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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. Spirituality Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice »

    June 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini course will explore contemporary issues in spirituality and social work focused on what it means to competently integrate spirituality into one's social work practice. In adopting a holistic perspective to guide practice, spirituality will be viewed as a dimension in the bio-psycho-social assessment and treatment planning process. This course will explore the rationale and need to integrate assessment and interventions related to spirituality in social work in a manner that supports culturally competent practice. It will examine how spirituality is rooted in the history of social work practice as well as exploring how to best define, integrate, and use spiritual assessment and interventions in addressing presenting client issues in clinical setting today. The relationship between spirituality and issues of race, gender and social class as well as spirituality across the life cycle will be addressed. Spiritual assessment related to specialized areas such as trauma, addiction/recovery and chronic illness will be described. Specific methods and interventions will be highlighted and applied to practice. Relevant readings, discussion, case presentations, and experiential exercises will be used to deepen one's competence and comfort level with spirituality in social work practice.

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  2. Social Work Practice in Rural Settings »

    June 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini course will examine practice theory and techniques relevant to social work in a rural setting. There are many definitions of what might be considered a rural community. For the purposes of this course, we will define communities as rural that have a population size of 2,500 to 20,000 with no major metropolitan area within hour of the community. Rural communities are often plagued with similar problems as vast metropolitan areas such as high poverty rates, inadequate housing, and inadequate access to health care. However, the scarcity of resources and professionals including medical providers, socioeconomic underdevelopment, and physical distance from services and lack of public transportation are frequently identified as compounding factors of living in a rural community. The impact of differences in the key diversity dimensions such as ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression) marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation will be examined, within the context of practicing in a rural community. This course will also emphasize issues of ethical practice as defined by the social worker code of ethics within a rural community.

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  3. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    June 9, 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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  4. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Older Adults »

    June 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

    This course will address how depression & anxiety in late life compromise the quality of life in older adults. The students will be assisted to deepen their understanding of the thought process of those with depression and anxiety. They will learn how MBCT could help improve the disorder and see MBCT as a viable non-pharmacology intervention.

    The scientific evidence in the effectiveness of mindfulness interventions for mental health issues, and specifically MBCT for prevention of relapse of depression and anxiety will be discussed. The step-by step components of 8 sessions of MBCT wil be discussed and students will have opportunities to practice the skills. They will learn the differences in approaches between MBCT and CBT. Adaptation made to accommodate working with older population will be discussed in detail. The results of pre-post outcome data and qualitative evaluation of the MBCT groups the instructor led with local older adults will be shared. The roles that a MBCT therapist plays and the training needed will be discussed.

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  5. Current Treatment for Trauma Survivors »

    June 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    The purpose of this mini-course is to gain a holistic understanding of the impact of trauma on functioning across the lifespan, and to acquire basic skills in assessment and treatment of trauma necessary for clinical practice.

    The effects of trauma and traumatic stress can be profound whether the trauma was a single episode/event, or was experienced over a period of time. Trauma impacts many components of overall development and health including but not limited to in the areas of attachment, cognition, emotion regulation, dissociation, and ability to self-regulate and self-soothe. The first half of the course will focus on both developing a framework for understanding the way that traumatic events shape people over time as well as learning to assess for traumatic stress. We will draw on knowledge from the fields of attachment, neurobiology, and child development as well as data from current studies such as the ACE study. Special attention will be given to the way that discrimination, community, and system-level traumas impact individuals. We will examine the classifications of trauma-related disorders in the DSM-5.

    The second half of the course will focus on building skills for interventions with clients. Participants can expect to gain knowledge about the evidence base that exists. We will review the existing evidence base for interventions for PTSD as well as traumatic stress more generally. There will be special emphasis given to skills in mindfulness, self-regulation/self-soothing, working with trauma narratives, and the mind-body connections.

    Each participant in the course can expect to leave with an enhanced ability to engage in trauma-sensitive assessments, to understand the impact of trauma across the lifespan, to implement trauma-informed interventions, and to build resilience for secondary traumatic stress.

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  6. Budgeting and Financial Management for SW Managers »

    June 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini course focuses on four areas of budgeting and financial management types and functions of budgets and their calculation and display, budget tracking and strategic indicators, the concept of the Professional Unit Method of Analysis and its calculation and application, and the total compensation approach to compensation for retention.

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  7. Legal Issues of Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities »

    June 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course helps students increase their understanding of the legal issues frequently encountered by older adults and persons with disability, including estate planning, planning for incapacity, guardianship, elder abuse and exploitation, advocacy for quality long-term care and other services, eligibility for long-term care benefits and services, and elder abuse and exploitation. Students will discuss readings and case studies in small groups with other students and write short reflective pieces, as well as having the option to observe court proceedings.

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  8. Basic Skills for Dialectical Behavior Therapy »

    June 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    DBT is an empirically supported treatment for individuals with severe emotionally regulation problems. Part of the treatment consists of teaching individuals specific skill sets in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and crisis management. Participants will learn an overview of these skills and how to integrate these skills into their clinical practice in both a group and individual therapy setting.

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  9. Working with Individuals with Dementia and Their Families »

    June 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course introduces students to the world of dementia care for older adults and family caregivers. Demographic data regarding increased incidence of dementia in all ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups will frame examination of intervention research with individuals with dementia and family caregivers.

    This course will include an overview of the most common causes of dementia in older adults, with a particular focus on the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Research-based interventions will be examined for early, middle, and late stage dementia, both for the individual and family caregivers. The instructor will introduce observational and assessment tools for both populations and discuss their use in practice.

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  10. Animal Assisted Therapy Interventions »

    June 24, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    This mini-course will meet at the school of social work on Friday, June 24 from 2-5pm, for an orientation, and the remainder of the course, which is primarily experiential, will meet at the instructor's farm over that weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 am-4pm, with a working lunch. Course Description: This course provides an experiential opportunity for students to explore an array of animal assisted therapeutic activities specifically designed to further a wide range of therapeutic goals with children, adolescents, families and adult clients. Like play therapy and art therapy, animal assisted interventions, when integrated with evidence-based methods including (but not limited to) CBT and mindfulness, trauma recovery, family systems, cultural-relational and psychodynamic approaches, offer opportunities for people to work through a variety of issues and insecurities related to attachment, trauma, self-esteem and identity concerns, dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and family and relational problems. With selected animals as therapy partners, the therapeutic team helps people of all ages and positions foster new alliances, understand more fully existing problems and build practical life-skills to enhance confidence, effectiveness and joy. Presently, animal assisted therapy is gaining acclaim in the field of mental health intervention and there is a growing body of evidence supporting its efficacy to be explored. This course specifically teaches the theoretical foundations, standards, ethics, evidence, certifications, integration of methods, case examples, evaluation and practical skills involved in partnering with a variety of animals – in particular dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses and chickens (yes, chickens!)- to provide engaging and effective interventions.

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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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