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Field Education Office (FEO) Professional Development Series

The FEO Professional Development Series provides monthly 1.5-hour workshops during the University of South Carolina's fall & spring semesters. Workshops are engaging, informative and relevant to social work practice. Currently enrolled College of Social Work BSW and MSW students, and faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to attend. Social workers serving as BSW and MSW field instructors are formally invited to attend and earn CEUs for free. Students may also apply to receive field hours with permission of their field instructor.

Questions? Please contact Lana Cook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803-521-4071.

Click here for past topics, or scroll to the bottom of the page.

Spring 2018 Workshops will be held Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton 226.

Registration Required to Attend (New online attendance option now available)
March 29, 2018 - White Privilege: Is it Real or Racist?
Presenter: Carmen Julious, LISW-CP/AP, Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc.

If white privilege is invisible, does it really exist? Many people can live without acknowledging white privilege exists or realizing they may be a beneficiary of this privilege.  There are automatic benefits to having white or lighter skin in our society. One does not have to do anything to gain this privilege and the rewards mostly outweigh any negative consequences for those who have privilege. Those who have skin that is not white experience more injustice, poverty and discrimination. They are oppressed and suffer often generationally from not having this same privilege. But privilege is not without consequence, even for the beneficiaries. The phenomenon of race and class-based privilege in America is one that needs to be explored if we are ever to heal our divisions.

Participants will increase their understanding of:
* The historical context of race and white privilege in America.
* White privilege and white denial.
* How privilege impacts poverty and wealth, housing, education, and healthcare.
* White privilege on racism, racial stereotypes and race relations. 

CEUs: Free 1.5 social work contact hours for USC College of Social Work field instructors. Enrolled BSW and MSW students earn 1.5 field hours with field instructor permission.

Registration opens March 22, 2018
April 12, 2018 - What's Really Health in Rural SC: Connecting Poverty and People
Presenter: Lindsey Kilgo, MSW, Director of Network Development, South Carolina Office of Rural Health  

Past FEO Professional Development Series workshops

Feb. 15, 2018 - From Concept to Practice Considerations: Trauma-Informed Social Work with Children
Focusing on trauma-informed practice is a major behavioral health priority nationally, yet professionals may lack specific trauma-informed knowledge and practice strategies. The workshop explores the contribution of trauma to children’s problems and shares ideas and strategies for addressing trauma in various contexts for serving children.
Resource: Trauma Informed Social Work with Children
Quiz to earn CEUs

Nov. 15, 2017 - Repeal, Replace & Retract: Implications of Obamacare Reforms for Social Work Practice
Ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act threaten to reverse important consumer protections and precipitate collapse of the nation’s state health insurance marketplaces. In this workshop, we will describe these efforts, assess the likely impact on vulnerable populations, and share strategies for social work advocacy.
Resource: Social Work & the Affordable Care Act: Maximizing the Profession's Role in Health Reform
Quiz to Earn CEUs

Oct. 11, 2017 - Project Management for Social Workers
Project management principles can be applied in social work settings to manage change, such as adapting to new stakeholder needs or funding requirements. Social workers bring unique strengths to the project management process. Learn how the integration of social work and project management techniques promote successful outcomes.
Resource: Project Management & Social Work Competencies
Quiz to Earn CEUs

Sept. 13, 2017 and April 11, 2017 - Social Work Practice Meets Religion & Spirituality
Understand, examine and appreciate faith, religion and spirituality, and their influence on social work practice and their connections with other aspects of people’s lives. Explore ways to include spirituality and religion in the engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation processes.
Power Point
Quiz to Earn CEUs   
Resource: Explicit Brief Spiritual Assessment
Resource: Implicit Brief Spiritual Assessment
Resource: Tree of Contemplative Practices

March 14, 2017 - Ethical Responsibility in Weighing Social Media: Staying Informed as the Internet Explodes
It is difficult to stay informed when new apps and social media sites are exploding in popularity. How can social workers keep appropriate boundaries and balance confidentiality as the way people communicate changes?
Power Point
Quiz to Earn CEUs   
Resource: ASWB - Model Regulatory Standards to Technology and Social Work Practice
Resource: Social Media Fact Sheet & Secret Texting Codes

Feb. 7, 2017 - Making Change Through Advocacy
Change cannot happen without informed and powerful communities. We will learn about what steps participants can take to be impactful and strategic advocates for the important issues and constituencies. Through this workshop, we will learn who we should be speaking with and how we need to frame our issues.
Quiz to Earn CEUs

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