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  • 2020 NCSWH Pre-Conference Ethics: Implicit bias, ethical dilemmas, and social work policy and practice: HIV/AIDS as a case study.

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

    As social workers engage in organizational and community work, our work also requires self-awareness and the ability to assess implicit and explicit biases. Understanding the role and impact of implicit bias and explicit bias is a critical step towards addressing ethical dilemmas and challenges that can occur at the individual, organizational, or systemic level.

    The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
    Pre-Conference Institute 
    Ethics: Implicit bias, ethical dilemmas, and social work policy and practice: HIV/AIDS as a case study.
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    8:30am-12:00 noon 
    Cost: $100.00 ( Pre-registration required) 




    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Social workers have a key leadership role in developing policies and programs, as well as providing HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.  Our practice is challenged by clients and communities struggling for limited resources, policies and directives, questions around confidentiality and disclosure, and the impact stigma and discrimination.  Clinical concerns include aging with multiple health challenges, end of life issues, medication adherence, and equal access to prevention and treatment options, as well as the very real and growing issues of homelessness, substance use and abuse, and societal bias and discrimination.   Practitioners are met with difficult decisions, which can raise questions or interventions that can create ethical dilemmas at the individual, organizational, or systemic level.    

    As social workers engage in organizational and community work, our work also requires self-awareness and the ability to assess implicit and explicit biases.   Understanding the role and impact of implicit bias and explicit bias is a critical step towards  addressing ethical dilemmas and challenges that can occur at the individual, organizational, or systemic level.  Using case vignettes, workshop participants will approach the discussion from a holistic lens and discuss and practice a framework to identify, analyze, and address to ethical dilemmas at the micro and macro levels of practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore our individual and institutional attitudes and bias, the how to use the power of the five guiding principles (of ethical decision making) to be more mindful in ethical decision making.   Practitioners across all fields of practice – be it in direct services, pre-service, and/or administrative roles are welcome.    Come prepared to work in small and large groups and to share resources. 

    Objectives:

    Understand implicit and explicit bias and the role and impact on our practice.

    Dialog about approaches to culturally relevant practice, and the complexities of stigma, bias, and discrimination at the individual and systems levels.  

    Review the five principles used to guide ethical decisions.

    Apply a decision-making framework to identify opportunities and solutions for addressing ethical dilemmas.

    Presenter:

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW, ACSW

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski MSW is Program Director and an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).  Evelyn brings over 25 years of experience as a public health social worker practicing in in the US and globally.   Prior to Mason, she served as Senior Policy Advisor and Project Director with the National Association of Social Workers , where she directed the transdisciplinary HIV/AIDS Spectrum Mental Health Project in partnership with the  SAMSHA National HIV Mental Health Training Resource Center.  As an independent consultant, Evelyn has worked with  projects ranging from program and workforce development and  community and systems level change - to building multi-sectorial partnerships and initiatives with non-profit, public and private industry leaders in health and behavioral health, public health, and social services.   Her expertise and research interests include HIV syndemics, global mental health access, LGBTQ equity, ethics and social work practice, social and economic justice, HIV and aging, social services workforce strengthening, and global violence prevention.   Evelyn earned her MSW from WVU, and a Graduate Certificate (Public Health) form GMU.   She serves as an elected at-large member with the PASHWA Board of Directors. 

    Continuing Education Credit Hours: 3.5  hours

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018 - 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5  clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski (Moderator)

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW, ACSW is committed to actively engaging diverse stakeholders, across the private and public sectors, to create and sustain positive systems level change.  As Executive Director of Pearl Associates,  she provides consultative services focused on training and strategic facilitation, building capacity through business development and program management, and providing subject matter technical expertise.   Evelyn is known for leveraging networks, skills, and expertise to help build action driven collaborations and implement mission driven strategic initiatives, and her commitment to partnering with internal and external stakeholders to build and strengths-based programs and  leadership.  She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Department of Social Work.

