Live Conference Schedule

2023 Spring Social Work Virtual Conference
Understanding Dynamic Behavior in Relationships 
May 5, 2023 | Virtual | 7.0 CEUs | Virtual only
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8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Log in/ Welcome and Introductions

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. What Does It Mean To Be A Trauma Informed Social Worker?
Speaker: Shirley J. Huisman, MSW, LISW-CP/S, PhD, BSW Program Chair, Columbia College & Owner Operator, Oasis Therapy Services

9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Break

9:35 a.m. –10:35 a.m. Experiences Guided Imagery
Speaker: Alexis Donahue, LISW-CP/S, Hospice/Palliative Care Coordinator, Ralph H. Johnson VA Center

10:35 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Boundaries: Navigating relationships as professionals
Speaker: Sarah Shepard, LISW-CP, Social Worker, Davita Dialysis

11:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. What Love Has To Do With It: Influence Of The Human-Animal Bond Within Interpersonal Violence (1)
Speaker: Aliix (ElizaBeth) Plaxco, LMSW, VSW-CP, MA, LVT, Therapist, Ellie Mental Health of Mount Pleasant
Veterinary Social Worker and Licensed Veterinary Technician, Trinity Island Veterinary Clinic, Johns Island

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH (on own)

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Understanding How Parental Personal History Affects Personal Relationship with Child
Speaker: Ashlin Blum, LISW-CP, BCBA, Counselor, Empowered Family

2:15 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. BREAK

2:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Trauma-informed Leadership: Equipping managers for the road ahead
Speaker: Christina K. Isenhower, LISW-CP, CEAP, Corporate Consultant, First Sun EAP

3:20 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. BREAK

3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Social Determinants of Health and its Impact on Patient Experience (1)
Speaker: Felicia Speed, PhD, LMSW (licensed in SC); VP of Social Work Services for Fresenius Medical Care, Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Podcaster

4:25 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn





On-Demand Conference Schedule

2022 Spring Social Work Conference
Trauma and Healing: Turning Empathy into Action
Available for On-Demand Viewing - 6.0 CEUs

Working with Trafficked Youth and Families
Speaker: Alison Traynor, MSW, LMSW, MPH, Anti-trafficking Therapist, Youthworks
Megan Lundborg, LBSW,
Survivor Advocate & Human Trafficking Specialist, Youthworks

Harm in the Biopsychosocialspiritual Model: Honoring nonreligious experiences
Speaker: Helen Dempsey-Henofer, LCSW

Culturally Responsive Trauma-Informed Approaches in Schools
Speakers: Jasmine D. Haynes, MSW, Doctoral Candidate, University of Central Florida 
Khalilah L. Caines, LCSW, 
Doctoral Candidate, University of Central Florida 
Itunu O. Ilesanmi, MSW, 
Doctoral Candidate, University of Central Florida

Trauma and Healing: Turning Empathy into Action: Life after losing a child to mental illness
Speaker: Alison P. Ballard, LMSW, Preventive Health, Social Worker STD/HIV, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control

Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Ageing 
Speaker: Loretta Hartley Bangs LISW, CP, Grand Strand Medical Center, South Strand Hospital Behavioral Health

Special Considerations for Working with Geriatric Trauma Survivors
Speakers: Mara Allport, Training Program Manager, SC Safe Seniors, Medical University of South Carolina
Theresa Skojec, MA, LPC, Mental Health Services Manager, SC Safe Seniors, Medical University of South Carolina
Julie Watson, BSN, RN, GERO-BC, CHPN, Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Specialist, FNE, SANE, Medical University of South Carolina

Trauma and Resilience Invested Practice: Core elements and impact on social work practice
Speakers: Shirley J. Huisman, MSW, LISW-CP, PhD., BSW Program Director and Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia College
Jennifer Dollar, LMSW, LISW-CP
, Director of the Masters of Trauma Informed Education program, Columbia College





2021 Fall Social Work Conference:
Providing Emotional Support for All Ages
Available for On Demand Watching  - 5.0 CEUs

Building Hope: SC’s Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Approach
SpeakerJennifer Butler, LISW-CP/S, Program Director, SC Department of Mental Health’s Office of Suicide Prevention 

Trauma-Informed Care for Older Adults
SpeakersTheresa Skojec, MA, LPC, Mental Health Services Manager, SC Safe Seniors, Medical University of South Carolina
Mara Allport, Training Program Manager, SC Safe Seniors, Medical University of South Carolina 

Is it OK to Say You're Not OK?
Speaker: Marguerite O'Brien, MSWDirector of Wellness, Prevention & Advocacy Services, University of South Carolina

Mental Health Interventions and LGBTQIA+ Youth
Speaker: Chandler Massengale, LMSW, Mental Health Coordinator, We Are Family  

What We Can Learn About Loss from Seniors
Speaker: Judy Heath, MSW, LISW-CP, Psychotherapist & Co-Founder, The Life Guidance Center