Trauma Transformation: Stress, Stress Mitigation and Resilience


NASWNH Chapter 0 662

Dave Melnick, LICSW

2 Clinical CEUs approved by NASW VT. Approval #1025

In this webinar, we will examine how our mindsets, both implicit and explicit, are driving forces of our actions, interpretations and perceptions, particularly when working in high stress situations with people impacted by traumatic stress. Webinar content will provide unique perspectives about stress, traumatic stress, and resilience in the context of our lives both pre-pandemic and while working through the impacts associated with COVID-19. A special emphasis will be on ways to mitigate stress at an individual and workforce level. The 5 Key Practices for trauma transformation will be introduced.

Couples Therapy in Seven Words


NASWNH Chapter 0 232

Bruce Chalmer, Ph.D.

Judy Alexander, MAED

3 Clinical CEUs approved by NASW VT. Approval #1024

Course description:

“Be kind, don’t panic, and have faith.” In this course, we’ll explore how that seven-word formula can serve as a guide to helping couples understand their situation, get hold of themselves, and strengthen their resolve to do the work of healing. And we’ll see how the formula can be applied in some common couples therapy situations, including infidelity, sex problems, and knowing when to call it quits.

This course is based on ideas in Bruce’s recently published book, Reigniting the Spark: Why Stable Relationships Lose Intimacy, and How to Get It Back.

Meditation Strategies: Application With a Range of Clinical Practice Interventions


NASWNH Chapter 0 276

Ray Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, Professor Emeritus

Three (3) Clinical CEUs approved by NASW VT. Approval #1029

This three-hour workshop is an introduction to the application of meditation strategies in conjunction with a range of clinical interventions with a general mental health practice. Based on the author’s 2019 book, Faith-Based & Secular Meditation: Everyday & Posttraumatic Applications, and the Buddha’s premise that “One should do what one teaches others to do. If one would train others, one should be well-controlled oneself. Difficult, indeed, is self control.” “You, yourself, must strive.” Hence, participants first will be introduced didactically and experientially to six forms of meditation: mantra, breath-count, mindful breathing, hybrid mantra/breath-count, Buddhist gathas and metta. Then, there will be a discussion of several case applications in which various meditation strategies are integrated with such presenting issues as anxiety, anger, excessive busy-ness, work-related performance, marital relationship and trauma.

Cultural Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Ethical Social Work Practice


NASWNH Chapter 0 404

Jacob Stone, LSW, ACSW (Ret.)

2 Clinical CEUs in Ethics approved by NASW VT

The United States of the 21st century is a patchwork land of many cultures: racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, gender, age, and even physical status. Each culture has its own worldview, relationship guidelines, family structure, spiritual mindsets, and values. In their work, social workers inevitably encounter persons from cultures different from their own, and these differences can be challenging obstacles to effective, ethical practice.

The values of the profession, as articulated in the NASW Code of Ethics, ask us to honor the dignity and worth of our clients, to respect their autonomy, and to practice competently. The ethical mandate of competence includes what has been called “Cultural Competence”.

This workshop will address some of the broad categories of culturally distinct groups in our country, and provide some guidelines for what has been called a “cultural interview” as a path to cultural and ethical competence. We will also address the idea that some situations may make ethical competence impractical or impossible, and approaches to these situations. We will also address the benefit, when working cross-culturally, of maintaining an attitude of humility and interest in other cultures.

The program will use some brief lecture/discussion segments, with case studies for processing in breakout groups and again in the larger group.

Calm, Courage & Clarity: Writing for Resilience


NASWNH Chapter 0 256

Michelle Zimmerman, LCSW

2 CEs approved by NASW ME

Writing is a clarifying and healing medium that can be used for our emotional well-being. In this workshop you will learn the different approaches to expressive writing for physical and emotional health, review evidence-based research that supports writing as an avenue to resilience, and explore ways to develop a healthy writing practice.


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