self—our own issues, possible anxiety, hidden biases.

      Engagement is the process of starting the relationship. How do we engage with another? Thru listening, warmth, acceptance, and what Carl Rogers called ‘unconditional positive regard.’ We explore with the client whatever is causing them difficulties. We use a variety of theories to help us engage the client and understand their situation, including Attachment theory and Critical Race theory.

      Using the ‘person in the situation’ perspective, Dr Jewell will describe how to go from meeting for the first time to that workable therapeutic rapport.

      Questions for discussion:

      1. Identify the essential elements of building a therapeutic relationship.
      2. Learn and/or review the initial tasks of engagement with a client.
      3. Define the stages of the relationship: beginning, middle, and end.
       ABOUT THE PRESENTER


      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: www.wandajewell.com
      wj@wandajewell.com | 323-664-1846

      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.



      Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW | 818-783-1881 | tmoradia@ucla.edu

      For more information or to renew your membership contact: info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org 

      • Saturday, September 05, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
      • ONLINE ZOOM
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      Dear San Diego District CSCSW members & interested colleagues,

      We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well. During a time when many of us may be feeling disconnected and more than eager to get back to normal, your local steering committee wanted to take some time to check in. We acknowledge how difficult these times are for all of us and we hope that if we all continue to pull together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will be able to enjoy each others company soon. We miss being in the company of such amazing colleagues and aspiring social workers. We hope to see you soon whether it be back at JFS or virtually.

      In these uncertain times we want to make sure you are up to date on what to expect from your local district as well as our society as a whole. As we do every year, the San Diego district will be taking a break for the summer. We will resume with an exciting line-up of CEU programs beginning in September 2020.  We will be kicking off the fall with a virtual, local district members only networking event on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 10:00-11:30 AM. This will be the 1st of its kind for our district so we hope you can make it! More details to come so stay tuned. While our district breaks for the summer, virtual CEU events are still available through CSCSW. These events are hosted by districts across the state, but available to all CSCSW members. We encourage you to stay engaged and take advantage of these CEU opportunities. Notifications and registration details are distributed monthly via email. These events can also be found on the Society website, clinicalsocialworksociety.org.

      We want to take this time to also remind you of membership benefits. When you join CSCSW you will have access to the following:

      • Discounted rates on BBS required 6hr CEU programs such as Suicide Risk Assessment, and Law and Ethics. 
      • Consultation groups
      • Networking events 
      • Access to CSCSW List Serve
      • Mentorship opportunities
      If you are a member, July is the time to renew so don’t let your membership lapse. If you are not currently a member please consider joining. Many employers provide partial or full reimbursement for professional memberships so check your benefits at work. 

      We hope you have a great summer and we hope to see you in September for our 1st virtual networking event. 

      Take care, 
      San Diego District Steering Committee


      • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
      • ZOOM Online Webinar
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      Presenter: Andrew Penn, RN
      Discussant: Patricia Penn, LCSW, PhD

      Description:  The use of psychedelic medicines such as MDMA and psilocybin as catalysts to psychotherapy has been receiving a lot of press as they advance through clinical trials, which if successful, would lead to FDA approval for the use of these medicines as adjuncts to psychotherapy. These impressive results from early clinical trials demonstrated that these medications can be used safely in controlled settings. However, while the moral panic of the 1960’s regarding psychedelic medicines increasingly recedes into the background, many clinicians are only are familiar with these agents as drugs of abuse. This talk will review two candidate agents - MDMA and psilocybin, and discuss ketamine, a psychedelic antidepressant medication already in use. These agents may harness a period of increased mental flexibility and openness to learning that permits psychotherapeutic change to proceed faster than with psychotherapy alone. The limitations and risks of these treatments will also be discussed.

