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Personal Safety in Social Work (6-hour workshop)
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This workshop addresses the personal safety risks and challenges associated with social work practice. It will provide strategies for social workers to reduce risk when they encounter challenging or potentially threatening situations that involve upset, emotionally charged, or angry clients or others they may have contact with.

 Export to Your Calendar 5/15/2018
When: Tuesday, May 15
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Conference Room
400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd.
Worthington, Ohio  43085
United States
Presenter: Dan Elliot
Contact: NASW Ohio Chapter
614-461-4484


Online registration is available until: 5/15/2018
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5.5 CEUs for social workers

Cost: $100 for NASW members, $140 for non-members

 

Limited to 30 people 

 

Workshop Description: This workshop addresses the personal safety risks and challenges associated with social work practice. It will provide strategies for social workers to reduce risk when they encounter challenging or potentially threatening situations that involve upset, emotionally charged, or angry clients or others they may have contact with. Some of the topics covered are The Personal Safety Template, reading clients’ behavior and how they read ours, deescalation of emotional states, and environmental safety awareness. The workshop offers tools for assessment of risk and best practices of violence prevention and intervention in social work and application in personal life.

 

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the workshop, the participant should be able to:

1. Identify the structure of safety awareness (Personal Safety Template)
2. Assess risk as it relates to interpersonal safety in professional and personal interactions
3. Assess behavioral states of self and others
4. Use verbal and physical communication that fosters cooperation and deescalation
5. Apply appropriate physical responses to physical threats and assault
Workshop Content Topics
1. Introduction to risk and personal safety in social work practice
2. The Personal Safety Template and the structure of safety awareness
3. Environmental awareness
4. How we communicate and perceptual considerations in communication
5. The process of escalation
6. Assessment of safety risk; reading the warning signs of challenging behavior
7. Intervention and deescalation strategies
8. Physical responses to physical assault

 

Methods of Instruction:
Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to:
1. Class lectures and discussions
2. Slide presentation
3. Class exercises
4. Drills
5. Handouts

 

Workshop Materials: Handouts will be provided to participants at the beginning of the workshop.

 

Speaker Bio: Dan Elliot is a personal safety professional with over 20 years experience. He provides people with insight and strategies for understanding themselves and others as a way of communicating more clearly, improving relationships, coping with stress, and setting powerful boundaries. Through the use of humor and insight, Dan is able to bring his energetic and engaging approach to make sense of why people behave the way they do, what can be done to understand—even appreciate them, and get along better with them. He prepares professionals who come in contact with upset, angry, or emotionally charged clients, customers, or tenants to be safe and productive in challenging situations. Dan has traveled across the United States and internationally, working with agencies and businesses of all sizes, focusing on the areas of interpersonal safety, congruent communication, and customer service. Dan was born in Columbus, Ohio—not his choice, and continues to reside
there—certainly his choice, which is a very nice place to live if you like college football and extremes of weather.

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