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Save the date: 2016-17 Clinical Lecture Series

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.

Please note: Registration for these events will open later this summer.

Chapel Hill series

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 2016-17 dates and titles are:

  • Sept. 19 – “Self-Compassion: A Heartfelt Response to Our Own Suffering,” Karen Bluth Ph.D. and Laura Prochnow Phillips
  • Oct. 17 – “DBT for Adolescents: Working with Suicidal, Self-Harming, and Emotionally Sensitive Youth,” Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D.
  • Nov. 7 – “Gender Responsive Substance Use Treatment,” Andrea Winkler, LCSW, LCAS
  • Jan. 23 – “Problem Solving Depression: An Evidenced Based Practice,” Diane Dolan-Soto, LCSW
  • Feb. 13 – “Trauma Work and Marginalized Populations: Ethical Practice with Gender Non-Conforming individuals,” Tavi Hancock, LCSW
  • March 6 – “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Identifiable, Treatable Conditions with Collaboration,” Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D. and Mary Kimmel, M.D.
  • April 17 – “A Mindful Approach to Finding Meaning: Using ACT to Advance Therapy,” Crystal Schiller, Ph.D.

See for descriptions of each lecture. If you have questions, or would like to be added to the CLS email list, contact Deborah Barrett at

Winston-Salem series

The School’s Winston-Salem 3-Year MSW Program hosts a Clinical Lecture Series in Winston-Salem. Their successful partnership with Northwest AHEC continues, to meet the needs of professionals in the Triad and surrounding area.

The School and Northwest AHEC have scheduled four lectures for the 2016-17 academic year. All are on a Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Northwest AHEC, and registration will be required.

  • Sept. 14 – “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Substance Use Disorders,” Marty Weems, LCSW, LCAS
  • Nov. 16 – “Understanding Autism: The Impact of Emotional Regulation Issues and Social Cognitive Challenges on Behavior and Academics,” Sherry Mergner, MSW, LCSW
  • Feb. 8 – “The Ethical Super Shrink:  Maximize Effectiveness through Feedback Informed Therapy,” Thomas L. Murray, Jr., PhD, LMFT, LPC-S, AASECT CST, CFMHE, NBCCH
  • April 5 – “The Five Love Languages and Marriage Counseling Through the Lifespan,” Edward G. Shaw, M.D., MA

A description of each lecture is available at If you have questions, contact Theresa Palmer at

Clinical Lecture Institutes

This series 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.

See for the upcoming schedule. If you have questions, contact Deborah Barrett at

Focus on Family and Disability series

The Family Support Program at the UNC School of Social Work will host the third annual Focus on Family and Disability seminar series in conjunction with the Clinical Lecture Series. This series provides 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.

This lunchtime series is designed for a diverse audience including graduate students and faculty in such fields as social work, education, nursing, occupational therapy, speech and hearing, psychology, and public health; service providers; community stakeholders; and families.

The upcoming Focus on Family and Disability 2016-17 Seminar Series will include timely issues related to disability and families such as early intervention, early child development, child and family well-being; best practice in family support; and promoting well-being and positive outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.

Lectures are held on the second Tuesday of the month, from noon-2 p.m., beginning in September. A catered meet-and-greet lunch opens at 11:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building.

See for the program schedule. If you have questions, contact Barbara Leach at