Past Continuing Education and Resources
2014 - 2015


Motivational Interviewing: Helping Our Clients Change
Jesse Berg, MSW, LMSW
March 14th, 2015

Jesse Berg, the Executive Director of the Missouri Society for Clinical Social Work, supervisor at the Crider Health Center and aspiring MINT member presented on Motivational Interviewing based on Miller and Rollnick’s 3rd edition. Jesse reviewed the 4 processes of MI, how to work with change talk and how to support clients in making lasting behavioral changes using an empathetic and evocative approach. 

Missouri Social Work Licensure Issues: Committee for Social Work
Tom Reichard
February 14th, 2015

Tom Reichard, Executive Director of the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers reviewed the processes, rules and statutes of Missouri social work licensure. Many questions and comments from membership were addressed. Tom provided attendees with several resources and steps for further learning on the subject of state licensure.

Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Violence 
Michelle Schiller-Baker
January 10th, 2015

Participants will gained a foundational understanding of the prevalence of violence against women and why it happens. The presentation also touched on why men batter, what methods men use to control women and how abused women respond to the abuse.  Same sex domestic violence was discussed.vInformation about what services St. Martha’s Hall provides was also be discussed.

Beyond the Studio: Yoga as Part of Trauma Treatment
Kate Upshur, MSW, LCSW, RYT
Dec.13th, 2014

This class provided an overview of Trauma Sensitive Yoga as developed at the Trauma Center in Boston. Participant learned ways that the body can act as a tool for healing. There was a short Trauma Sensitive Yoga class at the end of this presentation.

Assessing for Lethality & Crating Safety Plans with Youth & Young Adults
Gary Behrman, PhD, LCSW 
Nov.8th, 2014

This workshop provided basic tools for assessing levels of lethality and creating safety plans when clients present with depression, bipolar, addictions, and other mood disorders. A template was provided along with clinical strategies to lower the risks for lethality. Opportunities for dialogue was provided.



Using Mediation and Collaborative Practice in Divorce and Family Disputes
Yvonne Homeyer, J.D. 
Oct.11th, 2014

Yvonne Homeyer presented on the Collaborative Practice model.Mental health professionals often serve as the mediator or as a co-mediator. In the collaborative practice model, mental health professionals are an integral part of the collaborative team, serving as either a divorce coach or a child specialist.

News Article Witten by Presenter on Topic
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It's the End of the World as We Know It and We Feel Fine: Changes Coming to Clinical Social Work Practice.
Laura Groshong, LICSW 
Sept.27th, 2014

Laura Groshong from the CSWA led this 6 hour intensive presentation that covered several coming changes that impact LCSWs in Missouri and nation wide. Changes to HIPPAA, PQRS, EHRS and DSM 5 were discussed among other topics.  Participants left with several resources and tools to assist LCSWs with these changes.

Past Continuing Education and Resources
2013 - 2014

 Professional Ethics: Now You Are Getting Personal
Gerald Gardner, J.D., MeD, LCSW
May 10th, 2014

Gerald Gardner provided an overview of Missouri Social Work licenses and the landscape of licensing complaints. Real-life ethical complaints, their outcomes and impact on license holders were discussed. The training concluded with a livel discussion and dialogue among participants.

 Private Practice, Billing and the ICD-10
Susan Frager, MSW, LCSW
April 12th, 2014

Susan provided a rich, well thought out and entertaining presentation of the dry and often complicated subject of recent billign changes as they relate to Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance Companies. She discussed recent changes in federal requirements to billings and discussed the ICD-10/DSM5.

Event Flier

 Sex Therapy
Kassie Corely, MSW, LCSW
March 8th, 2014

Kassie presented on Sex Therapy. She discussed therapeutic approaches to the taboo and often difficult topic of sex and intimacy in the clinical setting. Kassie provided a long list of community resources and suggested reading.

Event Flier

 Sleep Disorders
Dr. Oscar Schwartz, MD
February 8th, 2014

Dr Schwartz used his clinical experience to provide participants with an foundational understanding of sleep disorders and resources available to treat these disorders. This presentation provided insight into the neurobiology, history and treatment of sleep related issues.

Event Flier
Contact: (314)878-4699

 Diagnostic Formulation: Little Miss Sunshine as a Case Study
Steve Franklin, MSW, LCSW
January 19th, 2014

Steve presented on and facilitated a dialogue about family dynamics, diagnostic criteria and the role of the social worker - using Little Miss Sunshine as a case study (1 hour continuing education).

 Services for Seniors: Caregiving and Benefits
Shawn Rimerman, HPHR
January 11th, 2014

Shawn Rimerman is the Owner and Operator of ComForcare Senior Services, a senior service agency specializing in Alzheimer's and dementia. Shawn shared his expertise in working with seniors, providing quality care and assisting seniors to access needed benefits.

Event Flier
Contact: (314)965-9605

  Supporting Individuals and Families Dealing with Change, Loss, and Grief 
Eileen Spinner, MA, LPC
December 14th, 2013

This presentation focused on addressing change, loss and grief with individuals and families. Through a guided imagery participants experienced what it is like to be a terminally-ill patient and experience what it is like to “let go.” The presentation then focused on how to provide dignity therapy to people at the end of life, how to support their family members, and provide expressive therapy tools for children who are dealing with any kind of change and loss. 

