Texas Society for Clinical Social Work conference focus on professional development, social worker physical and mental self-care, alternative practices and therapies, as well as issues related to the practice of social work in general.

Texas Society for Clinical Social Work (TSCSW) provides a meeting ground for experienced clinical social workers who are trained in a variety of orientations and currently in part or full-time private or agency practice. We promote the highest standards for training and education, and foster the growth of advanced clinicalsocial workers.

Register today for the Spring 2015 TSCSW Conference:


Contact Betty Beck at 210-422-2662


Fall 2015 Conference

Working with Trauma & Emotional Arousal: Clinical Implications of Attachment & Countertransference
September 25 & 26, 2015 | Inn at Barons Creek | Fredericksburg, Texas

Arlene Montgomery, PhD, LCSW

About the Speaker:
Dr. Montgomery has taught graduate courses since 1993 at the University of Texas at Austin and since 2013 at Smith College, School for Social Work. These graduate courses include such topics as understanding transference and countertransference, developing clinical diagnoses, and the neurobiology of attachment and clinical work. Her other areas of expertise include forming and keeping therapeutic alliances with challenging individuals and therapeutic alliances in short-term therapy; supervision issues regarding countertransference; neurobiological findings relevant to the therapeutic alliance; treatment and ethical considerations; oppositional disorders; and sexually abused children’s special problems with intimacy.

Learning objectives:
•   A brief overview of the seven inborn emotional circuits located in the subcortical area of the brain
•  The relationship between trauma and selected emotional arousal systems in the brain and body.
•  Ways trauma (abuse and/or neglect) may sculpt the arousal management systems that may be expressed in the secure attachment styles formed in early infancy and childhood that persist into adulthood.
•  The effect on transference, countertransference and adaptive and maladaptive projective identification to the transfer of the intensity of affect between the brain and body of the client and the clinician.

Past Conferences:

LCRA redbud center

Spring 2015 Conference

How Do We Embrace Technology?
Ethical/Legal Considerations for Clinical Social Workers and Clinical Supervisors
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 20014 | LCRA’s RedBud Center | Austin, Texas

Catherine A. Clancy, PhD, LCSW

About the Speaker:
Catherine Clancy, Ph.D., LCSW received her MSW from the University of Houston Graduate School Of Social Work, and her  Ph.D. in Allied Health Education from Texas A & M University. She was the Social Work Training Director at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Houston, Texas until her retirement in 2012. She is currently in private practice in Houston, providing clinical supervision, individual, group, and marital therapy, and professional consultation. She is a board approved trainer for LCSW supervisors in Texas and continues to develop and present educational programming for lay and professional audiences throughout the US and Canada. Her areas of special interest are clinical ethics and supervision.

About the Workshop:
Ethical issues continue to be a challenge for new an d seasoned clinicians due to rapidly changing and new technology, social media, and teletherapy platforms. If you received your education and training over 20years ago,you may be having trouble embracing the fact that the professional tools of the 21st century now include such things as working with social networking, video counseling, email, and cybertherapy, and this is not an exhaustive list by any means. While these tools have revolutionized service provision, they come with their own set of ethical and risk management issues for clinical practice and the provision of clinical supervision. To make this even more complicated, the laws governing practice in these areas are far behind the advent of the new technological approaches to the practice.

Learning objectives:
Participants will be able to:
•   Discuss the use of technology in today’s practice and supervision environments;
•    Understand ethical issues in the use of technology in these areas;
•   Describe three sets of ethical risks in the use of technology;
•   Apply understanding of the ethical risks in the use of technology to the provision of clinical supervision.


Fall 2014 Conference

DSM-5 Changes and Clinical Implications with Borderline Personality Disorder or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
September 5 & 6, 20014 | Inn at Barons Creek | Fredericksburg, Texas

Sally Hill Jones, PhD, LCSW
Texas State University School of Social Work
Associate Professor

About the Speaker:
Dr. Jones is a native Texan, raised in Corpus Christi and San Antonio. She obtained her MSW in 1978 from the University of Chicago. After practicing in Chicago for 15 years, she returned to San Antonio in 1995 where she had a private practice and worked in the hospice field. She began teaching at Texas State University School of Social Work in 2001. She has many years of experience diagnosing and treating clients with BPD and NPD, has taught Diagnostic Assessment for 10 years to MSW students, and has recently adapted the course for use of the DSM-5.

Learning objectives:
Participants will be able to:
•   Describe the changes in the diagnostic process using DSM-5
•   Review and apply DSM-5 criteria for personality disorders to a case scenario
•   Examine theories of etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and their application to clinical social work practice
•   Discuss and apply methods of effectively managing practice challenges such as
chronic self-destructive patterns, dependency/mirroring issues, and division among treatment team members
•   Discuss the ethical issues related to common countertransference responses to work with clients with BPD or NPD
•   Develop/refine methods for managing countertransference responses to clients with BPD and NPD using case scenarios


2009 Fall  | Navigating Clinical Landscapes
September 11 & 12, 2009| Tapatio Springs Resort | Boerne, Texas

Nina Rovinelli Heller PhD and
Terry B. Northcut PhD

Many clinical social workers have struggled with competing demands in practice regarding prevailing theories and interven- tions. Drs. Heller and Northcut, trained in psychodynamic social work, were intrigued with cognitive-behavioral theory and technique.


2010 Fall  | “I Googled You!” Staying Clinically Centered in an Online World
September 28, 2010| Alamo Heights UCM | San Antonio, Texas

Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, BCD
Director, Government Relations
Clinical Social Work Association

Almost everyone in the world today, including clinical social workers, has some kind of online identity. Mindful crafting of our online identities is crucial to developing solid treatment relationships in which treatment boundaries are maintained. Come and join us as we discuss the meaning of our online presence as a form of self-disclosure and the responsibilities clinical social workers need to consider.


2011 Fall  | Presentations on topics of ethical and clinical relevance to the practice of clinical social work. September 30 and October 1 | Ye Kendall Inn | Boerne, Texas

Carol Miller, LMSW-AP
Rosemary Farmer, PhD, LCSW

Please join us for a stimulating pair of presentations on topics of ethical and clinical relevance to the practice of clinical social work. TSCSW has reserved 15 rooms at Ye Kendall Inn in Boerne. Please call (830) 249-2138 to reserve discounted rooms as soon as possible. Friday’s presentation on Ethics will take place from 1:30-4:30 pm, and Saturday’s presentation will take place from 9am-5pm. Meals are included in the conference fee.


Fall 2013  | Dissociative Identity Disorder:  The Journey of Trauma Survivors and Clinical Social Workers
September 20-21, 2013 | Ye Kendall Inn | Boerne, TX

Please join us for the 2013 TSCSW Fall Conference,  “Dissociative Identity Disorder:  The Journey of Trauma Survivors and Clinical Social Workers”.  We are meeting again in Boerne at Ye Kendall Inn.  Make your reservations with the hotel as soon as possible as the rooms fill up quickly.  Bring family or friends for a weekend getaway.  The registration fee includes CEUs, Dinner Friday, Breakfast. lunch and breaks on Saturday.  Forward this to colleagues we may be interested in attending.

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