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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. Working with Self-help, Support, and Advocacy Groups »

    October 26, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    The course will review studies showing self-help groups including 12-step groups provide a huge amount of service and involve nearly as many people as professional services. Studies related to the benefits and risks of self-help groups will also be reviewed. Special attention will be given to how providers and their agencies can coordinate their activities with self-help groups. Specific strategies that add value to professional services will be discussed. The focus will be on how self-help can enhance professional services, and in turn how professional services can enhance the self-help experience. Ethical issues related to the autonomy of self-help groups and the propriety of professional involvement will be explored in relation to a variety of groups including 12-step groups. Similarities and differences between online and in person groups will be discussed. Patterns of self-help use by various cultural groups will be examined with a view toward mitigating existing disparities. Patterns of self-help use will be examined by age, class, color, ethnicity, family structure, gender, race, religion or spirituality, immigrant or refugee status, and sexual orientation. Presentations by individuals and panels involved with self-help groups will be featured in the course.

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  2. Using Photovoice for Individual and Community Empowerment »

    October 27, 2016 - 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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  3. Working with Couples in Therapy »

    November 3, 2016 - 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. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Developing Core Skills »

    November 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and concepts are useful tools to help increase sense 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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  5. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    November 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    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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  6. Adventure/Experiential-Based Therapy/ Infusing Intentional Actions into your Clinical Practice »

    November 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    This workshop will focus on the use of adventure-based activities in therapy with individuals, groups and families. Participants will be introduced to an adventure approach through lectures, discussions and demonstrations. This workshop is designed to provide the participant with a theoretical, philosophical and experiential understanding of adventure and experiential learning and its application to therapy. Course content includes the theoretical and philosophical foundations of adventure based practice, a discourse on the safe and appropriate use of adventure activities with different client groups, a demonstration on facilitating adventure activities, and use of adventure activities in assessment and intervention.

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  7. Not Going it Alone: The Role of Reflective Supervision in Increasing Staff Efficacy and Coping »

    November 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:15pm

    Child welfare professionals see, hear of, and try to prevent some of the hardest of human experiences, child maltreatment. Without a space to contain some of the feelings associated with their work, CW staff can become hardened, overwhelmed or shut down, leading to less effective engagement with children and families, and at times, poor decision-making. Reflective supervision offers a space to step back and consider the complexity of clients' lives and how best to proceed. It also affords staff a space to contemplate the worries and anxieties the work entails, thus reducing the negative impact on the health of the worker. In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of Reflective Supervision, observe a live model of RS and explore ways they can incorporate reflective practice in their work.

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  8. Aging: Ethical Challenges in Different Venues »

    December 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

    This workshop will offer a brief overview of the principles of ethical work, surrogate decision making versus best interest, and ethical issues in social work self care. The majority of time will examine challenges and cases involving older adults that pose ethical dilemmas in different venues: in-patient acute care; the emergency room; out-patient care; residential care and community based settings.

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  9. Narrative Therapy with Grieving Clients: Helping People Find Meaning and Healing through Their Stories »

    December 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Part of what makes us human is our capacity to construct and live in a world of stories which help define meaning in life and life events. A significant loss or death event disorganizes and disrupts one’s life’s story and challenges individuals to break free from the pain of a story of “how it should have been” to a healing story that incorporates “how it now is.”

    Narrative therapy is a powerful therapeutic approach which offers the option of “re-storying” the interpretation of significant events such as loss and grief. Narrative therapy offers innovative ways to help clients use stories like a lens to filter, refocus and reshape experiences to create new stories which help make order out of disorder and meaning out of meaninglessness.

    This workshop will review core principles of narrative therapy to create a framework for skill building and practical application of specialized therapeutic techniques to use with clients challenged by the emotional crisis of loss and grief. Clinical interventions and tools to assist clients with challenging end of life conversations, strategies to facilitate stories to support the grieving process, considerations of how to help children with their grief narratives and exploration of diversity and ethical perspectives in understanding grief narratives will be addressed.

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  10. 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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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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