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The Business of Social Work Conference (6 CEs)
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The Business of Social Work Conference (6 CEs)

When: August 10, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N Grand Ave
Lansing, Michigan  48933
United States
Contact: Tricia McCarthy
517-487-1548 x16

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Attend the second annual Business of Social Work Conference and gain access to the tools and ideas you need to help you with the next phase of your professional career. The Business of Social Work is geared towards all levels of social workers, across areas of practice. The conference will consist of one keynote address and over 10 sessions to choose from, with 6 CEs available (including ethics).



Friday, August 10, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Radisson Hotel

Lansing, MI


Registration Rates:

NASW Member: $125.00

NASW Student, Transitional or Retired Member: $80.00

Non-Member: $180.00


Please contact Tricia McCarthy at 517-487-1548, ex 16 with any questions.


Keynote Address:


The 7 Keys To A Successful Social Work Business

An interactive keynote speech to fire the imagination and enthusiasm of social workers who run, or want to run, a business.  Bruce Thomson brings passion, humor and over 40 years of business experience to the topic of optimizing your social work practice. Drawing on current realities and an entrepreneurial background, this talk will help you focus on the key components to running a thriving social work practice or agency. With successful startups in real estate, management, commercial services, coaching and psychotherapy, Bruce will share what it takes to achieve extraordinary success.


Bruce Thomson, M.S., M.S.W., Hypnotherapist, specializes in couples therapy and addiction recovery services. With 30 years experience as a college professor, business owner and consultant, he speaks at conferences, schools and certification programs. Bruce holds degrees from the University of Michigan in Psychology, Sociology, Natural Resources and Social Work.



Self-Care: I’m Worth It!                 1.5 CE

Cindy Ahmad, LMSW Clinical & Macro


Social worker burnout may impact the quality and stability of service we provide. During this workshop participants will rediscover how important caring for oneself is an important part of being a successful social work practioner and that self-care is necessary to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout. Self-care needs ongoing care and commitment and should be a priority for every social worker – regardless of area of expertise. This workshop will focus on why it’s important to focus on self-care and how it will help you and your clients.


Social Media and Ethics                 3.0 CE

Janet Joiner, PhD, LMSW              


This three-hour CE workshop will explore the influence of the Internet and Social Media on mental health and social functioning, the delivery of mental health and other support services via information and communication technology (ICT), social media-based treatment approaches, such as virtual reality and gaming technology used to manage and treat chronic physical pain, and ethical challenges social workers should be aware of when engaging clients/potential clients in cyberspace.


How to Start a Private Practice:  A Guide for Michigan Social Workers    1.5 CE

Julie Weckel, LMSW-Clinical, ACSW

To explore if a private practice is a career to pursue, and to help along practices currently in their early stages.  This workshop will identify a broad range of required actions, review essential elements needed to start a practice, practical knowledge and resources to find necessary information for a successful practice.  Participants will have a clear understanding of the complexity of starting a private practice, Including legal, ethical and reimbursement issues. This workshop is a companion presentation to the publication, Starting a Clinical Private Practice published through NASW Michigan 2015.


Everybody Wants to Get Paid! A Beginner’s Guide to Insurance Billing   1.5 CE

Mary Beth Houpt and Kim Gonzales


Wondering how to get on an insurance panel? Frustrated by the mysteries of the medical billing world? Then this workshop is for you! The presenters will provide many solid resources for you to take away from the workshop and will also go through the process of applying for insurance panels, how to rectify billing rejections and some solid tips to get you started. The presenters have set aside plenty of time for Q & A.


Tools for HIPPA Compliance: Record Keeping, Confidentiality and Ethics               1.5 CE

Julie Weckel, LMSW-Clinical, ACSW


This workshop will focus on key elements of HIPAA requirements for private practice.  Participants will become familiar with common definitions, required documentation and policy standards set forth under federal regulation and NASW Code of Ethics.  Details review will include resources for policy development and implementation, electronic system requirements and how social workers can integrate HIPAA into practice to protect themselves as well as their clients.


Insurance Billing for Seasoned Professionals: What’s New           1.5 CE

Mary Beth Houpt and Kim Gonzales

This workshop is for individuals who are well beyond the “starter” phase in billing for services. General changes will open the presentation, and move to extensive Q & A opportunities, making this a highly-interactive workshop. Bring your questions, rejection letters, war-stories and success!


Am I Asking the Right Questions? Designing an Effective & Protective Consent for Treatment Form         1.5 CE

Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW, INHC


All private practitioners use a “Consent for Treatment” form, but did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to request and share information with or about your client? This workshop is designed to assist you in making sure your form contains all the necessary information.


What Happened to My Files? Pitfalls of Poor Computer Security               1.5 CE

Ryan Carter, CNA, CNLM


Computers and other forms of information technology are an integral piece of your business and understanding the need for proper maintenance and strong security are key factors in keeping this key piece of your infrastructure in robust condition.


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