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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. Attachment Theory and Clinical Practice through the Life Span »

    September 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Understanding the implications of early relationships on adult functioning can assist in providing adult psychotherapy in ways that can assist to repair individuals capacity to form and maintain healthy adult relationships. Using attachment theory and emotional regulation theory as the foundation, this course will address relationship-based interventions in interpersonal practice with adults.

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  2. Jewish Philanthropy »

    September 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    This course will examine the past, present and future of Jewish philanthropy in America. Among other topics, the course will explore the values and traditions of Jewish giving, the emergence and impact of Jewish private foundations, and will afford students with the opportunity to learn about best practices to ask for private support. Social workers leading agencies and organizations are increasingly required to engage in fund-raising activities to be able to develop new programs or support existing ones. This course will benefit students interested in acquiring skills and knowledge regarding philanthropic practices in general and in Jewish philanthropy in particular.

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  3. Family Psychoeducation Intervention in Work with Adults, Adolescents, Children and Their Families/Extended Support Networks »

    September 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will focus on developing the group work skills necessary to implement evidence-based family psychoeducation interventions in work with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Special emphasis will be given to the family psychoeducation approach using multiple family groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. This course will examine the theoretical and empirical foundations for family psychoeducation, as well as, the practice of multifamily group treatment in schizophrenia, bi-polar illness, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and with children and adolescents with serious mental illnesses.

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  4. Social Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families »

    September 23, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This course was designed to increase the knowledge base and competency level of social workers who plan to work with (or are interested in) military service members, veterans and their families. This will be accomplished by introducing participants to basic military background and structure, the common problem-areas experienced by this community, and the diverse sub-groups that exist within this unique population.

    The content covered in this course will include subject areas such as military culture, trauma, life after service (transition), problems/issues faced by family members and the study of specific populations within the service such as women, other minorities, and the LGBT population. In addition to improving the cultural competency in the areas listed above, students will also be exposed to the diverse and unique challenges faced by the veterans of different war eras (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and current conflicts). Time will also be spent discussing the kinds of clinical skills that are important for social workers to possess when working with this population.

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

    September 28, 2016 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

    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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  6. Issues in Pain Management & Using Medications Wisely in Older Adults »

    September 29, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Nearly all older adults use medications and dietary supplements, with about half taking 5 or more medications. Used appropriately, medications can improve health and quality of life, prevent disease and prolong life. However, they can also cause medication-related problems, including side effects, drug interactions, ineffectiveness and dependence. All health care providers have a role in promoting rational medication use, and ensuring the best outcomes from drug therapy. This educational workshop will examine issues relating to medication use by older adults, and provide ideas on how to empower patients and families to promote rational use of medications and dietary supplements.

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  7. Immigration Enforcement, Human Rights, and Social Justice »

    October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course focuses on the real community and personal impact of a public policy with sweeping national controversy, many deaths, and significant questions about social justice, racial discrimination, and even intent in the constitution. Because it is a mini-course, rather than a full course, this course will concentrate on one aspect of immigration policy, undocumented immigrants and the public policy strategy of enforcement for undocumented immigrants at the border and in the interior of the country. Along with discussion of the policies and practices of enforcement, we will bring local enforcement activities to the table and examine their impact on people, families, and Michigan communities. The discussion will have a global, national, state, and a local component. Students in this course will acquire the skills to critically analyze this aspect of immigration policy and its controversies. and about community and organization responses and activism.

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  8. Psychopharmacology for Social Workers »

    October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course has a clinical focus and practical orientation; therefore, we will examine basic neuropsychopharmacology, neurotransmitter systems, drug metabolism (i.e, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion), and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications to only a limited degree. Our emphasis will be primarily on understanding the physiological actions, therapeutic effects, and potential toxicities associated with prescribed pharmacotherapies for major classes of mental disorders affecting youth, adults, and the elderly along with other special populations. Lastly, we will discuss the social workers role, ethical and legal issues, collaboration and communication with prescribing doctors and nurses.

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  9. Social Media for Social Change »

    October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This minicourse teaches participants to use social media as a tool for community organizing. Participants will use the internet and social networks as easily integrated spaces designed to share information with peers and provide quick ways to organize communities and increase the reach of a group's voice. This minicourse covers the following topics: (1) Relationship building via Facebook & Twitter; (2) Facebook content for organizers; (3) Blogging hosts and content ideas; (4) Twitter content for organizers; (5) Use of video; (6) Mobile social networking; (7) Location-based social networks; (8) Online safety; (9) Discussions of: "safe" spaces online, online dialogue, and traditional organizing methods. Core competencies including critical thinking, social justice, and social equity are also examined and discussed in detail.

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  10. Cultural Humility and Culturally Responsive Practice »

    October 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:15pm

    Participants will learn about culturally responsive practice that supports collaboration with families in order to promote services that are culturally relevant, and that draw on the family's cultural strengths.

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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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