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Skills Lab and Student Trainings

 


To help support students in completing their field hours for the 2020-21 academic year, the Office of Field Education has created some supplemental learning opportunities for students to engage with! These optional learning activities are designed to give students additional skills development and applied experience in addition to their field experience. Students should work with their agency supervisors and Faculty Field Liaisons to decide if opportunities should be counted towards their internship hours for the semester.  

 

March Madness- Supplemental Trainings! March 1st - April 1st

The Office of Field Education is hosting over 23 trainings from our community partners to share their knowledge. Each week will cover a different focus area of social work and have a variety of topics for students to engage with. Students are encouraged to review the calendar and RSVP for the trainings that they are interested in attending. 

To review our program and RSVP visit our March Madness- Supplemental Trainings Sign-up. https://msudenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4PaRPeEA6TuTL8   

 

Skills Lab

Skills Labs are 2 part training sessions that include time for applied learning and critical thinking. The purpose of Skills Labs is to help the  BSW/ MSW students who are placed in agencies that, due to the response of the pandemic, are not able to offer the full student learning experience.   Skills Lab offerings will supplement student learning and directly link to elements of some of CSWE’s 9 Core Competencies and/or fill hours with their agency.

 

Student Training

One hour training on identified topics with stated learning objectives and a link to the relevant social work competencies.

 

Group Supervision

One hour guided supervision around a specific topic or practice. These can be used to meet specific CSWE competencies or can be used as an hour of required supervision

 

Film Vignette

An hour and a half dedicated to watching a film with different themes relating to social work and debriefing it collectively with a facilitator 

 


 

Previous Skills Labs and Student Training

For students who were unable to attend these additional learning activities, please review the lists below. Some of our hosts were able to let us record these trainings for future use! 


Title: DBT, Personality Disorders, and Therapeutic Considerations

Date: 9/24 12-1 pm and 10/8th 12-1 pm via zoom

Potential CSWE Competencies: 6, 7, & 8

Steve Fisher is a licensed professional counselor that has worked in the mental health field for the past 20 years. Steve has served as a case manager, therapist, clinical supervisor, clinical trainer, and on quality improvement, outpatient expansion and innovation projects designed to improve quality services and staff engagement/satisfaction. Steve believes that people have the ability to recover from mental illness and create well-being in their lives.

Participants will be provided with an overview of DBT and insight into clinical work with individuals with personality disorders. The Skills Lab will focus on the wellbeing and self-awareness of the provider in supporting clients. Participants will be asked to reflect on “Where do I begin and end in this therapeutic relationship?” Skills lab may require some outside reading, reflection, or observation between the 2 sessions and participants may be asked to join small groups on screen.

Additional materials will be sent out to RSVPs

 

9/24 DBT, Personality Disorders, and Therapeutic Considerations PART 1 Recording: https://youtu.be/jDT9iQ8lC0U

Title: Career Pathways and Community Mental Health (BSSW and MSW Opportunities)

Date: 9/28 4-5 PM zoom

Potential CSWE Competencies: 1 & 2

Steve Fisher is a licensed professional counselor that has worked in the mental health field for the past 20 years. Steve has served as a case manager, therapist, clinical supervisor, clinical trainer, and on quality improvement, outpatient expansion, and innovation projects designed to improve quality services and staff engagement/satisfaction. Steve believes that people have the ability to recover from mental illness and create well-being in their lives.

This one-hour session will examine different careers for Bachelors and Masters level students and the benefits of work in community mental health. The presenter will share some of his perceptions of strong job candidates and discuss the training and workforce benefits to community mental health.

 

Career Pathways and Community Mental Health (BSSW and MSW Opportunities) Recording: https://youtu.be/HZbFeqqCJfI

Title: Veteran SAVE Training 

Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 12:00 – 1: 00 pm via ZOOM

Potential CSWE Competencies: 4 & 6

Ben Kremer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Eastern Colorado Health Care System Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, the Colorado Springs Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Ben has been working in the Mental Health field for seven years and working with Veterans for four years. Graduate of MSU Denver MSW program.

Learning Objectives: Learn about the depth of the problem of suicide. Learn how to talk with someone expressing suicidal thoughts. Learn what to do when talking with someone is who suicidal.

This training will be recorded and available online

Title: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Clients

Date: Thursday, October 22th, 2020 12:00 – 1: 00 pm via ZOOM

 Potential CSWE Competencies: 2 & 3

Heather Crate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose career has been dedicated to working toward social justice. Heather is the coordinator of the OASOS program at Boulder County Public Health. OASOS works to build a community that values and supports LGBTQIA+ youth. Heather also has a part-time private practice focused on supporting children and adolescents navigating gender.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the concepts of gender and sexual orientation.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of mental health outcomes for the LGBTQIA+ Community.
  • Explore actions providers can take to support LGBTQIA+ clients.

This training will be recorded

 

Title: Trauma-Informed Care in the Clinical Setting

Date: Thursday, October 29th, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Potential CSWE Competencies: 4 & 8 

Stephanie Johnson, LCSW, LAC is a Program Manager at the Mental Health Center of Denver. She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, before returning to Denver to pursue her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver. Stephanie has worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver for 10 years, beginning as a case manager before holding positions as both an Access Clinician and a Program Manager.

