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This online continuing education course reviews the key changes in the DSM-5. It is geared toward licensed professionals trained in clinical diagnosis. Participants who complete this self-paced, online course will earn 3 CEUs.
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.
May 29, 2015 - 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.
June 5, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
A growing body of research documents the positive health and mental health benefits of participating in organized sports. While much of the current research is focused on youth participation in sports, there is also evidence of how participation in sports can benefit people across the age range and from different ethic and socioeconomic groups. This 2 day mini-course will discuss how social work values, concepts, and interventions on both the micro and macro levels can enhance sport activities. Specific strategies such as, strength-based coaching, teambuilding, conflict resolution, family collaboration, diversity training, community engagement, advocacy, and policy development will be discussed. Model interdisciplinary programs that serve at-risk youth, older adults, and other special populations will be highlighted. Through discussion and group projects, students will apply social work competencies including, assessment, engagement, intervention, research, and evaluation to this emerging practice area.
June 5, 2015 - 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.
June 10, 2015 - 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.
June 11, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
This mini-course focuses on the characteristics and competencies of the executive leader. After introduction s and a brief overview on elements of leadership as conceptualized by different authors, we will look at a number of assays which will help the individual student compile her or his own profile . These assays will include "temperament" assessments such as the Myers Briggs and the Emotional Intelligence Assay, on the characteristics side, and managerial assessments and Executive profile mapping from the competency sets The interaction between characteristic sets and competency sets will be discussed. We will also explore the social psychology and sociology of leadership-in-action, Various readings from the Harvard Business Review, including one from Manfred Kets DE Vries, an organizational thinker and trained psychoanalyst will be explored. The assignment will be to develop a personal learning/development plan.
June 11, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
A growing body of research documents the importance of the complex relationship between humans and animals, ranging from the significance of companion animals and the need for social support for bereaved pet owners to the relationship between animal abuse and child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. In addition, the therapeutic benefits of animal-assisted interventions are well established. This mini-course will provide an overview of: 1) research on the relationship between humans and animals and why related knowledge, attitudes, and skills are important for social workers; 2) research on animals as pets and their health and mental health benefits over the life course; 3) pet-facilitated psychotherapy and the use of service animals; 4) animal abuse and its relationship to domestic violence; and 5) ethical issues and controversies. Special emphasis will be given to identifying the health and mental health benefits of companion animals over the life course; assessment and intervention with clients experiencing the loss of a companion animal; indications for and potential benefits and risks of animal assisted interventions; and the assessment and treatment of animal abusers.
June 18, 2015 - 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.
June 26, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over a million caregivers have received this training. Just as "CPR" skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills needed for life assisting suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide and provide safety-for-now. ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention training program in the world.
July 9, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
This course will examine the principles of early 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.
October 8, 2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
The focus of this skill-based mini course is on the concepts, theory, principles and procedures appropriate to the assessment and effective cognitive-behavioral therapy of children and adolescents with anxiety problems. The course content reflects advanced material of current relevance for effective clinical practice. Specifially, this course will provide updated training in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety discorders in children and youth.
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.