Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW
Did you choose this profession or did it choose you? Social workers enter this profession driven by personal values, intrigued with the human condition and desire to improve the quality of life for the most oppressed and underserved individuals in our society. This work is amazingly difficult and yet we maintain hope and are steadfast in our service.
Your compass! ~ This keynote will focus on 'our compass' including the core values and critical skills that distinguish our profession. We will also explore 'your compass' with the promise of advancing personal growth and safeguarding against compassion fatigue.
Dr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. Her advanced studies include a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Wayne State University. Dr Bridge is recognized for her passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 25-year track record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting.
Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement. Dr. Bridge currently serves on many local and state-wide committees and is the Governor’s appointed chair to the State of Michigan Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is well regarded for training across the United States in trauma, vicarious trauma, and ethics.
Dr. Bridge has several awards and certifications. She is the recipient of a Trauma and Loss Consultant of the Year Award from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and the Marshall Service Award, Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award and the distinguished Ronald W. Collins Award. She is licensed in both clinical and macro practice. She holds several advanced certifications including Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
Please note the schedule is subject to change
Block A - 1.5 hour workshops
Family Planning Resources and Referrals
Savitri Horrigan, MSW
Through a trauma-informed lens, this workshop offers tips for talking about sexual and reproductive health with clients, including a tool for initiating conversations and referrals to care. Attendees will be equipped with reliable family planning and STI information and resources, a visual aid and tool for initiating sexual and reproductive health discussions and referrals, and information about the importance of trauma-informed care and reproductive justice. PPNNE approaches sexual and reproductive health through a trauma-informed lens and strives to be mindful of the history of sexual coercion and sterilization perpetrated against indigenous women and women of color.
Ethical Challenges in Group Work
Dr Mary Banach
Dr. Kristina Lind
This workshop delineates the specific ethical challenges in different avenues of group work. Ethical mandates included in the NASW Code of Ethics and standards outlined by the International Association of Social Work with Groups will be outlined. Ethical challenges occur regularly in group work, and need to anticipated in order to be effectively managed. This workshop will discuss some of the common ethical challenges facilitators face when running groups. The avenues of group work that will be a particular focus of this workshop include work with mandated clients and online groups. Work with mandated clients can present the facilitator with power, purpose, and boundary challenges. Use of online groups can present facilitators with challenges connected with informed consent, competence, and privacy. The challenges connected with confidentiality will be discussed with both mandated client groups and online groups. Experiential exercises to facilitate group discussion will encourage group interaction.
This workshop qualifies for 1.5 Category A CEUs in Ethics
April Viverette, LCSW, MBA, CCM
This presentation seeks to inform social workers about peer experiences in working with malingering patients and best practices in working with patients or clients who may be or suspected to be malingering.
Law Enforcement Critical Incident: Debriefings and stress reduction
Patrick Dawson, MA
The point of the presentation is to outline various calls that law enforcement responds to. Several will be outlined, including an unattended death, fatal motor vehicle accident, and suicide. After speaking about each event, then discussing the stresses that law enforcement officers take on and the methods used to help cope with this stress. The predominant focus will be critical incident stress debriefings.
Children: the Bedrock of the Granite State
Children: The Bedrock of the Granite State aims to engage leaders across New Hampshire, explain the science of child development, promote the importance of early childhood, and provide evidence for the efficacy of early investments. To ensure strong foundations for future growth in our youngest citizens, effective public and private investments in young children are essential and can best be made with research, data and information. This presentation includes the latest research in developmental science, neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics to provide an understanding of how early experiences are built into children’s bodies and brains, for better or for worse.
