The Department of Social Work and Northern Pines Community Mental Health Center present the
Supervision Training Seminar Series
As of August 1, 2011, the State of Minnesota Board of Social Work requires 30 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for licensed social workers to be able to supervise LSW, LGSW, LISW and LICSW professionals. The entire Supervision Training Seminar Series has been approved for 24 CEHs (6 CEHs per day).
All seminars will be held at The College of St. Scholastica Brainerd Campus, located at Central Lakes Community and Technical College. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. each day.
Box lunch is included.
CSS Field Partners
$35/day or $120 for all 4 days ($30/day)
$70/day or $260 for all 4 days ($65/day)
Day 1: Building Blocks and Ethical Dilemmas | Aug. 16
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Morning Session: Building Blocks of Supervision
Presenter: Shelly Richardson, MSW, LICSW
9 a.m. - Noon
Supervision, whether clinical or administrative, requires an understanding of power and authority in relationships, and the ability to recognize when to coach and when to direct a supervisee. Learn and leave with tools for relationship building through a supervision genogram exercise, communication builders such as how to give feedback, ways to improve your supervision techniques with a supervisor survey, and concepts for understanding the supervisory relationship through the developmental stages of supervision. Foundational knowledge and skills will be the focus of the training and helpful for any supervisor.
Shelly Richardson, MSW, LICSW has provided case management services for Crow Wing County Social Services in the fields of child protection and children’s mental health. Her clinical experiences have been carried out through Northern Pines Mental Health Center and include individual, group and family therapy in the home and school settings. Shelly has provided clinical supervision in the community since 2007 and serves as an adjunct faculty for The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program. She is committed to ongoing learning as a professional and has begun her dissertation research in the field of social work.
Afternoon Session: Social Work Supervision: The Code of Ethics and Common Ethical Dilemmas
Presenter: Kim Westaway, MSW, LICSW
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Code of Ethics outlines the values, principles and standards essential to social work practice. It is a key tool that can be used to ensure ethical practice in the field of social services. During the training, we will discuss how the Code of Ethics can be used as a guide in supervision. We will also be utilizing the Code of Ethics as a framework to discuss ethical dilemmas commonly faced in supervision. Attendees will leave with valuable tools to practice ethical supervision in a variety of settings.
Kimberly Westaway, MSW, LICSW coordinates the Northern Pines school-based programs for early childhood through 8th grade in the Brainerd school district. She has been with Northern Pines Mental Health Center since 2008. Her clinical experiences include in-home family therapy and individual and group therapy with adolescents. Kimberly has an interest in facilitating trainings and recently collaborated with another Northern Pines employee to develop online mental health training for school personnel in the area.
Day 2: Cultural Considerations and Supervision & Ethics | Aug. 17
Friday, August 17, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Morning Session: The Importance of Cultural Considerations in Supervision
Presenters: Cynthia Donner, MSW, LICSW; Michelle Robertson, MSW, LGSW; Julia (Bunny) Jaakola, MSW
9 a.m. - Noon
A panel of professional social workers from diverse backgrounds will facilitate discussion on the importance of cultural considerations in supervision. An emphasis will be placed on working with Native American communities. Whether you are beginning your journey as a supervisor or you have been in the field for many years, this session will provide vital insight and group discussion that will deepen your understanding of competent supervision.
Cynthia Donner, MSW, LGSW works as the Coordinator of The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College. She teaches SWK 4441: Social Work with Communities, focusing on social work with communities/macro systems. a CSS alumnus, Cindi has worked for several years in community organizing projects, including East Hillside PATCH. She has been with The College of St. Scholastica since 2006.
Michelle Robertson, MSW, LGSW is the Social Work Program Field Director at The College of St. Scholastica. Michelle joined the CSS faculty in 2004. Michelle is also a Child Welfare Master Trainer through the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services; special interests include Indigenous populations and foster care.
Julia (Bunny) Jaakola, MSW is a Fond du Lac Band member and has worked for the FDL Human Services Division since 1987. She is currently the Coordinator of the Behavioral Health Department and the past six years were spent in program development. Previous to that time, Bunny worked as the Coordinator of Social Services for sixteen years at which time she supervised and managed the Mental Health Program and 20 other programs. During that time she also served on and chaired the Minnesota Indian Mental Health Advisory Council.
Over time, Bunny has served on many DHS committees, task forces and councils to improve services to the American Indian people in the State of Minnesota. Currently, she is active in the work group for supportive housing at FDL and continues to plan annual child abuse prevention activities for the community.
Afternoon Session: The New Licensing Requirements: Supervision and Ethics – a Brave New World
Presenters: Lee Gustafson, Ph.D., LISW and Robert Aebli, MSW, LICSW, SAC
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ethics, licensing and good supervision are important, if not the most important, building blocks of effective Social Work. The new licensing requirements enacted by the Minnesota Board of Social Work in August of 2011 significantly “raised the bar” for those seeking licensure supervision and for those that provide it. This training is designed to continue the discussion about what these licensure changes will mean to the profession, what good supervision is and how we, as a profession, meet the new requirements and provide supervision in a sound, effective, ethical manner.
