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    • March 03, 2021
    • (PST)
    • December 08, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 8 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 in order 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.

    The 2021 Mentor Group will have two terms-- term 1 will meet monthly, March - June and term 2 will meet monthly, September - December. After term 1, group members will have the option to continue, or not, for term 2.

    About the Facilitator
    Emily Fell, LICSW,
    works with adults, focusing on gender, identity and self-esteem. Emily uses movement/breath, psycho dynamic , and feminist frameworks to gain a deep understanding of the people she works with while considering power/privilege and the impact of systems on individuals. Emily’s background in community mental health, crisis management and inpatient psychiatry guide her current practice. 

    “My hope for the mentoring group is to facilitate a space where social workers can connect around both practical and complex issues in clinical practice. Each group meeting will include a movement/breath exercise and discussion of topics selected by group members. Topics might include clinician self-care and professional development, managing challenging client interactions, navigating organizational/structural dynamics in the workplace.”----Emily Fell, LICSW. 


    • 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- Monday, March 1, 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 March to June, and September to December from 4:00pm - 5:00pm.


    Term 1:
    March 3rd
    April 14th
    May 12th
    June 9th

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



    • April 24, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online Event

    Hosted by Envision Counseling

    This training in Loss and Grief is intended for mental health professionals who are interested in exploring how North American dominant narratives on grief impact bio-psychosocial experiences of loss via clinical theories, treatment models, natural bereavement styles, and healthy loss adaptation within the context of personal insight and professional awareness. Participants learn to evaluate and conceptualize grief and loss symptoms, and design foundational supportive interventions that meet bereaved individuals where they are in their grief process.

      • What Does Loss and Grief Mean to You?
      • Exploring how the dominant cultural narrative of grief impacts the way individuals grieve.
      • 21st Century Models of Loss Adaptation, Meaning Making & Continuing Bonds
      • Exploring the Intersection of Traditional Clinical Theory, Current Bereavement Models, and Strengths-based Interventions to support healthy grieving.
      • Case Conceptualization and Treatment Goals
      • Exploring the connection between the fluid nature of grief, interventions, and treatment goals to help clients process, adapt to, and integrate loss experiences.

        About the Instructor

        Dani Baker, Ph.D. Candidate, LMFT, ATR-BC has 15+ years of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, WA State Approved Supervisor, Registered Art Therapist, and Board-Certified Art Therapist.

        In her clinical practice, Dani works with individuals, families, and groups experiencing grief and loss. When not in clinical practice, Dani serves as a counselor educator and the Associate Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program at Antioch University Seattle. Prior to her Associate Chair appointment at Antioch University, Dani served as the Director of Grief and Loss Adult Programs for a non-profit organization.

        Dani’s research and teaching interests include the efficacy of conventional art media and expressive writing in the treatment of trauma and grief; the neuroscience of affect imaging to promote emotion regulation; and best practices in social justice advocacy training in counselor education. Dani is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Antioch University Seattle.

    8 NBCC Ceu's, ACEP No. 6724



      8:00 am to 8:30 am

      Check in

      8:30 am to 10:00 am

      Opening Ritual; Creating Connection and Community

      10:00am to 10:15pm

      Stretch and Bio Break

      10:15 am to 11:00 am

      History of L&G, Models, Grieving Styles, and group processing

      11:00 am to 12:30 pm

      Typical L&G timeline, Theory, Interventions, Treatment Goals

      12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

      Stretch and Lunch Break

      1:00 pm to 2:45 pm

      Case Conceptualization via Assessment and Intervention

      2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

      3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

      Stretch and Bio Break

      Case Consultation and Loss adaptation Q & A

      4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

      Review of the Day, Take-A-ways, and Closing Ritual


      For more information and to register:
      Envision Counseling


      • May 19, 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
      • Zoom Video Conference

      Monthly meeting of the board.

      • May 21, 2021
      • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Zoom Video Conference
      • 88

      The potential deleterious impacts on professionals working with survivors of trauma are often discussed with limited attention to methods to minimize this secondary traumatic stress.  This seminar will provide an introduction to the Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) model. Developed by Dr. Brian Miller, CE-CERT is a skills-based approach to improving provider well-being and effectiveness in working with traumatized clients. Drawing from what is known about trauma impacts and treatment, CE-CERT posits that secondary traumatic stress is not developed in response to mere exposure to others’ trauma stories, but occurs when feeling overwhelmed or helpless. This and other past assumptions of clinician impacts will be discussed.  In contrast to self-care strategies that require the individual to engage in a restorative practice after-work, the CE-CERT model proposes micro-interventions done throughout the day. The five core components of CE-CERT: Experiential Engagement, Reducing Rumination, Conscious Narrative, Reducing Emotional Labor, and Parasympathetic Recovery, and the acquirable skills within each will be taught through both didactic and experiential activities.

      Learning Objectives
      Learn trauma-informed rationale for wellness
      Learn five skill domains for promoting wellness, reducing secondary traumatic
           stress & burnout
      Engage in personal application of skills learned.


        Elizabeth C. Risch, PhD Dr. Risch is a Clinical Psychologist on faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. She graduated from the University of Tulsa Clinical Psychology doctoral program in 2008 and completed postdoctoral fellowships in both pediatric psychology and child maltreatment at OUHSC. Dr. Risch provides clinical services and conducts training and research centered on effective treatment for families who have experienced trauma and promoting wellness among helping professionals. Her work focuses on enhancing family engagement and promoting equity in trauma-focused services. She is a Nationally Approved trainer for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT). Dr. Risch co-directs the statewide dissemination of trauma focused assessment and treatment for youth, providing training and consultation to all child -serving community mental health centers in the state of Oklahoma. As co-director of the Child Trauma Services clinic at CCAN, Dr. Risch remains actively engaged in clinical work and supervision of practicum, interns, and fellows.  

        CEUs offered: 3 ceu's


        Friday, May 21, 2021

        Program: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, (pst)

        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


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