RISKy Business: Clinical Social Work in the New Practice Environment

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2017 Seminar Series.

March 24, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm -1:30 pm
NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003 

In honor of National Professional Social Work Month, a complementary luncheon will conclude this event. Bring your business cards to network with other attendees!


Clinical social workers are practicing within increasingly complex environments and treating increasingly complex populations. Deinstitutionalization, managed care, regulations, productivity requirements, evidenced-based treatment, outcome measures and so many more pressures are impacting clinical social work practice, all while balancing the clinical needs of people served. Social workers feel the constant squeeze to provide effective clinical care while at the same time managing serious medical, psychiatric, behavioral or other risks.This workshop will address this tension by focusing on ways to provide effective and quality clinical care while meeting the requirements and demands of the new practice environment of short-term interventions coupled with efficacious outcomes. We will focus on the importance of quality supervision, self-advocacy and self-care.
This seminar will also provide social work clinicians with some concrete ideas on managing risk in the new practice environment. Join us to discuss what is risk, how is it defined, how behavioral healthcare agencies and managed care companies assess it, and what it means for the clinical practitioner. The workshop will offer some concrete tools and ideas from a seasoned clinician and administrator on how social workers can meet requirements, mitigate risk and still remain true to social work values of strengths-based, client-centered, systems-oriented care.
Learning Objectives:  Participants will be able to:
1. Identify at least two (2) elements of risk in their practice.
2. Define a specific skill or intervention that will reduce risk in the work they do.
3. Challenge themselves to re-define ways to manage risk while remaining close to social work values and principles.
4. Identify at least one (1) risk assessment tool that will support their interventions.
5. Gain confidence in addressing the intersection of risk management and clinical practice.


Stella Pappas, LCSW

Stella V. Pappas, LCSW-R, ACSW
Founder, Stella Pappas Associates, LLC [Read More]