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Recommended for Clinical Level Social Workers (LCSW)

Welcome to our specialized selection of continuing education courses designed for Clinical Level Social Workers (LCSW). As professionals deeply entrenched in therapeutic and clinical interventions, it’s paramount to stay abreast of the evolving landscape of clinical theories, techniques, and evidence-based practices. The courses listed below have been meticulously selected to cater to the unique demands and expertise of LCSWs.

The courses aim to enhance your clinical acumen, broaden your therapeutic toolkit, and ensure you remain at the cutting edge of clinical social work. Embark on this enriching journey to further hone your clinical prowess and serve your clients with even greater efficacy!

Agents of Change is Approved by ACE​

Agents of Change, #1919, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/26/2023 – 7/26/2024.

Powerful Home-School Partnerships

The course highlights and examines powerful home/school partnerships and the role social workers play in cultivating and supporting these relationships. Students thrive in settings with adults who are invested in their success. This is no small task and cannot be accomplished without a supportive and collaborative team including teachers, school social workers, parents or guardians, and other important role models in a student’s life.

Unpacking Perfectionism

This course explores the common traits and negative effects of unrealistic expectations and perfectionism on academic and professional success. Through this course, participants will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of academic burnout in clients and develop effective strategies for addressing perfectionistic thinking and unrealistic expectations.

Conducting Risk and Safety Assessments

This course is designed for social workers who want to develop skills and knowledge in safety and risk assessment for clients who may be at risk for suicide or self-harm. The course will cover the fundamentals of safety and risk assessment, including identifying clients in need of assessment, developing effective safety plans through communication with clients, and understanding why adolescents and teens are at risk for suicidal behavior or ideation.

Ethics and Boundaries with Technology

This course covers the ethical considerations and boundaries that social workers need to navigate when using technology in their practice. Topics will include confidentiality and privacy, boundaries with clients, and the responsible use of technology in therapy. Through discussions and case studies, participants will gain an understanding of the ethical guidelines and best practices for using technology in social work. This course will provide social workers with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively and ethically use technology in their practice.

Vicarious Trauma – Preventing Burnout in the Workplace

This course aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the effects of vicarious trauma on the mental health and well-being of social workers, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to prevent burnout in their workplace.

The course will cover a range of topics, including the definition and symptoms of vicarious trauma, the impact of vicarious trauma on the social work profession, and strategies for self-care and self-awareness to prevent burnout. It will also provide participants with practical tools and techniques to manage stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

ChatGPT and AI for Social Workers

This course introduces the principles and applications of AI in social work. It covers the ethical considerations and practical skills for using ChatGPT in various domains, evaluates the limitations and challenges of AI adoption, and explores future trends in AI and ChatGPT. The course includes discussions on AI ethics, case studies on ChatGPT use, workshops on designing custom interactions, analyses of AI’s technical limitations, and guest lectures on the future of AI in social work. Participants receive access to a ChatGPT prompt library for various social work tasks.

Organizational Wellbeing and Burnout

This comprehensive continuing education course delves deep into the crucial topics of organizational wellness and burnout, tailored specifically for social workers.

Participants will embark on an exploration of the nuanced differences between burnout, languishing, and thriving. They’ll gain insights into identifying and responding to these states both in themselves and their colleagues. Central to the course is a detailed examination of organizational support tools, including the distinctive roles of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and life coaching services. Attendees will master the art of conflict resolution at the organizational level, learning how to mediate disputes effectively and enhancing team dynamics. The course also champions the pivotal role of emotional intelligence in the workplace, underscoring its significance in promoting the use of mental health services and preventing burnout.

Dementia: The Book and Its Chapters

Dementia is a complex and multifaceted condition that affects millions worldwide. This course, led Tiffany Works, MS, MSW, LMSW, offers a deep dive into the world of dementia, shedding light on its various forms, symptoms, and the challenges it presents. With a rich blend of academic knowledge and real-world experience, Tiffany brings a unique perspective to the table, making this course both informative and relatable.

