Continuing Education EBlast - National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter - March 2017
Continuing Education EBlast

At the beginning of every month, NASW/CT will notify members by email of upcoming educational programs. These listings are a combination of paid advertising and chapter sponsored programs. Not all programs may be approved by NASW/CT for continuing education credits. Unless specifically noted that a program has been approved, please contact the provider directly for additional information.

Mindfulness Workshop
for Health Professionals and Caregivers
Offered at Copper Beech Institute
In Partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Are you looking for greater fulfillment and balance in your work and your life? Join us for a half-day workshop and cultivate practical, actionable tools to better manage stress and anxiety, create richer dialogues with patients, reduce the risk of burn-out - and infuse your life and work with greater awareness, resilience and wellbeing.
Love your work and your life. >> Register Today!

It is important that Social Workers and other human service professionals continue to learn about new trends and best practices. Certificate programs are an excellent way for you to gain in-depth, specialized training that can be completed in a short period of time.
The value of completing a certificate program at UConn lies in our expertise. We are located within one of the top 25 public research universities in the nation. For nearly 70 years UConn has educated social work leaders throughout the region and nationally.
We're currently accepting applications for two certificates:
3-Day Primary Certificate Practicum on Addictions
March 15, 16, & 17, 2017
20 CECs
April 3 - June 26, 2017
8 Sessions
38 CECs
Enrollment Limited - Apply Today!
Visit our website for complete program descriptions.  
Questions? Contact

positive approach to care

Thursday, March 16
9am to 9:30am-Registration and Breakfast
9:30 am to 10:30am-Presentation

Artis Senior Living of Branford
814 East Main Street, Branford, CT  06405

This presentation will explore the impact of dementia on the various domains of the brain and how that impacts the care relationship between individuals living with dementia and their care providers. Participants will gain an increased level of understanding of less recognized dementia-related symptoms and learn new approach strategies to improve their care skills.
Presented by Rebekah Wilson, MSW

Approved for 1 CEC by NASW/CT
Kindly RSVP by March 13th to 203-533-7287 or email
Karen Alter-Reid, Ph.D and Big Oak Psychotherapy Training Institute are now offering Spring 2017 EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training and consultation for the integration of this highly effective approach into clinical practice. As an EMDR Institute Regional Basic Trainer, Dr. Alter-Reid uses the EMDR Institute curriculum to provide clinicians with the knowledge and skills to use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy with a broad range of clients and clinical presentations. Trainings are provided in small groups of 14 or fewer. The training is a six day, two-weekend program, plus two 2 1/2 hour consultation groups, extended over approximately nine weeks.
SPRING 2017 TRAINING DATES at Big Oak Psychotherapy Training Institute 
66 Big Oak Road, Stamford, CT  06903
April 7th-9th and June 2nd-4th 9:00am - 6:00pm
May 5th: 2.5-hour in person or Skype consultation group, 12:00pm-2:30pm
June 23rd: 2.5-hour in person or Skype consultation group, 12:00pm-2:30pm
Fee: Registration: $1,995.00  ( Early Registration: $1,895.00) 
Reviewer Track (lecture only for those already trained in EMDR:  $1,295.00)
Vets and Full Time Non-Profits:  $1,795.00
Click here for EMDRIA requirements to be trained in EMDR:

Click here to learn more about the EMDR Institute Regional Trainings:
This training has been approved by NASW/CT for 40 CECs.
Click here to register now.   Once you register online, you will be sent registration materials and we will set up a 10 minute phone interview to make sure all requirements for training are met.  Kindly send your CV at time of registration to:


TUESDAY NIGHTS April 18, 2017-May 23, 2017

Register NOW! Through West Hartford Continuing Education
The medical model (approach) to extreme states, so called "psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder" and other psychiatric labels, have for much too long dominated the mental health landscape. Now we have alternative views and ways to heal. This course is for anyone interested in finding meanings and understanding of distressing experiences.  It is relevant for mental health professionals, emotional first responders, clergy, teachers, school nurses and guidance counselors. This course is relevant for folks with lived experience of the mental health system, to their families, relatives and interested others. In each of 6 sessions we will view and discuss some videos and talk about a revolutionary report recently out for the general public (you will get a PDF). We will examine your questions and discuss how these alternatives are coming to Connecticut.

Approved for 12 CECs, 2 per session, by NASW/CT

Go to under Adult Enrichment then Personal Development for registration instructions.  For more information please e-mail

Cultural Diversity Utilizing Art, Sand, & Play Therapy
This Workshop Meets the Cultural Competence Requirement
 for License Renewal
Approved by APT and NASW/CT for 6 CECs
Friday, April 29, 2017, 9-4 pm

Hyatt House
830 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT  06484
This workshop will address cultural awareness and its impact on the therapeutic experience by mental health professionals. Through group interaction and experiential creative activities, attendees will develop effective communication skills when working with clients from diverse cultural groups.  Attendees will utilize art, sand, and play therapy to increase awareness of how assumptions, values, beliefs, and stereotypes impact treatment sessions. Enhance your knowledge using these creative therapies for more culturally sensitive interventions, treatment plans, and discharge planning.  
Presenters: Barbara Carriero, LMFT, RPT-S and Ed Perten, LMFT, MPS
 Cost:  $150 (students $125) includes Lunch and a Continental Breakfast.

Pre-Registration is required
Make checks payable to Barbara Carriero, LMFT, RPT-S and mail to her at
Counseling & Family Therapy Center
60 Katona Drive, Suite 22
Fairfield, CT  06825
Barbara: 203/908-3303   or
Ed: 203/878-9190


NASW/CT's 32nd Annual Conference
May 12, 2017
Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, CT

Save this date for a day of varied workshops, exhibitors with resources, networking, a student poster session, a wine and cheese reception, and positive camaraderie with other social workers and those in allied mental health professions. 
This is the only conference of its kind in Connecticut-eclectic in its topics but focused on the mission of social work and social work education*.

Earn 6 CECs for the day!

* With workshops that will satisfy requirements for Cultural Competency and Veterans Services.

The brochure and registration are now available

Do you want to advertise your Continuing Education Program to 
approximately 2,600 Social Workers for only $99?
Contact Cara Parsons at

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