October 2022 CE Blast

CT/NY October/November Webinars

The CT and NYS chapters' innovative project to expand the CEC-approved webinars offered through CT NASW continues. This collaboration between chapters, the first of its kind amongst NASW chapters, will bring NYS sponsored continuing education webinars to CT social workers. These CECs are accepted in Connecticut for licensure renewal.

In October, we are offering:

Social Anxiety: An Integrative-Expressive CBT Approach for Cultivation Social Efficacy & Self-Confidence

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 9:00AM-12:00PM EST

Social Anxiety is a significantly limiting anxiety disorder which impacts social functioning and social growth over the lifespan. For people with social anxiety disorder, daily social interactions trigger anxiety, fear, and self-consciousness. Like most anxiety disorders, persons with social anxiety disorder may be trapped in a cycle of anxiety and avoidance. Most progress over one’s life requires skillful social engagement – interviewing, networking, dating, or attending college. This unique course will offer an integrative – expressive approach in working through social fears through CBT Exposure therapy integrated with expressive techniques to help cultivate an authentic social style to engage with the world in a way that honors temperament and personal needs for solitude.

Approved for 3 CECs by NASW/CT

CT Members / $31 ~ Non-members / $76

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Video Game Addiction and How It Interrupts Psychobiological Time

Friday, October 28, 2022 | 9:00AM-12:00PM EST

Video games have become rampant in all sectors of society and usage usually begins now in early childhood, increasing over time. The times of quarantine and other restrictions due to COVID-19 have only augmented the presence of video games in our society, and this increase continues to this day. Since the advent of widespread use of video games has been so recent in the timeline of our evolution, we are only now just realizing the full negative potential they can convey.

The effects of video game addiction are twofold. First, one must cope with the actual effects of addiction. The mechanisms of addiction and recovery will be explored in this workshop, and a road map given for living a life free of video game addiction. The second aspect is how video games propel the player to a very high-level of engagement of physiology in all the senses. Our biology and physiology are not geared to the pace of these pursuits. After the thrill of video games, everything else is a “let down” and is boring; the pace of normal life appears much too slow, destroying everything else. Normal biological rhythms are disrupted completely. This aspect of gaming must be faced and dealt with in order for full recovery to occur.

As video game addiction parallels with social media addiction, this workshop will seek to educate practitioners on all forms of video and other internet addictions. It will explore how these addictions may be affecting clients of all ages and backgrounds, interpret the counter- transferential impact this type of addiction may have on practitioners, and offer practical insights into how to address this widespread affliction. Participants can expect to be informed about all features of video game addiction and emerge with an action plan to address these problems. 

Approved for 3 CECs  by NASW/CT

CT Members / $31 ~ Non-members / $76

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In November we are offering:

Improving Social Skills in Children and Youth

Tuesday, November 1, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides healthcare professionals with practical tools to guide children in gaining social competence. Highlighting the benefits and advantages to having well-developed social skills and demonstrating the difficulties and challenges that arise from a lack of these crucial skills, this course will provide practical tools that teachers and therapists can employ to guide children to overcome their difficulties in the social realm and gain social competence. While there are hundreds of important social skills for students to learn, this course will highlight various aspects of social skills that children must master to have normative, healthy relationships with the people they encounter every day. This course provides tools and suggestions that, with practice and support, can assist them in managing their social skills deficits to function in society and nurture relationships with the peers and adults in their lives. 

Approved for 3 CECs by NASW/CT

CT Members / $31 ~ Non-members / $76

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Introduction to Tapping:

A Self-Regulation, Stress Anxiety, And Trauma Relief Method

Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Now, more than ever, skill development programs that help with anxiety, impulsivity, and focus are essential tools to create lasting positive change desperately needed. In this practical and hands-on program, you learn self-regulation Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or Tapping, neuroscience, and evidence-based self-regulating stress, anxiety, and trauma relief method. It’s called Tapping because you Tap with your own fingertips on Acupuncture Meridian Points on your face and body. Clinical trials have shown that EFT lowers the stress response and reduces the emotional impact of past traumatic memories while positively influencing gene expression.

