An Introduction to the LiveWell Program: A Peer-Led, Guided Self-Care Wellness Program for Depression

Presenters: SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, CGP, CFLE and Stefanie Glick, MA, CPS

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | 2 CEs
(Please arrive at 7:00 pm for registration, refreshments and socialization.)
Location: Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City)

Program Description:
Led by qualified individuals who have recovered from depression -- and endorsed by renowned mental health experts -- the LiveWell Program® is a one-of-a-kind, psychosocial experiential-learning program designed to educate and empower people with depression to be actively involved in their own mental health care. Weekly support groups are organized around a set of ten evidence-based strategies that are proven to help people better monitor and manage the symptoms of depression. In this presentation, LiveWell Program creator Stefanie Glick will give an overview of the curriculum-based program, discuss some of the research related to the efficacy of guided-self-care (peer support and wellness education) for the treatment of depression, and show how integrating guided self-care into routine depression treatment can support the effectiveness of both therapy and antidepressant medication. This presentation is open to professionals with all levels of experience.

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Develop new insights into understanding the complexity of depression, and depression treatment.
  2. Apply research that justifies psychosocial education into the clinical protocol for the treatment of depression.
  3. Describe how the psychosocial educational approach helps to alleviate impediments of depression.
  4. Identify which of your clients could benefit from involvement in the LiveWell Program.

About the Presenters:
SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, CGP, CFLE, whose private and pro bono clinical social work practice is in Philadelphia, is a certified group psychotherapist and family life educator. She is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from NASW-PA, which recognized her longstanding community organization, advocacy, and activism, as well as the codification of patterns of emotional abuse and the development of a therapeutic model to address it. SaraKay is the founder of the Philadelphia initiative, the Sabbath of Domestic Peace, which identified clergy as a “missing link” in addressing domestic violence, devoting itself to clergy involvement and education that prayer alone would not save lives, and couples in distress, due to abuse and violence, could not be seen together. SaraKay has published in peer-reviewed journals and is the best-selling author of Whoever Said Life Is Fair?: A Guide to Growing Through Life’s Injustices, Setting YourSelf Free: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Abuse in Family, Friendships, Work, and Love, and Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work, now in its second printing. She blogs for The Huffington Post, Broad Street Review, and Thrive Global. SaraKay's professional papers and memorabilia are divided between the Archives of the University Pennsylvania, Goucher College, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Her professional life continues to be devoted to highlighting destructive societal forces through education, advocacy, and activism.

Stefanie Glick, MA, CPS is the Founding Executive Director of the LiveWell Foundation, a Philadelphia-based non-profit dedicated to depression awareness, education and (free) support. As an educator with a reputation for designing innovative experiential-learning programs that promote healthy development throughout the lifespan, her original intergenerational curricula have been offered to over a million youth and adults through leading youth organizations. As a writer, Stefanie is committed to advocating across various media for what she calls a 'Hero Model of Depression,' a public educational model that emphasizes the unique strengths and accomplishments of people living with depression. In addition to being a Certified Peer Specialist, Stefanie has trained in using CBT for Depression and Suicidality at the Beck Institute, and is currently a graduate student of clinical social work at Bryn Mawr College.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend; $20 for Non Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • April 26, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm