Self-Care and the Service Identity


 Self-Care and the Service Identity 
Presenter: Judge Frank Szymanski, Detroit Juvenile Court Judge 3rd Circuit Court

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2021
Time: 1:00PM-:2:30PM

Course Description:
Social Work is built on the concept of service. This presentation is designed to inspire the highest sense of purpose through service. The presentation will provide research and specific examples of how service enriches our world and benefits those who serve even more than those who are served. Essentially we are only really living when we are giving. The course will feature brief film clips and power point slides with presentation of the speaker. There will be a breakout session in which participants in groups will be asked to share an example of a case or an interaction which was particularly memorable and successful. If time permits we will have a second breakout to allow individuals to share a case with a challenge that was particularly problematic and, if unsuccessful, ask for suggestions for what could have been done differently. 

Course Objectives:

  • 1. To reinforce the commitment of all participants to providing the highest level of service to clients and co workers.

  • 2. To develop a deep level of gratitude for the service opportunities presented bye our positions

Timed Agenda:

  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Introduction of the topic and presentation of the concept of the service identity, including a break-out and discussion

  • 1:30pm-2:00pm Video: Youth Deterrent Team, discussion of concepts presented

  • 2:00pm-2:30pm Presentation on the "spirit of service" and how to bring this spirit into daily practice



Relevance this presentation has to social work:This presentation is geared to the reinforcement of the greatest ideals of social work, the concept that we are better as individuals and as a society when we wholeheartedly serve others.


Who Should Attend:This presentation is imbued with the spirit of inclusiveness and equality for all in the sense that we are all called to serve all those who are in need. And we should be grateful for each opportunity to serve.

Continuing Education Information:

  • SOCIAL WORKERS:  1.5 hours continuing education credit is approved for this training. 

  • QUALIFIED CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (QCMHP): These training hours meet the MDHHS training requirement for QCMHP staff. 

  • OUALIFIED INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES PROFESSIONAL (QIDP): These training hours meet the MDHHS training requirement for QIDP Staff

  • MICHIGAN CERTIFICATION BOARD FOR ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS (MCBAP): These training hours meets the MDHHS traing requirement for MCBAP Staff

  • TRAINING HOURS: This training will count 1.5 hours toward the annual training hours required by most provider agencies.


This summit is approved for 1.5 credits for Social Workers (MI-CEC). This summit’s training hour meets the MDHHS training requirement for Children's Mental Health Professionals (CMHP). Participants must arrive on time and remain in the training for its entirety to receive credits, including any Q&A portions. Late arrivals and early departures will result in the deduction of awarded training hours & credits.



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