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May 2015

Leading People/Managing Change

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thompson Conference Center,
2405 Robert Dedman Drive , Austin, TX United States
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“Non-profit Boot Camp Certificate Program: Leading People/Managing Change” by Julia Cuba, MSW, Meg Poag, MSW and Russell Smith, LMSW. Register Here.

This session offers an in-depth guide to the leadership of people and change management in non-profits. Using case studies, lectures and discussions, participants will learn practical strategies for attracting and developing a talented staff, creating a dynamic and accountable organizational culture and managing growth and change inside organizations. The course will also explore the ethical dilemmas Executive Directors may face as they manage teams of people through non-profit growth and change. This course is the last of a Non-Profit Leadership Bootcamp and will conclude with an activity that will allow the class to review the series content and participate in a Q&A with all three E.D.’s.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies for securing, onboarding and developing talented staff
  • Use strategies for developing a strong organizational culture
  • Have knowledge of effective models for organizational growth and change management using case studies from ED’s in the field
  • Critically examine ethical issues involved with staffing an organization
  • Apply practical tools, tips and strategies to create a culture of accountability

CEUs : 6.0 CEU/contact hours including 1.0 ethics CEUS •   Approved for Social Workers • LPC • LMFT

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CAL Capstone Symposium

May 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

 3rd Annual Community and Administrative Leadership (CAL) Capstone Symposium

Join us and support students in the Community and Administrative Leadership (CAL) Concentration as they do Pecha Kucha style presentations of evidence-based macro practice projects completed for the CAL Capstone course. Reception to follow in the School of Social Work foyer.

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May 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dean’s Conference Room (2.206), School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States
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Advanced DSM V: Case Conceptualization and Ethics

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Advanced DSM-5: Case Conceptualization and Ethical Considerations by Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy. Register Here.

It has been 20 years since the DSM IV-TR was published. The transition from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM-5 can be complex and confusing. This workshop will assist clinical social workers in developing an understanding of the organizational structure and the major diagnostic changes associated with the most recent diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Ethical issues related to some of the new diagnoses and assessment will be discussed. Practitioners will be provided with a roadmap for navigating these changes. This workshop will not only provide social workers the knowledge and skills to utilize the DSM-5 in the most efficient and effective manner, but will provide a forum for discourse on challenges related to ethical issues of some of the new diagnoses.

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Alumni Reception

May 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thompson Conference Center,
2405 Robert Dedman Drive , Austin, TX United States

Reconnect with alumni, network with social work professionals, visit with faculty and staff and celebrate the 2015 Charles I. Wright Alumni of the Year

Tickets (includes one drink and heavy appetizers)
Alumni and Friends: $10
Students: $5

RSVP and order tickets today!


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Field Education Committee meeting

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States
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Children: The Forgotten Grievers

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Children: The Forgotten Grievers by Dr. Barbara Jones. Register Here.

This presentation will address children and grief, including children’s losses and common developmental reactions. The needs of children facing loss will be discussed as well as the tasks of grief for children. Interventions that may be helpful to grieving children will be presented, and there will be an opportunity for group discussion of challenges and successes in addressing children’s grief.

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Faculty Mtg

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States
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May 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bass Concert Hall

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June 2015

Fourth Annual Play Therapy Symposium

June 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

“Creative Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders: A Play Therapy Approach” by Scott Riviere, LPC, RPT-S. Register here.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders are the most common reasons for referral of children to mental health professionals. Children with these disorders often struggle at home as well as in the school setting.  Both parents and professionals need an effective treatment program that builds on the strengths of the child rather than his or her weaknesses.  This workshop will review the three main Disruptive Behavior Disorders: ODD, Conduct Disorder, and ADHD.  Assessment tools and diagnostic criteria will be presented to assist the clinician in confirming a diagnosis.  A review of directive and nondirective techniques will be explored with an emphasis on basic behavior modification principles.  Experiential Play Therapy activities will be used to help participants gain insight into the child’s world.  Play Therapy interventions to help build trust, teach self-discipline, and develop positive social skills will be reviewed and modifications for a group format will be presented.


Participant will be able to:

• Identify the three main DBD Diagnosis

• Explain why traditional punishment based approaches are ineffective in play therapy

• List the benefits of directive and non-directive play therapy techniques

• Describe several practical play therapy techniques


Scott Riviere, M.S., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana’s first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents, ages 2-18, and their families. Mr. Riviere has over 20 years experience with children and their families dealing with such issues as grief and trauma, anxiety disorders, divorce, behavioral problems, attachment disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.

Mr. Riviere is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and is approved to supervise interns seeking to obtain their state-counseling license and Registered Play Therapist status. He is Past-President of The Louisiana Association for Play Therapy and has been recognized by the International Association of Play Therapy for his contribution to the field. He is a published author, international speaker and frequent guest on various media outlets.

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