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  1. Crisis Leadership

    Most people used to think that "crisis leadership" is what "they" do - the CEOs, agency heads, etc. This pandemic has taught us that we all can play an important role in helping ourselves and others through crises. This webinar focuses on practical steps you can take to prepare for and deal with crises when they occur.

    We'll look at examples of positive and poor crisis leadership, examine the critical roles that relationships, and communications play during crises, and discuss the important steps to take during and after crises. We'll include specific ways to support marginalized communities that often suffer the most from crises.

    Objectives

    • Identify at least three key steps to take during each of the three major crisis leadership phases: Preparation, Response, and Recovery/learning.
    • Identify at least two of the key factors in effective crisis communications.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 10/2/2020 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 2 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructor

    • Russell M Linden

    Location

    online
  2. Wonder Woman: Practice and Ethical Considerations

    Please note this course was originally offered as an in-person workshop but has been changed to a webinar due to COVID-19.

    African American women have been identified as experiencing stress as individuals with intersections of non-dominant groups. The workshop will focus on identifying the triple oppression that is experienced and mythical labels created, resilience strategies and ethical considerations. Using the lens of Afrocentrism, we will explore the idea of the "wonder woman," the potential and future of Black women in the United States.

    Objectives

    • Define and provide examples of trauma.
    • Describe the relevance of historical trauma and the poverty, stress and community violence disproportionately observed in marginalized communities for traumatic stress.
    • Identify ethical considerations needed when working with African American women.
    • Identify 2 resilience strategies for individuals impacted by toxic stress.
    • List stereotypes and myths associated with Black women.
    • Identify three ways to modify treatment or practice to be responsive to the needs of marginalized communities.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 10/16/2020 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 ethics synchronous interactive
    • 5 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  3. Alumni Webinar Series | Through the Lens of a Corrections Social Worker

    Note: This course is available for free to U-M SSW alumni as part of our Alumni Webinar Series, which features invited alumni speakers. Please know that non-alumni participants are welcome to register as well!

    Join us to learn about the field of corrections social work, explore what brought about the need for corrections social work, and the importance of quality mental health care within the prison system. Participants will learn about the impact that incarceration has on the individual and the family. We will also examine different programs available within Corrections Mental Health. We will close with a segment on progress that has been made in this field and where the field is headed.

    Objectives

    • Describe the role of social workers working in the prison system.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 10/26/2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    • Hillary Kolb

    Location

    online
  4. Building Efficient Meetings and Producing Effective Decisions: Achieve Twice as Much in Half the Time

    This session shares results from the Meetings Masters/Decision Maestros Research Project intended to help social workers conduct more effective meetings. The first part of the session highlights practices from Meeting Masters, including the Menu Agenda, and the Agenda Bell. Principles of the Meeting Masters help social workers in the four phases of meeting - preplanning, facilitating/running the meeting itself, processing items for the next meeting, and follow up and implementation of decisions and actions. The second portion reviews several examples of "decision rottenosity" and outlines the process of decision crystallization.

    Objectives

    • Describe challenges in effectiveness that surface in meetings social workers routinely have, such as staff meetings, staff consultations, supervisory meetings, agency board meetings, etc.
    • Describe what occurs during the four phases of a meeting.
    • Develop an agenda for a staff meeting.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 11/6/2020 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    Location

    online
  5. Introduction to Budgeting and Fiscal Management

    This course introduces budgeting and fiscal management as a decision tool and provides specific technology for participants' future use, including the index of difference, the MacMillian Matrix, and the Cafeteria Compensation tool. Various kinds of budgets and their presentation will help participants to develop an understanding of fiscal management in social work practice settings.

