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  1. Sexual Health Assessment and Treatment in Clinical Practice

    The objective of this training is to help mental health professionals develop confidence and a skill set for discussing sexual identity, health/wellness, and intimacy with their clients. Fundamentals of sex therapy from a biopsychosocial approach will be covered to ensure that participants feel well-equipped to incorporate sexual functioning into their core approach to assessment and treatment. The learner will understand the ramifications of relegating this topic to a "specialized" treatment approach and feel skilled and capable in addressing sex therapy topics as a foundational approach to assessment and treatment.

    Objectives

    • Identify at least three reasons to incorporate sexual health assessment into general mental health treatment.
    • Apply common assessment questions in practice to understand history and underlying issues associated with sexual concerns.
    • Describe the relationship between trauma experiences and common difficulties associated with sexual intimacy and health.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 5/7/2021 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 aasect synchronous interactive
    • 1 pain management live interactive online
    • 2 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Location

    online
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Building a Social Justice Informed Private Practice | Part 3: Practice Strategies

    This workshop is part three 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 practice strategies. 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

    • Identify social work core competencies.
    • Describe two tools and strategies to integrate to demonstrate socially just practice.
    • Describe the role of clinician in private outpatient setting as a social worker.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 5/21/2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 2.75 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  5. Building a Social Justice Informed Private Practice | Part 4: Business Strategies

    This workshop is part four 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 business strategies. 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

    • Identify funding sources for private behavioral health services.
    • Describe the credentialing process for Michigan state insurance plans.
    • Identify three strategies for sharing information about services delivered.
    webinar (synchronous interactive)

    Sessions

    • 5/21/2021 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM

    CE Contact Hours

    • 3 regular synchronous interactive

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  6. 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
  7. Addictions Certificate Program | Track 1: Addictions Treatment Foundational Skills

    It is understandable that individuals struggling with substance abuse problems are often highly ambivalent about engaging and committing to treatment and recovery, especially upon initial contact with a helping professional. The skills of engagement and enhancement of client motivation are thus critical for anyone seeking to effectively assist substance-involved populations. Additional understanding of and ability to appropriately assess individuals according to whole-person frameworks is also important. This set of learning session will focus on these foundational knowledge and skill areas, as well as touching on broad, well-established treatment approaches for successfully addressing addictive disorders.

    Objectives

    • Identify nine evidence-based relational elements and describe why valuing the client relationship is important.
    • Describe the importance of engagement and how it relates to the entire therapeutic/treatment sequence.
    • List the four variables in the "change equation" for difficult behavior, and their relative importance.
    • Identify six stages in the transtheoretical model of change.
    • Describe why it is important to identify a client's stage of change before attempting treatment interventions.
    • Describe the primary goals and types of interventions corresponding with the four stages of treatment.
    • Describe the four phases of working with clients in the motivational interviewing framework.
    • Identify the 5 strategic skills of motivational interviewing and describe how they are useful in working with ambivalent clients.
    • Describe how the spirit of motivational interviewing is different from some traditional addictions treatment approaches.
    • Distinguish between simple and complex forms of reflective listening.
    • Describe ten techniques for evoking change talk.
    • Distinguish between four types of preparatory change talk and three types of mobilizing change talk.
    • Identify the acute withdrawal syndromes from depressant, stimulant, and hallucinogenic substances of abuse.
    • Describe how neurochemistry functions in both intoxication and withdrawal syndromes and their associated symptoms.
    • Describe three relapse prevention strategies, and how to address the challenges of post-acute withdrawal from various substances.
    • Identify the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and their various wider applications.
    • Compare and contrast the 12-Step model/approach with other peer-led models/approaches.
    • Describe how to build and leverage partnerships with 12-Step fellowships and other peer-led support groups in the local community.
    • Describe the efficacy findings of cognitive behavioral therapy from the Project MATCH research study.
    • Identify five distinctive elements of cognitive behavioral therapy compared with other intervention models.
    • Describe two evidence-based applications of cognitive behavioral approaches, for use with clients addicted to alcohol, and to cocaine.
    • Describe the differences between didactic, process, and skill-building treatment groups.
    • Describe how utilizing three different types of group work enhances treatment effectiveness at different stages.
    • Identify content/curriculum for use in delivering each of the three levels of stage-matched group work.
    • Describe values, ethical principles, and ethical standards for addiction treatment providers.
    • Describe specific ethical dilemmas that arise in addictions practice.
    • Differentiate between compliance and ethical practice regarding guidelines for behavioral health professionals, according to the requirements of licensing, ethical codes, and state/federal requirements.
    • Describe the process for ethical decision-making when competing ethical considerations are at play in addictions practice situations.
    • Apply ethical principles to culture and spirituality in addictions treatment.
    • Describe specific ethical issues within addictions treatment related to harm reduction.
    hybrid certificate program

    CE Contact Hours

    • 6 ethics asynchronous online
    • 22.5 regular asynchronous online
    • 1.5 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  8. Addictions Certificate Program | Track 2: Addictions Treatment Processes & Clinical Interventions

    Successful treatment of addictive disorders typically includes various elements and processes that the effective practitioner needs to not only know about, but also to know how best to invoke those treatment elements in a manner that will be the best fit for each individual service recipient. Additionally, there are time-tested, evidence-based therapies with proven positive outcomes that practitioners would benefit from knowing about, either for direct provision or for the purposes of informing referrals. This set of sessions will focus on these learning targets, as well as equipping participants with the professional ethics knowledge and perspectives necessary for working with substance-involved populations.

