2018 Workshops

February

Dr. Ethel H. Hall African American Heritage Month Colloquium

The School of Social Work’s 29th annual Dr. Ethel H. Hall African American Heritage Month Celebration will focus on the death penalty and criminal justice reform. The event’s guest speaker is Anthony Ray Hinton, who was falsely accused of two Alabama murders in 1985 and sentenced to death. Hinton will discuss the role of race in the American criminal justice system and the need for criminal justice reform by sharing his story of conviction and redemption. The school’s African American Heritage Month Celebration is held annually during Black History Month in honor of Dr. Ethel H. Hall, the first woman and African American to graduate from the University’s social work doctoral program. Hall also has the distinction of being the first African American to serve as vice president of the Alabama State Board of Education, a position that she held for ten consecutive terms. A distinguished educator, Hall’s other career achievements include teaching in public schools in Hale and Jefferson counties and BSW and MSW courses as an associate professor of social work UA. She passed away on Nov. 12, 2011.

nthony Ray Hinton, Alabama death row survivor and a community educator with the Equal Justice InitiativeSpeaker: Anthony Ray Hinton, community educator at the Equal Justice Initiative

Anthony Ray Hinton was falsely accused of committing two murders outside of Birmingham, Alabama in 1985. He was wrongly convicted and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row before he was exonerated and freed in April 2015. He is a powerful advocate against the death penalty and speaks nationally about the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

Colloquium: Surviving Criminal Justice in America (Earn 1.5 CEUs or Contact Hours)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Hotel Capstone, 320 Paul W Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: Free

Supervision and Ethics

Participants will have the opportunity to *earn up to 6 CEUs or contact hours during this two-workshop event. The Ethics Workshop will identify and analyze frequent professional and popular beliefs about human nature and the personal and societal factors that influence a client’s direction in life. Based on that analysis we will discuss the characteristics of an ethical and effective social worker and the ethical dilemmas they often face. We will then explore ethical behavior in a therapeutic relationship and apply those concepts to case scenarios with course participants’ direct involvement.

The Supervision Workshop will identify and analyze the professional concepts and functions critical to effective clinical supervision for social workers. Various aspects of supervision perspectives will be explored. The workshop will address supervision, diversity, and cultural dynamics factors that supervisors and their staff face. We will present a six-stage model of supervising social workers in the development of assessments and other evaluation tools. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the concepts presented in these workshops to case scenarios as the final part of the workshop.

Speaker: Joanne Terrell, MSW, LICSW, PIP 

Joanne Terrell is a retired UA Social Work faculty member. Her areas of specialization include psychiatric and forensic social work in in-patient and outpatient settings. She also specializes in community organization and advocacy and provides individual, marital and family therapy to adolescents and adults.. Terrell has maintained a private practice in clinical social work for 30 years.

Ethics (3.0 CEUs or 3.0 Contact Hours)
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $59

Supervision (3.0 CEUs or 3.0 Contact Hours)
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 16 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $59

*Full Day Option: Register for both workshops for $99 and to earn 6.0 CEUs/6.0 Contact Hours.

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March

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Youth and Families

This workshop will cover Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), a strengths-oriented and resource-focused approach to counseling backed by research that shows it is a useful approach for reducing behavioral and emotional problems and increasing academic achievement in school settings. The workshop’s speaker will illustrates ways that social workers can use this approach with youth and families. Specific solution-focused techniques will be demonstrated through video, experiential exercises, and case materials. How to use SFBT in Tier 1 and team approaches also will be discussed.

Speaker: Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSW, LMFT

Cynthia Franklin is associate dean for doctoral education and the Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Dr. Franklin is an internationally known scholar in school mental health practice. Her practice and research focuses on at-risk youths in schools and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Youth and Families (6.0 CEUs or 6.0 Contact Hours)
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Friday, March 9, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $129 early bird; $159 after Feb. 23, 2018 

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April

Tuscaloosa REACTS Summit

The Tuscaloosa Recognizing the Effects of and Approaches to Childhood Trauma (REACTS) Summit is an annual, one-day conference that aims to educate community stakeholders about the causes and effects of childhood trauma. This year’s summit will focus on the application of the fine arts as a delivery modality for traumatic stress relief interventions in primary care and behavioral health services, in school communities, through the juvenile justice system, and in the child welfare services

Speaker: Funda Yilmaz, LPC, founder and CEO of Neurofit Global

Funda Yilmaz is the founder and CEO of Atlanta-based Neurofit Global and a professional artist. Since 2006, she has used painting, sculpture and dance in working with traumatized children and adults of all ages and life experiences. She also has worked as a consultant for Fortune 500 organizations, the U.S. Air Force, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and she has trained various child serving organizations around the nation. Through her work, she recognized that millions of people around the world are suffering needlessly because the public isn’t aware of some of the ground-breaking techniques that help discharge high levels of stress from the body and the mind. 

