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Social Work Seminar Series

Get the CEUs you need through EMU. Located at EMU–Livonia or EMU–Detroit, our seminars run 9 a.m.–4 p.m. or 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The 2016 cost is $99 for six CEUs or $69 for three, respectively. Our seminar prices are increasing to $109 and $79 in 2017. 

Supporting Dementia Caregivers (6, 1/ethics and 1/pain) | Stephanie Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW, ACHP-SW
Dec. 9 | EMU–Livonia
We’ll discuss the complexities in the grief experience for caregivers through the disease. A special conversation will include the unique grief experience of dementia caregivers who experience a live discharge from hospice. Learn about multidisciplinary collaboration, compassion fatigue and gain strategies to support dementia caregivers through the various stages of grief.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Real Work Applications (6) | Christina Marsack, Ph.D., LMSW and Jennifer Kellman-Fritz, Ph.D. LMSW
Jan. 20 | EMU–Livonia
Gain foundational information on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specifically focusing on adolescents and young adults. Get techniques to provide solutions to address complex behaviors, including behavior plans, self-monitoring systems and visual schedules. Discuss other tools, such as using peer supports. We’ll also address the challenges faced by parents and ways to support them.

Working with Pain: Body, Mind and Emotion (6/pain) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
Feb. 3 | EMU–Livonia
Through a blend of didactic and experiential techniques, you’ll gain strategies for understanding, assessing and intervening with physical pain, emotional elements of pain and emotional processes leading to pain.  Learn to integrate current research findings on pain management and intervention into emotional processes.

Strategies for Working with Veterans and their Families (6) | Cassandra Barragan, Ph.D., MSW 
Feb. 10 | EMU–Livonia
Veterans have many unique needs stemming from their military experiences. PTSD, depression, alcohol abuse and suicide are just a few of the complex issues facing veterans and their families. Understanding military culture and the impact it has on the family, relationships and access to services is imperative in providing competent social work service.

Infant Mental Health: The Importance of Attachment (3)* | Sarah Shea, Ph.D., LMSW, IMH-E® (IV) 
Feb. 17 | EMU–Livonia
Learn about the importance of developing a secure attachment during infancy/early childhood and the implications of attachment security for all areas of development. Explore both secure and insecure attachment types including how such attachment types are fostered via the caregiving styles of parents and how such attachment types are expressed in children’s attachment seeking behaviors. (This course is $69 for those outside the parameters listed below.)

Working with Arab Refugees | Karma Basha, LMSW | (3) | $79 
March 3 | EMU–Detroit
Get strategies to connect and communicate with Arab refugees. Find out their needs, how to help them navigate the system and adjust to their environment. Learn how to better support children of the Arab refugees in the school system.

Loss and Grief for Children and Youth in Care* (6) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
March 10 | EMU–Livonia
Often unspoken is the profound loss and grief experienced by children in child welfare. Get a comprehensive understanding of the unique grieving needs and challenges in supporting children and teens through a developmental lens. Explore adaptive and maladaptive grieving as well as supporting the grieving process.

Working with Hard-to-Serve Families (6) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
March 17 | EMU–Livonia
Uses a blend of didactic and experiential techniques to provide you with strategies for understanding, assessing and intervening with families who don’t respond to traditional intervention techniques. Learn about the influence of poverty from environmental, educational, economic and social perspectives. Intergenerational influences are included to provide a dynamic foundation. Learn promising strategies shown to be effective with such families.

Vicarious Trauma: An Ethical Response and Framework for Prevention and Support (6/4 ethics, 2 pain) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW 
March 24 | EMU–Livonia
Mental health professionals are at increased risk for vicarious trauma and yet the impact of exposures is often not recognized. Learn the symptoms of and impact on the professional, agency and client. Gain strategies to safeguard professionals from a prevention and post-exposure perspective. Ethics on a mezzo, management level includes appropriate supervision and safeguarding employees from occupational hazards. Find ways to engage in ethical macro-level practice.

Informed Approaches to Compassionate Pain Management (6/pain) | Yvette Colón, Ph.D., LMSW 
March 31 | EMU–Detroit
Pain management has been complicated by misconceptions about chronic pain. It’s important to challenge patient, provider and systemic barriers to effective pain management. In using affirmative models of practice, you can help those with chronic pain to reduce suffering and increase quality of life. Special attention will be placed on pain management as a global human right, cultural aspects of pain management and the intersection of pain management and substance abuse.

Ethics and Legal Mandates: Complement or Contradiction (6/ethics) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
April 7 | EMU–Livonia
Increase your understanding of the NASW code of ethics with careful attention to the intersect of ethics and legal mandates. Explore a framework to work through and arrive at the most ethical response, even in the presence of a legal mandate.

Alternative Health Practice with Latino Populations (6/5 ethics, 1 pain) | Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW and Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime, Ph.D., LMSW
April 21 | EMU–Livonia
As social workers, we’re required to practice cultural competence and respect the help-seeking behaviors and healing traditions of diverse populations. The NASW has developed standards for cultural competence and ethics. Learn the ethics in navigating this area. While belief in folk healing among Latinos is common and a variety of beliefs and practices are discussed, we’ll focus on the Mexican-American population.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Engaging Families and Clients (6) | Jeffrey Cape, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC
April 28 | EMU–Livonia
Participate in an interactive forum for identifying signs and symptoms of substance abuse and mental health issues. Discuss common myths and a non-threatening strategy for opening discussion. Explore key components for effective treatment and ways to engage families for support.

Identifying and Treating Survivors of Human Trafficking (6) | David Manville, LMSW
May 5 | EMU–Livonia
Gain an overview of understanding labor and sex trafficking from a national and local perspective. Discuss identification of victims and roadblocks to providing resources and treatment. Learn more about vulnerable populations such as high school girls, the homeless, youth in foster care or LGBTQ youth. Survivors face issues such as PTSD, shame, anxiety and substance abuse issues.

Intro to Motivational Interviewing (6) | Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC
May 12 | EMU–Livonia
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person’s motivation and commitment to change. Get an understanding of the spirit and method of MI and practical experience in trying out this approach.

Screening Safety and Ethics in Domestic Abuse (6/3 ethics) | Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW
May 19 | EMU–Livonia
Learn the importance of screening for domestic abuse. Explore the NASW Code of Ethics as it relates to screening and safety planning. Role plays and case examples from the instructor will help you evaluate appropriate responses.

 

*These child welfare training sessions are free for DHHS, child welfare case workers, principally child protective service, foster care and adoption workers including child welfare case workers working for contracted private agencies; or staff of State-licensed or State approved child care institutions providing care to Title IV-E foster and adoptive children; all others $79.

For More Information
Contact Elena O'Connor at eoconnor@emich.edu or 734.487.4926.

All programs are approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative designed by the Michigan Board of Social Work as the authorizing agent for approval of CE providers and courses.

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