Upcoming Training

Ethics in Social Work: Practical Applications in Decision-Making

Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mountain Time (via Zoom)
This training and the associated CEUs are included in the price of your ISCSW membership. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend so we can get the Zoom link to you: Ethics in Social Work: Practical Applications in Decision-Making. If you are NOT a current ISCSW member, join us or register for the standalone training here.
Learning objectives for the training include:
At the conclusion of this training participants will be able to:
1) List and describe various models for ethical decision-making;
2) Describe the distinction between values and ethics;
3) Identify a model of decision-making based on personal preference;
4) Demonstrate a personal choice to practical (real-life) scenarios requiring decision making
5) Describe how many ethical decisions are non-binary-not necessarily right or wrong; all in the gray area

Past Trainings

Diversity in Practice: Exploring Caregiving and the Experiences of Hispanic Communities in Healthcare Settings on Saturday, May 20th at 10 AM Mountain Time.
Learning objectives for the training include:

1. Name and describe assessment tools and resources available for caregivers.

2. Describe key cultural values of the Hispanic community.

3. Identify barriers to caregiver support for Hispanic caregivers and strategies to address them.

Special thanks to ISCSW member Sheila Weaver, LCSW and her colleagues Adrian Rodgriguez, BAPH, CHES and Taylor Neher, DrPH for planning and offering this training for us.

Clinical Foundations of Couples Work

Saturday, April 8th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST (via Zoom)

Shirlene Elledge, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Gottman Couples Therapist will present on her work with the Gottman Institute and how it informs her work with couples. At the end of Shirlene's portion of the training, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how research informs couples work
2. List and describe the primary domains of relationship counseling
3. List and explain the best practices for couples work
4. List the primary predictors of relationship decline
5. List and explain the elements of the basic tool kit for couples
6. Define and explain the gold standard for connection in couples relationship

Charlie Pohl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Group Psychotherapist will present two protocols he has devised over the years which can be helpful in couples work: the Collateral Contact Session used in individual psychotherapy and the High Quality Couples Protocol. At the end of Charlie's portion of the training, participants will be able to:

7. State the rationale for the use of collateral contact as an essential ingredient for individual
therapy with coupled patients
8. List the steps of the process and the rationale for each
9. Describe the utility of the protocol for individual psychotherapy
10. Identify the couples for whom a High Quality Couples Protocol may be indicated or
11. List the essential elements of the Protocol
12. Discuss adaptations for couples with more limited goals in treatment



What we’ve learned about mass shootings: Implications for clinical practice Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Presenter: Jill Chonody, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW

Learning Objectives.

At the end of training, participants will be able to:

1) Summarize latest information based on the most comprehensive database of mass shootings
2) Identify characteristics of mass shooters as it relates to their mental health, background, and importantly to recent and ongoing environmental stressors
3) Articulate how this knowledge can be used in practice with individuals, community, and organizations to create better preventative efforts
4) Utilize practice skills aimed at identifying potential breaking points for clients


Let's Talk about Sex: Addressing Sexuality in Clinical Practice

Presenter: Rachael Bazzett, LMSW

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify strategies for addressing the topic of sexuality with new and existing clients.

  2. Describe impacts of provider discomfort and bias on explorations of sexuality in clinical settings.

  3. Identify language that can be utilized to be more inclusive of clients' experiences of gender, sexuality, and relationship styles.

  4. Explain impacts of trauma on sex and sexuality.

  5. Develop understanding of dual control model of sexual response and explore implications for clinical practice.

Presenter Bio/Credentials: Rachael holds a bachelor's degree from University of Massachusetts in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and completed her MSW at Boise State in 2015. Much of Rachael's career has been in the field of intimate partner violence and sexual violence, and she is passionate about issues related to gender and sexuality, having earned a certificate in Sex Therapy and Sex Education from the University of Michigan in 2020. Outside of clinical work, Rachael teaches as an adjunct in the School of Social Work at Boise State University and consults for local organizations on issues related to trauma and sexual health. Rachael spends lots of time snuggling with her three dogs, running in the mountains, and drinking tea.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Presenter: Dr. Jill Chonody

Overview: Loneliness impacts health and well-being, and the pandemic has had profound social implications, including increased levels of loneliness and social isolation. This lecture will explore the importance of social contact and how different protective factors can prevent the negative consequences of loneliness.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain  the impact of loneliness across the age spectrum.
  • Use specific knowledge and skills to assess for loneliness/social isolation in clients.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
The Ethical Me

Presenter: Scott M. Rasmussen, MSW, LCSW

Scott Rasmussen is currently the Regional Program Manager for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Behavioral Health in Region 5. He is also part of Boise State University’s adjunct faculty working in the extended studies BSW and MSW programs.
Presentation Objectives: 

At the end of training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the difference between a behavioral and traditional ethics perspective
  • List and describe the influences of a behavioral ethicist foundation
  • List ethical biases and the counters to mitigate them


Saturday January 30th, 2021 at 10:00 to 11:30 MST"Therapy and Justice: Unpacking Western Bias and Expanding Healing". 

Description: We will watch a presentation given in the summer of 2020 via Zoom by Robin Chancer, LCSW (with permission from Robin and  The Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles.  Viewing of the presentation will be followed by a clinical conversation (45 minutes long) about the following:

  • What is the impact of our training on how we see the world?
  • What are some of the limitations and strengths of our training
  • What biases have been introduced to us through our training?

We will also discuss the worldviews inherent in theories, how western white biases have influenced our thinking and therapeutic approaches, and how we might expand our worldview given the inherent limitations therein.

Facilitators: ISCSW Acting President Charles Pohl LCSW,CGP and Eunice Stallman MD, a chief resident in psychiatry from the University of Washington at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Charles Dickens Anticipates Psychotherapy in "A Christmas Carol" - Charles Pohl, LCSW, CGP

(*) The term “Christmas” is used to denote the traditional term for a day and a season without its traditional religious connotations intended although it certainly lends itself to that for those who are so inclined.

Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the general premises of psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • List and describe the stages of group development
  • Describe how their own life events have helped shape their characters and influenced their clinical practices.