    Objectives

    • Describe the relationship between financial budgeting and time budgeting.
    • Identify and describe at least two types of budgets.
    • Distinguish between "hard pay" and "soft pay."
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 11/13/2020 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    Location

    U-M School of Social Work
    1080 South University Avenue
    ECC
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
    Room: 1840 (ECC)
  6. Alumni Webinar Series | Body-based Approaches to Trauma-Inclusive Mindfulness in Therapy

    Note: This course is available for free to U-M SSW alumni as part of our Alumni Webinar Series, which features invited alumni speakers. Please know that non-alumni participants are welcome to register as well!

    Mindfulness. You've heard of it and the research shows it's a highly effective strategy for reducing anxiety, improving focus, managing chronic pain, and even treating trauma symptoms. But will any practice do?

    When using mindfulness for therapeutic factors, there are a variety of factors to consider. In this webinar participants will learn how mindfulness of the body and movement can support individuals who have experienced traumatic stress. Instruction will include: a review of factors that can increase or decrease a clients' sense of safety and empowerment; a brief explanation of relevant neuropsychology research, such as the difference between bottom up and top down approaches to treatment and the value of each; and experiential activities to showcase mindfulness practices that can help increase self-awareness, support emotion regulation and distress tolerance capacity, and motivate clients toward positive change.

    Objectives

    • 1. Identify ethical considerations and other factors that influence the effectiveness of mindfulness in treating clients with trauma symptoms. 2. Describe the role of integrating the body and movement (bottom up approaches) into mindfulness for self awareness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and behavior change. 3. Facilitate at least one mindfulness practice in their own work.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 12/1/2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructor

    • Raina LaGrand

    Location

    online
  7. Alumni Webinar Series | The Social Work Leader Role in Organization Culture Realignment

    Note: This course is available for free to U-M SSW alumni as part of our Alumni Webinar Series, which features invited alumni speakers. Please know that non-alumni participants are welcome to register as well!

    Organization culture has a known impact in the ability of leaders to implement change in organizations. Organization culture, defined as the shared beliefs and values held by organization members that provide meaning and also shape how work is accomplished, is meant to be a stabilizing force within the enterprise. And most organizations are comprised of the enterprise culture and a number of sub-cultures within business units and departments. And while difficult to change, culture often needs to at least shift in order to implement successfully critical organization or department initiatives.

    Social work leaders play an important role in defining organization culture within their organizations as members of organization leadership, and within their departments as leaders within healthcare systems and other organizations. This webinar will provide social work leaders with a broader understanding of the impact of organization culture, along with several important principles and practices to consider when working towards realignment of culture.

    Objectives

    • Apply principles and practices for effective culture realignment in organizations.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 2/4/2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructor

    • Jonathan Z Gottlieb

    Location

    online
  8. Building a Social Justice Informed Private Practice | Part 1: Foundation

    This workshop is part one of a four-part series on social justice oriented approaches to offering private behavioral health services in a private practice setting. This section outlines the basic knowledge foundation social workers need to prepare to offer private outpatient behavioral health services. While we encourage participants to complete all four parts, you may also select those that best fit your needs and schedule.

    This series will provide a foundational understanding of private and public behavioral health services so that participants are able to identify the skills needed to deliver outpatient services as a clinician with a social justice orientation. With increased access to behavioral health services through policies such as Health Care Parity and the Affordable Care Act, more community members with mild to moderate need for behavioral health services are seeking care and there is a greater need for non-public behavioral health care providers who deliver culturally-responsive and socially-just services.

    Objectives

    • Define non-public behavioral health services.
    • Define public behavioral health services.
    • Describe the core values of social work and relevance to behavioral health
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 5/20/2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 ethics synchronous interactive
    • 1.75 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  9. Building a Social Justice Informed Private Practice | Part 2: Skills

    This workshop is part two of a four-part series on social justice oriented approaches to offering private behavioral health services in a private practice setting. This section focuses on skills for outpatient behavioral health services. While we encourage participants to complete all four parts, you may also select those that best fit your needs and schedule.

