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    • September 15, 2021
    • December 08, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Video Conference
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    Now that you have earned your MSW, what is your next step? Social Workers have many paths and options available.


    WSSCSW is offering an online mentorship group to support new social workers in developing their professional identities as they navigate life as a MSW. These groups will give new professionals a forum facilitated by a seasoned social worker to explore what it means to enter this profession after graduate school. The groups are open to those who have earned their MSW within the last 5 years, MSW students who are about to graduate, and other Mental Health Practitioners with less than 5 years of experience.

    Group Environment and Structure

    This is not a therapy or supervision group. Mentorship groups strive to create a supportive and constructive environment that allows every group member to share their experience as social workers and work towards their professional goals. Group participants are expected to have done sufficient personal, emotional work to have the capacity to support their peers. Fit for this group will be determined through a phone screening prior to completion of the registration process.

    About the Facilitator
    Callie Hills, LCSWIA, has worked in healthcare leadership roles for nearly nine years in the Puget Sound. She has remained primarily in integrative oncology and chronic illness on the patient side with focus on operations and strategy on the business side. Callie hopes to provide a safe place for students and new graduates to practice self-care, collaborate to problem-solve, and to dive into participant-selected topics regarding the practicalities of social work practice in Washington State.


    • MSW graduates within 5 years of graduation
    • Mental Health Practitioners with less than 5 years of experience
    • MSW Students who are about to graduate 

    Application Deadline- Tuesday, August 31, 2021


    $40.00: Members

    $70.00: Non-Members

    No refund given after commitment given to attend. A sliding scale fee is available for participants who need assistance.


    *Please wait until after the interview to pay. Registering will hold your space.

    Schedule, Attendance, and Waiting list Policy

    Once your application is received, applicants will be contacted to schedule a short conversation with the facilitator prior to being admitted to the group. This must be completed before the first group. A zoom link will then be sent for the subsequent group meetings. If registration is full, you may join the waiting list and the facilitator will contact you to schedule a short conversation if a space becomes available prior to being admitted to the group. 

    Consistent attendance is important for group cohesion. Please let the group know if you will miss a meeting. If you miss more than one session, your space will be offered to someone on our waiting list.


    The group will meet online the second Wednesday of each month September to December, from 4:00pm - 5:15pm.

    Term 2:
    September 15th
    October 13th
    November 10th
    December 8th




    • November 05, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Video Conference
    • 98

    We are all susceptible to harnessing implicit associations about others based on their characteristics. Implicit biases occur on an unconscious level. It’s what we do with this behavior once we are aware of it that makes a difference. The great thing about learned behavior is that we can also relearn/retrain our brain. The more we read about implicit bias and the more we discuss it the more we become aware of our own implicit biases and correct others on theirs, especially when we work with a diverse population.  As clinical social workers, it’s especially important that you have continued education on implicit bias to continue to recognize yours.

    In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to listen to the lived experiences of an undocumented/DACA recipient as a patient. How implicit bias and racial trauma have played a role in her experience as an immigrant. You will see a glimpse through her lens with the hope that it continues to motivate you to improve your care and professional practices/skills to better serve immigrant and refugee clients. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and the speaker will answer questions based on her mental and emotional capacity to answer them in the moment.

    Learning Objectives

      • To facilitate learning on how to recognize individual implicit biases as clinicians and as a team.
      • To facilitate discussions on how as clinicians you can improve the quality of care of your immigrant and refugee patients, with the focus on DACA recipients.
      • To strengthen your implicit bias awareness and social justice practices.

      Rocío Carrion is a Harvard Graduate at the Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship Master’s program. She obtained her business certificate from the University of Washington and is the Executive Director of, I AM Empowerment, LLC and the co-founder of the widely known and utilized Respuesta Comunatia Latinx al COVID-19 en Washington. She is the former Campaign Director of MomsRising, radio host for Aquí y Aquí, and Executive Board Member to the College Success Foundation. She currently sits on the Yakima City Council Community Integration Committee, YWCA Social Justice Committee, and is a Board of Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her company has served over 16,000 individuals and has held over 90 programs. She is a BIPoC+ Liberation Leader and an Advocate Trainer that focuses on teaching youth how to speak with legislators and senators in Washington, D.C.

