Workshops and Schedules

Workshop schedule subject to change


Your Compass!

Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW

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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 be malingering.

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 debriefings.

Block B - 3 hour workshops

The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Parallel Process and the Interactional Model

Lawrence Shulman, MSW, EdD

The focus of this workshop will be on method - what the supervisor does in interaction with staff. The Interactional Model will be presented as the constant element in supervision and then elaborated to address the variant elements introduced by setting (e.g., family counseling agency, hospital, child welfare), the supervisor’s discipline (e.g., social worker, psychologist) and the population served (e.g., mandatory, adult, children). The four phases of work (preliminary, beginning, work, and ending/transitions) will be used to organize the discussion. Essential skills in communication, relationship, and group leadership will be described and illustrated, and participants will share their own experiences. Issues to be raised may include contracting with staff members as a new supervisor promoted from within, or contracting with new staff member, supervising defensive staff members, staff apathy and resistance to change, the supervisor's role as teacher, helping staff to develop skills for professional impact when dealing with other staff, and addressing staff primary and secondary trauma. A parallel process will be identified in that the way supervisors deal with staff will be viewed as modeling for staff how to relate to clients. The idea that more is “caught” than “taught” will be central. The workshop will also address supervision of Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., MI, SFP and CBT) in an integrative rather than prescriptive manner so as to increase E.B.P. sustainability in the setting.

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 suite 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.

Ethical Issues Related to 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.

This workshop qualifies for 3 Category A CEUs in Ethics and Suicide Prevention

Becoming an Intuitive Wizard: An Intuitive and Integrative Approach to Social Work Practice

Bette Freedson, LCSW, LICSW, CGP

In this didactic and experiential workshop we will examine the therapeutic utilization of intuition from the perspective of three key phenomena of an approach that integrates both linear and non-linear concepts and interventions. 1. The therapist’s state of receptivity to his/her own intuitive ideas, sensations, images and mini-thoughts. 2. The therapist’s intuitive state of readiness to utilize significant material from the client’s personal story. 3. Intuitive utilization of metaphors, re-imagined stories, and dissociation in the service of creating integrative experiential moments. Participants will also be introduced to The ACE Schema, an innovative 3-step model that can guide the development of the counselor’s intuitive skills.

Ethics and Technology 2020

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.

This workshop qualifies for 3 Category A CEUs in Ethics

Block C - 1.5 hour workshops

SMART Recovery

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.

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.

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 per-spective 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 dis-ease, threatened livelihoods, and the increase of climate-related depression and anxiety. Social work-ers 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 inter-ventions 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 community resilience.

Block D - 2 hour workshops

Demystifying Dissociation Across Social Work Practice

Dina L. Solomon, LICSW

Social work programs do not usually teach about dissociation. Often we think about Dissociative Disorders as something unwieldy that requires a high degree of specialized knowledge of clinical work to address. As social workers, however, we work with people who have experienced trauma all the time in all settings in social work practice. Whether or not our clients meet clinical criteria for PTSD, they most likely experience dissociation in some form. This workshop will discuss several models that explain what dissociation is, how it effects our work, and why it is essential to the success of our clients to be able to assess for dissociation in our clients and in ourselves. We will look at theory and research as well as case studies and anecdotal experience to begin to identify dissociation in our clients and ourselves and to learn when and how to use strategies and interventions to mitigate it.

The Science and Art of Leading Mutual Aid Support Groups: Developing Therapeutic and Group Alliances

Lawrence Shulman, MSW, Ed.D

The focus of this workshop will be on understanding the core dynamics and identifying the skills required to lead mutual aid support groups. Examples presented by the instructor and those shared by participants will be used to illustrate how to apply this understanding to a range of settings (e.g., hospitals, drug treatment agencies, schools, residential settings) and with a range of populations and problems. Discussion will include how to integrate elements from Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., motivational interviewing, solution focused practice, cognitive behavioral) in a non-prescriptive manner so that the group leaders artistry is enhanced and not restricted by the science.