Social Workers’ Role in Supporting New Life After Brain Injury
Sarah Lovell, MSW, CBIS
Brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, any time. Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a chronic health concern; approximately 13.5 million Americans are living with a disability from ABI in the United States (Schiller, Lucas, & Ward, 2012). Regardless of setting or population, social workers are supporting individuals living with ABI, whether explicitly known or not. Examples of populations impacted by ABI include veterans, the elderly, children, homeless, individuals with substance misuse, and individuals who are incarcerated. Brain injuries range in severity and level of impact on the individual and their family. Many individuals living with ABI experience “invisible disabilities” which clinicians may not be aware of. By learning the basics of ABI, sequelae, and general themes of impact, social workers can better support individuals living with ABI understand their new normal, cope with loss and change in roles & identity, and utilize strategies to navigate life following brain injury.
Block B - 3 hour workshops
The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Parallel Process and the Interactional Model
Lawrence Shulman, MSW, EdD
The focus of this workshop will be on method - what the supervisor does in interaction with staff. The Interactional Model will be presented as the constant element in supervision and then elaborated to address the variant elements introduced by setting (e.g., family counseling agency, hospital, child welfare), the supervisor’s discipline (e.g., social worker, psychologist) and the population served (e.g., mandatory, adult, children). The four phases of work (preliminary, beginning, work, and ending/transitions) will be used to organize the discussion. Essential skills in communication, relationship, and group leadership will be described and illustrated, and participants will share their own experiences. Issues to be raised may include contracting with staff members as a new supervisor promoted from within, or contracting with new staff member, supervising defensive staff members, staff apathy and resistance to change, the supervisor's role as teacher, helping staff to develop skills for professional impact when dealing with other staff, and addressing staff primary and secondary trauma. A parallel process will be identified in that the way supervisors deal with staff will be viewed as modeling for staff how to relate to clients. The idea that more is “caught” than “taught” will be central. The workshop will also address supervision of Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., MI, SFP and CBT) in an integrative rather than prescriptive manner so as to increase E.B.P. sustainability in the setting.
Parent Coaching as Clinical Intervention
Jude Thaddeus Currier, LICSW
With an alarming increase of mental health diagnoses in children, especially those coming from chaotic families, the mental health system continues to focus on an individual pathology model, a model ill suite to children. Parent coaching can address system issues that often affect a child's emotional functioning, as well as correct behavioral issues that are often mistaken for mental health pathology. This presentation will outline the parenting model, Choice Consequence Parenting, and its application and deployment within this population. Focus will be on providing steps for healthy behavioral and emotional outcomes for these vulnerable children while sidestepping the mistake of identifying their behaviors as a function of individual pathology.
Ethical Issues Related to Assisted Dying
Kenneth Norton LICSW
Laws in several countries as well as US states have changed in recent years to allow individuals with terminal illnesses to end their life under the care of a physician. This issue presents challenges and difficult personal, religious, sociocultural, and professional considerations for clinicians, health care providers, and suicide prevention advocates. Even the terminology, as indicated in the title, is emotionally-charged. This workshop will provide a historical context by reviewing important religious, medical and legal decisions impacting on this issue as well as looking at the arguments for and against the issue. The workshop will facilitate a structured dialogue represented by the perspectives of workshop participants about how to better understand the complexities of this issue.
This workshop qualifies for 3 Category A CEUs in Ethics and Suicide Prevention
Becoming an Intuitive Wizard: An Intuitive and Integrative Approach to Social Work Practice
Bette Freedson, LCSW, LICSW, CGP
In this didactic and experiential workshop we will examine the therapeutic utilization of intuition from the perspective of three key phenomena of an approach that integrates both linear and non-linear concepts and interventions. 1. The therapist’s state of receptivity to his/her own intuitive ideas, sensations, images and mini-thoughts. 2. The therapist’s intuitive state of readiness to utilize significant material from the client’s personal story. 3. Intuitive utilization of metaphors, re-imagined stories, and dissociation in the service of creating integrative experiential moments. Participants will also be introduced to The ACE Schema, an innovative 3-step model that can guide the development of the counselor’s intuitive skills.
