North Carolina, US

NC Chapter - 2019 Spring Workshop “All in the Family: Group Work with Families”

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Registration; Coffee/Tea 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Where: UNC Greensboro Anna M. Gove Student Health Center
107 Gray Drive Greensboro,

NC 27412 (*see parking info below)

The #MeToo movement acts as a reminder of the power in shared experiences. The simple words, “Me too” suggests understanding, support, and hope. Multiple-Family Group Therapy harnesses the experience and wisdom of families working together to overcome obstacles and thrive. Join us in an exploration of this treatment modality, from conceptualization to in-vivo techniques. Continuing Education: 4.0 Contact hours (certificates of attendance)

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Past Events

2018 Spring Symposium: “Freshening Up Your Group Work: Tools and Techniques” at NC State University, North Campus

Workshop One: “Mindfulness: What Just Happened?” - Enjoy this interactive, collaborative, experiential workshop.  We will explore creative techniques to invigorate groups.  Mindfulness/being in the present moment will be practiced to help deepen the group experience. Presenter: Susan Gale Orovitz, PhD, CGP

Workshop Two: “Fostering Engagement:  Reflections from a Psychoeducational Dual Diagnosis Group with Women in Recovery” - This talk will outline the goals, process, and concepts that have evolved through the presenter’s experience developing a Dual Diagnosis group for clients at UNC Horizons. UNC Horizons serves pregnant and parenting women who are in recovery from substance addition. The Dual Diagnosis group is part of Horizons’ Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program. Presenter: Selden Holt, MSW, LCSW

2017 Fall Conference: Group Work and Ethics: Mindfulness Practice with Groups through the Lifespan 

Chapter member, Roberta Wallace, MSW, LCSW clinical social worker at Duke University Health System in the area of Solid Organ Transplant, has invited NC Chapter members, Chris Toenes, MSW, LCSW and April Parker, MSW, LCSW to speak at a continuing education session for the Duke Health System Clinical Social Work staff on October 11, 2017. The topic will be “Mindfulness Practice with Groups through the Lifespan.”  The chapter is also working on plans for a local fall group work conference.  

UNC faculty, alumni host group work symposium (March 14, 2017)

The N.C. Chapter of the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) held its spring 2017 symposium, titled “Mindfulness Across the Life Span” on the campus of N.C. State University on March 4.

April Parker, MSW ’11, presented a workshop on “Mindfulness Practice Implications with Child and Geriatric Groups.” Parker, the chapter’s professional development and program chair is a social worker at Central Regional Hospital. She also has a private practice and does clinical supervision. David Orovitz, LCSW, Parker’s former supervisor at Central Regional and now a full-time Tai Chi instructor joined Parker for part of the workshop to lead a demonstration on how Tai Chi and Qigong exercises can be adapted for persons with physical or cognitive limitations.

Chris Toenes, LCSW, an alum of N.C. State presented an experiential workshop on “Practicing Mindfulness for Substance Use Disorder Relapse Prevention and Long-Term Recovery.” Toenes is a therapist at TROSA and facilitates groups on recovery and grief and loss. Dr. Karen Bluth, presented the final workshop of the day on “Teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Adolescents.” Dr. Bluth holds a faculty position in the Program on Integrative Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and runs many mindful self-compassion groups with adolescents and adults.

“This was an outstanding conference and definitely one of our best so far,” said Anne Jones, clinical professor at UNC’s School of Social Work and chapter chair. “All the presenters were outstanding.”

Jones, along with School clinical assistant professor Marilyn Ghezzi, and Willa Casstevens from N.C .State’s Department of Social Work, started the state chapter of IASWG four years ago. The chapter is open to any practitioner interested in group work. The group plans to continue growing its membership by offering online webinars in addition to two workshops per year.

By Anne Jones, clinical professor. To view original web article, click here.