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  • Social Justice Committee

    Social Justice Committee

    Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are embedded in social work mission and values. While we can see progress in our society and within our profession, we know there is much more work to be done. This committee will identify, explore, and take action on a limited number of specific issues to meaningfully impact our Chapter, clients, and communities.  
     
    This committee will work in tandem with the Policy Committee to promote and advocate when appropriate.
     
    This committee will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm via
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/96457417514?pwd=cGV3eFhHeW5YdHI4cDIwZkVkWXJFUT09

    Meeting ID: 964 5741 7514
    Passcode: 397616
     
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  • Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    20 Formal CEUs including 2 in Ethics - live webinar

    About this event

    NASW Vermont is pleased to bring you this special professional development opportunity

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Charlie Safford, LCSW & Celia Grand, LCSW

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    20 Formal CEUs (2 in ETHICS) approved by NASW VT. NASW VT Approval #1050

    Thursdays

    October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2021

    8:45 am - 2:45 pm EST

    There will be a break in the morning and a 45 minute lunch break

    Presenting a four-day conference, 20 hours total, of learning. This workshop will provide the mental health clinician a powerful learning experience for absorbing and applying the latest knowledge and skills in affective neuroscience. Based on research and evidence-based practice, this conference will increase the knowledge base of each attendee of the key scientists and clinicians and advance understandings in this area of practice. Participants will learn how to apply their key concepts in an easy to follow, practical way to improve client outcomes.

    Leaders in the field of mental health acknowledge that we are now in the affective neuroscience era, and we all need to be up to date to operate with best practices. We can make this material easy to understand, easy to digest, and easy to apply in powerful ways to improve your practice.

    Objectives for this Course:

    1. Describe how our neurological systems operate in readily understandable ways that can enhance your clinical skills and be directly applied to more effective psychoeducation for clients

    2. Explain the practical vocabulary and concepts of affective neuroscience for more effective emotional clarification work, skill building in the use of emotions, and strengthening emotional control skills (emotional granularity)

    3. Discuss the different interacting components of a person’s executive function skills (XFS), how they develop, what can go wrong, and what interaction strategies can be used to support XFS development and repair XFS impairments

    4. Incorporate knowledge on the inborn neurological and temperamental differences that people present in ways that allow for more accurate client assessment, diagnosis and treatment, better parent education, and building motivation for treatment

    5. Discuss the current leading voices bridging the world of neuroscience and the world of clinical practice: who they are, their important contributions, and the practical applications for work with trauma, anxiety, depression and other common precipitants for mental health intervention:

    6. Describe how to integrate this emerg

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  • Legislative Committee

    Legislative Committee

    The Legislative Committee is a vehicle for social workers and students to learn about and engage with the political process on behalf of our clients, our profession, and our values and ethics. The committee purpose and responsibilities as outlined by NASW: 

    • To promote NASW legislative policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and those served by the profession 
    • To recommend a legislative agenda to the NASW-VT Board of Directors 
    • To recommend programming for Social Work Legislative Day
    • To promote education, leadership, and advocacy among members of the social work profession.

    During the legislative session, we actively work with the legislative consultants and executive director in responding to legislation, and support chapter member’s advocacy efforts in contacting legislators and testifying for relevant bills. Please join us as we take action to make a difference in the profound impact of policy on our clients and our communities. 

    This committee meets the third Thursday of the month at noon. 

    Contact chair Lacey Sloan at lsloan.naswvt@gmail.com  to get started! 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/91989810310?pwd=OEJmQnJaV2xVZThIdVJySVh3U2JiQT09

    Meeting ID: 919 8981 0310
    Passcode: 654516
     
     
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  • Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    20 Formal CEUs including 2 in Ethics - live webinar

    About this event

    NASW Vermont is pleased to bring you this special professional development opportunity

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Charlie Safford, LCSW & Celia Grand, LCSW

    REGISTER

    20 Formal CEUs (2 in ETHICS) approved by NASW VT. NASW VT Approval #1050

    Thursdays

    October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2021

    8:45 am - 2:45 pm EST

    There will be a break in the morning and a 45 minute lunch break

    Presenting a four-day conference, 20 hours total, of learning. This workshop will provide the mental health clinician a powerful learning experience for absorbing and applying the latest knowledge and skills in affective neuroscience. Based on research and evidence-based practice, this conference will increase the knowledge base of each attendee of the key scientists and clinicians and advance understandings in this area of practice. Participants will learn how to apply their key concepts in an easy to follow, practical way to improve client outcomes.

