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Webinars to focus on aging, mental health and more


The new season of Specialty Practice Sections webinars has begun, giving NASW members the opportunity to enhance their professional development and gain continuing education credits.

The webinars for the 2012-13 season will cover 11 specialty practice areas, including aging, mental health, social work and the courts, child welfare, administration/supervision and private practice.

“The sections webinars serve as a way for members to gain information and resources, and to have an opportunity to speak to experts in the field,” said Yvette Mulkey, manager of NASW Specialty Practice Sections. “In addition, a Q&A session at the end of each webinar will allow attendees to speak to the presenter.”

Each one- to two-hour webinar session will cover a specific topic under one of the specialty practice areas and will be presented live online. Users will need to register online at least 24 hours before each session. Webinars can be viewed from participants’ own computers.

NASW staff will moderate each session. For those interested in earning CEs, an online test will be given after each webinar. A certificate of completion will be available to print for scores of at least 80 percent. Each webinar will be eligible for one to two CE credits, depending on length and type.

Obtaining CE’s are optional, Mulkey said, and the webinars may be attended simply for informational purposes. Online transcripts and audio recordings of each webinar are available on demand after each live event has occurred.

Currently scheduled webinars are:

  • Sept. 25, 1-2 p.m.: “The Intersection of Immigration Law, its Enforcement, and Social Work Practice.”
  • Oct. 3, 1-2 p.m.: “Electronic Health Communications & The New Challenges of Service Delivery.”
  • Nov. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.: “Building Your Private Practice in a Digital World: Creating A Strong Online Presence For Your Practice.”
  • Dec. 12, 1-2:30 p.m.: “Practice Principles for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults.”
  • Jan. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.: “The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS): Building the Professional Social Work Response at the Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Levels of Practice.”
  • Feb. 7, 1-2 p.m.: “Achieving Health Equality for All: Reducing Tobacco Use in Minority Populations”
  • March 26, 1-3 p.m.: “Ethical and Legal Challenges in Social Work — Consistency and Conflict.”
  • April 4, 1-2 p.m.: “Positive Outcomes with Evidence-Based Approaches to Preventing Teen Pregnancy: The Carrera Program’s ‘Above the Waist’ Approach.”
  • May 8, 1-2 p.m.: “Critical Service Learning: A Look at Equality, Diversity and Education.”
  • June 11, 1-2:30 p.m.: “After Incarceration: When the Parent Returns Home.”

This list is subject to change; please refer online for updates

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