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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lincoln Memorial

    Please join the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work for the Out of Darkness Community Walk!

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting the annual DC walk to raise awareness and funds to prevent suicide. We have contributed $500 to sponsor all of our members. Individual donations will be appreciated, but are not required. Come walk to show your support and be part of the GWSCSW team!

    The first 5 people that sign up get a t-shirt!

    Click here to register for the walk

    • Thursday, November 02, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Brighton Gardens of Columbia | 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia MD 21045
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    Presenter: Linda Friskey 

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    The DSM 5 states that more than 85 percent of children and adults consume caffeine regularly. Our diagnostic manual further reports that “caffeine withdrawal” and “caffeine intoxication” are “clinically significant.” If you rarely--if ever- -ask clients/patients how much caffeine they consume, this workshop is a must for you.

    The workshop will be presented by Linda Friskey, LCSW-C, who specializes in the intersection of biological/somatic and emotional/psychological concerns. Linda is a seasoned clinician practicing at Linda Friskey, LLC in Columbia, Maryland. She also is a Mobile Crisis Team Mental Health Clinician in Howard County, Maryland.


    1. The participant will be able to define caffeine and to identify amounts of caffeine in many foods, drinks and supplements that are readily available in America. 
    2. The participant will gain understanding of how to diagnose caffeine intoxication and caffeine withdrawal. 
    3. The participant will be able to identify at least three potential differential diagnoses. 
    4. The participant will gain a basic understanding of caffeine's physical effects on the body. 5. The participant will be able to place caffeine within a public health policy framework, with emphasis on caffeine as it affects children and adolescents.

    Registration limit: 20

    • Saturday, November 04, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cosmos Club -- Washington D.C.

    Speaker: Boris Thomas, JD, Ph.D., LCSW

    In describing his presentation, Dr. Thomas writes:

    Who is “from here” and “not from here? What defines an immigrant? Touching on how US law and policy have shaped individual and group identities related to place, I will explore the way we as members of American Society and clinicians understand and manage the ethno cultural disruptions resulting from geographic relocation. Through memoir and case examples I will explore the intersectional connections-and disconnections-associated with geographic movement.

    Dr. Thomas is a distinguished clinician and author/presenter on matters of race, gay male relationships, cultural differences and the clinical process. The combined lenses of law and clinical knowledge, provides Dr. Thomas with a unique perspective on the conscious and unconscious intersectional dynamics of the immigration experience. He is a graduate of Chicago Institute for Clinical Social Work and New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and Law School. Dr. Thomas teaches at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York and Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago. He is in private practice of clinical social work in New York city.


    At the close of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

    1. Explain the social work tenet of person in context to include relevant United States socio-political and legal history, especially when working with clients around their experiences of immigration and geographic relocation.
    2. Identify the clinician’s and client’s places within that greater socio-political and legal context as well as the potential for meaning in clinical encounter
    3. Understand a key concept of multiple identification which lies at the heart of intersectionality.

    Continuing education credit: ­ 3 CE credits available for full attendance. Continuing Education sponsored by the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers is accepted by the DC, Maryland and Virginia Boards of Social Work. The GWSCSW accepts responsibility for this program. Note:  Virginia Licensees need 18 CE's by June 30, 2018.

    Training sponsored by the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers is accepted by the DC, Maryland and Virginia boards of social work to offer continuing education to social workers. 

    GWSCSW honors the memory of Dr. Alice Kassabian, a former president of our Society, clinician, advocate for social justice and excellence in clinical practice. Dr. Kassabian was an active member of the Diversity and Social Action Committee of American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) which promotes excellence in clinical practice by providing opportunities for expanded conversations regarding the centrality of focused attention to culture and issues of diversity.

    • Sunday, November 05, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Kate Rossier's residence, Arlington, Virginia
    • 0

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    When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

    Interested? Take a look at the reviews.

    Members attending this Book Meet-Up need to read the book in advance in order to be able to participate in the discussion.

    Category: 2 | CEUs: 3

    • Monday, November 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue 5111 Connecticut Avenue, NW WDC 20008
    Executive Committee Meeting
    • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 7313 Millwood Road; Bethesda, MD 20817

    WHOALL new GWSCSW members are warmly invited to join us!  And all current members are invited to come meet new members!  

    WHAT: A chance to learn more about what the GWSCSW can provide to you, how you can get involved - plus get to know each other a bit better and enjoy some good food, drink coffee, juice, and maybe even a little wine!

