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Day 1 - November 14


Breakout A and B: 11:45am- 3:00pm

3-Hour Workshops


Breakout #1ab- What the S really means in LISW-S: Social work supervision in Ohio

Presenter: Stacy Simera, LISW-S

3 CEUs for social workers (meets supervision requirement)


Do you know what the “S” in LISW-S really means, and do you know the difference between “clinical supervision” and “training supervision”? This workshop is an exploration of the standards of social work supervision in Ohio, with specific attention paid to current regulations. We will also review tools for supervisors to help foster employee efficacy and prevent burn-out and vicarious trauma among supervisees.


Stacy Simera is an independently licensed social worker with supervision designation. In addition to her micro and macro level work in mental health and public health, Stacy has also provided field supervision and field liaison services for social work students at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, and Stark State College, and she served on an ad hoc committee on social work supervision for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Stacy was named Ohio 2014 Social Worker of the Year by the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.


Breakout #2ab- The Intersection of Body Politics: Creating Size Informed Care

Presenter: Elizabeth Chinn, LSW

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


While the rise of the body positive movement has started the conversation about size, critical research about the impact of minority stress for people of size and how to create and offer size-informed care continues to be non-existent. How then do we provide the best level of care, advocate for, and foster positive communities for people of size? This presentation will strive to introduce a brief history on the historical intersections of fatness, race, gender, and class; what research is available regarding minority stress for people of size; and some ideas on how to provide quality care to people of size.


Elizabeth Chinn is a licensed social worker with her Masters in Social Work from Ohio State University. She has a background in political science, advocacy, and grant writing with deep interests in the intersections of body politics and how they relate to quality care for marginalized peoples. Elizabeth has been researching and presenting on critical fat studies for over ten years, but has lived in a fat body her whole life. She has recently expanded her commitment to fat advocacy by co-founding the Fat Babes Club of Columbus which seeks to create community for fat and marginalized folks living in Columbus, Ohio by improvising fostering visibility, community, and resource sharing. FBCC has recently been featured on NPR, The Today Show, and NBC.


Breakout #3ab- The Choice:' Fixing the Marriage or Ending it Well

Presenter: Margaret 'Charlie' Knerr, IMFT-S

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Often our clients are in the hard place of making the choice to end their marriage or they have no choice and their spouse has decided to end the marriage. This seminar offers information about the emotional, financial, and legal aspects of ending a marriage in a logical, yet, compassionate way. Workshop participants will gain resources to help clients know if it is possible for the marriage to be saved, as well as information to help clients end their relationship more thoughtfully.


Charlie Knerr is the Clinical Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at The Ohio State University. She is also the current Chair Person of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. In her clinical practice with couples, she often collaborates with Certified Divorce Financial Planners and Family Attorneys.


Breakout #4ab- Practice Guidelines for Emotional Support Animals

Presenters: Janet Hoy-Gerlach and Aviva Vincent

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are companion animals without any special training, who are denoted in writing by a licensed mental health professional to be a therapeutic necessity for someone living with a mental health condition that meets the legal definition of a disability. ESAs are recognized within federal disability legislation, with limited rights to those who have ESAs as accommodations for mental health disabilities. The aim of this session is to review empirical and theoretical literature, discuss how and why ESAs benefit people living with mental health disabilities, and provide emergent best practices and guidelines for designating and documenting ESA.


Janet is lead author of Human-Animal Interaction: A Social Work Guide. She’s been an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice on human-animal interaction, and co-founded/co-chairs the NASW Ohio Human-Animal Interaction Workgroup.  She’s an associate social work professor with extensive clinical experience. Her research explores Emotional Support Animal benefits.

Aviva Vincent is a veterinary social worker pursuing research in the biological impact that animals have on youth, specifically in the reduction on fear and anxiety in stressful situations, with a focus on application of  biofeedback measures. She is the Director of Program Quality at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; faculty at the University of Tennessee and CWRU. Aviva is co-founder and co-chair of the human-animal interactions workgroup with NASW-Oh.


Breakout #5ab- The damaging, hidden power of groupthink: Elevate critical thinking toward excellence in advocacy

Presenter: Naomi White, MSW

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This interactive workshop will define the concept of groupthink and then describe its influence on critical thinking, a necessary component of problem-solving, advocacy, and elevating successful interactions. This workshop will draw upon historically relevant case studies and events, with emphasis on the influence of groupthink on outcomes. An examination of these outcomes will highlight the significance of this concept on achieving the primary mission of the social work practice as well as the core values of this profession.


Naomi White, a faculty of 12 years in the School of Social Work at The University of Akron, earned her B.S.W. in Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh (PA), her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University (NY), and is currently a doctorate candidate in in the School of Education at Capella University (MN).


Breakout A- 11:45am- 1:15pm

1.5 Hour Workshops


Breakout #6a- The effect of organizational citizenship behavior on job satisfaction of child protective services workers in Ohio: A correlational study

Presenter: Dr. Carri Brown

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


The workshop is a presentation and discussion of research examining the relationship between organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) and job satisfaction among employees in a high-turnover industry: child protective services. OCB refers to pro-social, extra-role work actions performed voluntarily in addition to an employee’s specified job tasks. These actions can be directed toward people or toward organizations, and these non-task behaviors have been shown to improve organizational performance and employee job satisfaction. However, there is some concern that emphasizing extra-role behaviors can emotionally burden workers and create resource allocation conflicts. Learn more about how OCB impacts turn-over during this workshop.


Dr. Carri Brown is County Administrator for Fairfield County, Ohio.  She is a dedicated leader with 30+ years of experience in human services and public administration. She is a recognized thought leader who ensures quality, innovation, and service commitment across business and government entities. She is fascinated by organizational behavior.