Aging and Neurocognitive Diseases

This continuing education course, expertly curated by Crystal Weiss, LCSW CCTP, offers professionals a comprehensive exploration into the biological, psychological, and social facets of the aging process. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge to differentiate between various neurocognitive diseases, recognize their symptoms, and understand their profound impact on the elderly population.

Additional Continuing Education Courses Available With Your Membership

1) Ethics, Professionalism, and Boundaries in Mental Health

National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics 2021

Professional ethics are at the core of social work. The profession has an obligation to articulate its basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards.

The Whitewashing of Social Work History

How Dismantling Racism in Social Work Education Begins With an Equitable History of the Profession. Severe racial inequity has characterized the incorporation of ethnic minorities’ contributions to U.S. history and advancements (Sandoval et al., 2016).

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services Part 2

This course meets the NY requirement for both Boundaries and Ethics. This book offers a frank analysis of a range of boundary issues that human-service practitioners may confront. The ethics of intimate relationships with clients and former clients is addressed.

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services Part 1

This book offers a frank analysis of a range of boundary issues that human-service practitioners may confront. The ethics of intimate relationships with clients and former clients is addressed.

Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling, 6th Edition

Part III: Special Topics. This course is based on the newly revised Sixth Edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide. This course covers Part III of the book (Special Topics).

Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling, 6th Edition

Part I and Part II (Foundations and Common Sources of Problems). Meets ethics requirement for NY Psychologists This course is based on the newly revised Sixth Edition of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide.

Ethical and Professional Considerations in the Forensic Assessment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation

A review article that delineates core ethical principles and challenges encountered in forensic assessment both generally and more specifically in the forensic assessment of complex trauma and dissociation. 

Ethics and Risk Management Issues in Supervision

Supervisors in behavioral health settings face a wide range of ethics and risk management issues. What confidentiality guidelines govern supervisory relationships?

Ethical Courage: Accessing Your Ethical Superpowers

Much has been written on moral courage, especially in the last few years. In this live, interactive webinar, participants will be introduced to the concept of Ethical Courage.

Maintaining Appropriate Professional Boundaries: Exploring Ethical Obligations of Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals are charged with the legal and ethical responsibility to maintain professional boundaries, but the obligation isn’t always so easy to discern.

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in Behavioral Health

Behavioral health professionals frequently encounter complex ethical challenges involving boundaries and dual relationships. Examples include proper management of confidential and private information when practitioners live and work close to each other.

Ethics & Cultural Diversity Training: Termination, Abandonment, Cultural Humility and Ethical Considerations

Meets ethics requirement for NY Psychologists. The first half of this course covers patient abandonment and when it is ethically appropriate to terminate the relationships with the client as well as the elements required for a successful termination.

2) Substance Abuse and Addiction

Relative Effectiveness of Medications for Opioid-related Disorders: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

This course looks at the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutic interventions with patients who are diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder. The meta-analysis includes more than 70 studies and discusses findings.

New Treatment Pathways to Recovery: Medication Assisted Treatment With American Indian/Alaska Natives

This course combines two recent research articles dealing with the acceptability of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder among American Indian/Alaska Natives.

Substance and Behavioral Addictions Among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

This paper examines substance and behavioral addictions among American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) in order to identify structural and psychosocial risk as well as cultural protective factors.

Time for a Paradigm Shift: The Adolescent Brain in Addiction Treatment

Brain regions responsible for evaluating potential consequences and in self-regulation are still developing during adolescence. High-risk drinking patterns may be neurotoxic and negatively impact the developmental trajectory of these adolescents.

Alcohol Use Disorder: The Role of Medication in Recovery

This course looks at the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the United States. It underlines the necessity of pharmacotherapy as a treatment option for AUD.

Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Sections 2 and 3 Second Edition

This course is based on the book of the same name by Charles Atkins, MD. Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders.

Cocaine Use Disorder (CUD): Current Clinical Perspectives

This course provides an overview of the current understanding of CUD, including its prevalence, symptoms, risk factors, and available treatments. The article also discusses the importance of comprehensive care plans.

