Department of Social Work
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.
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.
One hour training on identified topics with stated learning objectives and a link to the relevant social work competencies.
Upcoming Skills Labs and Student Training
For students interested in participating in these additional learning activities, please review the upcoming learning opportunities being offered below. If you decide you would like to participate in a Skills Lab or Student Training, please fill out the Qualtrics survey below to RSVP.
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.
- 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
Please complete the Qualtrics survey below to RSVP for an upcoming Skills Lab or Student Training.