    WHERECindy Crane’s home: 7313 Millwood Road; Bethesda, MD 20817 (yellow house with Crane bird lamp post in front - on corner of Millwood and Plainview)

    *RSVP to Cindy at

    • Friday, November 17, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    • Chevy Chase (TBA)

    Presenter: Eryca Kasse

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    Clients living with substance misuse & addiction often have histories of emotional, physical and/or sexual trauma. The 12 Step groups AA and NA are the most widespread and available peer support groups for addiction recovery, though some language of the 12 Steps may be contraindicated for survivors of trauma.

    This training:
    • provides an introduction to broadened definitions of trauma with examples throughout the lifespan and the key principles of Trauma Informed Care by SAMHSA; 
    • explores the relationship between unhealed trauma and the development of substance use disorders through an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES); 
    • analyzes language of the 12 steps through a trauma informed lens, offering alternative language options to promote healing empowerment & prevent re-traumatization; 
    • and provides resources to refer clients seeking peer support alternatives to 12 step.* 
    Note:  This training has no affiliation with AA, NA or any 12 step program or entity.
    • Monday, December 04, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue 5111 Connecticut Avenue, NW WDC 20008
    Executive Committee Meeting
    • Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Chevy Chase (TBA)
    • 28

    Presenter: Michael Giordano

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    You create your OK Cupid account, start scanning the Quickmatch feature, and are quickly matched at 85% compatibility with a current client. What do you do, besides feel sick to your stomach?

    This workshop will explore some modern dilemmas faced by therapists, especially single  therapists looking for love or other pleasures. With the guidance of the NASW Code of Ethics and our own personal & professional philosphies, we will clarify our wants and desires for our clients & for ourselves, while exploring how our personal lives interact with our professional.

    In this workshop, attendees will participate in both small and large group discussions, talking about how to navigate on-line dating, going to your favorite yoga class, and seeing clients at a small gathering, and similar situations. Less didactic and more interactive, we will work to discuss the issues we don’t often talk about, all within an ethical, client-focused framework.
    • Sunday, January 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • TBA

    Full board meeting

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Family & Nursing Care | 962 Wayne Ave #500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • 48

    Presenters: Janette Patterson and Melissa Orlov

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    When adults and clinicians think about treating ADHD, they tend to think in terms of medicinal treatments and behavioral therapy for ADHD partners. Yet a critical factor in the ultimate success of an adult with ADHD hinges upon the health of his or her primary spousal relationship. Unfortunately, research suggests that close to 60% of marriages/adult partnerships in which one or both adults has ADHD may be maladjusted, resulting in the primary relationship being an area of significant stress.

    This workshop reviews the evidence regarding the impact of ADHD on couples and marriages and presents an overview of treatments and specific strategies that are often effective in improving ADHD-impacted relationships. This workshop requires some basic knowledge of symptoms and impact of ADHD. Intermediate level.
    • Friday, April 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • 5319 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22207
    • 7

    Presenter: Marilyn Stickle

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    The importance of intuitively derived information is being increasingly researched and written about in the clinical literature. This workshop will build on the current research and will use case studies from both clinicians’ and patients’ experiences to demonstrate how it works. Though clinicians use it regularly, the lack of conscious effort and awareness of the intuitive process has proven to be an obstacle to its inclusion in academic training.

    This course will review the literature and demonstrate how intuition is interwoven in effective clinical practice. The content and process of the workshop is appropriate for all levels of practice.
    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TBA

    Full board meeting

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Family & Nursing Care | 962 Wayne Ave #500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • 49

    Presenters: Gil Bliss and Cathy Roberts

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    What is the therapist’s personal and professional responsibility in recognizing and dissolving racism? What inner work is required to know, own, and confront personal bias? We don’t know what we don’t know. How does your “not knowing” get in your way when working with clients different from you? In this didactic and experiential workshop we will examine the mechanism that maintains racism in the U.S. by reviewing our racialized history, exploring personal and structural privilege and bias, and locating where we each are in identity development using racial identity models. 

    Through this exploration, therapists can increase awareness of unconscious bias that contributes to systemic racial dominance and oppression. 

    Clinicians both new graduated and seasoned can benefit from this workshop.