In this introduction skill development workshop, you will discover why you need a mind-body approach like Tapping in your toolkit and how it will help you and your clients self-regulate and lower anxiety and trauma triggers. You will briefly learn the neuroscience that supports EFT’s effectiveness with information from leading trauma experts like Drs. Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, and Stephen Porges (Poly Vagal Theory).

Approved for 3 CECs by NASW/CT

CT Members / $31 ~ Non-members / $76

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AARP/CT and StoryCorps Present Listening Out Loud:

A Celebration of LGBTQIA+ Voices

October 13, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This 1-hour session offers the participant an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community now by hearing stories from individuals that focus on their experiences with health care and changes – and sometimes lack of changes - in health equity from early 1980’s to 2022. This session also focuses on creating safe spaces within your organizations, agencies and communities that can spur positive change for an individual in a way that is more supportive of their values and identity.

1 Cultural Competency CEC approved by NASW/CT

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The Assumptions We Hold:

Rethinking Commonly Held Beliefs among Elder Justice Professionals

October 18, 2022, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join the Coalition for Elder Justice in CT (CEJC), AARP CT and attendees from around the country for this FREE, virtual symposium taking place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 1:30PM ET. This event is a collaboration between the CEJC and AARP CT to offer you professional development training and trending, global information from our esteemed speaking program. This year’s symposium theme Inclusion, Integration & Innovation tackle issues on Ageism & Exploitation, Social Integration Impact on Health Equity, Successful Digital Inclusion Models and Consumer Insights Driving Innovation.

1.5 Cultural Competency CECs approved by NASW/CT

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Virtual U: Faith in the Neighborhood Series

October 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dating and Weddings

November 16, 2022, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Ten Buildings: What Goes On In There?

Religious diversity is all around; in these sessions you will learn about the scope of religious diversity in the US and how it shows up in our neighborhoods. Join us as we welcome esteemed educators from the Hartford International University for the last two sessions offered in this series focused on interreligious engagement and understanding culture and customs threaded throughout our country. Attendees walk away with knowledge of good practices for navigating the multifaith neighborhood and how to start the conversation. 

Both are approved for 1 Cultural Competency CEC by NASW/CT

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Protecting Veterans & Families by AARP CT

November 15, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Veterans and their families often deal with unique challenges when it comes to consumer fraud protection, financial resilience and connecting to earned benefits. Providing support and education to those that serve them and to the population as a whole is vital to help them meet their needs. Presenters, Troy Broussard, Senior Advisor, AARP, Veterans & Military Families Initiative, Carol Kando-Pineda, Counsel, from the Federal Trade Commission to offer this training designed specifically for professionals working in the elder justice and veteran’s space.

Approved for 1 Veterans Service and Cultural Competency CEC by NASW/CT

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Live Webinars for Social Workers
Approved for CECs

Live webinars:

In-person seminars at the Hartford Campus – all in-person seminar meet 9:30 am – 4 pm


Functional Behavior Assessment Series - Register for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 live webinars

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*Program provides at least 1 hour of content on cultural competence.

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Treating Cancer-Related Distress

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

**This conference will be offered both in-person and virtual**

For in-person attendance will be held at Gaylord Hospital-Chauncey Pavilion in Wallingford, CT


Dr. Jennifer Kilkus, PhD, ABPP Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Shannon Mazur, DO, MA Psychiatrist and

Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine


The objectives of this presentation are:

1. Define cancer and common cancer risk factors

2. Define cancer-related distress and the most common psychological and physical contributors to cancer-related distress

3. Describe common biopsychosocial risk factors for cancer-related distress

4. Describe evidence-based psychological and psychopharmacological interventions for treating cancer-related distress

5. Apply these risk factors and interventions using clinical case examples.


This program has been approved for 3 CEC’s by NASW/CT

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A Shimmering Landscape:

The Actual and the Imaginative in Psychic Life

October 21, 2022

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Online Event

The poet Elizabeth Bishop’s grandmother had a glass eye. The glass eye often looked heaven-ward, or off at an angle, while the real eye looked directly at you. Bishop’s grandmother’s bifurcated gaze is a useful metaphor for the inherent strain involved in coming to terms with reality, distinct from what psychoanalysis commonly describes as conflict between reality and pleasure. We neither simply “see” an objective reality nor invent a subjective one.

2 CECs approved by NASWCT

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