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    • September 14, 2017
    • June 14, 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • Approaching Authenticity- Terrace Professional Bldg. 5803 232nd St. SW, Suite 4 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
    • 1

    Now that you have earned your MSW, what is your next step? Social Workers have many paths and options available.

    WSSCSW is offering a mentorship group to support new social workers in developing their professional identities as they navigate life as a MSW. This group will give new professionals a forum facilitated by a seasoned social worker to explore what it means to enter this profession after graduate school. This is not a therapy or supervision group.

    The group is open to those who have earned their MSW within the last 5 years.

    About the Facilitator
    Regina A. BlackWolf, LICSW
    Regina has been in private practice since 2008. Previously she worked as a program manager, clinical director/supervisor, lead counselor, clinical therapist, case manager, and counselor in both inpatient and outpatient psychological facilities dating back to 2004. She received her MSW in 2006 from UW, LICSW in 2009, CDP in 2006, MAC in 2015, completed Advanced Clinical Supervisor Training in 2010, EMDR training in 2015, and was certified as a Master Scuba Diver in 2016. She has been doing clinical licensure supervision since 2012 and currently sees 6 supervisees. Regina's clinical methods are client-centered, strength perspective, and include CBT, DBT, MI, EMDR, Gestalt, and others.

    Regina sees her role as a mentor as helping new professionals to find and refine their professional identity. Social Workers learn techniques and ethical standards but learning to make these our own requires time, practice, and reflection. As a more experience social worker, the mentor's role is to reflect back the new professionals experiences and facilitate a group atmosphere where new professionals help each other to grow as social workers. Regina believes in group process and that her role is to facilitate discussion more than to teach.

    MSW graduates within 5 years of graduation.

    $25.00 to participate. No refunds given after commitment given to attend.

    Application Deadline: July 31, 2017.
    Registration for this group is closed.

    Once your application is received, applicants will be contacted to schedule a short interview with the facilitator prior to being admitted to the group. This must be completed before the first group.

    The group will meet the second Thursday of each month September thru June, 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

    September 14th
    October 12th
    November 9th
    December 14th
    January 11th
    February 8th
    March 8th
    April 12th
    May 10th
    June 14th

    Approaching Authenticity
    Terrace Professional Bldg. 5803 232nd St. SW, Suite 4 Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043

    Parking is readily available.


    • May 10, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Monthly meeting of the board.

    • May 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • iLeap
    • 39


    Spend the morning with three seasoned couples therapists, each with advanced training in the respective couples therapy modalities. Come away not just with a basic understanding of each method, but also the “golden threads” that weave their way across these approaches. This clinical workshop promises to be engaging and fun as well as informative.

    Conference Objectives
    1. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples
    Therapy (PACT)

    2. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of the Gottman Method
    3. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

    About the Presenters

    Ken Fremont-Smith, MA, LMHC
    has an MA in Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS). In practice since 1986, and specialized in couples work since 2000, he became a Gottman-Certified Counselor in 2006. Besides having worked with hundreds of couples to change their relationship patterns, he has also supervised over 50 counselors to become Certified Gottman Counselors. The Gottman approach is an incredibly rich method that consistently shows him how to work respectfully with couples, no matter how stuck and whether their style is to attack each other with all guns blazing or to withdraw into frigid silence.

    Melinda Stone, MA, LMHC - has counseled adults, adolescents and couples for over fifteen years in private practice.  She earned her Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) at Bastyr University. After graduation, she worked as a member of the psychological assessment team and group therapist at Fairfax Hospital. She has served as adjunct faculty in the Healthy Psychology department and at Bastyr University, and in the counseling program at LIOS. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington. Before beginning work as a psychotherapist, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that served children and families. Melinda integrates hypnotherapy into her with individuals, and has completed Level 2 of PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) with Stan Tatkin. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents who have experienced adoption.

    Christine Howard Gieben, PsyD - A licensed Psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  She received her doctoral degree in 2001 and was licensed as a Psychologist in Oregon in 2003. Christine works with both individuals and couples and was drawn to both Gestalt and Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy. Her passion for working with couples got her interested in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  She began training in the EFT model in 2012 and was certified as an EFT therapist in March 2016.  She is currently pursuing certification as an EFT supervisor.  Christine’s interest in sharing the EFT model with others has led her to assist certified EFT Trainers in training other therapists via workshops, training modules, classes and other events.  in her free time, Christine enjoys bike touring with her husband on their tandem bicycle, hiking with her dog, teaching and practicing meditation and yoga, and having fun with friends.

    Friday, May 11, 2018
    8:45am- Registration Opens
    9:00am- Conference Begins
    12:15pm- Conference Ends

    Early pricing ends April 27th!
    WSSCSW General Member: $50/$60

    WSSCSW Associate Member: $25/35

    Student: $25/$35
    Non-Member: $75/$85

    CEU's Offered, included in the price

    Meeting Location
    Good Shepherd Ctr.
    iLeap- East Hall, 4th floor
    4649 Sunnyside Ave. North
    Seattle  98103


    Take route #44 (east-west) or route #16 (north-south); get off at 45th and Meridian, walk three blocks north, Meridian Park and Good Shepherd Center are on the right.