Changing the Aging Conversation in NH

Kelly Laflamme

Jennifer Rabalais

The population of older adults is growing in New Hampshire, because we are living longer and staying healthier as we age. However, negative attitudes and mental models about aging are still pervasive in our society. Research has proven that such attitudes about aging are bad for our health and are a barrier to advancing solutions to improve the experience of aging.The National Reframing Aging Initiative is working to advance a new story about aging that recognizes the challenges and opportunities that increasing longevity poses to our communities. The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA) is part of this national effort to change the aging conversation. NH AHA representatives will share research and tools developed by the experts at the FrameWorks Institute and engage participants in activities towards a new way to talk about aging that is better for everyone’s health.

Guns Violence and Mental Illness: Is There a Connection?

Kenneth Norton LICSW

Tragic incidents of mass shootings have dominated the news and furthered public perception of fear and stigma towards individuals with mental illness. Yet often left out of the media coverage and public conversations is that suicide deaths by firearms are more than double the number of homicide deaths. Media coverage of gun violence and mental illness is often anecdotal and rarely based on research and science. Through lecture, presentation, interactive polling and discussion, this workshop will explore the connection between violence, and mental illness as well as substance use disorders including a review of research identifying risk factors for violence. The workshop will also look at gun legislation and policy issues related to mental illness and or substance misuse as well as the role media plays in shaping this conversation.

Finding the Balance: Social Work Integration within the Interdisciplinary Health Care Team

Maria Koehler, MSW

Sarah Gilman, MSW

Megan Haaland, MSW

Social workers have become an essential and evolving role within health care. Social work expertise is a pivotal point for patient centered care. Behavioral health, primary care, case management, discharge planning, grief counseling, illness coping, support groups, and system work, are all examples of how integrated the social work role has become. Social workers have a unique opportunity to be the glue for the interdisciplinary team, acting as a team member and as a patient advocate; this is the challenge. Our advocacy and modeling serves as the basis for educating the team and improving patient care. How do we rise above the misconceptions that exist about social work in a host setting? How do we remain helpful but true to our scope of practice? How can we better care for the patient while improving the knowledge of their providers, and learning alternative ways to think about cases ourselves?

Affirming Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients - Social Workers Make a Difference

Brandy Brown, LCSW

Social workers have not consistently had adequate training in specific issues facing transgender and gender diverse people. However, with a growing population seeking care, social workers need to not only provide affirming care, but engage systems of care to improve equity and access. Social workers have the unique ability to lead change efforts for transgender people at all practice levels. This presentation will review assessment of healthcare needs that transgender people face, specific disparities that youth experience, change models used in effecting systemic change, and a call to action for social workers to increase their education and competency and to engage their systems of care to ensure transgender people, as a vulnerable population, receive equitable care.

Block E - 2 hour workshops

Off the Charts: Suicide Prevention and Older Adults

Bernie Seifert, MSW, LICSW

Suicide is a serious issue among older adults. Suicide rates are particularly high among older men, with men aged 85 and over having the highest rate of any group in the country. This workshop will outline the myriad of factors which may contribute to this, including how the physical frailty of this age group may lead to the likelihood of attempts to be more lethal. Risk factors that can be applied to the general population seem to be more profound in older adults, including the increased prevalence of co-morbid medical conditions, depression, social isolation, and decreased chance that individuals in this age group will seek mental health services. This program will go over these risk factors, as well as how to identify and expand upon protective factors to help prevent suicide.

This workshop qualifies for 2 Category A CEUs in Suicide Prevention

An Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy

Tammy Sollenberger, LCMHC

We all have been of two minds about something. For example, you may have thought, “A part of me wants kale, another part wants brownies.” IFS says we are all multiple and have inner voices who relate to one another like members of a family. All our parts, even the most critical and harmful ones have good intentions. When we befriend them with our Authentic Self, they can soften and we can heal. The Self is our internal natural leader who, when in the driver’s seat, helps us feel calm, connected, confident. In Self, we have clarity to reach goals and compassion for vulnerable parts of us. This workshop will teach the components of the IFS model and the 6 healing steps. You will walk away with practical tools to begin implementing the model and, most importantly, you will have space to get to know your own internal family.

The Importance of Self-Assessment in Cultural Humility Training

Jude Thaddeus Currier, LICSW

The teaching of cultural competence in social work has come a long way in the last 30 years. The movement towards the idea of cultural humility represents a wonderful maturing of the understanding of our own place in assessment of culture. What remains however is a gap in our own self-assessment around issues of racism and discrimination. This course seeks to elevate the importance of self-assessment of one’s own capacity for discriminatory attitudes as an integral part of learning about other people's cultures to improve service delivery.