Ethics and Technology 2020
Lee Pozzi Rush, LICSW
The use of technology in social work is no longer a remote possibility but a necessary and integral part of our everyday life. The recent revisions to NASW’s Code of Ethics have led social workers to re-visit their ethical decision-making practices. This workshop will expand this discussion and look at how social workers develop social media policies, both in agency settings and as individual social workers. Other questions that will be addressed: How will social workers ensure that they are competent in using technology effectively and ethically in their practice? Can social work practice be delivered effectively with the use of technology? This workshop will explore ethical decision-making especially as it relates to the use of technology in social work or clinical practice. and the implications for our work. Participants will learn to apply ethical decision-making standards to the use of technology in social work. Workshop will be engaging and interactive as it explores the use of social media, telehealth, and videoconferencing in social work and psychotherapy. Workshop will advance beyond the new NASW Code of Ethics and address current agency and individual integration of technology in the practice of social work.
This workshop qualifies for 3 Category A CEUs in Ethics
Block C - 1.5 hour workshops
John Gramuglia, LICSW
This workshop will provide attendees knowledge of the SMART Recovery approach to self-help. Participants will learn the basic components of SMART Recovery meetings and how to employ the techniques of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy of which SMART is based.During the workshop there will be a review of the SMART Recovery Four Point program and the basics of facilitating a SMART Recovery meeting.
Attachment-Based Play Therapy Techniques for Children and Families
Chelsey Helmke, LICSW
This workshop will review the latest research and theories about attachment, child development, and family therapy as well as provide a variety of play-based interventions to address attachment wounds in child and family therapy. Presenter will review the connections between traditional attachment theories and newer research on neuroscience and brain development. These theories will include Bowlby’s foundations of attachment theory, the circle of security, the importance of the therapeutic alliance, and neurological research that emphasizes the importance of attachment on early brain development. Presenter will emphasize the difference between attachment “wounds” and childhood trauma. Presenter will use expressive play therapy techniques including movement based techniques, art therapy, mindfulness, theraplay, and role play to instruct attendees on a variety of interventions that can be used to enhance attachment in work with children and families. The workshop will include some instruction on theory and multiple interactive activities to practice the interventions. Finally, the workshop will review how using attachment based techniques fulfills our ethical obligations to children as clients, specifically our responsibilities to dignity and worth of person, social justice, and the importance of human relationships.
Can Prison Nurseries Fit Within Smaller Correctional Departments? Examining Feasibility and Impacts
Brooke Sheehan, LCSW
Ever heard of the concept of a prison nursery? If not, you are not alone! There are currently 8 states within the country that offer this type of service to incarcerated pregnant women, allowing them to nurture secure attachment styles in their infants after giving birth while learning skills for healthy parenting. If you are interested in learning more about the history of female incarceration, impacts of maternal incarceration on family systems, or are interested in learning how this service is provided in a correctional setting, this is the presentation for you. There will be a special focus on feasibility within smaller correctional departments which frequently do not offer this type of service to their incarcerated female populations.
Grief After Death by Overdose: Working with Survivors
Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW
While there are groups and supports for people experiencing the loss of a loved one, death by drug overdose often creates complicated and unique grieving for survivors. This session will offer a review of challenges and themes in grieving found in the literature and identified by surviving family members. This session will review common tasks in healing. Further, features of and skills in developing and facilitating a support group will be discussed.
Our Warming Climate: Social Work Tools to Foster Resilience
Carol Hart, LICSW
Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW
As we observe our warming climate creating chaos around the globe, we realize the social work per-spective of Person-In-Environment needs to expand to include our natural world. Extreme weather events are happening more regularly, as well as more subtle shifts, such as the increase of Lyme dis-ease, threatened livelihoods, and the increase of climate-related depression and anxiety. Social work-ers stand in a unique position to use our knowledge, experience and skills to facilitate our own self-care as well as help mitigate global warming through policy advocacy. We can deliver trauma-informed inter-ventions to individuals and groups, and organize communities to adapt to changing conditions. This presentation will include information about the devastating effects of climate change on micro and macro levels of life, especially for those who are most vulnerable, as well as concrete tools from neuro-biology and energy psychology for building personal and community resilience.