Event Description

Welcome to the 2021 Chicago Social Work Conference (CSWC) and Social Work Foundations. Social Work Foundations has been developing and offering cutting-edge accredited social work and mental health continuing education to our professional community for over 25 years. We are directed by a seasoned team of LCSWs & ACSWs who are committed to our vision of maintaining “Excellence in Social Work Education and Practice”!

We are proud to present The Chicago Social Work Conference on September 24, 2021. We think you will be impressed with our faculty, curriculum, and networking opportunities. Our conference will be broadcast virtually to all attendees on the same date. Agency exhibit space will be available virtually. This year, the CSWC will provide the possibility of obtaining 7 contact hours including ethics and mandatory reporting hours for our attendees.

Wallace G. Long III, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Conference Director


Curriculum & Agenda – September 24

7:30 am – 8:15 am Sign In & Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall
8:15 am – 10:00 am
Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders
Welcome, orientation and introductions, followed immediately by Keynote:
Ethics In A Trauma Informed System of Care (1.5 Ethics CEUs)

Mark Sanders LCSW, CADC

The great majority of clients have histories of trauma, yet only a small percentage of helping professions are trauma specialists. You will leave this presentation with a greater ability to work with clients with trauma histories in an ethical manner. Topics covered include: The history of trauma treatment in America and implication for advocacy; how to ethically and clinically address: 5 types of traumatic stress disorders including Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD, Complex Trauma, Historical Trauma, 24-7-365 Terror, how to do no harm in your work with clients with trauma histories, establishing healthy boundaries and avoiding ethical dilemmas by preventing secondary PTSD.

Learning Objectives:

  • Work more effectively with clients with trauma histories.
  • Advocate more effectively for clients with trauma histories.
  • Articulate the history of trauma treatment and the need for ethically informed practice.
  • Avoid doing harm in your work with clients with trauma histories.
  • Establish boundaries in your work with clients with trauma histories.
  • Utilize self-care strategies to help prevent secondary PTSD.
10:00 am – 10:15 am Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall / Break
10:15 am – 11:45 am
Joe Monahan
Joe Monahan
Child Custody Cases in Social Work Practice: Navigating the Legal, Ethical & Family “Minefield” (1.5 Clinical CEUs)
Joe Monahan, JD, MSW

Learning Objectives:

  • Risk management strategies to incorporate into your practice whenever when a practitioner is either a court appointed expert in a child custody matter or an occurrence witness in a child custody matter.
  • All of the legal and ethical reasons to keep a separate record for each participant in therapy when there is a court involved or anticipated court involvement in the case.
  • How to appropriately respond to subpoenas for depositions, records or testimony in a child custody matter in court involved cases.
  • How to spot and solve legal and ethical boundary and other issues when a case goes from therapy to court involved.
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch / Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Joe Wegmann
Joe Wegmann
Adult ADHD: Conquering Chronic Distraction and Taking Charge of Your Life (1.5 Clinical CEUs)
Joe Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the adult ADHD assessment and why it is critical to proper treatment planning
  • Examine medication options appropriate for adults
  • Address non-medication strategies to help make everyday life more rewarding and manageable
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall / Break
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Worsham El
Worsham El
Treating Historical Trauma: Resolving Racialized Trauma (1.5 Ethics CEUs)
Worsham El, LCSW, CFTP

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the 4 components of Historical Trauma
  • Recognize trauma responses disguised as common treatment challenges, unhealthy interpersonal skills, and other mental and health symptoms
  • Respond with neurobiologically-informed techniques to widen clients’ windows of tolerance, reduce mental health symptoms, and resist traumatization
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall / Break
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders
Mandatory Reporting: Child and Elder Abuse (1 Clinical or Mandatory Reporting CEU)
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate mandatory reporting guidelines in Illinois
  • Identify personal reluctance to report abuse and neglect
  • Overcome ambivalence to reporting abuse and neglect
  • Partner with child welfare agencies to bring about positive outcomes
  • Partner with families to bring about positive outcomes
  • Practice acts of self as a mandatory reporter
5:15 pm Thank you, evaluation / CEU reminder and wrap up

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Continuing Education Producstions, Inc.. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Social Workers (ASWB):

ACE Approved Continuing Education ASWB logo

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social Workers completing this course receive 4.00 Clinical continuing education credits and 3.00 Ethics hours.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

* WV accepts ASWB ACE unless activity is live in West Virginia, then an application is required.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

AL/Counselors: Activities not providing NBCC approval may be approved by the Board for individual licensees upon receipt of acceptable documentation prior to the activity.  Please send course details to your licensing board for approval BEFORE the event.  No approvals afterward by the board.

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Registration Options


Register by Fax: (866) 929-1217
Register by Email: lesliea@socialworkfoundations.com
Register by Mail: Chicago Social Work Conference, P.O. Box 110, Westmont, IL 60559

Make checks or money orders payable to:
“Chicago Social Work Conference”
Tax ID # 64-0844253

Method of Payment:
Check, Purchase Order or Credit Card
(Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover)

Refund Policy: All registrations are final! NO REGISTRATION REFUNDS. Registration fees are transferable.

ADA Accommodations: If you require special accommodation or support of any kind to attend this conference, please contact Leslie Abrahamson at 630.234.0164.

Approved For:

  • Social Workers – See complete SW CE info below
  • 7 Continuing Education Credit Hrs. Included
  • Ethics and Mandatory Reporting Hours Included

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