Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7:00–9:00 p.m.



#ClimateWorkIsSocialWork: Integrating Environmentalism into your Practice

With Kelly Smith, DSW(C), M.ED., M.SC. and Renee M. Rawcliffe, LMSW

This workshop will introduce social workers and mental health professionals to the accelerating climate crisis and its implications for vulnerable populations. Using lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, participants will explore new and pertinent conceptual frameworks and terminology related to social and environmental justice including climate thinking and ecoanxiety. We will consider ways to balance immediate professional and client-based needs with long term environmental sustainability, and integrate these frameworks into your practice.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Understand and explore the impact of the climate crisis as it pertains to social work practice. 
  2. Learn to employ climate thinking as a conceptual framework within professional practice. 
  3. Investigate the ways ecoanxiety and climate change impact and expands vulnerability and marginalizations across populations.
  4. Explore existing and potential avenues of environmental advocacy within social work and mental health communities. 

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About the Speaker

Kelly Smith, DSW(C), M.Ed., M.Sc.

Kelly Smith, DSW(C), is a doctoral candidate in social work at the University of Southern California and a member of the Council for Social Work Education’s Environmental Justice Curricular Guide TaskForce. She is an adjunct professor and holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics. As a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows, Kelly also obtained a Master’s degree in English Education. She was a founding teacher and sustainability coordinator at a public school for girls in Brooklyn, New York, where she facilitated the building of a school garden with NYC’s Grow to Learn Initiative and was the faculty advisor for the Green Team that engaged students with STEAM. Her current research and academic interests focus on the intersections between social work, environmental justice, climate change, and education for women and girls.

Renee M. Rawcliffe, LMSW

Renee M. Rawcliffe, LMSW, is the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Renee spent 18 years working with vulnerable individuals and communities impacted by disasters, and provided leadership and content expert training to human service organizations responding to these events. #ClimateWorkisSocialWork brings her social work and continuing education efforts full circle.

Tweet us @AdelphiSWContEd and use the hashtag #climateworkissocialwork to tell us how climate change has impacted your social work practice!


You will receive a unique Zoom Video Conferencing link that will provide you entry into the workshop one week prior to the event. This link will be active approximately a half-hour prior to the start of the event.

To familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform, see these tips to get started, or view this instructional video.

General System Requirements for Zoom

  • Internet connection
  • Speakers and a microphone
  • Webcam

Please take the time to check your technology prior to the event, as there will be limited opportunities to troubleshoot any issues once the event begins!

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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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