NASW Vermont

Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

NASW-VT is one of 55 NASW chapters and represents the interests of professionally trained social workers in the State of Vermont and advocates for positive social change.

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«April 2021»
  • Education & Professional Development Committee

    Education & Professional Development Committee

    The Education Committee is charged with the oversight and creation of continuing education opportunities for social workers in Vermont. The committee’s goal is to create a rich and robust learning environment that meets the educational needs of all Vermont’s social workers in the areas of clinical issues, advocacy and social justice.

    This committee will meet two or three times this fall to set the 2021 Training Calendar. The committee will then shift its focus to the NASW VT Conference.

    First meeting September 10th, 11 - 12 am via Zoom

    Please contact Lynn Stanley for more information -

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  • When Your Client is a QAnon Supporter: Cognitive Biases and the Clinician's

    When Your Client is a QAnon Supporter: Cognitive Biases and the Clinician's

    Charles Safford, LCSW

    3 Clinical Category A CEUs are pending approval from NASW NH

    This 3-hour course will focus on understanding the emotional and cognitive causes of adherence to conspiracy theories, such as QAnon, in order to prepare the clinician to intercede and apply correctives when the belief system of the client is maladaptive in important areas of the client’s life. Applying important principles and approaches of Motivational Interviewing, this program will address some intervention approaches most likely to be effective in inviting the client to reshape his/her belief system in more adaptive ways. This program will also necessarily address the clinician’s professional obligation to intercede in a respectful and appropriately bounded way in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics principles related to autonomy and respect for the client. To assist in the integration of material, some clinical scenarios will be examined and discussed.

    Course objectives:

    1. Apply knowledge of conspiracy theory research, including emotional components, cognitive bias, including sunk cost fallacy, and other evidence based understandings, in order to generate effective interventions for client adherence to QAnon and other conspiracy theories.

    2. Utilize principles and approaches of the Socratic Method and Motivational Interviewing to assist clients in examining conspiracy theory adherence in a clinically effective and ethically respectful way.

    3. Address the professional and legal boundaries for the self necessary to respond effectively to the client’s QAnon adherence without reactivity or countertransference impeding the integrity of the professional relationship.

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  • Trauma Transformation: Stress, Stress Mitigation and Resilience

    Trauma Transformation: Stress, Stress Mitigation and Resilience

    Dave Melnick, LICSW

    2 Clinical CEUs approved by NASW VT

    In this webinar, we will examine how our mindsets, both implicit and explicit, are driving forces of our actions, interpretations and perceptions, particularly when working in high stress situations with people impacted by traumatic stress. Webinar content will provide unique perspectives about stress, traumatic stress, and resilience in the context of our lives both pre-pandemic and while working through the impacts associated with COVID-19. A special emphasis will be on ways to mitigate stress at an individual and workforce level. The 5 Key Practices for trauma transformation will be introduced.

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  • Communications & Marketing Committee

    Communications & Marketing Committee

    We know that NASW VT is doing a lot of work, but how do we make sure our Members and other social workers know about it?  Communicating what we do is essential to recruiting new members and providing high quality services to our current members. This committee will start off developing a Chapter communications plan for the year and ensure social workers have the information and resources they need to best serve their clients and communities.
    • Identify writers of newsletter articles
    • Identify social workers doing interesting work to interview
    • Brainstorm ideas on how to share all the resources available to members
    • Amplify Social Work Month
    • Promote Chapter events
    • Determine how we best message on a variety of platforms (Experienced social media user? We need you!)
    • plus whatever you, as committee members, decide to tackle!
    Committee meetings are held the third Friday of month at 2:00 pm via Zoom.
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  • Managing Change, Especially During This Unprecedented Time

    Managing Change, Especially During This Unprecedented Time

    Gerri King, Ph.D

    3 Clinical Category A CEUs pending approval by NASW NH.

    Change - both positive and negative - can be very stressful. Even if it results in improvement, with every gain, there is a loss. Complicating the situation is the fact that stress is a main factor contributing to miscommunication, increased conflict, poor concentration, and low productivity. While change may be an inevitable part of life, under normal circumstances, the way organizations and employees can remain effective and healthy is by learning techniques for managing it. The skills required to help people process change with excitement, not threat, will be balanced with empathizing with those who resist. Adapting to our present day challenges will be a major focus.