Interventions to Reduce Opioid Use in Youth At-risk and in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

A Scoping Review. This study examined the impact of interventions on youth (ages 15-25) opioid consumption. Objectives were to identify novel and promising interventions for youth at-risk or currently using opioids.

Brain, Body, and Recovery from Addiction

The neuroscience underlying addictions. Please note that this is an intermediate-level course that focuses on the neuroscience of addiction. We all seek out pleasure and avoid discomfort.

Treating Concurrent Substance Use Among Adults

This guide presents an overview of current approaches and challenges to identifying and treating CSU and concurrent SUD in adults aged 18 and older. It documents three evidence-based practices.

School-based Indigenous Substance Use Prevention in Preteens (7–13 Years)

A Scoping Review. Early-onset substance use is a risk factor for poor long-term outcomes. Indigenous youth are more likely to engage in early-onset substance use than non-Indigenous peers.

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) and Its Implications for the Opioid Epidemic

“Kratom” is a term used to describe a herbal substance that has opioid and stimulant-like effects. Kratom and kratom-based products are currently legal and available in many areas, throughout the United States.

Substance Use in the Transgender Population: A Meta-Analysis

While previous studies have focused on several aspects of the lives of transgender people, there is a gap of research regarding the risk of substance use in people who identify as transgender.

Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping With the Grief, Stress, and Anger That Trigger Addictive Behaviors, 2nd Edition

This course, based on the updated and revised second edition of the workbook by Rebecca E. Williams, Ph.D. and Julie S. Kraft, LMFT, presents a comprehensive approach to working with clients who demonstrate addictive behaviors.

First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

This informational resource describes research and interventions relative to young people with both substance abuse disorders and their first episode of psychosis. Research on effectiveness of interventions is included.

Drug Addiction: From Neuroscience to Ethics

Using the opioid epidemic, the authors argue the importance for considering both conscious and unconscious processes in understanding the ethical framework of addiction.

Dopamine and Risky Decision-Making in Gambling Disorder

Gambling disorder is a behavioral addiction associated with impairments in value-based decision-making and cognitive control. These functions are thought to be regulated by dopamine within frontostriatal circuits.

Medical Use and Misuse of Psychoactive Prescription Medications Among US Youth and Young Adults

The purpose of this course is to investigate prevalence and correlates of medical use and misuse of psychoactive prescription medications among US youth and young adults.

Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals Report Higher Rates of Abuse and More Severe Eating Disorder Symptoms Than Cisgender Heterosexual Individuals At Admission to Eating Disorder Treatment

Past research has shown differences between the rates of eating disorders between two groups—sexual/gender minority individuals and cisgender heterosexual individuals. This quantitative research study aims to test hypotheses regarding presenting symptoms, prevalence, and treatment outcomes of eating disorders among sexual/gender minority and cisgender heterosexual individuals. 

3) Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Native Spirit: Development of a Culturally Grounded After‐school Program to Promote Well‐being Among American Indian Adolescents

This course describes the development and implementation of a culturally grounded after-school program, Native Spirit (NS), for AI adolescents (grades 7–12) living on a Southwest urban‐based reservation.

Re‐imagining Mental Health Services for American Indian Communities: Centering Indigenous Perspectives

This article provides an examination of current mental health treatment assumptions and the resulting services that are commonly provided to client members of American Indian communities.

Research-Based, Clinically Sensitive Cultural Factors in Therapy

This course provides a carefully description and analysis of cultural factors in therapy. The central issue is that psychotherapy was developed primarily within a European/American cultural context.

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Moving Beyond Cultural Competence to Cultural Intelligence

This training will provide participants a learning opportunity to move forward with an understanding of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and how it intersects with Trauma-Informed Care.

Double Jeopardy: Minority Stress and the Influence of Transgender Identity and Race-ethnicity

Past research has indicated that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) transgender individuals experience higher psychological distress than their majority culture peers.

4) Psychotherapy Techniques

Motivational Interviewing With Adolescents and Young Adults

This course will thoroughly review the information presented in the book Motivational Interviewing (MI) with Adolescents and Young Adults: Second Edition (2021, Guilford Press).

