Events & Workshops

Pro Bono Counseling Project Workshops & Events

The Pro Bono Counseling Project offers a variety of free and low cost continuing education opportunities and events throughout the year to provide clinical training and supplemental resources in different specialty areas which align with agency programs.

Upcoming Workshops 

PBCP is pleased to announce the following workshops:


    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Pro Bono Counseling Project CHAI Workshop

    "Working with Resistance in South Asian Families"

    • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • New Hope Lutheran Church


    By the end of this workshop, clinicians will be able to:

    1. Describe barriers and facilitators to treatment of South Asians.
    2. Recognize the importance of working with families to facilitate treatment goals with South Asians.
    3. Give examples of the impact of stigma on treatment of mental health issues in South Asians.

    Workshop Details:

    • Friday, October 13, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • 3 CE's
    • Breakfast provided
    • New Hope Lutheran Church, Columbia, MD


    FREE for participating clinicians                        Registration Rate:  $45


    Sunil Khushalani, M.D.

    Dr. Khushalani completed his medical school in India in 1991 from G.S. Medical College, Mumbai University. He completed his residency at the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in 1997 and came to Sheppard Pratt Health System in 2000. He is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified, by examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

    Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Adult Service Line at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Khushalani also serves a physician advisor for the Stanley Research Group at Sheppard Pratt. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has helped develop and teaches a course on ‘Lean Problem Solving’ at Sheppard Pratt. He has been voted as a Top Doctor in Addiction Psychiatry by Castle Connolly and Baltimore Magazine

    Dr. Khushalani is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently the chair of the Education Committee of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the Patient Safety Workgroup of the APA Council on Quality Care.

    Swaran Dhawan, LCSW-C

    Swaran Dhawan, LCSW-C, has extensive experience as a clinical social worker and an organizer of social and community change.  She has worked with many populations, and is dedicated and committed to the South Asian community, mental health and issues concerning women and children.

    Mrs. Dhawan began her career in Social Work in India, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Baroda.  She received a second Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and remained in the United States.  She worked at Family and Children’s Services of Baltimore for 25 years in various capacities which included being a caseworker, Assistant Director of Professional Service, Director of Practice and Training, and leaving as the Assistant Executive Director for Children and Aging services.  Simultaneously, she served par time as a social work consultant at two hospitals for the mentally ill, Spring Grove Hospital and Taylor Manor Hospital.  After leaving Family and Children’s Services of Baltimore, she accepted a full time position at the Taylor Manor Hospital as Director of Admissions and Social Work.  When she retired from the Taylor Manor Hospital, she was the Director of Social Work and Training.

    Mrs. Dhawan has volunteered and served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations including the Pro Bono Counseling Project, the Baltimore Commission for Women, the local chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill, the Maryland Chapter of Social Workers and CHAI Inc.

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