The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

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Final call! Strengthen Your Supervision Skills and Earn Up to 14 Ethics CEs June 28-29

Advance Your Career!Seats are still available for the “Supervision: Digital Technology and Clinical Supervision,” and “Trauma-Directed Supervision: Awareness, Advancement, Activationlive-virtual trainings Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. Hurry, though—the registration deadline is Wednesday, June 26.

Taken together, you can earn 14 CEs, including 14 ethics CEs, by attending this popular one- or two-day supervision training created by the NASW Metro DC and Virginia chapters for social workers to learn best practices and enhanced skills as a clinical supervisor.

The first interactive training, Mastering the Ethical Divide of Digital Technology and Clinical Social Work Supervision,” (7 CEs, including 7 ethics CEs) on June 28 will explore the ethical divide of digital technology in supervision and will earn you 7 CEs, including 7 ethics CEs. You’ll engage in an innovative workshop that blends new knowledge with industry scenarios and application of the latest professional resources, including the NASW Code of Ethics and 2017 Technology and Social Work Practice.

The second training, “Trauma-Directed Supervision: Awareness, Advancement, Activation,” will be held June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and will focus on trauma-directed supervision, a novel, evidence-based approach to supervision that ensures workforce emotional safety and enhances client outcomes. The course offers 7 CEs, including 7 ethics CEs.

Cost total for both trainings is $280, NASW members; $364, nonmembers. One-day registration is $154, NASW members, $200, nonmembers.

Each day is taught by highly rated instructor Ellen Fink-Samnick, DBH, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, CCTP, CRP, and the cost includes a PDF-formatted manual. Here are a few instructor and course testimonials by your peers:

“Great training, and Ellen kept me comfortable to ask any question or provide my experience to the class.”

“Ellen was great—loved her energy, and [she] was super knowledgeable.”

“Ellen Fink-Samnick … has provided me with many opportunities to develop professionally.”


Again, registration for this space-limited professional development closes Wednesday, June 26.