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When: Friday February 28, 2020
Where: Millennium Centre
2001 Millennium Pl
Johnson City, TN  37604

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 Social Work Professional Development Conference 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
At The Millennium Centre, Johnson City

2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City, TN 37604

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Career and Field Fair
9:00am – 12:00pm

This is an excellent, unique opportunity to meet social workers, learn about area social services, connect with other agencies, recruit field students, discover volunteer opportunities, further your employment search, and for agencies to recruit future employees.

Continuing Education Sessions (NASW-TN credentialed)

There will be two 1.5-hour sessions in the morning and one 3-hour ethics session in the afternoon.


8:00am – 9:00am (NO CEs) - Preparing for Social Work Licensure

: This non-CE workshop provides information and tips about preparing for the LBSW, LMSW, and LCSW examinations with emphasis placed on Tennessee requirements.

Presenter: Donna Cherry, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

9:15am – 10:45am (1.5 CEs) - Introduction to Brainspotting: “Where you look affects how you feel."

: Brainspotting is a brain-based therapeutic model for healing from a variety of physical and emotional ailments naturally, as well as expanding performance and creativity. Brainspotting (BSP) uses relevant eye positions and bilateral sound to access the brain/body’s innate self-scanning and healing capacities. Core neurobiological sources of emotional and/or body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms are released and often quickly resolved.

Presenter: Christine Ranck, PhD, LCSW is a Senior Brainspotting US trainer and Supervisor with 30+ years of experience in private practice in NYC. A close colleague of Dr. David Grand, discoverer and developer of Brainspotting, she participates in a monthly consultation group with Dr. Grand. Christine specializes in working with survivors of profound trauma, and in creativity and performance enhancement for athletes, artists and performers. She is an internationally known seminar leader and speaker, and is co-author of the best-selling book, “Ignite the Genius Within: Discover Your Full Potential.”

11:00am - 12:30pm (1.5 CEs): Building a Trauma-Informed Community-

: Some of the greatest challenges faced by every city in our nation, have their roots in a common problem—the childhood trauma experienced by the individuals who are living there. Communities with overcrowded prisons, increasing homelessness, gang violence, and high rates of drug addiction, search for answers to these social concerns; yet often do not realize that each of these problems can in some way be attributed to childhood trauma experienced by many who have no support system. Upon recognizing the connection between trauma and poor physical and social outcomes, communities have a responsibility to develop a plan to raise awareness about trauma by educating local partnerships and service providers on what trauma is and how to systematically identify it. Then those partners can collaborate to reduce its effects. The good news that has come from the ACEs study is that we now know that what is predictable is preventable. As communities begin to recognize the devastating effects of adverse childhood experiences, solutions can be implemented to reduce those effects. The past few decades of scientific investigation support both the impact of trauma and ability to lessen its effects. Trauma informed care is not a movement, a buzz-word, or a fad but should be seen as an important public health strategy. Regardless of how large or small you feel your role in the community is, YOU can begin to raise awareness.

Presenter: Becky Haas is the trauma Informed Administrator for Ballad Health. In this role, she is expanding Trauma Informed education, research and programming throughout the Ballad Health footprint of rural Appalachia as well as working to help Ballad become a trauma informed health system. She provides training and technical assistance to professional groups from every sector including police, educators, mental health and healthcare. Becky is a notional presenter on trauma informed care with recent presentations to Delaware state leadership for the First Lady of Delaware, training the Oklahoma City Police Department and presenting at Duke Divinity School’s Conference on Medicine and Religion. Becky has received certifications as a trauma informed care trainer from both the Tennessee Building Strong Brains Program as well as the SAMHSA Gains Center. She has been an ordained minister since 1996 and in 2017 authored her first book, Your City Is Waiting On You.


This field luncheon is for current and prospective field instructors and task supervisors. Limited space available!

Working with Field Students With Trauma Histories

Presenter: Kate Emmerich, L.C.S.W.

2:00pm – 5:00pm (3 Ethics CEs): Ethical, Trauma-Informed Practice with Transgender & Non-Binary Clients

Description: Addressing the social work values and ethical principles of social justice, dignity and worth of the person, and importance of human relationships, this presentation will integrate theories from the field of somatic psychology with intersectional, gender-affirming social work practice. Participants will explore the impact that oppression has on the nervous systems of transgender and non-binary individuals, review the Gender Affirmative Model of Care, and learn about practical strategies to enhance their work with transgender and non-binary clients.
Transgender and non-binary people in the U.S. face daily discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations; barriers to accessing physical and mental health care; and violence and harassment at home, work, and school. The toll that this ongoing discrimination takes on the bodies and minds of trans and non-binary-identified individuals, especially youth and people of color, contributes to adverse outcomes in physical and mental health. In light of these harsh realities, the resilience of transgender people, individually and as a community, is stunning.

Presenter: Heather Branham, L.C.S.W. and Stephen Wiseman, L.C.S.W.

Workshop Registration Fees for Unlimited Number of Sessions

$60 Individual non-NASW member
$30 NASW member

Free: Students, ETSU Field Instructors/Task Supervisors, ETSU Department of Social Work Adjuncts, Speakers, and Community Advisory Committee Members

 Field Luncheon

Enjoy a complimentary box lunch during the 1-hour workshop (1 hour NASW-TN credentialed continuing education). Limited enrollment. Expect an email from .

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