Friday, December 8, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Taconic Innovations
872 NY-376
Wappinger’s Falls, NY 12590

The Campaign School for Social Workers

With Tanya Rhodes Smith and Shannon R. Lane, LMSW, Ph.D.

CEs: 6
Cost: $95.00

Social work is a political profession with a strong history of influencing policy through participation in electoral politics. This one day workshop will train participants how to run a winning campaign as a candidate for elected office, campaign manager or volunteer/staff. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a variety of skills that are useful in many practice settings, including messaging, networking, fundraising and professional use of self. Even those who do not have any current ambition to run themselves are changed by the understanding of their own political power.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will discuss social workers’ ethical and professional responsibilities to engage in social change, as outlined in the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics. Attendees will learn ways in which social workers can engage in political action in order to meet this ethical obligation.
  2. Participants will learn the terminology, roles and typical practices of an electoral campaign and will leave prepared to engage with electoral politics as a leader on a campaign or as a candidate themselves.
  3. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a variety of skills that are useful in many practice settings, including messaging, networking, fundraising and professional use of self.

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About the Speakers

Tanya Rhodes Smith is the Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work and a faculty member in Policy Practice at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. As Director, she has overseen the expansion of the Institute’s Campaign School for Social Workers to schools across the country, led the development of nonpartisan voter engagement training models for schools of social work and social service agencies and supports the idea that political empowerment and voting are central to all social work practice and impact.

Smith began her career in the private sector in corporate consulting at Hewitt Associates before earning her M.S.W. at the University of Connecticut. Tanya has experience in policy development, nonprofit administration, fundraising, community organizing, legislative advocacy, research and evaluation. Her previous employers include the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, DHA Associates, Person to Person and the Center for Family Justice, where she directed a multi-year, federally funded demonstration grant to improve the continuum of care for children exposed to violence. She also served as a facilitator and coach for the Leadership Development Roundtable working to develop and support emerging nonprofit leaders in Connecticut. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS) and Social Venture Partners Connecticut’s Policy Committee. 

Shannon R. Lane, LMSW, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Adelphi University. Her research includes efforts to increase the political involvement of social workers and underserved populations and her advocacy focuses on issues such as health care access and gender based violence. Her political social work experience includes eight years with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Shannon earned her B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University, M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She is affiliated with the Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut, the Council on the Status and Role of Women in Social Work Education, and a member of the advisory board of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP).


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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

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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