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Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)

How much do you know about how your clients are sleeping? Even slight disruptions in sleep can have a large impact on our clients’ well-being. In this training, we will explore the nature of sleep disorders and the influence they have on mental and physical health. We will also review a variety of ways that therapists can help their clients – from children to adults – improve the quality of their sleep.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the differences between various sleep disorders
  • Evaluate the impact of disrupted sleep on the mental and physical health of a client
  • Review a wide variety of interventions for addressing sleep disorders
  • Determine which strategies are most appropriate when treating sleep disorders

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence-Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Dreya Blume

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)
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Introduction to Emotional Agility: From Susan David PhD (2HR)

Dr. Susan David states “The way we engage with our emotions shapes all aspects of our life.” In her book “Emotional Agility; Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life” she discusses the power of learning how to hold, listen, and actively use emotions in a way that moves us forward with our goals in life. This training will look at the science behind the concept so emotional agility and how we can teach this flexibility to clients who feel stuck.

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Define emotional agility
  • Understand how to discuss this concept with clients in session
  • Relay the steps of emotional agility to help clients become more flexible with emotions and changes in life

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Stacy Blankenship

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)
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The Cost of Freedom: Military and Veteran Substance Use Disorders (2HR)

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are a significant problem among military veterans and are associated with numerous deleterious effects. Service members use substances such as alcohol, prescription medication, tobacco, and illicit drugs. While service members use illicit substances at lower rates than the general population, binge drinking rates in the military exceed those among the general population. A significant portion of active-duty service members will experience a substance use disorder during their enrollment in the military. Drug use can negatively affect combat readiness and reduce the performance of troops.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Educate clients about current information on the prevalence of SUD among military veterans. 
  • Identify clinical characteristics of SUD.
  • Apply evidence-based treatment practices for substance use disorder.

Social workers completing this course receive 2 General/Substance-Specific asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence-Based Practices, Substance-Specific and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Dr. Paul Hardy

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)
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Adoption Trauma: It Can Begin Pre-Birth (2HR)

When we experience deep and tragic loss, our responses can vary significantly. Some clients have trouble accessing the words to fully describe the feelings and thoughts associated with this loss. This is where the expressive arts can help. Art is a different way to be able to relay the impact of loss and start the healing process, especially for those who are feeling “stuck.” Clinicians and clients do not need to be artists themselves to use these interventions in sessions, because it is not about the product but the act.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Determine how art can be helpful for clients in the grief and loss cycle
  • Teach and utilize art in session to address grief
  • Discuss emotional response to the art with clients

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Stacy Blankenship

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)
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Expressive Art Interventions For Loss and Grief (2HR)

When we experience deep and tragic loss, our responses can vary significantly. Some clients have trouble accessing the words to fully describe the feelings and thoughts associated with this loss. This is where the expressive arts can help. Art is a different way to be able to relay the impact of loss and start the healing process, especially for those who are feeling “stuck.” Clinicians and clients do not need to be artists themselves to use these interventions in sessions, because it is not about the product but the act.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Determine how art can be helpful for clients in the grief and loss cycle
  • Teach and utilize art in session to address grief
  • Discuss emotional response to the art with clients

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Stacy Blankenship

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)
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Prolonged Grief Disorder: A New Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies (2HR)

With the recent release of the DSM-5-TR, clinicians are eager to learn about updates, especially with new diagnoses. This new DSM edition ushers in only one official new diagnosis, Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). This training will present the new diagnosis and its criteria, explore the pros and cons of such a diagnosis, and examine methods of assessing for PGD. The use of diverse interventions and tools will be covered. Clinicians will feel more informed about this new diagnosis and better prepared to support clients who may have PGD.

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate diagnostic criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) and analyze the pros and cons of the diagnosis.
  • Conceptualize an understanding of clients with PGD and formulate goals and interventions.
  • Create and utilize diverse treatment interventions to assist clients in the resolution of PGD.

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence-Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Diane Bigler

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Cultural and Ethical Considerations of Mistreatment in Older Adults (2HR)

Every person—no matter how young or old—deserves to be safe from harm by those who live with them, care for them, or come in day-to-day contact with them. The mistreatment of elders is of special consideration to helping professionals. This training will explore the nature of elder mistreatment and abuse, including types and explanations. Cultural influences will be discussed related to the occurrences and responses to mistreatment. Case vignettes will highlight specific client situations for practitioners to assess from cultural and ethical perspectives.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, explore, and classify types of elder mistreatment and appropriate screening considerations.
  • Examine the role of culture and ethics in elder mistreatment case studies.
  • Describe and implement culturally informed prevention and intervention strategies for reducing and addressing elder mistreatment and abuse.

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Ethics asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Ethics, Cultural Competence, Evidence-Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Diane Bigler

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Cultural Competence: Alleviating Unconscious Bias (3HR)

To be most effective, we must recognize the importance of cultural diversity work in providing effective services to all families. This can be done with heightened awareness of barriers to providing culturally competent services which leads to awareness of personal cultural lenses. Come brainstorm strategies to overcome barriers to providing effective services to family members of diverse populations, identify ways programs can become more culturally competent, and develop a plan with specific steps to become more culturally competent. We will explore less apparent microaggressions to increase our support and understanding of our clients.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Grow self-awareness of and ability to describe various biases.
  • Help ourselves and others to mitigate biases.
  • Encourage diversity and acceptance of others.
  • Identify and alleviate microaggressions.

Social workers completing this course receive 3 General/Cultural Competence/Implicit Bias asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 3 hours of Cultural Competence, Implicit Bias, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Tonya Logan

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Grief Work in Therapy (2HR)

Grieving is both a state as well as a dynamic process. As clinicians, what can we do to honor how our clients are feeling after a loss, as well as facilitate their healthy movement through different stages of grief? In this training, we will explore the nature of loss and the goals of grief counseling. We will examine the differences between normal grief and more complicated, prolonged grieving. You will also learn a variety of tools and strategies that you can begin using with clients as they deal with the aftermath of loss.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of grief and its different stages
  • Differentiate between normal and complicated grief reactions
  • Discuss how to best serve clients who are dealing with loss
  • Practice a variety of practical activities that can be used with clients in order to help them process their grief

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence-Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Dreya Blume

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)
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Assessment and Treatment in Mood-Dysregulated Adolescents and Adults (2HR)

Mood dysregulation is a symptom that is present in a variety of disorders, particularly trauma-based and anxiety disorders.  It can be challenging for clinicians to understand and manage dysregulated mood since it can present as irritability, mood swings, and angry outbursts, which can challenge the therapeutic relationship. This training will provide information to assess better mood dysregulation and how it may present itself differently in various disorders and discuss therapeutic challenges and strategies to address them.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify mood dysregulation in adolescents and adults, particularly better understanding the role of mood dysregulation in trauma disorders, conduct and personality disorders, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Understand Disruptive Mood Dysregulation disorder in adolescence, why it was included in the DSM 5 as a better explanation of many youth mood disorders than Bipolar disorder, and how it manifests itself over the life course.
  • Analyze therapeutic challenges of mood dysregulation, such as irritability and anger towards providers and concerns about safety and self-harm.

Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence-Based Practices, and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Dr. Jillian Graves

Improving Insomnia: Mental Health Interventions for Sleep Hygiene (2HR)