Breakout #7a- Empowering Girls

Presenter: Presenter from ROX (Ruling Our Experiences)

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Breakout #8a- Hospice: The role of the Social Worker and Chaplain

Presenters: J.Rebekah James MSW, LSW and Randy Reed M.Div.

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


The workshop will be geared towards medical social workers or any social worker that would like more information about hospice care. The workshop will include what hospice can do for a patient with a terminal diagnosis, what the role of the social worker and chaplain is, and how their roles intersect.


Rebekah obtained her MSW from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. She will earn her DSW from Capella University in 2019.  Previously Rebekah has worked in the social service field with adolescents and early childhood education. She has worked in the healthcare arena for over 16 years and has found her passion, working with patients and family in Hospice care.  Rebekah has worked in Hospice care for the last two years. Rebekah is married with two children.

Randy Reed, MA, has served the Hospice community in the Dayton Ohio area for the past ten years.   He enjoys providing care with the team at Kindred Hospice as a staff chaplain, where he has served for the past five years.  Previously Randy has filled the roles of pastor, youth pastor, and Certified EMT-Paramedic.  Randy has a BA from The Ohio State University in Psychology and an MA from The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.  His main course of study has been and continues to be Pastoral Care.  He furthered his education with four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, the 4th unit being level II - focused on Hospice and care of the terminally ill and caregivers.  Randy is married to Yvonne.  They have two grown children and a Simba, a 4.5-year-old Siberian Husky.


Breakout #9a- Become a Tech Enabled Practitioner: Using Online Tools to Close Referral Gaps for Recovery from Addiction, Incarceration and Human Trafficking

Presenter: Bethany Friedrichsen

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Gaining access to recovery resources across the continuum of care can be tedious and sometimes takes hours, if not days. For professionals, it often takes extensive legwork to build relationships and learn the service provider landscape in order to make referrals quickly and effectively. In this workshop you will learn how, a new online solution can be used to connect to resources like addiction treatment, housing, basic needs, and employment in just three clicks and three seconds. The staff will share some exciting features they are currently developing with social workers in mind and will ask for your valuable insights on how they can best serve you in your day-to-day.


Bethany Friedrichsen is a graduate of the University of Akron with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After seeing firsthand what it was like to have a loved one struggling with addiction, Bethany decided she wanted to do her part to make a difference. In August, 2017, she joined as a database administrator. She has had the opportunity to see grow from its infancy to the statewide initiative it is today. Now as a regional manager, she’s taken on a more crucial role in community engagement and project leadership and has a strong desire to connect the caring community in Ohio to help those struggling with addiction, incarceration, and victims of human trafficking.


Breakout #10a- Serving Transgender Youth: Implications for Social Work Practice

Presenter: Gina Minot, MSW, LISW-S

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


This workshop will equip participants to provide best care to transgender youth in their social work practice. Participants will receive an overview of important terms and definitions, will discuss significant issues facing transgender youth today, will highlight practical ways that social workers can best serve transgender youth, and provide resources for transgender youth and their families.  This interactive workshop will encourage dialogue throughout the presentation and will allow opportunities for participants to share based on their experience in practice.


Gina Minot MSW, LISW-S (she/her/hers) is employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a THRIVE Gender Clinical Medical Social Worker.  In this role, she provides support and resources to transgender youth and their families.   Gina's background includes experience in mental health, substance use treatment, and crisis intervention.


Breakout #11a- Professional Development Session: Resume and Cover Letter Preparation

This workshop will assist conference attendees with writing a resume and cover letters for social work jobs. This workshop does not provide CEU credit.

Breakout B and C- 1:30- 3:00pm AND 3:30- 5:00pm


3-Hour Workshops

Breakout #12bc- What's Not to Like?  Ethics Challenges Related to Social Media and Technology

Presenter: Diane M. Wright, LISW-S

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


In this presentation, we will explore new challenges in social work ethics. Challenges related to technology and the evolution of service provision, including challenges related to dual relationships, technology use during service provision, HIPAA and 42CFR, security challenges, and related issues such as the hiring of peers within agency settings will be discussed. The presentation will include an overview of updates to the Ohio CSWMFT rules and laws and NASW Code of Ethics related to technology and social media. Attendees will also participate in exercises that will help consider the ways these issues are impacting their own practice settings.


Diane Wright is the Vice President of Quality Management and Compliance at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, where she has worked for over 25 years.  She is an adjunct instructor at UC, NKU, and Spalding University, and has been an accreditation surveyor for CARF for over 15 years.


Breakout #13bc- Understanding Individual Accessibility Needs

Presenter: Beth Glas

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop is for practitioners who work with seniors and people with physical disabilities to better understand accessibility. Social workers are often responsible for fulfilling housing modification recommendations made by medical professionals. This workshop clarifies the purpose of modifications and the difference between accessibility features. It begins with an overview of accessibility terms and assessments, followed by accessibility features and how they meet different needs and goals. Attendees will learn how to discuss modifications and assist clients in getting reasonable modifications in housing. The course ends with a case study activity where attendees identify one needed modification and resource to achieve the modification.


Beth Glas is the Executive Vice President of Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) and Director of the Anderson Center for Accessible Living. Beth provides accessibility and aging-in-place workshops, tours of MAHO’s fully accessible Demonstration Unit, and outreach programming. Beth has provided accessible housing education to hundreds of people.

Breakout B- 1:30- 3:00pm

1.5 Hour Workshops


Breakout #14b- #Elevate Yourself: Body Positivity

Presenters: Rashel Krankovich-Baum, MSW and Emily Harpur, MSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Talk about body positivity is everywhere, but what does it mean? In this workshop, we’ll talk about what body image is and the characteristics that are positive or negative. We’ll review research on how social media is making an impact on body image, particularly for adolescents. We will also provide tools and resources to challenge media messages and build body positivity among clients.