    Objectives

    • Describe the six dimensions of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM PPC-2R), and how they inform level-of-care determination and referral.
    • Describe how screening is critically related to assessment and treatment planning.
    • Identify five brief screening instruments and describe how they may be effectively utilized.
    • Describe the importance of providing a menu of treatment options during initial orientation to services.
    • Describe how orientation and education are in themselves important interventions impacting subsequent treatment.
    • Describe a comprehensive source of quality, low-cost, substance-specific educational materials and how to access them.
    • Describe the 4 diagnostic criteria elements for Substance Abuse and the 7 criteria elements for Substance Dependence from the DSM-IV, and the changes to Substance Use Disorder diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5.
    • Describe how assessment is critically related to treatment planning.
    • Demonstrate how to conduct effective, recovery-oriented, strengths-based, stage-matched treatment planning.
    • Identify the 6 stages of the Transtheoretical Model of Change align with the 8 stages of the Substance Abuse Treatment Scale (SATS), and describe how each are important, useful frameworks.
    • Describe how to adjust stage-matched treatment planning as recovery occurs.
    • Demonstrate how to write useful stage-matched progress notes.
    • Describe how family systems theory informs the understanding of addiction as a "family disease" and associated treatment strategies.
    • Identify the 3 concepts of enabling, codependence, and the Drama Triangle, and describe how to present these concepts to clients and "family" members, including family-of-origin, family-of-procreation, and family-of-choice.
    • Identify available recovery support resources for family members, how to access them, and why they are important.
    • Describe the differences between "social," "subacute," and "medical" detox, and when each of these 3 is indicated.
    • Describe the pros and cons of the strategies of pharmacologically assisted detox vs cold turkey.
    • Identify 5 psychosocial strategies used to support clients through withdrawal from different substance.
    • Describe the efficacy findings of Motivational Enhancement Therapy from the Project MATCH research study.
    • Identify 5 distinctive elements of Motivational Enhancement Therapy compared with other intervention models.
    • Describe scripted session guidelines for delivering the Motivational Enhancement Therapy intervention.
    • Describe the efficacy findings of Twelve-Step Facilitation therapy from the Project MATCH research study.
    • Identify 5 distinctive elements of Twelve-Step Facilitation therapy compared with other intervention models.
    • Describe scripted session guidelines for delivering the Twelve-Step Facilitation therapy intervention.
    • Describe how the concepts of operant conditioning, and positive and negative reinforcement impact behaviors in the direction of addiction or recovery.
    • Identify the 5 steps for designing an effective Contingency Management program.
    • Describe what research findings indicate about the effective use of Contingency Management in addiction treatment.
    • Describe the difference between empowering and enabling and why it is important in treating addictive disorders.
    • Identify 5 strategies in empowerment and advocacy for and with clients with substance use disorders.
    • Describe the importance of case management services being aligned with overall treatment goals and efforts.
    hybrid certificate program

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1.5 regular synchronous interactive
    • 28.5 regular asynchronous online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  9. Addictions Certificate Program | Track 3: Addictions Treatment with Complex & Comorbid Populations

    As behavioral healthcare service delivery has become increasingly concerned with effective treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, integrated care models, and dual-diagnosis-informed interventions have emerged and become well- established. The more recent acknowledgement of the importance of further integration with physical healthcare treatment services is also highly pertinent to successful and sustainable treatment of substance-involved populations. This set of learning sessions will focus on addictions treatment with individuals having complex and comorbid circumstances and conditions, including mental health, physical health, criminal justice, and trauma issues.