Past events

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Board Meeting
Friday, October 13, 2017 When Your Patient Becomes Seriously Ill
Monday, October 02, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, October 01, 2017 Our Current Political Climate: How Do We Get What We Want for Clinical Social Work and Our Patients? Health Policies and Beyond….
Sunday, October 01, 2017 Medical Marijuana: Current Issues for Mental Health Providers
Saturday, September 30, 2017 GWSCSW Movie Meet-Up: Absorbing the Impact of Charlottesville
Friday, September 22, 2017 Emergency Instructions for Covering Your Practice
Saturday, September 16, 2017 GWSCSW Book Meet-Up: Between the World and Me
Monday, September 11, 2017 The First 3000 Hours – Part II: THE 3,000TH HOUR AND BEYOND
Monday, September 11, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, September 11, 2017 The First 3000 Hours – Part I: BEGINNING THE LICENSURE JOURNEY
Saturday, August 26, 2017 GWSCSW Movie Meet-Up: Absorbing the Impact of Charlottesville
Tuesday, July 04, 2017 Independence Day
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Eid (at Adha) (begins at Sundown)
Sunday, June 18, 2017 Father's Day
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Affordable and Accessible Health Care: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and What Now?
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Annual Member Dinner - June 10, 2017
Monday, June 05, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, May 29, 2017 Memorial Day
Friday, May 26, 2017 Ramadan (begins at Sundown)
Sunday, May 21, 2017 Volunteer Luncheon
Friday, May 19, 2017 Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo
Sunday, May 14, 2017 Mother's Day
Thursday, May 04, 2017 Holistic Health Care for Transgender Clients
Monday, May 01, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, April 28, 2017 April Wine and Cheese in NW DC!
Friday, April 28, 2017 Creativity Unleashed: Playful methods for creating therapeutic change
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Earth Day
Friday, April 21, 2017 Workshop III: Reduction of Grief Symptoms Through Mind-Body Techniques
Friday, April 21, 2017 Intuition: Research & Practice
Sunday, April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday
Friday, April 14, 2017 Good Friday
Monday, April 10, 2017 Passover (begins at Sundown)
Sunday, April 09, 2017 Palm Sunday
Monday, April 03, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, March 24, 2017 Train A Brain, Change A Life: Bringing Neurofeedback Into Practice
Saturday, March 18, 2017 March Wine and Cheese in NE DC
Friday, March 17, 2017 A Systems Approach to Sex Therapy
Friday, March 17, 2017 St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 12, 2017 Daylight Savings begins
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Purim (begins at Sundown)
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Serious Play: Improvisation in Clinical Practice
Monday, March 06, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, March 05, 2017 Frederic Reamer Conference | The Evolution of Social Work Ethics: The Changing Nature of Challenging Dilemmas
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Ash Wednesday
Friday, February 24, 2017 Understanding and Teaching DBT's Distress Tolerance Skills
Monday, February 20, 2017 President's Day
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Valentine's Day
Monday, February 06, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, January 16, 2017 MLK Day
Friday, January 13, 2017 Workshop II: Reduction of Anxiety Symptoms through Mind-Body Techniques
Saturday, January 07, 2017 Board Meeting
Sunday, January 01, 2017 New Year's Day
Saturday, December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve
Monday, December 26, 2016 Kwanzaa begins
Sunday, December 25, 2016 Christmas
Saturday, December 24, 2016 Hanukkah (begins at Sundown)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 Takoma, MD Bagel and Coffee hosted by Laura Chesbro
Thursday, December 15, 2016 Social Work Licensing: DC, MD, VA
Monday, December 05, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, December 03, 2016 Understanding Racism from a Personal and Professional Perspective
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 20, 2016 Silver Spring, MD Wine and Cheese
Friday, November 11, 2016 Veterans Day
Monday, November 07, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, November 06, 2016 Fall 2016 New Member Brunch!
Sunday, November 06, 2016 Daylight Savings ends
Saturday, November 05, 2016 Alice Kassabian Memorial Conference: Reflections on Wisdom~its Nature, Value, and Relevance to Contemporary Practice
Monday, October 31, 2016 Halloween
Friday, October 28, 2016 Divorce Isn't the War of the Roses: How We Can Help
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Friday, October 21, 2016 Rethinking Sex Addiction – An Introduction to a Sexual Health Protocol
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Medical Marijuana: Current Issues for Mental Health Providers
