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. Web-Based Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice »

    March 2, 2015 (all day)

    The Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care (IBHPC) is designed for direct clinical practitioners -- social workers, nurses, care managers, psychologists, and physicians -- who deliver or plan to deliver integrated health services, and who serve populations often presenting with complex needs in physical health, mental health, and substance use. Participants will gain assessment, intervention, and consultation skills with practical applications in the workplace, and will link with a peer learning community to discuss and explore new skills and ideas.

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  2. Addictions: A Global Perspective »

    March 11, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This mini-course focuses on the experiences many individuals and families have with a wide range of compulsive behaviors that are maintained despite negative consequences such as alcohol consumption, tobacco and other drug use, sex, gambling, exercise, work, internet use, tanning, and even texting, among others. The mini course will allow for a discussion of the

    unique and shared aspects of addictions people worldwide experience with an overview of prevention and treatment alternatives, including policy options. Students in this course will (1) acquire the skills to screen and assess for addictions, (2) acquire a general understanding of prevention, treatment, and policy options aimed at dealing with the problem of addictions, and (3) acquire a general understanding of the ways by which different countries and cultures attempt to address addictions.

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  3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults Diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Panic Disorder »

    March 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This is a practical application mini-course focusing on the exposure and response prevention treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Also,in the treatment of panic disorder, behavioral exposure therapy for internal and external panic cues, and cognitive restructuring. Cognitive-behavioral assessment methods will be infused throughout the course. The course will also include demonstrations and role-plays, session video tapes and interactive classroom instruction.

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

    March 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    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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  5. Positioning Yourself to Practice Ethically: The Importance of Collegial Consultation in a Fast Paced World »

    March 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

    This workshop will utilize the NASW Code of Ethics as a guide and a reference tool and provide participants an opportunity to explore practice implications while determining individual professional responsibility. Participants will engage in small group discussions regarding specific case examples from their everyday practice or those provided. The will have the opportunity to process these cases in small groups seeking potential resolution to the stated dilemmas utilizing a conceptual framework. Participants will act as peer consultants during this process and discussion will focus on identifying potential vulnerable areas of practice, developing risk management strategies and identifying areas for further exploration. Social workers/agencies also need to wrap their brains around the way the digital age has created new sets of ethical questions related to using social media in professional settings. Participants will identify guideposts related to ethical social media use and also have an opportunity to work in small groups to brainstorm social media risk management protocols and identify/develop recommendations for agency policies related to social media use.

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  6. Private Practice Tips & Techniques for Social Workers - Day 1 »

    April 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Day 1 of this course will cover the basics of starting a social work private practice including strategic planning, types of private practice, options for business structures & tips & techniques. Participants will begin to create a draft strategic plan & make other commitments to next steps.

    In Day 2, participants will review their draft strategic plans & other progress. Feedback will be given by presenter as well as other participants. In addition, options for marketing strategies supporting the strategic plan will be covered. Finally, tips & techniques for becoming credentialed by insurance companies will be reviewed.

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  7. CBT for Major Depression and Other Related Mood Disorders »

    April 10, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will include a comprehensive review of cognitive-behavioral therapy for major depression and other related mood disorders. Behavioral activation, problem solving, and cognitive restructuring techniques will be reviewed and practiced in an interactive format. Live CBT interventions will be presented throughout the course. Training in intervention related homework related exercises and techniques for enhancing adherence to outside of session exercises will also be an integral part of the course.

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  8. UMSHCP 2015 Alumni Weekend »

    April 25, 2015 - 9:00am to April 26, 2015 4:15pm

    The 2015 Alumni Weekend will be held on April 25-26. Speakers from around the country will be traveling to Ann Arbor to share their expertise. Attendees will be eligible for a total of 12 CE's.

    Saturday's focus is trauma, with Coming Home to Passion author, Ruth Cohn, MFT, CST, speaking in the morning and early afternoon. Later in the day, a panel comprised of five area trauma experts will guide participants on a discussion of best practices in the fields of counseling, therapy, and education.

    Sunday will begin with a presentation by Deborah McDaniel-Dunn, MA, on working with sexual offenders, including providing effective treatment, sexual health education, and going beyond current "risk reduction" models. The afternoon will bring us a provocative discussion with Dennis Sugrue, PhD, DST,  that will explore myths, prevalence, etiology, risks, and interventions for pedophilia.

    We hope you will join us for this engaging and educational gathering!

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  9. Private Practice Tips & Techniques for Social Workers - Day 2 »

    May 15, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Day 2 of Private Practice Tips & Techniques for Social Workers will build on the content presented on Day 1. Participants will review their draft strategic plans & other progress since Day 1. Feedback/coaching will be provided by presenter as well as other course participants. In addition, options for marketing strategies supporting their strategic plan will be covered. Tips & techniques for becoming credentialed by insurance companies, operating under managed care & effective contracting with new clients will also be presented. Final coaching & creation of action plans will wrap up the Day 2 course.

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  10. Online License Exam Prep Course »

    December 21, 2015 (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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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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