24. October 2020 - 12:00 till 21:00

2020 Midlands Social Work Series: Getting Back to the Basics, Online, Saturday, 24. October 2020

This is a virtual conference that is open to all professionals. Certficates of completion and 7 CEUs will be provided to all participants.

About this Event

This series will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and gain more information on topics ranging from communication during COVID-19, bystander accountability, managing severe and persistent mental health diagnoses, cultivating a compassionate culture within research, HIPPA during COVID-19 , helping families and children adapt to changes during COVID-19 and ethics. Participants will be able to network from 8:00-8:45 a.m. Conference begins at 8:50 a.m. This series is benefical for ALL helping professions. Sign up TODAY to discuss relevant topics, network with others and discover helpful resources.

Conference details: Asha Simpson, LMSW

Asha Simpson is a Licensed Masters Social Worker who has worked with adults managing severe and persistent mental health diagnoses in an inpatient forensic psychiatric hospital setting for 2 years. Ms. Simpson received her undergraduate BS in psychology at Clemson University where she had the opportunity to be part of the first cohort of undergraduate students working at the Counseling and Psychological Services Department through the undergraduate internship program. Ms. Simpson then went on to work as a family support worker in the state of Massachusetts where she provided services to families involved with the department of children and families. In 2018, Ms. Simpson received her Masters of Social Work at the University of Georgia. In her current position as a Forensic Social Worker, she works within the intersection between mental health and the legal system with individuals living with mental health diagnoses including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder, and Delusional Disorder among others. Ms. Simpson strongly believes in small victories when working with vulnerable populations navigating mental health systems.

Managing Severe and Persistent Mental Health Diagnoses

This presentation will offer an in depth look at the psychotic disorders Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder including diagnostic criteria, the role of social workers working with individuals managing this mental health diagnosis in the inpatient setting, and the process of voluntary and involuntary hospitalization for family members and friends managing this diagnosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Obtain tangible information on aiding individuals experiencing symptoms of psychosis to gain insight into their mental health diagnosis
  • Obtain information on the process of voluntary and involuntary hospitalization for individuals experiencing symptoms of this diagnosis

Tyler M. Singleton, LMSW

Tyler Singleton is a native of Charleston, South Carolina with a bachelors and masters degree in Social Work. She graduated Magna *** lade in 2017 from the University of South Carolina Honors College undergrad and the University of Georgia from the advanced standing program in 2018. She completed a senior thesis on African American women in the Charleston area and their belief of self-efficacy living with lupus as a result of losing her own friend to Lupus 2014.Ms. Singleton became licensed in 2018 where she has since worked with populations that include children, minorities, and other vulnerable individuals affected by chronic health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, HIV/Aids, and obesity as well as populations that have been impacted by mental illness and substance abuse. Since 2018, Tyler has worked as the primary study coordinator at the University of South Carolina for the School of Medicine under the Pediatric Trials Network’s Pharmacokinetics of Understudied Drugs in Children study and the ECHO ISPCTN-developed Vitamin D Treatment of Obesity-Related Asthma (VDORA1) study. Through participation in these two clinical trials, she has advanced skills in site activation, participant recruitment/retention, working with rural and underserved populations, and research-related charting and documentation.

Cultivating a Compassionate Culture within Research

Each model, perspective, and framework used with clients is backed by evidence based practice. During this discussion, we will examine how we can use this knowledge to evaluate the effectiveness of the daily practice with clients. In this presentation, the presenter will explain the connection between implication of practice and ethics surrounding the work of Social Workers in a variety of clinical spaces including hospitals, clinics, dialysis clinics, and nursing homes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key terms related to the foundation of research and the process
  • Apply 6 core values of Social Work to research environment clinicians may find themselves
  • Identify ethical dilemmas in approaching patients in clinical/ research setting
  • Remember connection between ethics in Social Work practice and clinical setting

Sophia Richardson, LMSW

Sophia Richardson is a Licensed Master Social Work who grew up in Pinewood, SC. She earned a BS in Psychology from Bethune-Cookman College, a MS in School Guidance & Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She recently relocated to Georgia to work with Veterans. She has previously worked with adults in correctional settings who have a mental illness or HIV/AIDS and and as an outpatient therapist in addictions and mental health. She is currently working on obtaining her clinical license.


This presentation was designed to provide a brief but, comprehensive overview/review of the history of HIPAA and relevant terminology. We will also discuss recent updates made in HIPAA practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic that are relevant to social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review history of HIPAA
  • Define pertinent terms related to HIPAA
  • Discuss ways HIPAA has been impacted during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Corey Ingram, LMSW

