Event Description

Established in 2004, the Fall Social Work Institute was designed to extend the availability of “CEU” focused continuing social work education to the three different regions in our primary geographic territory. The Institute convenes annually in September offering a 7.5 hour continuing education credit package. This year, our conference will be broadcast virtually to all attendees on the same date. Vendor & exhibit space will be available virtually. The Fall Social Work Institute offers a smaller, more intimate setting for your learning experience.


Curriculum & Agenda – September 11

This year’s curriculum addresses “Hot Topics” in Social Work practice.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Sign In & Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall
8:00 am – 9:45 am
Joe Wegmann
Joe Wegmann
Welcome, orientation and introductions, followed immediately by Program 1:
Breaking the Pattern of Chronic Anxiety: Transformative Treatment Strategies (1.5 CEU)

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW
“The PharmaTherapist”
Consultant | Professional Speaker | Author | New Orleans, LA
Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how anxiety impedes a client’s capacity to engage in treatment.
  • Describe simple, yet effective clinical strategies to help clients acquire a new understanding of chronic anxiety.
  • Learn how to utilize specific behavioral interventions to decrease problematic symptoms of Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-compulsive Disorder.
  • Address the pros and cons of medicating anxiety symptoms.
9:45 am – 10:00 am Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall / Break
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dennis Malloy
Dennis Malloy
Greg Sims
Greg Sims
“Please Put On Your Own Mask Before Assisting Others” / Ethical Self-Care in the Age of Covid-19 (2 CEU)
Dennis Malloy, LCSW
Greg Sims, LPCLearning Objectives:
(NASW Code of Ethics, Standards 1.01 and 2.09)

  • Participants will recognize how world events have affected both clients and themselves on a personal and professional basis
  • As health care professionals are expected to perform at high levels of expertise, participants will identify and apply key variables that affect human performance
  • Using a Four Domains Framework (Stu Friedman), participants will identify their current state and desired state in the domains of Self, Work/Career, Family/Friends and Community/Society
  • Participants will identify and evaluate the characteristics of resilient people, including purpose, attitude, sense of humor, support network, boundary maintenance, self-confidence, learned experience and action taking
  • Participants will synthesize self-care information and develop a personal,
    practical action plan
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch / Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Gustave Sison
Gustave Sison
Controlling the Chaos: Navigating practice and personal changes during uncertain times (1.5 CEU)
Gustave Sison, PhDLearning Objectives:

  • Participants will review the unprecedented practice and personal challenges observed during the last 6 months.
  • Participants will understand negative personal and professional impacts that have
    resulted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Participants will understand emotional reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic within the context of a disaster psychology model.
  • Participants will review change management strategies and creative responses aimed at successful personal and professional transformation in response to extreme change.
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall / Break
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Angie Wood
Angie Wood
Focusing in Motivational Interviewing (1.5 CEU)
Angie Wood, LCSW, PhDMotivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice used to build motivation for change and reduce resistance when engaging clients in the treatment process. While MI has commonly been applied in the field of addictions, current research supports the application of MI in health, mental health, child welfare and adult and juvenile justice settings. Focusing is the second stage in the four processes of motivational interviewing (engaging, focusing, evoking and planning). It may seem very clear that the focus is determined by the client, by the setting or by the clinician. When there is clear agreement between client and clinician, this stage is easy. Yet, all too often goals may differ. The client may seem stuck and resistant to the goals and activities set forth in the treatment plan. In this session, the importance of focusing and “finding the horizon” will be addressed. Practical strategies such as agenda mapping and orienting will be described.

Learning Objectives / Participants Will Be Able To:

  • Describe the four processes used in motivational interviewing.
  • Understand the importance of focusing within the four processes, from where the focus can arise, and the three (3) possible scenarios clinicians may face in the focusing stage.
  • Identify how to work within each of the three (3) possible scenarios.
  • Learn guidelines to follow when client and clinician goals differ.
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Visit Vendor Exhibit Hall / Break
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Colleen Caron
Colleen Caron
Laughing Your Way to Wellness (Humor for the Brain and Body) (1 CEU)
Colleen Caron, RNC, MS, CDPHow about a good “belly” laugh to reduce stress and promote health and well-being. Can you laugh your way to wellness? This presentation by Colleen Caron, RNC,MS,CDP will assist you in finding the answer. Learn about the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of laughter on mind, body, and spirit. Participants will engage in laughter yoga exercises; allowing them to experience the powerful benefits of laughter. “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing”. A powerful tool to teach our clients.

Objectives For Above Presentation:

  • Participants will identify the spiritual and emotional benefits of laughter
  • Participants will list 5 physical benefits a person receives from laughter exercise
  • Participants will identify positive neuro-transmitters enhanced during laughter exercises
  • Participants will identify the decrease in stress releasing neuro-transmitters
  • Participants will identify how laughter exercises enhance lung, brain, and heart function, total body workout

Social Workers:

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 7.50 continuing education credits.

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 in 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, 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.

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, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

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

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

Licensed Professional Counselors: Louisiana

Louisiana: This program has been approved for 7.5 CE clock hours including 2.0 in Ethics and 3.0 in Diagnosis by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.


Registration Options


Register by Fax: (866) 929-1217
Register by Email: carol@socialworkfoundations.com
Register by Mail:  Fall Social Work Institute, PO Box 6003, Gulfport, MS 39506

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Fall Social Work Institute
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Refund Policy: NO registration refunds. All registrations are final. Substitutions allowed.

ADA Accommodations: If you require special accommodation or support of any kind to attend this conference, please contact Wallace Long at 228-424-2956.

Approved For:

  • Social Workers – See complete SW CE info below
  • LPC – LA
  • 7.5 Continuing Education Credit Hrs. Included
  • Ethics Hours Included