    Leaders in the field of mental health acknowledge that we are now in the affective neuroscience era, and we all need to be up to date to operate with best practices. We can make this material easy to understand, easy to digest, and easy to apply in powerful ways to improve your practice.

    Objectives for this Course:

    1. Describe how our neurological systems operate in readily understandable ways that can enhance your clinical skills and be directly applied to more effective psychoeducation for clients

    2. Explain the practical vocabulary and concepts of affective neuroscience for more effective emotional clarification work, skill building in the use of emotions, and strengthening emotional control skills (emotional granularity)

    3. Discuss the different interacting components of a person’s executive function skills (XFS), how they develop, what can go wrong, and what interaction strategies can be used to support XFS development and repair XFS impairments

    4. Incorporate knowledge on the inborn neurological and temperamental differences that people present in ways that allow for more accurate client assessment, diagnosis and treatment, better parent education, and building motivation for treatment

    5. Discuss the current leading voices bridging the world of neuroscience and the world of clinical practice: who they are, their important contributions, and the practical applications for work with trauma, anxiety, depression and other common precipitants for mental health intervention:

    6. Describe how to integrate this emerg

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  • Our Warming Climate: Social Work Tools to Foster Resilience

    Our Warming Climate: Social Work Tools to Foster Resilience

    1.5 Clinical Category A CEUs - live webinar

    About this event

    Our Warming Climate: Social Work Tools to Foster Resilience

    Carol Hart, LICSW

    Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW

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    1.5 Clinical Category A CEUs approved by NASW NH. NASW NH Approval #

    As we observe our warming climate creating chaos around the globe, we realize the social work perspective 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 workers 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 interventions 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 mac-ro levels of life, especially for those who are most vulnerable, as well as concrete tools from neurobiology and energy psychology for building personal and community resilience.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to:

    • Name three physical and/or mental health consequences of the climate crisis for residents of New England.
    • Name three groups likely to be most impacted by climate change in New England.
    • Practice at least three resilience skills from current psychological and neurological science.
    • Describe resources for self-care, building community and strengthening resilience skills.

     

    About the Presenters

    Carol Hart, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. She has long been interested in the stewardship of our planet in the context of her lifelong journey of spiritual inquiry. In 2001, Carol began studying subtle energy, earned certification in Thought Field Therapy and became a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). She is a member of the New Hampshire Medical Reserve Corp and Behavioral Health Response Team. Carol has been a member of NASW since 1996.

    Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Claremont, NH and Windsor, VT. She began sharing her concern for environmental degradation and its effects on all life in a graduate class on International Social Work in 1999. She has focused on this work as a community advocate since 2011. Rebecc

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  • Cultivating Youth Mattering

    Cultivating Youth Mattering

    1.5 CEs - live webinar

    About this event

    Cultivating Youth Mattering

    Ruby Parker, MA

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    1.5 Clinical CEs approved by NASW ME

    The Maine Resilience Building Network brings you an interactive learning session on cultivating mattering for youth. Maine state data highlights that a number of youth feel they don’t matter to their community and an overwhelming number report anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness. This session raises awareness of the science of mattering, provides data and offers strategies to foster connections to build stronger communities and ensure youth believe they are part of the solutions.. During this time of opportunity and challenge, together we must create a springboard for community driven change for youth. Together we will listen, learn and share perspectives from our work.

    Learning Objectives Participants will be able to:

    • Explain the science of mattering.
    • Describe state and local data on mattering and protective factors for youth.
    • Discuss strategies that promote connectedness and mattering in youth and learn from other participants of examples of mattering in our communities.

    About the Presenter

    Ruby Parker is the Engagement & Education Director for the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN). Ruby provides education across the state to build awareness of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of protective factors in building resilience. Ruby provides opportunities for learning to parents, policy makers, professionals, and community members. Prior to joining MRBN, Ruby worked on an ACES statewide education effort in the state of Maryland where she built a learning collaborative of professional trainers who worked to spread awareness through presentations designed to build self-healing communities. Ruby participates as a member of a number of coalitions, committees and task forces all aimed to address trauma and promote safe and supportive environments for children. Ruby obtained her education in Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Goucher College and a master’s degree in Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore.

