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Clinical Lecture Series offers valuable continuing education opportunities

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.

Online registration is required. Click here to register.

Chapel Hill series

Now in its 11th year, the Chapel Hill clinical 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 2015-16 dates and working titles are:

  • Sept. 21, 2015 –  “’I Don’t See Them in my Practice’: The Ethics of Serving Refugee and Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Trauma,” Josh Hinson, LCSW, LCAS and Laura Garlock, MSW
  • Oct. 26, 2015 – “Singing the Blues: Honoring Emotional Experience Through Mindfulness-based Treatment of Depression,” Noga Zerubavel, Ph.D
  • Nov. 16, 2015 –”Insight and Change Through Behavioral Analysis,” Eric Gadol, Ph.D.
  • Jan. 25, 2016 Rescheduled to Feb. 22, due to snow – “Hidden No More: Moving from Shame to Whole-hearted Living,” Kate Thieda, LPC, NCC
  • Feb. 8, 2016 – “Hoarding Disorder: The Diagnosis They Never Taught You in Graduate School,” Annette Perot, Ph.D.
  • March 7, 2016 – “Healing Complex Trauma,” Michael Lambert, Ph.D.
  • April 11, 2016 – “The Ethics of Inclusion,” Michelle Johnson, LCSW

See the CLS website for descriptions of each lecture, and to view video from previous presentations.

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 fourth 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 2015-16 academic year. All are on a Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Northwest AHEC, and registration will be required.

  • Sept. 16, 2015 – “Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy:  Transforming relationships from Distress to Secure Bonds,” Lorrie Brubacher, MEd, LMFT
  • Nov. 4, 2015 – “The Human Rights and Ethical Issues of Involuntary Commitment,” Tara Bohley, MPA, LMFT
  • Jan. 27, 2016 – “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Substance Use Disorders,” Marty Weems, LCSW, LCAS
  • March 30, 2016 –  “Mindfulness Based Interventions with Clients,” Angela Q. Cowell, LCSW, LMFT

A description of each lecture is available.

If you have questions, contact Theresa Palmer at

Clinical Lecture Institutes

This series, now in its second year, offers day-long and multi-day training in evidence-based practice. Each Institute is held at the UNC School of Social Work in Chapel Hill and focuses on providing theoretical grounding and practical skills through a combination of didactic, experiential, and hands-on practices. The upcoming trainings are:

  • Friday, Sept. 18 and 25, 2105 – “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy,” Kristi Webb, PsyD  (Introduction to DBT Approach, Sept. 18; and DBT Skills Workshop, Sept. 25)
  • Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 – “Changing the Anxious Mind, Rapidly: An Advanced Training,” Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 – “Mindfulness for Personal and Professional Practice,” Jeff Brantley, M.D.
  • Thursday and Friday, April 7-8, 2016 – “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),” Rhonda Merwin, Ph.D.

“Focus on Family and Disability” lecture series

The Family Support Program at the UNC School of Social Work is hosting the second year of its seminar series in conjunction with the Clinical Lecture Series. The lectures are from noon to 2 p.m. in the auditorium. A catered lunch begins at 11:15 a.m. and is included with registration.

  • Sept. 15, 2015 – “Infant and Young Child Mental Health – Supporting the Well-being of Young Children and their Families,” Gary Ander and Betty Rintoul, Ph.D., N.C. Infant Mental Health Association.
  • Oct. 13, 2015  – “The Changing Landscape of North Carolina’s Mental Health System,” Mary Hooper, N.C. Council of Community Programs; and Sean Schreiber, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare.
  • Nov. 10, 2015 – “Emerging Evidence-based Issues in Children’s Mental Health,” Walt Caison, Ph.D., Community Mental Health, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Jan. 12, 2016 – “Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Supporting Well-being and Resilience in the Context of Transitions,” Kate Gallagher, Ph.D., UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Development Center.
  • Feb. 9, 2016 – “Post-Secondary Options – Education, Employment, & Independent Living for Transition to Adulthood,” Panel discussion with Deb Zuver, PSEA; Julie Bailey, Josh’s Hope; Susan Lombardo, UNC/East Chapel Hill High Partnership; Kenneth Kelty, self-advocate; and Susan Kerman, self-advocate.
  • March 8, 2016 – “Supporting Families  to Improve Outcomes for Children – Building Family Resilience,” Panel discussion with NAMI-N.C./N.C. Families United/Mental Health America-N.C./N.C. First in Families
  • April 12, 2016 – “Addressing the Needs of Dually Diagnosed Transitional Age Youth and their Families,” Lisa Zerden, Ph.D., and Anne Jones, Ph.D.; UNC-PrimeCare Project, UNC School of Social Work.

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