Block A – 1.5 hours
Attachment-Based Play Therapy Techniques for Children and Families
Chelsey Helmke, LICSW
This workshop will review the latest research and theories about attachment, child development, and family therapy as well as provide a
variety of play-based interventions to address attachment wounds in child and family therapy. Presenter will review the connections
between traditional attachment theories and newer research on neuroscience and brain development. These theories will include Bowlby’s
foundations of attachment theory, the circle of security, the importance of the therapeutic alliance, and neurological research that
emphasizes the importance of attachment on early brain development. Presenter will emphasize the difference between attachment
“wounds” and childhood trauma. Presenter will use expressive play therapy techniques including movement based techniques, art therapy,
mindfulness, theraplay, and role play to instruct attendees on a variety of interventions that can be used to enhance attachment in work
with children and families. The workshop will include some instruction on theory and multiple interactive activities to practice the
interventions. Finally, the workshop will review how using attachment based techniques fulfills our ethical obligations to children as clients,
specifically our responsibilities to dignity and worth of person, social justice, and the importance of human relationships.
Law Enforcement Critical Incident: Debriefings and Stress Reduction
Sgt. Patrick Dawson
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 debriefings.
Substance use and the legal system; Navigating the challenges of requiring treatment
Michael Lawless, MSW, LICSW, MLADC
The goal of this workshop is to discuss and develop strategies to engage court involved, and mandated clients in the clinical setting who are
dealing with substance use and co-occurring mental health issues. The focus will be on the specific challenges of mandated treatment and
how to align with clients in a way that will provide opportunity for fuller engagement and increased likelihood of successful outcomes.
Attendees will discuss the challenges of working across systems where clients may give consent, but not feel like they have much of a
choice. We will discuss the naturally occurring opportunities to help individual clients develop insight around issues they may be struggling
with regarding substance use. A focus will be on the specific challenges of Opioid use, and the unique challenges to this classification of
drug as it relates to particular client populations.
Cynthia Hogan, LICSW, Amanda Hogan
Mother-daughter team with over 3 decades of combined work history in child welfare reflect on shared experiences in the NH child
protection system. The discussion will focus on why investment in the field of child protection matters to children, their families, and to the
future of New Hampshire. The workshop goal is to state the importance of longevity in the child protection workforce, and to identify the
systemic barriers to developing and retaining Division for Children, Youth & Families staff.
Preparing for College Emotionally not just Academically
Jennifer McAllister, MSW, LICSW
Preparing for college is more than just academics and testing. Todays college students experience record high levels of stress, depression
and anxiety and as more and more young people are headed to college with an already diagnosed mental health condition we must look at
ways to help them be better prepared and be emotionally ready. This presentation will allow participants to learn ways to better support
students, help them learn to take a more active role in managing their mental health and create the greatest opportunity for them to be
Malingering in the Acute Care Setting: Ethical and Practical Perspectives
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 be malingering.
Block B – 3 hours
The Mediating Role between Clients and Their Social Systems
Lawrence Shulman, EdD, MSW
Social work as a profession emerged historically from two streams – clinical practice and social change. This unique functional role means we
always have “two clients”, the individual is one, and their important social systems the other. For example, a school social worker might work
with an individual student having problems in school, while simultaneously attempting to have a positive professional impact on the school
staff dealing with the student. This workshop will describe this “mediating role” and the dynamics and skills necessary to establish a positive
working relationship with both the client and these other systems. Examples provided by the workshop leader, and workshop participants,
will illustrate how professional impact on the “system”, including the social worker’s own agency or setting) may be the best intervention for
the client. The core model will be illustrated by practice examples from a range of settings as well as from private practice.
Ethical Issues Related to the Issues of Assisted Dying
Kenneth Norton LICSW
Laws in several countries as well as US states have changed in recent years to allow individuals with terminal illnesses to end their life under
the care of a physician. This issue presents challenges and difficult personal, religious, sociocultural, and professional considerations for
clinicians, health care providers, and suicide prevention advocates. Even the terminology, as indicated in the title, is emotionally-charged.
This workshop will provide a historical context by reviewing important religious, medical and legal decisions impacting on this issue as well
as looking at the arguments for and against the issue. The workshop will facilitate a structured dialogue represented by the perspectives of
workshop participants about how to better understand the complexities of this issue.
Becoming an Intuitive Wizard: An Intuitive and Integrative Approach to Social Work Practice
Bette Freedson, LCSW, LICSW, CGP
In this didactic and experiential workshop participants will examine an intuitive approach to social work practice that integrates both linear
and non-linear concepts and interventions. The therapeutic utilization of intuition will be explored and discussed from the perspective of
three key phenomena: 1.) The social worker's state of receptivity to his/her own intuitive ideas, sensations, images and mini-thoughts; 2.) The
provider's state of readiness to utilize significant material from the client’s personal story; 3.) Innovative utilization of metaphors, re-imagined
stories, and resource-full intuitive moments for re-associating dissociated and latent ego strengths. Participants will be introduced to The
ACE Schema, a 3-step model dedicated to the development of intuitive skills.
