Navigating Emotional Triggers with Your Social Work Intern

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Navigating Emotional Triggers with Your Social Work Intern

Monday, March 28, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


Presenter: Katharine Dill, PhD

NASW-NYS Members: $10

NASW Other Chapter Member: $20

Non-Members: $25

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description

Field supervisors require support, education, and training but need access to such materials in ‘bite size’ segments. Marist College Social Work Field Education Program has developed a ‘Virtual Lunch and Learn’ Series where you can join in and learn about the various fundamental aspects of field education and supervision. These 60-minute sessions are engaging, informative, and seek to transform your thinking about the various aspects of field supervision.

This session explores the complex issue of helping interns navigate the emotional triggers that can sometimes arise during their exposure to emotional terrain in field placement settings. The evidence to date suggests a hopeful trend for social work interns; social work interns appear to be at their peak of emotional satisfaction in the context of their career development (Harr & Moore, 2011). Those at the beginning of their career often feel the greatest satisfaction, as they begin in their work of helping others. Harr and Moore (2011) suggest that it is at this first phase of the social work practitioner’s career that we need to spend time educating student interns about the complexities of engaging with people who may be dealing with very complex life histories.

The presenters provide an overview of the literature on this subject and provide strategies for helping interns navigate the emotional complexities of social work practice. Case studies are used to generate discussion in what is expected to be a lively and inspirational presentation!  


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the current body of literature on this subject and how to apply these concepts to everyday supervision.
  • Create a place and space in supervision to promote reflective practice that may include an exploration of emotional triggers.
  • Role model for student interns how we negotiate our own emotional triggers in every day practice.

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Katharine Dill, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Field Education at Marist College. Katharine enthusiastically joined the Marist Social Work Program in August 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at King’s College, University of Western Ontario in 1988, Master of Social Work Degree from University of Toronto in 1993 and Diploma in Social Work Research, also from University of Toronto in 2002. She spent 16 years working in the child welfare field as a front-line staff practitioner, supervisor, agency trainer, and project manager. She returned to school to complete her doctoral education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto in 2004. As an adjunct lecturer, Katharine taught clinical, organizational and research courses in the Master of Social Work program during and after the completion of her Ph.D. From 2007-2013, Katharine was the founding Executive Director of Practice and Research Together (PART). Katharine then undertook a big life adventure in 2013, when she accepted the position of assistant professor (lecturer) at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K. Her current program of research focuses on the elements of teaching and learning that promote quality field education practice in social work education. She embraces learning from her role as the field education coordinator and seeks to channel this knowledge into practice-based research.  



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March 28th, 2022 from 12:00 PM to  1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $10.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $20.00
Non-Member $25.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00