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Social Work CE


Mental health professionals are called to understand a range of issues impacting human development and interpersonal functioning. Remaining competent practitioners requires engaging in professional development and continuing education that is relevant, empirically rooted and experiential.

The Social Work Department in cooperation with McDaniel College's Graduate and Professional Studies Program will be offering five continuing education workshops during the summer semester 2013. These workshops will be taught by members of the teaching faculty in the Social Work department with expertise in their chosen topics. The workshops are ideal for licensed social workers, LCPC's, licensed psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Eating...A Complicated Issue in a Fat–Phobic Culture

Friday, May 31, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hill Hall, Room 110 (#17 on the campus map)
Instructor: Catherine Orzolek–Kronner, PhD, LCSW–C

This workshop describes the complexity of eating in a culture that strives to look starved. Eating disorders have been a paramount problem in adolescent and young adult women for almost 50 years, and the problem is continuing to grow and spread across genders, races, ethnicities and ages. This workshop will review diagnostic criteria related to eating disorders, a historical overview, theoretical underpinnings, and treatment interventions. Case studies will be examined and participants will be encouraged to bring questions, observations and insights into the afternoon discussion.

Course Objectives:

  • Accurately identify the diagnostic criteria for Eating Disorders according to the DSM IV–TR and utilize screen tools for identifying eating disorders
  • Understand the social, historical and cultural influences that impact the development, recognition and treatment of eating disorders in the United States
  • Have a working knowledge of several of the theoretical constructs that can be used to understand the formation of eating disorders and interventions commonly implemented
  • Identify various treatment options for use in practice with clients
Ask Me My Story: Working with Race, Culture and Difference in Helping Relationships

Part I
Friday, June 14, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hill Hall, Room 110 (#17 on the campus map)
Instructor: Heidi Huber, LCSW–C

Part II
Friday, August 16, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Merritt Hall (formally Academic Hall), Room 300 (#9 on the campus map)
Instructor: Heidi Huber, LCSW–C

Newly expanded for this year–now a 2 day offering! Participants can take Part 1, Part 2 or both. Being "color blind" is NOT the goal! When helping professionals fail to appropriately explore the multiple aspects of social identity such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, etc., progress can be significantly thwarted. This course will explore critical concepts and strategies in working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, particularly those who are culturally different from oneself. These social identity factors shape our lives and the lives of the individuals, families, and groups with whom we work. It is essential that we understand the dynamics of power, oppression, and privilege associated with various social identity groups and the ways in which these dynamics can manifest in helping relationships. This course involves the clinical application of knowledge and skills in the following areas: how to address the client's cultural/social identity factors during the initial assessment process, consideration of how a client's life experiences and treatment issues may be informed by social identity factors, culturally relevant treatment interventions, the realities of ethnocultural transference and countertransference, using racial identity development models, "windows of opportunity" for broaching issues of cultural/social identity, ideas for how to broach the topic, and the importance of utilizing supervision, case conferencing, and other mechanisms for supporting our goals of providing culturally relevant practice. Experiential activities and case material will be used to enrich the learning process.

Course Objectives:

  • To increase participants' self–awareness regarding their own sociocultural identity factors, personal biases, and how these affect their clinical work.
  • To improve ideas for exploring how the client's life experiences have been informed and impacted by social identity factors such as culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender, and social class, including the psychosocial stressors of exposure to discrimination and social inequality as well as being the source of assets and strengths.
  • To increase understanding of how our prevailing theories and practice models in social work and other helping professions reflect a bias of dominant groups and are not adequate for meeting the diverse needs of many populations.
  • To identify opportunities for receiving support and consultation on the goal of culturally relevant practice.
DSM 5: What's It All Mean?