I am currently the lead trainer and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) for A.I.R. Consulting and Coaching Services, LLC. I am a former Health Educator with the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) office at the University of South Carolina (USC). My training is in social work, having earned a master’s degree (MSW) from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree (BSW) from Miles College. I have experience as Specialized Medical Case Manager (SMCM) with Palmetto Aids Life Support Services (PALSS), a mental health therapist at two all-male group homes in Alabama as well as experience at a residential facility for sexually perpetrated males. As a man of color who worked as an advocate, health educator, and a lead trainer for a majority institution in the area of interpersonal violence, I provide a unique perspective. This is highlighted even more due to my experiences of working with perpetrators and my more recent position of working with survivors. I developed and implemented the first male-focused program at SAVIP, which is called “True Strength”, which is designed to address sexual assault and violence in the Carolina community. I’ve conducted over 800 presentations and served on nearly 80 panel discussions: "Black Mental Health & HIV/AIDS - At the Intersections", 2019 SC HIV, SC, October 2019 “Adulting 101: Healthy Relationships”, 2019 SC HIV, SC, October 2019 “Finding your True Strength”, 2019 SC HIV, SC, October 2019“Healthy Black Masculinity: (GRIT)”, 2019 SC HIV, SC, October 2019“The Power Of One”, 2019 SC HIV, Annual Conference, Columbia, SC, October 2019“Improving Health Literacy”, 2019 MCM, SC, September 2019"Black Mental Health & HIV/AIDS - At the Intersections", 2019 MCM Symposium, Myrtle Beach, SC, September 2019 “Healthy Black Masculinity: (GRIT)”, 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), Washington, DC, September 2019 “Healthy Black Masculinity: (GRIT)”,2019 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC), Philadelphia, PA, August 2019; just to name a few.

The Power of One

The Power of One empowers individuals to intervene and prevent sexual and physical violence, discourage negative behavior by curtailing discriminatory, destructive and illegal behavior, while calling attention to bystander behavior and encouraging people to react and take appropriate action with respect to unacceptable behavior. This presentation will address the interesting dynamics as it relates to people of color and law enforcement especially within their communities (the dichotomy between trusting law enforcement and being an accountable bystander). The presentation will discuss concerns people of color have raised about bystander intervention. The Power of One will offer ideas, suggestions, and examples of how individuals can be accountable, active bystanders within their community. This includes individuals of the majority and people of color. This will be accomplished by lecture, an interactive scenario (green, yellow, red light), question and answer as well as discussion. The Power Of One was created with the assistance of the creator of Stand Up Carolina, Mrs. Stephanie Hinton to be implemented within the community, especially African American communities. “Neighborhoods where there is low cohesion or where residents don’t support and trust each other or People who are socially isolated and who don’t have a support from family, friends, or neighbors are more likely to perpetrate child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, *******, and elder abuse” according to a report from the Center of disease control (CDC).

Learning Objectives:

  • Recite the history of bystander effect and the psychologists who provided the research as well as describe the famous case which lead to the creation of the bystander effect.
  • Describe how to intervene in negative situations and List common reasons why people don't intervene in negative situations
  • Demonstrate how to identify situations that are high risk and could cause negative consequences to individuals in their communities as well as how to address those situations even for people of color.

Alexis Brown, LMSW

Alexis Brown is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and Certified Grief Counselor (CGC). She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of South Carolina with a focus on health and mental health. During her collegiate experience, she was enrolled in the Advanced Standing Program, a recipient of the Rural Interprofessional Behavioral Health Scholarship (RIBHS) and has facilitated the Interprofessional Educational (IPE) training. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to provide medical case management services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those needing inpatient psychiatric care or hospital services.

Communicating during COVID-19

This presentation has been created to share helpful tips/tricks and resources for professionals that are responsible for providing services and/or communicating with colleagues, clients and communities during this global pandemic (COVID-19). Colleagues, clients and communities can be psychologically, socially, spiritually and/or financially affected by COVID-19 and it is imperative that professionals are aware of ways to provide assistance to those in need.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify resources that aim to keep professionals aware of changes to rules and regulations during this pandemic.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate changes (behavior, policies, regulations) to colleagues, clients and or communities.
  • Describe the benefits of communication with colleagues, clients and communities.

Shailah Haynes, LMSW

Shailah Haynes grew up in Gable, SC. Mrs. Haynes earned a BA in Sociology in 2008 and a Master of Social Work in 2011. Both degrees were obtained at the University of South Carolina. As a result of witnessing so many people lack basic necessities and resources, Mrs. Haynes knew that her passion was to help the most vulnerable populations access community resources to live healthier lives. Mrs. Haynes has worked as a medical case manager at an infectious disease clinic providing case management and advocacy to persons living with HIV/AIDS. After obtaining her license in 2015, Mrs. Haynes moved on to work as a trauma social worker at an acute care hospital where she received a merit award for consistently exceeding the standards of excellence. Mrs. Haynes currently works as a social worker providing case management services to pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Mrs. Haynes is also a home health social worker providing assistance with accessing resources to allow patients to live longer in the comfort of their homes. Mrs. Haynes is now pursuing a clinical license to be able to provide more specialized services to those in need.

Helping Families and Children Adapt to Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During these unprecedented times, we are being faced with obstacles that we never imagined. In this presentation, we will discuss ways that we can help families adapt to the changes and overcome obstacles that we are all faced with. We will take a look at how the COVID-19 Pandemic has directly affected families and the importance of social work intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify challenges that families are being faced with during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Determine appropriate resources
  • Recognize the importance of self-care to promote health and well-being
  • Understand the impact of social work support
FEATURING ethics presented by Carmen Hampton-Julious
Registration automatically enrolls participants in gift card giveaway. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Sponsered by Palmetto Aids Life Support Services (PALSS)


2020 Midlands Social Work Series: Getting Back to the Basics

Find more events around you
Get event recommendations based on your Facebook taste. Get it now!Show me the suitable events for meNot now