Events

For more than 60 years, NASW members have made a collective impact on the institutions and policies that help millions of people achieve better lives in their communities. NASW sponsors award programs to honor the highest social work achievements and hosts conferences to showcase excellence throughout the profession. We also coordinate state-based and nationwide celebrations and campaigns to help educate the public about the many roles of social workers. NASW Metro DC Chapter offers training to members and others, geared toward meeting your needs for licensure and ongoing education. View all professional development events here.


Community Calendar

Discover upcoming training sessions and events scheduled here! Please note that all NASW Metro DC training sessions will be held virtually. To register for training, please visit the NASW Virginia Chapter website. Click on the event name for more information.
  • Supervision: Independent Supervision Best Practices & Managing Vicarious Liability AND Supervision: Overcoming the Games Played in Supervision (5/3/2024 8:30 AM - 5/4/2024 5:00 PM)

    Supervision: Independent Supervision Best Practices & Managing Vicarious Liability AND Supervision: Overcoming the Games Played in Supervision

    Supervision: Independent Supervision Best Practices & Managing Vicarious Liability AND Supervision: Overcoming the Games Played in Supervision

    When both days are taken together, this course fulfills the 14 hour training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates. The Virginia Board of Counseling requires 20 hours of approved training to supervise LPC candidates.  Participants may register for ONE Day of the training to supplement another course if they wish. *Participants who have previously taken a 14-hour course from NASW-VA (within the last calendar year) and wish to take an additional one-day course may qualify for a discounted one-day registration rate. Please call the Chapter Office at 804-204-1339 for more information.

    During this highly interactive seminar, attendees will engage with other professionals to strengthen their foundation of today’s best practice knowledge and enhance their skills to function effectively in the critical role of clinical supervisor. Day 1 expl

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  • "Help, I'm Stuck on This Case!": Group Consultation Sessions with Trauma Expert Dr. Debi Grebenik (5/9/2024 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

    "Help, I'm Stuck on This Case!": Group Consultation Sessions with Trauma Expert Dr. Debi Grebenik

    Individual outpatient practice can be challenging, and often lonely. We've all felt stuck before, particularly when working with clients who have challenging needs and don't respond well to traditional psychotherapy methods. When we encounter these roadblocks, it can be difficult to figure out how to move forward and provide the best client care. Clinical supervision can help, but one-on-one supervision for licensed professionals can often be costly and time-consuming. 

    This is where group consultation sessions can be beneficial. In our new group consultation sessions, trauma expert Dr. Debi Grebenik will give you the opportunity to discuss your adult clients with challenging intervention needs. Often these clients have experienced complex forms of trauma, and Dr. Grebenik will use her decades of experience studying trauma-informed care and evidence-based interventions to offer you new strategies that can help these clients transform their lives.

    Registration is through NASW Virginia Chapter. Click READ MORE to learn more and register.

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  • “Am I Doing This Right?”: Peer Support for Supervisors (5/15/2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

    “Am I Doing This Right?”: Peer Support for Supervisors

    “Am I Doing This Right?”: Peer Support for Supervisors 

    May 15, 2024, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 

    Oftentimes after members take our popular Foundations of Supervision course and begin supervising LCSW candidates, new questions come up.  

    • Am I doing this right? 
    • How do I navigate differences in opinion when my supervisee and I practice different modalities? 
    • What if my supervisee and I disagree on an approach due to our cultural differences? 

    These types of questions are common, but also nuanced. Insight from one of our instructors and a group of your fellow supervisors can help. That’s why we developed our free, members-only “Peer Support for Supervisors” sessions. 

    For these 1-1.5 hour-sessions, the instructor will select a general topic area to focus on and then solicit questions from registered participants prior to the session. The instructor will then use these pre-submitted questions to guide the session and lead the discussion.   

    On May 15, the general topic area will be parallel process in supervision. Please include your questions/scenarios around this topic in your registration. 

