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SBU to host free training on disaster mental health

First responders, church leaders, mental health clinicians and other community members are invited to attend a training workshop on disaster mental health and psychological first aid presented by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

This workshop will address the topic of psychological first aid (PFA) in a disaster or emergency situation. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. The training will consider incidents such as terrorism, bioterrorism, and natural disasters and how the principles of PFA may be applied in those response situations.

According to the DMH, the objectives of the workshop are for to participants to be able to describe the natural reactions to disaster and how those reactions influence recovery, to be able to describe and use psychological first aid, to be able to identify risk factors and unique recovery issues, and to be able to recognize common stress reactions in responders and describe strategies for self-care/team-care.

Workshop presenters include Joan Keenan and Jenny Wiley. Keenan has served as the assistant coordinator for the office of disaster services since October 2010. She has worked closely with the DMH response to the Joplin tornado and with the implementation of the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant to assist survivors of that disaster. Keenan oversees the DMH’s Show-Me-Response unit – Missouri’s volunteer registration system administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Wiley has served as the coordinator of disaster services for the Missouri DMH for the past seven years. She oversees the department’s behavioral health development and response including strategic planning within the DMH and with DMH providers, interagency partners, and voluntary and faith-based organizations. Wiley also was part of the team the developed the CCP that provided best practices in outreach and crisis counseling to Joplin after the tornado. She has extensive experience in CCP training, developing training programs, and preparing disaster mental health documents.

The workshop is eligible for CEU credit for Missouri licensed social workers and is POST certified. Other professionals, or those outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing boards about possible CEU credit eligibility.

The SBU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is hosting this training as a free community outreach event.

Workshop attendance is free, but limited to the first 50 participants so pre-registration is required. You may register online at www.SBUniv.edu/mentalhealthworkshop.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU community learns about burnout, trauma and stress during seminar

Approximately 60 participants attended a three-hour seminar about burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion.

Approximately 60 participants attended a three-hour seminar about burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion.

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program partnered with Polk County House of Hope to offer a seminar on burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion to SBU students, faculty and staff on Friday, Oct. 10. The presentation was given by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Dr. Christine Saladino, director of the BSW program, said this event was just one way to bring attention to this issue.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“We were pleased to partner with House of Hope to bring the MCADSV training to campus in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month,” Saladino said. “Dochler shared information that is critical to anyone who will be working with persons who have encountered trauma.”

Approximately 60 participants attended the three-hour seminar. For more information about the SBU Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, department chair, at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu. For more information about the SBU BSW program, please contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Social Work to host “Trauma in the Deaf Community” training workshop

The Southwest Baptist University Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program and Social Work Club are hosting a training workshop titled, “Trauma in the Deaf Community,” from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

The training will be led by Elijah Buchholz, LPC, director of deaf services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

CEU credit is approved for Missouri social workers who attend this training. Other professionals, or those residing outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing board about possible CEU credit eligibility.

The training is free and open to community members, but pre-registration is required. Interested participants may register online at www.SBUniv.edu/deaftraining. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 27.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU receives full initial accreditation for Bachelor of Social Work program

At the culmination of a four-year accreditation process, Southwest Baptist University’s Bachelor of Social Work program has received initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

“The program is really such a part of the mission of the university,” said Christine Saladino, M.A.C.E., L.M.S.W., assistant professor of social work and BSW program director. “I see social work as really being Christ’s hands and feet in this world and going out and ministering to people even globally.”

As the B.S.W. program director, Saladinooversees the curriculum, assessment and accreditation. Amanda Keys, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Ph.D., instructor of social work, is the director of field education in social work. She organizes and supervises student field experiences. The program requires each student to complete 450 hours in an agency setting during the senior year.

“The field education component is one of our strengths,” Saladino said. “We have had students in a variety of settings, and we have had excellent, excellent field instructors that really pour into our students and have been such a blessing.”

An additional benefit of the B.S.W. program is that graduates can enroll in an advanced master of social work program that can be completed in one year rather than two. An M.S.W. is the terminal degree for a social worker. The B.S.W. prepares students for entry-level positions, but an M.S.W. is required for work in clinical settings.

