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Professional Development Opportunities

March / April 2021

Professional Impairment, Burnout, and Ethics: What social workers need to know during the pandemic

Friday, March 26, 2021 (1 – 2 pm ET)

Presenters: Alexandrya Blackmon, MSW, LBSW and Terricka Hardy, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, CCFP

CE Category: 1 Ethics contact hours

This presentation is to provide you with an ethical understanding regarding the importance of self-care during this pandemic and to provide you with strategies both in a professional setting and non professional setting to assist in early recognition and prevention of burnout.

During the presentation there will be tips on recognition for self-care strategies to promote one’s own self-care during the pandemic. Acknowledgement that burnout truly impacts both work and overall health is the first step.

Cost: SPS Members: Free


We’re all in this together, really: How to ethically hold space for clients and ourselves simultaneously

Thursday, April 29, 2021 (1 – 2 pm ET)

Presenter: Dottie Saxon Greene, PhD, LCSW, LCA

CE Category: 1 Social Work contact hour

This one-hour webinar explores how to ethically share and hold space with and for our clients while experiencing the same stressor – COVID-19. When the people we serve experience challenges that are too close to home, social workers usually have an option to refer to another practitioner. Because we are truly in this together, that may not be an option during a pandemic. So, how do we simultaneously hold space for clients and engage in self-care under COVID-19 conditions?


Ageism Intersection with Gender and Race and Access to Healthcare Disparities

Thursday, May 13, 2021 (1 – 2 pm ET)

Presenter: Cynthia E. Baker, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, CSW-Gerontology

CE Category: 1 Social Work contact hour

Healthcare disparities and inequities are prevalent globally and in the United states is a causal factor for reduced health outcomes and increased mortality among minority elder adults. Ageism intersection with race and gender is growing problem as our nation’s baby boomers get older. Currently, not a lot of attention on ageism and intersecting populations and needs to be addressed through research, practitioner level and public policy. Current research supports that minority elder adults experience healthcare disparities causing increased chronic medical decline and increased mortality than non-minority elder adults.

This webinar will provide research-based information on the prevalence, types of disparities, and chronic medical conditions most common for different race and ethnic elder groups as well as provide recommendations at the client, community, and societal levels for addressing this important issue that is relevant to all social workers working with aging adults.

Cost: SPS Members: Free


An Hour with Private Practice

Ethical Responsibilities in a Private Practice Setting: New Considerations and Challenges
April 21, 2021
Presenter: Dawn Hobdy, LICSW - NASW Vice President of Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion

Legal Perspectives When Working With Minors
May 19, 2021
Presenter: Elizabeth Felton, JD, LICSW - NASW Associate General Counsel


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