Fall 2012 Social Work Seminars

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Ethics and Pain Management

A Refresher course on ethical principles and standards of the NASW Code of Ethics.  Also covered: what social workers need to know about pain management and stress reduction techniques. 

  • When: Friday November 9, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Northern Michigan Jacobetti Complex
  • Cost: $60 -This course approved for 5 SWCEH's in "Ethics" and 1 SWCEH in "Pain Management.  MICEC0044, also approved by the MCBAP
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Course Info.

The NASW Code of Ethics is the central guiding document of social workers nationwide.  It provides a framework around which social workers build their practices.
This course will provide a refresher on ethical principles and standards of the NASW Code of Ethics and will cover practical, easy-to-use ethical problem-solving techniques. 
The course will also cover what social workers need to know about pain management and how they can help clients reduce their subjective experience of pain through stress reduction techniques.


Tim HiltonTimothy Hilton, PhD
BSW Program Director & Assistant Professor of Social Work

Educational Background

PhD University of Chicago, 2007
A.M. University of Chicago, 1997
B.A. Boston College, 1995

Dr. Tim Hilton is the Bachelor of Social Work Program Director.  In addition to administering the BSW Program,  Dr. Hilton teaches a variety of social work courses, including macro practice methods.  He  earned his Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.  His research focuses mainly on issues surrounding welfare and work.  Dr. Hilton’s dissertation highlighted low-wage employers’ use of labor market intermediaries (organizations that connect workers and firms) in filling lower-level jobs.  His study critically examined firms’ human resource practices, especially methods of attracting workers, and implications for lower-skilled and otherwise disadvantaged job seekers using welfare-to-work and other community-based organizations to find jobs.   Dr. Hilton is also working on another project with faculty from the University of Chicago and University of Washington exploring differences in state substance abuse treatment service systems in Illinois and Oregon.  The study highlights variations in states’ administrative systems and how these are associated with the ways budgetary cutbacks impact services.He also has several years of social work practice experience dealing mainly with the provision of training and placement and case management services to disadvantaged job seekers and has worked within community-based organizations, schools, and government agencies providing direct services, research and policy analyses and program management. 


More than 10 years of social work practice experience within community-based organizations and government agencies administering welfare-to-work and other jobs programs for disadvantaged populations.  Work has involved program management, case management and supervision, policy analysis and practice-oriented research, and grant writing.Taught several social work courses at University of Chicago and Dominican University (Chicago) in the following areas: research methods, data analysis, social work history and policy, human behavior in the social environment, and social service systems.  Research interests include: employment experiences of lower-skilled and other disadvantaged job seekers, training and employment programs for disadvantaged populations, contracting and the management of public social service delivery networks, and the history and development of the social work profession.   Current research projects include a study of homeless adults residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Dr. Hilton has also been involved with a study of Chicago-area hotels’ use of community-based organizations to attract lower-level workers, and an examination of Illinois’ substance abuse service delivery network and service providers’ responses to recent financial cutbacks.


Paul OlsonPaul Olson, LMSW, CAADC

Educational Background

Master’s in Social Work: Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science Degree: Northern Michigan University
Associate in Science Degree: Northern Michigan University

Licenses and Credentials

Certified advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor, Licensed Masters Social Worker, Certification in Thanatology.

Professional Experience

  • Youth Development Associate:  2005 -  Present, Great Lakes Center for Youth Development: Create and teach social work continuing education workshops; coordinate strategic planning and policy priority identification for youth-serving organizations; participate in providing technical support to nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor: 2009 - 2010, Great Lakes Recovery Centers: Created and facilitated two therapy groups – “Principles of Addiction” and “Anger Management.” I served as the primary counselor to clients in adult addiction treatment programs.
  • Adjunct Instructor:  Fall semester 2009, Northern Michigan University:  I taught SW341, Social Welfare Policy to a class of 24 undergraduate social work students.
  • Substance abuse Counselor: 2004 - 2005, Great Lakes Recovery Centers: I participated in implementing treatment plans for clients in adult residential addiction treatment programs.
  • Coordinator of Spiritual and Bereavement Services: 2001 – 2005, Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice: Coordinated appropriate spiritual and bereavement support for hospice patients and their families as part of an interdisciplinary team.  I trained volunteers, and provided public education on hospice philosophy.