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Breaking Stigma: What if We Treated Substance Use Disorders Like Other Chronic Illnesses?
This presentation will take a multifaceted approach to breaking stigma regarding Substance Use Disorders (SUD) including Opioid Use Disorders. We will begin with an exercise to address how personal experiences and language affect our perception of the brain disorder. We will briefly look at historical perspectives that clouds our view of Substance Use Disorders. This stigma both affects how we deliver care and why persons with these disorders do not access treatment at the same rate of other chronic illnesses. To the extent that knowledge changes attitudes and stigma we will briefly explore the science of Substance Use Disorders as brain disorders. We will examine the accepted definition of Substance Use Disorders and basic neuroscience. In this process, we will compare SUD to other chronic illness. Knowledge is often not sufficient for change as we look to a model of how we might provide care for others. Motivational Interviewing is an Evidence Based Practice that improves outcome for those with SUD. Within the practice of Motivational Interviewing is the SPIRIT of Motivational Interviewing. Adopting the SPIRIT challenges us to reduce stigma. The elements of the SPIRIT of Motivational Interviewing are Partnership, Acceptance, Compassion, and Evocation. Time permitting, we will engage in an exercise regarding our values exercise. The last portion of this session will be based on how stigma affects many aspects of the care that is provided with individuals with SUD. We will discuss the treatment that is available and what may be in limited supply because of stigma. We will briefly explore how stigma possibly affects NAS, access to Medication Assisted Treatment, and practice of harm reduction strategies.
Utilizing Motivational Interviewing To Manage “Discord” In Client Interaction
The workshop will be a facilitated learning process. It will combine Power Point didactic information with skills training. The participants will be asked to participate in the practice of these skills as a way to be able to implement then in their daily care.
Social Workers in Action
This panel will discuss the practical delivery of the System of Care within our region with a focus on providing a trauma informed delivery system. Evansville, Indiana has hosted the Southwestern Regional System of Care for the last 6 years. Called FACES (Families and Communities Embracing Successes) the consortium of more than 25 community organizations meets monthly to uniquely support family needs, addresses communication silos and supports community professional development and education relevant to child and adolescent mental health.
Brain Injury is a Family Affair: Supporting Families of People with Brain Injuries
By Jean Capler
Brain injury can affect a person cognitively, physically and emotionally, leading to vocational, relational and financial impacts. But families are also affected and often have no support to understand and adapt to the changes in their family member. Proper supports improve family adaptation to brain injury and long term outcomes.
Motivational Interviewing: Engaging Clients in a Conversation about Change
By Chad Connor
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a method for exploring and enhancing readiness for change with clients. The congruence of social work values and MI is discussed. Participants will observe a demonstration of MI, understand its applications, briefly practice some of its concepts and learn how to develop proficiency in MI.
Introduction to Social Work Practice and Client Sexual Issues
This presentation offers a one-hour session providing social workers an increased understanding and appreciation of human sexuality and sexual issues with clients. The session is introductory in nature and is focused toward an intermediate level of practice.
Community Collaboration and Best Practices with Traumatized Youth
System of Care agency involvement in assisting youth with trauma practically and sensitively will be discussed. The panel will discuss roles and the processes essential to supporting families with trauma history and steps needed to ensure appropriate care. Best practices essential to SOC, working with multi problem families and methodology used to avoid a duplication of services as well as enhance service matching and communication between professional will be addressed.
Ethical Issues in Multiculturally Competent Practice
This presentation will focus on multicultural competency, the relationship between multicultural competency and social justice, and the relevance of these issues for avoiding causing harm to those whom we serve. Participants will be encouraged to consider core values and reflect on how these relate to ethical practice, particularly regarding care provided to historically marginalized groups.
By completing the program, participants will able to:
Using Technology and Social Media in Social Work Practice
Are we preparing students for the field? This interactive workshop will provide information on current trends in the use of technology and social media in social service agencies. Participants will have opportunity to discuss current technological and social media needs, as well as learn how technology and social media are being integrated into the social work classroom.
The NAS Epidemic: Preserving the Dignity and Worth of Mother and Baby
This interactive workshop is appropriate for practitioners at the micro and macro level. It will provide best-practice information to novice clinicians and challenge firmly-held beliefs of those with many years of experience to think critically about meeting the needs of pregnant and parenting clients. Current policies will be reviewed as well as advocacy strategies for clinical and community-based practitioners.
Mindfulness and Cognitive Defusion Skills for Managing Difficult Thoughts
By John Paulson
This workshop will explore evolving views from the third-wave contextual Cognitive-Behavior Therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) on the nature of thinking and its role in psychotherapy. Participants will practice strategies for working with challenging self-talk and core beliefs.
Upon completing this workshop participants will be able to:
Trauma Related Disorders: Treatment Considerations and Strategies
By Marie Pease
Trauma is the emotional response a person has to an extremely negative event. Although trauma is a normal reaction to a horrible event, the effects can be so severe that they interfere with an individual’s ability to live a normal life. Individuals who have experienced events as traumas may develop intense or unpredictable feelings, changes to thoughts and behavior, sensitivity to environmental factors, strained interpersonal relationships and stress-related physical symptoms (American Psychological Association, 2016). This presentation will explore the impact of trauma and ensuing related disorders and will provide participants with evidence based treatment options & prevention strategies.
Understanding Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs
By Sam Preston
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers play a vital role in the safety and well being of consumers who are in acute or chronic crisis. Because of their unique role it is important for other service providers to understand this role and have a working knowledge of their abilities and limitations.
Whats NEW in Addiction Treatment for 2018 and the Future- Everything Old is NEW Again
By Lisa Seif
This workshop will be interactive and informative. We will be discussing new "best practices" as well as strengths based interventions and trends. Addiction has earned its seat at the table; and, we need to not only know but understand how to address, treat, and empower the individual and their family. This has become its own culture!
We will discuss strategies, experiences and outcomes. A diverse panel of recovering folks and their families will share their experiences of what works and what hurts!
Prepare to Laugh! Listen! and Learn!
Engagement and Ongoing Work with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims
By Whitney Weir
Motivational Interviewing like with many other areas has proven to be effective when working with young women who have experience sex trafficking and exploitation. This presentation will review MI and Stages of Change and offer concrete examples for use with DMST victims.
Human Trafficking in the TriState: Victimology & Identification
By Whitney Weir
Human trafficking is a growing crime here in the Tristate, across the country, and around the world. In the last several years more victims of trafficking are being identified by law enforcement, service providers and community members due to increased education. This presentation will discuss what human trafficking is, victimology and how to identify and then report cases of human trafficking.
Ethics, the First Amendment, and Social Justice Advocacy after Jemele Hill’s Suspension
By Scott Wylie
ESPN reporter Jamele Hill is just one of the high profile users of social media who have encountered trouble with their employer for engaging in social justice advocacy. This session will consider the ethics of social media use as well as the cdonstitutional protections for speech and advocacy.