Within the past year I can confidently say I am proud of myself for the risks and challenges I’ve taken.
Here is a quick short list of those risks and challenges:
moving to a new state (over 1000 miles away from home)
Moving on my own — living on my own in a apartment
11 months later deciding to buy a home uncertain of my future because at the time I still wasn’t licenced
Risked driving alone to places and teaching myself how to drive in the highway
interact with coworkers in a personal level
Challenged myself working with borderline personality disorders, work with male clients dealing with anger , work with marriage counseling , work with children processing trauma and their parents, and challenged myself working with non complaint clients — no one in my team wanted to take them bacm because they new their history of being non complaint with therapy
Challenged myslef to do meditation/yoga/ mindfulness training
Challenged myself to remind my mother of respecting boundaries (on going)
I also want to mention my strengths gained.
Building and establishing therapeutic relationship with new and non complaint clients
Feeling more comfortable doing hospital follow ups
Not completing paperwork as recommended
Not meeting 100hrs of face to face therapy
Development & personal goals
Be certified in children trauma
Be certified in addictions and substance abuse
First time psychosis with the youth especially for Spanish speaking families
Continue to improve my expertise in emergency screening
As you can read I have grown within the last year. I have lost clients literally and also closed cases that made me wonder what happened to them. There has bee changes in terms of our paperwork and changes in the agency- – coworkers leaving. Still heartbroken to say good-bye.
What I take away from this year is admiring my clients stories and acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses. Some people that I work with just need that one person to really listen to them and tell them they are stronger than what they give themselves credit for. I sometimes wish they can write their story for someone else to read that might be dealing with something similar and can help them too. Most clients are not willing to expose the truth.
I also see the need in the community for instance a lack transportation and lack of services. The domestic shelters is poorly managed. There are no services for the Hispanic community either because they do not have insurance or these are no Spanish speaking therapist in the county. There is much work to be done ….
In case you wondering what kind of people I work with….
…. everything you can imagine — I deal with : anger, depression, anxiety, abuse, substance abuse, grief, divorces, people who have attempted self harm, criminals…. I work with all ages — the youngest I have is a 9yr old and oldest client is in their mid 60’s …..
I feel more comfortable doing my work but I still struggle with my sleep and getting work done.
I wonder how much more I will grown within the next year.
When it comes to knowledge and building my personal tools — I can be ambitious. This list is over 33 hrs of online training. Although the board can accept 20 hrs, I will be sure to sort out the important ones that I can use within this year and next years. All of them are relevant. However, my time is limited. I will start them in Aug. I will plan at least 2 electives every month. Perhaps I will start the first of each month to get them out of the way.
The end of month of — it can be brutal for me, my work requires me to submit all paperwork , up to date at the end of the month. No one fully understands until you yourself do the work. Budgeting purposes. I totally get.
A Culture-Centered Approach to Recovery
Advanced Strategies Motivational Interviewing
Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults
Attachment Disorders Part 1: Understanding and Defining Attachment and Trauma
Attachment Disorders Part 2: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Barriers to Recovery
Best Practices: Behavior Support and Intervention
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Calming Children in Crisis
Crisis Planning with Families
Does Your Organization Measure Up: Are You Really Trauma-informed?
Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
Internalizing Disorders: A Focus on Anxiety and Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care
Law, Ethics and Standards of Care in Behavioral Health
Medications Related to Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Practical Strategies for Engaging Families and Children
Professional Ethics for Social Workers
Relapse Prevention Treatment Strategies
Relapse Prevention: Cultural Issues
Substance Use in the Family
Suicide Assessment and Treatment
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents
WEBINAR: Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Systems
What Does Becoming Trauma-Informed Mean for Non-Clinical Staff
Below is a list of topics that the national association of social work (NASW) considers qualifying credits for our renewal license.
My work has registar a seminar for me for Tue. Aug 8. Looking forward to it. It a 2 hr drive and that means I will be up by 4 am – leave no later than 5:30pm. And won’t be back until 8:30pm.
