Please note the schedule is subject to change
Block D - 2 hour workshops
Demystifying Dissociation Across Social Work Practice
Dina L. Solomon, LICSW
Social work programs do not usually teach about dissociation. Often we think about Dissociative Disorders as something unwieldy that requires a high degree of specialized knowledge of clinical work to address. As social workers, however, we work with people who have experienced trauma all the time in all settings in social work practice. Whether or not our clients meet clinical criteria for PTSD, they most likely experience dissociation in some form. This workshop will discuss several models that explain what dissociation is, how it effects our work, and why it is essential to the success of our clients to be able to assess for dissociation in our clients and in ourselves. We will look at theory and research as well as case studies and anecdotal experience to begin to identify dissociation in our clients and ourselves and to learn when and how to use strategies and interventions to mitigate it.
The Science and Art of Leading Mutual Aid Support Groups: Developing Therapeutic and Group Alliances
Lawrence Shulman, MSW, Ed.D
The focus of this workshop will be on understanding the core dynamics and identifying the skills required to lead mutual aid support groups. Examples presented by the instructor and those shared by participants will be used to illustrate how to apply this understanding to a range of settings (e.g., hospitals, drug treatment agencies, schools, residential settings) and with a range of populations and problems. Discussion will include how to integrate elements from Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., motivational interviewing, solution focused practice, cognitive behavioral) in a non-prescriptive manner so that the group leaders artistry is enhanced and not restricted by the science.
Changing the Aging Conversation in NH
The population of older adults is growing in New Hampshire, because we are living longer and staying healthier as we age. However, negative attitudes and mental models about aging are still pervasive in our society. Research has proven that such attitudes about aging are bad for our health and are a barrier to advancing solutions to improve the experience of aging.The National Reframing Aging Initiative is working to advance a new story about aging that recognizes the challenges and opportunities that increasing longevity poses to our communities. The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA) is part of this national effort to change the aging conversation. NH AHA representatives will share research and tools developed by the experts at the FrameWorks Institute and engage participants in activities towards a new way to talk about aging that is better for everyone’s health.
Guns Violence and Mental Illness: Is There a Connection?
Kenneth Norton LICSW
Tragic incidents of mass shootings have dominated the news and furthered public perception of fear and stigma towards individuals with mental illness. Yet often left out of the media coverage and public conversations is that suicide deaths by firearms are more than double the number of homicide deaths. Media coverage of gun violence and mental illness is often anecdotal and rarely based on research and science. Through lecture, presentation, interactive polling and discussion, this workshop will explore the connection between violence, and mental illness as well as substance use disorders including a review of research identifying risk factors for violence. The workshop will also look at gun legislation and policy issues related to mental illness and or substance misuse as well as the role media plays in shaping this conversation.
Finding the Balance: Social Work Integration within the Interdisciplinary Health Care Team
Maria Koehler, MSW
Sarah Gilman, MSW
Megan Haaland, MSW
Social workers have become an essential and evolving role within health care. Social work expertise is a pivotal point for patient centered care. Behavioral health, primary care, case management, discharge planning, grief counseling, illness coping, support groups, and system work, are all examples of how integrated the social work role has become. Social workers have a unique opportunity to be the glue for the interdisciplinary team, acting as a team member and as a patient advocate; this is the challenge. Our advocacy and modeling serves as the basis for educating the team and improving patient care. How do we rise above the misconceptions that exist about social work in a host setting? How do we remain helpful but true to our scope of practice? How can we better care for the patient while improving the knowledge of their providers, and learning alternative ways to think about cases ourselves?
Affirming Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients - Social Workers Make a Difference
Brandy Brown, LCSW
Social workers have not consistently had adequate training in specific issues facing transgender and gender diverse people. However, with a growing population seeking care, social workers need to not only provide affirming care, but engage systems of care to improve equity and access. Social workers have the unique ability to lead change efforts for transgender people at all practice levels. This presentation will review assessment of healthcare needs that transgender people face, specific disparities that youth experience, change models used in effecting systemic change, and a call to action for social workers to increase their education and competency and to engage their systems of care to ensure transgender people, as a vulnerable population, receive equitable care.