Rashel received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.) degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and her Masters of Social Work (M.S.W) degree from Ohio University.  Rashel assists clients coping with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. She specializes in working with individual adolescents and young adults, along with their family supports and in a group setting. Rashel utilizes a blend of cognitive behavioral, solution focused and client centered therapy, while incorporating elements of family based therapy. Rashel is skilled in crisis intervention and safety assessments. She has experience in community mental health and international humanitarian aid.

Emily graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned her Master's of Social Work  at The Ohio State University.  She currently works at Cosan Counseling as an outpatient therapist.  She has over 6 years of experience working in eating disorders and crisis intervention with youth coping with severe depression, anxiety and self-harm.  She incorporates a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and client centered therapy with additional focus on mindfulness in her treatment.


Breakout #15b- Community Minded: The importance of Place in building Community Resiliency

Presenter: Dr. Audra Martin

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


What makes a community resilient? This workshop will explore the answer. Participants will learn about tools that can identify a community’s capacity to produce resiliency, how to build resiliency through community partnerships and relationships, and how to help a community thrive after a trauma occurs.


Dr. Audra Martin is a qualified leader in the social services field extending over twenty-three years in various capacities such as grass roots organizations and community agencies. She is an Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University; Adjunct faculty at Malone University; and Co-Founder/CEO of House of G.R.A.C.E. Residential Services, LLC.


Breakout #16b- Treating Suicidal and Self Harming Individuals Without Burning Out

Presenter: Samantha Mishne, LISW-S, LICDC-CS

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Participants will learn how to adapt Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), the evidenced-based treatment for suicidal and self-harming behavior, to meet their clinical environment and decrease therapist burn-out. The four components of adherent DBT-individual therapy: consultation team, skills group, and phone coaching will be explored with the utilization of case examples.


Samantha Mishne, LISW-S, LICDC-CS has been a clinician for 20 years who was psychodynamically trained and has spent the last 8 years practicing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to treat suicidal and self harming adolescents and adults.  She is also an adjunct faulty at Case Western Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.


Breakout #17b- Professional Development Session: Acing the job interview

This workshop will assist conference attendees with finding jobs and doing well during an interview. This workshop does not provide CEU credit.


Breakout C- 3:30- 5:00pm

1.5-Hour Workshops


Breakout #19c- #PrisonToPopulation

Presenter: Shavonda Johnson, MSW, LSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


In this session, participants will have the opportunity to become informed about the topic of recidivism, which, in short is the rate at which individuals are released from prison and come back to prison within a three-year window. Participants will learn about services that are available in prison as well as become informed of what steps are taken to help the offender reintegrate back into the community. Participants will also spend time reflecting on ways that they can personally contribute to helping reduce overall recidivism.


Shavonda L. Johnson MSW, LSW works within Ohio’s prison system where she is a therapist in the mental health department. Shavonda has a passion for both mental health and reintegration post release from prison. Shavonda presented a TEDx talk in 2018 about substance abuse, mental health and incarceration.


Breakout #20c- Guiding providers: screening and referring for eating disorder treatment

Presenter: Whitney S. Hill, LISW-S

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop will help providers to identify eating disorders in clients and know when to refer to higher levels of care. Participants will also receive information about what happens at higher levels of care for clients that are referred and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach.


Whitney Hill, LISW-S: Whitney is the Director of M’s Place Partial Hospitalization Program at The Center for Balanced Living. The Center specializes in treating those with eating disorders. Whitney has been at The Center for six years and has served in both outpatient counseling and PHP. Prior to that, her experience was mostly in treating those with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental illness as well as treating family systems. Whitney is very excited to present on this topic, as she is passionate about making sure those who need treatment for eating disorders are properly identified. Eating disorders are a less familiar issue for most providers, so she values the opportunity to have open dialogue in figuring out what is most helpful for practitioners to know.


Breakout #21c- The Ethics of Facilitating Critical Consciousness in Social Work Education

Presenter: Rachael A. Richter, DSW, ACSW, LISW-S

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


The purpose of this workshop is to interrogate the commonly accepted pedagogical practice of teaching about social justice through student development of critical consciousness. The workshop explores critical pedagogy with an emphasis on relevant professional values, ethical, and educational standards. The session will include a discussion about the tensions and potential problems inherent in a critical consciousness approach. The workshop will conclude with some suggested alternatives for teaching about social justice and strategies for facilitating difficult dialogue. Participants will engage in personal reflection and group dialogue.


Rachael is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Western New Mexico University. She received her DSW from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas where the focus of her dissertation was on the scholarship of teaching and learning online. She also has over 25 years of social work practice experience.


Breakout #22c- Addressing the Link: Ohio initiatives to engage social workers through cross-reporting

Presenters: Aviva Vincent, PhD, LMSW, VSW, Bethanie Poe, PhD, MSW, VSW, Shelby McDonald, PhD, MSW, and Vicki Deisner

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Animal abuse and cruelty is a potential indicator and precursor of inter-personal violence (IPV). The Link is a term explaining the concordance of animal abuse and IPV. Similar to IPV, animal abuse is often grounded in power and control dynamics that can range from a very young age (training and grooming) or elder adulthood (elder abuse). Though pets are regarded as property by US law, most people identify pets as part of the family unit. However, documenting cases, bringing charges, and achieving justice is difficult; and cross-reporting systems are often absent altogether we seek to change this dynamic.


Aviva Vincent is a veterinary social worker pursuing research in the biological impact that animals have on youth, specifically in the reduction on fear and anxiety in stressful situations, with a focus on application of  biofeedback measures. She is the Director of Program Quality at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; faculty at the University of Tennessee and CWRU. Aviva is founder and co-chair of the human-animal interactions workgroup with NASW-Oh.


