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    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
    • UMSL, Bellerive Hall, 3036 Bellerive Dr St. Louis, MO 63121

    AM: Integrating Yoga/Mindfulness Techniques into Practice with Youth

    presented by Sue Tebb, PhD, MSW, RYT500, C-IAYT and Laurie Brockhaus, LCSW, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

    PM: Self-Care for School Social Workers: It’s Not Just a To-Do List!

    presented by Courtney Schaefer, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

    Earn 6 Continuing Education Hours by attending all day!
    To download full registration details and pdf brochure, click on above image.

    Session and Presenter Descriptions

    AM SESSION           8:30-11:45            3.0 CEHs

    Integrating Yoga/Mindfulness Techniques into Practice with Youth

    presented by Sue Tebb, PhD, MSW, RYT500, C-IAYT and Laurie Brockhaus, LCSW, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

    Recognizing a mind-body connection is integral to understanding, and responding to, behaviors of youth who experience short-term and chronic stress. This session will introduce yoga/mindfulness practices and techniques that can be easily and effectively integrated into educational settings to offer youth tools for emotional regulation, stress management, and building resilience. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, observe, and practice movement, postures, breath work, meditation, and relaxation techniques, offered in a trauma-sensitive manner, that they can immediately put into practice in their work with youth. 

    About the Presenters: Sue Tebb, PhD, MSW, RYT500, C-IAYT, involved with yoga since the 1970's, but seriously living it for the past ten years, is a social work professor who received her yoga teacher training from East-West Natural Healing and the Himalayan Institute. Strongly believing in the mind/body connection, she is a LifeForce Yoga Therapist Level II, a Certified Integrative Yoga for Seniors Instructor, a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and a Relax and Renew Restorative Teacher Level 1.

    Laurie Brockhaus, LCSW, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, has been working with youth since 2000, as a classroom teacher and social worker in school and community organizations. Laurie has integrated her knowledge and experiences in yoga, education, and social work practice with youth in co-creating and managing The Oxygen Project, a nonprofit that brings consistent yoga/mindfulness programming to youth in schools and community organizations in underserved areas. She also coordinates yoga teacher training programs at Urban Breath Yoga, instructs yoga trainings relevant to mental health and social service, and is an adjunct faculty member in St. Louis University's School of Social Work. 

    PM SESSION          12:30-3:45             3.0 CEHs

    Self-Care for School Social Workers: It’s Not Just a To-Do List!

    presented by Courtney Schaefer, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

    Ask any school social worker about her job and answer will include two common themes – she loves her students and the job is overwhelming and stressful; research supports this. Social workers tend to have a higher job satisfaction rate but also have one of the highest levels of burnout.  This workshop will provide school social workers with a practical approach to self-care which is manageable.  A review of current research will be provided along with resources.  There will also be guided self-care activities and guidance on how to start a peer support group.  It is the goal of this session that participants will walk away with enough resources and supports to develop and implement their own personal self-care plan.

    About the presenter: Courtney Schaefer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) who has worked with children and families for over twenty years.  Courtney currently has a private practice, Family and Play, LLC and works as a School Social Worker for Special School District in Jennings, MO. Courtney’s specific areas of expertise include issues related to trauma, attachment, death and dying, ADD/ADHD, divorce, school and learning issues, behavior and social skills. She has been trained in TF-CBT, PCIT, MI, and DBT.

    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
    • LEAD Innovation Studio, 10150 N Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153

    AM Workshop: Applying the Code of Ethics in the School Setting
    presented by Jeannie Long, LMSW, LSCSW, LCSW

    PM Workshop: Trauma-Informed Yoga with Children, Adolescents, & Adults
    presented by Leah Morgan

    To download full registration details and pdf brochure, select image.

    Earn 6 Continuing Education Hours by attending all day!

    Session and Presenter Descriptions

    AM Session  8:30-11:45 3.0 CEHs

    Applying the Code of Ethics in the School Setting 

    presented by Jeannie Long, LMSW, LSCSW, LCSW

    Participants will learn the historical underpinnings that led to the need of a code of ethics for our profession. Using Missouri specific examples, professional conduct standards will be explored with an emphasis on the recent update to our code of ethics. Finally, application of the Code of Ethics in a school setting will be practiced.

