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Upcoming Webinars

The Rise of “Puppy Mills” in Clinical Settings and the Risk Associated with Ineffective Clinical Social Work Practice

Monday, June 6, 2022 (1 -2 pm ET)

Presenters: Dr. Janice Berry-Edwards, PhD, LICSW, LCCS-C; Nickolas Gabriel, MSW; Yanique Williams, LICSW

CEs: 1 Clinical Social Work contact hour

This webinar will focus on the rise of beginning practitioners who have received their first level of licensure moving into early careers in private practice. Presenters will specifically highlight the ethical dilemma associated with private practice agencies that are hiring social workers for low wages, with minimal to low level supervision, and highly complex cases. Presenters will close with recommendation for a national licensure standard to ensure adequate and effective training is being provided for the next generation of first level licensed Social Workers.


  • Participants will be able to articulate concerns regarding first tier licensure MSW graduates practicing in the private practice arena without further training.
  • Participants will be able to articulate possible ethical dilemmas associated with tier one MSW licensure entering private practice.
  • Participants will be able to list areas of the legislation that need clarity regarding practice and supervision at the first tier MSW licensure.

Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS Members: $20 / Non-NASW Member: $30

A Solution-Focused Approach to Shifting Challenges into Sustainable Solutions

Thursday, June 16, 2022 (12 noon - 1:30 pm EDT)

Presenter: Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

CE: 1.5 Cross Cultural Contact hours

This webinar focuses on a caring justice approach to practice. Social workers will learn how to reframe problem-based perspectives to solution-focused perspectives. The webinar will explore translating compassionate care into compassionate action developing and refining solution-focused grassroots and professional interventions for individuals, families, communities, and the world.

Examples will be used in how to transform violence, racism and sexism and other intersectional oppressions that social workers have most often grappled with both personally and professionally at the micro, mezzo, and macrolevels, including personal internalized oppression. Social workers will learn integrate practical knowledge, wisdom, historical truths, tools and tips to spark the ‘biggest version of themselves’ and to ‘become the change they wish to see in the world’ (an integrated whole and powerful compassionate self).


  • Articulate the essential knowledge (theory, ethics, law, science, wisdom, and types of love and service (self, others, universal) that informs a solution focused approach and a caring justice perspective.
  • Demonstrate how to identity and reframe problem-based perspective/mindset to solution-focused perspective/mindset using practical tools introduced in the webinar.
  • Apply how to shift from a problem to solution focused approach to addressing historical social work issues that include intersectional personal and structural trauma, oppression, health, and criminal justice (race, gender, class, intersectionality, resilience, and health and well-being among individuals, families, and/or communities and apply it to practice.
  • Recognize and compassionately analyze and critique the strengths and limitations of existing perspectives, professional practices, and assessment and intervention programs and strategies that are designed to promote and sustain social justice, human rights, and empowerment with suggestions for improvement where needed.
Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS Members: $20 / Non-NASW Member: $30

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