Breakout #23c- Stigma hurts: How stigma of mental illness affects families and what social workers can do

Presenter: Jina Sang, PhD, MSSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Stigma is a severe social problem that affects many individuals with mental illness and their families. Persons with mental illness often avoid seeking professional help due to the misconceptions about mental disorders that still prevail in the society. This is an issue not only among the general public but also well-trained mental health professionals subscribe to biased prejudice and stereotypes about mental illness and show stigmatizing attitudes about persons with mental illness. This presentation will introduce social workers to stigma of mental illness and explore the social workers’ roles in reducing stigma of mental illness.


Jina Sang, PhD, MSSW, is an associate professor at the University of Akron School of Social Work. She has worked with children and families as a clinical social worker in mental health settings. She conducts research on parent-child relationships, children’s mental health, and family stress. She has also published books on parent-child relationships and mental health in Asian countries including Korea, China, and Thailand.


Breakout #24c- Medical Aid-in-Dying: Perspectives from The Front Line

Presenters: Lisa Vigil Schattinger, MSN, RN and Amy Musser, RN MSN, CNP, ACHPN

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop will provide social workers with an overview of medical aid-in-dying and its impact on end-of-life care. Lisa Vigil Schattinger and Amy Musser have both personal and professional experiences with aid-in-dying. They journeyed from Oregon to Ohio, and back again, and have unique insights into the end-of-life experiences of the terminally ill in states with and without medical aid-in-dying laws. Attendees will learn more about what medical aid-in-dying means and the process for terminally patients. The presenters will compare and contrast end-of-life discussions, resources, and experiences in states where medical aid-in-dying is and is not an option.


Lisa Vigil Schattinger, MSN, RN is the Executive Director/Founder of Ohio End of Life Options, advocates for medical aid-in-dying. In 2014 her terminally ill stepfather used Oregon's Death with Dignity law. His family was at his side when he died peacefully on his own terms.


Amy Musser, RN MSN, CNP, ACHPN is an Ohio native specializing in palliative/hospice care. She spent six years of her career in Oregon where aid-in-dying is an option for terminally ill patients. Now back in Ohio, Ms. Musser has unique perspectives on end-of-life discussions and experiences.


Breakout #25c- Self-Care for Social Work and the Social Worker

Presenter: Sarah Balser, MPH, MSW

1.5 CEUs for social workers


This workshop will focus on building social workers’ self-care practices. The focus will be on a baseline for a healthy lifestyle, different forms of self-care, and ways to incorporate self-care into workplace and daily life. The presenter will explore ways to make self-care a part of the workplace culture.


Sarah Balser earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Social Work (MSW). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Sarah's interests in self-care began as a volunteer hospital advocate for her local rape crisis center almost a decade ago. As a former health coach with Cleveland Clinic, Sarah led stress management programming for clients across the world. She has dedicated most of her work to helping clients manage stress and live their best lives.


Breakout #26c- Restorative Justice Arts and Practices

Presenters: Deron Bell and Daniel Cook

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


What is restorative justice and how are can the arts be integrated? Come to this workshop to find out from presenters who are doing this work in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The workshop will include mock scenarios utilizing restorative justice principles that the presenters have developed that integrate arts.


Deron Bell Licensed Trainer of Restorative Practices 2015 (IIRP) International Institute of Restorative Practices and Music Director Dayton Contemporary Dance Company started Restorative Justice Arts in 2015 and had received an award for their works by Dec 2016 in Columbus from The Department of Youth Services and Juvenile Court Judges.


ELDER- Daniel A. Cook ‘Jazzy’ is a Restorative Justice Arts Site Coordinator for after school programs as well as juvenile detention. Hes also a musician, singer, music director, songwriter, recording artist and minister. His style reflected the sounds of Motown, jazz, blues, and gospel with a little country and youth choir director and mentor that uses our My Music Ed App!


Breakout #27c- Professional Development Session: Roundtable for potential students in BSW, MSW, Ph.D., and DSW programs

This workshop will be an open forum for conference attendees to meet with BSW, MSW, Ph. D., and DSW programs. This workshop does not provide CEU credit.


Day 2 - November 15


Breakout D and E- 11:45 am- 3:00pm

3-Hour Workshops


Breakout #28de- 9 Major Practice Problem Areas Facing Mental Health Therapists

Presenter: Glenn Karr, JD

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


Glenn Karr, an attorney with decades of experience working in the health care field and with mental health therapists, will prepare you to avoid issues that can result in a complaint. This workshop prepares you to solve problems in high-risk settings. Much of the presentation is devoted to current and recently adopted licensing board rules, as well as new HIPAA rules, and their impact on your practice.


Glenn Karr is an attorney whose practice areas include CSWMFT Board complaint defense; guidance on types of entities - corporation, LLC, or sole proprietorship; independent contractor vs. employee issues; leases and contractual documents; practice forms review, including HIPAA issues and audits; advice on duty to protect, abuse reporting situations; other laws and rules affecting your practice; employment issues, ADA, age discrimination, unemployment compensation; non-competition issues; responding to subpoenas and court testimony; how to leave a practice and set up your own; multi-disciplinary practice issues; Medicare and Medicaid issues; and dealing with managed care plans and insurance companies. He writes the Legal Corner column in the NASW Ohio Chapter newsletter.


