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CE Program - Empowering Social Workers: An Evidence-Based Approach to Youth Development, Social Emotional Learning and Social Justice

  • March 15, 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM
  • 37


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Empowering Social Workers: An Evidence-Based Approach to Youth Development, Social Emotional Learning and Social Justice

Friday, March 15, 2024 | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Presenter: Shadonna Davis, LCSW, PhD

Target Audience: Clinical Social Workers, Counselors & Behavioral Health Specialists 

Content level: Intermediate

CE credits: 3 (Clinical)

About the webinar:

This workshop aims to equip social workers with an evidence-based youth development model that integrates social-emotional learning and social justice methodologies. Attendees will gain insights into research-based practices, including guiding group sessions for youths exhibiting challenging behaviors like truancy, risky sexual conduct, delinquency, and other behavioral issues. Post-workshop attendees will have the tools to discern the most effective practices for leading groups that foster social-emotional learning. Furthermore, they will be equipped to undertake a social justice-oriented project within their school and wider community, thereby creating a positive impact. This program will be recorded for registrants.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to: 

  1.  Verbalize an understanding of how to utilize a youth development framework for engaging young individuals in social justice-oriented group activities.
  2. Recognize at least one clinical pro and con of group work focused on social justice.
  3.  List three techniques for establishing a group in schools or community settings with a focus on social justice.
  4. Determine one target demographic and the level of intervention required.
  5. Identify the three psychosocial results from youth participation in social justice-centric group work. 

    About the instructor:

    Dr. Shadonna Davis brings over 15 years of dedicated social work service, primarily focused on youth and families, to the metropolitan region of Atlanta. She excels in conducting evaluations and offering therapeutic services aimed at enhancing emotional, behavioral, academic, and developmental outcomes.

    Dr. Davis' extensive experience spans over a decade in areas such as social-emotional learning, trauma-informed strategies, conflict resolution, and the development of communication and interpersonal skills - all critical for fostering positive growth and relationships. She holds a special interest in assisting youth facing academic and behavioral difficulties in school, adults struggling with relationship issues, and parents seeking guidance in their parenting roles and co-parenting scenarios. She has a unique specialization in training social work professionals and parents to apply transformative youth development strategies and techniques more effectively.

    Dr. Davis is an alumna of Georgia State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, concentrating on Social Foundations of Education. She also holds an Advanced Qualitative Research Certificate, a Master's Degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the same institution. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her experience encompasses social service interventions, child welfare, and youth and community development. 

    Fee & Registration:

    The cost is $65 for CSWA members, and $80 for non-members. If you are not a CSWA member, click here to learn more about CSWA benefits and join today.  Registrations will be accepted until 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar or until the webinar is full. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund. Each registered participant will receive zoom log-in information via email from two days prior to the webinar.

    Course interaction & CE completion requirements:

    This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

    To earn 3 CE credits, participants must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, complete and pass an online post-test and complete a course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be provided once the evaluation is submitted. 

    System Requirements to Participate:

    On a PC:
    Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
    Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or later
    Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
    Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB or more of RAM

    On a Mac:
    Safari 6, Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
    Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
    Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
    Intel processor (2GB of RAM or better)

    Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone, and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    On an iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile device:
    Free Zoom at ; WiFi connection recommended for VoIP audio

    Special Accommodations: 

    To request special accommodations, please contact our administrator immediately upon registration. All special requests must be made within a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event.

    CE Provider Information:

    Clinical Social Work Association, provider #1719, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 8/23/23-8/23/26. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

    Unsure if your state accepts ACE program for continuing education credit? Please click HERE for a map, and check with your state board for their licensure renewal requirements. 

    Questions? Contact Angela Katona, CSWA Executive Administrator at

    If you do not receive an email upon registering, please reach out for assistance by emailing All inquiries regarding registration status, links or other event-related concerns must be made at least 24 hours prior the start of an event. Staff will not be able to provide assistance right before or during the event. 

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