    The session will be both didactic and experiential. A “hands-on” approach will give participants an opportunity to address specific workplace issues and will provide them with practical skills that are immediately applicable.

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  • The Transformational Force of Metaphor and Intuition: Eliciting Agency, Self-efficacy, and Strength

    The Transformational Force of Metaphor and Intuition: Eliciting Agency, Self-efficacy, and Strength

    When we go about the business of helping clients increase self-efficacy, agency and strength, often the focus touches on how things go wrong rather than on what can go right. In this didactic and experiential workshop, we will explore the way metaphor (simile and allegory) embedded in the client’s story, and “mini-intuitions derived from the social worker’s inner wisdom, become transformational forces for enhancing psychosocial outcomes in three significant therapeutic dimensions.

    1.) Restructuring of negative cognitions.

    2.) Transforming painful emotions and maladaptive perspectives (especially those derived from trauma) into resources for coping.

    3.) Integrating dissociated cognitive strengths and behavioral skills.

    Attendees will be introduced to a novel way of intuitively eliciting and purposefully using key pieces of the client’s story to create extended metaphors that can anchor positive cognitions and bring about new meaning.

    We will also discuss the way utilization of intuition and metaphor enhances the differential use of self and can be used with traditional evidence-based modalities.

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  • What REALLY Helps in a Helping Relationship: Critical Thinking About Helping, Healing and Persuasion

    What REALLY Helps in a Helping Relationship: Critical Thinking About Helping, Healing and Persuasion

    Four (4) Clinical CEUs approved by NASW VT

    Please note this workshop May 4th and May 11th. You must attend both sessions for CEUs.

    Helping relationships are constructed of many disparate elements, some obvious and some more subtle and hidden. To be truly helpful to our clients social workers need to be aware of the full spectrum of helping elements that support (or sometimes hinder) our helping skills.

    This two-part program will examine the generic and sometimes hidden components of a successful helping relationship. In the first session we will examine what social workers can learn about helping from healers and shamans in other cultures, and discuss the ways that we can implement these universal approaches in our work. We will consider the work of Jerome Frank, E. Fuller Torrey, and Viktor Frankl in this section, but will focus on genuinely practical approaches to improving our capacity to be helpful to our clients.

    In the second session we will discuss how to use the skills of critical thinking in our work, to effectively evaluate and choose treatment techniques, make effective and accurate treatment plans, and evaluate treatment resources and programs. As a counterpoint to this we will also look at some famous treatment approaches of the past that have been proven to be ineffective, fraudulent or even harmful when examined through a critical thinking lens. We’ll also briefly examine the infamous “Dr. Fox Lecture”, and the story of the psychologist who was able to obtain extensive professional credentials for his cat.

    In addition to brief didactic presentations in both of the sessions we will also use case studies as a particularly effective learning tool. Although we’ll touch very briefly on statistical analysis this program will not dwell on statistics, and we will devote most of our time to discussion, case examples, and case studies.

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  • Neuroscience Directed Treatment for Domestic Violence Cases

    Neuroscience Directed Treatment for Domestic Violence Cases

    This training will be conducted via live webinar for six two-hour sessions. Participants will be able to ask questions, converse with trainers and other participants, and get their required DV training from their own computers.

    Mod 1 - May 5th 9 - 11 am EST

    Mod 2 - May 5th 11:15 am - 1:15 pm EST

    Mod 3 - May 12th 9 - 11 am EST

    Mod 4 - May 12th 11:15 am - 1:15 pm EST

    Mod 5 - May 19th 9 - 11 am EST

    Mod 6 - May 19th 11:15 am - 1:15 pm EST

    You may choose to participate in any or all of the trainings.

    Please note, to avoid having participants pay the handling charges of six separate tickets, we have set the first training date as the date of the training. After registering for the number of trainings you wish to attend, you will be asked which ones you are choosing (Modules 1 - 6). Modules 5 & 6 also qualify for Ethics.

    If you prefer to pay by check, please send it to NASW ME, PO Box 5065, Augusta ME 04332. Please let us know if you are an NASW Member and which modules you will be attending. You will receive confirmation through Eventbrite once we register you.

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