Breakout #29de- Best Practice Supervisory Ethics in the Era of Telemental Health, Social Media and E-Communications

Presenter: Charles D. Safford, LCSW

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics and supervision requirement)


This workshop will address the ethical complexities of providing supervision via teleconferencing, including issues related to the protection of client privacy and confidentiality under HIPAA, the Hi-Tech Act, and the Final Omnibus Rule of March 2013. The workshop will also provide an overview of privacy concerns and solutions in the era of social media and e-communications so that supervisors are prepared to instruct their supervisees in the legal and ethical use of these modes of communication in ways that meet guidelines under HIPAA and its two updates.


Charlie Safford, LCSW is the founder and President of, Inc., a national knowledge company providing continuing education curriculum.  He has over 35 years of experience as a clinician and consultant, with over 25 years of experience developing and delivering best practices training programs for business and mental health audiences.


Breakout #30de- Ethics and Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work

Presenter: Carole Mae Olson, ACSW, LICSW

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


This workshop is intended for social workers in all settings and positions, not just the clinical, therapeutic mental health setting. The session will cover key concepts in risk management, such as confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to warn, and informed consent. We will also present the major reasons why social workers are sued and what you can do about those risks. Come and join us in our refreshed risk management workshop “Ethics and Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work" brought to you by NASW Assurance Services, Inc. We want to give social workers peace of mind not only through our malpractice solutions but also by providing relevant content and educational information to help mitigate any potential risk during the social work journey.


Carole Mae Olson is a former Trustee of the National Association of Social Workers Insurance Trust.  She recently retired after thirteen years as Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is a licensed practitioner who worked primarily in Family Service settings with a focus on family violence issues and self-help programs. A long-time member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she has been a Chapter President, a member and Treasurer of the National Board of Directors, and Chair of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification.  Carole Mae has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.


Breakout #31de- What Does Sexual Orientation Orient, Really?

Presenter: Edward J. Magiste, Ph.D., MSW, LSW

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


Participants will deepen their understanding of what it means to work with LGBTQ individuals and empower them to confront personal issues while coping with political identities beyond building an identity, coping with life development, partnering issues, and coping with aging and illness.


Ed Magiste is in private practice with Allied Behavioral Health Services in Fairview Park, Ohio.  He also teaches at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron as an adjunct in their Schools of Social Work.  He began his social work career in 1981 and has practices in substance abuse, mental health, and HIV/AIDS treatment and management over his years in service.


Breakout #32de- Trauma Relief at Your Fingertips

Presenter: Tijana Coso, BA, MA

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Leading experts on traumatic stress offer a new paradigm for healing and one approach is available right at your fingertips. It's called Tapping/Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). In this program, participants discover how to reduce the high levels of vicarious trauma and burnout with evidenced-based EFT so that they can then teach it to their clients. Clinical trials have shown that EFT lowers stress reactions in the body and reduces the emotional impact of traumatic memories while positively influencing gene expression. This is a highly experiential workshop. Participants will apply EFT to their own circumstances in order to learn how to teach it to clients.


Using Emotional Freedom Technique Tijana offers live experiential professional development programs, continuing education and corporate retreats.  In addition she also specializes by offering her EFT expertise to assist with trauma-informed care, secondary trauma, unconscious bias and with those battling addiction. Her corporate work addresses unconscious bias as it relates to successful work teams, attitude and managing people.


Breakout D- 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1.5 Hour Workshops


Breakout #33d- How micro practice professionals can more effectively help those we serve

Presenters: Larry Heller and Gary Daniels

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


The Code of Ethics mandates that all social workers engage in practice that advances social justice. This workshop will explore why and how clinical social workers can integrate this work into clinical practice. The workshop will address how systemic issues impact clients, why public policy advocacy matters to clients, and how to overcome systemic barriers that impact clients. The presenters will discuss the importance of participation, including a how-to regarding testifying before the Ohio legislature.


Larry does direct practice, but also recognizes how systemic and public policy issues impact clients. Larry serves on several Opiate Task Forces, including several counties and U.S. Attorney/DOJ Opiate Task Force, Mental Health Advisory Committee, Homeless Outreach Committee, Reentry Committee. Larry recently testified before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee.


Gary Daniels has more than 20+ years assisting homeless, refugees, immigrants, and people formerly incarcerated. He works for the ACLU of Ohio and also serves with the Center for Constitutional Rights & National Coalition Against Censorship, the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE), and formerly with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Community Shares of Mid-Ohio.


Breakout #34d- The Eating Part of Eating Disorders: What goes wrong and what to do about it

Presenter: Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RDN, LD

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop will bring together practical, effective techniques for addressing a wide array of disordered dietary issues such as client reported allergies/intolerances, disturbances to meal patterns, timing, content, and diet restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Presented by a highly experienced dietitian with over twelve years of working with eating disorder clients, this workshop be a blend of research and clinical application presented in an engaging and informative format.


Hilmar Wagner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Minnesota. He has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 12 years, he currently serves as the Training Coordinator for Nutrition Services and Clinical Outreach Specialist for the Emily Program. Hilmar has presented on a wide range of nutrition topics at local, regional and national conferences.


Breakout #35d- The Case for Pets: The Intersection of Human and Animal Welfare

Presenters: Garrett Parsons, BSW, LSW and Lauren Stoll, MSW, LSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Our world is divided in many ways. Take for example, the world of animal welfare and that of human social welfare. Despite the consistent overlap of these areas, many social workers are new to the ways that animal welfare impacts our work. Our workshop aims to challenge the notion that these areas should not overlap and prove that social workers are uniquely positioned to be actively engaged in both human and animal welfare issues. Further, we hope to ignite excitement in other social workers around how this engagement benefits our profession and changes lives. We will dive into the specifics of some unique and successful intervention models pioneered by social workers here in Ohio.


