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Transitioning Back from COVID Ripple Effect for Years to Come In Our Schools

NASW RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER: SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE 2021

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 (8:15am - 11:30am)  |  3 General CEUs 

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed prolonged inconveniences and disruptions to most areas of life. For our youth, the impact has been profound and has potential to wreak havoc on social, emotional, psychological and physical functioning for years to come if not thoughtfully acknowledged and addressed by the grownups caring for children. It is imperative that we are intentional in our efforts to support children and adolescents, validating the hardships and focusing on what can be controlled during this time of uncertainty. Dr. Pelletier will offer practical tips and strategies for social workers, educators and school personnel to begin implementing with youth at various stages of development.

With Keynote speaker: Dr. Heather Pelletier, Ph.D.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Online registrations closing November 3)

Join us on November 5th! Participants will have the opportunity to: 

    • Understand some of the expected longer-term implications of the pandemic on childhood development.
    • Recognize less common signs of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.
    • Discuss practical strategies for helping children cope and adapt to challenges associated with the pandemic.

Location: Virtual Event (Zoom)

For questions about the conference, please email us assoc.naswri@socialworkers.org



Upcoming Chapter CE Programs


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Psychotherapy After COVID: Considerations for Counseling College Students & Young Adults with speaker Alberto Soto, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday, September 28 (12:00 - 1:30pm) | 1.5 CEs in General (CANCELLED - NEW DATE TBA)

Description: This workshop will examine historical and present trends in college counseling. We will consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college-age students and also the impact of returning back to "normalcy" this fall. Clinical considerations for unique presenting concerns/challenges and methods for adapting psychotherapy post-pandemic will be examined. This CE program is part of an NASW-RI webinar series called “Healing from Collective Trauma Series”.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on September 26)


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Nothing About Us Without Us: An Introduction to Disability Cultural Competence with speaker Elspeth Slayter, Ph.D.

Date: Wednesday, October 13 (12:00 - 1:30pm)  | 1.5 CEs in Cross-cultural Practice

DescriptionIn this webinar on disability cultural competence, we will examine the social construction of disability and impairment. We will learn about the basics of disability oppression and the response of the disability communities in the form of various resistance movements. A review of various key topics in current U.S. disability culture that are relevant to social work practice will be presented. The guiding principles of empowerment-oriented disability social work practice will be applied to a case. Participants will also have a chance to explore their own able-bodied privilegePlease note this webinar will be hosted by the NASW Massachusetts Chapter (CEs approved by NASW-RI) . 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on October 11)


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Responding to the Third Wave of the Pandemic: Trauma and Addiction with speaker Chris Dorval MSW, LICSW LCDP, LCDCS

Date: Friday, October 15 (12:00 - 1:30pm)  | 1.5 CEs in General

DescriptionIn this webinar on disability cultural competence, we will examine the social construction of disability and impairment. We will learn about tSocial isolation, mask-hysteria, media re-traumatization, sociopolitical uncertainty all played a role on the persistent trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in addiction due to self-medication during the height of the pandemic. Traditional addiction treatment has ignored the significant impact of trauma on personal recovery and subsequently people have continued to struggle as a result. With recent advances in understanding the impact of trauma, it is time for a change in the approach taken toward trauma and addiction. This interactive and experiential presentation offers an overview of the impact of trauma on the recovery process from a social, biological, psychological, and spiritual perspective and will provide clinicians with skills to work people affected by trauma throughout their recovery, as well as, understanding the conceptual framework of trauma-informed practiceThis CE program is part of an NASW-RI webinar series called “Healing from Collective Trauma Series”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on October 13)


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Immigration Evaluations: Making a Powerful Impact while Creating a Thriving Practice with speaker Georgia King, LCSW