      Ceu's offered

      1 CEU


        Tuesday, November 30, 2021

        Program: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, pst

        40-minute presentation and 20 minute Q&A

        Once registered and paid an email will be automatically sent with the Zoom login details. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

        Questions? admin@wsscsw.org


        • December 07, 2021
        • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
        • Zoom Video Conference
        • 98

        In communities where there are disproportionate risks for trauma exposure and substance misuse, mental health services are generally overlooked and under-resourced. Issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (SUD), HIV/STI risks are often treated separately rather than combined. Among individuals with co-occurring disorder what is treated first - the trauma symptoms or substance misuse? Built on an 8-year community based participatory partnership, in full collaboration with a Pacific Northwest Tribal Nation, Healing Seasons: Pathways to Our Heart, Mind, Body & Spirit is an extension of the previous project, Sacred Journeys.

        Taking a holistic approach, Healing Seasons compares two interventions to 1) reduce substance use, to prevent further substance use disorder development while reducing PTSD symptoms and HIV/STI risks and 2) treatment of PTSD to decrease substance misuse and prevent HIV/STI behaviors.  During her presentation, Dr. Pearson will share adaptions findings and implementation of two evidence-based interventions, Motivational Interviewing Therapy with Skills Training (MIST), a goal setting and skill-based talk therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), a story based exposure therapy with participants.

        Learning Objectives

        • Attendees will identify important cultural elements in therapeutic treatment design for Native Americans.
        • Attendees will gain insight to cultural consideration in treatment delivery of MIST and NET with indigenous participants.


        Dr. Cynthia R. Pearson is the director of research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI, P60MD006909), and provides oversight for IWRI research activities including development of institute and tribal partnership policies, quantitative and qualitative methods, data-related activates (collection, analyses, storage), as well as human subject protocols. Since 2006, Dr. Pearson has collaborated with American Indian (AI) communities in designing and implementing community based prevention interventions and in the development of tribally approved research policies (data use agreement, research and publication guidelines). 

        Dr. Cynthia R. Pearson’s research focus is on the historical and cultural determinants of physical and mental health, HIV/AIDS, and substance use disorders. Dr. Pearson also produced rETHICS, a research with American Indian and Alaska Native community human subjects’ curriculum that satisfies IRB training requirements (R01HD082181). She has over 55 peer-review publications and been the PI or Co-I on over 41 NIH funded grants. In all these community-based projects, Dr. Pearson has worked closely with communities designing and adapting culturally driven interventions and supporting tribal communities in disseminating information in peer-review publications and community venues.

        Ceu's offered
        1 CEU


          Tuesday, December 7, 2021

          Program: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, pst

          12:00 pm-12:30pm presentation and 12:30pm - 1:00pm Q&A

          Once registered and paid an email will be automatically sent with the Zoom login details. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

          Questions? admin@wsscsw.org


          • January 03, 2022
          • January 31, 2022
          • 5 sessions
          • Zoom Video Conference
          • 23

          This book circle is intended for people who are sincere in their commitment to understanding and dismantling white supremacy in society and in themselves. We will be guided by The Circle Way approach to collaboration and participation. We will meet virtually for four weeks, one hour each week, beginning in October.

          • Book circle groups will be randomly assigned unless attendees specifically request to be paired together.
          • Attendees must purchase the book on their own.
          • Attendees must attend each session for the entire length in order to receive the 4 CEUs.
          • Attendees are not able to receive partial credit; exceptions will not be made.

          Ceu's Offered:
          4 ceu's -must attend each session to receive 4 ceu's (pending)

            Once registered an email will be automatically sent with the login details. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

            Questions? admin@wsscsw.org


            • January 29, 2022
            • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
            • Online Event
            Presented & Hosted by Dr. Matt Goldenberg

            This training is designed for mental health providers who wish to advance their treatment for gender diverse clients across the age span. We will examine the standards of care for supporting clients in medical transition and discuss therapeutic techniques to address gender dysphoria.There will also be an emphasis on assessment of gender dysphoria for clients of all ages.

            To register for this training, you must have already completed introductory training to working with gender diverse clients as this course is an intermediary level.

            Please be prepared to share what training you have already completed when registering for this course including the name of the past training and date of completion.

            Using case examples, visual slides, and small group discussion, we intend to achieve the following learning objectives:

            • Accurately diagnose gender dysphoria in adults
            • Accurately diagnose gender dysphoria in children
            • Create examples of affirming letters for referrals to medical transition
            • Demonstrate age-appropriate behavioral interventions for gender dysphoria

            Offered on two dates via Zoom

            October 16th 2021 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM via Zoom

            January 29th 2022 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM via Zoom

            A popular trainer and clinician, Dr. Matt Goldenberg is a trans-identified Licensed Psychologist with over a decade of experience treating gender diverse clients. 

            Read more about his experience and other services at www.drmattgoldenberg.com.