Garrett is a Licensed Social Worker who works at Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati as head of the Pet Support Program. He works to keep families and their pets together through the crisis of homelessness and poverty. He also coordinates the volunteer and foster program to ensure pets are cared for and to expand the program to fill the need in the community. Garrett believes in the importance of keeping pets and families together to prevent trauma to the family and keep pets out of animal shelters. In addition to being a social worker, Garrett is heavily involved in animal rescue as a capture specialist for the Clifton Deer Fertility Control Pilot Program and is involved with United Coalition for Animals’ (UCAN) Trap Neuter Return program


Lauren Stoll, MSW, LSW, works at Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, an affordable housing provider in Cincinnati, Ohio.  There, she empowers individuals and families with varying histories of mental illness, substance use, and homelessness experience to overcome social, emotional, and financial barriers with an ultimate goal of housing stability.  Her background is in crisis intervention specifically with survivors of sexual, domestic, and intimate-partner violence.  She received her MSW from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 with a focus on macro practice and advocacy.


Breakout #36d- Cultural Humility within the Mental Health Profession

Presenters: Melinda D. Love and Tish Hodges

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


This workshop will empower clinicians to serve their clients with an enhanced cultural awareness. The role of cultural humility in the treatment process will be defined, explored, and processed. Real life "ripped from the headlines" case studies will be addressed from a clinical perspective. Self-assessment and organization implantation will also be addressed. This process will be a safe space and timely experience.


Melinda D. Love is the principle of New Haven Wellness Services, LLC.  She is a certified substance use disorder counselor in Missouri with 15 yrs. of experience.  For 10+ years now, she has presented various workshops for NASW-Missouri and other regional and national conferences.  Her primary focus has been addictions, but other topics have included autism and spirituality.


Breakout #37d- International Treatment of Childhood Disorders

Presenters: Hayfa Bouzouita and Kevin Arnold

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop will explore issues related to mental health disorders within children, internationally. The presenters will provide information on how practitioners can work with pediatricians who are often the main provider for children who are diagnosed with childhood disorders. The workshop will present different treatments and assessment options including the application of the ‘Coping Cat’ which is a brief cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment for childhood anxiety.


Hayfa is a dedicated trilingual Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist, licensed in France and Tunisia. She currently works under the supervision of Dr. Kathryn Zaenah at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CCBT). Prior to joining CCBT, Hayfa worked in France and Tunisia in Psychiatric Hospitals, Medical Centers, Schools and in Private Practice.


Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D., ABPP, President, APA Division 42 Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology ( Director and President, The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy of Greater Columbus ( Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, OSU Wexner Medical Center President, American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology


Breakout #38d- Professional Development Session: Negotiating Salary

This workshop will assist conference attendees with negotiating salary. This workshop does not provide CEU credit.


Breakout E and F- 1:30- 3:00pm AND 3:30- 5:00pm

3-Hour Workshop


Breakout #39ef- The Paradox of Helping in Groups

Presenters: Renda Ross and Robert Bennett

3 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Groups are as diverse as the participants; yet, there are common themes observed in small group systems. Practice challenges involve (1) planning for meetings, (2) self-awareness in relation to ‘the other,’ and (4) operationalizing self-determination while supporting group agency. This workshop includes knowledge, skills, and values to enhance group work practice.


Dr. Renda Ross has over 25 years of clinical experience and teaching in higher education. She is independently licensed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapy Board (supervisory designation). Dr. Ross' areas of expertise include working with individuals, couples & groups, using evidence based practices in behavioral health and wellness. At Capital University, she currently serves as department Chair and BSW Program Director (and previously served 2014-2017). Dr. Ross was Field Education Director (1999-2006). In 2010, she oversaw the department's reaccreditation (by Council on Social Work Education-Commission on Reaccreditation). Dr. Ross is a longstanding member of Capital’s Undergraduate Symposium Committee and previously chaired the Faculty Development Committee. As an active member of the National Association of Social Workers-Ohio Chapter, Dr. Ross has overseen NASW-OH’s Annual Conference poster session since 2009 where students, academics, and professionals disseminate research/scholarship. Her current research is focused on: Exploring engagement, participation, and leadership within a multi-cultural context: A unique non-profit service model. (See She maintains a small practice in Dublin, Ohio.


Dr. Robert Bennett is in his second year as an Assistant Professor at Capital University.  He teaches social policy practice and field courses.  Dr. Bennett earned his Master of Social Work and PhD from The Ohio State University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio. Dr. Bennett was selected for a two-year clinical fellowship at OSU’s Counseling and Consultation Services where he provided individual and group social psychotherapy to college students. Dr. Bennett's research focus is poverty and material hardship in the United States.  His most recent publication was a psychometric study of a tool to measure social workers’ attributions for poverty, and it was printed in the Journal of Social Work Education.


Breakout E- 1:30- 3:00pm

1.5 Hour Workshops


Breakout #40e- Misconceptions About Eating Disorders: Evidence against what we've been taught to Believe

Presenters: Danielle Castro, LISW and Elise Knueven, LISW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This presentation will educate participants about eating disorders (types, causes, symptoms, and common misconceptions that are widely believed about eating disorders). Participants will learn why misconceptions are untrue, explain why these misconceptions exist, and provide education regarding true facts about eating disorders from literature as well as from experience as professionals working in the field of eating disorders. Multiple audience engagement activities will be presented throughout the workshop to increase learning and understanding.


Danielle Castro is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who graduated from the University of Toledo with her MSW. She has been an Intensive Outpatient Therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s eating disorder program for almost two years and also holds a caseload of outpatients at the clinic.


Elise Knueven is an independently licensed social worker who graduated with an MSW from The Ohio State University. She has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for three years at the Eating Disorder Program and primarily works in the Partial Hospitalization Program.


