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AHSWDC Fall 2023 Retreat at the Beach
November 10-12

Friday, November 10, 2023


"Divisive Concepts, Parents’ Rights, Opting Out, Banning Books--What Do I Do? (3 CEUs)"

Presented by Atif Qarni, Former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia


Participants learned to:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of ongoing issues in education due to our current political environment

  • Differentiate between connections to their personal views and professional experiences to the ongoing educational issues

  • Synthesize how the current debates influence or impact social work and their work with respective clients and the importance of their response

Saturday, November 11, 2023

"Trauma Informed Supervision (3 CEUs)"
Presented by Carolyn Knight, Ph.D. Professor, UMBC


Participants learned to:

  • Explicate the core principles of the trauma-informed perspective and their application to social work practice

  • Identify the three (3) manifestations of indirect trauma

  • Articulate the application of trauma-informed principles to clinical supervision

  • Identify supervisory skills that promote trauma-informed practice and promote supervisees’ competence and growth

"Building Hope & Resilience in a Violent Society: Implications for Social Work Practice (3 CEUs)"
Presented by Marcie Gibbons, LCSW-C, Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn, and David Brown


Participants learned to:

  • Recognize and describe increasing violence in communities and equity disparities: gun violence, crime/carjacking, intolerance for others and impact on provision of social work practice: community agencies, home care

  • Utilize concepts that are impacting evolving language (person-first language, secondary trauma, and cultural issues impacting service to client/family systems and communities

  • Describe and identify short-term and long-term social work goals toward resiliency of our clients, family systems, agencies/communities

  • Comprehend and apply implications for social work: boundaries, attention to detail and self-care planning

Sunday, November 12, 2023

"Suffering in Silence: Disenfranchised Grief (3 CEUs)"
Presented by Jayneen Jones, Bereavement Coordinator, Holy Cross Hospice


Participants learned to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the grieving process and the differences between ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief

  • Display an increased awareness of the five distinct types of disenfranchised grief: Stigmatized loss, Insignificant loss, Loss of unrecognized relationships, Non-death losses and Loss experienced by marginalized individuals

  • Utilize the three primary aspects of disenfranchised grief while working with marginalized populations such as LGBTQ+, survivors of suicide and survivors of violence: The relationship between the griever and the deceased is viewed by others as unacceptable, the death or loss is perceived by others as preventable, the griever’s ability to grieve is stifled by current circumstances

  • Assess cultural, mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of the disenfranchised grief the bereaved client is experiencing and utilize appropriate coping strategies when providing grief support or counseling

AHSWDC Spring 2023 Seminars

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"Culturally Sensitive Care of the LGBTQ+ Client"
presented by
- Penny Jacobs, NP
University of Maryland Health Center
College Park, MD

Attendees were able to:

  • Define and understand terminology related to the LGBTQ+ population.

  • Identify the need for this care - why is this care so important?

  • Identify concerns specific to LGBTQI clients across the lifespan.

  • Identify at least 3 strategies that can be employed to provide culturally sensitive care.

  • Identify available resources



"Ethical and Clinical Social Work Dilemmas in Reporting Abuse and Neglect"
presented by
- Michele Price, DSW (c)
Emory University, School of Medicine,
Department of Neurology, Epilepsy D
Atlanta, Georgia

Attendees were able to:

  • Apply the NASW and Maryland Codes of Ethics and Demonstrate who is a mandated reporter.

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of individual clinicians and staff.

  • Interpret the laws in DC, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia regarding mandated reporting.

  • Identify and Utilize community resources to assist clients and their systems.

  • Analyze gaps in policies and procedures around mandating reporting to Develop solutions.


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