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Field Educator CEU Series

We invite field educators (including task supervisors and professional social workers), as well as our own students, faculty and staff to a series of trainings designed to help you stay current in the ever-evolving world of social work practice.

UofSC College of Social Work Field Educator CEU Series

The Field Education Office’s Field Educator CEU Series provides monthly 1.5-hour trainings during the university's fall and spring semesters. Trainings are engaging, informative and relevant to social work practice. BSW and MSW field instructors and task supervisors are invited to attend and earn CEUs for free. Students may also apply to receive field hours with permission of their field instructor.

Fall 2020 Trainings 

Due to COVID-19, all trainings will be held virtually from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Register - All attendees will access the session via Zoom, and a link will be provided following your registration.

Date: Wednesday, October 21

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual via Zoom

CEUs: FREE - 1.5 CEUs 

Speaker: Khris Coolidge, LISW-CP, social worker and coordinator of social work training in counseling & psychiatry, UofSC Student Health Services.

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Determine which of the five core elements of psychological well-being and happiness they can bolster in their lives.
  • Identify the “signature strengths” they currently employ to promote well-being, as well as strengths they would like to start employing more mindfully to enhance their happiness.

Register - All attendees will access the session via Zoom, and a link will be provided following your registration.

Date: Wednesday, November 18

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual via Zoom

CEUs: 1.5 free CEUs for College of Social Work field educators 

Speaker: Marguerite O'Brien, MSW, Director of Wellness, Prevention and Advocacy Services, UofSC Student Health Services

Learning outcomes for participants:

  • To explore the ways which the state of our community affects mental/emotional well-being.
  •  To explore the constructs of resilience.
  •  To learn more about programs and services offered on campus that promote faculty/staff emotional and mental well-being, including the Resiliency Project.


Training Registration 

*All trainings will be held virtually until further notice*

Online registration is required for all upcoming trainings. Seating is limited to 50 participants, with field educators receiving premier registration status. If seats are available, registration will be open to other members of the College of Social Work community and visitors. Remote attendance is also available for individuals who cannot attend in person or if the training becomes full. Contact Rebecca Christopher or call 803-777-7753. 


Previous Trainings

If you missed a training, you can still benefit from the resources our expert presenters have generously shared. Take a look back and use the tools to get ahead.

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020; 6-7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Christian Barnes-Young, MS, LPC; Assistant Deputy Director
Community Mental Health Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health


  • Describe how community mental health services continue to be provided during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Present an overview of the telecommuting and telehealth procedures put in place by SCDMH in response to COVID19.
  • Discuss challenges to the community mental health system resulting from COVID19.

Date: Thursday, April 30

This online workshop focused on modeling effective language interpretation in social work practice. The workshop is designed for monolingual practitioners to experience language interpretation and to reflect on best practices and ethical consideration when working with interpreters.

Speaker: John Doering-White, Ph.D., MSW, MA

Speaker Bio: 

Assistant Professor John Doering-White joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2019 with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Doering-White’s research focuses on undocumented immigration and humanitarianism. His ethnographic work has focused on grassroots shelters that assist Central Americans migrating through Mexico. He is interested in how organizations can best assist undocumented communities considering shifting immigration enforcement trends between the United States, Mexico, and Central America. As part of this work, Doering-White served as co-producer on Border South, a feature documentary film that premiered to national and international audiences in June 2019.

Doering-White is also actively conducting research in his hometown of Detroit in partnership with organizations that support immigrant and minority entrepreneurs navigating a gentrifying city. Data-collection for this project has taken place in partnership with undergraduate students participating in a summer field school that trains students in qualitative and community-engaged methods.

Doering-White’s research has been funded by the Fulbright Garcia-Robles program, the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Institute for Field Research. His scholarship appears in Social Service Review, Children and Youth Services Review, the Journal of Social Work Education, the Journal of Community Practice, and the Journal of International Migration and Integration. He has also presented nationally and internationally on various topics, including undocumented migration, unaccompanied minors, language interpretation and ethnographic approaches.

Doering-White is a graduate of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he also earned his MSW. He received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Human Development Social Relations from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. 

Date: Thursday, March 19

Presenter: Ryan Kruis, MSW, LISW-CP; Manager of the Center of Excellence and South Carolina Telehealth Alliance

Objective: The presentation will explore teleheath and telehealth modalities. Kruis will discuss how telehealth is currently being used to address mental health within South Carolina and promising practices for the future. He will also describe regulatory and reimbursement barriers to broader adoption of teleheath in South Carolina.

Presenter Bio: In his role at the SCTA and the MUSC Telehealth Center of Excellence, Kruis oversees all day-to-day operations for both large-scale initiatives. This includes managing state and national partner relations; deploying telehealth equipment, training, and consultation to external organizations; convening South Carolina telehealth leaders to develop and implement the state’s annual telehealth strategic plan; and facilitating the telehealth research and evaluation efforts included in MUSC’s HRSA-funded Center of Excellence portfolio.