Event Flier
Lumina Program Flier

  Imago Therapy: impact couples the moment they enter the office 
William Victor, D.Min.,LPC
November 9th, 2013

Participants learned a first session protocol that helps couples’ work into deeper territory right away. This innovative process transforms your efforts with couples. Participants learned an exciting way to explore current frustrations while assessing the dynamics of the couples’ relationship, and how to lead angry partners out of their reactivity into connection in the very first session - giving couples a sense of hope and encouragement by the time they leave the office.

Event Flier
Dr. Victor's Website

 Power Privilege, Oppression and Social Work 
David Martineau, MSW
October 12th, 2013

David Martineau, Program Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL), presented on the topic of diversity as it relates to social work practice. This engaging and interactive presentation provided participants with a deeper understanding of social justice and how they can work to make their practice more inclusive.  

Event Flier
Cycle of Socialization
NCCJ Website

 DSM IV and DSM 5 - A Comparative Overview
Steve Franklin, MSW, LCSW; Shelly Justison, MSW, LCSW; Kathleen McMullan, MSW, LCSW 
September 7th, 2013

This panel presentation provided an overview of some key changes to the new DSM and touched on some implications of diagnosis changes in the new edition. 

DSM 5 Website
Event Flier

Past Continuing Education and Resources
2012 - 2013

  Applied Ethics: An Interactive Dialogue and Discussion
Mike George, MSW, LCSW 
June 8th & July 13th 2013
This interactive approach to Social Work Ethics explored the topics through case discussions, dialogue and audience self exploration. The initial offering of this workshop was so successful that an overflow session was offered again the next month due to overwhelming demand.  

Event Flier

 Childhood Trauma and Treatment
Kara Labedz, MSW, LMSW and Rachael Prewitt, MSW, LCSW, MA, LPC, RPT
May 13, 2013
Concepts of trauma and traumatic grief in children in adolescents were discussed.  Information was provided around assessment, treatment and diagnosis.  In addition, the presentation offered an introduction to evidence-based therapy to treat children and adolescents with trauma.  Case examples were used and analyzed by audience members in breakout groups.  

Event Flier
Presentation Handout
TF-CBT education
ITCT manual
PCIT education

  Differential Diagnosis: Lars and the Real Girl
Steve Franklin, MSW, LCSW
March 9, 2013
Join the MSCSW & presenter Steve Franklin for this application of differential diagnosis to the characters of Lars and the Real Girl. This training will cover the practice of using DSM IV - TR in diagnostic formulations.

Power Point

  From Family Systems to Internal Systems: A Look at Internal Family Systems Therapy
Bob Pelley,LCSW
February 9, 2013
Bob Pelley presented on Internal Family Systems as a logical progression for therapists who utilize systems thinking; he also focused on the integration of this model to clinical practice. With more than 20 years experience in the Family Therapy field, Bob Pelley drew from his own clinical experience and the latest research.

 ADHD, Functional Neurology and the New Paradigm 
Dr. David Lask, D.C.
January 12, 2013
Dr. Lask presented on the topic of treating ADHD in children. Using his professional experience treating children with ADHD and from the latest research of Dr. Robert Melilo and Dr. Ted Carrick, he presented the use of a conservative and natural approach to treating children with ADHD with minimal reliance on medications.

 Treating Children with Early Trauma and Attachment Disturbances
Shirley Crenshaw, LCSW
December 8, 2012
Shirley Crenshaw a local leader in the practice of treating children with attachment disturbances presented on the psychological, physiological, and neurological effects of early trauma and attachment disturbances on children. Therapeutic interventions, including the use of parents as the primary agent for change were discussed.

 Psychology of Oppression: Issues in Minority Health and Mental Health
Vetta Sanders-Thompson, PhD 
November 10, 2012
Professor Sanders Thompson, a leading researcher in the areas of racial identity, psychosocial implications of race and ethnicity in health communications, lead this training. She presented on the cross-section of the race, oppression and mental heath. Discrimination, health disparities and cultural competence were discussed among other aspects of this topic.  


 Addiction & Mindfulness
Gwin Stewart, PhD, CRAADC
October 13, 2012
Gwin Stewart used current research and her professional experience to guide participants in the understanding of mindfulness in managing and treating addiction. Participants were provided with a foundation in guiding clients and using mindfulness as a primary map for understanding their own addictions, triggers, habits, emotions, and needs. 


 The Most Dangerous Game: Recognizing and Understanding Psychopaths    
Craig McIntosh, LCSW 
Sept 8, 2012

workshop introduced participants to research and theory of psychopathy.  Basic components of the psychopathic personality was explored using criteria from the Hare Psychopathy Checklist.  Discussion of how psychopaths impact domestic violence work and how to deal with them effectively were explored. 


Missouri Social Work Licensure Issues: Committee for Social Work
Tom Reichard
February 14th, 2015

Tom Reichard, Executive Director of the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers reveiwed the processes, rules and statutes of Missouri social work licensure. Many questions and comments from membership were addressed. Tom provided attendees with several resources and steps for further learning on the subject of state licensure.

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