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Education Calendar of Events

    • Tuesday, October 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Online ZOOM

    Presenter: Gail Guttman

    6.5 Category 1 CEUs

    The integration of couples’ therapy and sex therapy is no easy task.  Couples therapy is a behavior therapy.  Many couples therapists are taught little about sex therapy.  They often learn that repairing the attachment wound and creating reconnection will solve the sexual problem. 

    Through this presentation, we will explore an overview of the integration of couples and sex therapy.  Many components of knowledge are necessary to explore this topic, such as psychodynamic theory, relational and medical issues. An understanding of the importance of sexual knowledge in order to educate our clients about healthy, positive sexual attitudes is crucial.  The skill of Sensate Focus will be presented and practiced. Most importantly, we will look at our own attitudes about addressing sexuality and discuss ways to bring up the topic of sexuality with our individuals and couples.

    In addition to Category I CEU’, AASECT CEU’s can be offered upon request.

    Outline and Learning Objectives

    I. Introduction 9:00 to 9:15

    II. Sexual Messages 9:15 to 10:00 

    Learning Objectives: Describe the socio-cultural and familial factors affecting our ability to discuss sexuality with our clients. CKA: A, B, C, O, ST: E, F

    III. Systems Approach to Sex Therapy
    A. Familial & Cultural Issues 10:00 to 10:30 

    Learning Objectives: Describe the familial, socio-cultural issues affecting a client’s sexuality development and sexual self esteem. CKA: A, B, C, O, ST: E, F

    Break 10:30 to 10:45

    B. Medical Issues 10:45 to 11:15

    Learning Objectives: List the medical systems to explore in sex therapy cases. CKA: G, H, I, O, ST: B, D, E, F

    C. Relationship Issues 11:15 to 11:45

    Learning Objectives: Describe the relational paradigm and list different relational theories to utilize. CKA: B, C, E,O, ST: A, B, C, E

    Lunch 11:45 to 12:45

    D. The Role of Anxiety 12:45 to 1:45
    Learning Objectives: Demonstrate the role of anxiety in sexual dysfunction and explain the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in sex therapy. CKA: B, C, E, G, H, I, M, O, ST: A, B, C, E, D  

    IV. Skill in Couples & Sex Therapy: Sensate Focus 1:45 to 3:30 (including break) CKA: B, C, E, G, I, M, O, ST: A, B, C, E, F

    A. Bringing up the subject of sexuality with clients: 1:45 to 2:00
    Learning Objectives: Identify themes in individuals or couples which provide opportunities to explore sexuality issues.

    B. Sensate Focus : 2:00 to 3:15 (including break)

    Learning Objectives: Describe three central concepts in Sensate Focus

    V. Wrap up: 3:15 to 3:30

    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online ZOOM

    Presenters: Randall O’Toole, MSW, LICSW & Melissa D. Grady, PhD, MSW, LICSW

    3.0 Category 1 CEUs

    COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the lives of people around the world, with some populations experiencing its repercussions with greater severity due to numerous factors, including demographic, economic, and/or developmental. For many children and their families these factors have had a compounded effect, resulting in stress within the family system and potentially influencing the children’s development. This training’s goal is to help practitioners understand and frame the impact of COVID on children and families through the use and application of psychodynamic concepts. Using an interactive structure, this training will address how to use theoretical concepts to frame case formulations while detailing how to translate psychodynamic theory into concrete practice strategies to support children and families impacted by COVID-19. The training will involve some small discussion group work and attendees are encouraged to bring their own case material for discussion and analysis.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Frame the potential influence of the current climate on childhood development using psychodynamic theory.
    2. Assess how developmental experiences may impact neurobiological development of children.
    3. Identify ways in which social workers can support families and communities to process the complexities of this time and cope with the uncertainties, to mitigate the impact of the crisis on children and families.

