May 31, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
Pryzbyla 323
6 continuing education credit hours
Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP


Regular Registration: $120.00
Current NCSSS Field Instructor Registration: $100.00
NCSSS Student: $80.00
Lunch Included: no

Ellen Fink-Samnick

Ellen Fink-Samnick is an industry thought leader who empowers the health and human services workforce through professional speaking, writing, and supervision. A subject matter expert in both Social Work Supervision and Ethics, Ellen is an esteemed author with over 100 publications to her credit. She has published content for many of the industry’s knowledge projects for practitioners, including texts, articles, and chapter on the Ethical Use of Technology, Workplace Bullying, Collaborative Care, Workforce Trauma, and the Social Determinants of Health.


Her contributions to clinical social work transverse professional associations, credentialing organizations, and academia including roles as educator, trainer, exam item writer, blogger and social media moderator, clinical supervisor, professional mentor, curriculum developer, as well as leadership positions. Ellen is recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Master Social Work Alumna for the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, the 2016 National Award of Service Excellence from the Case Management Society of America, and the 2011 Master Teacher Award for Adjunct Faculty for George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. A more detailed bio and CV is available through LinkedIn


Incidents of workplace bullying and violence have intensified over the past decade, particularly in health and behavioral health settings. The dynamics are interprofessional in scope, interfering with all that these settings strive to be; safe, client-centered, and quality-driven. In addition, practitioners are being exposed to concerning levels of risk, plus trauma from each incident, direct and vicarious in nature.


Focus will be on the scope and incidence of both issues as they impact the entire health and behavioral health workforce, Tactical guidance will be provided on how to identify and manage workplace bullying, mobbing, as well as leadership situations. Exploration of the uptick of violence on the job, plus workforce resilience strategies will be discussed. Special attention will be placed on how bullying contradicts with professional ethical codes and standards of practice across the social work profession. Attendees will be introduced to emerging laws and industry initiatives, plus unique strategies to empower their ability to manage these oppressive, traumatic, and often fatal behaviors.




Time Activity
9:00-10:30 Definitions, Demographics and Dynamics
10:30-11:30 The Ethical Effect: Integrate case scenarios with relevant ethical and professional codes and standards
11:30-12:00 Questions and Answers
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 Workplace Violence and Safety
2:00-2:45 The Common Thread: Workplace Trauma and Managing Behavioral Health
2:45-3:45 Informing and Empowering Practice:Tactical and Ethical Strategies
3:34-4:00 Questions and Answers

Learning Objectives


Participants will be able to:


  1. Explore the demographics and manifestations of workplace bullying
  2. Identify how workplace violence impacts health and behavioral health industry.
  3. Discuss the implications for those engaged in social work field instruction.
  4. Explore new dimension of trauma for health care sector
  5. Review current legislative and professional initiatives
Provide strategies to empower workforce resilience and safety.

 Target Audience: Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals

Content Level: Intermediate

Learning Methods: case discussion, lecture, interactive Group

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Continuing Education Credit Hours

This organization (NCSSS, ACE#1424) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. The (NCSSS) maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval period: (2.2.17 to 2.2.20). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive (6.0) Continuing Education clock hours.

All participants will receive Continuing Education Credit Hour Certificates in hand following completion of the workshop and the course evaluation. Participants must attend the complete workshop in person.

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