Objectives: To understand the importance of implementing trauma-informed care throughout the clinical setting. To understand how the Mental Health Center of Denver utilizes one particular evidence-based practice to address trauma.

This presentation will not be recorded 

Training: Understanding LGBTQ Older Adults

Time: November 4, 11 - 12-1pm

Potential CSWE Competencies: 1, 2, & 3

Reynaldo Mireles is the Director of Elders Services at The Center on Colfax. Since 2013, Reynaldo has successfully led the SAGE of the Rockies program which provides social support, educational workshops, and activities for LGBTQ older adults. Reynaldo holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Reynaldo is very passionate about building bridges that create meaningful connections and social engagement so everyone can live their life with dignity and respect.

Learning Objectives:  Develop a working knowledge of key terms and concepts related to LGBTQ people and an understanding of implicit bias and microaggressions impacting the LGBTQ community. Create an increased comfort level in communicating with and using language related to LGBTQ older adults.

This presentation will not be recorded 

Title: Partnering with Communities in Schools

Date: 11/6 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Potential CSWE Competencies: 6 & 7

Debbie Gopstein received her MSW from CSU and subsequently became an LCSW.  For the past 15 years, she has worked in the field of child welfare, enrichment, and education. She spent five years working as a program director for a violence prevention program for teens in NYC before becoming a grant writer and ultimately relocating to Denver. In Denver, she's worked as a therapist at Savio House, a social work researcher, and most recently as a school social worker. She recently began her 6th year with Adams 12 Five Star School District working as a school social worker with elementary school students with a specialty in programming for students with serious emotional disabilities. She is passionate about social work theory and bringing it to life to help people live the best lives they can in their environments.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the need to engage community when working in schools.
  2. Assessing the best ways to engage specific systems within the community at a school.
  3. Discuss ways communities may partner with schools to support student success. 

Title: Partnering with Families in Schools

Date: 11/12 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Potential CSWE Competencies: 2, 3, & 6

Debbie Gopstein received her MSW from CSU and subsequently became an LCSW.  For the past 15 years, she has worked in the field of child welfare, enrichment, and education. She spent five years working as a program director for a violence prevention program for teens in NYC before becoming a grant writer and ultimately relocating to Denver. In Denver, she's worked as a therapist at Savio House, a social work researcher, and most recently as a school social worker. She recently began her 6th year with Adams 12 Five Star School District working as a school social worker with elementary school students with a specialty in programming for students with serious emotional disabilities. She is passionate about social work theory and bringing it to life to help people live the best lives they can in their environments.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key stakeholders and policies to consider when working with families and their children in schools. 
  2. Identify key tools and engagement techniques when working with families to help students in schools.
  3. How to apply social work competencies to connecting with families as a school social worker. 

Title: Imposter Syndrom

Date: 11/30 1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Potential CSWE Competencies: Supervision Hours, 1 & 6 

Krystal Gutierrez (she/her) obtained her BA in Sociology and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis. In addition, she has her MSW from the University of Denver. Krystal Gutierrez is one of the Field Education Coordinators for the Office of Field Education. Krystal has been with MSU Denver for three years. In her spare time, she enjoys documentaries, stand-up comedy, and spending time with family and friends.

Title: Self Disclosure (Case Scenario) 

Date: 12/01 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Potential CSWE Competencies: Supervision Hours, 1, 2, 6, & 7

Krystal Gutierrez (she/her) obtained her BA in Sociology and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis. In addition, she has her MSW from the University of Denver. Krystal Gutierrez is one of the Field Education Coordinators for the Office of Field Education. Krystal has been with MSU Denver for three years. In her spare time, she enjoys documentaries, stand-up comedy, and spending time with family and friends.

Title: Ambiguous Grief

Date: 12/2  12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Potential CSWE Competencies: 1, 2, & 6

Dr. Baranski is a licensed clinical social worker in Colorado. She received a BS in Sociology from Central Michigan University and earned a Masters's in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Shortly after graduating with an MSW, Dr. Baranski decided to continue learning more about social work in the Veterans' Administration and completed a post-graduate fellowship in psycho-social rehabilitation and recovery for severe mental illness through the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut and the Yale School of Medicine. In May 2018, Dr. Baranski graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In her current role, she serves BSW students at Metropolitan State University of Denver as the BSSW Interim Clinical Field Faculty. Dr. Baranski currently serves on the board of NASW-CO as the Vice President.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the different types of grief
  • Recognize grief in daily life
  • Explain Warden’s grief theory

Title: Self-Care Plan for Winter 2020

Date: 12/17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Potential CSWE Competencies: Supervision Hours, 1

Krystal Gutierrez (she/her) obtained her BA in Sociology and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis. In addition, she has her MSW from the University of Denver. Krystal Gutierrez is one of the Field Education Coordinators for the Office of Field Education. Krystal has been with MSU Denver for three years. In her spare time, she enjoys documentaries, stand-up comedy, and spending time with family and friends.

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