      Learning Objectives: 

      Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

      1. Name two psychedelic medicines being researched for use as adjuncts to psychotherapy
      2. Describe two possible mechanisms for how psychedelic medicines may accelerate the psychotherapeutic process
      3. Name one psychedelic medicine currently available for use in psychiatry
      4. Describe possible risks to psychedelic assisted therapies and how those risks are managed

      About the Presenter: 

      Andrew Penn, the presenter, has a Master's in Nursing from UCSF with a specialty as a Psychiatric Adult Nurse Practitioner.He has been involved in the development of integrated psychopharmacology curriculum and extensive online and classroom content. He has provided guest lectures on basic psychopharmacology and workshops on clinical interviewing and case formulation to nurse practitioner graduate students. He has a certificate in psychedelic assisted therapies and research from the California Institute for Integral Studies.

      Patricia Penn, PhD, LCSW will be the discussant for this presentation. She is a Bay area clinician with extensive training and experience treating a range of issues including trauma, affective disorders, to name a few.


      This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 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.


      DISTRICT COORDINATORS:

      Joan Berman | berman.joan@gmail.com

      Ginny Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com

      • Saturday, October 03, 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Saturday, October 10, 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online Webinar
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      Presenter: Golnaz Agahi D.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.P.H

      CEUs:

      Cost:  CSCSW Member/USC Alumni: $115.00 | Non-member: $140.00

      Presented by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Alumni Association and the California Society of Clinical Social Work, this training meets the new one-time mandatory 6-CEU requirement from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention training for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs renewing their license on or after January 1, 2021, as well as Associates applying for their LCSW, LMFT or LPCC on or after January 1, 2021. *

      This six-hour suicide prevention course provides a comprehensive overview of current statistics, risk and protective factors, evidence based screening tools and interventions to assist professionals in providing more comprehensive care to individuals at risk of suicide. Data presented will provide an overview of gender and racial differences in suicide, means of suicide and review high risk populations and review the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5150/5585 which governs involuntarily hospitalization. This course will also review updated evidence based screening tools, and treatments options including development of safety plans and documentation. It will also address organizational concerns, including how micro social workers and administrators can make their organizations more “suicide prevention” ready. Participants will also receive resources for on-going professional development. This training is interactive and requires participant engagement to practice skills introduced in the workshop.

      Given on two consecutive Saturdays, topics covered:

      October 3

      • Suicide Epidemiology
      • Overview of Risk and Protective Domains
      • 5150 Criteria

      October 10

      • Suicide Screening and Assessment Tools
      • Treatment/Intervention Options
      • Documentation

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Agahi has over 20 years of experience working in health and human services private and public sectors. Her area of expertise is in program management, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Her clinical work, research, conference presentation and publications address the following areas: suicide prevention and treatment, alcohol and drug prevention and treatment, intimate partner violence, high-risk and homeless youth, stress management/mindfulness, leadership development, and outcome measure development and evaluation to improve health indicators.

      Dr. Agahi is the president of SocialWise Consulting, which covers an array of services critical to organizational development and sustainability; from use of evidence-based frameworks to plan, implement and evaluate programs to survey development and grant writing. She is also an Associate Professor and Assistant Field Director at Brandman University. Her past work experience includes management positions at Kaiser Permanente, Orange County Department of Education, County of Orange Health Care Agency, and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Also, she has over a decade of academic teaching experience at University of Southern California and California State University, Fullerton, Schools of Social Work.

      Dr. Agahi received her doctorate from University of Southern California, School of Social Work and holds dual master’s in Public Health and Social Work from San Diego State University.

      • Wednesday, November 04, 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
      • Online ZOOM Webinar
      • 100

      Presenter:  

      2 CEUs

      About the Presenter:



      • Saturday, November 14, 2020
      • (PST)
      • Saturday, November 21, 2020
      • (PST)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online ZOOM Webinar
      Register

      SAVE the Date for Law & Ethics co-hosted with USC

      More details will be provided as they become available.

      Dates:

      Saturday, November 14 & Saturday, November 21
      9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

      CEUs: 6 (must attend both sessions to earn CEUs)

      Presenters: Myles Montgomery, LCSW, JD  & Thomas Plante PhD.

      Cost:

      • CSCSW Members and USC Alumni: $115
      • Nonmembers: $140 



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