Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2nd Annual Spring Social Work Conference
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|Friday, April 22, 2016|
|MUSC Bioengineering Building, Room 110 | 68 President Street | Charleston, SC 29425|
Social workers regularly interact with a diverse group of clients with ever changing needs and unique challenges. Join us for one full day of education and networking as we address current issues. 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 criminal and domestic violence; human trafficking; dementia and caregiver issues; motivational interviewing; internet safety, including social media; and more.
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
Evidence about encouraging evidence-based treatment: Lessons learned from Project BEST
What in the World are Kids Doing Online? Tips on internet safety (including social media)
Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques
Rachael J. Garrett, MSW
Rachael J. Garrett, MSW, is the Director of Education and Community Services at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), a children’s advocacy center in Charleston, SC. Prior to earning her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America, she lived and worked with children exposed to violence in Honduras, Central America. She joined the staff at DNLCC in 2008 as a forensic interviewer for alleged child maltreatment victims and also provided mental health treatment to child victims and their families. As the Director of Education and Community Services, Rachael oversees the coordination of DNLCC’s multidisciplinary response to children and families through partnering with community agencies to ensure a collaborated and trauma-informed community response to child abuse. She trains professionals in the impact of abuse and trauma on children and families, and in the evidence-based services and best practices for child victims and their families. Rachael has served on the board of the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers and is a member of the faculty of Project BEST, a community-based training and implementation model for trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), disseminated across South Carolina through children’s advocacy centers and their multidisciplinary teams.
Sharon V. Frazier, LMSW, ACM
Social Worker/Case Manager
RHJ VA Hospital
Sharon V. Frazier is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and Accredited Case Manager for Hospitals and Medical Systems. She is currently preparing to sit for the Independent Clinical Social Worker Exam. Sharon has more than 12 years’ experience dedicated to the Human Services and Social Work fields, with a focus on health care services. Presently, she is a HUD-VASH Social Work Case Manager with the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital, in the Mental Health department. In her current position, she works with a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring homeless Veterans obtain stable, affordable housing.
Sharon received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from South Carolina State University, and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Sharon has had broad work experience in the areas of long term care, acute care case management, grant writing and management, primary health care social work, and managed Medicaid & Medicare; this includes being the Director of Social Services at three major skilled nursing facilities, supervisor of Case Management with a national managed Medicaid & Medicare company, and an Administrator with a county Board of Special Needs & Disabilities.
She has served in the past as the co-chairman of a state Human Needs committee, the Board of a Home Health Agency, Charleston’s Homelessness Coalition, and a consultant for a local women’s center.
“It is my hope to use my professional knowledge and skills to empower the vulnerable and less fortunate populations”.
Sonya Jenkins, MSW
Charleston Mental Health Center
West Ashley Clinic
Sonya Jenkins is the County Director of the Charleston Mental Health Center West Ashley Clinic located at 2100 Charlie Hall Blvd., Charleston, S.C. Ms. Jenkins has more than 20 years of experience in the field of mental health, providing treatment to adults, children, adolescents, and their families.
As a licensed social worker, she conducts a grief group. Her aim is to provide healing support in a safe and healthy environment. Ms. Jenkins is also a Designated Examiner for Charleston County Probate Court. She serves as a field instructor for social work interns at the University of South Carolina, and served as a school based therapist for many years, treating children and their families in the Charleston County School District.
One of her many accomplishments was assessing and treating children who were victims of sexual or physical abuse and their families using evidence based practices. Participating in this Multi-Systemic Therapy (M.S.T.) research study as a therapist strengthened her commitment to maintaining fidelity to evidence based practices. She appreciates the manner in which these therapeutic modalities encourage the therapist to remain faithful to providing therapeutic interventions which support successful outcomes for their clients.
Ms. Jenkins received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Limestone College and her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina. She is committed to breaking down the counter- productive walls of stigma surrounding mental illness.
Jonathan Kessler, MSW
Supervisor of Inpatient Social Work
RHJ VA Hospital
Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, MAC
Licensed Professional Counselor and President-Elect of SC Assn for LPCs
Barbara Melton is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Private Practice in downtown Charleston and Summerville who has been working with clients since 1991. She co-authored the book What in the World are your Kids Doing Online (published by Random House/Doubleday) with Sue Shankle. Her specialties include working with clients who self-injure, and working with PTSD/trauma/loss. She is also an adjunct professor at Webster University.
Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD, LISW
Professor & Associate Director, NCVC
Medical University of South Carolina
Natasha Simeon-Major, LISW-CP
Natasha Simeon-Major is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with 16 years of experience in the field of Social Work. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Benedict College and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Natasha has worked in a variety of social work settings to include the Department of Social Services, Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Mental Health. She worked independently for over ten years as a Certified Adoption Investigator, certifying adoptive and foster families for the Department of Social Services. The bulk of Natasha’s experience has been in medical social work. For five years, Natasha worked as a medical social worker at the Medical University of South Carolina as a social worker in the ICU and infant and toddler wards. She transitioned to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC) and worked as a Social Worker on the inpatient mental health ward and later as a Social Work Case Manager with HUD-VASH.Natasha is currently employed at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center as the Medical Foster Home (MFH) Coordinator. She was hired to develop, coordinate and manage the first Medical Foster Home program at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. Natasha was appointed and serves as a member of the Medical Foster Home National Field Advisory Board where she along with six other coordinators work to inform MFH policy and best practices. Natasha is passionate about working with the elderly and other vulnerable populations.
This workshop will be held on the MUSC campus:
MUSC Bioengineering Building, Room 110
68 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
View a map and directions to the Bioengineering Building
Francis Marion Hotel
Courtyard Charleston Waterfront
View the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront website for a map and directions.
____________________________________________________________________Hilton Garden Inn
45 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
View the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston website for a map and directions.
Registration fee includes conference materials, continuing education credit processing, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
There are three ways to register:
1. Click here to register online and pay with a credit card.
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3. Click here to download a printable registration form and mail in payment.
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.
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
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Presented by the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences