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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. DSM 5: Updates for Professionals »

    December 31, 2016 (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. The module offers 3 online clinical CE contact hours.

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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. Working with Couples in Therapy »

    January 12, 2017 - 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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  3. Social Media for Social Change »

    January 13, 2017 - 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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  4. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    January 18, 2017 - 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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  5. Ethics, Professionalism, and Medical Decision Making Webinar »

    January 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

    This one hour webinar will provide an overview of the principles of bioethics and discuss the concept of 'being a professional'. Case examples are used to illustrate how these concepts apply to patient care and medical decision making.

    This course is offered online. Information regarding how to access the course will be provided one week prior to the course date.

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  6. Holding Them While They Grieve »

    January 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:15pm

    Infants and toddlers in the child welfare system face unimaginable challenges when they are asked, often repeatedly, to separate from the familiar or loved and "attach" to a new caregiver. Unless their process of grief and mourning is recognized and supported, they will be unable to form new, healthy relationships. This workshop will assist child welfare professionals to notice the indicators of infant and toddler mourning, and to support new caregivers in providing the environment and relationship that will allow the child to fall in love with a new caregiver.

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  7. Financial Social Work: Promoting Household Financial Security »

    February 10, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The overall goal is for participants to increase their personal financial literacy. Training will help social workers understand how to 1) understand and assess household financial security; 2) identify services and resources to boost financial security; and 3) intervene by offering limited financial counseling and/or making appropriate referrals. Participants will also gain awareness of financial social work as an emerging field of practice, which includes interpersonal, community, and policy practice interventions for promoting household financial security and resources for seeking more in-depth training and professional credentialing.

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  8. Social Work Services That Make a Difference: Meaningful Supports for Transgender Youth and Their Families »

    February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will offer a working definition of terms, including : Transgender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Intersex, Gender Nonconforming, Non Binary, Intersex, Gender Transition, and Ally. Language and terminology will be examined with emphasis on using affirming language and avoiding offensive terminology.

    This course will examine multiple risk factors that impact transgender youth from a solution-focused lens. These risk factors include a 40 percent rate of attempted suicide, increased incidence of homelessness, school bullying and harassment, increased vulnerability to hate crimes (including assault, sexual assault and murder). Family relationship dynamics, along with strategies to increase family support, will be explored with an emphasis on increasing parental capacity to support the transgender youth. Family acceptance is a protective factor that is associated with a decrease in transgender youth homeless and a decline in the frequency and severity of mental health issues and an increase in overall wellness. Strategies to support and build upon family and school connectedness will be examined in this mini course.

    This mini course will also examine be the specific concerns that apply to transgender children younger than age 13. Understanding gender identify at younger ages will be explored, along with specific facts about working within elementary and preschool setting, and offering long term guidance and planning recommendations to parents and children that are developmentally appropriate.

    The gender transition process will be reviewed â€â€

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  9. Women in Leadership »

    February 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Evidence suggests that women face unique leadership challenges. Marginalization based on gender, family and work priorities, and societal expectations create a system that hinders the maximization of leadership potential. In addition, women bring diverse capabilities and hold unique characteristics in the work world today. Community benefit organizations must leverage this diversity of leadership to improve decision making, tap into diverse points of view, and inspire social change. This course will examine the social, structural and personal dynamics that differentially impact women and men as leaders. It will prepare all students to identify and harness the specific needs and capabilities of women. It will provide the knowledge and skills to succeed and contribute added value in their roles as leaders at any level.

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

    February 15, 2017 - 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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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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