            This Program has been approved for 4 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

            For more information and to register:


            • February 09, 2022
            • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
            • Zoom Video Conference
            • 100

            This presentation will detail new and existing policy options for social workers who may need to facilitate temporary, voluntary, or involuntary, firearm removal from clients at imminent risk of harming themselves or others. We will present the latest research on Extreme Risk Protection Orders and the voluntary Do Not Sell list laws and introduce resources designed for social workers and their clients to explain options for temporary firearm removal.

            Learning Objectives

            • Learn about new and existing policy options available for social workers to facilitate temporary firearm removal for their clients at imminent risk of harming themselves or others with a firearm.
            • Identify resources for social workers and their clients to understand the options available for voluntary temporary firearm removal.


              Kelsey M. Conrick, MPH (she/her) is a PhD student in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington (UW) and a trainee with the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. She earned an MPH from UW focusing on the emergency health service utilization of individuals experiencing houselessness. Her current research employs equity-focused mixed-methods and community-engaged research to evaluate policies to reduce the burden of firearm-related injuries and deaths. Kelsey is also interested in techniques to prevent disproportionate effects of firearm policies on communities of color.

              Dr. Megan Moore, PhD, MSW (she/her) is currently Sidney Miller Endowed Associate Professor in Direct Practice in the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, as well as the Co-Director of the Outreach and Research Cores at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. Dr. Moore’s interdisciplinary research agenda is focused on health equity and improving social work practice, and health and mental health outcomes for patients after traumatic injury. She is working to 1) address disparities in care and service access, and 2) develop interventions to improve psychosocial care, communication, and care transitions in healthcare settings.

              Ceu's offered

              1 CEU (pending)


                Wednesday, February 9, 2022

                12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, pst

                Once registered an email will be automatically sent with the Zoom login details. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

                Questions? admin@wsscsw.org


                • February 24, 2022
                • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                • Zoom Video Conference
                • 100

                For many folks, societal standards are not inclusive of all. These standards of excellence are often set out of reach and exacerbate the negative talk that we do daily, "What am I doing here? How did I get here? This must be a mistake?" In this interactive presentation, you will learn to SQUASH those thoughts and catapult your self-worth!

                Learning Objectives

                • Understand imposter syndrome
                • Learn techniques to improve your self-efficacy


                    Dr. Natalie Hart hails from Tacoma, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her master's degree is in Education Policy. Dr. Hart recently graduated with her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, at Rossier's College of Education. Dr. Hart's research focused on Black male student achievement and highlighted the Kingmakers of Oakland program. Her dissertation is titled, "Kingmakers of Oakland: Systematic Change for African American Male Achievement in California." During her time at the University of Southern California, Dr. Hart worked as an Assistant Learning Specialist for USC Athletics and was the Program Assistant for USC's Political Science and International Relations PhD. program. Dr. Hart was the Vice President of the Black Graduate Student Network, Vice President of the JENGA Doctoral Association, and a 3rd-year Graduate Resident Assistant for USC's Residential Education Department. Dr. Hart believes that access to equitable education is the civil rights issue of our generation.

                    Ceu's offered
                    1 CEU (pending)


                      Thursday, February 24, 2022

                      12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, pst

                      Once registered an email will be automatically sent with the Zoom login details. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

                      Questions? admin@wsscsw.org


                      • April 07, 2022
                      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                      • Zoom Video Conference
                      • 99

                      Muslim clients have reported different experiences with therapy. From experiencing religious micro-aggressions to feeling unsafe in the therapeutic space. Muslim clients seeking therapy in the United States are known to face numerous barriers. This presentation aims to provide therapists with an understanding of the different barriers Muslim clients face when deciding to start therapy, important cultural considerations, as well as using multicultural orientation (MCO) when treating Muslim clients. Incorporating multicultural orientation into practice is important to help clients feel more comfortable, accepted, and safe in the therapeutic space.

                      Learning Objectives

                      • Recognize different barriers for Muslim populations in accessing therapy.
                      • Detect possible micro-aggressions towards Muslim clients that may occur in therapy.
                      • Introduce Multicultural Orientation (MCO) and explore the importance of a multiculturally informed practice.


                          Zainab Akef, MA, LMHCA is a therapist at Catalyst Counseling located in Woodinville, WA. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Masters of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology. Her research areas include: refugees, trauma, as well as multicultural counseling practices. As an Arab Muslim, she is passionate about providing competent therapy to multicultural Arab and Muslim clients.

