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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.

    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.

    Questions? Email, Aimee: admin@wsscsw.org.


    • September 28, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Seattle- Ballard

    To join a reading group, email the member host to reserve your seat around the table. Each reading group is free and limited to 6-10 people (members only). Each group will meet once or twice depending on the group and host’s preference. If you have questions about the current groups, or to host more reading groups, email Professional Development Committee Chairperson Lara Okoloko at PD@ WSSCSW.org

    Not the Price of Admission, by author Laura Brown, PhD

    Dr. Laura Brown turns her compassionate voice towards the client in her most recent book about the lessons often learned in childhood by people raised in abusive and neglectful households. “To have connections with others you've paid a price of admission to relationships, sacrificing your values, your safety, your sense of personal worth, and sometimes your financial security. You've felt unworthy of love.” This book invites the reader to re-examine some of the lessons past abuse has taught and begin to move towards more satisfying ways of being in relationship with others.

    Hosted by: Dawn Dickson
    Email to RSVP: dawndickson1@comcast.net
    Ballard, September 28th at 7pm              


    • October 04, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Seattle- Wallingford

    To join a reading group, email the member host to reserve your seat around the table. Each reading group is free and limited to 6-10 people (members only). Each group will meet once or twice depending on the group and host’s preference. If you have questions about the current groups, or to host more reading groups, email Professional Development Committee Chairperson, Lara Okoloko at PD@ WSSCSW.org

    Feminist Therapy, by author Laura Brown, PhD

    In the four decades since its inception as an approach, the theory has evolved significantly from psychotherapy for women, where it functioned primarily as a corrective against the sexist approaches of the era, into a sophisticated, postmodern, technically integrative model of practice that uses the analysis of gender, social location, and power as a primary strategy for comprehending human difficulties.”

    Hosted by: Ellen Rugg
    Email to RSVP: ellenmrugg@gmail.com
    Wallingford, October 4 & 11 at 7:30pm 


    • October 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University Heights Ctr. 5031 University Way NE, Rm#209 Seattle
    • 25

    This WSSCSW fall conference offers the opportunity to learn more about treating clients with complex trauma, through a lens of a strength-based, self-aware, culturally competent model of therapeutic relationship.

    The presenter brings her vast experience working with survivors of childhood trauma together with her definition of cultural competence, to help therapists strengthen their understanding of themselves and their clients. She defines cultural competence as the therapist’s capacity to be self-aware in regards to her or his own identities and cultural norms, the therapists abilities to be sensitive to the nuances of the realities of human difference, and the therapist’s capacity to possess an epistemology of difference allowing for creative responses to the client. This model of cultural competence is inherently integrative in that it focuses on people, not theories, and on distress, dysfunction, strength, and resilience, not specific diagnoses.

    In this framework, cultural competence does not consist of learning rules and algorithms about how to work with a particular group of people. It does require a therapist to own and analyze her or his own biases, and to accept the reality of bias as an aspect of being human. This definition does require therapists to understand and own their own experiences of privilege, and to work through guilt or shame about privilege so as not to bring those problematic emotions into the therapeutic exchange. Culturally competent therapists develop awareness of what they represent to their clients and what those clients represent to them in the context of inter-sectional identity.

    Conference Objectives

    • Understand how culturally competent practice enhances clinical effectiveness through improvement of the therapeutic alliance.
    •  Develop enhanced awareness of culturally informed countertransference and transference dynamics as they play out in therapy, especially when different is non-obvious.
    • Be able to utilize a variety of definitions of what can be traumatic, using a culturally competent lens for clinical practice.
    • Understand how to use the ADDRESSING model in a trauma informed clinical practice.

    About the Presenter
    Dr. Laura Brown, a clinical psychologist in Seattle, has spent her career working with survivors of childhood trauma. A recipient of many awards for her work in trauma treatment and feminist therapy, she is the author of 11 books, including Feminist Psychotherapy, and dozens of articles and chapters. She founded the Fremont Community Therapy Project and is a therapist, trainer, consultant and supervisor.

    CEU's Offered

    6.0 ceu's, LICSW, LMFT, LMHC, included in the price

    8:30 Registration
    9:00 Morning Session Begins
    12:30 - 1:00 Lunch Break (optional lunch provided)
    1:00 - 4:00  Afternoon Session
    4:00 End

    Meeting Location

    University Heights Center
    Room #209, Auditorium
    5031 University Way NE,   Seattle   98105

    University Heights Center is located in a very urban neighborhood & on-site parking is limited. We encourage all visitors to seek alternative modes of transportation in an effort to save parking for those in need. Consider busing, walking, biking or carpooling. Limited, free parking is available on streets around the center.