Friday, July 19, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Merritt Hall (Academic Hall), Room 109 (#9 on the campus map)
Instructor: Michelle L. Young, LCSW-C

After much anticipation and wait, the American Psychological Association is releasing the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM 5) in May 2013. There are significant changes with regards to how diagnoses are rendered, categories of disorders that are being redesigned as well as additions and deletions. This workshop will serve as a brief overview to these changes as a way to help mental health professionals become familiar with the newest DSM as well as beginning to incorporate it into their practice.

Course Objectives:

  • Summarize the new DSM–5© organizational structure
  • Develop a better understanding of the changes from the DSM IV–TR
  • Examine the DSM–5®'s expanded and comprehensive approach to suicide and self–injury
  • Incorporate a working knowledge of the new emphasis on functional assessment
  • Explore the possible implications for the new criteria including those groups who might be negatively impacted
When the Body is the Battlefield: Understanding Self–Harm

Friday, August 2, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Merritt Hall (Academic Hall), Room 109 (#9 on the campus map)
Instructor: Heidi Huber, LCSW–C

The complex phenomenon of self harming/self–injurious behavior often engenders discomfort, fear, frustration, disgust and helplessness in those of us responsible for providing support and intervention. These issues are presenting with increased frequency and in a wide variety of settings, and clinicians, educators, and other helping professionals must arm themselves with appropriate information and skills. This course will explore how self harm functions as a form of communication, a maladaptive coping strategy, self–punishment, and even the re–enactment of trauma. Warning signs and prevention will be discussed as well as intervention strategies such as increasing ability to tolerate emotional experiences, mind–body techniques, nonverbal strategies like alternative sensory experiences, art, journaling, and movement, and the critical use of the therapeutic relationship. Considerations for group and family treatment modalities will be covered as well as the often confusing dynamics between self harm and suicidality, other self destructive behaviors, and disordered personality and relationship patterns. Self harm seems to be permeating our culture at an alarming rate, with our youth being most at risk. This course aims to empower participants with concrete ways to respond to the crisis and renewed hope for helping the wounds to heal.

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate greater self–awareness of his/her feelings and assumptions about self injury and those who engage in it
  • Understand the social and cultural shifts in nature of self injurious behaviors over time
  • Identify some of the key characteristics of self–injurious behaviors and those who engage in it
  • Discuss some of the reasons people engage in self–injurious behaviors
  • Understand the connections between self–injury and other psychological factors such as suicide, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, borderline personality disorder
  • Feel more confident in talking with individuals about their self injurious behaviors
  • Identify at least 4 warning signs of self–injurious behaviors
  • Describe several aspects of the treatment process for self injurious behaviors
  • Describe the brain’s neurochemical response to pain and how this contributes to the addictive patterns of self injury
  • Identify several important guidelines for how family and friends respond to a disclosure of self injury and provide ongoing support


Registration Details

Social Workers, Licensed Counselors, LCPC’s and Psychologists in MD and PA can earn 6.0 Category I CEUs per workshop for attending. If you wish to earn Category I CEUs for this event, please be sure to check "yes" to CEUs and select your appropriate occupation on the registration form. If you are not in one of these professions, or do not wish to receive Category I CEUs, be sure to check "no" on the registration form.

Download the Registration Form (PDF)

To submit your registration, please follow the instructions in the "Registration Information" section found at the bottom of the PDF registration form above.  Please be sure to select all of the workshops you are planning to attend.

Payment Instructions

Payment information can be found in the "Payment Information" section on the PDF registration form.  Payment should be made in a lump sum for all workshops you are registering for.

McDaniel Alumni:  $90.00 per workshop
Non-McDaniel Alumni:  $120.00 per workshop

Pay Online:

  1. After completing the registration, you may access the online payment system by clicking here
  2. Type “Social Work CE” in the “Invoice #” line of the form
  3. If you are paying with someone else’s credit card or registering someone else with your credit card, add the attendees name in the “description” line
  4. Type your birth date in MM/DD/YY format in the “McDaniel Student ID” line of the form

Pay by Check:

Checks should be made payable to "McDaniel College" and mailed to:
Pat Tyler
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157


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