                          Ceu's offered
                          1 CEU (pending)


                            Thursday, April 7, 2022

                            12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, pst

                            Once registered an email will be automatically sent with the Zoom login details. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

                            Questions? admin@wsscsw.org


                          Past events

                          October 20, 2021 Board Meeting
                          October 16, 2021 Bridging the Gaps: Mental Health Care for Gender Dysphoria
                          October 07, 2021 Affirming Care for Queer & Trans* Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC)
                          September 22, 2021 Board Meeting
                          September 02, 2021 Attuning to Developmental Differences- Mente Counseling
                          August 18, 2021 Board Meeting
                          August 05, 2021 Telehealth: How to Practice Across State Lines for Mental Health Professionals
                          July 21, 2021 Board Meeting
                          July 08, 2021 A Mind-Body Approach to Race-Based Traumatic Stress Recovery
                          June 24, 2021 How To Start A Private Practice
                          May 21, 2021 Beyond Self-Care: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress through a Skills-Based Model
                          April 24, 2021 Loss & Grief 101: Clinical Theory, Bereavement Models, Case Conceptualiztion, and Basic Interventions for Grieving Clients-Envision Counseling
                          March 19, 2021 How Does Teletherapy Fundamentally Change Our Practice? Implications for Ethical, Practical & Multicultural Practice Competence
                          March 15, 2021 Becoming Anti-Racist: A Life Journey
                          February 09, 2021 Sustaining & Empowering Change Agents
                          January 28, 2021 Intro to Health at Every Size: What if Health & Mental Healthcare Was Not Weight Centric?
                          December 10, 2020 Grief and Complicated Grief for the Mental Health Professional
                          December 05, 2020 Social Worker Meet Up
                          November 18, 2020 Board Meeting
                          November 10, 2020 Girls on the Spectrum: Diagnosis and Treatment Concerns
                          November 07, 2020 Social Worker Meet Up
                          November 07, 2020 Ethics in Rural Psychology- WSPA
                          October 09, 2020 Looking into the Well: Practices for Embodied Equity
                          September 16, 2020 Board Meeting
                          August 26, 2020 Online Mentorship Group
                          August 13, 2020 Social Worker Meet Up
                          July 25, 2020 LICSW Study Session
                          July 22, 2020 Board Meeting
                          June 13, 2020 LICSW Study Session
                          May 20, 2020 Board Meeting
                          May 16, 2020 Social Worker Meet Up
                          May 09, 2020 LICSW Study Session
                          April 24, 2020 Cultural Competence As a Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Mandate
                          April 04, 2020 Social Worker Meet Up
                          March 29, 2020 Social Worker Meet Up
                          March 18, 2020 Board Meeting
                          March 05, 2020 Transracial Adoption
                          February 26, 2020 Trauma Informed Practice: Introduction to Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)
                          January 18, 2020 Annual Board Retreat
                          January 09, 2020 Mentorship Group
                          December 07, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          November 24, 2019 Grieving, Angry, and Scared: Clinical Implications of Climate Change
                          November 14, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          October 24, 2019 Clinical Supervision Workshop
                          October 16, 2019 The "Acceptance" in Acceptance Based Therapies
                          October 05, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          September 13, 2019 Washington State Social Work Licensure Examination Preparation Course
                          September 12, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          September 04, 2019 What's Money, Sex, Food Got To Do With It? Understanding Intimacy Avoidant Behaviors
                          August 03, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          July 26, 2019 Psychological Flexibility in Action: An Experiential Introduction to ACT
                          July 19, 2019 Introduction to Affirmative Mental Health Care for Gender Diverse Clients Workshop
                          July 18, 2019 Board Meeting
                          July 18, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          July 12, 2019 LASW/LICSW Licensure Exam Prep Workshop
                          June 11, 2019 Mentorship Group
                          June 05, 2019 Annual June Membership Dinner
                          June 01, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          May 17, 2019 Family Therapy Institute: The Ackerman Relational Approach
                          May 09, 2019 Social Worker Meet Up
                          April 30, 2019 Helping Families Through a First Psychosis Episode
                          April 25, 2019 Clinical Supervision: Theory & Practice
                          April 06, 2019 Social Worker Meet Ups
                          March 14, 2019 Social Worker Meet Ups
                          March 09, 2019 Starting an Ethical Private Practice
                          March 05, 2019 Psychological Flexibility at Home: ACT with Families
