Event Description

Established in 1992, the Annual Gulf Coast Social Work Conference has provided “CEU” focused training programs for literally thousands of professionals. The GCSWC convenes annually during one of the last two weeks in January. This year, our conference will be broadcast virtually to all attendees. Annually, more than seventy exhibitors participate linking our attendees with a broad range of community resources.

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Curriculum & Agenda – January 28 & January 29, 2021

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8:00 am – 8:15 am Conference Logon & Instructions for the Day
Connect with Carol Moraway, LCSW, your Conference Guide & Director
8:15 am – 10:00 amDr. Julia DiGangi Dr. Julia DiGangi Keynote Presentation:

From Pain to Progress: What the Brain Can Tell Us About Trauma and Resilience for Our Clients (1.5 hrs)
Dr. Julia DiGangi
NeuroHealth Partners

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the effects of stress and trauma on clients’ brains and overall wellbeing.
  • Describe why certain treatments work to calm the nervous system and promote resilience.
  • Utilize practical and easy-to-understand ways of talking to clients about how their brains work and how to improve wellbeing.
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break / Visit Exhibit Hall
10:30 am – NoonMark Sanders Mark Sanders Ethics in the Clinical Relationship (1.5 hrs Ethics)
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Learning Objectives:

In this presentation you will learn: Principles that guide ethical decision making in the clinical relationship; the Iatrogenic effect and ethical dilemmas; ethics in a trauma informed system of care; the impact of therapist “unfinished business” and ethical dilemmas; how to establish healthy boundaries in the clinical relationship; how pandemics like COVID 19 impact boundaries and ethics; boundaries of physical touch and verbal communication; transference, countertransference and ethical dilemmas; Ethics and termination of treatment.

  • Be able to identify 8 principles that can guide ethical decision making
  • Be aware of how counselor unfinished business can impact ethics
  • Be able to establish health boundaries in the clinical relationship
  • Be aware of five types of transference and how they can impact ethics
  • Be able to use counter-transference as a gift to avoid ethical dilemmas
  • Be able to terminate the clinical relationship in an ethical manner
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch / Visit Exhibit Hall
1:00 pm – 2:30 pmBrandy Price Klingman Brandy Price Klingman Adolescents in a “Virtual” Crisis: The Erosion of Social & Emotional Intelligence. Reconnecting as “Humans” (1.5 hrs)
Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW

Learning Objectives:

Social and emotional intelligence is the measure of our understanding and ability to successfully interact with others in daily life to manage our interpersonal relationships.This requires self-awareness and ability to correctly interpret social relationships/cues. This skill has not changed greatly since the work of Daniel Goldman but our society has changed greatly in the past 20 years. We have shifted into more virtual connections and relationships existing largely on social media outlets. The greatest shift is on the adolescent populations. This presentation reviews some of researcher Daniel Goleman‘s founding principles and relates them to modern issues of virtual connections for today’s adolescents.

  • Increase understanding emotional intelligence domains and core competencies as it relates to adolescents.
  • Explore adolescent social intelligence as it relates to self-awareness and social awareness in today’s society
  • Review current impact of social media on the social and emotional intelligence of adolescents and the potential impact on their future.
  • Discuss important interventions to utilize to improve social and emotional intelligence and the adolescent ability to connect as a human to others.
  • Review resources and materials to increase skill set of therapists and counselors working with this population.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break / Visit Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm – 4:30 pmAngie Wood Angie Wood Motivational Interviewing and the 3 Rs: Recognition, Reasons, and Resources (1.5 hrs)
Angie Wood, PhD, LCSW-BACS

Learning Objectives:

How do we help our clients successfully make changes toward their goals? Developing a relevant and realistic plan for change involves understanding and recognizing the problem and obstacles, exploring reasons for change, and identifying resources. This seminar will walk you through three key concepts (recognition, reasons, and resources) and corresponding strategies to put your client on the path to successful change.

