Continuing Education

The U-M School of Social Work Continuing Education (CE) programs are designed to provide knowledge and skills for social workers and allied health professionals. Interdisciplinary distance education certificates in:

CE faculty are national experts and leaders in their respective fields. Our goal is to meet your professional development and career advancement needs through high quality continuing education programs.

Our interdisciplinary team develops and delivers high quality course work and CE classes. Your professional development and career advancement are our top priorities.

  • earn CE credits
  • meet licensing requirements
  • expand your skillset to meet growing employer demands
  • enhance your ability to improve lives

Upcoming Continuing Education Workshops

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Developing Core Skills »

    December 4, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and concepts are useful tools to help increasesense of self, improve behavior associated with dysregulated emotion. Ineffective behaviors usually appear when emotion is intense. DBT concepts and skills help people to have more control over behavior when situations increase the potential for acting on high emotion. Professionals will also learn skills to manage their own emotions as they help others. This training will give practical, researched strategies for everyone present in the service of helping adults, adolescents,and families we serve as well as our own individual lives and professional practice.

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  2. Social Work's Response to New Trends in Grief and Loss »

    December 18, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This workshop will address the emerging trends in grief and loss in our current society. Participants will learn the theoretical underpinnings for assessing and treating grief and loss. The workshop will discuss types of grief and loss experiences and best practice treatment options. Loss is prevalent in our lives and continues across the life cycle. One's perception of loss is affected by many variables including type of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, and that loss is a unique experience for every individual. Participants will learn recent advances in the research literature, and how this relates to advancing clinical practice techniques and future social work positions. Ethical issues and pain management will be included in the workshop as they relate to palliative and end of life care.

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  3. Online License Exam Prep Course »

    December 21, 2015 (all day)

    IMPORTANT: Books will be shipped one to two business days after you register. Please note that it may take up to 7 business days for your book to reach you. Books cannot be shipped to PO Box addresses.

    This online review course is designed to help you prepare for either the Masters, Advanced Practice, or Clinical licensure examination. This two-month self-paced course gives you access to the highest quality review materials, in addition to the support of an instructor and other course participants. With this online course, you will receive:

    A two-volume set of study guides with 1,600 practice questions (published by the Social Work Examination Services Inc.) Guidance on developing a self-directed study plan Online forum for ongoing support on major content areas Access to recorded lectures and podcasts on major content areas Virtual office hours for guidance and coaching Other electronic resources to promote learning

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  4. DSM 5: Updates for Professionals »

    December 31, 2015 (all day)

    This continuing education module is geared toward licensed professionals trained in clinical diagnosis holding masters degree and clinical training as outlined in their states licensing requirements. This module reviews the changes reflected in the new DSM 5 and it is recommended that participant have their DSM 5 available for the exercises.

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    The University of Michigan Friends and Family promotion allows UM SSW alumni, faculty, MSW students and field instructors to take the course for only $69.00.

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  5. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    January 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This introductory course will examine the principles of Infant Mental Health intervention with families of infants and young children. Using attachment theory as a foundation, we will examine best practices in supporting early developing relationships between infants and young children and their caregivers. Special attention will be given to understanding the processes through which practitioners can promote infant well-being and expand parenting capacity to nurture and protect their children.

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  6. Concepts of Leadership and Management in Community Benefit Organizations »

    January 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Generally speaking, "management" is getting work done through others." Leadership is creating and sustaining change without crisis. This minicourse explores these concepts in the context of community benefit organizations[CBOs](aka, nonprofits). While CBOs are organizations, and thus share a lot of features with other kinds of organisations (corporate, governmental) they have many elements of unique structure and stricture.They tend to work with "wicked problems"; they have a different governance structure from corporate and governmental organizations; they have a strong sense of mission and purpose, which is highly motivating but also can lead to under-investment in infrastructure both hardware (physical plant, etc) and software (employee training and development).

    We will use the Competencies for Nonprofit Managers document among other specifics, to assess our own skills and areas needed for development. We will use the POSSBE framework (Planning, Organizing, Strategizing, Staffing, Budgeting and Evaluation) to framework these skills.

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  7. CBT for Depressive Disorders »

    February 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will include a comprehensive review of cognitive-behavioral therapy for major depression and other related mood disorders. Behavioral activation, problem solving, and cognitive restructuring techniques will be reviewed and practiced in an interactive format. Live CBT interventions will be presented throughout the course. Training in intervention related homework related exercises and techniques for enhancing adherence to outside of session exercises will also be an integral part of the course.

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  8. Culturally-responsive Practice in African American Communities: Prevention and Intervention Strategies with Racial Microaggressions »

    February 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Distrust based on a history of unsatisfactory experiences with human service professionals and low retention in, and premature termination of services can reduce successful outcomes for members of African American communities. Participants in this course will examine racial microaggressions in practice as a source of these outcomes. Participants will define and identify racial microaggressions and their impact on clients and on the professional relationship. Attention will be given to the cultural context in the way racial microaggressions are experienced and dilemmas about how to respond. The effect of power differentials on the interpretation of racial microaggressions will be examined. Using an African-centered perspective, the course will be knowledge-, skills-, and values-based and will include assigned readings, power point presentations, video-clips, case studies, and small-group problem-solving. Participants will practice alternative methods of intervening when in the presence of racial microaggressions.

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  9. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Problems »

    February 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

    The focus of this skill-based mini course is on the concepts, theory, principles and procedures appropriate to the assessment and effective cognitive-behavioral therapy of children and adolescents with anxiety problems. The course content reflects advanced material of current relevance for effective clinical practice. Specifially, this course will provide updated training in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety discorders in children and youth.

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  10. Executive Leadership Skills in Human Service Organizations »

    March 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course focuses on the characteristics and competencies of the executive leader. After introductions and a brief overview on elements of leadership as conceptualized by different authors, we will look at a number of assays which will help the individual student compile her or his own profile . These essays will include "temperament" assessments such as the Myers Briggs and the Emotional Intelligence Assay, on the characteristics side, and managerial assessments and executive profile mapping from the competency sets. The interaction between characteristic sets and competency sets will be discussed. We will also explore the social psychology and sociology of leadership-in-action. Various readings from the Harvard Business Review, including one from Manfred Kets DE Vries, an organizational thinker and trained psychoanalyst, will be explored. The assignment will be to develop a personal learning/development plan.

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The University of Michigan School of Social Work is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, provider MICEC-0003, and is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program, provider # 1212. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program.

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