    Workshop details:

    • A zoom link and handouts will be sent prior to the workshop
    • The workshop will start at 3:00 pm EST, please join us a few minutes early to ensure your technology is working
    • All participants receiving a CE Certificate are required to sign their full name into the chat
    • Evaluations will be sent to participants after the works
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  • Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    20 Formal CEUs including 2 in Ethics - live webinar

    About this event

    NASW Vermont is pleased to bring you this special professional development opportunity

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Charlie Safford, LCSW & Celia Grand, LCSW

    REGISTER

    20 Formal CEUs (2 in ETHICS) approved by NASW VT. NASW VT Approval #1050

    Thursdays

    October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2021

    8:45 am - 2:45 pm EST

    There will be a break in the morning and a 45 minute lunch break

    Presenting a four-day conference, 20 hours total, of learning. This workshop will provide the mental health clinician a powerful learning experience for absorbing and applying the latest knowledge and skills in affective neuroscience. Based on research and evidence-based practice, this conference will increase the knowledge base of each attendee of the key scientists and clinicians and advance understandings in this area of practice. Participants will learn how to apply their key concepts in an easy to follow, practical way to improve client outcomes.

    Leaders in the field of mental health acknowledge that we are now in the affective neuroscience era, and we all need to be up to date to operate with best practices. We can make this material easy to understand, easy to digest, and easy to apply in powerful ways to improve your practice.

    Objectives for this Course:

    1. Describe how our neurological systems operate in readily understandable ways that can enhance your clinical skills and be directly applied to more effective psychoeducation for clients

    2. Explain the practical vocabulary and concepts of affective neuroscience for more effective emotional clarification work, skill building in the use of emotions, and strengthening emotional control skills (emotional granularity)

    3. Discuss the different interacting components of a person’s executive function skills (XFS), how they develop, what can go wrong, and what interaction strategies can be used to support XFS development and repair XFS impairments

    4. Incorporate knowledge on the inborn neurological and temperamental differences that people present in ways that allow for more accurate client assessment, diagnosis and treatment, better parent education, and building motivation for treatment

    5. Discuss the current leading voices bridging the world of neuroscience and the world of clinical practice: who they are, their important contributions, and the practical applications for work with trauma, anxiety, depression and other common precipitants for mental health intervention:

    6. Describe how to integrate this emerg

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  • Social Justice Committee

    Social Justice Committee

    Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are embedded in social work mission and values. While we can see progress in our society and within our profession, we know there is much more work to be done. This committee will identify, explore, and take action on a limited number of specific issues to meaningfully impact our Chapter, clients, and communities.  
     
    This committee will work in tandem with the Policy Committee to promote and advocate when appropriate.
     
    This committee will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm via
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/96457417514?pwd=cGV3eFhHeW5YdHI4cDIwZkVkWXJFUT09

    Meeting ID: 964 5741 7514
    Passcode: 397616
     
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  • Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    20 Formal CEUs including 2 in Ethics - live webinar

    About this event

    NASW Vermont is pleased to bring you this special professional development opportunity

    Essential Neuroscience for Clinical Practice

    Charlie Safford, LCSW & Celia Grand, LCSW

    REGISTER

    20 Formal CEUs (2 in ETHICS) approved by NASW VT. NASW VT Approval #1050

    Thursdays

    October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2021

    8:45 am - 2:45 pm EST

    There will be a break in the morning and a 45 minute lunch break

    Presenting a four-day conference, 20 hours total, of learning. This workshop will provide the mental health clinician a powerful learning experience for absorbing and applying the latest knowledge and skills in affective neuroscience. Based on research and evidence-based practice, this conference will increase the knowledge base of each attendee of the key scientists and clinicians and advance understandings in this area of practice. Participants will learn how to apply their key concepts in an easy to follow, practical way to improve client outcomes.

    Leaders in the field of mental health acknowledge that we are now in the affective neuroscience era, and we all need to be up to date to operate with best practices. We can make this material easy to understand, easy to digest, and easy to apply in powerful ways to improve your practice.