Breakout #41e- Creative and Sensory Interventions with Traumatized Children

Presenter: Pamela Miller, LISW-S, JD

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This training will begin by introducing the connection between creative and sensory interventions, and the neurobiology of trauma. Participants will then be introduced to six innovative interventions that can be used with child clients, including music for grief work, art therapy for terrorism and violence, body maps for treating dissociation, therapeutic stories using a sand tray, dance/movement for emotional expression and body safety, and modeling clay for self-soothing.  This training is based on the book "Creative Interventions for Traumatized Children" edited by Cathi Malchiodi and forward by Bruce Perry.  Participants will leave with practical tools to use in psychotherapy, case management, child welfare, or any service setting with traumatized children.


Pamela J. Miller is psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of young children in foster care for trauma and attachment disorders.  She is a Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified TF-CBT Therapist, and trained in Theraplay, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Sensory-Integrated Therapy, and many other modalities.  She is also a former child welfare attorney and currently serves as a national expert for the Center for Child Policy, the Coalition on Migrant Children, and on several committees for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.  She is an NASW Ohio board member and the Director of Region 6.


Breakout #42e- Stress, Resilience, and the Science of Self-Care

Presenter: Michelle Kreidler, MSW, LSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Research has demonstrated that high levels of stress can change both the structure and function of our brain. When stress is chronic and pervasive, it takes a significant toll on our minds and bodies. This workshop will identify interventions that help to mitigate the harmful effects of stress. Interventions identified are applicable to both clients and social work practitioners.


Michelle Kreidler, MSW, LSW, has been a social worker for 25 years. She has experience in case management, therapy, and supervision in both behavioral health and child welfare. She is currently in private practice as a therapist, trainer and consultant.


Breakout F- 3:30- 5:00pm

1.5-Hour Workshops


Breakout #43f- Stress Buster with EFT

Presenter: Tijana Coso, BA, MA

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


You spend your days helping others, but who is there to help you when stress and burnout threaten not only your well-being but also your positive influence on your clients, co-workers, and in your personal relationships? Self-care isn't selfish. Have you heard of Meridian Tapping, an evidence-based stress and anxiety relief method? In this practical and action-oriented program, you will learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also called tapping for stress relief. Tapping does not eliminate your stressors, but it can stop your body from reacting so that you show up as the best version of yourself whether in work or simply in life. The beauty of learning EFT is that it is a self-regulation technique that can help you to reduces stressful triggers anytime you need.


Tijana Coso, BA, MA, Certified EFT  Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tijana offers live experiential staff programs, continuing education, and corporate retreats.  In addition, she specializes by offering her EFT expertise to assist with trauma-informed care, secondary trauma, unconscious bias and with those battling addiction. Her corporate work addresses unconscious bias as it relates to successful work teams, attitude and managing people. Tijana is one of the only certified EFT professionals who offers live EFT training within the Midwest for CE and corporate engagements.


Breakout #44f- School Social Work: Missing Links, Connecting Mental Health Services for Students

Presenters: Martha Jones, MSW, Betsy Youse, Caryl Yoo, MSW, and Faith Gordon

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop will review school social work and how our practice is utilized currently. We will guide participants to what school social workers are doing to reduce and eliminate barriers to academic success in the public-school system while working with community based mental health providers. The workshop will conclude with a panel of practicing school social workers and community partners to present successes and concerns as they pertain to current Ohio Department of Education directives.


Martha Jones earned her BSW and MSW from The Ohio State University. She is entering her 5th year with Columbus City School having previously worked with Mansfield City Schools. She is proficient in Trauma Informed Practices, Restorative Practices, Suicide Prevention and Intervention and Multi-Systemic Therapy. Martha currently serves on the board of the Ohio School Social Work Association as the Central Region Rep. and Awards Chair; and is a previous member of NASW.


Caryl Yoo has been a school social worker at Cleveland Heights High School for the past twenty years.  She is on the Board of the Ohio School Social Work Association as a Programs Director and has served as Second Vice President, Awards Chair, and Programs Director in the past.  Her expertise include Suicide Intervention and Prevention, Trauma Informed Practices, Multi Systemic Family Interventions, Group work such as Girls Circle and Why Try, Mindfulness practices, violence prevention and interventions, and grief supportive practices.


Elizabeth Youse received her BSW from the University of Vermont and her MSW from The Ohio State University.   Her career includes: child protection, foster care, adoption, and community and home-based family therapy.   A licensed School Social Worker, she has worked in public schools since 2007.


Breakout #45f- Using the Risk-Need-Responsivity (R-N-R) Model to Elevate the Probation and Parole Officer-Social Worker Relationship

Presenters: Joanne Lunceford, MSSA, Krystal Martin, MSSA, LISW-S, and Felicia Hayes, MSHSM, MSSA, LSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This workshop will deliver an overview of the criminal justice system and identify community corrections’ role in the continuum. Participants will take a retrospective look at significant past practices of the field and their implications in the offender population and their communities. Evolving current practices will be discussed, with an in-depth presentation of the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) framework that guides how the field uses the principles of effective interventions to change offender behavior. It will explore how probation, parole, and social work professionals can work together to reduce recidivism and maximize the effectiveness of justice-involved clients’ success in the community.


Joanne Lunceford is the Founder/Executive Director of The Peace Project. She has also worked as a macro/mezzo social work and criminal justice professional for over 22 years. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and General Studies. She is currently a DSW student at the University of Southern California. She obtained her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and her BA in Black World Studies with a minor in Political Science from Miami University.


Krystal Martin, MSSA, LISW-S earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Sociology minor from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has over 25 years of experience in the mental health, domestic violence, child welfare, criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, and trauma-responsive care fields, and has also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice. She is currently a Social Work adjunct instructor at The Ohio State University.  Felicia Hayes is a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio. She has over 24 years in the social services and criminal justice fields. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Capital University, a Master’s Degree in Human Service Management from Franklin University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University.


