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Addressing Human Trafficking from a Clinical and Macro Perspective

Monday, September 11, 2023 (1-2:30 pm ET)

Presenter: Holly Priebe Sotelo, MSW, PPSC and Debra Waters-Roman, MSW, Ed.D, LCSW, LCP

CE: 1.5 Social Work CE contact hours

At an ever-increasing rate, social workers are being asked to address both the macro and clinical practice needs of human trafficking survivors. This workshop will provide valuable information about human trafficking as well as practical interventions that social workers can utilize to intervene at both the micro and macro level. Participants will be provided with resources for meeting the needs of this population, with attention being given to the cultural needs of individuals who have experienced human trafficking in other countries. Finally, participants will leave the workshop equipped with the ability to develop an action plan at their own worksite.

  • Participants will learn about what human trafficking is and how people are recruited.
  • Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs.
  • Participants will learn how to work with this populations through a cultural and trauma informed lens.
  • Participants will learn assessment strategies and clinical practices for working with survivors of human trafficking including individuals who have experienced human trafficking in other countries.
  • Participants will be able to identify macro strategies and resources.
  • Participants will be able to identify an action plan for their workplace.

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

Documentation Skills to Improve Outcomes for Social Workers

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 (1-2 pm ET)

Presenter: Nick Szubiak, MSW, LCSW

1 Social Work CE contact hour

This webinar will explore essential skills to document clinical encounters to support change and client activation. The webinar will explore how documentation supports integration of assessments, treatment planning, and measurement based care. The webinar will explore how to accurately document data, assessments and planning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how social workers can include data, assessments and plans to accurately document clinical encounters.
  • Learn to Integrate diagnosis into the clinical note.
  • Explore documenting safety plans and assessments.

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

Parting the Fog of Techno-Determinism: The Future of Social Work and Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 (1 – 2:30 pm ET)

Presenters: Dr. Lauri Goldkind, PhD, LMSW, Dr. John Bricout, PhD, Dr. Clara Berridge, PhD

CE: 1.5 Ethics CE contact hours

Join us to learn about artificial intelligence and social work practice. We will provide an overview of what artificial intelligence is, explore several areas of social work practice where artificial intelligence tools are being deployed, and conclude with a discussion of ethical implications for these new technologies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to artificial intelligence (AI) tools and their application to social work practice
  • Articulate ethical issues of AI practices in social work
  • Identify conditions of digital inequalities in individuals, organizations and communities. 
  • Understand the intersections of ethical AI and the NASW Code of Ethics

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

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Understanding the Challenges of Finding Mental Health Support in the Black Community

Friday, December 15 (1 - 2 pm ET)

Presenters: Halcyon Francis, DSW, LCSW-C

CEs: 1 Social Work contact hour

Mental health treatment within the Black community is becoming much more acceptable but there are still barriers to accessing care. Whether in outpatient community mental health centers, hospitals, school systems or in private practice, the challenges are usually consistent across treatment settings. This course will attempt to look at two sides of this issue: from a Black social worker’s perspective and from the perspective of clients seeking such therapists.


  • Attendees will be able to understand some of the unique challenges in the Black community among therapists and clients as it pertains to treatment.
  • Evaluate their own practice with Black individuals, families, and communities.
  • Discuss how historical approaches to mental health have impacted clinical treatment in Black communities.

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

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