    Evelyn previously served in a senior level position at the National Association of Social Workers, where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio that supported the association’s human rights, social justice, and international program initiatives in the US and globally; and facilitated membership engagement to forward the mission and initiatives to address LGBT equity, violence prevention, and social services systems strengthening.  Evelyn simultaneously served as NASW Project Director with the National HIV and Mental Health Training Resource Center, part of a SAMHSA funded collaborative program that trained over 40000 providers in integration of evidence-driven HIV prevention, care, and treatment into their practice setting(s).

    Evelyn is currently a member of the (SAMHSA) National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families, the Forum on Global Violence Prevention (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine), Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (Global Mental Health Task Force Chair), ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, and CDC Task Force for the Elimination of Perinatal HIV.   She proudly serves on the PASHWA  Board of Directors and holds an MSW degree from WVU (go ‘eers!) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from GMU.

  • NAHC Resources

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable, and appropriate housing.

    The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) works to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable and appropriate housing.

    Its coalition of national and community-based organizations and individuals provides strong advocacy, representation, and training for thousands of consumers, community leaders, and social service/health providers. 

  • Rural Challenges: Operating HOPWA Housing Programs in Rural Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar is for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors whose funding will be impacted by HOPWA Modernization, whether gaining or losing funds. It should be of particular interest to organizations that currently deliver HOPWA housing and services in rural areas but will also address the responsibility of grantees to serve their entire coverage area, assuring that HIV+ households living in rural counties are included in outreach and service delivery to the greatest extent possible.

    This webinar is for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors whose funding will be impacted by HOPWA Modernization, whether gaining or losing funds. It should be of particular interest to organizations that currently deliver HOPWA housing and services in rural areas but will also address the responsibility of grantees to serve their entire coverage area, assuring that HIV+ households living in rural counties are included in outreach and service delivery to the greatest extent possible.
     
    The presentation will address some of the key challenges faced by organizations that operate housing programs, including TBRA and Master Leasing, in rural communities. These challenges include lack of affordable rental housing, connecting successfully with landlords, inadequate transportation and other issues that can impact the successful placement and housing stability of PLWH. The presenters will discuss methods and best practices for rural housing delivery, outreach, landlord engagement and leveraging additional resources, among others.

    Amanda "Mande" Ellison-Weed, BS

    Program Associate, Collaborative Solutions

    Mande Ellison-Weed is a Program Associate in the Affordable and Rural Housing program area of Collaborative Solutions, Inc. Mande has 20 years of rural focused experience in housing provision for vulnerable populations including those living with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness. During her career Mande has developed expertise in the following areas: direct client service provision; program development & supervision; permanent supportive & affordable housing development; property management; Technical Assistant provision; project management; and grant writing.

    As the daughter of a minister, Mande has lived in several extremely rural areas in the Southeast and has a passion for building the capacity of rural communities to better serve vulnerable populations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Services from Auburn University. Mande currently resides in Auburn, AL.

    Crystal Pope (Moderator)

    Program Consultant HIV/AIDS Housing & Health

    Crystal Pope is a senior consultant for Collaborative Solutions (CS). In this role, she manages the national HOPWA Ask-A-Question desk, delivers TA as a HOPWA subject matter expert, and provides TA/Training on affordable housing program development and operations, housing case management methods and HIV/AIDS program strategies.

    Ms. Pope has more than 35 years of experience in planning, program design and organizational management, with a focus on policy and programs related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and affordable housing. Prior to joining Collaborative Solutions in 2005, Ms. Pope lived in New Orleans for nearly 25 years, where her work focused on programs related to homelessness, poverty, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault and HIV/AIDS. She was Executive Director of Travelers Aid New Orleans, an early homeless provider organization, Vice President of VOA of GNO, Director of the New Orleans Rape Crisis Center, and owner of CP & Associates, a private consulting firm. Ms. Pope earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

  • Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing– Rapid Re-Housing Component Project for Domestic Violence Survivors Frequently Asked Questions

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    A resource for domestic violence and sexual assault service providers

    Domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) service providers have a critical role to play in ending homelessness in their communities. This FAQ document has been developed by the Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium to respond to questions about the Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing-Rapid Re-Housing Component Project (JCP) and how it can be utilized to expand safe housing options for survivors of DV/SA.

