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Ethical Social Work with Suicidal People 

Thursday, March 23, 2023 (1 – 2:30 pm ET)

Presenter: Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW

CEs: 1.5 Ethics contact hours

Social workers always rank working with suicidal people among the most stressful of all clinical interactions. In this webinar we will unpack some of the ethical issues that social workers encounter when working with suicidal clients and their families, including when to break confidentiality, how to work with parents of a suicidal teenager, and what are the professional standards of care for suicidal clients.


  • Discuss how personal attitudes and opinions about suicide influence professional action
  • Articulate professional standards of care for suicidal clients
  • List the relevant ethical principles when working with suicidal clients

Cost: SPS Members:  Free / Non-SPS Members:  $30 / Non-NASW Members: $45

Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  This registration is for the live webinar only, which you must participate in at the set date and time to receive CEs.  The on-demand version will have a separate registration which will be available a few days after the live webinar.

Psycho-physiological Therapy for Public Speaking Anxiety & Fear of Being Noticeably Nervous

Thursday, April 20, 2023 (1 -2:30 pm ET)

Presenter: Jonathan Berent, LCSW, ACSW

CEs: 1.5 Clinical contact hours

Public speaking anxiety is the #1 phobia which is often driven by the fear of being noticeably nervous. Debilitating symptoms include panic attacks, fear of blushing (Erythrophobia), fear of sweating (hyper-hidrosis, voice freeze (selective mutism), and dissociation. These symptoms are driven by obsessive worry and perfectionism. This strategy can be utilized for social workers who experience this challenge. It also can be taught to their clients.

In this introductory workshop for social workers participants will learn the basic treatment architecture for public speaking performance anxiety integrating the domains of F.A.T.E.:
F = function (physiology) 
A = action (behavior) 
T = thinking (cognition) 
E = emotion


  • An understanding of paradoxical technique for adrenaline management.
  • A fundamental understanding of mind states.
  • An understanding of “Tension Myositis Syndrome.”

Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS NASW Members: $30 / Non-NASW Member: $45

A Discussion on School Based Violence: A Description, Prevalence and Tools for Social Workers

Wednesday, May 03, 2023 (1 -2:30 pm ET)

Presenter:  Juan Barthelemy, Ph.D., LCSW-S

CEs: 1.5 Social Work contact hours

This presentation will provide an overview of youth violence and aggression in schools. The presentation will also discuss the prevalence of youth violence in schools. In addition, different types of youth violence and the problems associated with it will be described. The presentation will also provide some strategies for working with school violence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Social Workers will be able to define school violence.
  • Social Workers will be able to identify some evidenced based strategies for assessing school based violence.
  • Social workers will be able to identify comprehensive strategies for addressing school violence.

Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS NASW Members: $20 / Non-NASW Member: $35

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