Date: Tuesday, October 26 (12:00 - 1:30pm)  | 1.5 CEs in Cross-cultural Practice

DescriptionFew therapists realize that by providing assessments for immigration legal cases, they can help families stay together and help refugees get asylum. Plus, with reliable referrals from immigration lawyers, therapists can also create sustainable practices. There’s a huge need for these mental health assessments, and it’s surprisingly easy to get started. There’s no need to have a doctorate, be bilingual, or have any specialized experience. With the right training, therapists can learn how to apply their skills to the unique needs of immigration cases. This webinar outlines the steps a therapist can take to make a powerful difference in the lives of immigrants, while creating a thriving and meaningful private practicePlease note this webinar will be hosted by the NASW Massachusetts Chapter (CEs approved by NASW-RI) . 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on October 24)


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Social Work During Social Isolation: What We Can Learn from COVID-19 and How Older Adult Communities Responded with speaker Mary Curlew, LICSW

Date: Wednesday, November 10 (12:00 - 1:30pm)  | 1.5 CEs in General

DescriptionThe impact of social isolation on physical, mental, and social health is an international concern. For direct service providers and social workers, especially those working with older adults, it can be a community trauma. Therefore, it is imperative that we address the impact of social isolation and trauma on the communities in which we serve and live. This interactive workshop will do just that by presenting current research on social isolation and loneliness, the impact of trauma on communities to include not only social isolation but also social aggression, and brainstorming ways social workers can use resources developed in trauma informed care to heal. Participants will receive a copy of JF&CS' new guide, Creating Caring Communities: A Guide to Addressing Social Aggression in Older Adult CommunitiesPlease note this webinar will be hosted by the NASW Massachusetts Chapter (CEs approved by NASW-RI) . 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on November 8)


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Prison Reentry: A Social Work Perspective with speaker Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. 

Date: Friday, November 12 (12:00 - 1:30pm) | (1 CEs in Professional Ethics & 0.5 CEs in General)

DescriptionThis webinar will explore complex clinical, policy, advocacy, and ethical issues that arise when offenders reenter the community from prison. Dr. Frederic Reamer will highlight key challenges related to behavioral health, housing, employment, supervision, social support, and voting rights, among other issues. He will apply key social work and ethics concepts, and discuss their implications for practitioners who work with offenders in community-based and institutional settingsThis CE program is part of an NASW-RI webinar series called “Healing from Collective Trauma Series”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on November 10)


(1.5 CEs Webinar) Self-Care is Healthcare: Building Resiliency for our VUCA World with speaker Danielle M. Fagan, MSW, LICSW

Date: Friday, January 21 (12:00 - 1:30pm)  | 1.5 CEs in General

DescriptionWorking in healthcare was already a challenging task. Recent years have proven difficult times financially and from a regulatory perspective. In addition to the COVID 19 Pandemic, we continue to experience Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) as we care for our clients, creating an opportunity to strengthen our resilience and not only survive but thrive as we continue to plan and face unprecedented timesThis CE program is part of an NASW-RI webinar series called “Healing from Collective Trauma Series”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (registrations closing on January 19)




Social Work Online CE Institute

NASW offers hundreds of continuing education (CE) courses in a variety of formats—webinars, webcasts, podcasts, presentations, and more. All courses offered through this program are accredited by either the NASW National Office or one of NASW Chapters and NASW members receive discounted prices. 

Please note that NASW accreditation does not imply automatic acceptance by all State Boards. Individuals should check with their licensing Board on whether a specific program will be accepted for continuing education purposes.


Post-Master’s Certificate in Childhood and Adolescent Trauma

Graduate level degree holders (and above) from social work and other master’s degree disciplines can participate in a workshop series in childhood and adolescent trauma through Rhode Island College. The series concentrates on trauma-informed assessment, treatment and evaluation models working with these populations while incorporating discussions of the relevance of the NCTSN’s Twelve Core Concepts of Trauma.

Learn more about this RIC certificate program


Application Forms


The Rhode Island Social Work Licensing Law requires that all Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) receive a total of 30 CE credits per licensing cycle: Three (3) of which must be in professional ethics; and three (3) in cross-cultural practice to include the alleviation of oppression.