    Objectives for this Course:

    1. Describe how our neurological systems operate in readily understandable ways that can enhance your clinical skills and be directly applied to more effective psychoeducation for clients

    2. Explain the practical vocabulary and concepts of affective neuroscience for more effective emotional clarification work, skill building in the use of emotions, and strengthening emotional control skills (emotional granularity)

    3. Discuss the different interacting components of a person’s executive function skills (XFS), how they develop, what can go wrong, and what interaction strategies can be used to support XFS development and repair XFS impairments

    4. Incorporate knowledge on the inborn neurological and temperamental differences that people present in ways that allow for more accurate client assessment, diagnosis and treatment, better parent education, and building motivation for treatment

    5. Discuss the current leading voices bridging the world of neuroscience and the world of clinical practice: who they are, their important contributions, and the practical applications for work with trauma, anxiety, depression and other common precipitants for mental health intervention:

    6. Describe how to integrate this emerg

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  • Neuroscience Directed Treatment for Domestic Violence Cases

    Neuroscience Directed Treatment for Domestic Violence Cases

    A live webinar domestic violence training for experienced clinicians.

    About this event

    Neuroscience Directed Treatment for Domestic Violence Cases

    REGISTER

    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 - Nov 3rd 9 - 11 am EST

    Mod 2 - Nov 3rd 11:15 am - 1:15 pm EST

    Mod 3 - Nov 10th 9 - 11 am EST

    Mod 4 - Nov 10th 11:15 am - 1:15 pm EST

    Mod 5 - Nov 17th 9 - 11 am EST

    Mod 6 - Nov 17th 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.

    About the Presenters:

    Charlie Safford, LCSW

    Charles Safford, LCSW is the President and owner of yourceus.com, Inc., since 2001 a national company based in Atlanta, GA that develops and provides web-based and live continuing education training for mental health clinicians. Mr. Safford has been providing counseling services since he received his graduate degree from Boston University in 1981. In private practice since 1985, he has been helping individuals, families and couples to create better and happier lives for almost forty years. Since moving to Atlanta in 1988, he has also been engaged in the development and delivery of innovative training programs and consulting services to enrich the personal and work life of the employees and managers of numerous corporate and governmental organizations. In 2001, he merged his training and therapy skills to create yourceus.com, Inc., a company that teaches and trains mental health clinicians on a nationwide basis, offering both live and web-based programs encompassing the best and most recent knowledge and skills in the field of mental health. Mr. Safford grew up in Falmouth, Maine.

    Celia Grand, LCSW

    Celia is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in healing trauma for ov

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  • Teen Anxiety and Cognitive Behavior Therapy - An Introduction

    Teen Anxiety and Cognitive Behavior Therapy - An Introduction

    1.5 CEs - live webinar

    About this event

    Teen Anxiety and Cognitive Behavior Therapy - An Introduction

    Robin Barstow, LCSW

    REGISTER

    1.5 Clinical CEs approved by NASW Maine

    Sometimes young people/teens escalate instead of communicate. I call this “emergency mind.” When responding to a situation as though it were an emergency when it isn’t, we convey anxiety instead of information.

    Fortunately, there are great treatments for anxiety. In this workshop we will use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for learning to understand how thoughts contribute to our behaviors and anxiety symptoms. Each of us has a stream of automatic thoughts running through our minds. Many young people/teens believe they are simply anxious, so they struggle to identify specific trigger thoughts. Writing is the first step in cognitive-behavioral therapy to bringing stressful thoughts into consciousness. Only when we are conscious of our thoughts do we gain the power to question them. In the first part of the workshop I will provide an overview of CBT working with this population.

     

    About the Presenter

    Robin Barstow is a psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and founder of MINDWELTH, a Holistic Mental Health private practice. Driven by her goal of helping people to suffer less, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the foundation of her social work. She also practices CBT on herself daily, and that experience informs her understanding of this profound, practical method. Robin Barstow holds a MA from Columbia University, a PhD from Yale University, and LCSW from the University of Maine. She has extensive training and knowledge from working inpatient and outpatient, with both children and adults. Her hobbies include swimming in the sea, knitting and traveling.

     

    Workshop details:

     

    • A zoom link and handouts will be sent prior to the workshop
    • The workshop will start at 9:00, please join us a few minutes early to ensure your technology is working
    • All participants receiving a CE Certificate are required to sign their full name into the chat
    • Evaluations will be sent to participants after the workshop. Certificates will be emailed upon receipt of your completed evaluation
    • Want to pay by check? Email Barbara - bsteward.naswme@socialworkers.org

    We are committed to providing information and resources to help all social workers in their professional lives. We are able to do this because of NASW Members - membership dues are a major part of our Chapter's budget. If you are not a member, Read more

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