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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. 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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  2. Budgeting and Financial Management for SW Managers »

    June 29, 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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  3. HIV/AIDS: Evidence Based Programs, Policies and Services »

    July 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course will acquaint students with the basic and advanced facts about AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), sensitize students to the multitude of public health, social policy and social service delivery issues that AIDS presents, and provide US and global perspectives to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Students will be sensitized to the special challenges AIDS presents for social work practice. Students will be presented with an approach to evidence based practice, and will review the state of HIV related evidence based prevention practice from national and global perspectives.

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  4. Multicultural Competencies in Sexuality Education, Counseling, and Therapy »

    July 21, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will address the sexual health needs of individuals and couples throughout the adult lifespan over diverse cultures and populations. This interpersonal practice minicourse can augment other interpersonal practice courses or can be taken independently. Building on basic sex therapy models and integrating these models with multicultural counseling theory and cultural and ethical competencies, course participants will examine their own cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and biases specifically with reference to sexual health. Utilizing the lifespan approach, key considerations in sexual health education and sexual health treatments will be described. Course participants will learn culturally appropriate assessment, diagnosis, and brief intervention approaches and will be challenged to think about the adjustment of interventions to include multicultural considerations and the intersectionality of clients’ identities. The course will emphasize strengths-based adaptation and resiliency in individual and couples sexual health challenges. The right to education in sexual health and treatment of sexual health problems will be discussed within the framework of social justice and ethical mental health care.

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  5. Attachment Theory and Clinical Practice through the Life Span »

    September 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Understanding the implications of early relationships on adult functioning can assist in providing adult psychotherapy in ways that can assist to repair individuals capacity to form and maintain healthy adult relationships. Using attachment theory and emotional regulation theory as the foundation, this course will address relationship-based interventions in interpersonal practice with adults.

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  6. Jewish Philanthropy »

    September 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    This course will examine the past, present and future of Jewish philanthropy in America. Among other topics, the course will explore the values and traditions of Jewish giving, the emergence and impact of Jewish private foundations, and will afford students with the opportunity to learn about best practices to ask for private support. Social workers leading agencies and organizations are increasingly required to engage in fund-raising activities to be able to develop new programs or support existing ones. This course will benefit students interested in acquiring skills and knowledge regarding philanthropic practices in general and in Jewish philanthropy in particular.

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  7. Family Psychoeducation Intervention in Work with Adults, Adolescents, Children and Their Families/Extended Support Networks »

    September 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will focus on developing the group work skills necessary to implement evidence-based family psychoeducation interventions in work with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Special emphasis will be given to the family psychoeducation approach using multiple family groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. This course will examine the theoretical and empirical foundations for family psychoeducation, as well as, the practice of multifamily group treatment in schizophrenia, bi-polar illness, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and with children and adolescents with serious mental illnesses.

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  8. Social Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families »

    September 23, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This course was designed to increase the knowledge base and competency level of social workers who plan to work with (or are interested in) military service members, veterans and their families. This will be accomplished by introducing participants to basic military background and structure, the common problem-areas experienced by this community, and the diverse sub-groups that exist within this unique population.

    The content covered in this course will include subject areas such as military culture, trauma, life after service (transition), problems/issues faced by family members and the study of specific populations within the service such as women, other minorities, and the LGBT population. In addition to improving the cultural competency in the areas listed above, students will also be exposed to the diverse and unique challenges faced by the veterans of different war eras (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and current conflicts). Time will also be spent discussing the kinds of clinical skills that are important for social workers to possess when working with this population.

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  9. Social Media for Social Change »

    October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This minicourse teaches participants to use social media as a tool for community organizing. Participants will use the internet and social networks as easily integrated spaces designed to share information with peers and provide quick ways to organize communities and increase the reach of a group's voice. This minicourse covers the following topics: (1) Relationship building via Facebook & Twitter; (2) Facebook content for organizers; (3) Blogging hosts and content ideas; (4) Twitter content for organizers; (5) Use of video; (6) Mobile social networking; (7) Location-based social networks; (8) Online safety; (9) Discussions of: "safe" spaces online, online dialogue, and traditional organizing methods. Core competencies including critical thinking, social justice, and social equity are also examined and discussed in detail.

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  10. 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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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), www.aswb.org, 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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