Block E - 2 hour workshops
Off the Charts: Suicide Prevention and Older Adults
Bernie Seifert, MSW, LICSW
Suicide is a serious issue among older adults. Suicide rates are particularly high among older men, with men aged 85 and over having the highest rate of any group in the country. This workshop will outline the myriad of factors which may contribute to this, including how the physical frailty of this age group may lead to the likelihood of attempts to be more lethal. Risk factors that can be applied to the general population seem to be more profound in older adults, including the increased prevalence of co-morbid medical conditions, depression, social isolation, and decreased chance that individuals in this age group will seek mental health services. This program will go over these risk factors, as well as how to identify and expand upon protective factors to help prevent suicide.
This workshop qualifies for 2 Category A CEUs in Suicide Prevention
An Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy
Tammy Sollenberger, LCMHC
We all have been of two minds about something. For example, you may have thought, “A part of me wants kale, another part wants brownies.” IFS says we are all multiple and have inner voices who relate to one another like members of a family. All our parts, even the most critical and harmful ones have good intentions. When we befriend them with our Authentic Self, they can soften and we can heal. The Self is our internal natural leader who, when in the driver’s seat, helps us feel calm, connected, confident. In Self, we have clarity to reach goals and compassion for vulnerable parts of us. This workshop will teach the components of the IFS model and the 6 healing steps. You will walk away with practical tools to begin implementing the model and, most importantly, you will have space to get to know your own internal family.
The Importance of Self-Assessment in Cultural Humility Training
Jude Thaddeus Currier, LICSW
The teaching of cultural competence in social work has come a long way in the last 30 years. The movement towards the idea of cultural humility represents a wonderful maturing of the understanding of our own place in assessment of culture. What remains however is a gap in our own self-assessment around issues of racism and discrimination. This course seeks to elevate the importance of self-assessment of one’s own capacity for discriminatory attitudes as an integral part of learning about other people's cultures to improve service delivery.
Responding to Human Trafficking in New Hampshire
This presentation aims to assist attendees in developing an understanding of the needs, mindset and experience of survivors of human trafficking to enable a thoughtful and productive clinical response and relationship. Individuals across New Hampshire are experiencing human trafficking and have often gone unidentified and underserved. When ready to engage in supportive and therapeutic services survivors share that they struggle to describe their experiences and difficulties in order to receive the services they desperately need and desire. This session will discuss the shame and self-blame that survivors experience as well as the bias and challenges clinicians face when responding. This session will then discuss resources, tools and recommendations to assist clinicians in working with survivors of human trafficking.
Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease: Understanding NH’s Community Support System for Clients with Chronic Conditions
Whitney Hammond, MSW
According to the CDC, 60% of adults live with a chronic illness, meaning that many clients seen by social workers are affected by an ongoing disease or condition. Those living with behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and trauma are more likely to develop chronic disease, and have a more difficult time managing it. Come learn about NH-specific data for diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, oral health, and asthma, as well as what community programs exist in the Granite state where clients can be referred to help manage these conditions.
Celebrating Generational Differences
Gerri King, PhD
Because this is the first time in American history where there have been as many as 4 or 5 generations in the workplace, challenges and opportunities have emerged.
Trying to change someone else's perspective, approach, and/or style may feel like a losing battle. It is more effective to capitalize on each person’s strengths and assets. Masterful communicators can connect with people from various generations by adapting, collaborating, and negotiating common ground. Social workers are trained to connect with those they work with and for, meeting people where they are at.
Engaged social workers make all the difference, but engagement isn't one-size-fits all. An excellent work environment is one that supports all generations, responds to diversity, builds on strengths, offers options, develops people's understanding of differences, and trains people to communicate effectively. Social workers are taught to engage like this with their clients, but does it translate within the workplace? Gerri will work to bridge this gap and recognize the strengths every generation brings to the workplace.
Gerri King, Ph.D., social psychologist and organizational consultant, works with educational, social service, healthcare, corporate, industrial, non-profit, and governmental clients throughout the United States and abroad. Gerri is also a facilitator and keynote speaker, presenting at numerous multinational, national, and regional conferences and seminars throughout the year.
Dr. King’s expertise includes a wide range of topics such as supervisory skills, team building, resolving conflicts and effective communication, motivating workforces, the dynamics of change, strategic planning, why people avoid success, and the changing role of leadership in the 21st century, creating a Blame-Free and Gossip-Free work environment.
Dr. King facilitates staff and executive retreats, departmental and cross-departmental conflict resolution efforts, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning sessions, and mission & vision development. Gerri is a founding partner and President of the consulting and counseling firm Human Dynamics Associates, Inc. of Concord NH and the author of The Duh! Book of Management and Supervision: Dispelling Common Leadership Myths.