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. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) »

    December 8, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has gained recognition as an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA, the Veterans' Health Administration, and the American Psychological Association. In this workshop, participants will learn about the theory, technique, and orienting philosophy of ACT. The practice of ACT will be framed as a stand-alone intervention, and also a philosophical approach or clinical stance that can augment treatment as usual. Instead of a lecture format, the workshop encourages peer discussion and experiential learning, including firsthand exposure to ACT-informed mindfulness exercises and values-clarification techniques.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Grandparents in Distress: Supporting Grandparents Who Are Raising their Grandchildren »

    February 27, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    A significant proportion of grandparents become the primary caretakers for their grandchildren. In the 2000 Census 6 million households were headed by grandparents caring for their grandchildren. In the child welfare system, grandparents are favored as kinship care placements. These grandparents are challenged by the problems of their maltreated grandchildren, by lack of concrete and supportive services for their grandchildren, and by their own health and sometimes mental health problems.

    This workshop will describe the current state of grandparent kinship care, discuss the material and psycho-social challenges these parents face, and describe the kinds of problems their grandchildren are likely to have. A model of service delivery that assists grandparents and grandchildren with both their concrete and treatment needs will be described. Case examples will be employed to illustrate the challenges faced by grandparents and their grandchildren and solutions.

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  7. Engaging Fathers in Social Services: Challenges and Strengths »

    February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:45pm

    This course will use a case study approach to examine strategies for engaging fathers in a variety of social service settings. Dr. Lee will present an overview of policy efforts to enhance father engagement and present research regarding what we know about fathers' engagement in social service settings, including child welfare and early childhood education such as Head Start. Dr. Lee will then present a summary of qualitative interviews conducted with both fathers and service providers in metro Detroit, focused on understanding unique and innovative strategies for engaging fathers and fathers' strengths and barriers to engagement.

    Participants will break into small groups, roughly based on practice area, and will be presented with case studies derived from real-world practice settings. These case studies will present dilemmas to engaging fathers, such as fathers' nonresidential status and other barriers to engagement. Presentation of the case studies will be enhanced via presentation of data obtained from interviews with service providers/ fathers to maximize the practice relevance of the case studies. Small groups will discuss strategies to engage fathers.

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  8. Working with African American Families in the Child Welfare System Using an Africentric Approach »

    March 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    While a need for cultural competence in social work practice continues to be emphasized, little knowledge exists of how to accomplish this goal in providing services to African-descended individuals and families. This workshop utilizes multiple and interactive methods for acquiring an empirically tested African-centered framework to strengthen interpersonal social work values, knowledge, and skills.

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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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