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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Spring Social Work Conference: Working with Children, Adolescents, and Families




Spring Social Work Conference
Working with Children, Adolescents, and Families
May 22, 2015

MUSC Bioengineering Building, Room 110  68 President Street  |  Charleston, SC 29425

Conference Overview

Social workers regularly interact with a diverse group of clients with individual needs and unique challenges. We recognize that different generations of clients face different decisions and dilemmas at particular stages and transitions of their lives. Join us for one full day of education and networking as we address current issues and hot topics facing children, adolescents, and families. This conference will be held on the MUSC campus in a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Charleston. Topics include adolescents and eating disorders; teenagers and substance abuse; understanding how the military lifestyle affects children and families; families and bereavement; and more.

The South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners will approve 7.0 hours of designated credit.

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Conference Faculty

Susan Connolly-Nelson, LISW-CP
CEDS Clinical Social Worker
Hearth Center for Eating Disorders
Carla Damron, LISW-CP
Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers - South Carolina Chapter
Douglas Fotia, MSS, LISW-CP
Regional Supervisor, Military & Family Life Counseling
Magellan Health Services
W. Wood Marchant, III, LISW-CP
Clinical Instructor
Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Jordan Miraglia, MS, LMSW
Pediatric Support Services Specialist
Hands of Hope
Pat Patrick, MSW, LISW
Director of South Carolina Families First
South Carolina Department of Social Services
Kay W. Phillips, PhD, LISW-CP
Executive Director
Dorchester Children’s Center
Children In Crisis, Inc.
Millicent F. Walker, LPC
Director of Clinical Services
Dorchester Children’s Center

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Conference Itinerary
Friday, May 22, 2015
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Melissa E. Milanak, PhD
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
My Sister is a Butterfly: Tracking a Family’s Journey of Meaning Making from Diagnosis through Bereavement
Jordan Miraglia, MS, LMSW
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Navigating the Complexity of Eating Disorders
Sue Connolly-Nelson, LISW-CP, CEDS
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Adolescent and Teenage Substance Use
W. Wood Marchant, III, LISW-CP
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: Understanding How the Military Lifestyle Affects Children and Families
Douglas Fotia, MSS, LISW-CP
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Child Abuse and the Role of the Children’s Advocacy Center
Kay W. Phillips, PhD, LISW-CP & Millicent F. Walker, LPC
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
The Power of Family
Pat Patrick, MSW, LISW
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Advocating to Protect Children in Human Trafficking and Child Placement
Carla Damron, LISW-CP
4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Adjourn

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Program Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the role of patient and family narrative in clinical practice.
  • Identify key narrative themes.
  • Demonstrate ways to include narrative themes in clinical practice.
  • Discuss the DSM-5 diagnosis of eating disorders.
  • Identify the bio-psycho-social factors that contribute to eating disorders.
  • Discuss the current evidence-based treatment indicated for the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Identify current drugs of abuse and ways adolescents and teens are abusing substances.
  • List signs and symptoms of adolescent and teen substance abuse.
  • Discuss programs available to help adolescents and teens who are substance abusers.
  • Describe how deployments affect children across the developmental life span.
  • Explain how to better prepare the military client and family member before, during and after a deployment.
  • Describe the dynamics and impact of child maltreatment.
  • Explain the role and purpose of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • Summarize the programs and treatment options at the Dorchester Children’s Center.
  • Discuss the power of families as key decision makers in the care and protection of their children.
  • Describe best practice components of family group decision making and empowerment strategies for family groups.
  • Explain the similarities and differences between family team meetings and family group conferencing.

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Conference Location

All sessions will be held in Room 110 of the MUSC Bioengineering Building. Parking is available in the MUSC Jonathan Lucas Street Garage (97 Jonathan Lucas Street, not the Roper garage). Overflow parking is available in the Courtenay Drive Garage (21 Courtenay Drive) and the Ashley Rutledge Parking Garage (158 Ashley Avenue). Parking fees are the responsibility of the attendee.

MUSC Bioengineering Building, Room 110
68 President Street

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Registration fee includes conference materials, continuing education credit processing, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
Registration Type
Early Registration*
Before May 1
Regular Registration
On or after May 1
General Registration
MUSC Employees
BSW/MSW Students

*Please note, to receive the early registration rate, your registration and payment must be received before May 1.
There are three ways to register:
1.  Click here to register online and pay with a credit card.
2.  Click here to register online and mail in payment.
3.  Click here to download a printable registration form and mail in payment.
Please note: If you are employed by a state agency and are paying with an ACH transfer, you MUST contact our office at (843) 792-0175 prior to initiating the transfer or your registration will not be accepted.
You will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail once your registration is processed. If you do not receive a confirmation letter within two weeks of registering, please contact our Continuing Education Office at (843) 792-0175 to ensure your registration has been received.

Registration fees are transferable from one registrant to another. Cancellation requests received on or after May 1 are subject to a $30 administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after the conference.

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Visitor Information

Charleston is a place where sand castles are built across the harbor from historic forts, where children ride scooters down 300-year-old streets, and where you can see modern theater in America’s oldest playhouse. Less than 15 miles away, you can stroll the gardens of the beautiful plantations, bask in the sun on wide sandy beaches, sail, play golf, tennis or ride bikes on a luxurious island resort.
Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
(843) 853-8000

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Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you need the services of the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing medical education activity, please bring this to our attention upon registering for the event.

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Questions?  Contact us: or (843) 792-0175

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