Lee Gustafson, PhD, MSSW, LISW, is the Social Work Department Chair/Program Director and Associate Professor at The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Gustafson joined CSS in 2004 as the Department Chair. His special interests include addictions, group practice, research and program evaluation. Prior to teaching, Dr. Gustafson worked as program director with a large adolescent psychiatric facility in Texas, then later as a clinical specialist with the Texas juvenile authority.
Bob Aebli, MSW, LICSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The College of St. Scholastica. Bob spent many years as a clinician, clinical director and administrator at the Human Development Center in Duluth, MN. He also has extensive experience in providing mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Currently the Clinical Director in a dual diagnosis residential treatment facility in Duluth, MN, Bob has presented workshops on ethics, dual diagnosis, addiction treatment and trauma informed care. He has assisted and supervised many people in their pursuit of licensure.
Day 3: Group Practice, Technology and Family Therapy | Aug. 23
Thursday, August 23, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Morning Session: Supervision within Group Work Practice and Supervision and Technology in Social Work
Presenter: KeriAnne Moon, MSW, LICSW
9 a.m. - Noon
This session will be broken into two parts.
Part I: Supervision within Group Work Practice, 1.5 hours
Supervision of practitioners who provide group skills or therapy requires an understanding of group dynamics and the group process. This session will cover the basics of the group process as a social worker. Leadership, power, cohesion, group think, norms, roles and underlying themes will all be discussed. Supervision of this topic can be related to practioners that have experience using the group process to those that have little experience with the group process and would like to know how to best address group work issues.
Part II: Supervision and Technology in Social Work, 1.5 hours
Technology and social work is a rapidly advancing subject area. There have been standards implemented for social workers to follow by ASWB and NASW. This session will cover these technology standards as well as how they can be implemented safely and effectively in practice and supervision of social workers seeking licensure.
KeriAnne Moon received her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and subsequently began practicing as a Child and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health Therapist at Northern Pines Mental Health Center. In 2005, Keri began as a Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor for a Children's Therapeutic Support Services program within a local school system. Through this experience she has grown and learned how much supervision and mentoring practitioners in the mental health field can support and advance the lives of those within our community, especially in the fields of technology and group work. Keri has also been an adjunct instructor with The College of St. Scholastic since 2008. Her current research interests are in adolescent mental health, child abuse and neglect, community building, technology in social work, and group practice.
Afternoon Session: Culture and Family Therapy
Presenter: Krisina J Blake, MSW, LICSW
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This workshop will cover second-order cybernetics and families; cultural power differentials within therapist/client relationships; the parallels between therapist/client and supervisor/supervisee relationships; culturally relevant family therapies and a self-assessment.
Kristina J. Blake, MSW, LICSW, has been working with children, adolescents and families within rural Minnesota communities for over ten years. She is a supervisee, a supervisor, and a therapist. She has also worked in the juvenile corrections field and with adult offenders. Kristina is currently working on her dissertation within the field of marital and family therapy. Research interests include second-order cybernetics and relationships, psychohistory, terror management theory, existentialism and Bowen Family Therapy.
Day 4: Trauma in Children and Compassion Fatigue | Aug. 24
Friday, August 24, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Morning Session: How Trauma Affects Children's Mental Health
Presenter: George Tetreault, MA, LP, Ed.S
9 a.m. - Noon
Trauma and exposure to trauma can permanently affect brain development. When the perpetrator is in a position of trust, such as a primary care provider, then the child's capacity to form relationships can also be disrupted. Diagnostic criteria for PTSD in both the DSM-IV-TR and the DC:0-3R, as well as treatment options will be discussed.
George Tetreault is a Licensed Psychologist employed at Northern Pines Mental Health Center and in private practice. He has more than 30 years of experience evaluating and treating children.
Afternoon Session: When Social Workers Need Care: Intervention for Compassion Fatigue
Presenter: Susan Cebelinski, MSW, LICSW
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The social work profession is enhanced by good, caring individuals sensitive to the needs of people who have experienced trauma; however, it is these characteristics that increase the risk for compassion fatigue. Usually, the professional developing compassion fatigue is the last to recognize the symptoms therefore intervention by supervisors can prevent and alleviate the symptoms. In this session, learn more about compassion fatigue and how it develops as well as techniques used in supervision that will assist in recognizing when intervention is needed.
Susan has accumulated 28 years of diverse work experience with county social services. She worked for North St. Louis County for 21 years in the areas of financial assistance, family based services, family outreach services and child protection services. During the past seven years, she has been supervising adult and disability services for Aitkin County. She is an adjunct instructor for the social work department at The College of St. Scholastica.