UNC Clinical Lecture Series

lectureThe UNC School of Social Work’s Clinical Lecture Series offers lectures on mental health topics to enhance the clinical curriculum for students, and continuing education for graduates and practitioners. It also aims to foster and strengthen relationships among students, faculty, and the wider clinical community.

The lectures are held monthly on Mondays from noon-2 p.m. in the School’s auditorium, beginning in September. Registration and a catered meet-and-greet reception open at 11:15 in the lobby.
Online registration is required, and will open later this summer.


Chapel Hill series celebrates its 10th year

Our Clinical Lecture Series will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this coming year by bringing back some of its most popular presenters. Since 2005, the Clinical Lecture Series has hosted or co-hosted approximately 100 programs, bringing together more than 10,000 individuals. The lunchtime model allows MSW students, faculty, and area clinicians to learn together from esteemed and innovative practitioners. According to NASW-NC Chapter Director Kathy Boyd,this model has been ”ahead of the curve” by bringing students and practitioners together as it does.

Up until this point, the CLS has not repeated a single speaker. “That this area is so rich with cutting-edge researchers and clinicians makes it possible to create fully new line-ups each year,” explains CLS founder Deborah Barrett. Over the years, Barrett imagined bringing back outstanding presenters at the 10-year milestone. According to Barrett, however, as year 10 approached, participant feedback clearly identified many more outstanding presenters than slots in the schedule would allow. Thus, Barrett faced a much larger pool of outstanding presenters than she could include in the anniversary year. The selections also take into account requests for specific topics and draw more heavily on the earlier years of the series.

If you have questions, contact Deborah Barrett at dbarrett@email.unc.edu.


The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.