Fall 2019 Programs

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. License numbers: 159.000140; 168.000115; 268.000004.

It is recommended that professionals review rules for their licensing board prior to registering for a workshop to ensure that the content meets their renewal requirements. At the end of each workshop, participants will receive a certificate granting the appropriate number of continuing education hours. One CEU is awarded for every classroom contact hour, as noted in the workshop descriptions. Tuition must be paid in full before the certificate is issued. In order to preserve the integrity of the learning experience and to comply with the state's certification requirements, attendance for the full session is expected and participants may receive continuing education credit only for hours of actual attendance.

Essential Tools for Field Instruction
Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $90*
CEUs: 4
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Sarah Morgan
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Field Education is central to the teaching of professional social work competencies and facilitating connections between theory and practice. The process of educating social work students in the field is both complex and rewarding, and involves a unique set of skills and responsibilities.

This workshop will provide clinical and social administration field instructors with practical strategies to:

  • Understand student learning patterns
  • Design and evaluate substantive learning experiences and develop student competency
  • Develop a healthy and productive teaching/learning alliance
  • Design effective supervisory meetings
  • Create a strengths-based focus, while challenging students to grow professionally
  • Optimize relationships between student, field instructor, and field liaison to support student learning

The workshop is strongly recommended for field instructors who have been working with students in a supervisory capacity for less than three years or have not yet attended the training.

*Free to current SSA Field Instructors who register by deadline.

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Community Mental Health Care for Young Black Women
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $80
CEUs: 3
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Camesha Jones
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Within the mental health field, there has been slow movement to adequately address the mental health needs of young adult (ages of 18-35) Black women. Young adults experience some of the highest rates of mental illness and Black people are 20% more likely to report psychological distress in comparison to their White counterparts. This workshop will provide insight into the unique clinical and institutional issues that impact Black women in young adulthood within a community context.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the unique developmental challenges that impact the mental health of young Black adults
  • Understand what defines a community and the factors that influence mental health outcomes
  • Define risk and protective factors impacting young Black adults with mental health conditions in their respective communities
  • Develop strategies to provide interventions that engage young Black adults in community mental health care

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence requirement for social workers.

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The Ethics of Caregiving in an Increasingly Complex Health System
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston
Instructor: Gary Gilles
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Approximately one in three families in the U.S. cares for an aging, disabled or chronically ill family member. The percentage of families caring for a loved one is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade due to many anticipated changes in our healthcare system and federal entitlement programs.

The ethics surrounding caregiving challenges some of our deepest beliefs about family, the sanctity of life, dignity of personhood, and death. This workshop takes a close look at some of the most important ethical issues related to caregiving from the perspective of family members and professionals caring for these individuals. Special emphasis will be made to apply the discussion of ethical concerns in the workshop to practical caregiving topics through case studies and personal exploration of participant's values.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore common assumptions and challenges associated with caregiving
  • Discuss the shifting financial concerns around caregiving
  • Examine the importance of self-identifying as a caregiver
  • Differentiate between the healthcare culture and the family culture
  • Discuss ways an individual's worth is measured in the healthcare system
  • Examine the role of social care in caregiving
  • Evaluate the intersection between caregiving and end-of-life issues

This workshop satisfies the state of Illinois ethics requirement for clinical psychologists and social workers.

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Of Mice and Metaphors: Therapeutic Storytelling with Children
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston
Instructor: Jerrold Brandell
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Storytelling comes naturally to children and offers them a means for expressing conflicts, disappointments, and anxieties encountered in the difficult and complex interpersonal relationships in their lives. This workshop will review strategies for therapists to assist children in enfolding and incorporating their own creative narratives into a process of therapeutic recovery. Case examples will be used liberally to demonstrate the value of reciprocal and other forms of storytelling, and applications to a variety of disorders and clinical situations will be illustrated.

This workshop will be most beneficial to those currently working with children and who possess a basic understanding of psychodynamic theory and the principles of child psychotherapy.

