Pre-Symposium Institutes

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Field Instruction Workshop 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (9:30am - 12:30pm ET)
Presenter: Urania Glasssman

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 the supervisory process, 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 (3 CE Contact Hours), and has no registration fee for social work field instructors who supervise students.  


Introduction to Social Group Work:  A Sampling of Theory and Best Practices

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (10:00am - 12:00pm ET)
Presenters: Dana Grossman Leeman & Sari Skolnik

This institute is designed for students and practitioners who are in need of foundational group work concepts and approaches or a refresher. We will explore the concept of Mutual Aid, best practices for identifying and fostering mutual aid in groups, as well as review intervention strategies. We will address group work in online and as a unique and challenging form of telehealth that creates access to community, belonging, and universality at a time when it is most needed. The Institute offers 2 hours of continuing education contact hours (2 CE Contact Hours), and has a $30 registration fee.


Building Mutual Aid in Groups with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations (LIVE ONLY) 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (1:30pm - 4:30pm ET)
Presenter: Alex Gitterman

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 contact hours (3 CE Contact Hours), and has a $50 registration fee ($30 for students). Note: This session will not be recorded.


More than Ice Breakers: How to Use Activity in Group Work to Enhance Mutual Aid

Thursday, June 18, 2020 (9:30am - 12:30pm ET)
Presenter: Jennifer Clements

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 contact hours (3 CE Contact Hours), and has a $30 registration fee. 


Integrating Evidenced-Based Practices Into Mutual Aid Support Groups: The Science and Art of Practice

Thursday, June 18, 2020 (1:30pm - 4:30pm ET)
Presenter: Lawrence Shulman

This session will address integrating science and art in social group work practice, including how to incorporate elements from evidenced-based group work models to enhance our artistry rather than restricting it. Social work has a history of successful group work practice using different orientations such as mutual aid. The emergence of prescriptive evidenced-based practice models, mostly developed by other professions, suggests a false dichotomy between "science" and "art". This presentation, through lecture and discussion, addresses how we can integrate strategies from evidenced-based practice models while maintaining both the core of social group work practice and the unique aspects of the role of social work in our society. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education contact hours (3 CE Contact Hours), and has a $50 registration fee ($30 for students)