Date: Thursday, February 27

Speaker: Jennifer T. DiSanza, M.S., J.D., Regional Manager - Mid South from AccessLex Center for Education and Financial Capability

Objective: This training will explore public service student loan forgiveness (PSLF) and highlight additional support and resources for those interested in pursuing public service student loan forgiveness programs. 

Participants will:

  • Understand loan repayment options.
  • Understand components of public service loan forgiveness program.
  • Understand how to contact AccessConnex (our free student loan helpline for students and graduates).

Shared Training Resources

Winter-Spring 2020 National Webinars

Date: Nov. 13, 2019

Presenter: Sydney Phillips, MSW - Advance Care Planning Coordinator, Home Health and Hospice - Prisma Health


Having Conversations That Matter allows adults to understand possible future health care choices, think about their health care choices that reflect their values and beliefs, and put their choices in writing by completing an advance directives for their loved ones and doctors to honor their choices.


  • Understand the importance of Advance Care Planning conversations for patients and their families.
  • Explore patients’ values and future treatment plan wishes using the Advance Care Planning Conversation Guide.
  • Practice using the Advance Care Planning Conversation Guide.
  • Discuss the importance of documentation

Presenter Bio

Sydney Phillips graduated from the UofSC College of Social Work in 2018. She completed her field practicum at Prisma Health with the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Teams. While working with the Palliative Care Team, Phillips found a passion for advance directives and patients with serious illnesses.   

Shared Training Resources

Date: Oct. 16, 2019

Presenter: Daniel Freedman, Ph.D., MSW, LISW-CP - Clinical Assistant Professor and BSW Program Coordinator - University of South Carolina College of Social Work


This training will highlight the usefulness of framing social work interventions from positive psychology and the strengths perspective. Participants will learn about evidence that suggests these approaches for promoting change with clients and client systems, and have an opportunity to develop skills around successful implementation.


  • Identify major concepts and assumptions that underscore positive psychology and the strengths perspective.
  • Become familiar with evidence that supports the use of positive psychology and the strengths perspective within a variety of contexts.
  • Develop skills around applying positive psychology and strength-based interventions for promoting social and behavioral change. 

Presenter Bio

Daniel Freedman, Ph.D., MSW, LISW-CP,  is an experienced social work educator and practitioner. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and his MSW and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. For the last five years, he has served as a clinical faculty member and BSW Program Coordinator with the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Freedman's previous clinical practice in community mental health centers emphasized behavioral health recovery. He has conducted presentations at local, state, national and international venues.  

Shared Training Resources

Date: Sept. 18, 2019

Presenter: Amanda Gilchrist, LPC - Program Director of Community Crisis Response and Intervention - South Carolina Department of Mental Health


This workshop is intended to help individuals learn how to recognize a crisis, learn how you may be able to help in the moment and learn when to ask for help. We will also focus on one particular community resource that is accessible 24/7 in South Carolina to address psychiatric crisis.


  • Learn how to recognize a crisis.
  • Gain skills for crisis management.
  • Lean about current community resources.

Presenter Bio

Amanda Gilchrist, LPC, currently serves as Director of Community Crisis Response and Intervention with the South Carolina Department  of Mental Health. She earned her master's degree  in clinical mental health counseling and has since worked in numerous roles within the public and private sector in South Carolina. Those roles include policy management, trauma-informed care, coordination of care amongst the elderly, primary and behavioral health care integration and crisis response services. Gilchrist's passion for individuals' mental well-being continues to guide her back to roles in which she can influence the quality of service delivery for those in need of assistance.

Shared Training Resources

Date: April. 24, 2019

Presenter: Brent Cagle, Ph.D., LISW-CP, LCSW, Clinical Associate Professor, UofSC College of Social Work


This workshop will focus on how and why animals matter in social work practice. Areas of consideration include, understanding the importance of the human-animal bond in assessment and case planning, animal-assisted interventions, connections between interpersonal violence and animal abuse, veterinary social work, and larger issues of ecological ethics.


  • Participants will be able to describe an array of interconnections between animals and social work.
  • Participants will be able to define the difference between animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy and provide examples.
  • Participants will be able to describe the concept of ecological ethics.

Presenter Bio:

Brent Cagle is a clinical associate professor in the College of Social Work. His practice background includes working as a DSS foster care worker and in mental health as a family-based therapist with runaway adolescents and their families.  Cagle returned to the college last fall after completing his doctorate at UofSC before working as a faculty member in the Department of Social Work at Winthrop University for 12 years. 

At Winthrop, Cagle created a hybrid on-line/in-person elective course called Animals and Social Work, which included a field trip to a farm animal sanctuary.  As a child and adolescent, he had companion animals including fish, gerbils, parakeet, guinea pig, dog, and turtle. Cagle and his spouse currently share their home with four cats.