This workshop will provide participants with:

  • Specific information on how to use children's projective stories in dynamic clinical assessment;
  • Information as to which clients are good candidates for storytelling and which are not, taking into account such factors as the child's diagnosis, age, maturity, verbal ability, and resistance to engagement;
  • Case examples derived from the presenter's own extensive clinical practice illustrating storytelling with children suffering from, e.g., borderline disturbances, disorders of attachment, selfobject disorders, and post-traumatic conditions;
  • Information as to how to interpret within the metaphor in therapeutic responses to children's stories, and how story content may be interwoven with discussion in the post-story dialogue; and
  • Examples of how transferential meaning may be extracted from children's stories, and various ways in which children represent the person of the therapist.

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Ethics and Cultural Competence in Clinical Practice
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Mark Sanders
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This skill-building workshop focuses on ethics as they pertain to effectively servicing a diverse client base and creating an organization that meets the needs of all employees and clients regardless of differences.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Ethics in Cross-cultural Counseling
  • Ethics in Group and Family Therapy
  • Strategies for Incorporating Aspects of Culture into the Change Process
  • 7 Strategies for Ethically Creating an Inclusive Organization that Meets the Needs of Employees and Clients

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be aware of ethical considerations in cross-cultural counseling.
  • Be aware of how to move beyond first impressions when working with clients from diverse backgrounds.
  • Be aware of the ethics and steps involved in creating an inclusive organization.
  • Be aware of 7 strategies for incorporating aspects of culture into the change process.
  • Be aware of how to address ethics and diversity in family therapy.
  • Be aware of how to address ethics and diversity in group therapy.

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence requirement for social workers, and the ethics requirement for clinical psychologists and social workers.

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Motivational Interviewing with Difficult-to-Engage Clients
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Gabriela Zapata-Alma
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This introductory session will orient attendees to the key principles and applications related to motivational interviewing. The training will include an overview of the fundamental processes that make up motivational interviewing, as well as the spirit, goals, and core techniques.

This experiential workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to practice skills and discuss approaches to working with clients who are not ready for more intensive treatment approaches. This workshop is appropriate for practitioners from the fields of health care, substance use, mental health, housing, employee assistance programs, case management, HIV services, prevention, youth services, and senior services settings.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to state the goals and approaches used in motivational interviewing, including the four intentional processes: engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning
  • Gain experience practicing basic motivational interviewing skills for helping clients resolve internal ambivalence about making change behaviors. These skills include the use of Open ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections and Summaries (OARS) in conversations with clients
  • Be able to state why conveying an underlying spirit of collaboration, acceptance, compassion, and evocation is important in the practice of motivational interviewing with clients

Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.

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Clinical Supervision: Tending the Professional Self
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston
Instructor: Jill R. Gardner
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Professionals often advance to supervisory roles with little or no formal training in ways to conceptualize the supervisory process. In this workshop, we will approach clinical supervision as an activity focusing on the development, consolidation, and maintenance of the supervisee's professional self. Emphasis will be on supervision as a relationship and on the importance of focusing on the inner experience of the trainee.

Concepts from self psychology and other theoretical perspectives will be used to describe models of supervision. Through a combination of lecture and large-group and small-group discussion, we will address how to do the following: manage supervisees' anxiety and self-esteem, deal with defensiveness, balance administrative and clinical demands, integrate empathy with limit setting, and engage in effective feedback. Participants will be encouraged to share and examine their current supervisory experiences in the context of the conceptual frameworks presented.

This workshop will emphasize work with students and recent graduates; however, participants will find much of the conceptual material applicable to supervisory relationships with employees as well. The workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced supervisors.

This workshop is designed to help supervisors be able to:

  • Create a collaborative supervisory alliance and structure.
  • Reduce anxiety and defensiveness in the supervisee.
  • Identify internal processes that lead to problematic clinical interventions.
  • Provide effective feedback.
  • Balance administrative and clinical demands.
  • Set appropriate limits while maintaining a positive supervisory relationship.

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois clinical supervision requirement for professional counselors.

