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

The Essentials of Elder Law Course: 9-29-2021

The course opens with an introduction to a case study and then presents foundational concepts in three areas of Elder Law including Estate Planning, Long Term Care, and Administration. At the end of each of the three sections, participants further explore the concepts by returning to the case study and engaging in a group discussion facilitated by the presenter.

Estate Planning covers the legal documents for managing lifetime incapacity including Advance Medical Directives and Powers of Attorney as well as the primary tools for transfers of assets at death: Wills and Trusts. The Long Term Care section describes types of care needs, the growing care crisis in our country, and the financial options to address an individual’s care needs. This section includes discussion of the Medicaid Long Term Care rules and strategies for Medicaid Long Term Care Planning such as Asset Protection Trusts and Medicaid Qualified Annuities. The third and final section, Administration, addresses what happens with assets at death and clarifies the often-misunderstood rules of Probate.

In sum, the course offers participants the opportunity to learn the legal rules, tools, and options to manage a person and their financial affairs during their lifetime including how to financially negotiate long term care needs and distribution of assets upon a person’s death.

Date: September 29, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CE Hours: 3.5

Location: Virtual training 

Sponsor: Promise Law, Attorney Geneva Perry

Contact: (757) 690-2470/ Team@promiselaw.com

Mindfulness Painting: an Experiential Tool for Enhancing the Clinical Skills of Social Workers and Promoting Self-Care -

Starts 10-1-2021

The field of Social Work often requires working in high stress environments that expose social workers to secondary trauma and
possible premature burnout. By sometimes putting their needs first, social workers more ably maintain balance and serve others better.
According to NASW, self-care is an ethical issue, indicating social workers have a professional obligation to care for themselves.
Without conscientious self-care, serious consequences can occur for social workers and the clients they serve including compromised
mental and physical health. Mindfulness Painting is an expressive tool for mindfulness, self care, self-discovery and enhancing clinical skills facilitated in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Free from critique, the painter uses the principles of Mindfulness Painting to explore the unknown with the focus placed on the experience rather than a finished product.

It is imperative that social workers recognize their own internal process to effectively relate to their clients. Mindfulness Painting
principles of 1) not knowing, 2) listening, 3) respecting, 4) following their intuition, 5) working with difficulty, 6) not interpreting the story,
and 7) completion are consistent with the values and principles of the social work profession. It is an excellent means for social
workers to discover and validate their strengths, identify their blind spots and experience personal growth and well being while also
learning techniques to grow their clinical skills. This process also protects social workers from secondary trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue in a creative and meaningful way.


Date(s):  October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 19, 2021 

CE Hours:  24 (includes 2 Ethics) 

Location:  2358 Generations Drive, Reston, VA  20191 

Sponsor:  Jody Tompros, LCSW, Intuitive Artist & Founder 

Contact: or 571-276-4676



The Catalyst Annual Summit: 10-07-2021 to 10-08-2021

The Catalyst Annual Summit brings together the health care community to move healthcare forward in Virginia. Attendees will explore the impact of race and social determinants on health and uncover ways to address unconscious bias in healthcare. They will also learn about the role of the health care community in creating resilient communities, techniques to promote integration and trauma-informed care in clinical practice, and hear from community members about their collaborative efforts to improve health and advance health equity. Throughout the conference, speakers will discuss opportunities for further advocacy to promote comprehensive access to care. The ultimate desired state is for attendees to leave with tangible techniques to improve their daily work to provide care, advocacy, and/or education that increases access to comprehensive, affordable health care that includes oral health. Additionally, we hope the event helps to further address health disparities by discussing race and health, unconscious bias, and social determinants of health

Date(s):  October 7-8, 2021

CE Hours:  4.5 

Location:  Virtual 

Sponsor:  Virginia Health Catalyst


The 3rd Annual Jerome S Blackman MD Lectureship in Psychoanalysis: Changes in Psychoanalysis during the 20th Century

(part 2 of "The Evolution of Psychoanalytic Thinking from the Individual to the Individual in the World: Culture, Diversity, and the Arts" series)

10-22-2021 to 10-23-2021

Freud’s initial theory, which focused on early investigations into hysteria, evolved into the definition and understanding of the influence of the unconscious, dream interpretation, trauma and fantasy in the development of one’s mind. While Freud published articles, such as ‘Civilization and Its Discontents’, that addressed the role of history, culture and religion on humankind, the preponderance of psychoanalytic theory and practice was on how the mind worked. Over time, Psychoanalytic thought has encompassed ego psychology, object relations, and pre-oedipal development.

Today, psychoanalytic theory and practice have brought history, culture and religion from the background to the forefront. The 2021-2022 Series of the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society examines psychoanalytic concepts, not just as applied to the individual mind, but the Arts, psychoanalytic supervision, and its influence in the development of large group identity as it applies to international crisis and diplomacy.



1.  Understand the evolution of psychoanalytic thought after World War II 

2.  Understand the contribution of the understanding of pre-Oedipal and pre-verbal development to psychoanalytic thought and practice. 