Tuscaloosa REACTS Summit (6.75 CEUs or 6.75 Contact Hours)
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Friday, April 13, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $35

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May

Spring SWES Licensure Exam Prep Courses

Our Social Work Examination Services (SWES) licensure exam prep courses offer intensive coursework designed for BSW exam candidates, recent MSW graduates and experienced practitioners taking the Association of Social Work Board’s social work licensing examination. The information-packed sessions emphasize a review of major social work content and test preparation.

Instructor: Deborah Cantor, PhD, LICSW

SWES faculty member Dr. Deborah Cantor will lead social work exam licensure prep courses at The University of Alabama. She is an educator and experienced, licensed clinician who has worked with adolescents, adults and couples.

BSW Candidates
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Friday, May 18, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $199

MSW and Clinical Candidates (11.0 CEUS or 11.0 Contact Hours)
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Friday, May 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Saturday, May 19, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $350; $395 after May 4, 2018

Exam Fee Covers: Lunch on exam day and each registrant will receive the three-volume SWES Comprehensive Study Guide. The guide contains a complete content review and over 1,600 sample multiple-choice questions, including five 170-question practice exams and a bibliography.

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June 

How to Implement Brief Emotional Support Teams (B.E.S.T.)

This workshop will focus on how to understand and address the impact of psychological trauma in a variety of formats, including emotional, dysregulation, hypervigilance, avoidance, control and trust. It also will:

  • Increase participants understanding of how to maintain self-awareness and connection during challenging encounters
  • Provide assurance and help to reframe negative self-assumptions following emotionally challenging work experiences
  • Help improve communication and support between all members of a team and actuate an empowered model of compassionate self and peer care

Speaker: Kenneth R. Yeager, PhD, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC

Kenneth R. Yeager is the David E. Schuller Professor for Patient Compassion and a clinical associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University. He also serves as director of the college’s Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program.

Strategies for Using Brief Emotional Support Team Model to Build Team Self-Care and Awareness (6.0 CEUs or 6.0 Contact Hours)
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |Friday, June 29, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 3540
Fee: $129 early bird; $159 after June 15, 2018

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August

Supervision and Ethics

Participants will have the opportunity to *earn up to 6 CEUs or contact hours during this two-workshop event. The Ethics Workshop will identify and analyze frequent professional and popular beliefs about human nature and the personal and societal factors that influence a client’s direction in life. Based on that analysis we will discuss the characteristics of an ethical and effective social worker and the ethical dilemmas they often face. We will then explore ethical behavior in a therapeutic relationship and apply those concepts to case scenarios with course participants’ direct involvement.

The Supervision Workshop will identify and analyze the professional concepts and functions critical to effective clinical supervision for social workers. Various aspects of supervision perspectives will be explored. The workshop will address supervision, diversity, and cultural dynamics factors that supervisors and their staff face. We will present a six-stage model of supervising social workers in the development of assessments and other evaluation tools. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the concepts presented in these workshops to case scenarios as the final part of the workshop.

Speaker: Joanne Terrell, MSW, LICSW, PIP 

Joanne Terrell is a retired UA Social Work faculty member. Her areas of specialization include psychiatric and forensic social work in in-patient and outpatient settings. She also specializes in community organization and advocacy and provides individual, marital and family therapy to adolescents and adults.. Terrell has maintained a private practice in clinical social work for 30 years.

Ethics (3.0 CEUs or 3.0 Contact Hours)
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $59

Supervision (3.0 CEUs or 3.0 Contact Hours)
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $59

*Full Day Option: Register for both workshops for $99 and to earn 6.0 CEUs/6.0 Contact Hours.

Register Online

October

Fall SWES Licensure Exam Prep Courses

Our Social Work Examination Services (SWES) licensure exam prep courses offer intensive coursework designed for BSW exam candidates, recent MSW graduates and experienced practitioners taking the Association of Social Work Board’s social work licensing examination. The information-packed sessions emphasize a review of major social work content and test preparation.

Instructor: Deborah Cantor, PhD, LICSW

SWES faculty member Dr. Deborah Cantor will lead social work exam licensure prep courses at The University of Alabama. She is an educator and experienced, licensed clinician who has worked with adolescents, adults and couples.

BSW Candidates
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $199

MSW and Clinical Candidates (11.0 CEUS or 11.0 Contact Hours)
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Fee: $350; $395 after May 4, 2018

Exam Fee Covers: Lunch on exam day and each registrant will receive the three-volume SWES Comprehensive Study Guide. The guide contains a complete content review and over 1,600 sample multiple-choice questions, including five 170-question practice exams and a bibliography.

Register Online

17th annual Fall Social Work Conference

The conference is set for Oct. 18-19, 2018. More details to come.

47th annual Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference

The 47th annual Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference will take place at The University of Alabama on Oct. 25-26, 2018. More details to come.