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Bridging the Couple Chasm: Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Certification
Dates: Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (both dates)
Tuition: $525*
CEUs: 14
Location: 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston
Instructor: Michael McNulty
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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This two-day workshop is an intensive overview of The Gottman Method, an evidenced-based approach to couples therapy. Participants will learn to identify key points in couples' interactions when interventions will be most effective; strategies to help partners shift from attack to connection; methods to help couples solve their own problems; skills to empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues; and tools to support couples' friendship and intimacy.

Upon conclusion of this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How couples really sustain their marriages–in contrast to common myths and misconceptions.
  • How the quality of relationships affects the immune system, physical health and well-being.
  • How marital problems change over time, but never go away–even in happy couples.
  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

CEUs provided by SSA. Certificates for completing Level I awarded through The Gottman Relationship Institute.

*Tuition includes a 300-page manual.

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Attachment-Focused Therapy: Clinical Strategies for Working with Children/Adolescents and Their Families
Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 10 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Instructor: Gary Gilles
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

This workshop will help you to apply attachment principles in your work with children, adolescents and their families to improve treatment outcomes. You will learn practical strategies that can be used effectively in any clinical setting to help clients recover from early life wounds, build new attachments or repair ruptured relationships. You will review key attachment principles and explore the most common disruptions to healthy attachment.

Most of the workshop will focus on practical application of strategies for working with parents, adolescents, children and the family system.

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Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 10 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Instructor: Janice Pyrce
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dynamic environmental and market factors require organizations to manage strategically and focus on organizational change. Strategic planning can help an organization be proactive in analyzing market trends and in managing the service shifts and repositioning necessary to be successful in a new or emerging environment.

Strategic planning includes a strong market analysis and a strong internal assessment to determine organizational fit with the changing market context.

This interactive session will include specific strategic planning tools and tips for managing the internal organizational change process.

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Fulfilling Social Work Duties: Preventing Malpractice
Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $80
CEUs: 3
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Helene Snyder
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Failure by a social worker to meet a legally defined duty to a client may constitute social worker malpractice and result in liability for that social worker. This workshop explores the various sources for a social worker's legal duties regarding clients, including Illinois statutory law and regulations, as well as the applicable code of ethics. It will assist social workers in avoiding malpractice and in adhering to the highest standards of ethics in everyday practice.

This workshop satisfies the state of Illinois ethics requirement for clinical psychologists and social workers.

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The Lawrence Chapman Memorial Seminar
Working with Veterans of the US Armed Services: Cultural Competency and Clinical Intervention
Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $80*
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructors: Charles F. Small & Kaitlin Thompson
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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According to a 2016 survey by the Department of Veterans affairs, there are approximately 20.4 million veterans of the US Armed Services currently living in the United States. Additionally, there are 1.28 million individuals serving actively in the military, and an additional 800,000 individuals serving in reserve functions [Source: US Department of Defense].

Based on these numbers, and the fact that these individuals who have served and who are currently serving may require specialized care for a range of mental health concerns, it is necessary for clinicians to be able to understand the unique cultural norms and values of the military. It is also important for clinicians to be aware of some of the most common presenting concerns that veterans and active duty military personnel present with in therapeutic settings and how to most effectively address these concerns.

This introductory workshop will provide an overview of military culture, which will enhance clinicians' ability to compassionately and competently provide care to this population.

Additionally, the facilitators of this workshop will discuss specific manifestations of trauma/PTSD within the military population (combat-related PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma) through the lens of Cognitive Theory. Participants of this workshop will leave the training with specific tools and intervention strategies to be able to effectively engage with a population that is often misunderstood and underserved in the broader field of mental health.

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence requirement for social workers.

*This program is funded in part by the Lawrence Chapman Memorial Fund, established by Ruth Isserman in honor of her nephew, Lawrence Chapman, who served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his service, Mr. Chapman volunteered helping disabled veterans cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues related to their service.

