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2021 Spring Online Workshop “Recognizing, Preventing and Managing Vicarious Traumatization in Group Work”

Helping professionals are on the front lines of response to emergencies and traumatic events. Vicarious traumatization is one of the potential risks that come with our profession. Often, one of the barriers to treating vicarious trauma is identification of symptoms. Destigmatizing vicarious trauma among professionals is an additional critical need. This interactive 3-hour workshop will discuss strategies to detect and prevent vicarious traumatization among social workers and allied professionals engaged in group work. Attendees will receive a certificate indicating 3 hours of attendance.

Saturday, May 1st, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Registration Rates: 

  • IASWG Members - Free
  • Non-IASWG Members - $30 
  • Students, who are not IASWG members - $10 

For more information or with questions, please contact [email protected]

How to Register:

  • IASWG members, please email [email protected] to complete your registration and receive the workshop's zoom link.
  • Non-IASWG members, please select either regular or student below and click the yellow Buy Now button to complete your registration. After registering, you will be sent the Zoom link.
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Presenter: Erum Agha, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW
Erum Agha received her Ph.D in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Medicine at UNC-CH. Erum has practice experience with refugees, immigrants and rural and urban populations in community-based, clinical and research settings. Her research, practice and service interests are focused on social justice and interventions for individuals who may be living with undiagnosed and untreated trauma. She is currently examining the presentation of trauma in the context of culture and development of culturally relevant interventions specific to the unique needs of resettled refugee women and their families. She holds committee and task force memberships with national and humanitarian organizations and is actively contributing to global projects addressing the mental health needs of refugee and migrant populations. 


Past North Carolina Workshops

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
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). View full program description.
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 
UNC faculty, alumni host group work symposium (March 14, 2017) | 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.  
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.