My licence card arrived Friday at noon. It was unexpected — I was told it takes two weeks to process it. How times have changed, my clinical supervisor shared with me several years ago, testing was on paper and wouldn’t get your test results months after! The process was much slower. Amazing.
In my next post I will make a list of the online workshops I am interested in taking.
Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE):
Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE) has been defined as those formalized activities that are
directed at developing and enhancing an individual’s social work knowledge base and service delivery skills
in the applicable area of social planning, administration, education, research or direct service with
individuals, couples, families, and groups. These activities may include short academic courses, audit
courses in colleges and universities, independent study courses, Internet courses, workshops, seminars,
conferences, and lectures oriented toward enhancement of social work practice, values, skills, and knowledge.
Listed below are examples only and are not intended to be an exhaustive list. The Board reserves the right to make changes as necessary. Examples of Acceptable Arkansas SWCE
Sessions on Mental Illness and its treatment
Psychosocial aspects of physical illness, including dealing with dementia in elderly patients
Counseling or therapeutic techniques/intervention in social work practice (including art and music therapy)
Sessions on Substance Abuse Treatment
Social/health policy and its application in agency settings
Sessions relating to the Administration or Management of Social/Health Programs
CQI/TQM Theory and Skills in a social work/case management setting
Sessions on Social Security/SSI Benefits information and changes
Sessions on VA/Medicare/Medicaid Benefit information and changes
College or University related to social work, psychology, sociology or criminal justice
Public assistance programs as they contribute to social work service
Examples of Unacceptable Arkansas SWCE
Adult Protective Services Staff Meeting Foreign Languages (Spanish, German, etc.)
Annual Mandatory Employee Training Handwashing and Universal Precautions
Body Mechanics Hazardous Materials
Computer Courses (Word, Excel, Windows, etc.) How to Manage Priorities and Meet Deadlines
Copier Operation How to Write, Design and Produce
Corporate Compliance Infection Control or Isolation procedures
Correction Security for Non-Security MDS Training or reviews
CPR Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Aging
Customer Service Training Organizing your Work Space
Dale Carnegie Course OSHA – General Safety Guidelines
Defensive Driving Personnel Policies for an Agency
Electronic Medical Records Restraint Use, Reduction, Protocols
Emergency Procedures Self-therapy Group
Employee Handout Special Transit & Rural Transit Safety
Faculty Development Training Speed Reading
Fire Safety The Write Stuff
Fire, Explosions, Evacuations, Weather & Disaster Training on Phone System
Any organization staff meeting that is not discipline specific.
Physical or medical workshops without demonstrated psychosocial reference (i.e. how to care for a total knee replacement, CHF and you, diabetic management)
You are encouraged to read the social work continuing education guidelines in the Social Work Licensing Law and Regulation section of our website, http://www.arkansas.gov/swlb.
Only continuing education as defined in the guidelines are acceptable.
Over the weekend I wanted to get a head start on my continuing education units. I find out that I cannot do much until I get that letter in the mail….so I’ll be waiting until July 21st hopefully they have my most recent address.
Based in the state that I am current living in I am required 48 hrs of continuing education for the next 2 years just to be eligible to renew my licence.
So I did some math.
48 hours in 2 years is about 24 hrs yearly, divide that per month, at least 2hrs of training at least!
3hrs must be professional ethics
20hrs can be online training within the 2 years frame.
48 hrs needed minus 20 hrs online = 28hrs outside of field of practice* (Sort of) lets just call them seminars
I have already set aside webinars that I want to do in the fall so I don’t fall behind with my counting education which we call them for short CEU = continuing education units (in case you read my blog and question what is CEU)
Perhaps when I have my official licence # I will post a schedule of my webinars, this will help me be accountable of what needs to get done.
I’m starting to gradually feel better internally doing yoga and gradually being active again.
This feels like a new book in my life, it’s not a new chapter. It feels as if I’ve entered in a new kind of privilege and figuring out how to make it worth it for those who are disadvantaged.