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. 

Client Resiliency: Tools for Clinicians

This one-day course is directed at Licensed and licensed eligible practitioners whose clients are impacted by trauma. The course will review the evidence behind the lasting effect of trauma on all areas of health and provide basic instruction on how it can effect brain functioning. Once the basics are covered, the instruction will go deeper into how practitioners can actively use their knowledge of trauma to better assist their clients. This will include areas of practice, in particular behavioral and mental health, and extend to agency practices that can contribute to being “trauma informed”. Participants will learn simple techniques to use for both clinician and client self care.  The interactive format will include discussion and the practicing of de-stressing and mindfulness techniques

Contact Hours:  6 

Date:  February 19, 2020 

Location:  NW Works, 3085 Shawnee Drive, Winchester, VA 


Date:  February 21, 2020

Location:  1045 Main Street, Danville, VA  24541


Date:  March 12, 2020 

Location:  570 McLawhorne Drive, Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, Newport News, VA 


Vicarious Resilience:  Sustaining Yourself in the Work 

Take good care; take gentle care; be well. Service providers use all of these salutations with their clients, yet often don’t know how to show
themselves the same care. Most helping professionals recognize the importance of preventing secondary trauma, yet they lack a true
understanding of its manifestation and preventative practice is often overlooked. This half-day workshop will provide participants with a
deeper understanding of vicarious trauma and warning signs, tools to assess the current impact of vicarious trauma, and techniques they
can immediately incorporate into their self-compassion practice. The difference between vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience will be
explored and participants will be provided with an opportunity to actively engage in an activity that ignites vicarious resilience. 

Contact Hours:  4 

Date:  February 13, 2020, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Location:  Meyer Foundation, Washington, DC 


Trauma Informed Leadership:  Fostering Strength and Resilience in Staff and Clients 

Recent research has demonstrated the impact that trauma can have on a person’s ability to navigate the world in a healthy and stable way.
Therapeutic interventions can transform the way the brain works and foster post-traumatic growth and resilience. However, trauma informed services don’t start in the therapy room. Supervisors and leadership are uniquely positioned to transform their agencies into
ones that understand the impact of trauma at the micro, macro and mezzo levels. This three-hour training will provide supervisors and
leaders with the skills and tools necessary to transform their agency into a trauma-informed one. Specific areas to be covered include:
management, supervision, communication, meetings, forms, and aesthetics. Participants will leave with practical tools that can be implemented the next day without breaking the bank.

Contact Hours:  6 

Date:  Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Location:  Meyer Foundation, Washington, DC 


Launching into Adulthood:  Supporting Families in the Transition to Independent Living 

This session will provide tools and strategies to professionals as they work with families of young adults with neurological differences such
as ASD who are transitioning into independent living. This session will be about the importance of understanding the family unit and how
family dynamics play a role during the transition period. The session will discuss empathy, trust, resource sharing, and teaching as four
pillars in making progress and seeing growth.

Contact Hours:  1.25 

Date:  March 19, 2020, 9:15 - 10;30 

Location:  The Westin Hotel, 6631 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230 

Contact:  Mary Crawford, 804-355-0300, 

Building Recovery:  A Comprehensive Residential Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking

“Building Recovery: A Comprehensive Residential Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking” is a one-day conference designed for
individuals and/or agencies looking to start their own residential program or who want to increase their knowledge on working with
survivors of human trafficking. Staff from Safe Harbor, the first agency in the Richmond area to house and serve survivors of sex trafficking,
will share their knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned. Bonnie Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor and Independent Consultant,
will be the keynote speaker for the event. Bonnie is a technical expert in the development of trauma informed mental health psychosocial
programs. She specializes in complex trauma and has worked with thousands of victims of violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.
Participants will learn basic facts about human trafficking including how to identify a victim of sex trafficking, the unique needs of sex
trafficking survivors and what the stages of change and recovery often look like based on trauma and the brain, what services can be
provided to sex trafficking survivors in a residential setting as well as strategies for successful implementation, how to partner with
counselors, the criminal justice system, and health care providers to provide coordinated care to sex trafficking survivors, how prevalent
substance abuse is in trafficking situations as well as how to incorporate substance abuse recovery services into residential care for
survivors, and how to measure program outcomes to evaluate the success of a residential program.

Contact Hours:  6 

Date:  March 27, 2020, 9:00am - 5:00pm 

Location:  Capital One - West Creek Campus, Richmond, VA 

Contact:  Elena Brooks-Perkins,  

Relational Ethics and Social Work 

This course reviews the social work code of ethics and the Virginia Standards of Social Work practice. Participants will review the code
and apply the principles to everyday social work practice. Experiential opportunities allow social workers to apply ethical dilemma processes to real life social work interactions. Social workers will be supported in applying traditional social work values in relationally working with clients in an ethical manner.

Contact Hours:  6 (ethics) 

Date:  May 15, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Location:  Loudoun Family & Relationship Counseling, 215 Loudoun Street, SE, Leesburg, VA 

Contact:  Theresa Beeton at or 


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