Continuing Education

The U-M School of Social Work Continuing Education 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 CE Workshops

  1. DSM 5: Updates for Professionals »

    December 31, 2014 (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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  2. Online License Exam Prep Course »

    December 31, 2014 (all day)

    IMPORTANT: Books will be shipped one to two business day 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 planOnline forum for ongoing support on major content areasAccess to recorded lectures and podcasts on major content areasVirtual office hours for guidance and coachingOther electronic resources to promote learning

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  3. Working with Couples in Therapy »

    January 8, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This mini-course is designed to familiarize students with the current theories of couple therapy. Selected empirically supported models utilized in couple therapy will be examined The course also looks at some of the key issues and challenges faced by therapists who provide couple therapy. This mini-course will be skill based and focus on helping students to learn effective approaches to working with couples in therapy.

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  4. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Social Workers »

    January 9, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    The goal of the GIS course is to provide a general introduction to the use of GIS software for social work practice. Students will learn the basics of practical mapping of data and information using a range of GIS software. Student will learn the basic strategies of securing data, securing map images, and integration of maps and data to create single and multi-layered data maps. Students will be presented with real time applications of this mapped information in clinical and community practice.

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

    January 10, 2015 - 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



    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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  6. Attachment Theory and Clinical Practice through the Life Span »

    January 13, 2015 - 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

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  7. How Young Children "Tell" Us Their Feelings »

    January 16, 2015 - 9:30pm

    Children who have experienced early neglect and abuse create representations of themselves and their world based on a lens of lack of certainty about safety and comfort. They may lack the words to tell us how they feel, but their interactions with us can. Early experiences of persistent unmet needs and/or unremitting distress create interactions with caregivers that can elicit the same feelings of confusion, despair, loneliness and rage that the child feels. This workshop will highlight the internal working models of abused and neglected children, and how caregivers and interventionists can actively work to understand and resist confirming negative self-models.

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

    January 23, 2015 - 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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  9. The Grieving Infant - Helping Babies and Young Children When They Must Move »

    January 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:15pm

    Infants and toddlers mourn the loss of primary caregivers in ways that are often overlooked and/or misunderstood. This workshop will address the ways infants and toddlers show their stress and distress, and ways that child welfare professionals, including caregivers, can reduce the negative impact of separation.

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  10. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    January 24, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will examine the principles of early 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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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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