    This course will provide a foundational understanding of private and public behavioral health services so that participants are able to identify the skills needed to deliver outpatient services as a clinician with a social justice orientation. With increased access to behavioral health services through policies such as Health Care Parity and the Affordable Care Act, more community members with mild to moderate need for behavioral health services are seeking care and there is a greater need for non-public behavioral health care providers who deliver culturally-responsive and socially-just services.

    Objectives

    • Identify skills needed to deliver outpatient behavioral health services in private settings.
    • Describe one's personal philosophy to service delivery.
    • Compare and contrast needs and wants of clients presenting for service delivery.
    • Identify at least one ethical standard relevant to social justice and outpatient behavioral health services.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 5/20/2021 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1.75 ethics synchronous interactive
    • 2 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  10. Certificate in Mixed Methods Research

    Part 1: This program area will welcome participants to the MMR CE program and introduce mixed methods research to them. Research ethics and values are important for the responsible conduct of research and so in the components of this program area, participants will learn about the nature of research ethics as it pertains to macro social work and other applied professions. We will begin with a history of research ethics with topics ranging from the Nuremberg Code and the Belmont Report, to the U.S. Public Health Service syphilis study carried out in Tuskegee, Alabama. Next, we will briefly cover theoretical frameworks and the advantages of using theory for mixed methods research and practice in social work. Participants will be challenged to view the research process through a culturally sensitive lens. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to think about the implications for how the research we conduct with underserved and underrepresented groups influences what we learn from these groups.

    Part 2: This program area will cover the basics for how to design a mixed methods research study. We will begin by discussing how to develop research questions, then we will cover mixed methods language and notation, and then we will discuss choosing a mixed methods design. The research question is one of the most important aspects of any research project. It influences subsequent aspects of the project. In this program area, participants will be guided through how to develop a research question based on their phenomenon of interest. This is important because researchers make decisions about whether they will use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods after finalizing their research question. Communicating research designs throughout various stages of the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of the project will also be covered. Then, this program area will cover transformative mixed methods, which are germane to the social justice lens of the social work profession.

    Part 3: This program area will cover collecting data in mixed methods research. We will begin by discussing how to decide on the data collection needed to address certain research questions. Next, participants will be guided through how sampling plans are developed and recruitment strategies are made. Then, various qualitative and quantitative data collection methods will be discussed and presented in the context of their contribution to a mixed methods study. For example, qualitative data can access a phenomenon more directly than what is possible with formal, questionnaire-based measurements in part because pre-established questions are sometimes insensitive to important local cultural norms and idioms. Qualitative data, in focusing on natural language, deepen our understanding of the clients condition, clinician attribution of symptoms, and other treatment processes otherwise inaccessible to scientific analysis. This type of data is particularly useful in characterizing areas where formal measurement tools are lacking, inappropriate, unreliable, or incomplete. For social workers and other applied professionals, the human voice can be one of the most valuable insights into learning and improving the outcomes of clients. Therefore, it is important to incorporate and properly use qualitative research in our work. In this program area, participants will learn effective and efficient ways to collect and analyze qualitative data using one-on-one interviews, focus groups, and observation data collection methods. Existing records will also be discussed. Quantitative data (e.g., statistics) can sometimes be intimidating for social workers and other applied professionals. In this program area, participants will deepen their understanding of the ways in which quantitative data is collected.

