Meet Dr. Scott Sells - Presenter of the Treating the Traumatized Child & Family Workshop
Dr. Scott Sells specializes in working with impossible or stuck cases, whose families have not been successful with other counselors. Over the past fourteen years, Dr. Sells has personally treated more than three hundred difficult children and has served as a consultant for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Dr. Sells shares that there are two things that can be happening in stuck or impossible cases. The first is a disconnect between a social worker’s training and what the family may need. For example, if you’re classically trained in individual therapy and this calls for full family therapy, it can pose some challenges.
The second involves the therapist going directly to “fix” the child based on accusations from parents. Dr. Sells works with you to learn ways to conduct a 360 view of the family in an effort to provide the caregivers with knowledge of how they are aiding in the family dynamic and how they can become strong advocates for their child. Dr. Sells shares that, "It’s not only a kid problem. By shifting the family viewpoint, the family can begin to see how all of their actions are interconnected."
Attendees of Scott's workshops will walk through a flow of phases the families are in, using interactive video to share real-life cases and providing you with a script for training on when/how to incorporate this special family approach. Dr. Sell's expresses that, "By revealing the undercurrents of what drives the family to get stuck, you can unravel the root drivers of deeper more long term solutions (unresolved grief, abandonment issues, etc.) By preparing and using a co-owner approach where parents have input into where they are in this process, all of the family members begin to resolve conflict."
Dr. Sells holds a Ph.D. in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work from Florida State University and he was a former Professor of Social Work at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA and Associate Professor at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV.
He has over 20 publications and has authored three books entitled: Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer Publishing, 2017), Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (Guilford Press, 1998) and Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (St. Martin’s Press, 2001).
In his free time, Scott enjoys hiking in Montana, writing, spending quality time with God, and being a husband to his wife, and parent to his twin boys: David and Jonathon.
This training meets the NASW-VA trauma informed care certification for required professional development, with your two-year renewal. 

This training meets the NASW-VA trauma informed care certification for required professional development, with your two-year renewal. Cohort 1 (Fall 2017) – December 16, 2019 - Cohort 2 (Spring 2018) – June 15, 2020.

Here is a sample of some of Dr. Sells training techniques. This a great article, with live audio examples of how his seminar can help you advance in family therapy.

Here is a summary of the seminar and of the book you receive by attending this fantastic workshop.
The NASW Virginia Chapter will host the the 2019 Annual Conference at a beautiful new venue, the Williamsburg Lodge! This is your organization's opportunity to partner with one of the largest associations of professional social workers and behavioral health professionals in Virginia.

The Annual Conference attracts over 350 social workers and other behavioral health and human services professionals. Our participant’s diversity of practice settings assures an appealing audience for organizations recruiting social work professionals, seeking referrals, or marketing products and services.

To discuss ways to customize a sponsorship to fit your organization's needs, or to simply ask questions about how to get involved in the 2019 Annual NASW-VA Conference, please contact:

Deadline Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NASW Virginia is requesting proposals for 1.5 hour or 3 hour workshops to be presented at the 2019 NASW-VA Annual Conference March 28-30 in Williamsburg, VA. The chapter is seeking presenters for intermediate (5-8 practice years experience) and advanced (8 or more practice years experience) in a diverse array of topics including but not limited to clinical, evidence-based practice, research and other skill based training for social workers in all practice settings including health care, case management, clinical, school, the elderly, LGBT and more.
The Annual Conference attracts over 350 social workers and other human service and behavioral health professionals. Attendees work in practice settings including clinical, agency, substance abuse and addiction, aging, school and more.
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As an NASW-VA member, you have access to so many great benefits and we have an exciting new one for you! We are proud to announce NASW-VA has partnered with Hotel Engine to offer our members a $25 credit toward their next hotel booking, August 1 through September 15, 2018! Hotel Engine is an invitation only hotel booking platform that saves its member an average 26% off 150k+ hotels worldwide.
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We are hiring a Full Time Social Worker ( LMSW or LCSW ) in the Richmond area.
Use your natural gifts and education to help patients and their families cope with the effects of kidney disease. Life on dialysis can be a difficult transition for many patients-and you'll be there to support and advocate for them. In this vital role, you will help patients understand their rights and responsibilities, and guide them in managing the physical, mental, emotional and financial demands of End Stage Renal Disease.
If you love patient-centered health care with real relationships inside a company that encourages fun on and off the clock, then DaVita is the place for you.

Please call or Email Natasha Jones : 850-803-3366 or apply online below
These trainings focus on simple and effective self-regulation techniques for clinicians to use to help increase resiliency and decrease effects of trauma. Join us for a blend of experiential and didactic learning about trauma, resiliency and how yoga can help you and your clients become more resilient, understand trauma and create compassionate connection! 

You will receive:
18 CEs (4 Ethics CEs) approved by NASW-NC, NBCC & APA 

Fall Dates: 
Level 1 - Richmond, VA: September 14th
Level 2 - Richmond, VA: September 15-16th

To register and for more information go to:
LCSW or LPC (In-Patient)
Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks experienced licensed or license eligible clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis. Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues. Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting. 

Virginia license is preferred. Two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents is preferred. Residential experience is preferred. 

Highly competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place. Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required. Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2018-4                                                                           
Fax: (434) 634-6237  

The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center is accepting applications for a full-time Bilingual Mental Health Clinician . Applicants should have a Master’s degree in social work with clinical experience in the program, or Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, or other relevant behavioral science in which direct clinical experience is a program requirement, or a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years clinical employment experience. Must be licensed or eligible for licensure. Preferred applicants will have experience working with delinquent or maladjusted youth in a residential setting, or experience in the mental health or social work field. Apply at or contact us at 540-213-0245.

Location: Springfield Virginia (working remotely is an option)
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Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
August 24 th  & 25 th , 2018
“Integrated Treatment for Eating Disorders”
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The SEED Conference
Attn: Ruth Ann Rigby
1147 Hilda Drive
Jackson, MS. 39213
15 CE contact hours offered
Exhibitor and Sponsorships are available!!

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that impact individuals and their loved ones.
This year’s conference will focus on “Integrated Treatment for Eating Disorders”. 
Be a part of an evolution in understanding and treating Eating Disorders.
You will hear current experts in eating disorders, including those with specialization
In evidence–based treatments and innovative treatments. We invite you to join us for
this information-packed event and earn CE’s when you attend.
Who Should Attend?
Physicians, Psychologists, Therapists, Dietitians, Nurses, and any other Mental Health Professional
who work with individuals and families with eating disorders. 

Job Title: Senior Trainer
Location: Springfield Virginia (working remotely is an option)
Alteristic seeks dynamic and charismatic public speaker with leadership skills. Alteristic is a mission-driven organization dedicated to the reduction of violence. Senior Trainer will provide consultation, training, and curriculum development on research-informed prevention strategies for a variety of audiences. 50% travel. Work remotely is option. Visit .

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