greater washington society
for clinical social work

Promoting the highest standards of clinical social work practice through education, advocacy, and community.

Welcome to Our Wisdom

Welcome to Our Wisdom – this is a new project for 2020 that highlights the expertise of our talented Society membership. Each month, we bring you brief, free Zoom interviews with members who generously share their areas of clinical, therapeutic and business expertise to help you survive and thrive. Welcome to Our Wisdom is offered in partnership with our Community Branch as a way to help members learn from and connect with each other during these uncertain times.

What will you hear from members during these Zoom interviews? Below are just a few of the topics our talented members explore in future conversations:

  • Boundary complications: When the personal becomes the professional

  • The importance and complication of being neutral when working with difficult couples
  • Finding the intersection between a medical and a therapeutic model
  • Positioning your private practice for success during this pandemic and beyond
  • How to understand the arc of grief and loss in a crisis
  • Using your voice for advocacy and social justice inside and outside of sessions
  • The ups and downs of going from a solo practice to hiring associates
  • The hidden power we have to keep our profession thriving

Episode 1: Lynn Grodzki discusses how to: “Position Your Practice for Strength During the Pandemic and Beyond”

Episode 2: Michael Giordano discusses: "Boundary complications: When the personal becomes the professional"

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Episode 3: Welcome to Our Wisdom -- Marie Choppin”

Marie Choppin, owner of Lotus Point Wellness Center is Silver Spring, Maryland exemplifies the flexibility of a social work degree as she traces her journey from school social worker to becoming the owner/operator of a successful group private practice.

Episode 4: Welcome to Our Wisdom -- Jessie Patton

How does a clinician become not only non-racist, but anti-racist? What steps can we take to create both a safe space and a brave space with clients, so that they can share their stories of racism or bias and feel validated? Jessie Patton from the Society Anti-Racism Task Force addresses these questions and more.

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