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When: Friday, September 27, 2019
9am - 4pm
Where: AIM Center
472 West Martin Luther King Boulevard
Chattanooga, Tennessee  37402
United States
Contact: Melissa West

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6.0 CEUS with 3.0 in ethics

8:30am     Onsite Check-In

9:00am - Noon
 Diversity Awareness and Cultural Competence - Seeking Strengths in All Cultures
This workshop will increase participants’ awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural differences.  It also will enhance the assessment skills that today’s social workers and human service providers need in order to more effectively serve diverse populations.  Activities will focus on helping participants become more aware of how personal values and diversity affect assessment, planning and service delivery, as well as point out the importance of seeking strengths in all cultures.

Learning Objectives:
Participants in this workshop will:

  • Develop key clinical and community-building skills to aid in their practice,
  • Understand cultural diversity and its impact on assessment, planning and service delivery,
  • Recognize strengths that exist in each culture, and

  • Increase cultural competence in service delivery.

About Our Presenter:  Bo Walker, LCSW, DCSW is a former member of the NASW National Ethics Committee and served on the NASW Code of Ethics Review Task Force. He currently serves as Director of Social Services at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga, TN. Walker has over 40 years of experience in a diverse variety of clinical, administrative and academic functions and has presented numerous workshops on social work ethics, cultural competence and other behavioral health topics. He has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for leadership and outstanding practice in social work and mental health. He received a BA degree in Sociology from Warren Wilson College and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

 Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch on your own

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ethical and Affirming Social Work Practice with the LGBTQIAP Community and their Family Members

Learning how to deliver ethical, evidence-based social work practice is imperative for assisting clients who identify as LGBTQIAP. Ethical practice approaches allow practitioners to foster growth in a manner that is safe for these vulnerable clients who are too familiar with oppression, discrimination, violence, suicide, isolation and rejection. Our presenter will help increase your understanding of ethical practices regarding therapeutic approaches, controversial versus ethically appropriate terminology and ethically appropriate clinical recommendations and referrals.

  • Increase knowledge of the relevant NASW Code of Ethics as applicable to social work practice with the LGBTQIAP community
  • Increase awareness of impact that unethical practices have on the health and well-being of the LGBTQIAP community and their family member
  • Increase knowledge about ethical, evidence-based clinical and general practices for work with the LGBTQIAP community and their family members.

About Our Presenter: Shannon Brown, LCSW  founded and is owner of Psychotherapy and Forensic Services. She is the 2018 Case Western Reserve University Professional Achievement in Direct Practice and the 2007 CWRU Irene Sogg Gross Humanitarian Service Awards recipient. In 2015, she founded the Foothills LGBT Community Center in Maryville. She has been an advocate for the LGBTQIAP community since the 1990's and clinically working for over a decade.

NASW Members Full Day - $75

NASW Members Half Day - $40

Non-Members Full Day - $115

Non-Members Half Day - $60


NASW –TN Continuing Education Cancellation Policy

Full policy located HERE.

While the NASW understands that emergencies do occur, once a participant has been registered and is expected to attend a scheduled NASW TN Chapter workshop/event, the NASW TN Chapter has factored their attendance into costs already absorbed by the Chapter. Once a participant has registered and is expected to attend a scheduled Chapter workshop or event our cancellation policy is as follows:

•Cancellations received via e-mail 7days or more prior to the event will receive a full refund.

• Cancellations received 6-2 days in advance of the event shall be refunded to the participant with $25 deducted for processing.

• Cancellations received less than 2 days in advance of the event will NOT be refunded.

• Any “no shows” that have not provided advance notice will not be issued refunds or the option to apply the fee to a future scheduled workshop


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