The following trainings have been approved  through the NASW-Virginia “Course Accreditation Program (CAP”) for Continuing Education Contact Hours.  Please contact the sponsoring organization using the  Contact information if you are interested in any of these trainings. 

2021 Annual Conference:  From Resiliency to Recovery - June 6-12, 2021 

It's important when working towards recovery of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, we understand the root causes. We
know that trauma can greatly impact a person's mental health - whether it occurs in childhood or as an adult - and the effects of
trauma can last for a lifetime. We know that often substance use disorders can also coexist with mental illnesses. We know
caregivers and peers can play an integral role in recovery, and we know that if we focus on early identification and care for those who
need it, we can change the trajectory of lives.


Attendees will hear from mental health leaders and clinicians, media standouts, policy makers, advocates, and others who speak on
personal experience in services and advocacy in mental health.  

This is especially important for social workers, as they will most likely be on the front lines dealing with all of the issues that clients
face. Social workers will learn how to tackle these sensitive topics and situations in careful and innovative ways.  Social workers will learn about the innovative ways people and organizations are addressing physical health and mental illness and facilitating pathways to recovery. Specifically, social workers will gain exposure to lectures from experts in the ]fields of peers and how they can incorporate mental health into their work. Instructors will also touch on the issues that specifically affect marginalized communities. We will discuss strategies to help communities recover from the pandemic and teach new skills for clinicians to use with their clients such as mindfulness to overcome race based traumas.

When:  June 6-12, 2021 

Where:  Virtual 

CE Hours:  7.75 for live; up to 26 hours on-demand 

Sponsor:  Mental Health America 

Registration Information: 

Advanced Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training:  Practical Techniques and Tools to Use In Private Therapy Settings -

June 26-27, 2021 

This training curriculum includes a review of the PMADs spectrum and explanation of differential diagnosis criteria. Attendee will be ale
to discuss: the unique considerations related to therapeutic treatment planning; identify and practice implementing and screening,
assessment, and diagnostic tools appropriate for PMADs; at least 3 therapeutic modalities appropriate for use in treating women at risk
and experiencing PMADs; explore a variety of new tools and techniques to add to their therapeutic toolbox. Discussion of case
studies relating to the PMAD spectrum, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning will occur. Attendees will review the importance
of self-care and professional considerations unique to working with this population (pregnant and postpartum women).
Learning Objectives:  
Attendees will be able to

(1) define and explain the spectrum of PMADs and differential diagnosis criteria for this array of struggles;
(2) discuss PMADs in fathers as well as partner considerations that relate to diagnosis;

(3)  identify and practice implementing screening, assessment, and diagnostic tools appropriate for use in assessment of PMADs with women pregnant and postpartum; (

4) discuss the unique considerations related to creation of therapeutic “holding environment” as outlined by Karen Kleinman;

(5) discuss Lenses of Trauma and trauma considerations appropriate when treating women at risk for and experiencing PMADs;

(6)  discuss birth trauma and the increase this has on experiencing of PMADs;

(7) identify and discuss Postpartum PTSD and therapeutic treatment strategies specific to this diagnosis;

(8) will understand role of partner when treating someone struggling with a PMAD and how it relates to couples counseling considerations;

(9) discuss and practice using therapeutic modalities, techniques and tools specific to the perinatal period. Modalities include Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness/Mind-Body Techniques and Tool, EFT (Tapping) and EMDR;

(10) will understand sensitive intervention techniques related to grief and treatment of those dealing with Perinatal Complication & Loss; (11) understand importance of professionalism and self-care when working with PMADs; (12) will discuss need for consultation, boundaries, awareness, and selfcare when working with this population.


When:  June 26-27, 2021, 9:30am - 1:00pm

Where:  Virtual 

CE Hours:  7 
Sponsor:  Postpartum Support Virginia, Arlington, VA 

Registration Information:  Contact Sultana Karim, or Danielle Cauley,

VSIAS Virtual 2021 Conference - July 19-21, 2021 

The VSiAS conference has speakers who will touch on ethics, science of recovery, basic group facilitation, gambling addiction, introductions on becoming an addiction professional, and harm reduction and moderation management, among other topics   

How social group participation enhances patient well-being, how research on the neurobiology of prefrontal cortical functioning is related to patient relapse, understanding effectiveness of peer recovery support, ethical addiction treatment practices, culturally competent solutions of ethical dilemmas in substance abuse treatment.  

Participants will gain the 2021 Ethics training given by the NAADAC Ethics Chair, they will be given basic to supervisory skills in training of trainers, harm reduction, skills in diversity and cultural competency, they will enhance their communication & rolls skills getting informative opportunities to network and current resources

When:  July 19-21, 8:30am to 4:30pm  

Where:  Virtual (live and on demand) 

CE Hours:  33 (includes 3.5 Ethic Hours) Category I Contact Hours for the live conference and for the on-demand period of 60 days after the live conference. 

Sponsor:  Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies 

Registration Information:  Contact Cathy Reiner, or 804-254-0110