Ethics and Technology 2022
Lee Pozzi Rush, LICSW
The use of technology in social work is no longer a remote possibility but a necessary and integral part of our everyday life. The recent
revisions to NASW’s Code of Ethics have led social workers to re-visit their ethical decision-making practices. This workshop will expand this
discussion and look at how social workers develop social media policies, both in agency settings and as individual social workers. Other
questions that will be addressed: How will social workers ensure that they are competent in using technology effectively and ethically in their
practice? Can social work practice be delivered effectively with the use of technology? This workshop will explore ethical decision-making
especially as it relates to the use of technology in social work or clinical practice. and the implications for our work. Participants will learn to
apply ethical decision-making standards to the use of technology in social work. Workshop will be engaging and interactive as it explores the
use of social media, telehealth, and videoconferencing in social work and psychotherapy. Workshop will advance beyond the new NASW
Code of Ethics and address current agency and individual integration of technology in the practice of social work.
Parent Coaching as Clinical Intervention
Jude Thaddeus Currier, LICSW
With an alarming increase of mental health diagnoses in children, especially those coming from chaotic families, the mental health system
continues to focus on an individual pathology model, a model ill suited to children. Parent coaching can address system issues that often
affect a child's emotional functioning, as well as correct behavioral issues that are often mistaken for mental health pathology. This
presentation will outline the parenting model, Choice Consequence Parenting, and its application and deployment within this population.
Focus will be on providing steps for healthy behavioral and emotional outcomes for these vulnerable children while sidestepping the mistake
of identifying their behaviors as a function of individual pathology.
Narrative Medicine: The Healing Power of Story
Aimee Burke Valeras, Ph.D., LICSW Andrew Valeras, DO, MPH
Narrative medicine entails using art (stories, poems, visual art, music, video clips) with reflective writing prompts in a deliberate and
systematic way to allow for the sharing of individual stories to nonjudgmental peer feedback in a way that promotes careful listening and
observation offering an opportunity to enhance empathetic practice and self-care processes. Listening and sharing narratives allows us to
find commonalities. Connecting in this way enables vicarious witnessing of experience, emotion, perspective, or suffering, altering our own
comfort zones and encouraging new ways of thinking. As such, narrative medicine pushes us to build empathy, compassion, and satisfaction.
This workshop will lead participants through a variety of narrative medicine exercises to experience the transformative power of the process
of connecting and reflecting to combat symptoms of burnout. Participants will also be provided with the tools and resources to consider
bringing these exercises to their home settings.
Block C - 1.5 hours
John Gramuglia, LICSW
This workshop will provide attendees knowledge of the SMART Recovery approach to self-help. Participants will learn the basic components
of SMART Recovery meetings and how to employ the techniques of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy of which SMART is based. During
the workshop there will be a review of the SMART Recovery Four Point program and the basics of facilitating a SMART Recovery meeting.
Can Prison Nurseries Fit Within Smaller Correctional Departments? Examining Feasibility and Impacts.
Brooke Sheehan, LCSW
Ever heard of the concept of a prison nursery? If not, you are not alone! There are currently 8 states within the country that offer this type of
service to incarcerated pregnant women, allowing them to nurture secure attachment styles in their infants after giving birth while learning
skills for healthy parenting. If you are interested in learning more about the history of female incarceration, impacts of maternal
incarceration on family systems, or are interested in learning how this service is provided in a correctional setting, this is the presentation for
you. There will be a special focus on feasibility within smaller correctional departments which frequently do not offer this type of service to
their incarcerated female populations.
Grief After Death by Overdose: Working with Survivors
Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW
While there are groups and supports for people experiencing the loss of a loved one, death by drug overdose often creates complicated and
unique grieving for survivors. This session will offer a review of challenges and themes in grieving found in the literature and identified by
surviving family members. This session will review common tasks in healing. Further, features of and skills in developing and facilitating a
support group will be discussed.
Our Warming Climate: Social Work Tools to Foster Resilience
Carol Hart, LICSW Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW
As we observe our warming climate creating chaos around the globe, we realize the social work perspective of Person-In-Environment needs
to expand to include our natural world. Extreme weather events are happening more regularly, as well as more subtle shifts, such as the
increase of Lyme disease, threatened livelihoods, and the increase of climate-related depression and anxiety. Social workers stand in a
unique position to use our knowledge, experience and skills to facilitate our own self-care as well as help mitigate global warming through
policy advocacy. We can deliver trauma-informed interventions to individuals and groups, and organize communities to adapt to changing
conditions. This presentation will include information about the devastating effects of climate change on micro and macro levels of life,
especially for those who are most vulnerable, as well as concrete tools from neuro-biology and energy psychology for building personal and
Activating the Four Dimensions of SELF
Celia Grand, LCSW
We change through conscious intention and awareness. The awareness of our sense of SELF is multidimensional. Our brains are everevolving and our sense of SELF is driven by our experiences. The brain's unconscious physiological impulses from the deepest parts of our
brain to the higher-order processes of our brain activate our perception of life and our sense of SELF. This workshop is designed to take you
through a journey of the latest neuroscience of our sense of SELF to our felt sense of spiritual perceptions and experiences. You will learn
tools to engage your consciousness for change at each dimension of self-awareness