Groupwork: Promoting a Mutual-Aid Environment
This workshop is designed for Clinicians seeking to enhance their group facilitation skills and conceptualization from a Mutual-Aid framework.
- $150 – Registration Fee
- $125 – Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
- $90 – Veterans Rate/AUSSW Students
The learner will learn about different group types and the challenges and opportunities in each to promote Mutual Aid with clients in a group psychotherapy setting.
Participants will review different stages of the group including pre-group planning, monitoring discord between participants, and ways to effectively evaluate progress of the group and individual members. The presentation will be largely experiential with ample opportunity to practice and review skills in role-plays and observation.
Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the Mutual-Aid model of group psychotherapy through experiential exercises that include observation and role-plays.
Numerous learning techniques will be implemented, including lectures, demonstration, interactive role plays, and audio/visual learning aids. Group members will communicate how the skills and concepts reviewed in the session can be applied in the clinician’s daily practice.
Participants will be able to describe the different applications of Mutual-Aid group psychotherapy interventions in single-session, short-term, and very large groups.
Meet the Speaker
Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW, earned his MSW at Shippensburg University and his DSW from the University of Kentucky. He is currently employed as an Adjunct Professor with several universities, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Maryland, and Simmons University. Bernard has over ten years of experience as a licensed social worker. He provides therapy for various ages and presenting problems; however, he specializes in treating substance use disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. He employs an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing various evidence-based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
He is currently one of approximately 1,500 Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) members worldwide. Mr. Showers has trained aspiring and active independent practitioners at many colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and companies around the United States. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, Mr. Showers has developed, presented, and published several continuing education workshops on family involvement in substance use treatment, ASAM criteria, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy. The Beck Institute has also trained Mr. Showers in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Bernard is a graduate of the inaugural class of The University of Kentucky’s Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Program. In July 2021, Bernard Showers was the lead author on the manuscript Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural America: A Review of the Literature published in the APA’s Journal of Rural Mental Health. He is passionate about bringing awareness and solutions to enhance social work students’ preparedness in meeting the nation’s micro, mezzo, and macro-level substance use needs, as examined in his doctoral capstone project titled Substance use education in social work programs: Time for a mandate?
Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:
- Social Workers
- CASAC Renewal upon approval
- APA Psychology
- NYSED Psychology
Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.
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