“We offer students the opportunity to get a professional degree and go out and be social workers in a wide range of settings,” Saladino said. “Social workers work in schools, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of settings.”

Initial accreditation is for four years through June 2018. SBU’s first cohort of BSW students graduated in 2013.

“The Bachelor of Social Work program certainly is a perfect fit with our university’s mission as we prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. By the nature of their work, social workers make a positive impact on people’s lives every day in many different settings,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “We have been so blessed to have Christine and Amanda to skillfully work through the accreditation process to provide this outstanding program for our students.”

For more information about the B.S.W. program, contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu. For more information about CSWE, visit www.cswe.org.

SBU to offer seminar about PTSD and combat veterans

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences is offering a free seminar about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat veterans at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the McClelland Dining Facility.

The presentation will be taught by Dwayne Walker, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, a social worker from Springfield, Mo. Walker is a lifetime resident of Missouri and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1991. Walker currently serves as Team Leader for the Springfield Missouri Veterans Center. This facility treats combat veterans with PTSD and their families, works with victims of military sexual trauma and offers bereavement counseling for those who have lost a family member in combat. Walker has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including 21 years of forensic social work experience at the U.S. medical center for federal prisoners. He also has regularly taught college-level courses including more than 10 years of experience with the social work department at Missouri State University. He has published several articles on forensic social work and is currently board president for the Missouri chapter of NASW.

Community members are welcome to attend but should be aware that this will be a technical presentation based on DSM-V standards.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director at SBU, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

14 SBU social work majors inducted into Phi Alpha honor society

Phi Alpha inductees

Front row (l to r): Rebecca Case, Courtni Lovell, Amanda Clay, Clarissa Slattery, Kimberly Bell
Back row (l to r): Natalie Ahrens, Lauran Gilstrap, Kimberly Kuykendall, Trinity Griffin, Morgan Simpson, Rachel Smith
Not pictured: Merrie Jo Cisneros, Cassandra Eggert, Alexandra Phillips

The Southwest Baptist University chapter of Phi Alpha welcomed 14 new members into its organization during a recent induction ceremony.

Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work majors designed to recognize excellence in scholarship and social work achievements, promote humanitarian goals and ideals, and foster a close bond between social work students.

To be eligible for Phi Alpha students must be a social work major, have achieved sophomore status, have completed at least nine hours of social work courses, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have a minimum 3.25 GPA in required social work courses.

The following students are the newest members of SBU’s chapter of Phi Alpha:

  • Natalie Ahrens, Littleton, Colo.
  • Kimberly Bell, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Rebecca Case, Buffalo, Mo.
  • Merrie Jo Cisneros, Center, Colo.
  • Amanda Clay, Piedmont, Mo.
  • Lauran Gilstrap, Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Trinity Griffin, Belleville, Ill.
  • Cassandra Eggert, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Kimberly Kuykendall, Eldon, Mo.
  • Courtni Lovell, Lone Tree, Iowa
  • Alexandra Phillips, Arnold, Mo.
  • Morgan Simpson, Troy, Mo.
  • Carissa Slattery, Nixa, Mo.
  • Rachel Smith, Arnold, Mo.

For more information, please contact Amanda Keys, director of field education for the Bachelor of Social Work program and faculty advisor for Phi Alpha, at akeys@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Social Work to sponsor free training session

Southwest Baptist University’s Social Work program is sponsoring a free training session on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V). The session will be led by Dr. Richard Brewer, Psy.D., professor of psychology at SBU, and is from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus in Bolivar, Mo.

The training will address changes from the DSM-IV to DSM-V. The DSM is used as a guide by health care professionals throughout the world for the diagnosis of mental disorders. Clinical social workers use the DSM to diagnose disorders affecting personality, identity, moods and cognition. This is the first full revision of the DSM since the DSM-IV was released in 1994.

A certificate for four hours of continuing education (CEU) credit will be e-mailed to participants after the event. This training session has been approved for CEU credit for social workers who reside in the state of Missouri. Other professionals, or individuals residing outside of Missouri, will need to check with their licensing agencies to see if this session will qualify for CEU credit. Both social work and non-social work professionals are invited to attend.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register for this event, please complete the online form at http://www.sbuniv.info/cess/bsd/DSM-VUpdate.html. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 24.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.