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  • Disasters in Special Populations (5/19/2024 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

    Disasters in Special Populations

    Disasters in Special Populations

    No one who sees a disaster is untouched by it. However, those considered special populations have additional stress factors, reactions, and impediments. People pull together during and after a disaster. Stress and grief are normal reactions to an abnormal situation (transitory reactions) and emotional reactions relate to problems of living. (abnormal and excessive disruptions to daily routines). Who are special populations? Children and youth, older adults, people with disabilities, people with serious mental illness, people with low socioeconomic status, disaster workers, and cultural and ethnic populations.

    Learning objectives:

    Participants will:

    1. Understand the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary victims of disaster.
    2. Learn about Physical Reactions to disasters
    3. Learn about emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions to a disasters
    4. Be able to identify various special populations
    5. Understand cultural sensitivity and cultural competency in working with special populations.
    6. Better understand the guiding principles for cultural competence in disaster mental health programs
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  • Licensure Exam Prep Training (June 5) (6/5/2024 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

    Licensure Exam Prep Training (June 5)

    Licensure Exam Prep Training

    Be prepared. Learn the content and strategies to pass the Bachelors, Masters or Clinical exam for social work licensing in Virginia!

    This one-day workshop will walk social workers at the  BSW, MSW and clinical levels of licensure through the necessary steps to pass the ASWB exam and reduce test anxiety.

    This 6 hour course includes:

    • Full day comprehensive virtual workshop that covers key exam content areas
    • Six month access to full Exam Guides and learning management system with access to book author, discussion board, study games, flashcards, and interactive study features
    • Sample questions reviewed during the full-day online, interactive session with Exam Guides’ author
    • Comprehensive Study Guide Book - $95 value!
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  • Supervision: Foundations of Supervision (June 7-8) (6/7/2024 8:30 AM - 6/8/2024 5:00 PM)

    Supervision: Foundations of Supervision (June 7-8)

    This course fulfills the training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates. The Virginia Board of Counseling updated their regulations for LPC and LMFT licensure, however, now stating: 

    • For LPC and LMFT licensure, your supervisor must hold an active, unrestricted license as a LPC or LMFT only, in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided. At least 100 of the supervision hours must be supervised by a LPC. **Previously approved supervisors who are substance abuse treatment practitioners, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists can provide supervision until August 24, 2017. 

     

    Course Description:       

    This comprehensive seminar addresses the most critical issues for the clinical supervisor in social work. It provides an overview of supervision that is useful both for new supervisors and those wishing to refresh their supervision skills. Through presentation, large group and small group discussions, the following aspects of supervision will be explored:

    • The purpose, role, and function of supervision;
    • Theories and models of supervision;
    • Oversight and guidance of supervisees, who diagnose, create treatment plans, and treat clients;
    • Individual and group supervision facilitation;
    • Parallel process and the importance of modeling strengths-based principles in supervision; and
    • Ethical issues that arise in supervision.

    Learning Objectives: Learning objectives for course participants include:

    • Understanding the function of supervision and the role of the supervisor;
    • Discussing various theories and approaches that are useful when supervising individuals or groups of supervisees; and
    • Identifying and understanding potential ethical issues related to supervision.
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  • Supervision: Digital Technology & Clinical Supervision AND Trauma-Directed Supervision (June 28-29) (6/28/2024 8:30 AM - 6/29/2024 5:00 PM)

    Supervision: Digital Technology & Clinical Supervision AND Trauma-Directed Supervision (June 28-29)

    When both days are taken together, this course fulfills the 14 hour training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates. The Virginia Board of Counseling requires 20 hours of approved training to supervise LPC candidates.  Participants may register for ONE Day of the training to supplement another course if they wish. *Participants who have previously taken a 14-hour course from NASW-VA (within the last calendar year) and wish to take an additional one-day course may qualify for a discounted one-day registration rate. Please call the Chapter Office at 804-204-1339 for more information.

