Workshop schedule subject to change
Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW
Did you choose this profession or did it choose you?
Social workers enter this profession driven by personal values,
intrigued with the human condition and desire to improve the quality of
life for the most oppressed and underserved individuals in our society.
This work is amazingly difficult and yet we maintain hope and are
steadfast in our service.
Your compass! ~ This keynote will focus on 'our
compass' including the core values and critical skills that distinguish
our profession. We will also explore 'your compass' with the promise of
advancing personal growth and safeguarding against compassion fatigue.
Dr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at
Eastern Michigan University. Her advanced studies include a Master of
Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in
Philosophy from Wayne State University. Dr Bridge is recognized for her
passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 25-year track
record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting.
Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and
collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement. Dr.
Bridge currently serves on many local and state-wide committees and is
the Governor’s appointed chair to the State of Michigan Task Force on
Child Abuse and Neglect. She is well regarded for training across the
United States in trauma, vicarious trauma, and ethics.
Dr. Bridge has several awards and certifications. She
is the recipient of a Trauma and Loss Consultant of the Year Award from
the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and the Marshall
Service Award, Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award and the
distinguished Ronald W. Collins Award. She is licensed in both clinical
and macro practice. She holds several advanced certifications including
Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma
Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
Block A - 1.5 hour workshops
Family Planning Resources and Referrals
Savitri Horrigan, MSW
Through a trauma-informed lens, this workshop offers
tips for talking about sexual and reproductive health with clients,
including a tool for initiating conversations and referrals to care.
Attendees will be equipped with reliable family planning and STI
information and resources, a visual aid and tool for initiating sexual
and reproductive health discussions and referrals, and information about
the importance of trauma-informed care and reproductive justice. PPNNE
approaches sexual and reproductive health through a trauma-informed lens
and strives to be mindful of the history of sexual coercion and
sterilization perpetrated against indigenous women and women of color.
Ethical Challenges in Group Work
Dr Mary Banach
Dr. Kristina Lind
This workshop delineates the specific ethical
challenges in different avenues of group work. Ethical mandates included
in the NASW Code of Ethics and standards outlined by the International
Association of Social Work with Groups will be outlined. Ethical
challenges occur regularly in group work, and need to anticipated in
order to be effectively managed. This workshop will discuss some of the
common ethical challenges facilitators face when running groups. The
avenues of group work that will be a particular focus of this workshop
include work with mandated clients and online groups. Work with mandated
clients can present the facilitator with power, purpose, and boundary
challenges. Use of online groups can present facilitators with
challenges connected with informed consent, competence, and privacy. The
challenges connected with confidentiality will be discussed with both
mandated client groups and online groups. Experiential exercises to
facilitate group discussion will encourage group interaction.
This workshop qualifies for 1.5 Category A CEUs in Ethics
April Viverette, LCSW, MBA, CCM
This presentation seeks to inform social workers about
peer experiences in working with malingering patients and best
practices in working with patients or clients who may be or suspected to
Law Enforcement Critical Incident: Debriefings and stress reduction
Patrick Dawson, MA
The point of the presentation is to outline various
calls that law enforcement responds to. Several will be outlined,
including an unattended death, fatal motor vehicle accident, and
suicide. After speaking about each event, then discussing the stresses
that law enforcement officers take on and the methods used to help cope
with this stress. The predominant focus will be critical incident stress
Children: the Bedrock of the Granite State
Children: The Bedrock of the Granite State aims to
engage leaders across New Hampshire, explain the science of child
development, promote the importance of early childhood, and provide
evidence for the efficacy of early investments. To ensure strong
foundations for future growth in our youngest citizens, effective public
and private investments in young children are essential and can best be
made with research, data and information. This presentation includes
the latest research in developmental science, neuroscience, molecular
biology, and genomics to provide an understanding of how early
experiences are built into children’s bodies and brains, for better or
Social Workers’ Role in Supporting New Life After Brain Injury
Sarah Lovell, MSW, CBIS
Brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, any time.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a chronic health concern; approximately
13.5 million Americans are living with a disability from ABI in the
United States (Schiller, Lucas, & Ward, 2012). Regardless of setting
or population, social workers are supporting individuals living with
ABI, whether explicitly known or not. Examples of populations impacted
by ABI include veterans, the elderly, children, homeless, individuals
with substance misuse, and individuals who are incarcerated. Brain
injuries range in severity and level of impact on the individual and
their family. Many individuals living with ABI experience “invisible
disabilities” which clinicians may not be aware of. By learning the
basics of ABI, sequelae, and general themes of impact, social workers
can better support individuals living with ABI understand their new
normal, cope with loss and change in roles & identity, and utilize
strategies to navigate life following brain injury.