Responding to Human Trafficking in New Hampshire

Rebecca Ayling

This presentation aims to assist attendees in developing an understanding of the needs, mindset and experience of survivors of human trafficking to enable a thoughtful and productive clinical response and relationship. Individuals across New Hampshire are experiencing human trafficking and have often gone unidentified and underserved. When ready to engage in supportive and therapeutic services survivors share that they struggle to describe their experiences and difficulties in order to receive the services they desperately need and desire. This session will discuss the shame and self-blame that survivors experience as well as the bias and challenges clinicians face when responding. This session will then discuss resources, tools and recommendations to assist clinicians in working with survivors of human trafficking.

Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease: Understanding NH’s Community Support System for Clients with Chronic Conditions

Whitney Hammond, MSW

Adam Burch

According to the CDC, 60% of adults live with a chronic illness, meaning that many clients seen by social workers are affected by an ongoing disease or condition. Those living with behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and trauma are more likely to develop chronic disease, and have a more difficult time managing it. Come learn about NH-specific data for diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, oral health, and asthma, as well as what community programs exist in the Granite state where clients can be referred to help manage these conditions.

Afternoon Plenary

Celebrating Generational Differences

Gerri King, PhD

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Because this is the first time in American history where there have been as many as 4 or 5 generations in the workplace, challenges and opportunities have emerged. 

Trying to change someone else's perspective, approach, and/or style may feel like a losing battle.  It is more effective to capitalize on each person’s strengths and assets.  Masterful communicators can connect with people from various generations by adapting, collaborating, and negotiating common ground. Social workers are trained to connect with those they work with and for, meeting people where they are at.

Engaged social workers make all the difference, but engagement isn't one-size-fits all.  An excellent work environment is one that supports all generations, responds to diversity, builds on strengths, offers options, develops people's understanding of differences, and trains people to communicate effectively.  Social workers are taught to engage like this with their clients, but does it translate within the workplace? Gerri will work to bridge this gap and recognize the strengths every generation brings to the workplace.

Gerri King, Ph.D., social psychologist and organizational consultant, works with educational, social service, healthcare, corporate, industrial, non-profit, and governmental clients throughout the United States and abroad.  Gerri is also a facilitator and keynote speaker, presenting at numerous multinational, national, and regional conferences and seminars throughout the year.

Dr. King’s expertise includes a wide range of topics such as supervisory skills, team building, resolving conflicts and effective communication, motivating workforces, the dynamics of change, strategic planning, why people avoid success, and the changing role of leadership in the 21st century, creating a Blame-Free and Gossip-Free work environment.

Dr. King facilitates staff and executive retreats, departmental and cross-departmental conflict resolution efforts, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning sessions, and mission & vision development. Gerri is a founding partner and President of the consulting and counseling firm Human Dynamics Associates, Inc. of Concord NH and the author of The Duh! Book of Management and Supervision: Dispelling Common Leadership Myths.

Social workers are skilled in a variety of roles - clinician, advocate, administrator, researcher, community organizer, and educator.

We have worked hard to create a conference where there is a little something for everyone.  All of our workshops and speakers help you earn up to 12 Category A Clinical CEUs - NASW NH Approval #3647.

There are workshops with ethics and suicide prevention CEUs. 

Tentative Schedule


8:00                               Registration

8:45                               Welcome

9:00 – 10:00                 Keynote 

10:15 – 11:45               Workshop Block A (1.5 hour workshops)

11:45 – 12:45               Lunch

12:30 -                          Workshop Block B ( 3 hour workshops)

3:30 – 4:00                   Break

4:30 - 6:00                    Workshop Block C (1.5 hour workshops)

6:00                               Dinner

Seven (7) hours instructional time

Continental breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee. Dinner may be purchased for $10.


7:00 - 8:00                    Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00                 Workshop Block D (2 hour workshops)

10:00 – 10:30               Break

10:30 - 12:30               Workshop Block E (2 hour workshops)

12:30 - 1:30                  Lunch

1:30 - 2:30                    Plenary

2:30 - 2:45                   Wrap-up and Raffle drawing

2:45                              Conference End

Five (5) hours instructional time

Full breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee