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Professional Development Workshops 

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You Can Eat From My Fork: Simple HIV Stigma Reduction Education and Strategies 

Social workers provide service to individuals diagnosed with and at risk for contracting HIV in clinical, case management and other direct practice settings. Learning to properly identify risk factors and well as learning to engage in non-stigmatizing interventions will help practitioners to be able to provide effective interventions and give guidance that is consistent with updated literature. According to the Centers for Disease control, in 2014, there were an estimated 37,600 new HIV infections—down from 45,700 in 2008. The purpose of this workshop is to help participants educate themselves about HIV risk and prevention so that they may be more helpful to their clients who are at risk for contracting HIV or may be living with HIV.  

Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders 

Social workers provide service to individuals with co-occurring disorders in clinical, case management and other direct practice settings. Learning to properly identify the presence of co-occurring disorders will help practitioners to be able to provide interventions that address the WHOLE client which in turn could encourage consumer participation in services and effectiveness of interventions. According to the Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health- Mental Illness, there were 7.9 million adults (age 18 or older) in the United States who met the criteria for co-occurring disorders. The purpose of this workshop is to help participants to understand the symptomology of some of the most common mental illness and substance use disorders and learn ways to offer interventions that will address the both disorders simultaneously. 

Intercultural Effectiveness: Embracing Diversity Through Effective Commuication

This training will raise personal cultural awareness and develop the intercultural competencies of professionals working in global and diverse communities. Participants will engage in discussion and exercises that explore the development and propagation of stereotypes, cross-cultural similarities and differences, and barriers to effective communication and cross-cultural learning

Reframing Resistance: Strategies to Reach Challenging Clients 

The general purpose of this training is to increase staff understanding, knowledge and proficiency in working with clients who present resistant behavior to  increase overall effectiveness in supporting clients toward recovery and self-sufficiency. Social workers provide service to individuals who may present with challenging behaviors that may impact service delivery  in clinical, case management and other direct practice settings. Learning to properly conceptualize and intervene with resistant behaviors increases the practitioners capacity to respond in ways that promote the dignity and worth of a person while increasing the client’s likelihood to remain engaged in services offered.

Partnering with Youth Through Transitions to Adulthood: A Team Approach

In 2014, 22,392 young adults transitioned out of foster care at the age of 18 (21 in some jurisdictions) and are expected to thrive without the support of a permanent home. Youth in this transition period are often afraid, confused and unequipped to face challenges that are an inevitable part of their transition to adulthood. In this presentation, professionals will learn effective partnering, conversation, and engagement strategies to help emerging adults to successfully transition out of the foster care system. 

 Professional Development Workshop Client List 

DC Coalition for the Homeless 

 Mickey Leland Halfway Back Program

AIDS Education and Training Center

 District of Columbia Public Schools

 Silver Spring Day School

NARA Easter Seals Child Development Center

Family Focused Treatment Association