    During this highly interactive seminar, attendees will engage with other professionals to strengthen their foundation of today’s best practice knowledge and enhance their skills to function effectively in the critical role of clinical supervisor. Day 1 explores the ethical divide of digital technology in supervision, while Day 2 focuses on trauma directed supervision.

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  • Supervision: Foundations of Supervision (August 9-10) (8/9/2024 8:30 AM - 8/10/2024 5:00 PM)

    Supervision: Foundations of Supervision (August 9-10)

    This course fulfills the training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates. The Virginia Board of Counseling updated their regulations for LPC and LMFT licensure, however, now stating: 

    • For LPC and LMFT licensure, your supervisor must hold an active, unrestricted license as a LPC or LMFT only, in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided. At least 100 of the supervision hours must be supervised by a LPC. **Previously approved supervisors who are substance abuse treatment practitioners, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists can provide supervision until August 24, 2017. 

    Course Description:       

    This comprehensive seminar addresses the most critical issues for the clinical supervisor in social work. It provides an overview of supervision that is useful both for new supervisors and those wishing to refresh their supervision skills. Through presentation, large group and small group discussions, the following aspects of supervision will be explored:

    • The purpose, role, and function of supervision;
    • Theories and models of supervision;
    • Oversight and guidance of supervisees, who diagnose, create treatment plans, and treat clients;
    • Individual and group supervision facilitation;
    • Parallel process and the importance of modeling strengths-based principles in supervision; and
    • Ethical issues that arise in supervision.

     

    Learning Objectives:       Learning objectives for course participants include:

    • Understanding the function of supervision and the role of the supervisor;
    • Discussing various theories and approaches that are useful when supervising individuals or groups of supervisees; and
    • Identifying and understanding potential ethical issues related to supervision.
    Read more
  • Licensure Exam Prep Training (August 23) (8/23/2024 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

    Licensure Exam Prep Training (August 23)

    Licensure Exam Prep Training

    Be prepared. Learn the content and strategies to pass the Bachelors, Masters or Clinical exam for social work licensing in Virginia!

    This one-day workshop will walk social workers at the  BSW, MSW and clinical levels of licensure through the necessary steps to pass the ASWB exam and reduce test anxiety.

     

    This 6 hour course includes:

    • Full day comprehensive virtual workshop that covers key exam content areas
    • Six month access to full Exam Guides and learning management system with access to book author, discussion board, study games, flashcards, and interactive study features
    • Sample questions reviewed during the full-day online, interactive session with Exam Guides’ author
    • Comprehensive Study Guide Book - $95 value!
    Read more
  • Supervision: Foundations of Supervision (September 20-21) (9/20/2024 8:30 AM - 9/21/2024 5:00 PM)

    Supervision: Foundations of Supervision (September 20-21)

    This course fulfills the training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates. The Virginia Board of Counseling updated their regulations for LPC and LMFT licensure, however, now stating: 

    • For LPC and LMFT licensure, your supervisor must hold an active, unrestricted license as a LPC or LMFT only, in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided. At least 100 of the supervision hours must be supervised by a LPC. **Previously approved supervisors who are substance abuse treatment practitioners, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists can provide supervision until August 24, 2017. 

     

    Course Description:       

    This comprehensive seminar addresses the most critical issues for the clinical supervisor in social work. It provides an overview of supervision that is useful both for new supervisors and those wishing to refresh their supervision skills. Through presentation, large group and small group discussions, the following aspects of supervision will be explored:

    • The purpose, role, and function of supervision;
    • Theories and models of supervision;
    • Oversight and guidance of supervisees, who diagnose, create treatment plans, and treat clients;
    • Individual and group supervision facilitation;
    • Parallel process and the importance of modeling strengths-based principles in supervision; and
    • Ethical issues that arise in supervision.

     

    Learning Objectives:       Learning objectives for course participants include:

    • Understanding the function of supervision and the role of the supervisor;
    • Discussing various theories and approaches that are useful when supervising individuals or groups of supervisees; and
    • Identifying and understanding potential ethical issues related to supervision.
    Read more

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