Social Work Professional Development Presentations
Recognizing the Impact of Sensory Processing Differences: Social Work Assessment and InterventionSensory processing differences impact up to 20% of the general population of the United States, yet social workers may not receive training on this neurobiological condition. Sensory processing in an important concept for practicing social workers to understand, as the underlying cause of behavior is what guides our treatment; accurate intervention relies on accurate assessment. This presentation will introduce the theory of sensory integration and current neuroscience understandings of sensory processing, discuss symptom presentation, co-morbid and differential diagnoses, and implications for social work assessment and intervention.
Disability Competence: An Often-Overlooked Aspect of Cultural Competence in Social WorkIn this talk on cultural competence, we will examine the social construction of disability as distinct from impairment. We will learn about the basics of disability oppression and the response of disability communities in the form of various resistance movements. A review of various hot topics in current U.S. disability culture will be presented. An overview of the guiding principles of empowerment-oriented disability social work practice will be offered before workshop participants will have a chance to explore their own able-bodied privilege. Learning objectives: To discuss social construction of disability; To introduce basics of disability oppression; To review disability resistance movements; To describe hot topics in disability culture; To identify guiding principles for empowerment-oriented disability social work practice; To explore able-bodied privilege.