    Part 4: This program area will cover data analysis techniques for mixed methods studies. First, we will discuss how to prepare qualitative and quantitative data for analysis, and then we will describe various ways to code and analyze qualitative data, as well as the most appropriate statistical techniques for quantitative data. Qualitative approaches promise to bridge the explanatory gap that exists between aggregated outcomes and actual events in the local situation. On the other hand, quantitative approaches promise the opportunity for true experimental designs as well as replication of study methods and generalization of findings. We will also cover secondary analysis, and how to use existing statistics to address research questions. Since the purpose of statistics is to convey meaning about how certain variables (e.g., the independent and dependent) do or do not (and to what level) relate to each other, this program area will provide participants with a user-friendly way of incorporating statistics into their work. Though descriptive and inferential statistics will be covered, it is important for participants to note that advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling) will not be covered. This program area will cover how to take the interpretation of mixed methods research a step further by preparing reports from mixed methods research studies. During this program area, we will also cover ways to comprehensively represent large and small qualitative datasets involving multiple cases both for inductive exploration and for more deductive examination of theoretically interesting relationships among data concepts and other variables. Communicating the research process is probably the most important step in any research project. In this program area, participants will learn about writing research reports, manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, research briefs, and longer reports. Visual displays of mixed methods research results will also be discussed. The program will also cover the benefits and challenges of different ways of disseminating mixed methods research findings. Participants will be encouraged to consider how the factors that influence the dissemination of research findings influence how they approach their research. As social workers and applied professionals, we should not take information for granted based on its popularity or reputation. In this program area, participants will learn how to apply critical appraisal skills in the search for evidence and during professional judgment and decision-making. Participants will also develop and strengthen skills and knowledge related to the identification of quality research. Participants will be encouraged to consider the concrete ways in which their own work reflects rigor and quality. The program will also briefly address using mixed methods in program evaluation and across disciplines.

    Asynchronous = Pre-recorded lectures: The pre-recorded lectures support the live sessions for the Mixed Methods Certificate. The recordings focus on content relevant to designing and implementing a mixed methods research approach in social work. The recordings involve participants in learning about core concepts and applications.

    Objectives

    • Describe ethics and values in social work research.
    • Identify ways to incorporate theory into social work research.
    • Describe mixed methods research.
    • Describe how mixed methods can be applied to social work research.
    • Describe why mixed methods should be conducted in social work research.
    • Name the key aspects of a mixed methods study.
    • Describe the steps involved with choosing the qualitative methods for a mixed methods study.
    • Describe the steps involved with choosing the quantitative methods for a mixed methods study.
    • Describe the steps involved with analyzing the data associated with qualitative methods for a mixed methods study.
    • Describe the steps involved with analyzing the data associated with quantitative methods for a mixed methods study.
    • Write up a mixed methods research study for social work practice.
    • Outline the history of mixed methods research ethics and the responsible conduct of research.
    • Describe the origins and purpose of mixed methods research.
    • Describe the importance of theory in conducting responsible mixed methods research.
    • Describe the implications for how the research we conduct with underserved and underrepresented groups influences what we learn from these groups.
    • Identify under what conditions someone should consider conducting a mixed methods study.
    • Describe the language and notation used in mixed methods research
    • Outline the procedures involved with choosing a mixed methods design.
    • Describe the challenges that may occur when choosing a mixed methods design.
    • Identify under what conditions quantitative and qualitative data should be collected.
    • Describe the conceptualization and operationalization of quantitative and qualitative research.
    • Describe measurement and sampling in quantitative and qualitative research studies.
    • Determine which descriptive and inferential analytic strategies should be used to analyze quantitative data and which inductive reasoning needs to be used to analyze qualitative data.
    • Describe ways to analyze qualitative data for mixed methods research projects
    • Describe ways to analyze quantitative data for mixed methods research projects
    • Describe the various ways the quantitative and qualitative data from mixed methods projects can be integrated to address a phenomenon.
    • Identify mixed methods projects in social work that can be interpreted to address a phenomenon.
    • Describe ways to disseminate qualitative data in mixed methods research
    • Describe ways to disseminate quantitative data in mixed methods research
    • Demonstrate successful writing strategies for mixed methods data in various settings. Identify ways to visually display mixed methods data in various settings.
    hybrid certificate program

    Sessions

    • 6/7/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/9/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/14/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/16/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/21/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/23/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/28/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 6/30/2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 16 regular in-person
    • 14 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructor

    Location

    online

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