The Center for Professional Development


Friday, October 12, 2012

Psychopharmacology Certificate (session I)


Speaking Truth to Power: Ethics and Advocacy
3 CEU/Ethics credits
Whether acting as a policy analyst, an administrator, a community organizer, policy or legal advocate, social workers have a responsibility to make ethical decisions that are informed by thoughtful and thorough ethical reasoning process.  Balancing a need to be sensitive to differences in culture and a responsibility to confront oppression requires a finely nuanced ability to identify ethical dilemmas.  Once identified these issues are complex to sort through. This workshop explores the juncture where advocacy, personal integrity and strategic planning often collide.  Using case examples from a wide-range of Macro Practice we will explore the challenges of speaking truth to power, and systematically explore ethical dilemmas in order to hone our own – and those around us – ethical thinking.  Upon completion of this workshop, participants are able to: 1) delineate the challenges to maintaining an ethical practice while engaged in macro practice social work; 2) apply the concept of an “ethical work-up” to analyze ethical dilemmas in macro practice; and 3) articulate strategies for successfully engaging co-workers in considering ethical dilemmas when pursuing an advocacy agenda.
Jennifer Campbell, PhD, MSW, has a consulting practice working with non-profit agencies providing program development, program evaluation, strategic planning, training and grantswriting.  She also teaches Ethics at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and coordinates events for the Enhanced Educational Opportunities (EEO) in policy at the school.

Grief Across the Lifespan
6 CEUs
(see Registration Information for discount information)
Loss is at the heart of life. Social workers must be aware of death and loss in their clients’ lives.  Loss requires theorization and clear explanations for intervention. Issues of diversity and culture and understanding of personal bias are addressed throughout this workshop. Upon completion of this workshop, participants are able to: 1) understand theories and issues pertaining to issues of grief and loss across individuals’ and families’ lifespans; 2) appreciate issues of cultural diversity and diverse responses to grief and loss; 3) understand appropriate assessment of individuals facing grief and loss; and 4) identify and explore their personal attitude and feelings towards death, dying and suffering.
Theresa M Agostinelli, LCSW, is an experienced licensed private practitioner as well as an adjunct professor at Immaculata University where she teaches Sociology courses. Theresa has been working with individuals, couples and groups for more than 15 years. She has developed and facilitated workshops, group therapy sessions, discussions, and round tables, as well as psycho-educational classes regarding substance abuse and other various mental health issues. Her use of music, counseling and compassionate ways of healing inner wounds along with her expert knowledge and life experience makes her a highly regarded counselor and speaker