    Limited parking on site. The Good Shepherd Ctr. is located in a residential neighborhood, parking on the street will be very limited. We encourage taking a Bus, bike or carpool.

    Refund Policy
    Fees may be refunded, minus a $20 administrative charge, up to two weeks prior to the conference date, . No refunds will be given after April 28, 2018.

    Questions? Contact Lara (pd@wsscsw.org) or
    Aimee (admin@wsscsw.org)

    • June 14, 2018
    • TBD

    Please SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming WSSCSW Annual Dinner of the Membership!

    Stay tuned for more details, we hope members will put the date on your calendar now and if you tend to work on Thursday evenings, we’re hoping you can plan ahead and arrange your schedule so you can take that night off to spend with your colleagues. We hope to provide you with an evening of pleasure, good food, enriching conversation and connections, and a great view!

    • June 21, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Monthly meeting of the board.

    • July 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Monthly meeting of the board.

    • October 20, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Seattle University
    • 147

    WSSCSW & Seattle University

    Vanessa Jackson, LICSW

    Visiting Seattle from Atlanta, Georgia, licensed clinical social worker Vanessa Jackson, MSW will explore the importance of “power literacy” when working with marginalized communities and their allies. She will offer attendees a framework of the Seven Healing Questions to support exploration into how power impacts our functioning, our relationships and our capacity to maintain a state of emotional well-being.

    Power informs our lives at all levels-from how we view ourselves to how we experience the complex world of relationships around us. Unfortunately, after decades of “empowerment” programs to address the challenges facing marginalized communities, many service providers and users have very little language or understanding of how power operates and impacts our lives. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the aspects of power- power over, power with and power from within – and offer a framework of the Seven Healing Questions to support every day inquiry into how power impacts our functioning, our relationships and our capacity to maintain a state of emotional well-being. We will explore the importance of “power literacy” when working with marginalized communities and their allies. Participants will explore how failure to explicitly discuss power in clinical settings can result in re-wounding/re-traumatizing of marginalized populations and how to co-create more emancipatory interventions to support and sustain healing.

    Workshop Agenda

    1. Introduction:  Powerlessness as a path to understanding power:
      The View from an Activist’s Life
    2. Defining Power/ Power Theory
    3. Three Aspects of Power ( Power Over, Power With, Power  from Within)
    4. Power Wounding : A New View of Trauma
    5. The Seven Healing Questions
    6. Transforming Powerlessness into Power and The Politics of Healing (video)
    7. The Healing Power of Story Telling: Constructing New Narratives to Support Healing.
    8. Elements of an Emancipatory Practice
    9. Promising Practices for Healing Power Wounds: Listen to Communities for a Change.
    10. Small Group Power Processing/Large Group Reflections
    11. Q & A/ Evaluation

    Course Objectives

    • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of Power Wounding as a traumatic experience and how it manifests in clinical and community settings.
    • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the three aspects of power and how to create culturally conscious and emancipatory interventions and supports in the service of healing.
    • Participants will demonstrate their ability to utilize the Seven Healing Questions as a tool for individual, family and community assessment and healing.

    About the Presenter
    Vanessa Jackson is a licensed clinical social worker, Soul Doula and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., a personal and professional development consulting practice.  Ms. Jackson earned a Master Degree from Washington University-George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

    Ms. Jackson is the author of In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems and Separate and Unequal: The Legacy of Racially Segregated Psychiatric Hospitals, monographs on the history of African-American psychiatric experiences , Surviving My Sister’s Suicide: A Journey Through Grief  in Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (Monica McGoldrick and Froma Walsh, Eds.), Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Feminist Reflections on Therapy with Low-wage Earning Women  in Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities ( Marsha P. Mirkin, et al ,Eds.) and Families of African Origin: An Overview with L. Black in  Ethnicity and Family Therapy, 3rd Edition ( Monica McGoldrick, et al, Eds.)  . She co-edited a book, Understanding Power: An Imperative for Human Services with Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW and Patricia Romney, Ph.D. on power in clinical and community settings.

    Ms. Jackson’s passion is supporting activists in creating healthy and balanced lives. She offers an Activists Assistance Program to provide politically conscious and clinically sound counseling and healing workshops to Atlanta-area feminist/queer/social justice non-profit organizations.

    Saturday, October 20, 2018
    8:30AM- Registration Opens
    9:00AM- Conference Begins
    12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch on your own
    1:30PM - 4:00PM Afternoon Session

    CEU's Offered, included in the price

    Meeting Location
    Seattle University- Campion Ballroom
    E. Cherry St. between 12th Ave. & Broadway

    The Campion Ballroom is located on the SW corner of the campus, in the Campion Residence Hall
    , across the street from the Lemieux Library and next to the Archbishop Murphy Apartments. Campus map. The ballroom is to the immediate left as you enter the building.

    Buses 3,4

    The Murphy Garage, Level 1
    Parking is limited and will be on a first come first served basis. Pay machines are located inside the garage. Carpool and bus are recommended.

    Refund Policy
    Fees may be refunded, minus a $25 administrative charge, up to two weeks prior to the conference date, October 6, 2018. No refunds will be given after October 6, 2018.

    Questions? Contact Lara (pd@wsscsw.org)

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