2021 Continuing Education Offerings

NOON HOUR WEBINAR: Medically Induced Trauma: What Social Workers Need to Know

Presented by Barbara Perkins, MSW, LCSW

NASWWI Chapter 0 1220

The incidence of medically induced trauma has been documented, though is not always addressed in medical or therapy settings. The “lucky to be alive” approach, and concerns about liability, dismiss the reality of the estimated 20-30% of ICU patients that have PTSD. Research with patients who have had heart attacks and stroke, complicated childbirth and gynecological procedures, pediatric patients, ICU stays, and HIV all indicate that PTSD or PTSD symptoms following medical care is a problem that medical social workers and mental health social workers can not only be aware of, but also be on the front end of post hospitalization care, ensuring measures that will help alleviate traumatic reactions and suffering.



NOON HOUR WEBINAR: Best Practices for Working with Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Diverse Individuals

Presented by Megan Gour, MSW, APSW, (They, Them)

NASWWI Chapter 0 1317

Currently, our society is targeting transgender, non-binary and gender diverse individuals with laws and legislation that is harmful. As social workers, it is imperative that we learn as much as we can about these individuals and advocate for them to the best of our ability. This training will help social workers have a basic understanding of transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals, best practice for working with these individuals, and we will discuss common myths that are being spread in our society currently. This training will also give a basic understanding of ways that social workers can advocate for these individuals on a micro and macro level. It is important for social workers to understand that no matter the type of social work they practice, they are likely to encounter a transgender person, non-binary, or gender diverse individual and it is crucial with the current climate of our society that social workers are well equipped to support this amazing, resilient, and beautiful group of people.



NOON HOUR WEBINAR: Ageism: Nobody Has Said to Me, “You are an Old Person, Can you Share your Wisdom?

Presented by Dr. Karen Shilvock-Cinefro, DSW, LSW, NHA

NASWWI Chapter 0 942

Ageism is a form of discrimination and stereotyping. Research shows that the discrimination of individuals based on their age is quite prevalent in the field of medicine and social services. Through a comprehensive study of research on the gerontological, research on attitudes on aging, and a phenomenological hermeneutic study of women on the value of aging, information will be presented outlining the problems of social services to the aging population. Documented research will be presented showing the effects of ageism on individuals and society. Educational options will be explored, offering positive approaches to aging that will not only help the older adult but can then be reflected in younger generations.



NOON HOUR WEBINAR: Current Changes and Challenges with Advance Directives, Guardianship and Abuse across the Nation

Presented by Kathy Intravaia, MS, BSW/CSW, CNC, MGV

NASWWI Chapter 0 1117

Over the past few years, Guardianship Abuse has been more prevalent in the news and media. From Netflix's "I Care a Lot" to Britney Spears story and recent documentary, and most recently, Wendy Williams battle, we are not short on challenges people are facing across the nation regarding self-determination. At the same time, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, mental health challenges and additional precursors of incapacitation continue to increase for those we are serving. There has never been a time in history that this topic has been so important as today. Join us for this information packed session to learn about the importance of and options for Advance Directives, recent changes in Wisconsin Advance Directives and Guardian Training, and a lively problem-solving discussion on the status and issues surrounding guardianship abuse. 




Tuesday November 1st from 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom

NASWWI Chapter 0 595

THE ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORK BOARDS recently released a study that showed there are huge racial and age disparities in the passing rate for their social work licensing exam.

At the Town Hall Meeting we will present this information and then ask you to discuss your reactions, concerns and policy suggestions in small groups. Information from this Town Hall Meeting will help inform the NASW WI Board of Directors in developing its position on this issue, which could include legislative action.

Please register by Friday, October 28th at 5:00 PM. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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