      About the Presenters:

      Randall O’Toole

      Mr. Randall O’Toole received his MSW from Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS), where he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at NCSSS. At NCSSS, he designs and teaches advanced year clinical theory and practice classes to masters students and serves as the director of the MSW Online Clinical Program at NCSSS. In addition to his role on the faculty at NCSSS, Mr. O’Toole is actively involved in clinical training programs within the Washington DC area, including as the co-chair of the Clinical Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP) in Washington D.C., where he teaches classes on psychodynamic assessment, attachment and neurobiology, and trauma; as a faculty member of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program at the WSP where he teaches courses in developmental psychotherapy, transference and countertransference, and engaging parents in clinical work with children and adolescents; and as a faculty member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) in D.C., where he teaches a series of courses on neurobiology and psychodynamic treatment. In addition to his roles as a trainer and mentor to students and clinicians, he has been an active clinical practitioner for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors specializing in work with children, adolescents, and families. He has a particular interest in using an attachment framework to work with families that have experienced disruption and working with families that have participated in international adoptions. Mr. O’Toole’s scholarly works focus on issues related to clinical practice and theory.

      Melissa D. Grady

      Dr. Melissa D. Grady received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School of Social Work. Her research areas are in the translation of evidence-based practice and on the prevention of sexual violence. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications written on these topics and has presented at numerous international, national, and regional refereed conferences as well as provided a number of continuing education trainings for various organizations. In addition, she serves on local and national committees, including the Area 2 Representative for the local ATSA Chapter – MARATSA, and on several editorial boards, including as Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse, and is the Editor in Chief Elect for the Clinical Social Work Journal. She has been an active practitioner for over 20 years and maintains a private practice in Washington DC. Her clinical experience includes both work in the public mental health and private sectors. She has worked with clients who have committed sexual crimes and who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management, as well as other mental health issues. She is Associate Professor at Catholic University’s National School of Social Service where she teaches in the areas of mental health, clinical practice, clinical theory, and research methods to masters and doctoral students.

      • Sunday, October 24, 2021
      • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

      Who: Any GWSCSW member who has joined in the past 2 years are warmly invited to join us! 

      MSW students that are not current members, and interested in learning about GWSCSW are encouraged to attend.

      And all current members are invited to come meet new members! 

      This will be a virtual brunch... More details to follow as the time for the event nears.

      What: A chance to learn more about what GWSCSW can provide you, how you can get involved, plus a chance for us all to get to know each other better and enjoy a beautiful brunch!

      • Saturday, October 30, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Online ZOOM
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      Please join us for our 2021 Legislation
      and Advocacy Luncheon-Virtual Event!

      Adjustment, Coping and Adaptation: Transitioning to our New Reality

      Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM EST

      FREE CATEGORY 1 | 2 CEUs FOR MEMBERS!  If you are not a member JOIN TODAY to join us (Non-member price for this event is $60)

      Registration is a free benefit to our members, but you must register to attend. TWO (2) CATEGORY 1 CEUs (FREE TO MEMBERS). We look forward to seeing you there!

      Our Society needs YOU to help us advocate and impact legislators in many different ways, or our messages simply will not get out. 

      We will look at the changes that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the laws and regulations that impact our delivery of services and our clients. What have we needed to do differently? What needs to stay the same? What still needs to be advocated for? Examining how our advocacy can impact both our clients and our professional well-being will help us become more effective communicators to influence both the public and legislators about the importance of the services we provide during the mental health crisis currently facing our country.

      We will hear from Pam Metz Kasemeyer, JD, Maryland Lobbyist; Sue Rowland, Virginia lobbyist; Margot Aronson, LICSW and Adele Natter, LICSW, LCSW-C, legislative Co-Chairs for DC; Judy Ratliff, LCSW, and Wayne Martin, Virginia Legislative Co-Chairs; Judy Gallant, LCSW-C, Maryland Chair and Director of Legislation and Advocacy. Special Guest: Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, CSWA Director of Policy and Practice, Seattle, Washington.

      Registration is a free benefit to our members, but you must register to attend. TWO (2) CATEGORY 1 CEUs (FREE TO MEMBERS). We look forward to seeing you there! Our Society needs YOU to help us advocate and impact legislators in many different ways, or our messages simply will not get out. 

      • Friday, February 04, 2022
      • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Online ZOOM

      Presenter: Mike Giordano

      Details will come soon!
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