  • Describe motivational interviewing as an approach to bring forth one’s capacity for successful change when treating various diagnoses including addictive disorders.
  • Identify strategies to aid in problem recognition, importance and confidence building and resource discovery; key components of the change process.
  • Implement strategies that follow the spirit of motivational interviewing to resolve ambivalence clients may experience when addressing a variety of behavioral health issues and disorders.
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Break / Visit Exhibit Hall
4:45 pm – 5:45 pmAnne Nelson Anne Nelson “Mandated Reporter” Reporting of Child and Adult Abuse and Neglect (1 hr)
Anne M Nelson, LSW Family Protection Training Coordinator

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify the types of child & adult abuse and neglect
  • To recognize the various indicators of child & adult abuse and neglect
  • To discuss the process of reporting child & adult abuse or neglect
  • Define: Who is a “Mandated Reporter”
  • Define: Responsibilities of Mandated Reporters

8:00 am – 8:15 am Conference Logon & Instructions for the Day
Connect with Carol Moraway, LCSW, your Conference Guide & Director
8:15 am – 10:00 amJoe Wegmann Joe Wegmann Keynote Presentation:

Psychopharmacology 2021: New Drugs, New Behavioral Approaches (1.5 hrs)
Joe Wegmann, RPh, LCSW
The PharmaTherapist™
Learning Objectives:

  • Review the new medications available for treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and ADHD
  • Discuss new and transformative behavioral strategies to accompany medication management in the treatment of the major mental health disorders.
  • Explore where Psychopharmacology heads in the future and how it should realistically define its goals.
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break / Visit Exhibit Hall
10:30 am – NoonJoe Monahan Joe Monahan Managing Risk and Ethical Challenges in Social Work Private Practice (1.5 hrs Ethics)
Joseph T. Monahan, MSW, J.D.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identifying common risks in private practice
  • Identifying strategies to use with difficult situations and difficult clients.
  • Identify strategies to prepare to testify at a deposition or at trial
  • Identifying way to avoid becoming a defendant in a law suit
  • Identifying the five things you must do if you are involved in a legal proceeding as a witness, expert or defendant
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch / Visit Exhibit Hall
1:00 pm – 2:30 pmMark Sanders Mark Sanders Integrating Spirituality & Therapy: Ethical and Cultural Considerations (1.5 hrs Cultural Competency or Ethics, your choice)
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Learning Objectives:

Two-thirds of Americans surveyed say they would prefer to work with a therapist who respects their spiritual path and has a spiritual foundation. This skill-building presentation focuses on strategies to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy. A partial list of topics includes: The Differences between Religion and Spirituality; religious abuse and religious addiction; Clinical models which integrate the spiritual dimension; Ethics and Spirituality; when spiritual interventions are contraindicated; Conducting a Spiritual Assessment; Issues of culture and Spirituality. Helping clients deal with spiritual bankruptcy; Special emphasis will be placed upon working with clients with histories of trauma, addiction and mental illness. By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be aware of the differences between religion and spirituality.
  • Be aware of strategies for integrating spirituality into traditional addictions and mental health counseling.
  • Be aware of how to conduct a spiritual assessment.
  • Be aware of ethical principles that can guide the use of spirituality in counseling.
  • Be able to recognize when spiritual interventions are contraindicated.
  • Utilize spiritual interventions with clients with mental illness and addictions.
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break / Visit Exhibit Hall
2:45 pm – 4:15 pmDennis Malloy Dennis Malloy Ethical Pursuit: The Ultimate Quiz Show! A Look at Ethics Past, Present & Future (1.5 hrs Ethics)
Dennis Malloy LCSW, ACSW

Learning Objectives:

This workshop will incorporate the format of a quiz show, with a review of ethics past, present and future. If you have clients in a “Family Feud,” don’t “Press Your Luck” and put yourself in “Jeopardy” with shaky ethics. Ethics are not some “Trivial Pursuit!”

  • This workshop will include an examination of present-day scenarios and choices facing mental health professionals
  • Participants will review current practices with technology used in therapy
  • Describe motivational interviewing as an approach to bring forth one’s capacity for successful change when treating various diagnoses including addictive disorders.
  • The workshop will conclude with looking at what the possible focus of ethics will be in the future.
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Closing & Evaluation Instructions

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

Approved For:

  • Social Workers – ASWB Approval pending

  • 13 Continuing Education Credit Hrs. Applied For
  • Ethics, Cultural Competence and Mandated Reporting Training Hours Included

  • Mississippi MFTs – Pending
  • Louisiana Counseling Association – Pending

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