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. Adventure/Experiential-Based Therapy »

    January 28, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This class will focus on the use of adventure-based activities in therapy with individuals, groups and families. Students will be introduced to adventure through readings, discussions, guest speakers and experiences. This one credit mini-course is designed to provide the student 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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  2. Web-Based Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care »

    February 6, 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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  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Problems »

    February 6, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

    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.

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  4. Spirituality Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice »

    February 7, 2015 - 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

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  5. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Developing Core Skills »

    February 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and concepts are useful tools to help increasesense 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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  6. Executive Leadership Skills in Human Service Organizations »

    February 20, 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.

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  7. Forensic Interviewing of Children »

    February 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This is an advanced methods mini-course focused on forensic interviewing of children. The mini-course is particularly relevant to interviewing children alleged to have been sexually abused, but also be relevant to gathering information from children about a spectrum of traumatic experiences. This mini-course will provide a critical review of the evidence/research that is relied upon in forensic interviewing of children and will provide information about best practice. The course takes a child-centered/social justice approach, will admonish professionals to take into account the child

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  8. 2015 Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture »

    February 23, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Stages of the Soul: Opportunities in the Second Half of Life

    The tasks for personal growth in the second half of life are different from those in the first half of life. In this slide-lecture, we look deeply at the "stages of the soul:" Call, Search, Struggle, Breakthrough and Return. These stages offer a "map" of psycho-spiritual development that incorporates ideas such as individuation (Jung), ego-integrity (Erikson), and gero-transcendence (Tornstam), offering a vision of positive aging in later life.

    We begin our assessment with an overview of psychological development in the second half of life, illustrated by self-portraits of Rembrandt and selected dreams. This account gives a foundation for appreciating dimensions of positive aging, such as "successful aging" and "productive aging." The main message of the presentation is an account of what "conscious aging" might signify, with attention to implications for policy and practice in response to population aging.

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  9. Grandparents in Distress: Supporting Grandparents Who Are Raising their Grandchildren »

    February 27, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    A significant proportion of grandparents become the primary caretakers for their grandchildren. In the 2000 Census 6 million households were headed by grandparents caring for their grandchildren. In the child welfare system, grandparents are favored as kinship care placements. These grandparents are challenged by the problems of their maltreated grandchildren, by lack of concrete and supportive services for their grandchildren, and by their own health and sometimes mental health problems.

    This workshop will describe the current state of grandparent kinship care, discuss the material and psycho-social challenges these parents face, and describe the kinds of problems their grandchildren are likely to have. A model of service delivery that assists grandparents and grandchildren with both their concrete and treatment needs will be described. Case examples will be employed to illustrate the challenges faced by grandparents and their grandchildren and solutions.

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  10. Engaging Fathers in Social Services: Challenges and Strengths »

    February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:45pm

    This course will use a case study approach to examine strategies for engaging fathers in a variety of social service settings. Dr. Lee will present an overview of policy efforts to enhance father engagement and present research regarding what we know about fathers' engagement in social service settings, including child welfare and early childhood education such as Head Start. Dr. Lee will then present a summary of qualitative interviews conducted with both fathers and service providers in metro Detroit, focused on understanding unique and innovative strategies for engaging fathers and fathers' strengths and barriers to engagement.

    Participants will break into small groups, roughly based on practice area, and will be presented with case studies derived from real-world practice settings. These case studies will present dilemmas to engaging fathers, such as fathers' nonresidential status and other barriers to engagement. Presentation of the case studies will be enhanced via presentation of data obtained from interviews with service providers/ fathers to maximize the practice relevance of the case studies. Small groups will discuss strategies to engage fathers.

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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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