SPS Webinar - Understanding the Pros and Cons of Medication Assisted Treatment: Perspectives of Social Workers and Addiction Practitioners

Rochelle Wilder 0 315

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (1-2 pm ET)

Presenters: Tanya Ralph, LMSW; Jeny Rodrigue, LAC, ICAADC, SAP, SAE; Kawana Ripoll, LCSW

CE:  1 Substance Use Disorder

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) involve a combination of medications that target the brain and psychosocial interventions (e.g., counseling, skills development, case management) aimed at improving treatment outcomes. Research shows that medications and therapy together may be more successful than either treatment method alone.

This webinar will provide an overview of Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), address the pros and cons associated with MAT, and discuss how MAT fits into the context of the more extensive substance use disorder treatment system.

This webinar aims to enhance your professional knowledge of MAT, increase your confidence to engage and educate clients about MAT, and encourage using best practices and the benefits associated with clinical research.


  • Understand how Medications for Addiction Treatment  (MAT) fits into the overall treatment continuum for persons with Opioid Use Disorder
  • Identify three proven effective medications in treatment and learn the essential characteristics of the medication.
  • Identify which clients may be best suited for each medication.
  • Identify other psychotherapies and activities that enhance a comprehensive addiction treatment program.
  • Understand the pros and cons of MAT.
  • Understand the importation of health research discoveries to support MAT, enabling new individualized treatment and care.


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


SPS Webinar - I’ve Been Subpoenaed. Now What? – Ethical responses to calls to testify

Rochelle Wilder 0 468

Thursday, March 7, 2024 (12 – 3 pm ET)

Presenter:  Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D.

CEs:  3 Ethics contact hours

This webinar will provide participants with in-depth discussion of complex and compelling ethical challenges in social work. Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, the webinar will explore difficult ethics cases and practical strategies designed to protect clients and practitioners. Dr. Frederic Reamer will present a series of challenging ethics cases involving conflicting professional duties and discuss practical steps social workers can take to manage ethical issues skillfully. Key topics will include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality exceptions, privileged communication, informed consent, clients’ rights, documentation challenges, termination of services, and technology use, among others. The webinar will include discussion of relevant ethical standards, statutes, regulations, case law, and national practice standards Dr. Reamer will focus especially on decision-making protocols in complex cases. The presenter will make extensive use of case material.

Addressing Human Trafficking from a Clinical and Macro Perspective

Specialty Practice Sections Webinar

Rochelle Wilder 0 915
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.

The Indian Child Welfare Act: Why It’s Needed, What's at Stake, and What We Can Do

Specialty Practice Section Webinar

Rochelle Wilder 0 749

June 14, 2023 (1 – 2 pm ET)

Presenter:: Meschelle Linjean, MSW

CEs: 1 Ethics contact hour

This webinar will help social workers understand connections between the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Tribal sovereignty, and Native American well-being, and how legal challenges to ICWA threaten the wellness of Native children and families, Tribal Nations, and beyond. It will cover federal ICWA provisions, intentions, implementation, and impact, followed by a summary of the Brackeen v. Haaland case. It will explore ramifications of non-preferred foster care and adoption placements for Indigenous children, and delve into ICWA’s broader relationships with the self-determination, health, and socioeconomic well-being of Indigenous Peoples. The webinar will highlight how understanding ICWA laws, and engaging in policy advocacy for such laws, align with social work ethics and competencies. Finally, it will explore actions social workers can take to protect and strengthen ICWA laws.


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