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  • This presentation will review the origins and trajectory of the current opioid epidemic, now described as being in its fourth wave.

    Please register for the program at the following link: https://cswe.zoom.us/webinar/r...

    About the Webinar:

    This presentation will review the origins and trajectory of the current opioid epidemic, now described as being in its fourth wave. Considered will be the current epidemiology of the epidemic, particularly opioid-overdose related fatalities; the effectiveness of and potential gaps in current harm reduction strategies such as overdose education and naloxone distribution and drug checking services that provide fentanyl and xylazine test strips or on-site testing; principal barriers to expansion of buprenorphine prescribing among health care providers; and medication for opioid use disorder treatment initiation and engagement; and the science underscoring the significance of co-occurring tobacco use disorder among persons addicted to opioids and entering MOUD treatment.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the 4 historical "waves" of the opioid epidemic and the primary factors driving overdose related fatalities at present
    2. Identify the epidemiological groups disproportionately experiencing opioid-overdose related fatalities and understand the reasons why these groups are most affected 
    3. Review how specific drug use risk behaviors interact with psychosocial factors to increase risk for opioid overdoses
    4. Summarize how the harm reduction approach has recently been
      re-interpreted from the original models, making it potentially less effective for treatment initiation

    Moderator:

    Lili Windsor, PhD, MSW, Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research. School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

    Presenters:

    James A. Swartz, PhD, Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Reasearch in the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois - Chicago

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    For more information on Providers Clinical Support System - Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, visit https://pcssnow.org/courses/

    PCSS-MOUD Funding Statement:

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    ASWB ACE CE Language: 

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CSWE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/23/2018 - 01/23/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits.     

  • Throughout this webinar, attendees will be introduced to the foundational aspects of creating and sustaining productive community-based research partnerships.

    Throughout this webinar, attendees will be introduced to the foundational aspects of creating and sustaining productive community-based research partnerships. The presenters will highlight successful case studies and models that demonstrate the practical application of these collaborations, showcasing how they can lead to the development of innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies specifically tailored for women. Key discussions will include case examples such as the integration of exercise and wellness programs and the enhancement of peer support efforts, illustrating the diverse ways in which partnerships can enrich treatment interventions. However, the primary focus will remain on the overarching strategies and principles that guide these successful collaborations. Designed for social workers, treatment professionals, researchers, and advocates, this webinar aims to equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to foster meaningful collaborations that can significantly impact women’s recovery journeys. Join us to learn how you can contribute to advancing women's substance use disorder treatment through the power of community-based research partnerships.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the Foundations of Community-Based Research Partnerships: Understand the essential elements and benefits of forming partnerships between academic institutions and community organizations for enhancing substance use disorder treatment among women.
    2. Examine Successful Models of Recovery-Oriented Community Collaborations: Gain insights into effective collaborative models that integrate research and practice, focusing on how these partnerships facilitate the development and implementation of innovative treatment strategies.
    3. Apply Principles of Partnership to Improve Women's Treatment Outcomes: Learn strategies for applying community-based research partnerships to real-world treatment settings, enhancing outcomes for women in recovery from substance use disorders.


    Moderator:

    Lili Windsor, PhD, MSW, Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research. School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign


    Presenters: 

    Natasha S. Mendoza, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, Arizona State University School of Social Work

    Beverly Wohlert, PhD, CEO, Arizona Women’s Recovery Center

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    PCSS-MOUD Funding Statement:

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


    ASWB ACE CE Language: 

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CSWE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/23/2018 - 01/23/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits.     

  • This six-part webinar series invites participants to merge results from cutting edge research and clinical experience to inform social work practice. Participants will explore how social work practitioners have implemented research findings in their practice, how people with SUD are experiencing services, and what are the pressing gaps that need to be addressed.

    The field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Treatment has changed substantially over the past decade. The opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled unprecedented research documenting the impact of social determinants of health (how and where people live, work, and play) on substance use; developing new forms of pharmaceutical treatments; and highlighting the need to address racism and stigma in treatment and prevention. Yet, much work remains to improve treatment and access to quality SUD treatment. This webinar series invites us to merge results from cutting edge research and clinical experience to inform social work practice. We will explore how social work practitioners have implemented research findings in their practice, how people with SUD are experiencing services, and what are the pressing gaps that need to be addressed. We will consider the impact of social determinants of health, including racism and stigma, on different populations throughout the series. Finally, we will learn firsthand about new developments in SUD Treatment research and how we can leverage technology to improve access and outcomes. Our goal is to explore ways to address SUD more thoroughly, equitably, effectively, and effectively in our clinical practice.

    For more information on Providers Clinical Support System, please visit their webiste: https://pcssnow.org/

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    PCSS-MOUD Funding Statement:

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


    ASWB ACE CE Language: 

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CSWE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/23/2018 - 01/23/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits.     


    The process for receiving CE certificates varies between live-online and on-demand programs. For information on how to claim your certificates, please see below:

    Live Online Webinars:

    For live online webinars, eligible participants will receive an invitation to claim their CE certificates with 30 days of the webinar offering date. Certificates will be made available through CSWE's Learning Academy, where eligible attendees will be able to complete the course evaluation and claim their CE certificate. Eligible attendees will receive an email notification prompting them to claim their certificate through the learning academy once it is made available. In order to receive CEs for live-online webinars, the attendee will have to complete the following steps:

    Step One:

    The attendee must be present for the entire webinar. This means that the attendee must log-in on time and must be present for the duration of the webinar. If a participant is not present for the entire webinar, they will not be considered eligible to receive CE credits.