Shared Training Resources

Date: March 20, 2019

Presenter: Corey Ingram, LMSW, BSW, Specialized Medical Case Manager at Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc. and Lead Trainer of AIR Consulting and Coaching Services, LLC 


This presentation empowers participants to understand the intersection of mental health care and HIV care, specifically within Black communities, while addressing some of the determinants of health. The presentation will address some strategies and ways to incorporate an understanding of mental health as well as HIV/AIDS into your organizational practice.


  • Discuss the intersection of mental health care and HIV care, specifically within Black communities, and identify how structural barriers such as racism may impact the mental health of people of color.
  • Identify practices that may create harm, emotional unhealthiness, and mental health challenges in organizational spaces, and how these negative practices are amplified by structural barriers, racism, and systemic inequities.
  • Discuss ways to incorporate an understanding of mental health into your organizational practices and learn how doing so contributes to dismantling harmful systems of oppression.

Presenter Bio

Corey Ingram currently works as a specialized medical case manager of Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc. and lead trainer for AIR Consulting and Coaching Services, LLC.  Previously, he was a health educator with the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) office at the University of South Carolina from 2012 to 2017.

Ingram earned his MSW from the University of Alabama and his BSW from Miles College. He has experience as a mental health therapist at two all-male group homes in Alabama and experience at a residential facility for sexually perpetrated males.

Shared Training Resources

  • PowerPoint
  • Video and Quiz to earn CEU's - Not available

Date: Feb. 20, 2019

Presenter: Melissa Freedman, MSW, Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, UofSC College of Social Work


Risk management is a necessity in social work practice. While it is not possible to remove or avoid all risk, social workers must engage in activities that guard against adverse events and consequences. Active preparation and early intervention as part of quality management are core to mitigating risks.  


  • Identify risk in social work
  • List ways to manage risk at various levels of an organization
  • Describe ways to equip oneself with tools to guard current and future careers

Shared training resources:

Nov. 14, 2018

 Teri Browne, Ph.D., MSW, NSW-C -
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Associate Professor, USC College of Social Work

This talk will provide an overview of social work’s role on interdisciplinary teams, discussing social work’s unique role on such teams and how the University of South Carolina is training social work students to lead such teams.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define interprofessional, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams.
  • List three unique contributions that social workers make on interprofessional teams.
  • Describe three ways that the University of South Carolina is delivering interprofessional education to social work students

 Shared training resources:

Oct. 17, 2018

William T. Wells, MSW - Emergency Preparedness and Response, South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Dara Baril, MA, Director of Deaf Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health

During and following disasters or other emergencies, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health interacts with state, federal and local agencies, first responders, volunteer organizations, and more to bring behavioral health services to those in need. This presentation details the process of identifying and meeting the requests of communities in distress.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the federal, state and local emergency support functions and the roles and responsibilities for behavioral health agencies in general and the SC DMH specifically.
  • Using examples of recent floods and the Mother Emmanuel AME Church shooting, gain insight into the various services people receive and the means by which they may be provided.
  • Understand the influence of federal funding and regulations to encourage emergency preparedness and cooperation among healthcare entities. 
  • Understand hearing loss in the population and the role of interpreters to understand better about communication access.
  • Learn about different ways in reaching out to the Deaf community during emergency disasters, using examples of recent hurricanes, floods and the Mother Emmanuel AME Church shooting.

 Shared training resources:

Sept. 26, 2018 

Presenter: Sabrina M. Johnson, Ed.S, NCC, LPC-A - Counselor and Case Manager, USC Counseling & Psychiatry 

Microaggressions are discriminatory and often automatic experiences that negatively impact minority groups. The purpose of this training is to increase knowledge and awareness around these interactions, and to discuss ways to manage oneself and the situation when they do occur.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define and understand microaggressions
  • Identify the impact of microaggressions
  • Identify skills and resources to manage microaggressions

Shared training resources:

  • PowerPoint
  • Video and Quiz to earn CEU's - Not available


Resources for Social Workers

The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education.

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work is an organization made up of over 80 social work doctoral program directors worldwide who represent their member Universities. Founded in the late 1970s, GADE primary purpose is to promote excellence in doctoral education in social work, especially through networking, information sharing and advocacy.

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

The National Association of Social Workers, South Carolina Chapter, is a membership organization of professional social workers that works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members.

The Society for Social Work and Research was founded in 1994 as a free-standing organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research. SSWR works collaboratively with a number of other organizations that are committed to improving support for research among social workers. Our members include faculty in schools of social work and other professional schools, research staff in public and private agencies, and masters/doctoral students.

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. is a voluntary, individual membership association, that since 1975 has represented the interests of undergraduate education and practice in social work. The association's approximately 800 members represent BSW program directors, baccalaureate faculty and field coordinators, as well as social work educators and practitioners who have an interest in BSW education and practice.

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