Finding Your Why and Finding Your Way – Applying ACT to Your Practice

Finding Your Why & Finding Your Way uses a simple, user-friendly approach to applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In this webinar, Dr. DJ Moran will demonstrate this approach.

Honoring Clients Where They Are: The Innovative Integration of IFS and EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) are both well-established evidence-based approaches that address multiple clinical issues including treating trauma and complex trauma.

Introduction to the EMDR Model

In this course, we will explore the Model of EMDR, its potential usefulness within your practice, and the model as an adjunct therapy.

Navigating Trauma: Analyzing Traumatic Memory, Arousal Regulation, and Evidence-Based Treatments

Trauma Processing, actively addressing and desensitizing traumatic memories, is one of the most intense and unpredictable stages of trauma treatment.

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills Workshop

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally created to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders.

CBT for Psychosis

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidence-based method to reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery.

DBT Core Mindfulness Skills Workshop

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally created to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders.

DBT Emotion Regulation Skills Workshop

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally created to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders.

Calming the Emotional Storm: Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Over 75% of mental illnesses described in the DSM are related to emotion dysregulation – the inability to manage emotions effectively.

Does DBT-Based Group Treatment Help Adults With ADHD? (RCT Study)

Studies on structured skills training groups have indicated beneficial, although still inconclusive, effects on core symptoms of ADHD in adults. This trial examined effects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-based group treatment.

DSM-5-TR Insanely Simplified

Unlocking the Spectrums within DSM-5-TR and ICD-10. The course is based on the book of the same name and provides a summary of key concepts of the new diagnostic schema introduced in DSM-5.

Superhero Therapy: Helping Clients Cope With Ongoing Global Trauma

In light of the recent global events – wars, violence, the ongoing pandemic, and the rapidly rising mental health crisis, we need to make mental health accessible and relatable.

DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Workshop

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally created to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders.

APA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Depression Across Three Age Cohorts

The American Psychological Association developed this clinical practice guideline to provide recommendations for the treatment of depressive disorders (including major depression, subsyndromal depression, and persistent depressive disorder).

Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People With Serious Mental Illness 

Proceedings of a Workshop. This workshop was designed to illustrate and discuss what is known, what is currently being done, and what needs to be done to identify and reduce suicide risk among people with serious mental health illness.

Phone Coaching in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Phone Coaching in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the first comprehensive guide on this topic. Phone coaching is often a challenging aspect of delivering DBT treatment.

Evidence Brief: Suicide Prevention in Veterans

This course examines suicide in the veteran populations. It covers accuracy of interventions, the effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions and current evidence gaps in research on suicide prevention in Veterans.

5) Mental Health Promotion and Wellness

“People Say Men Don’t Talk, Well That’s Bullshit”: A Focus Group Study Exploring Challenges and Opportunities for Men’s Mental Health Promotion

Men’s mental health promotion includes some challenges related to gender-related barriers and stigmas. This is a quantitative study focused on men’s perceptions of mental health and preferences for mental health services.

The Role of Personality Traits and Social Support in Relations of Health-related Behaviours and Depressive Symptoms

Previous evidence has suggested that physically inactive individuals and extensive media users are at high risk for experiencing depressive symptoms. This study examined personality traits and perceived social support.

Increasing Social Connectedness for Underserved Older Adults Living With Depression: A Pre-Post Evaluation of PEARLS

The objective of the current study is to evaluate PEARLS effectiveness for increasing social connectedness among underserved older adults with depression.

Adapting Evidence-Based Practices for Under-Resourced Populations

This guide focuses on research supporting adaptations of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for under-resourced populations. Adaptations involve tailoring care, programs, and services to the cultural, social, gender, and demographic contexts.

Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People

In the 2020s, many therapists will encounter a transgender or gender-diverse client—possibly clients who are children or adolescents.

Mindfulness Meditation and Psychopathology

Mindfulness meditation is increasingly incorporated into mental health interventions, and theoretical concepts associated with it have influenced basic research on psychopathology.