Breakout #46f- Principle-Centered Leadership: An Exemplary Social Work Practice

Presenter: Richard Karges LISW-S, ACSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


Professional social workers are often called upon to assume leadership or management responsibilities, either formally or informally. This is often due to the nature and scope of our training and ability to function as decision-makers, advocates and “change agents.” It is important that as social workers, we recognize, promote and embrace this role as an essential aspect of who we are, what we do, and how we serve others as leaders guided by a core set of values, beliefs and principles. This workshop will review the importance and relevance of principle-centered leadership to the overall formulation, direction, and purpose of social policy, practice and innovation.


Richard R. Karges, has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the behavioral healthcare field. He the Owner and CEO of Leadership Management Rick has been published and interviewed in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine and has contributed to several other professional journals and academic manuscripts addressing mental health issues and practice areas. He received both his BS and MSW degrees from The Ohio State University and completed training at the US Army Academy of Health Sciences. He is a member of NASW and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. More information is available at


Breakout #47f- Drug Enforcement Agency 360 Program- Community Outreach

Presenters: Lorna S. McLain and James Goodwin

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


DEA 360 is a comprehensive approach to tackling the cycle of violence and addiction generated by the link between drug cartels, violent gangs, and the rising problem of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl abuse in U.S. cities. DEA 360 involves many facets including coordinated law enforcement operations targeting all levels of drug trafficking organizations and violent gangs supplying drugs to neighborhoods. The program also engages drug manufacturers, wholesalers, practitioners, and pharmacists through diversion control to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic and encourage responsible prescribing practices and use of opioid painkillers throughout the medical community. This workshop will connect attendees to the program and its use in the community.


Lorna McLain has been working in the field of Education and Outreach for the past 20 years.  She has been involved with organizations to help parents advocate for their needs and also assist them with local and national resources.  Lorna has also worked with families that have substance abuse and families that have Emotional and Psychological needs.  As part of the DEA 360 program she trains and allows the community to have resources and gain valuable knowledge about the prescription drug abuse and heroin problems in our communities.


Breakout #48f- How to Help Trauma Survivors

Presenters: J Richard Romaniuk, Ph.D, LISW-S, LICDC, Annie Thornton, MA, LSW, LCDCIII, and Cynthia Moore, LSW, CDCA

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


There are biological, emotional, and behavioral consequences after surviving traumatic events. People often self-medicate painful memories and avoid social contact due to the harm that has been done to their vision of the ‘just’ world. Stress and abuse of drugs affect brain chemistry in such a way that they change neuronal functioning. The biology of stress and addiction helps us to understand why recovery often requires long-term cognitive, behavioral, and environmental treatment. During recovery, trauma survivors learn emotional regulation skills and resiliency and how to rebuild trust toward others. One of the resources that many of them found helpful is the community built around the Celebrate Recovery program.


J. Richard Romaniuk, PhD, LISW-S, LICDC is a lecturer at the MSASS CWRU. Previously, he worked at the VA as a social worker and in the School of Medicine, CWRU as a neuroscientist. He participated in national VA and state NASW committees. He was a member of the ADAMHS Board.


Annie Thornton, MA, LSW, LCDCIII obtained her Master of Social Services Administration from Case Western Reserve University, concentration of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD). For 18 years, Annie assisted various populations with life stressors (co-occurring disorders and trauma) to receive wrap around services to maintain holistic lifestyles in their community. Cynthia Moore, LSW, CDCA has spent 25 years in Child Welfare. She received her Master’s of Social Services Administration from CWRU. Her concentration was Alcohol and Other Drug. Working with people affected by addiction has become her passion. She is active in the 12-step faith based program called Celebrate Recovery.


Breakout #49f- Risk and Assessment of Homicidal Youth: A School Social Work Perspective

Presenter: Heather Koontz, MSW

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency (meets ethics requirement)


This training will teach professionals, with a specific focus on school social work, the developmental and ecological risk factors of homicidal youth from applied research. We will explore screening and assessment tools for identifying risk factors and provide recommendations on how to appropriately intervene and access help. An ethical review of social work obligations and license requirements for duty to protect will be provided.


Heather Koontz is a School Social Worker at Allen East Local School District where she provides mental health services to middle and high school students, including screening, assessment, therapy, case management, and prevention. Heather has experience as an administrator, therapist, crisis specialist and social work educator for over 21 years. She was a field researcher for the publication of the DSM 5 and has provided social work presentations on Ethics across the state.


Breakout #50f- Situational Risk Factors Associated with Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the Black Church and Interventions to keep Black Children Safe

Presenter: Ebony Speakes-Hall, DSW, LISW-S

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency


This presentation seeks to explore the problem of child sexual abuse within the Black Church by applying a situational crime prevention (SCP) lens to this issue in four stages. The first stage is the origins and application of SCP by criminologists to explore situational indicators that put children at risk within institutions. The second stage is the emergence of the Black Church as a protective factor from historical trauma experienced by African Americans. The third stage is situational risk factors within the Black Church that make kids unsafe: a patriarchal leadership structure, the legacy of independent churches, the lack of organizational oversight, racial loyalty, and the rejection of formal training for ministry. Finally the last stage interventions to keep black children safe from child sexual abuse within the Black Church will be explored.


Ebony Speakes-Hall, is an Assistant Professor and Field Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work program at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She was awarded her Masters I of Divinity in Theology from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University. Dr. Speakes-Hall serves as the NASW National Vice President. She is an active board member for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio where she serves as the Equity Officer. She has dedicated her life to cause of social justice. Ebony believes that it is impossible to explore micro issues without addressing the influences of systemic forms of oppression.



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