3.  Gain knowledge of diversity and controversy in contemporary psychoanalysis. 

4. Understand the pre-eminent significance of self and object relations in contemporary psychoanalysis. 



1.  Gain in knowledge of the contribution of psychoanalysis to the understanding of art 

2.  Gain in knowledge of the contribution of psychoanalysis to the understanding of the artist and creativity 

3.  Further understand the significance of the pre-Oedipal period of development 

4.  Further understanding of the relationship between trauma, object loss, and creativity. 

Date: October 22-23, 2021

CE Hours: 5 

Location: In person at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (825 Fairfax Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507) and live virtual training

Sponsor: The Virginia Psychoanalytic Society

Contact: Susan Stones/ (757) 630-9181/ 

Everybody is Doing It: Sex and Aging - 10-27-2021

The common assumptions regarding sex and aging is that the topic is a taboo! Off limits! Even in our own homes, no one dares ask grammy or pop-pop about sex. If we by happenstance bumped into older couples kissing, we would make such a big deal out of is embarrassing. Why it is hard to comprehend that two people who fell in love over 40 years ago and couldn't keep their hands off each other would still have the hots for each other is an indication of how biased we are about sex and aging. This course is aimed at increasing awareness of personal bias to sex and aging. It is hoped that participants at the end of this training will have a better understanding of the sexual needs of seniors, become strong advocates for seniors who are sexually active.


Date(s):  October 27, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

CE Hours:  1 

Location:  Virtual

Sponsor:  Lifematters

Contact:  301-452-2071


Mental Health Screening Tools to Assess Healthcare Professionals During the Pandemic: 11-6-2021

This course will teach attendees what healthcare professionals on the frontlines have experienced working during the pandemic and what effect this has had on their mental health and wellness. Utilizing short screening tools can help you as a clinician gain an understanding into their level of stress, anxiety, depression or trauma experienced, and encourage them to seek proper help and self-care to stay mentally and emotionally well while we continue to work in this pandemic. Once you know what the screening tool options are and you are aware of how to use them, you will also learn of the options for recommendations to help encourage self-care and treatment based on the needs of the healthcare professionals that were screened.

This program supports the growth and education in mental health screening tools and the use that they have to start the process for empowering those in need to seek out the services and self-care options that they can use to continue the mental wellness and emotional wellness.

Date: November 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CE Hours: 3

Location: Forbes Place in Springfield, VA 22151

Sponsor: Imani Holistic Counseling LLC

Contact: 703-679-8346/

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Basic Provider Training: 11-19-2021

This training includes an in-depth look at Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). This basic training is for any provider that provides services to women during child-bearing years that would like to expand their knowledge and practice of PMADs.

  • Attendees will be able to define and explain the spectrum of PMADs and differential diagnosis criteria for this array of struggles.

  • Attendees will be able to discuss the unique considerations related to therapeutic needs when working with women pregnant and postpartum.

  • Attendees will be able to identify and practice implementing screening and assessment tools for use in assessing of PMADs in women pregnant and postpartum.

  • Attendees will learn treatment options and Path to Wellness in treating PMADs

  • Attendees will gain insight into Substance Abuse considerations and screening related to pregnancy and the co-morbidity of Substance Abuse and PMADs

  • Attendees will be able to discuss the importance of self-care and professional considerations unique to working with this population of women pregnant and postpartum.

  • Attendees will practice learned knowledge and skills via role-play

Date: November 19, 2021

CE Hours:  7

Location:  Virtual 

Sponsor:  Postpartum Support Virginia

Contact:  Sultana Karim, & Danielle Cauley,

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


This training curriculum includes are view of the PMADs spectrum and explanation of differential diagnosis criteria. Attendees will be able 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 and old 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).

Date: November 20, 2021

CE Hours:  7

Location:  Virtual 

Sponsor:  Postpartum Support Virginia

Contact:  Sultana Karim, & Danielle Cauley,

Introduction to Somatic Intervention: 12-1-2021

Description:  Clinical social work values the role of direct experience in helping clients heal from a wide variety of emotional difficulties, enabling them to function better and increase their sense of well-being. The body contains the roots of past adverse experiences that continue to have a negative emotional impact in present time. Somatic interventions provide a window into hard-to-reach emotional and psychological material. Often talk therapy alone has limitations in accessing dissociated and compartmentalized memories and emotions that are the underpinnings of troubling symptoms.

  • Somatic comes from the Greek word soma, meaning body. Somatic interventions are techniques that use body awareness to interrupt habitual ways of thinking and behaving that are contributing to distress (depression, anxiety, stress) and enable the therapeutic process to move forward. 

  • Somatic intervention skills are an essential addition to every therapist’s toolbox. While listening to the narrative of the client, learning to track posture, gaze, facial expression, muscle tension, breath, movement, and internal sensation opens up a deeper level of dialogue, thus enabling clients to identify the source(s) of their distress and find solutions.

  • Fight, flight or freeze responses engage to protect us from a perceived danger. Often clients become highly anxious or shut down emotionally when distressing thoughts and feelings are too uncomfortable. Skilled, body-based strategies help clients stay in a state of nervous system regulation in which they are not overwhelmed or dissociate, allowing them to make effective use of therapy.


Date: December 11, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location:  4600 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20008

CE hours:  6 

Sponsor:  Deborah J Fox, MSW, LICSW 

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