Skip to main content

Clinical Lecture Series dates for 2014-15

The UNC School of Social Work’s Clinical Lecture Series offers lectures on mental health topics to enhance the clinical curriculum for students, and continuing education for graduates and practitioners. It also aims to foster and strengthen relationships among students, faculty, and the wider clinical community.

Chapel Hill series celebrates its 10th year

Our Clinical Lecture Series will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this coming year by bringing back some of its most popular presenters. Since 2005, the Clinical Lecture Series has hosted or co-hosted approximately 100 programs, bringing together more than 10,000 individuals. The lunchtime model allows MSW students, faculty, and area clinicians to learn together from esteemed and innovative practitioners. According to NASW-NC Chapter Director Kathy Boyd, this model has been ”ahead of the curve” by bringing students and practitioners together as it does.

Up until this point, the CLS has not repeated a single speaker. “That this area is so rich with cutting-edge researchers and clinicians makes it possible to create fully new line-ups each year,” explains CLS founder Deborah Barrett. Over the years, Barrett imagined bringing back outstanding presenters at the 10-year milestone. According to Barrett, however, as year 10 approached, participant feedback clearly identified many more outstanding presenters than slots in the schedule would allow. Thus, Barrett faced a much larger pool of outstanding presenters than she could include in the anniversary year. The selections also take into account requests for specific topics and draw more heavily on the earlier years of the series.

The lectures are held monthly on Mondays from noon-2 p.m. in the School’s auditorium, beginning in September. Registration and a catered meet-and-greet reception open at 11:15 in the lobby. The 2014-15 dates and working titles are:

  • Sept. 22, 2014 – Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. and Mary Brantley, LMFT – “Positive Emotions: The Science Behind Them and Practices to Change Your Life”
  • Oct. 20, 2014 – Meggan Morehead, Ph.D. – “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: What’s New?”
  • Nov. 10, 2014 – Jon Abramowitz, Ph.D., and Ryan Jane Jacoby – “ACT and Exposure Therapy: A Combined Approach to Enhance Treatment Engagement”
  • Jan. 12, 2015 – Reid Wilson, Ph.D. – “A CBT Rapid-Gain Model in Anxiety Disorder Treatment”
  • Feb. 2, 2015 – Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D. – “Treatment of Bipoloar Depression”
  • March 2, 2015 – Tonya Armstrong, Ph.D. – “Cultural Competence and Spirituality”
  • April 13, 2015 (2:00 p.m., in conjunction with Career Day) – Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D. – “Ethical Dilemmas with Colleagues”

Most of the more recent presentations are available for viewing online at the CLS website. The series is also in the process of making more videos and handouts available from prior workshops, and to be able to award CEU credit for these as recorded webinars. The School is also considering ways to add to CLS offerings in the form of larger workshops and/or conferences. These will likely draw from a mix of new presenters and top CLS presenters from years past.

If you have questions, or would like to be added to the CLS email list, contact Deborah Barrett at

Winston-Salem series to continue

Now in its third year, the School’s Winston-Salem 3-Year MSW Program hosts a Clinical Lecture Series in Winston-Salem. Their successful partnership with Northwest AHEC will continue this year, to meet the needs of professionals in the Triad and surrounding area.

The School and Northwest AHEC have scheduled four lectures for the 2014-15 academic year. All are on a Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Northwest AHEC, and registration is required.

  • Sept. 3, 2014 – Gus Thomas, D.Min, LPC, NCC – “Caring for the Combat Veteran in the Community Setting”
  • Oct. 22, 2014 – Samuel B. Gray, Psy.D. – “Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents”
  • Jan. 28, 2015 – Jodi Flick, ACSW, LCSW – “After a Suicide: Responding to Families and the Community”
  • March 4, 2015 – M. Theresa Palmer, LCSW, LMFT – “Microaggression as an Ethical Issue in Clinical Practice”

If you have questions, contact Theresa Palmer at

“Focus on Family and Disability” lecture series launches in September

The Family Support Program at the UNC School of Social Work is hosting a new seminar series in conjunction with the 2014-15 Clinical Lecture Series.

The Focus on Family and Disability series will provide a forum for experts from a range of disciplines and perspectives to share their research, practice, policy, and personal experience about disability and family support issues. The lunch-time series is designed for a diverse audience including graduate students and faculty in such fields as social work, education, occupational therapy, speech and hearing, psychology, and public health; service providers; community stakeholders; and families.

Topics include timely issues related to disability and families such as: self-determination and independence, best practice in family support with individuals and their families, transition and post-secondary education, and promoting well-being and positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families.

The lectures will be held on five Tuesdays, from 12-2:00 p.m. Registration and a catered meet-and-greet lunch will open at 11:15 a.m. in the School’s lobby (Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 325 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill), and the lectures will be in the auditorium.

The 2014-2015 dates and working titles are:

  • Sept. 9, 2014 – Michelle “Sheli” Reynolds, Ph.D., “Charting the Life Course Framework: Supporting Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families Across the Lifespan”
  • Oct. 14, 2014 – Chris Egan, MSW, LCSW, “New Directions in Disability”
  • Nov. 11, 2014 – Sherry Mergner, MSW, LCSW, “The Parenting Spectrum: Challenges and Gifts of Raising a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • Jan. 13, 2015 – Ann Turnbull, Ed.D. and Rud Turnbull, JD, LLM, “Family Support and Disability”
  • March 17, 2015 – Ann Palmer, “Realizing the College Dream with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

CEUs will be available. For information on fees and to register, see

All lectures will be recorded and made available on the Family Support Program website.

The Family Support Program promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs through information and referral, education and training, model program development, consultation and technical assistance, research, and policy development.

If you have questions, contact Barbara Leach at or 919-966-0396.

Clinical Lecture Institutes set to launch in October

This series will offer day-long and multi-day training in evidence-based practice. Details and schedule here.

How to register for a lecture

Online registration is required. Register here.