March 2020 CE Blast
Social Work Month Forum

 NASW/CT and The Village for Families and Children are pleased to invite you to attend
Conducting Exposure Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Today, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness across the country, with 40 million adults affected every year according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Living with anxiety is not easy and this condition can, for many, be debilitating and negatively affect their lives, interfering with their ability to function normally in everyday activities. Exposure therapy is an evidence-based treatment for anxiety-related disorders including phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. This workshop will describe psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of exposure-based therapy, including recent advances in inhibitory learning theory. The presenter will address several myths that contribute to the under-utilization of this treatment, and data that counters those myths. Using both didactic presentation and video vignettes, the presenter will use discussion and demonstration of the use of in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure, and interoceptive exposure for a range of anxiety-related problems. Several efficacy-boosting strategies will also be part of the discussion (e.g., motivational interviewing, using rational thinking skills, and acceptance strategies) for difficult-to-treat patients. Our presenter for this timely and valuable workshop is

David Tolin, PhD, ABPP
Founder and Director of
Anxiety Disorders Center & Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Institute of Living
 March 13, 2020
8:30 to 9:00 Registation and Light Breakfast
9:00 to 4:00 Program with an hour break for Lunch
Trumbull Robinson Auditorium at
The Village for Families & Children, 1680 Albany Avenue, Hartford 06105
Co-sponsored by The Village for Families and Children

 This workshop is a special Social Work Month offering, limited to only 100 attendees and eligible for 6 CECs.

The cost is $100 for NASW Members and $150 for yet to be Members
Cost includes a light breakfast and lunch.  Click here to register .
Mental Health Naturopathy, Part One

Friday, March 13, 2020               
Unit 120, 35 Old Tavern Rd, Orange, CT 06477

This training is intended to educate persons on Mental Health Naturopathy. This training includes basic elements of Homeopathy, Herbal and Botanical Medicine, and Hydrotherapy. There will be education on how to appropriately assess Naturopathic remedies. In addition, specific remedies will be discussed in detail for their indications, side-effects, formulations, and differences between brands. This is taught in a seminar style, seating is limited. 
The following herbal and botanical supplements will be discussed:

Lavender, Valerian, Kava Kava, Saffron, St. John’s Wort, Magnolia Bark Ashwagandha, & Rhodiola Rosea

4 CECs approved by NASW/CT
Continuing Education Seminars
Programs approved for 5 CECs

Social Work’s Role in Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations
Friday, March 13                                              9:30 am – 4 pm

It seems like every day in the news we hear reports of alleged acts of animal cruelty. Crimes against animals reflect a wide array of behaviors and levels of seriousness. Mental health professionals must develop the competencies to conduct forensic animal maltreatment evaluations and develop a functional understanding of assessment and intervention strategies with their clients.

Philip Tedeschi, LCSW, from the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver will examine current research, typologies and clinical characteristics of individuals involved in animal abuse, and the connections between animal abuse and other interpersonal violence. Learn more

Other upcoming seminars:

- Adolescent Addiction * – Mon, March 16
- Making Sense of the DSM 5 * – Fri, April 24

* Includes at least 1 hour of content on cultural competence.
Questions ? Contact us at or 959.200.3617
School Social Worker Conference in March!
Inside and Outside the School House Door Conference
and the School of Health and Human Services’ Interprofessional
Education Day join together for a Special 2020 Conference Supporting
K-12 Professionals and Students
Transdisciplinary Approaches to Empathetic Education
Monday, March 23, 2020
8:30 registration, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Southern Connecticut State University
Michael J. Adanti Student Center, Ballroom
345 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT 06515
This year’s conference topics are in response to district needs:
Classroom Management
Support for Student Development
Vaping/Substance Use
5 CECs for those attend and complete the entire conference approved by NASW/CT
Event Fee: $95.00 / $25.00 for students (no CECs awarded to students)
Lunch is included.
The Connecticut Women's Consortium Presents

Private DCF Training
The Invitation to Change Approach:
Combining CRAFT, MI, and ACT to Help Families

FREE for DCF Staff and Contracted Providers

Trainer: Kenneth Carpenter, PhD & Jeff Foote, PhD

Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, 24th 2020 9am-4pm
12 CECS approved by NASW/CT | Meals provided

The Invitation to Change Approach combines science and kindness: evidence- based strategies are combined with compassion and care, making a wealth of research-supported and clinically tested knowledge accessible, practical, and understandable. With a skills-oriented, compassionate outlook, this model emphasizes the idea that people can take care of themselves while also staying engaged with and helping their struggling loved ones.

ACMA Connecticut Chapter and
 Hebrew Center for Health & Rehabilitation

Cordially invite you to an educational presentation on

Creating LGBT inclusive Long Term Care Communities for Transgender Patients: Considerations for Care

Wednesday March 25, 2020

Hebrew Center for Health & Rehabilitation
1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford

Presented by
Diana Lombardi, MSW
 (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Executive Director
Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition [CTAC]


1.      Discuss the terminology associated with transgender people.
2.      Articulate the hardships that transgender people face every day.
3.      Identify strategies to increase your ability to talk comfortably about transgender issues

4:30 - 5:00 pm Registration
4:30 - 6:00 pm Tours, Light Buffet, Networking with Colleagues
6:00 - 7:30 pm Coffee, Dessert, Educational Presentation

1.5 CEUs approved by NASW National provided Social Workers

Please RSVP by D ATE to Christine Cocotas, 860-550-3005, or email

Pre-registration is REQUIRED and is non-refundable, unless notification of cancellation is received prior to event.  Send Checks to Rosanne Gregory, 135 Sylvan Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06107
The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter is pleased to present the 23rd Annual Dementia Education Conference

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center, Uncasville, CT

  Keynote Session

Diversity: An Important Frontier for Alzheimer's and All Dementia Research
Presented by:
Carl V. Hill, PH.D., MPH, Vice President, Scientific Engagement,
Alzheimer's Association


5 CECs pending with NASW/CT
For updated information please visit our website at:

Please refer questions to Stacy Chavis at

TUESDAY NIGHTS April 14, 2020-May 19, 2019
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

The medical model (approach) to extreme states; so-called “psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder” and other psychiatric labels, has for much too long dominated the mental health landscape. Now we have alternative views and ways to heal. This course is for all mental health professionals including social workers, counselors and peer support specialists. This course is for anyone interested in finding meanings and understanding of distressing experiences and 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 a video 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 CT.

Approved for 12 CEU’s by NASW/CT

This course is part of the West Hartford Leisure Series. To register, go to then click on Programs and enter Voices, Visions. For more information please e-mail
Working with the Military:
An Overview in Cultural Competence

Christopher Morse, LCSW, MVF-ASW

Friday, April 17, 2020

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Sacred Heart University, Martire Center for the Liberal Arts, 5481 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT,

This seminar satisfies the continuing education requirement for content on military members, veterans and their families or the cultural competence requirement.

As our Active Duty, Veterans and Military Families continue to provide us a sense of freedom that often costs them great sacrifice due to their selfless acts of service, it is incumbent upon Social Work professionals to provide  environments that are conducive to this populations’ well- being. Social Work practitioners, clinicians and educators encounter the families, children and soldiers on a regular basis throughout their professions. Whether it be interfacing in educational settings with the Veterans, children and caregivers of military families, providing health care, offering clinical services or the myriad of other services that social workers provide, it is imperative that we be as prepared as possible to meet their needs.  This seminar will provide the opportunity to better serve military members and families based on their unique needs and explore potential resources. 

In accordance to our understanding of the impact of culture in providing services, this seminar will also increase your conceptualization of the Veteran culture. Particularly, it will address the difficulty with readjustment to civilian life that both Veterans and Active Duty personnel encounter and the impact it has on their families. Social workers will be provided knowledge to engage planfully and respectfully.

5 CECs Approved by Sacred Heart University
35th Annual Conference
May 29, 2020

Mystic Marriott Hotel, Groton, CT

Join your colleagues for an amazing day of varied workshops, exhibitors with resources, networking, a wine and cheese reception, and great 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.


Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have partnered to offer Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education program for licensed mental health professionals interested in providing mental health care to people with diabetes and heart disease.

The program offers up to 12.0 CEUs from the ADA (approved by ASWB) in two parts: the first is a 7-hour in-person workshop on June 17 (7 CE), followed by a 5-hour online course (5 CE). As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the American Diabetes Association is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social workers completing this course receive 7 continuing education credits for the in person portion.

After completion of both portions, participants will be eligible to apply for a listing in the ADA Mental Health Provider Referral Directory and receive a complimentary one-year Associate membership in the ADA.

Topics include:
  • Diabetes overview and complications
  • Diabetes management including nutrition, exercise, medications and technology
  • The burden of diabetes, diabetes specific stressors and worries
  • What counselors can do, treatment of distress and depression, cultural considerations and the social determinants of health
  • Heart disease considerations will also be presented.

Speakers are Douglas Tynan Ph.D., Director of Integrated Health Care APA, Julie Wagner, Ph. D, UConn, Jeff Gonzalez, Ph.D., Yeshiva University, Matthew Burg, Ph.D., Yale.

Usual cost of the program is $295. It is being offered for $100 with sponsorship from CT Department of Public Health using support by funds from the CDC 1815 grant funds

Space is limited. Program is open to mental health providers who provide direct clinical care or counseling. Registration information to follow. To help with planning, if you are considering attending please contact

This program is sponsored by the CT Department of Public Health and is supported by funds from the CDC 1815 grant funds.