Mindfulness in Schools: An Overview of the Research

The concept of mindfulness has its origins in ancient Buddhist philosophy and practice. However, over the last 40 years, mindfulness has become increasingly popular in the West and has been incorporated into a variety of programs.

ACT Made Simple: Second Edition

ACT Made Simple provides an engaging and entertaining primer, for both newcomers and experienced ACT therapists alike, to the ACT model.

6) Psychopharmacology

Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple

Non-prescribing therapists are crucial to the effective and safe use of psychiatric medications by their clients. In contrast to clinicians who focus primarily on medications, therapists generally spend more time focusing on the client.

Anxiety Disorders and the Medications That Treat Them

This webinar presents the criteria for Anxiety Disorders as described in the DSM-V and discusses the appropriate medications to be used when treating each type of anxiety disorder.

7) Emotional and Mental Disorders

French Toast for Breakfast: Declaring Peace With Emotional Eating

French Toast for Breakfast explores in-depth how to help clients declare peace with their emotional eating problems.

Lasagna for Lunch: Declaring Peace With Emotional Eating

In this course, therapists and their patients will learn how to formulate unique and comprehensive treatment plans for emotional eating disorders: binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, chronic dieting, and body image challenges.

Unwinding Anxiety

New science shows how to break the cycles of worry and fear to heal your mind. Dr. Brewer’s work in Unwinding Anxiety addresses anxious thoughts, habits, and feelings. His work provides a guide for embracing the challenges and learning to overcome anxiety patterns.

Emotion Dysregulation and Adult ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder, with an onset in childhood, that accompanies the person throughout their life, with a prevalence between 3 and 5% in adults.

Deconstructing Anxiety: Cracking the Code of the 5 Core Fears

There are many psychotherapeutic approaches for anxiety disorders that have been shown to be effective (Bandelow et al., 2015), with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) generally better than other approaches.

8) Special Populations and Topics in Behavioral Health

Suicide Interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: A Systematic Review of Outcomes

This course reviews the demonstrated efficacy of an identified set of 28 intervention studies selected from a much larger pool of unique citations dealing with American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Suicide Interventions.

Human Trafficking

The problem of human trafficking has gained increased recognition by policymakers. In response, health care professionals need to equip themselves with information, tools, and resources.

Mental Disorder and Opioid Overdose: a Systematic Review

“Mental disorder and opioid overdose: a systematic review” is a scholarly article that provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between mental illness and opioid overdose.

9) Trauma and PTSD

Legacy of Trauma: The African American Experience

This training will explore the link between intergenerational and current trauma to individuals and communities interfacing with social service systems.

Investigating the Efficacy and Experiences With Narrative Exposure Therapy in Severe Mentally Ill Patients With Comorbid Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Receiving Flexible Assertive Community Treatment: A Mixed Methods Study

Patients with severe mental illness with repeated interpersonal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a negative illness progression. Traumas are often not treated because of their vulnerability.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Armed Forces Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Focus Group

Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is an emerging treatment for people diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to the limited accessibility of psychotherapies.

Sleep and PTSD in the Military Forces

A Reciprocal Relationship and a Psychiatric Approach. This course focuses on a review that updates knowledge regarding the relationship between sleep during deployment, combat-related trauma, and PTSD in military personnel.

Intensive PTSD Treatment Program for Veterans. How Long Do Treatment Gains Last?

Intensive treatment programs (ITPs) have shown promise for reducing PTSD and depression symptoms. However, it is still unknown whether treatment gains are maintained following completion.

Trauma-Focused Psychodrama in the Treatment of PTSD in Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

This course focuses on the effectiveness of trauma-focused psychodrama. A study of two treatment models was conducted in an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility.

Polyvagal Theory and Evidenced-Based Interventions for Arousal Dysregulation in PTSD

This recorded webinar will discuss multiple evidence-based interventions any mental health provider can utilize when clients experience arousal dysregulation.

Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for PTSD in Children and Adolescents

This course will discuss two recent peer-reviewed articles that explore the efficacy, acceptability, and common elements of psychotherapies used for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents.