    Objectives

    • Identify the 26 domains of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment model, and which are most impactful.
    • Identify the 7 domains of the "Dual Diagnosis Capability" framework for application to traditional substance abuse (DDCAT), mental health (DDCMHT), and primary care (DDCHCS) programs.
    • Describe how to access useful cost-free information and resources to develop or enhance dual disorders treatment delivery.
    • Describe the pros and cons of different approaches to considering culture and ethnicity in addictions treatment.
    • Identify 12 gender-responsive principles for addressing the specific substance abuse treatment needs of women.
    • Identify 5 important cultural issues when working with LGBT individuals.
    • Identify 6 key principles and 4 models of Drug Court programs and describe the demonstrated efficacy of this approach.
    • Describe other ways of integrating addictions treatment with legal case processing including strategies for interfacing with probation and parole departments.
    • Identify the 8 elements of transition planning to support continuity of offender treatment for substance use disorders from institution to community.
    • Identify 3 historical barriers and bridges between spirituality/religion and addictions treatment.
    • Demonstrate how a comprehensive assessment of client spirituality can effectively inform treatment planning.
    • Identify 9 guidelines for using religious/spiritual interventions in addictions treatment.
    • Describe physical health sequelae that are indicators of at least 3 different types of substance abuse.
    • Describe the relationship between HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and other infectious diseases and substance abuse.
    • Describe smoking cessation treatment interventions in primary care and addictions treatment settings.
    • Describe how symptoms of intoxication/withdrawal interact in toxic fashion with personality disorder symptoms.
    • Describe how personality disorder symptoms are both a risk factor for, and consequence of, various addictions.
    • Describe the effective treatment model for Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction of Dialectical Behavior Therapy-S.
    • Describe how 3 symptoms of intoxication/withdrawal syndromes mimic anxiety disorder symptoms.
    • Describe how anxiety disorder symptoms are both a risk factor for, and consequence of, various addictions.
    • Identify 4 psychosocial strategies for managing anxiety without potentially addictive medications.
    • Describe how 3 symptoms of intoxication/withdrawal syndromes mimic mood disorder symptoms.
    • Describe how mood disorder symptoms are both a risk factor for, and consequence of, various addictions.
    • Identify the risks of 2 different approaches to addressing mood disorder symptoms in addiction treatment.
    • Describe how 3 symptoms of intoxication/withdrawal syndromes mimic thought disorder symptoms.
    • Describe how thought disorder symptoms are both a risk factor for, and consequence of, various addictions.
    • Identify 3 ways of adjusting co-occurring addictions treatment for clients with significant cognitive impairment.
    • Describe prescribing protocols/strategies for managing the use of potentially abusable medications.
    • Identify 4 medications prescribed as strategies for assisting recovery efforts, and when they may be indicated.
    • Describe methadone treatment for opioid addiction, and what the research evidence shows regarding efficacy.
    hybrid certificate program

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1.5 regular synchronous interactive
    • 28.5 regular asynchronous online

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  10. Certificate in Political Social Work

    The Certificate in Political Social Work is designed for all social workers, regardless of area of primary practice, to fulfill their ethical obligation to engage in social and political action. Participants of this certificate program will learn how politics impacts the lives of those that they serve on both a micro and macro level, practice skills for advocating to policymakers, gain tools to empower clients to become politically engaged, and explore opportunities for running for office.

    Foundations of Political Social Work: This module will include the historical and current role of social workers in the political process as well as knowledge that is core to political social work practice. Topics include: emerging political social work research and theory, political justice, ethics in political social work, and foundational skills in communicating political information.

    Tools for Political Social Work: This module will cover skills and strategies that social workers can apply to their current practice as well as tools to enhance their political engagement. Topics include: identifying and combating fake news, advocacy and activism, and running campaigns.

    Special Knowledge Areas for Political Social Work: This module covers important topic areas social workers should be familiar with when engaging in political social work practice, including organized labor and immigration. This module is intended to be responsive to emerging political topics relevant to social work.

    Objectives

    • Describe major political social work theories.
    • Describe research methods and findings in political social work.
    • Define "political justice" and describe its connection to social work practice.
    • Describe the ethical responsibility of social workers to engage in political work.
    • Identify potential ethical dilemmas that social workers encounter while doing political work.
    • Identify strategies and skills to hold and facilitate discussions across political divides.
    • Describe the ethical basis for being involved in resolving division within organizations and communities.
    • Describe how the day-to-day work of being an elected official relates to social work ethics and values.
    • Describe how to identify and advocate to your appointed and elected officials.
    • Describe methods of engaging in political advocacy and activism.
    • Describe the skills needed to successfully campaign for elected office.
    • Describe the skills needed to successfully fundraise for electoral campaigns.
    • Identify the different kinds of political campaigns.
    • Describe methods for targeting voters to support your cause.
    • Identify opportunities for coalition building within communities and organizations.
    • Describe the skills needed to establish and maintain key relationships to ensure coalition success.
    • Apply political social work practice in a workplace setting.
    • Describe acceptable ways to advocate for your agency's mission and to engage clients in advocating for themselves.
    • Define "fake news" and understand its impact on society.
    • Identify reputable news sources and how to counter fake news.
    • Identify the most effective graphs/charts and design choices to convey your desired message.
    • Describe the foundational skills of working with undocumented and mixed status communities.
    • Identify best practices, legal restrictions, and resources that impact the lives of undocumented immigrants.
    • Describe the importance of tax policy to social work practice.
    • Define "environmental justice" and describe its connection to social work practice.
    • Explain how climate change is an example of environmental injustice.
    • Describe the structure and function of the two major US political parties.
    • Describe the past, present, and potential future relationships between social work and organized labor. Identify mutual interests and opportunities between social work and labor. Describe the role that unions play in the economy, in democracy, and in communities.
    hybrid certificate program

    Sessions

    • self-paced

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 ethics asynchronous online
    • 1 regular synchronous interactive
    • 26 regular asynchronous online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Location

    online

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