                          January 10, 2019 Reporting Abuse & Neglect: What Mandated Reporters Need to Report
                          December 01, 2018 Member Coffee Hour
                          October 20, 2018 Transforming Powerlessness into Power: Emancipatory Practices for Healing Trauma In Activists and Other Woke Folks
                          October 03, 2018 Sins of the Parents: Self-Care for Survivors in the Context of the Aging of Abusive Parents
                          September 14, 2018 NASW 2018 Virtual Conference
                          July 19, 2018 Board Meeting
                          June 21, 2018 Board Meeting
                          May 31, 2018 Board Meeting
                          May 11, 2018 Golden Threads of Couples Counseling
                          April 12, 2018 Board Meeting
                          March 24, 2018 Annual Board Retreat
                          February 09, 2018 Considerations for Private Practice
                          November 30, 2017 Clinical Evening Meeting: Keeping An Eye on the Heart: Creative Approaches to Self-Care While in Service to Others
                          November 07, 2017 Reading Group: Counting on Kindness
                          November 04, 2017 PART 2: Clinical Social Work Technology Standards Webinars: Ethics, Risks, and Benefits
                          October 25, 2017 Clinical Evening Meeting: Panel Presentation: Building A Career in Social Work
                          October 13, 2017 Fall Conference: Culturally Competent Trauma Treatment
                          October 04, 2017 Reading Group: Feminist Therapy
                          September 28, 2017 Reading Group: Not the Price of Admission
                          September 14, 2017 Mentorship Group
                          June 17, 2017 Mental Health Clinical Practice: Interruptions and Endings
                          March 25, 2017 Seeing the Water: Racial Dynamics in Our Lives and in Our Work
                          March 07, 2017 Clinical Evening Meeting: Models of Therapy, Part 2: Psychodynamic, Mindfulness and PACT
                          March 06, 2017 Associate and Student Meeting
                          January 31, 2017 Clinical Evening Meeting: Models of Therapy, Part 1: Working with Trauma Survivors
                          January 26, 2017 Annual Associates Event 2017
                          December 05, 2016 Quarterly Associate Meeting
                          November 16, 2016 Clinical Evening Meeting: The Trauma Resilience Model in Everyday Life
                          July 30, 2016 Clinical Social Work Practice: Interruptions & Endings
                          June 18, 2016 Racism, Privilege, Clinical Practice Cultural Competence in the 21st Century: Understanding Implicit Bias
                          May 11, 2016 Clinical Evening Meeting: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*And Don't Have to Be Afraid to Ask!)"
                          January 28, 2016 Annual Associates Event
                          November 18, 2015 Clinical Evening Meeting: A Braver New World: Ethical Use of Technology in Clinical Social Work Practice
                          September 19, 2015 Code Fried: ICD-10 Codes and DSM-5
                          April 23, 2015 Clinical Evening Meeting: An Introduction to Working with Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Clients
                          January 14, 2015 Clinical Evening Meeting: Coping with Trauma, Assisting Grief and Building Resilience: The CISM Example
                          November 01, 2014 Beyond Words: Attachment, Trauma & Implicit Communication
                          October 01, 2014 Clinical Evening Meeting: The Use of Story in Clinical Practice: Reframing Personal Narratives About Health & Wellbeing
                          April 05, 2014 HIPAA, HIPAA, HOORAY! NEW CHANGES to the HIPAA RULE for Mental Health Clinicians
                          November 12, 2013 2013-2014 Clinical Evening Meetings: A Year of Integration & Growth: Continuing the Discussion of Body, Mind & Trauma
                          November 12, 2013 Clinical Evening Meeting: The Potential Impacts of the Affordable Health Care Act to Clinical Practice
                          October 19, 2013 Beyond Abstract Language, the Truth of Face-Heart-Brain Communication and the Five Practices of Somatic Transformation
                          April 27, 2013 “I Googled You!” Staying Clinically Centered in an Online World
                          April 09, 2013 2013 Clinical Evening Meetings: Staying Clinically Centered in a Constantly Evolving Field
                          September 28, 2012 Pre-Conference: "I Googled You!" Staying Clinically Centered In An Online World
                          June 21, 2012 Annual Party of the Membership
                          October 15, 2011 Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender & Sexual Orientation
                          October 11, 2011 Starting Your Own Private Practice
                          June 16, 2011 Annual Party of the Membership
                          May 14, 2011 Full-Day Conference: Dr. Jeffrey Kottler The Journey of the Therapist: How Clients Change Their Therapists over the Career Span
                          May 13, 2011 Pre-Conference: Dr. Jeffrey Kottler, PhD.The Journey of the Therapist: How Clients Change Their Therapists over the Career Span
                          April 13, 2011 End of Practice and Beyond: Transitions, Reflections & Lessons Learned
                          February 09, 2011 Sustainable Practice: Maintaining A Healthy Practice in the Face of Economic, Political & Professional Changes
                          December 08, 2010 When Life Happens: The Impact of Personal Life Events on Practice
                          November 09, 2010 Fresh Eyes: Cultivating "Beginners Mind" Throughout The Clinical Life Span

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