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

    October 8, 2015 - 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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  2. How Young Children "Tell" Us Their Feelings »

    October 9, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    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.

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

    October 10, 2015 - 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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  4. Motivational Interviewing for Social Workers »

    October 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    Utilizing numerous materials including the Professional Training Videotape Series developed by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, this five-week series of 3-hour instruction and skill-building sessions will provide a basic introduction to Motivational Interviewing. Using the video material and supplemental handouts, along with lecture, role-playing and group discussion, this course will lay a foundation for participants to begin to develop their clinical skills in helping people accomplish change in areas of difficult behavior.

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  5. Working with Couples in Therapy »

    November 5, 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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  6. Using Photovoice for Individual and Community Empowerment »

    November 6, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Photovoice is a process in which people typically those with limited power due to poverty, language barriers, race, class, ethnicity, gender, culture, or other circumstances use video or photo images to document their environment and experiences and share them with others. It uses visual methods to communicate lived experience and to create a basis for discussion and action. The images are often used, with captions composed by the photographers, to bring the realities of the photographers lives home to the public and policy makers and to spur change. However, PhotoVoice can also be a method used direct practice, evaluation, and management settings.

    This mini-course will cover basic methods for using Photovoice methods with individuals, groups, and communities. The course will provide an overview of the method and its application in different contexts, both domestic and intergernational, and how visual images can be a powerful form for communication. This section of the class will include a walk through the School of Social Work's collection of documentary photography. The ethical dimensions of this method will also be covered. The remainder of the class will teach methods for photovoice and engage students in their own photovoice project. We will end with an exhibit of photos from the course that will take place in our School of Social Work.

    Relevant core competencies:

    Values & Ethics: Demonstrates how value base, ethical standards, and principles of the social work profession are applied to practice.

    Critical Thinking: Actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing,synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.

    Assessment: Applying assessment strategies and other data collection methods.

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  7. Understanding Diversity and Social Justice through Dialogue »

    November 7, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course is designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of issues related to diversity and social justice, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability status, and the intersections between these social identity groups. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of dialogue as a method for peacefully resolving conflict that may emerge due to cultural misunderstandings or oppressive dynamics, as well as skills for effectively engaging in dialogue. The topics of this course include social identity development; difference and dominance and the nature of social oppression; our personal and interpersonal connections to power, privilege, and oppression; understanding and resolving conflicts or resistance; the process of dialogue and coalition building across differences; and its applications in multicultural social work settings.

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  8. Managing Chronic Pain with CBT »

    November 13, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Chronic Pain is a common comorbity for those seeking mental health and social work services. Chronic pain is often undertreated or mistreated due to inadequate access to care, stigma, and social inequalities. This course discusses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Managing Chronic Pain. CBT-CP is an evidence based treatment that has shown to be effective in assisting clients with improving their functioning while living with a chronic pain condition.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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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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