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Professional Development

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.

Professional Development Trainings

The Field Education Office’s Professional Development 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.

Spring 2019 Trainings 

All trainings are held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Hamilton 226. Registration forms will be posted on this page, starting on the first day of the VIP field educator registration.

Black Mental Health & HIV/AIDS - At the Intersections

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 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.


VIP field educator registration opens on Feb. 20. Standard registration begins Feb. 27.

Animals and Social Work:  An Overview of Emerging Practice and Trends

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 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.


VIP field educator registration opens on Mar. 25. Standard registration begins on Apr. 1.

Training Registration 

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 Lana Cook or call 803-777-9469. 


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.

Risk Management in Social Work

Date: Wednesday, 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:

The Importance of Interprofessional Training and Team Work for Social Workers

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:

Behavioral Health and Disasters: Planning for Recovery

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:

Understanding and Managing Microaggressions

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
What's Really Health in Rural SC: Connecting Poverty and People

April 12, 2018

Presenter: Lindsey Kilgo, MSW, Director of Network Development, South Carolina Office of Rural Health

Residents of rural South Carolina tend to be sicker and die sooner than those situated in urban areas. Connecting these communities with the appropriate resources is a task we must approach from many disciplines. Whether just starting the conversation or physically bridging the gap, the time is now to take action.

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of how the state office of rural health is helping and connecting communities in South Carolina.
  • Increase their understanding of what networks exist in rural South Carolina and how they are leveraging resources and providing access to health.
  • Increase their understanding of ways in which the Rural Health Action Plan aligns with current efforts in rural SC and where we are headed.

Shared training resources:

White Privilege: Is it Real or Racist?

March 29, 2018

Presenter: Carmen Hampton Julious, MSW, LISW-CP/AP, CEU of Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc. and Palmetto Family Services, Center, LLC

If white privilege is invisible, does it really exist? Many people can live without acknowledging or realizing that white privilege exists or that they may be a beneficiary of this privilege. There are automatic benefits to having white or lighter skin in our society. One does not have to do anything to gain this privilege and the rewards mostly outweigh any negative consequences for those who have privilege. Those who have skin that is not white experience more injustice, poverty and discrimination. They are oppressed and suffer often generationally from not having this same privilege. However, privilege is not without consequence even for those who benefit from it. The phenomenon of race and class based privilege in America is one that needs to be explored if we are ever to heal the divisions that separate us.

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of the historical context of race and white privilege in America.
  • Increase their understanding of white privilege and white denial.
  • Increase their understanding how privilege impacts poverty/wealth, housing, education and healthcare.
  • Increase their understanding of the consequences of white privilege on racism, racial stereotypes and race relations.

 Shared training resources:

From Concept to Practice Considerations: Trauma-Informed Social Work with Children

Feb. 15, 2018

Presenter: Patrice Penney, MSW, LISW-CP, Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work

Focusing on trauma-informed practice has become a major behavioral health priority nationally, yet professionals may lack specific trauma-informed knowledge and practice strategies. In this training, we will explore the contribution of trauma to children’s problems, and share ideas and strategies for addressing trauma in various contexts for serving children.

Participants will:

  • Understand the contributions of trauma to child and adolescent behavioral health problems.
  • Assess the barriers to becoming trauma-informed.
  • Learn strategies for developing more trauma-informed practices to serve children.

Shared training resources:


Resources for Social Workers

College of Social Work Listservs

The College of Social Work has three listservs for alumni. 

Social Work Organizations

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.