J. Patrick Slifka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has provided mental health and addiction treatment in the state of Virginia for over 28 years. His clinical experience includes the delivery of dual diagnosis services in residential, outpatient and community-based settings. Currently he serves as the Senior Clinical Director for ncgCARE and is the lead trainer for the agency. Mr. Slifka received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Hampden-Sydney College in 1987 and a Master of Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998. Mr. Slifka has also received a significant amount of post-graduate training on dual diagnosis treatment, sex offender treatment, motivational interviewing, clinical supervision, inhalant abuse, and professional leadership development. He has conducted over 300 statewide trainings to more than 4000 public and private mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice professionals and is part of NASW-VA’s professional training team. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Chesterfield County’s Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) and is the past Chairman for the SAFE’s Inhalant and PULP (Proper Use of Legal Products) Task Forces.
Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Principal, EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC
Ellen Fink-Samnick is an industry thought leader who empowers the health and human services workforce through professional speaking, writing, and supervision. A subject matter expert in both Social Work Supervision and Ethics, Ellen is an esteemed author with over 100 publications to her credit. She has published content for many of the industry’s knowledge projects for practitioners, including chapters on the Ethical Use of Technology, Workplace Bullying, Collaborative Care, and the Social Determinants of Health. Her contributions to clinical social work transverse professional associations, credentialing organizations, and academia including roles as educator, trainer, exam item writer, social media moderator, clinical supervisor, professional mentor, curriculum developer, as well as leadership positions. Ellen is recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Master Social Work Alumna for the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, and the 2011 Master Teacher Award for Adjunct Faculty for George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. A more detailed bio and CV is available through LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellenfinksamnick/ .