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Existing GWSCSW Study Groups:

Clinical Society Senior Seminar (click to learn more)

Focus is educational and collegial support

We have openings in a N.W. D.C group and No Va group

Grace Lebow, contact person  gracelebow@comcast.net

Dissociative Disorders Study Group

The Dissociative Disorders Study Group is a clinical consultation group that focuses on the application of various clinical approaches in the current psychotherapy of trauma survivors.  We also believe that dissociation is a common feature of many clinical presentations, that it is seriously under-recognized by the general clinical community, and that there is great benefit in meeting together with other professionals with a similar understanding or interest.

This discussion group was originated back in the 1980's by Frank Putnam, MD, who wrote "Diagnosis and Treatment of MPD".  That remains a basic text, but our focus has also broadened over the years to include the full spectrum of trauma sequelae, particularly the importance of shame as a core issue for so many of our clients.  In addition to the explicitly dissociative individuals identified by DSM dissociative criteria (amnesia, fugue,depersonalization, DID, and DDNOS), we discuss dissociative phenomena occurring in other diagnostic categories, such as eating disorders, rage episodes, depression, and sexual and relational problems.

We're a small group of therapists, ranging from some with years of practice with dissociative clients to some recognizing a need to know more about this dimension of our field.  We meet the first Friday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30, in Rockville, MD.  2 hours of category II CEU's are earned for each meeting.

We would welcome inquiries from any interested professional.  For more information, contact Dana Willcox, LCSW-C, at: danawillcoxlcswc@verizon.net,  or at phone number: 301-216-0930

Why should I join a study group?
Study Groups promote ongoing social work education, collaboration, peer leadership, and the exploration of a wide range of clinical interests. The GWSCSW Continuing Education Committee has developed procedures to make it possible for GWSCSW members in Study Groups to be granted Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

A study group can be a wonderful resource for Society members, since no fee is charged for participation and members themselves can establish the size, time, place, frequency, content and learning objectives of the group. Generally these groups are led by peers, though they may be leader-led. Group discussion may utilize resources such as books, articles, films, case examples, or even call upon relevant outside expertise.

The chair of the Continuing Education Committee and the Vice President of Education are available for consultation if needed. Each study group should select a coordinator to record attendance and document educational content for each session. At the end of the study group, the leader will submit a list of attendees  the evaluations link. Once completed, a personalized certificate with their CU hours will be given. 

How long does a group last? 
These groups can be ongoing, meeting with a closed or open enrollment, or they can be short-term; for example, a group might meet for several sessions prior to the arrival of a distinguished speaker and focus on that person’s contributions.

Can I be in more than one study group? 
As long as groups are open versus closed, you can choose to be in more than one study group at a time. 

How does the sign up process work? 

Simply reach out to the group facilitator and express your interest. If you have any questions, contact Danielle Foote, the Committee Chair of Study Groups, at danielle.n.foote@gmail.com.  

Can I start a new Study Group? 
Yes! Do not hesitate to suggest any ideas or subject areas that are of interest to you. Leadership roles in study groups are flexible and depend on the structure and nature of your particular group. As the leader, you can select the topic, create the schedule, and set the location. For instance, you could develop a reading list and facilitate discussion or using a more peer-to-peer format, together come up with readings or other forms of media you are going to engage in. You could also establish a study group that is experiential in focus. For example, you could together attend performances or events to enrich discussion and / or readings. 

How do I register my study group with GWSCSW for CEUs? 

Complete the following information about your Study Group
• Learning objectives
• Education content, including a bibliography
• List of participants
• List of attendees for each meeting
• Evaluation forms from each attendee at the end of the academic year
• A check for $25 per person, payable to GWSCSW.

Next Steps? 
Please submit all materials to Steve Weschler, Director of Education. The appropriate number of Category2 CEUs will be awarded to each Study Group member.

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