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Managing the Clinical Organization: Balancing Clinical and Business Considerations in a Social Services Environment
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 10 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Instructors: Arnie Aronoff & Laurel Spindel

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As a social services manager, you may find yourself supervising therapists or non-therapists with clinical sensibilities, skills, and experience.  In either case, you will need to use both business skills related to administrative operations (e.g., performance evaluation, hitting budget and utilization targets) and a nuanced approach to managing employees who may be clinically oriented and driven, both personally and professionally, or whose jobs involve the use of some clinical skills.  This can be a challenging experience, even for seasoned supervisors. 

For supervisors who are trained as clinicians and to “meet each person where they are,” this can pose additional challenges.  Managers can face additional tensions if they are working in organizations that are moving toward more data-driven and business-oriented models.

This one-day experiential workshop focuses on these challenges.  It is targeted both to clinicians who have become managers, and managers without clinical backgrounds, who supervise clinicians or employees whose work has clinical dimensions.  This workshop will also explore the tensions that clinical managers may experience in holding support and care with challenge and growth.

We begin the workshop by describing this challenge in detail and providing real-life examples of how it shows up in social service environments.  We then review concepts and terms used in the workshop (e.g., administrative operations, human resource management, clinical jobs, jobs with clinical dimensions) to a reach a shared understanding of their meaning.

The workshop continues with an exploration of administrative realities in organizational management (e.g., reporting relationships), ways in which clinicians or clinically oriented employees may interpret or experience such administrative realities (e.g., transference, counter-transference), and the issues that may be stimulated for the manager in such instances (e.g., boundary maintenance, role clarity).  We explore competencies and skills that are helpful to managers as they balance and wrestle with these kinds of issues.

Two case studies will be discussed in small group format.  One case involves managing an agency providing clinical psychotherapy.  The other case involves managing an organization providing non-psychotherapeutic services.

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the challenges involved in managing clinicians or employees who may be clinically oriented or whose jobs involve clinically based skills and in being a clinician manager.
  • Identify the skills and competencies that may help managers in such situations.
  • Foresee and plan for organizational circumstances in which these challenges may arise.

This workshop will be of interest to attendees of the workshop, Managing the Transition from Clinician to Manager, as well as others who oversee social service and related organizations.

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois clinical supervision requirement for professional counselors.

Anti-Bias Approaches for Minority Clinicians who Experience Prejudice from Clients in Their Care
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $80
CEUs: 3
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructors: Sarah Suzuki & Gabriela Zapata-Alma

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This workshop will provide a minority-dedicated space for minority clinicians who experience prejudice from clients to reflect on experiences of prejudice both within and outside of clinical services, assess for potential connections between client prejudice(s) and presenting clinical issue(s), apply concepts of transference and countertransference to inform anti-bias interventions, and integrate the application of anti-bias strategies within existing clinical interventions.

Despite the common experience of prejudice, bias, and microaggressions in day-to-day life for many individuals who identify as racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, (dis)ability, and/or gender minorities, there is very little guidance on how to respond to experiences of prejudice from clients in the course of clinical services.

While allyship is valued, this is not a workshop that is designed for deepening allyship. Non-minority allies are invited to attend other offerings at SSA's PDP that focus on effectively supporting minorities and anti-bias practice.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Identify methods to assess the potential connection between a client's prejudice(s) and their presenting clinical issue(s)
Describe how experiences of transference and countertransference can be used to inform the application of anti-bias interventions
Develop a foundational understanding of how the application of anti-bias strategies can be applied to clinical methods already in use by the clinician

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence requirement for social workers.

Donald W. Winnicott and Contemporary Psychotherapy
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $80
CEUs: 3
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: William Borden

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Donald W. Winnicott has emerged as one of the most creative thinkers in the psychoanalytic tradition, and his developmental theories and clinical perspectives continue to deepen our appreciation of essential concerns in contemporary psychotherapy. This workshop provides an introduction to Winnicott's thought and shows how his contributions enlarge our understanding of problems in living and concepts of therapeutic action in clinical practice.

