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2017 Annual School Social Work Conference - 5.5 CEs
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2017 Annual School Social Work Conference - 5.5 CEs

When: Friday, October 20, 2017
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Registration 8:00 a.m.)
Where: Holy Cross College (Hogan Center)
1 College St.
Worcester, Massachusetts  01601
United States

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New Social/Emotional Learning Initiative: What You Need to Know
with The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE]


Keynote Speaker: Anne Gilligan, Director,
Office of Student and Family Support, DESE
Continental breakfast and lunch included.



Following the keynote presentation there will be a panel discussion on SEL by other experts and practitioners of SEL.


PANELISTS: Deni Howley, PhD., LICSW, Melanie Irwin, LICSW, and Richard Deneault, CAGS


LUNCH will include an informational meeting of the School Social Work Shared Interest Group.


NEW This Year: (during breaks) Information and Consultation on LICENSING for School Social Workers and Adjustment Counselors  | Timothy Wilson, DESE Licensing Expert 


Afternoon Workshops:

  1. Facilitating Hope – One School Day at a Time: Trauma Sensitive Strategies | Speaker(s): Kristin McKenna, MEd., Licensed School
    Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker, Casey O’Brien, LMHC, REAT, RN, MA in Expressive Arts and Mental Health, Licensed
    School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker, and Dr. Claudia Gallagher, PsyD., Med., CAGS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  2. School Based Social Thinking Implementation Across all Educational Tiers | Speaker: Nancy Clements, Executive Director of Social
    Thinking Boston®
  3. Suicide Prevention with Teens and Children | Speaker: Dr. Barry Feldman, UMASS Medical School
  4. Restorative Justice in the School Setting | Speaker(s): Carolyn Boyes-Watson, PhD., Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University and
    founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk in 1997, and Adina Davidson, LICSW, Restorative Practices Facilitator
    at the McCormack Middle School

About the Keynote Speaker: Anne Gilligan is the Director of the Office of Student and Family Support at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She provides professional development on a wide variety of comprehensive health-related issues as well as proven effective strategies for creating a safe and healthy school climate.


Description: This session will provide an overview of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s initiative on Social Emotional Learning. The Guidelines on Implementing Social and Emotional Learning K-12 will be discussed along with strategies for enhancing the role of School Social Workers/Adjustment Counselors in school-wide social emotional learning programs.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will improve their understanding of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Social, Emotional Learning initiative.
  2. Participants will increase their awareness of the Guidelines for Implementing Social and Emotional Learning K-12.
  3. Participants will identify ways to support students proficiency in demonstrating social, emotional learning competencies.


Approved for 5.5 CEs for Social Workers. LMHC application has been submitted.



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