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Clinical Evening Meeting: Coping with Trauma, Assisting Grief and Building Resilience: The CISM Example

  • January 14, 2015
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • University of Washington, School of Social Work, Rm 305A


  • Must present current student i.d. at door
  • Current WSSCSW Member

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2015 Clinical Evening Meeting

Clinical Evening Meetings are an opportunity to network with mental health professionals in the society and be exposed to cutting edge clinical information while gathering CEU’s. 

Coping with Trauma, Assisting Grief and Building Resilience: The CISM Example


CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) originated in the 1970s from a debriefing protocol that was used with first responders to events involving death, injury, and acute loss. Today, CISM has evolved to more flexible and comprehensive crisis intervention(s), with group, individual and systems work.  It has tried to respond both to its critics, and the demands of clients in a wide range of settings. In this program, CISM’s history and theory will be reviewed. Panelists will present glimpses into its practice in three different settings reflecting values central to clinical social work practice. CISM demonstrations will illuminate different approaches towards dual goals of providing short and longer term benefits.

Learning Objectives

  1. 1. History of CISM theory and practice, and how its practice has evolved
  2. 2. Understanding the continuum between crisis intervention and longer term psychotherapy
  3. 3. How to train for and practice CISM with clients

About the Presenters

Robert Odell, MSW,LICSW: Has a private practice in Seattle (Magnolia), serving primarily couples and relationships. During this time, he has also provided critical incident services in a wide range of settings, primarily in the workplace. He contracts directly with employers, and also through national and local EAPs. This includes consultation to employers such as Puget Sound Energy in their disaster planning and training. He is a past President of WSSCSW Board of Directors, and a member for the last 15 years.

John Power, LICSW, BCETS: Currently serves as a trainer and consultant to several peer counseling and support teams in the region, including Seattle Children's Hospital, King County Sheriff, and Bellevue Fire and Police. He has a clinical practice in Wallingford with a focus on sudden loss and traumatic bereavement. He most recently debriefed first responders involved with the Marysville-Pilchuck school violence. John is a graduate of Tulane University School of Social Work ('71), and served on the WSSCSW Board for ten years.

Seema Mhatre, LICSW, MHP is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent most of her career working with people who need assistance accessing health care.  She has experience working in with youth who were homeless or incarcerated and most recently she has been working with children and families at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle’s central area, a program of Seattle Children’s Hospital.  For the last 5 years, Seema has been a member of Seattle Children’s Staff Support Team doing CISM work with hospital staff. 

CEU's Offered:

Registration & Networking: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Presentation: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Meeting Location
UW School of Social Work
Room #305 A
4101 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA  98105

Directions The School of Social Work is on the corner of 41st and 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District, directly across from the Meany Parking Garage.


Parking is readily available on the street, in the parking garage, or on street level parking lots.

Refund Policy Fees may be refunded up to two weeks prior to the Clinical Evening Meeting, minus a $3.00 administration fee and any online transaction fees.

**If you register and are unable to attend, please keep us informed so we can properly adjust our reservation. It is important as we engage in the community WSSCSW is regarded as good stewards of the places that we meet.

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 Renton, WA 98058 •

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