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    • Friday, January 19, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunrise Fox Hill | 8300 8300 Burdette Road Bethesda, DC 20817
    • 3

    Category 2 - 1 CEU

    Presenter: Steve Asher

    Description: This workshop is about grief, loss and recovery. It reintroduces clinicians to topics they may already be familiar with, and it introduces new information about the stages and symptoms of grief, and the tasks of recovery. It also presents information on clinical approaches that have proven to be effective in helping clients recover from grief and loss.


    By the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Cite and explain the stages of grief;
    2. Cite the symptoms of grief, including emotional, cognitive, and somatic; and
    3. Cite and explain the tasks of grief.
    4. Cite and explain at least two clinical approaches to help clients recover from grief and loss.


    12:00 | Welcome/introductions
    12:10 | Introduction of topic and learning objectives/solicitation of additional audience learning objectives
    12:20 | Presentation of content
    12:50 | Q and A

    • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Five Star Residences 8100 Connecticut Ave NW

    Full Board Meeting

    Postponed from Sunday, January 21, 2018

    • Friday, February 09, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Foxhill | 8300 Burdette Rd Bethesda, MD

    Presenters: Cynthia Rogers and Wilson Hurley| |

    Category: 2
    CE Hours: 1.5

    Workshop Description: Today most therapeutic approaches in mental health reference the mind-body connection, but often “spirit” still is omitted. When mind-body-spirit integration is referenced, there may not be a clear understanding about how the spiritual component can be addressed in a meaningful way in the initial assessment or diagnosis and then integrated into the treatment plan. There may be confusion about the many spiritualities within Eastern and Western approaches and whether there is a divide between what is secular and spiritual. And there is the elusive question too of how “spirit” is part of the ongoing client-therapist relationship.

    The workshop will offer an overview of the evolution of spirituality into mental health practice as grounding for discussion of current diagnostic issues and treatment trends related to the incorporation of spirituality more fully into the mind-body-spirit approach. The workshop will be didactic, interactive, and experiential so participants can clarify important background information and be exposed to ways of experiencing spirituality in the relationship, approach spiritual assessments with clients, distinguish delusional thought from healthy spirituality, and offer spiritually integrated treatment that is healing and promotes emotional well-being. Mindfulness approaches will be emphasized as important grounding for both therapists and clients throughout the assessment and treatment process.

    The intent of this workshop is to assist participants in deepening the needed and effective ways of being in relationship with clients and more clearly integrating the spiritual dimension into mental health practice. The presenters have backgrounds in spirituality from extensive studies, participation, and leadership in both the Buddhist and Christian religious traditions and years of clinical experience in the mental health field.

    Target audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinicians at all levels to deepen their understanding and skills in integrating spirituality into mental health practice. Students are welcome.

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. To learn about the evolution of spirituality in mental health practice.
    2. To experience spirituality in ways to deepen relationships and promote wellness.
    3. To review DSM-5 guidelines related to religious considerations and diagnosis.
    4. To explore integrating spirituality in treatment approaches.
    5. To learn more about and experience mindfulness approaches.
    Specific Agenda:

    12:30 -12:40 Gathering with Meditative Music, Sign-in

    12:40- 12:45 Introduction to Topic and Presenters

    12:45 – 12:55 The Evolving Definitions of Spirituality

    12:55- 1:10 The DSM, Religion, & Healthy Spirituality

    1:10 – 1:20 Integrating Spirituality into Treatment Approaches

    1:20 – 1:45 Mindfulness as Process & Treatment

    1:45 – 2:00 Closing Questions & Discussion

    Presenter Bios:

    Cynthia Rogers has been licensed as a clinical social worker for almost 25 years and has completed graduate seminary degrees (Masters in Pastoral Studies and Doctor of Ministry, both with spirituality specializations). She recently opened a new private practice, Peace Counseling and Wellness Programs, in Herndon, VA. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary for their Doctor of Ministry summer residencies.


    Wilson Hurley has been a licensed social worker for 35 years with 23 years in clinical practice and 12 years in the public schools. As an avocation, he has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for close to 40 years and has helped translate several Tibetan texts into English, including The Water and Wood Shastras (published by Karuna Publications, 2012).  In addition, Wilson teaches Direct Practice as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and is working on a system to train helping professionals in compassion development.
    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Family and Nursing Care | 962 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • 0
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    Presenter: John Chamberlain, Ph.D.

    Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

    Social anxiety disorder is estimated to affect almost 7% of adults in the U.S. Many people who seek treatment for depression, general anxiety, and/or substance abuse are also suffering from social anxiety, and in many of these cases social anxiety is the core problem.

    This workshop will provide an overview of standard cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety with an emphasis on useful tips, techniques, and observations John has developed in his years of treating social anxiety, including:
    • How to build rapport with socially anxious clients
    • Why cognitive work is so important with social anxiety
    • A litmus test for distinguishing rational from irrational anxiety
    • A two-word phrase for liberating the socially anxious mind
    • Identifying and overcoming inhibiting “filters”
    • How to use exposure, and 4 ways that exposure works
    • A particular role and rationale for mindfulness practice

    John will invite questions, interjections, and discussion of your cases as part of the workshop.

    Dr. Chamberlain specializes in treating anxiety disorders, primarily utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at American University in 1999, completing his predoctoral internship training at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC. He was a staff psychologist at the Catholic University Counseling Center for 11 years, including 2½ years as Director of Internship Training. Dr. Chamberlain also spent 7 years on staff at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where he received state-of- the-art training in CBT, with a focus on OCD and OC-spectrum disorders. He works with adolescents, adults, and couples. Dr. Chamberlain was voted a Top Therapist for both OCD and Social Anxiety Disorder in Washingtonian’s 2009 survey of DC-area practitioners. He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International OCD Foundation, the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
    • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Forest Hills of DC | 4901 Connecticut Ave Washington, DC 20008
    • 39

    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.
    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Family & Nursing Care | 962 Wayne Ave #500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • 41

    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
    • 2

    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
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Five Star Residences | 8100 Connecticut Ave NW

    Full board meeting

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Family & Nursing Care | 962 Wayne Ave #500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • 48

    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

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - Ethics and the Single Therapist – ethical dilemmas in the modern age
Friday, December 15, 2017 What About The Baby? The Basics of Infant Mental Health and Clinical Interventions in the Earliest Years of Life
Friday, December 15, 2017 Social Work Licensing: DC, MD, VA
Monday, December 04, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, December 03, 2017 Early Career Committee Brunch
Friday, December 01, 2017 The Future of Social Work & Mental Health in the 21st Century
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Fall 2017 New Member Brunch!
Monday, November 06, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, November 05, 2017 GWSCSW Book Meet-Up: When Breath Becomes Air
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Alice Kassabian Memorial Conference | And Where Are You From? Intersectional Identities and Geographic Relocation
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Out of the Darkness Community Walk
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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