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When: Thursday, June 16
Where: University of Utah College of Social Work
395 S. 1500 E.
Room 155
Salt Lake City, Utah 
United States

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NASW Spring Mini-Series

Thursday, June 16              9:00am-4:00pm             Earn up to 6 CEUs
NASW Members: Receive $20 off when you register for both workshops*
Use code MEMBERBUNDLE at checkout

NASW Assurance Services: Ethics and Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work
9:00-12:00 noon          3 CEUs        $45 member/$60 non-member
Presented by James H. Townsend, MHA, MSSW, ACSW

This session, developed especially for social workers, is sponsored by the NASW Assurance Services (ASI) of Frederick, MD, and describes the most significant malpractice risks in social work today and numerous methods of mitigating and reducing one’s risk of being sued for malpractice.

The presentation is intended for social workers in all settings and positions, not just the clinical, therapeutic mental health setting. The session will cover key concepts in risk management, such as confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to warn, and informed consent. The seminar will reveal the major reasons why social workers are sued and what you can do about those risks. We will define what constitutes a malpractice case and emphasize important recordkeeping issues, guidelines for supervision, special tips for clinical and private practitioners, and brief you about your malpractice insurance, its special features and implications for your practice.

A free attendee toolkit will be distributed at the workshop which contains information about ASI, the workshop presenters, resources for managing your malpractice risk, insurance FAQs, and more.

Three Learning Objectives

1. Understand the current ethical issues and risks faced by the profession, including common ethical dilemmas, mistakes, and violations.
2. Know the key concepts that will reduce your risk of being sued for malpractice and the triggers that constitute malpractice.
3. Become aware of strategies and understand the resources to avoid ethical violations and manage risks.

About the Presenter
James H. Townsend (JT)
is currently President and CEO of The Townsend Groups, LLC, a Health Care Management Company.  JT has extensive experience in Managed Healthcare, Medical and Mental Health companies.  He has experience in providing workshops on Strategic Business Planning, Management Development/Mentoring, Stress Management, and Managing Risk in Clinical Settings.  His publications include, “The Task of Balancing High-Quality Health Care with Cost-Effectiveness,” in The Journal of Managed Mental Health Care.  Previously, JT was Vice-President of Behavior Health Services, at HCA..  He has served as Chief Operating Officer for Omni Healthcare, Inc., an 189,000 member of HMO.  He also served as Vice-President of Medical Program services, Vice-President of National Provider Contracting, National Vice-President of Medical Program Services, Vice-President of National Development Medical Clinics, and Corporate Director Mental Health.

Mr. Townsend hold’s a Master’s in Health Care Administration and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and was in clinical practice for twelve years.  Mr. Townsend is also a former trustee for the NASW Insurance Trust.


Comprehensive Approaches to Youth Suicide Prevention   
1:00-4:00 pm      3 CEUs        $45 member/$60 non-member
Presented by Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall, Hope 4 Utah

About the Presenter
Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall
is a former high school principal, student service director and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty years and has personally been involved with over twenty-five suicides as a first responder or consultant.

Dr. Hudnall has years of personal experience in working with suicide prevention. He has spent the last fifteen years as the executive director of a community crisis team responding to suicides, he spent four years working with Orem Community Hospital emergency room as a therapist and is in his 16th year as chairman of the Utah Suicide Prevention Conference in partnership with Brigham Young University.

Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah and in 2013 was invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to present in Washington D.C. on the Circles4HOPE community mental health model at the “Dialogue on Behavior Health and Community Resilience in LDS Communities.”

Visit Hope4Utah's website for more information.

New this year: Boxed lunches will be available for pre-order for only $9--simply add the lunch option to your shopping cart when checking out! No lunches will be available for purchase on the day of the workshop.

*NASW members must be logged or be able to provide their NASW membership number upon request in order to take advantage of the member bundle discount. MEMBERBUNDLE discount may not be combined with any other discounts or coupons. If you need assistance logging in or locating your member number, please call 801-583-8855.

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