Welcome to the page of Veronica E. Cruz, MSW, LCSW-C, a clinical and forensic social worker and CEO of Cruz and Associates, with over 18 years of experience providing workshops and seminars on an array of social work and mental health principles. This webpage contains the most current training schedule for Ms. Cruz, resources and available workshop topics. Remember if you enjoy one of Ms. Cruz’s workshops; tell your employer, Cruz and Associates, is authorized by the board of social work examiners to offer continuing education workshops.
To date, Ms. Cruz has presented over a hundred workshops at various venues both locally and nationally. She constantly strives to develop and present cutting edge mental health and social work workshops that are both informative and engaging. She specializes in presenting ethics and trauma workshops and attributes her numerous years of working within the hospital and the legal setting in helping her to conceptualize and see a situation from various perspectives. With humor, candor and a mixture of academia (She is an an adjunct professor at The University of Maryland, where she teaches advance trauma) and hands on experience (she maintains a clinical and criminal defense practice) she is able to provide participants with a set off tools that they can share with their clients. Ms. Cruz enjoys presenting and creating topics and states that she prides herself in making her workshops interactive with case vignettes and immersing the audience in the topic and allowing them to process and apply the new information in the form of small group discussions and activities. The ability to present continuing education workshops is a delicate balance between theory and practice and Ms. Cruz has mastered this ability.
Sample of Agencies Veronica Cruz has provided services for:
The University of Maryland
The Child Welfare Academy
Clifton T. Perkins Hospital
The Coordinating Center
DBH Training Institute
Catholic University of America
National Association of Social Workers
“I love teaching ethics and I am constantly motivated when participants tell me how they came just for the ethics requirement, and left with so much more. Learning ethics can be dry and non-engaging; it is always my goal to change a participant’s perception of ethics. I help them via the application and learning of diverse ethical decision making models and case vignettes, to see the whole picture and in turn they learn to connect the dots.”
- Veronica Cruz
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