    Step Two:

    The attendee must complete the required evaluation(s). After the completion of the webinar, CE eligible attendees will receive an invitation to claim their certificate through CSWE’s online Learning Academy via email. The attendee would then log into the learning academy and complete the required program evaluation(s) for the corresponding webinar. Most programs will only have one evaluation, but there may be additional evaluations depending on program requirements.

    Step Three:

    Once the attendee has completed the required evaluation(s), they will be able to access their certificate through their Learning Academy dashboard. The certificate can be downloaded and accessed through the Learning Academy at any time.



    On-Demand Webinars:

    For on-demand webinars, participants will receive their CE certificates after the completion of the webinar content. The certificate will be available for viewing and download in the learning module as well as in the participant's Learning Academy dash board once the below steps are complete:

    Step One:

    Complete webinar content

    Step Two:

    After completion of the webinar content, the attendee will be directed to take a posttest. Attendees must complete the posttest and pass with a score of 80% or higher. If the attendee does not pass the posttest on their first attempt, they will be allowed to re-test two additional times. If the attendee does not pass the posttest on their third attempt, they will not be eligible to claim CEs.

    Step Three:

    The attendee must complete the required evaluation(s). After the completion of the program content and posttest, participants will be prompted to complete the evaluation(s). Most webinars will only have one evaluation, but there may be additional evaluations depending on program requirements.

    Step Four:

    Once the attendee has completed the webinar content, posttest, and required evaluation(s), they will be able to access their certificate through their Learning Academy dashboard. The certificate can be downloaded and accessed through the Learning Academy at any time.

  • Drawing on research and practice experience from both a social work and adolescent medicine perspective, this webinar will present research, best practices and developmental considerations when working with adolescent young women whose lives may interact with the juvenile justice system or courts.

    Drawing on research and practice experience from both a social work and adolescent medicine perspective, this webinar will present research, best practices and developmental considerations when working with adolescent young women whose lives may interact with the juvenile justice system or courts. The presentation will start with research contrasting current adolescent substance use trends post-COVID with trends in a recent sample of young adolescent women who are justice involved, while highlighting the unique needs of these youth based on prior research. An adolescent medicine perspective will then be provided concerning the risks of pregnancy and HIV/STI and best practices and considerations with this population. Current gender-responsive interventions for this population will be described, with a specific focus on the development and testing of the CHOICES-TEEN intervention, a bundled risk reduction Telehealth intervention designed to reduce the risks of substance-exposed pregnancy (alcohol and marijuana) and HIV/STI.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the unique overlapping needs, contextual factors, substance use, and sexual risk behavior trends of adolescent young women involved with the juvenile justice system or courts.
    2. Identify best practices and developmental considerations when working young women who are justice involved, with particular attention to substance use and sexual health. 
    3. Understand the current empirical evidence supporting various gender-responsive interventions for young adolescent women involved with the juvenile justice system or courts.


    Moderator:

    Lili Windsor, PhD, MSW, Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research. School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign


    Presenters: 

    Danielle Parrish, PhD, MSW, Professor and Director of Baylor IMPACT Lab, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University

    Rebecca Beyda, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, McGovern Medical School at Houston

    Kirk von Sternberg, PhD, MSW, Professor and Associate Director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin


    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    For more information on Providers Clinical Support System - Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, visit https://pcssnow.org/courses/

    PCSS-MOUD Funding Statement:

    Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


    ASWB ACE CE Language: 

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CSWE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/23/2018 - 01/23/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits.     

  • CSWE hosted the Peace Corps for a webinar highlighting how social work skills translate to Peace Corps service opportunities for both social work faculty and students.

    CSWE hosted the Peace Corps for a webinar highlighting how social work skills translate to Peace Corps service opportunities for both social work faculty and students. Dr. Darlene Grant, senior advisor to the Peace Corps director and former clinical social worker and social work faculty, and her colleagues discuss Peace Corps service, building connections through stories, and opportunities for social workers. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.Learn about Peace Corps volunteer opportunities

    2. Connect the transferability of social work skills to Peace Corps service 

    3. Understand experiences of returned Peace Corps volunteers


    Presenter Bio:

    In June 2020, Dr. Darlene Grant joined the Peace Corps Head Quarters Director’s Office as Senior Advisor. From June 2022 to February 2023, she left her office in Washington, DC for Ha Noi, Viet Nam to lead, as senior advisor, in this newest (143rd) Peace Corps program. The program welcomed its first group of volunteers in October 2023. Dr. Grant served as Peace Corps Country Director in Kosovo from 2015 to 2019, and as Country Director in Mongolia from 2012 to 2015. Grounding her career in tenets of conscious leadership for transformation, colleagues, family, and friends were not surprised when from 2009-2011, she took a leave of absence from her tenured faculty position to serve for 27-months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia. There she partnered with 6 host country national teacher colleagues as a TEFL English Teacher and Teacher Trainer. Dr. Grant worked for 18-years as a professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She taught graduate and undergraduate courses in social justice, clinical practice, research methodology, working with women with addiction and criminal justice involvement and at-risk youth. Dr. Grant was named 2006 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.