Impacts of Internet-Based Interventions for Veterans With PTSD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

This is a research-intensive course with a strong emphasis on statistical analysis.

How Trauma Related to Sex Trafficking Challenges Parenting

Insights from Mexican and Central American Survivors in the US. Sex trafficking is a global issue that exacts a high price from survivors. An area that has had little attention is that of the effect of surviving sex trafficking on immigrants.

10) LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Ethical Aspects of Mental Health Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Pan-, Asexual, and Transgender People: A Case-Based Approach

This course’s article is a review of the applications of ethical principles to behavioral health treatment with LGBTQ+ clients.

Can We Reduce Behavioral Health Symptoms by Addressing Minority Stressors in LGBTQ Adolescents?

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Proud & Empowered. Research on sexual/gender minority adolescents is lacking a critical piece of information regarding interventions for improving minority stress. These researchers designed a program, Proud & Empowered (P & E), to address these stressors.

Minority Stress, Distress, and Suicide Attempts

Three Cohorts of Sexual Minority Adults: a U.S. Probability Sample. Because LGBTQ+ issues and populations have become more accepted in the general public than in the past, researchers have wondered about the differences between age cohorts relative to social stressors.

Brief Online Interventions for LGBTQ Young Adult Mental and Behavioral Health

A Randomized Controlled Trial in a High-Stigma, Low-Resource Context. It is often difficult for LGBTQ youths to obtain quality community resources in rural areas where LGBTQ stigma is high. This quantitative study explores the influence of self-guided online writing therapy.

Adapting Clinical Skills to Telehealth With LGBTQ+ Youth

Applications of Affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Marginalized populations, such as LGBTQ+ youth, continue to have behavioral health needs and may lack access to behavioral health resources. The COVID-19 pandemic complicates the behavioral health needs of LGBTQ+ youth.

Mental Health Challenges of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: An Integrated Literature Review

The authors of this literature review describe the evidence in favor of increased behavioral health problems amongst members of the LGBTQ+ community.

11) Child and Adolescent Therapy

Prescriptive Play Therapy: Tailoring Interventions For Specific Childhood Problems

This book/course will help practitioners choose the best play therapy approach to create an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan, providing a roadmap for assessment, case formulation, and intervention.

Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth

This document provides an overview of the importance, the effectiveness, and the evaluation of treatment programs with empirical evidence for treatment of youth with suicidal/self-harming behaviors.

Research-Based, Clinically Savvy Therapy for Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Adolescents: from the Book, Child and Adolescent Therapy: Science and Art

This course provides a careful overview of the empirically supported treatments for disruptive behavior disorders in adolescents. These interventions consist mostly of work with parents that integrate behavioral techniques and strategies.

Research-Based, Clinically Sensitive Therapies for Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children

This course provides a careful overview of the empirically supported treatments for disruptive behavior disorders in children.

Friendship Quality and Gender Differences in Association With Cyberbullying Involvement and Psychological Well-Being

This course is research-oriented and some of the material is dense. The effects of cyberbullying include a range of internalizing and externalizing problems for those involved.

Attachment Patterns in Children and Adolescents With Gender Dysphoria

The current study examines patterns of attachment/self-protective strategies and rates of unresolved loss/trauma in children and adolescents presenting to a multidisciplinary gender service.

Children Or Family First

Navigating the Ethical Conflict of Child Protection vs. Parental Rights. Recent policies in various states seem to assert conflicting perspectives on parents’ and children’s rights. 

The Impact of School Bullying on Students’ Physical and Mental Health

In this course, the consequences of school bullying, including its impact on physical and mental health, will be examined.

Protecting Children from Child Neglect & Supporting Families

Reports of suspected child neglect make up more than three-quarters of all reports made to child protective services in any given year; 6 times more than reports of sexual abuse.

12) Mental Health and Well-being

Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults With Serious Mental Illness

The older adult population in the United States is growing rapidly. Adults with serious mental illness over age 50 have high rates of medical comorbid conditions and significantly reduced life expectancy.

