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More than Ice Breakers: How to Use Activity in Group Work to Enhance Mutual Aid
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Clements, PhD & Dr. Kathleen Walsh, PhD
(Wednesday, June 5th from 9:30AM - 12:30PM) Join in this interactive and fun session and fill your facilitation toolbox with group-oriented, experiential techniques to inspire and motivate participants, create a supportive and positive learning environment and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue. Be ready to build on group work theory to better identify key components to improve group functioning that will break down perceived barriers and unconscious bias. Learn strategies to provide high-quality experiential education for diverse groups, help learners make connections between their educational experiences and real life situations to take responsibility for their learning and development and strengthen skills that will enhance group functioning, maximize outcomes and reduce barriers. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education (3 CEUs), and has a $30 registration fee.

Field Instructors’ Workshop: Challenges in Student Supervision
Presenter: Dr. Urania (Ronnie) Glassman, PhD

(Wednesday, June 5th from 9:30AM to 12:30 PM) The interaction between supervisor and supervisee can generate challenges. Good communication and relational processes are vital for a successful supervisory relationship. When they are ignored or not addressed skillfully, the learning process can go astray. The facilitator of this session will focus on the opportunities and challenges that arise during supervision, including the supervision of group work. The methods and skills required to achieve effective supervision will be addressed. The seminar format will include presentation, discussion, and role-play. Practice examples will be drawn from the participants’ supervisory practice. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education (3CEUs), and has no registration fee for social work field instructors who supervise students.

Mutual Aid Institute: Building Mutual Aid in Groups with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations
Presenter: Dr. Alex Gitterman, PhD
​(Wednesday, June 5th from 1:30PM to 4:30PM) Mutual aid is the primary rationale for the development of group services. By their very nature, group mutual aid systems universalize individual issues, reduce isolation, and mitigate stigma through their powerful yet subtle interpersonal processes. Through presentation, discussion, and role-plays, attendees will connect knowledge, methods, and skills of group development to assist groups in building mutual support and dealing with dysfunctional interpersonal processes such as withdrawing, testing, scapegoating, and monopolizing. Using the backdrop of time (preliminary, beginning, middle and termination phases), the social worker’s skills in helping group members to help each other will be emphasized. These concepts will be applied to various types of groups (curriculum, task, social, problem-solving, etc.). The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education (3 CEUs), and has a $50 registration fee.