    About the presenter: Jeannie practiced school social work in the Kansas City, Kansas School District for 32 years.  She served as Department Chair and provided Ethics presentations for school social workers for the KCK School District and neighboring districts. Since retiring from school social work in 2011, she currently works part-time PRN for Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas providing mental health screenings to youth in mental health crisis as a member of the Acute Mental Health Screening team.

    PM SESSION 12:30-3:45 3.0 CEHs

    Trauma-Informed Yoga for Children, Adolescents, & Adults

    presented by Leah Morgan

    Using principles from yoga, we can use breathing, meditation and postures to create a sense of peace and well-being. For those who have experienced trauma, there are some special considerations. Yoga can be an excellent tool for stress relief, problem solving and mindfulness for not only all students, but for school staff and care-givers as well. In this workshop, we will explore yoga for children of all ages, games and youth-appropriate meditations, special considerations for those dealing with stress, anxiety or PTSD. Attendees will also learn how to add in easy elements of these practices for self-care. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or beach towel for a few floor activities. *Floor sitting not required for those not comfortable with that position. Jeans or dress pants not recommended.

    About the presenter: Leah is owner of Core Balance Yoga Center, which has one studio in Lee’s Summit and another in Raintree. She is a 200-hour+ trained yoga teacher with two certifications in Kids Yoga and a certified Laughter Yoga Leader. She is a co-creator of the Kansas City Yoga Festival and the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training program.

    Location and Parking Information

    The conference location is being sponsored by the Park Hill School District Social Workers and will be held at Park Hill School District's LEAD Innovation Studio.

    LEAD Innovation Studio

    10150 N Ambassador Drive

    Kansas City, MO 64153

    Free Onsite Parking: Please park in the spaces labeled “Park Hill Parking” on the ground. These spots are located near the back of the lot (north side of the lot). From there, just walk in through the doors and go to the elevators, they will get you to the 5th floor.

    Please note: Pre-registration ends 3/12/18. Pre-registration ensures your seat, lunch for full day attendees, and a CEH certificate the day as you leave. Late and walk-in registrations will be available until sold out and will not guarantee you the above.

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sheraton Clayton, 7730 Bonhomme Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

    To register, select the gray "register" button to the left.

    To learn more about this event, visit sswam.org/motivate

    The SSWAM Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Missouri is hosting the 51st Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference and Fall Council Meeting! Ten years have passed since Missouri last hosted this event in 2008. We hope everyone will mark their calendars now to begin making arrangements to attend. 

    Our Keynote speaker, Keith Herman, PhD, is a professor at the University of Missouri's College of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Missouri. Over the course of his career thus far, he has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and well-known books, including:

    Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Strategies for Engaging Parents, Teachers, and Students


    Motivational Interviewing for Effective Classroom Management: The Classroom Check-Up

    Come hear Keith speak about how implementing Motivational Interviewing practices and techniques within your school day can improve your success with students, parents, and teachers.

    Conference Highlights:

    • Earn up to 20 CEHs
    • Awards dinner banquet
    • Rooftop patio party
    • Exhibitor hall to purchase SSW materials, resources
    • Conference t-shirt available
    • Hotel discount for attendees
    • Early bird rates through 6/30/2018

    Learn more now at sswam.org/motivate

    To register, click on the gray "register" button to the left.

Other Upcoming Events

Conference Corporate Sponsors

Are you looking to raise awareness of your agency, company or organization? SSWAM has sponsorship opportunities at our conferences for agencies and organizations whose missions and values are aligned with furthering SSWAM's purpose. A limit of two sponsors at each conference ensures that your organization has high visibility throughout the conference. Sponsorships are first come, first served and must be approved by SSWAM at least 60 days in advance of the conference. To learn more about the responsibilities of being a corporate sponsor, contact us today at sswam@sswam.org.

Benefits of being a Conference Corporate Sponsor:

    • Table to display information about your agency/organization
    • Time to talk with attendees about your agency/organization
    • Advertising; we place your logo on conference materials

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Conferences are held periodically throughout the school year in various locations across the state. If you are interested in helping organize, host, or present at an upcoming conference, please contact us at sswam@sswam.org.


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