  • Home: A Pathway to Health Equity Through Housing

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    On Sept. 27, 2018, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Collaborative Solutions, Inc. released the research report Home: A Pathway to Health Equity Through Housing.

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    St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 27, 2018) – Today, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg released a new, in-depth report that explores how income, race, and an insufficient supply of housing at a variety of affordability levels are barriers to achieving a safe and healthy home for thousands of Pinellas County (FL) residents.

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. an Alabama-based national research and training firm that supports the need for stable housing, is pleased to play an integral role in the planning process and development of the report, Home: A Pathway to Health Equity through Housing [https://bit.ly/2QqpC8D]; which is a joint project developed with the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. 

    Although Pinellas County (FL) is primary focus of this report, issues addressed and recommendations are expected to be applicable to other communities across the country.  


  • The Intersection of Housing Instability and Domestic Violence in the Rural Context

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Intersection of Housing Instability and Domestic Violence in the Rural Context

    This resource highlights the relationship between domestic violence (DV) and housing instability within the context of rural America.  It also highlights potential responses to address challenges associated with this intersection of issues.

  • The Peer Network Tools

    Contains 42 Component(s)

    The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility.

    The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility. Peer Networks may be formed around geography, populations, or special topic issues and challenges faced in a community. Participants have a common goal, purpose, and investment in the work. The result is rapport and trust within the group and a supportive environment conducive to learning and change. Moreover, the Peer Network approach allows for cross-peer learning. Lastly, the Peer Network creates an advocacy network. Joining together to discuss challenges and successes sheds light on the issues that affect participants and often paves the way for system-level change. The Peer Network provides a forum for beneficiaries to assess community and organizational need, build capacity, and develop innovative strategies to increase housing options connected to health in hard to serve rural communities.

  • 2018 CSH Summit Sessions

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    The CSH Summit expands the dialogue surrounding supportive housing and its measurable impact on improved healthcare, better outcomes in treating substance use disorders, addressing the needs of those leaving institutions and hospitals, keeping families together, and giving our veterans the dignity they deserve.

    Collaborative Solutions facilitated a rural track at the 2018 CSH Summit, June 5-7, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.  The CSH Summit expands the dialogue surrounding supportive housing and its measurable impact on improved healthcare, better outcomes in treating substance use disorders, addressing the needs of those leaving institutions and hospitals, keeping families together, and giving our veterans the dignity they deserve.

  • HOPWA Formula Modernization: Updates from HUDs Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/12/2018

    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) grantees, project sponsors, and stakeholders are invited to participate in this webinar to hear updates, including funding projections and upcoming technical assistance resources, related to the current status of HOPWA formula modernization. Key staff from the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing will discuss HUD's efforts to assist communities projected to experience losses or gains in funding to ensure the continued availability of housing assistance and supportive services for HOPWA-eligible households. Participants will learn more about HOPWA Modernization and what communities can do to start strategically planning for projected changes to HOPWA allocations. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the HOPWA Formula Modernization page on the HUD Exchange.

    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) grantees, project sponsors, and stakeholders are invited to participate in this webinar to hear updates, including funding projections and upcoming technical assistance resources, related to the current status of HOPWA formula modernization. Key staff from the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing will discuss HUD's efforts to assist communities projected to experience losses or gains in funding to ensure the continued availability of housing assistance and supportive services for HOPWA-eligible households. Participants will learn more about HOPWA Modernization and what communities can do to start strategically planning for projected changes to HOPWA allocations. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the HOPWA Formula Modernization page on the HUD Exchange.

    Rita Flegel

    Director

    HUD’S Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

    Amy Palilonis

    Senior Program Specialist

    HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

    Ben Ayers

    Supervisory Housing Specialist

    HUD’S Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

  • Engaged and Informed Part 2 Resources

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Engaged and Informed Part 2 Resources

    Engaged and Informed Part 2 Resources