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    • August 26, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • January 13, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Zoom Video Conference
    • 3
    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.


    Group Environment Policy 

    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.The facilitator will support the members as they navigate their own experiences within the group dynamics of this space. 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.


    About the Facilitator

    Emily Fell, LICSW, works with teens and adults, focusing on gender, identity and self-esteem. Emily uses psychoanalytic, attachment and feminist frameworks to gain a deep understanding of people 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 mindfulness 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.


    $35.00: Members

    $65.00: Non-Members

    No refunds given after commitment given to attend.


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


    Application Deadline: Wednesday July 29th, 2020

    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. 

    Given the number of meetings, 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 July through December, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.


    August 26th

    September 9th

    October 14th

    November 11th

    December 9th

    January 13th




    • December 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Video Conference

    Casual meet-ups for WSSCSW members and prospective members. These meet-ups are a chance to meet other clinical social workers and enjoy conversation with one another.

    How to Connect: The meet up is open to members and non-members. Please be sure to register for this meet up, as the Zoom link will only be shared with those who have registered.

    Membership & Diversity Chair, Vickie Fanfan Yang

    • December 10, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Video Conference
    • 72

    This 90-minute seminar will examine both normal and complicated grief. The course will increase your skill set and understanding of the therapeutic complexities when working with clients who are struggling with this existential human process. We will look at ways complicated grief is qualitatively different and guide you in therapeutic interventions to help you help your clients move through grief in a healthy way.

    1) Learn specific therapeutic steps to help your clients manage grief in healthy ways.

    2) Increase your skill set working with and understanding the therapeutic complexities of complicated grief.

    3) Learn skills to help manage yourself when grief is triggered in you.


    Mark R. Hoagland, MA, LMHC, CHT
    Mark has been a speaker and trainer since 2014 teaching 6 ½ hour seminars on how to assess and manage suicide risk to Social Workers, Licensed mental health counselors and community health staff. He has led training for organizations including the National Association of Social workers, Compass Health, and the Veteran Training Support Center. He was the trainer for a 4 hour seminar on grief which was mandatory to all King County crisis line workers before they could work on the lines.

    Mark is the Director of the Everett Vet Center, a federal agency that serves veterans dealing with the wounds of war trauma and military sexual trauma. Mark works directly with these veterans as a psychotherapist, while also supervising a team of therapists and leading staff. Previously to this position for over 8 years Mark worked as a Supervisor, Crisis Intervention Specialist and trainer at the King County Crisis Clinic. For 7 years he was the facilitator of the King County Survivors of Suicide grief groups working with people who have had a loved one complete suicide. He has a private psychotherapy practice in the Ravenna neighborhood in Seattle. 

    He earned BA degrees in both Psychology and International Economics from the University of Washington as well as a MA ed from Seattle University with a focus in counseling. Mark’s experience as a therapist includes working with crisis management, trauma, PTSD, complicated grief, suicide, sexual trauma, veteran issues and couples counseling.

    CEUs offered
    1.5 cue's


    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    Program 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    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


    • February 09, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Video Conference
    • 89


    How does racialized trauma in each of our bodies impact our ability to engage in anti-racism work? Where do we begin and how do we sustain the dismantling of systemic inequality as mental health providers and as community members? The work we do as healers is inextricably intertwined with social justice and the journey is lifelong. It requires our own ability to ground ourselves and heal in order to maintain present in the work. This interactive session will bring awareness to the racialized trauma each of us carries and it’s role in perpetuating systemic racial oppression. You will have an opportunity to practice techniques to settle and regulate your own internal system as a foundation for effective leadership in anti-racism work. If you’re not yet sure where to direct your energy as a change agent, you’ll have a chance to explore some options and connect with colleagues who share similar interests. 


    • Participants can describe the concept of racialized trauma and how it perpetuates systemic racial oppression.
    • Participants are able to apply techniques to manage their racialized trauma responses and engage as a change agent in their sphere of influence.


    Tanya Ranchigoda
    is a 1st generation Sri Lankan, Canadian, American. Tanya has been an adjunct faculty lecturer at the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington since 2010 and has also taught at the Seattle University MSW program. Recently she has started as a clinical director for MEND, a low-fee counseling agency based in inter sectional feminism and social justice work. In addition, she maintains a small private mental health practice where she focuses on supporting individuals and families with adjustment to chronic/terminal illness, significant life transitions, grief and loss, and crisis intervention. She provides individual and group MSW supervision with a focus on BIPOC professional experiences. Tanya’s teaching is informed by a mindfulness framework, anti-racism, and co-liberation. It includes a framework of diversity and inclusion, not limited to, but including discussions on micro-aggressions, power dynamics, and privilege. In the past 5 years, Tanya has provided diversity, equity, and inclusion consultation to profit and non-profit organizations. 

    Carrie Heron, LSWAIC: Principal at Unstruck, LLC, provides therapy, coaching, and consulting with a trauma-informed, social justice lens.  Beginning her career in residential treatment, she moved into diversity training while earning her MSW.  She then spent seven years working on the Learning & Development and Diversity teams at Casey Family Programs.  And another seven years at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, first in Learning, Leadership & Organization Development and then helping to launch the foundation’s first formal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs.  Along the way she became certified in yoga-based therapy, which solidified her approach of using neuroscience and trauma integration to shift the unconscious thoughts and habitual behaviors that keep people and organizations stuck.

    CEUs offered
    2 cues


    Tuesday, February 9, 2021

    Program 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    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


Past events

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 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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