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Preregistration is required for all Resume Builders. Times noted include scheduled conference meals, breaks, and plenary sessions. Presenters and agencies receive no compensation of any kind for these presentations. Additional fees are for materials or NASW/Texas administrative costs, as noted.



LMSW Licensing Review Course  ($55)

Thursday, October 11, 8:00am-6:00pm


This workshop will prepare MSWs to take the Association of Social Work Board's LMSW exam. Areas reviewed are: Human Development and Behavior in the Environment, Diversity and Social/Economic Justice; Assessment, Diagnosis & Intervention Planning; Practice; Communication; Professional Relationships; Values and Ethics; Supervision, Administration, and Policy; Practice Evaluation/Utilization of Research; Service Delivery; and the new DSM-5 component. Seating is limited to the first 50 registrants. Fee must be paid by September 26 to hold seat. (6 CEUs)


Presenter Bios: Elizabeth Cruz, LMSW  works for New Life Ministries of San Antonio, as a program director. Prior to she worked at Seton with pregnant and parenting teens. She also worked at SACHRC, where she developed a case management model for one of San Antonio's largest food pantry. She also worked for SAMMinistries where she developed their Homeless Prevention Program. The majority of her experience comes from working at Casey Family Programs.  


Ellie Saucedo, LMSW-IPR is the Director of Field Education Services for Good Samaritan Community Services in San Antonio.  She also works on Collaborative Divorce teams, conducts adoption home studies and is a certified IPR Supervisor.



Suicidality and Prevention with Unique Populations ($20)

Thursday, October 11, 2:30-6:00pm


It is critical to examine the unique variables that may contribute to a higher risk of suicide within special populations that social workers encounter including, but not limited to people of color, children and youth in the child welfare system, and more. In accordance to the NASW Code of Ethics, social workers must remain knowledgeable and proficient in analyzing suicidal risk factors to intervene and help prevent death by suicide. Join us as we explore suicidality and prevention through a cultural competent lens in this interactive workshop. Seating is limited to the first 50 registrants. $20 fee includes materials. Fee must be paid by September 26 to hold seat. (3 CEUs)


Presenter Bios: Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW, PLLC is a licensed clinical social worker and TSBSWE-approved clinical supervisor through the State of Texas. Since 1999, she has specialized in the field of child welfare ranging from foster care, adoption, mental health, trauma-informed care, attachment and administration. As the founder and owner of a private practice, she integrates her experiences when working with individuals, couples and families who have adopted internationally, private/domestic, kinship, and through the foster care system. She is a Certified Theraplay® Therapist and an EMDR Therapist. Her passion includes education and training others within the community to help lift the voices of marginalized and oppressed groups both nationally and internationally. She teaches as an adjunct professor of Social Work at Collin College in North Texas.  

Katy Perkins LCSW, LMSW-AP works at VITAS Healthcare and is also President and Therapist at Kingsman Consulting, LLC, providing therapy, professional training and case consultation in Dallas and Allen, Texas. Katy has provided educational sessions about adoption, cultural competence, intimate partner violence, end of life decision making, and more for more than fifteen years. She is committed to bridging social justice movements and advocating for traditionally marginalized populations. She is a founding board member of STAR (Support TX Adoptee Rights), a member of NASW, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and Adoption Knowledge Affiliates. Katy was recently selected as the NASW-North Central Texas Dallas Area 2018 Social Worker of the Year. 




Assessing and Treating Adolescent Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)  ($20)

Friday, October 12,10:30am-12:00pm

This workshop will initially discuss the definition, epidemiology, and etiology of NSSI. Primary focus will be on risk assessment by differentiating NSSI from suicide and assessing specific characteristics of NSSI that, if present, may increase the risk of a suicide attempt. Common treatment approaches to NSSI will then be presented. Seating is limited to the first 50 registrants. $20 fee includes materials. Fee must be paid by September 26 to hold seat. (1.5 CEUs)


Presenter Bio: Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He works exclusively with adolescents, provides therapy and psychological assessments, and specializes in nonsuicidal self-injury, depression, and high-risk behavior.




Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) certification  ($20)

Friday, October 12, 1:45-6:30pm


This training is an introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and targets the four areas identified as essential to competences by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These foundations include understanding prevention, understanding addiction, treatment knowledge, application to practice, and professional readiness.

Participants will develop important SBIRT skills. These include screening for substance use disorders, essential motivational interviewing skills, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. Certificates issued at end of the session. Seating is limited to the first 50 registrants. Fee must be paid by September 26 to hold seat. (4 CEUs)


Presenter Bios: Bernadette Hassan Solórzano, PsyD is Professor of Psychology and the Clinic Director of OLLU’s Graduate training clinic, Community Counseling Service. Dr. Solórzano received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 2001 from our Lady of the Lake University. She has worked many years with families with children with chronic health issues including organ transplants and cancer. She has also obtained a federal grant to work with inner city at risk youth from a strength based perspective with positive outcomes for the youth involved. After the University received a grant to implement SBIRT in several of their programs, she conducted several trainings on how to implement SBIRT into practice.
Dr. Gomez is currently Director of the Worden School of Social Service at OLLU. She collaborates on the SBIRT Competency and Dissemination Project. In 2016 she studied as Professional in Residence at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She currently serves as a track chair for the CSWE Addictions Track and reviewer for Addiction, Recovery, and After-Care.

Deborah Healy, PsyD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU).  Dr. Healy is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at OLLU and the Training Director of the OLLU PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology. She is a Texas Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and TEA Certified School Counselor. She has been full time faculty at OLLU since 2014. Dr. Healy retired from The Northside Independent School District (NISD) where she worked from 1986 to 2014, serving students as a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, and Director of Counseling Services for NISD. Dr. Healy has been an SBIRT trainer since 2015.  Her research interests include working with children, teens and families from strengths-based perspectives.



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