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Social Work Month Education Series – March 2021: Celebrating Social Work

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Participants are saying
“Enjoyed all topics and thought the speakers were wonderful.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

This series is designed to increase awareness of social work roles in medical and other settings, and to promote social work education for social work professionals.

Goals of the Series

Participants are saying
“This conference is and has always been exceptional. I left feeling so much more connected not only with my profession as a social worker, but also with my peers.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

Goals of this series are to:

  • Celebrate Social Work Month by providing ongoing educational opportunities to professionals in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Meet the educational needs and interests identified through participant surveys and comments.

Agenda and Objectives

March 2, 2021 – Morning

  • 8 a.m. | Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | The Elephant in the Room
    Kelly D. Holder, PhD

    • Recognize the need for self-care.
    • Identify challenging themes that prevent self-care for mental health professionals.
    • Discuss how to practically meet those challenges.
  • 9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 10 a.m. | Please Remove Your Blinders: The Impact of Bias on Mandated Reporting (trauma credit; ethics credit)
    Nicole L. Smith, LSW
    Kathryn Crowell, MD

    • Describe the role bias plays in mandated reporting.
    • Determine when injuries are concerning due to age of child, location of the injury and history provided by the caregivers.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Adjournment

March 9, 2021 – Afternoon

  • 12:30 p.m. | Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • 12:45 p.m. | Supporting Survivors of Trafficking: Ethical Considerations for Social Workers (trauma credit; ethics credit)
    Karen Galbraith, LSW
    Michelle Cooper

    • Describe at least three key principles for working with trafficking survivors.
    • Recognize at least three ethical dilemmas that social workers may encounter when working with survivors of trafficking.
    • Identify at least three ways to seek input and support when faced with an ethical dilemma.
  • 2:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2:30 p.m. | Medical Assistance Special Needs Units – Panel Discussion
    Kimberly Gatten, LMSW, CCM
    Taylor Selig, MSW, LSW
    Christi O’Donnell, BS, CCM
    Jamie Smith, RN BSN

    • Describe the special needs unit and how they can help.
    • Explain how to refer to the special needs units.
  • 4 p.m. | Adjournment

March 16, 2021 – Morning

  • 8 a.m. | Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Child Life and Social Work: Making Moments Count
    Ashley Kane, MS, CCLS
    Carrie Ashby, MEd, CCLS II, CEIM

    • Describe how to modify child life interventions to meet needs of variety child and family populations in area of practice.
    • Identify various aspects of appropriate bonding and development of familial relationships.
    • Explain various activities to promote bonding and memory making within the family.
  • 9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 10 a.m. | Challenges and Recommendations in the Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults with Eating Disorders (ethics credit)
    Jamal H. Essayli, PhD
    Beth Clark-Byers, MSW, LCSW
    Susan Lane-Loney, PhD

    • Identify various types of eating disorders and eating disorder symptoms.
    • Review therapeutic strategies and treatments for eating disorders.
    • Describe common ethical dilemmas when treating adolescents and young adults with eating disorders.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Adjournment

March 23, 2021 – Afternoon

  • 12:30 p.m. | Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • 12:45 p.m. | Drugs of Abuse as False Messengers: The Opioids
    Kent E. Vrana, PhD, FAAAS

    • Describe the relationship between drugs of abuse and natural brain messengers.
    • Explain how drugs of abuse change brain structure and function.
    • Identify ways to explain to someone that addiction is a brain disease.
  • 2:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2:30 p.m. | Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth and Young Adults – The Importance of Informed and Supportive Gender-Affirming Care (trauma credit)
    Amy K. Keisling, ACSW, LCSW, BCD

    • Explain provider assumptions and reactions to gender identity, gender expression and sexual identity.
    • Discuss best practices in clinical and school settings to create a more culturally competent and inclusive approach to working with gender-expansive youth.
    • Identify the two most important actions that can affirm gender-expansive clients and students.
  • 4 p.m. | Adjournment


Social Work Credit

Social work credit = 12 hours total (3 credits per session)

  • 3 hours – March 2, 2021
  • 3 hours – March 9, 2021
  • 3 hours – March 16, 2021
  • 3 hours – March 23, 2021

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a)(3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn up to 12 clock hours of continuing education (or 3 credits per session) for completing this course.

Specialty Credit

  • Ethics credit up to 4.5 total
  • Trauma credit up to 4.5 total

Total credits will be determined by choice of sessions.


Participants are saying
“Great presentations!”
2019 attendee, in-person event
  • $95 – full series (four sessions)
  • $55 – half series (two sessions)

Fee includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Note: Participants who register for full series, but do not attend four sessions, will not be reimbursed.

Registration may not be split between two or more people.

Participants are saying
“The program was well-structured.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

Registrations received after March 1, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Feb. 23, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Feb. 27, 2021.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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