Advancing the Study of Positive Psychology

The Use of a Multifaceted Structure of Mindfulness for Development. Positive psychology, as a distinctive paradigm, focuses on the remedy of pathologies and, by contrast, the promotion of positive experiences and conditions in life (e.g., encouraging a state of flourishing).

The Hummingbird Project

A Positive Psychology Intervention for Secondary School Students. The Hummingbird Project is a Positive Psychology Intervention (PPI). This course will review a research article describing the background, history, rationale, description, methodology, and effectiveness of PPIs in school settings.

Autism and Transgender Identity: Implications for Depression and Anxiety

The study comprising this course’s material is an article investigating the documented over-representation of autism in transgender populations and high rate of gender variance in autistic populations.

Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in Preadolescent Children: A US Population-based Study

The present study evaluated sociodemographic and diagnostic predictors of suicidal ideation and attempts in a nationally representative sample of preadolescent youth enrolled in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study.

Loneliness in Early Psychosis: a Qualitative Study Exploring the Views of Mental Health Practitioners in Early Intervention Services

Loneliness is an important public health problem with established adverse effects on physical and mental health. Although people with psychosis often experience high levels of loneliness, relatively little is known.

Finding Confidence and Inner Trust As a Parent: Experiences of Group-based Compassion-focused Therapy for the Parents of Adolescents With Mental Health Problems

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) can alleviate the stress and challenges faced by the parents of adolescents with mental health (MH) problems.

13) Technology and Mental Health

Responding to COVID-19

New Trends in Social Workers’ Use of Information and Communication Technology. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use became increasingly common for mental health providers in the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Major Depression and Anxiety Disorders: A Health Technology Assessment

This article uses qualitative and quantitative evidence to support the use of Internet-delivered cognitive/behavioral therapy to clients for managing the symptoms of both major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders.

Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

This course examines the role and implementation of telehealth in the treatment of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD.)

Ethical and Safety Concerns Regarding the Use of Mental Health–Related Apps in Counseling: Considerations for Counselors

The authors define and explore benefits and risks for using Mental Health Apps to augment counseling services.

Digital Mental Health for Young People: A Scoping Review of Ethical Promises and Challenges

Researchers are attending to the behavioral health of young people and are wanting young people to have more access to behavioral health services.

Reach Out and Shrink Someone: Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Age of Technology Part 2

The 21st Century has brought innovations that require therapists to consider confidentiality, record keeping, and boundary controversies, especially in this time of online therapy during the covid epidemic.

Reach Out and Shrink Someone: Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Age of Technology Part 1

The 21st Century has brought innovations that require therapists to consider confidentiality, record keeping, and boundary controversies, especially in this time of online therapy during the covid epidemic.

Telehealth and COVID-19

Covid 19 and Telehealth With Children: What Have We Learned

This course is based on two articles that looked at how Covid 19 impacted transitions to telehealth services for adolescents and children in the New York/New Jersey area.

Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention for Youth in a Time of Telehealth

This article highlights important considerations to providing these services in a school-based telehealth modality. Symptom clusters that put youth at risk of harm to self are described.

Lessons Learned Conducting Dialectical Behavior Therapy Via Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19

Given the severity and suicide risk of patients typically treated by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the absence of guidelines regarding the delivery of DBT via telehealth, it is crucial that Social Workers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide DBT in a telehealth setting effectively and ethically. 

14) Couple and Family Therapy

The Heart of Couple Therapy. Knowing What to Do and How to Do It.

A Step-by-Step Guide for How to do a Strength-Based Couples Therapy. Leading couple therapist Ellen Wachtel describes the principles of therapeutic interventions that motivate couples to alter entrenched patterns of behavior and create lasting change in their relationships. 

Dialogue Therapy for Couples and Real Dialogue for Opposing Sides

Methods Based on Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness. This online course is a required prerequisite for the Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy and Real Dialogue (a live training).

Is All Dating Violence Equal?

Gender and severity differences in predictors of perpetration. Studies have indicated that violence towards a partner peaks in adolescence. Accordingly, the study of dating violence in adolescence may facilitate an understanding of risk factors for intimate partner violence.