Winnicott elaborated complex and compelling accounts of human development and therapeutic action, over the course of his career as a pediatrician and psychoanalyst, but he did not codify his ideas in a systematic, integrative fashion. He wrote in a personal idiom that is often characterized as poetic and evocative, what Andre Green calls "a richly alive experiencing," and critics see him as elusive and iconoclastic in his refusal to define his fundamental concepts in a more technical language and rigorous manner. Even the most experienced readers of Winnicott struggle in their attempts to grasp the defining features and central themes of his theoretical and clinical writings.

By way of overview, the first part of the workshop examines the fundamental elements of his developmental psychology, identifying core concepts and orienting perspectives. It presents basic developmental formulations, drawing on representative passages from Winnicott's writings, and shows how his deep faith in our capacity for change, growth, and health informs ways of approaching the therapeutic situation. We outline points of connection with recent developments in the science of mind and Buddhist psychology.

The second section, focused on clinical practice, introduces concepts of therapeutic action based on Winnicott's formulations of development and psychopathology. We see how core concepts shape approaches to assessment, establishment of the holding environment, use of relational experience, and interpretive process over the course of psychotherapy.

Discussion of clinical practice centers on vulnerable clients who present particular needs in psychosocial intervention, encompassing a range of diagnostic categories, and emphasizes flexible and pragmatic use of therapeutic strategies in view of the particular clinical situation—creative efforts to carry out what Winnicott called "experiments in adapting to need."

The Trauma Informed Workplace
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $160
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Jacqueline Boyd

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Behavioral health providers often experience trauma within the workplace and while providing support to clients. How in today's fast moving workplace can we provide trauma informed communication, supervisory practices, conflict resolution, and cultivate a healthier organization?

This training will provide new frameworks for understanding workplace dynamics and evidence-based tools to develop a trauma informed workplace. Together we will examine the ways organizations and the providers within them are impacted by trauma, and learn how to apply the principles of trauma informed care to create wellness at work.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how primary and secondary trauma affect behavioral health professionals in the workplace
Learn best practices to provide trauma informed supervision
Utilize case studies and shared examples to apply TIC principles to hiring, management, quality assurance, and conflict resolution
Develop a plan for implementing TIC principles in your organization

Social Work License: Preparation Review Course
Dates: Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (both dates)
Tuition: $260*
CEUs: 12
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago
Instructor: Sophia F. Dziegielewski
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

This comprehensive course covers test-taking strategies and relevant clinical content in order to prepare for the social worker or clinical social worker exams. Course materials are updated for new DSM-5™ content and will cover topics such as: test-taking strategies; social work values and ethics (three hours to satisfy the State of Illinois ethics CE requirement for social workers); human growth and development issues; assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies; models and methods of social work practice; and clinical supervision.

This course consistently fills to capacity. Early registration is encouraged.

This review course will cover:

Overview of test construction and test-taking strategies

Identify how to break down questions and identify key words
Practice how to take social work practice information and address it in a standardized format)
Social work values and ethics

Recite and synthesize the dynamics of abuse and neglect
Review and interpret the NASW Code of Ethics
Human growth and development issues

Summarize major theoretical approaches to understanding human development with individuals, groups, and families
Sketch the theories and stages of normal psychosocial, cognitive, moral, and behavioral development in the life cycle of individuals, families and groups
Assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies

Identify and interpret psychosocial history and collateral data, and how it relates in the social work practice setting
Assess client problems along with behavioral/psychosocial strengths and weaknesses
Identify diagnosis, assessment and practice intervention utilizing the DSM-5
Define the components of intervention strategies with individuals, groups, families and communities
Identify factors in the therapeutic relationship that facilitate building and retaining relationships
Models and methods of social work practice

Recognize the major theoretical approaches, models and methods of practice in the social work profession
Cite the different types of research designs utilized in social work practice
Translate the most common policies and procedures that govern service delivery
Clinical supervision

Restate the roles and functions related to professional supervision and educational expectations

*Tuition includes review course manual with sample test questions and related materials, as well as the opportunity to contact the instructor with questions following the course.

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