Friday, October 14, 2016 Maryland Wine and Cheese
Friday, October 14, 2016 Workshop 1: Reduction of Depression Symptoms through Mind-Body Techniques
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Yom Kippur (begins at Sundown)
Monday, October 10, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, October 10, 2016 Columbus Day
Sunday, October 09, 2016 Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Legislation and Advocacy But Were Afraid to Ask
Friday, October 07, 2016 HIV in DC/ A Snapshot of an Adolescent Clinic
Sunday, October 02, 2016 Rosh Hashanah (begins at Sundown)
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Board Meeting
Friday, September 23, 2016 Holy Attunement: The Spiritual Dimension of Brainspotting
Friday, September 16, 2016 Arlington Wine and Cheese
Monday, September 12, 2016 Eid (at Adha) (begins at Sundown)
Sunday, September 11, 2016 Getting a Head Start on your Career
Friday, September 09, 2016 Understanding Racism from a Personal and Professional Perspective
Monday, September 05, 2016 Labor Day
Sunday, August 21, 2016 Early Career Committee Meeting and Summer Social
Friday, August 12, 2016 NW DC Wine and Cheese
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Early Career July Wine and Cheese
Friday, July 08, 2016 Understanding and Teaching DBT's Distress Tolerance Skills
Thursday, June 30, 2016 Yoga for Social Workers
Sunday, June 12, 2016 Annual Member Dinner
Monday, June 06, 2016 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, May 20, 2016 Relationship Enhancement - Therapy with Couples and Families
Sunday, May 01, 2016 Enlivening Your Practice
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Board Meeting
Friday, April 29, 2016 DC Wine and Cheese
Friday, April 29, 2016 Becoming Yourself: Breaking Out of Denial of Codependence
Friday, April 22, 2016 Development of Clinical Intuition
Thursday, April 21, 2016 Board Election
Friday, April 15, 2016 Working with Transgender Clients
Sunday, April 10, 2016 Early Career Committee Meeting
Friday, April 08, 2016 Virginia Wine and Cheese
Monday, April 04, 2016 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, March 25, 2016 Updating Our Status: Social Media and Social Work Ethics
Friday, March 11, 2016 Genderqueer, Cisgender, Trans & More: The New World of Gender Identity
Monday, March 07, 2016 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, February 26, 2016 Wine & Cheese
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Leadership Wine and Cheese
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Selma Fraiberg, James Robertson and Clare Winnicott: Lessons from Three Social Work “Heroes”
Friday, February 19, 2016 Wine & Cheese
Friday, February 19, 2016 Incorporating Mind/Body Techniques into Clinical Practice
Monday, February 01, 2016 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, January 17, 2016 Leadership Wine and Cheese – Come one, Come all!
Sunday, January 10, 2016 Board Meeting
Friday, January 08, 2016 “Is This Safe?” Kink-Competent Psychotherapy
Friday, December 18, 2015 Wine & Cheese
Friday, December 11, 2015 Dream Pattern Analysis in a Clinical Practice
Monday, December 07, 2015 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, December 04, 2015 Social Work Licensing: DC, MD, VA
Friday, November 13, 2015 How Self Heals: an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Primer
Saturday, November 07, 2015 “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Legislation and Advocacy but Were Afraid to Ask!”
Friday, November 06, 2015 Somatic Psychotherapy: Managing Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma Through the Body
Monday, November 02, 2015 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, November 01, 2015 New Member Brunch
Sunday, October 18, 2015 Celebrating Our Talents and Looking Beyond
Friday, October 16, 2015 Genderqueer, Cisgender, Trans & More: The New World of Gender Identity
Friday, October 09, 2015 Mind-Body Skills to Enhance Your Practice
Friday, October 09, 2015 Relational Ethics and Social Work Practice
Monday, October 05, 2015 Board Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, October 02, 2015 Wine & Cheese
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Prepaid Legal Plan
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Member Event - Transforming Trauma
Sunday, September 20, 2015 Implementation of ICD-10 Basics
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Board Meeting
Friday, September 18, 2015 CEU - A Snapshot of HIV/AIDS in DC
Friday, September 11, 2015 BB - An Introduction to Brainspotting: The Blending of Psychotherapeutic Attunement and a Cutting Edge Tool
Friday, September 11, 2015 CEU - A Kaleidoscope of Play Therapy Techniques for Treatment of Anxiety, Anger and Attachment Issues
Friday, September 04, 2015 Member Event - Depathologizing the challenging client
Monday, August 31, 2015 Board Executive Committee Meeting
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