Improving the Mental Health of Women Intimate Partner Violence Survivors

Findings from a Realist Review of Psychsocial Interventions. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is highly prevalent and associated with a range of mental health problems. This realist review explores the mechanisms of action involved in psychosocial interventions.

15) Aging and Older Adults

Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults

A Guide for Mental Health Professionals. This course is based on the book of the same title. Using the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Older Adults and the Pikes Peak Model for Training.

Personality Disorders in Older Adults: a Review of Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment

This article reviews recent research on the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of personality disorders among older adults (>60 years old).

Evolution of Aging

Over time, the landscape for aging individuals has continued to evolve. Through the exploration of population demographics, costs, cultural preferences and more, this presentation explores how social workers can support older clients.

Supervision: A Guide for the Helping Professions

This book is written both for supervisors and for supervisees in the human service and helping professions. 

Violence Against Older Women

A systematic review of qualitative literature. This course explores the nature and dynamics of interpersonal violence (IPV) against older women from their perspective. The researchers conducted a systematic review of qualitative literature.

Psychiatric Disorders Among Older Black Americans

Within- and Between-Group Differences. Psychiatric disorders impose significant personal, social, and financial costs for individuals, families, and the nation.

16) Trauma and Crisis

Treating Essential Workers During Covid 19

This timely pair of articles examines various aspects of helping in the COVID-19 environment.

Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions

This report addresses the problem of mass violence in the United States and, specifically, the extent to which mental illness is or is not contributing to this social pathology.

Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

“Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety” contains the most up-to-date pregnancy and postpartum resources for the prevention and treatment of mental health challenges.

Somatic Therapeutic Tools: Unlocking the Neurobiology of Trauma and Awakening Our Body’s Innate Wisdom to Care for Itself

Somatic and body-centered therapies are highly effective systems for working with mental, physical and emotional health from a holistic perspective. These cutting-edge methods support long-lasting change to behavioral health.

17) Mental Health and Therapy Techniques

It’s Splendid Once You Grow Into It: Client Experiences of Relational Teletherapy in the Era of COVID-19

This course explores the lived experiences of individuals in teletherapy, specifically those engaging in teletherapy with a romantic partner or family member.

Online and Distance Behavioral Health Practitioners: Ethics and Risk-management Challenges

This webinar will explore cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of behavioral health practitioners’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions, and online social media to deliver services and communicate with clients.

Internal Family Systems Therapy: Why It Works & How to Know If It’s a Good Fit

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based treatment approach that views the psyche as being divided into “parts”. In this webinar, Dr. Fatter will review the stages of IFS therapy.

A Self-Inquiry Into Race Socialization & Internalized Whiteness: For Therapists Treating Racial Trauma Among BIPOC Clients

Throughout our own development, we have been exposed to direct and indirect messages about race, racism and our own racial identity, contributing to our own race socialization.

18) Research Studies

Movement Behaviors and Perceived Loneliness and Sadness Within Alaskan Adolescents

The purpose of this study is to examine the associations between movement behaviors, loneliness, and sadness within Alaskan adolescents.

Are Relaxation Techniques Effective As An Active Ingredient in the Treatment of Adolescents

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Adolescent depression and anxiety are among the leading contributors to health burden worldwide. ‘Relaxation Techniques (RTs)’ are frequently cited as an active ingredient in treating these conditions in adolescents.

AFFIRM Online: An Intervention to Improve Mental Health, Access, And Engagement Among LGBTQA+ Youth and Young Adults

Using an Affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Digital Intervention. The authors of this study recognize the need for cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies to be available to many members of the LGBTQA+ community who may not have access to in-person therapy.

Internet Communication Technology Use by Youth in Foster Care

A Systematic Review. This systematic narrative review of the literature reports on the experiences of foster youth regarding the use of Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as social media.

Matching Response to Need: What Makes Social Networks Fit for Providing Bereavement Support

The objectives of this study were to explore the goodness of fit between the bereaved peoples’ needs and the support offered by their social networks.

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa

A Multiple Baseline Single-case Experimental Design Study Across 13 Cases. No treatment for adult anorexia nervosa (AN)

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