    University Heights Center does provide limited, free parking on a first come, first serve basis for tenants, renters and visitors utilizing the building. No parking in reserved spaces during daytime hours 8am-6pm. Parking prohibited in spots marked 24 Reserved.
    A few spaces are available in NORTH LOT (Enter from Brooklyn Avenue between NE 50th & 52nd Street).

    Refund Policy Fees may be refunded up to two weeks prior to the event, minus a $30 administration fee and any online transaction fees. No refunds given after September 29, 2017.

    Questions?  pd@wsscsw.org or admin@wsscsw.org

    • October 25, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University of Washington, School of Social Work, Rm 305A/B
    • 97

    Join us to hear a panel of five experienced clinical social workers share about their diverse experiences and strategies in building fulfilling clinical careers. Panelists will share their career trajectories, with particular focus on methods of building expertise in their area of interest as well as reflections on their path to licensure. Our accomplished speakers bring unique perspectives from a wide array of clinical settings and capacities. Panel members will also answer questions from attendees.


    • To gain practical knowledge of diverse career trajectories within clinical social work.
    • To understand requirements and strategies for successful attainment of clinical licensure.
    • To learn about paths to clinical expertise and specialization.

    About the Presenter

    Carlos Encalada, LICSW
    is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker whose parents come from Ecuador and Colombia. He has been working in both community mental health and as a private practice psychotherapist/small business owner. His experience in social services include the Peace Corps, clinical internships in hospital and community-based partially supportive team environments, crisis response, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

    Jen McCormick, LICSW earned her MSW from the University of Washington in 2002. She began her career in community mental health and worked as a case manager for Sound Mental Health and as a social worker at Harborview, UWMC, and Overlake on the inpatient psychiatric units. Jen has a part-time private practice in the U-district.

    Ross Artwohl, LICSW is a clinical social worker with 18 years of experience as a college counseling center therapist and clinical supervisor. Concurrently, he served as an administrator directing the Oregon College and University Suicide Prevention Project, the Oregon State University Mental Health Promotion Program and Alcohol and Other Drug Response Services at the University of Denver. Ross earned his hours for licensure through fellowships at UC Berkeley and Humboldt State University. 

    Tanya Ranchigoda, LICSW earned her MSW at California State University, Long Beach. She is an adjunct faculty lecturer at the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching, Tanya is in private practice, counseling individuals and families with adjustment to chronic/terminal illness and significant life transitions, grief and loss, crisis intervention, and family relationships. Her past professional experience includes 10 years at Seattle Children's Hospital as a pediatric oncology social worker.

    Kay Hockeiser, LICSW supervises clinical case managers in an outpatient community mental health setting. Using a variety of interventions, with a focus on cognitive and behavioral therapies, Kay has provided individual and group treatment to adults with chronic mental illness. Prior to mental health, Kay worked as a housing case manager, assisting families with resources to find and maintain permanent housing.

    CEU's Offered

    1.5 ceu's


    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Registration & Refreshments: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
    Program: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

    Meeting Location
    UW School of Social Work, Room #305 A
    4101 15th Ave. NE,   Seattle, WA  98105

    The School of Social Work is on the corner of 41st and 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District, directly across from the Meany Parking Garage.

    Parking is readily available on the street, in the parking garage, or on street level parking lots.

    Refund Policy Fees may be refunded up to two weeks prior to the Clinical Evening Meeting, minus a $3.00 administration fee and any online transaction fees.

    Questions?  admin@wsscsw.org

    • November 07, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Seattle- Wallingford

    To join a reading group, email the member host to reserve your seat around the table. Each reading group is free and limited to 6-10 people (members only). Each group will meet once or twice depending on the group and host’s preference. If you have questions about the current groups, or to host more reading groups, email Professional Development Committee Chairperson Lara Okoloko at PD@ WSSCSW.org.

    Counting on Kindness, by author Wendy Lustbader, MSW

    Seattle social worker Wendy Lusbader is known for her engaging storytelling as well as her expertise in the area of aging. Here she writes about a subject that many of us don’t consider until we are personally involved in a care giving relationship, either needing to count on the kindness of others or when life calls on us to care for someone in our own family. Her book touches on sovereignty, autonomy, regret, loyalty and much more. “Many books have been written in support of caregivers, but this is still the only book depicting the dilemmas of dependency from the point of view of the person needing assistance.

    Hosted by: Denise Malm
    Email to RSVP: dmalm@wallingfordseniors.org
    Wallingford, November 7 & 14, 6:30pm



    • November 30, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Seattle

    Clinical Evening Meeting
    Information & Registration Coming Soon!

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