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  1. Foundations of Sport Social Work

    This course will serve as an introduction to the foundations of sport social work. It will explore how social work and sport have worked in parallel to combat racism, oppression, inequality, and discrimination which has been an integral part of our society's history and development. The course will examine the intersection of the history of social work and the professionalization of athletics. Foundational knowledge of understanding sport social work practice will include identifying the role of sport social workers, defining sport social work practice, and looking at Social Work's Values and Ethics and CSWE competencies through a sport social work lens. With the role of social workers being to serve and advocate for vulnerable populations, athletes will be identified and defined as a vulnerable population and key human development theories will be applied to sport social work. Finally, evidence-based practices will be discussed throughout the course, but specifically, research trends, the current state and future directions of sport social work will be analyzed.

    Objectives

    • Define "Sport Social Work" and describe how it promotes social justice and change.
    • Describe the ethical responsibility of social workers to engage in work with vulnerable populations such as athletes across the lifespan and apply social work theories and evidence-based practice interventions with athletes.
    webinar (asynchronous)

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 ethics asynchronous online
    • 1 regular asynchronous online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  2. Human Trafficking in Healthcare and Human Service Settings: A Macro Social Work Approach

    This course meets the human trafficking training standards outlined in Michigan Administrative Code R. 338.604.

    U.S. law defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor or services against their will. The one exception involves minors and commercial sex. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is considered human trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud or coercion. Although Social Impact Organizations typically are not the first place victims and survivors of human trafficking turn to for support, it is incumbent on organizations to use social work ethics to provide a culture and an atmosphere that intentionally supports victims and survivors.

    This webinar will begin with an understanding of the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States, how to identify victims of human trafficking in health care and community settings, an awareness of warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings and community organizations for adults and minors, as well as how to report suspected human trafficking. Focusing primarily on macro practices, we will discuss how to cultivate trauma-informed care and practices into social impact organizations, and the manifestation of complex trauma in clients. This webinar will explore ways for practitioners to nurture an organizational culture that supports victims and survivors, whether they make their experiences known or not. We will use the voices of survivors and victims to inform practices that support and empower clients.

    Objectives

    • Identify basic definitional, ethical, and legal issues in human trafficking.
    • Describe the relationship between trauma-informed care and organizational culture and identify organizational practices that support survivors and victims of human trafficking.
    webinar (asynchronous)

    CE Contact Hours

    • 1 ethics asynchronous online
    • 1 regular asynchronous online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructors

    Location

    online
  3. Just Fundraising

    Social impact organizations secure resources through a variety of methods, including fees, grants, contracts, financial gifts, in-kind (non-cash) contributions, and investments. This course focuses on developing resources through fundraising and grant writing. Using a lens of social justice and ethics, participants will explore the tensions and paradoxes associated with fundraising and grant writing.

    Objectives

    • Describe how to identify, cultivate, steward, and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with potential funders and donors.
    • Identify ethical and social justice concerns related to applying for, accepting, and managing grants and donations.
    webinar (asynchronous)

    CE Contact Hours

    • 2.5 regular asynchronous online

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Instructor

    Location

    online
  4. Online Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice

    Dementia is the second most prevalent mental disorder affecting older adults, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and is present in one-third of older adults at the time of death. In order to understand and to respond effectively to the needs of our clients, clinicians must appreciate the complex interactions of disease pathology, individual strengths, environmental conditions, informal supports, formal resources, and societal influences. The purpose of this self-paced certificate program is to prepare clinical practitioners for advanced practice with clients and families affected by dementia.

    Objectives

    • Categorize and define the multiple symptoms of dementia.
    • Identify resulting challenges associated with disorders of dementia.
    • Implement key person-centered care principles into daily practice.
    • Utilize understanding and principles of health disparities, cultural competence and the impact on aging individuals to be more skillful in facilitating professional patient dialog and interaction.
    • Identify and reflect on biological aspects of dementia.
    • Describe the basic structure of the brain.
    • Explain normal changes in the aging brain and in cognitive and behavioral functioning.
    • Describe the impact of dementia on our aging society.
    • Identify ethical considerations and policy issues related to the use of genetic tests and biomarkers.
    • Identify best practices and state of the art diagnostic tools for assessing cognitive and behavioral changes, and the implications of Mild Cognitive Impairment on dementia.
    • Identify and reflect on gaps of self­-knowledge related to caregiving, community resources and care planning throughout the dementia journey.
    • Identify and reflect on gaps of self­-knowledge related to caregiving, community resources and care planning throughout the dementia journey.
    • Identify some common emotional and psychological reactions to experiencing cognitive change.
    • Describe health disparities pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
    • Describe cultural competence related to ethnic and cultural differences in caregiving roles and expectations.
    • Explain the importance of legal and financial planning in relation to culture and individual differences to preserve choice, self­-determination and personhood.
    • Explain the importance of legal and financial planning in relation to culture and individual differences to preserve choice, self­-determination and personhood.
    • Identify dispute resolution approaches in addressing family dynamics.
    • Apply best practice approaches to responding to individual and family challenges in adjusting to key transition points throughout the dementia journey.
    • Identify ethical issues in advanced care planning and end of life decision making. Describe hospice and palliative care options and criteria and implement best practices in facilitating end of life conversations with patients and families.
    • Identify and reflect on gaps of self-knowledge related to behavioral assessment and interventions.
    • Describe the impact of personal characteristics, culture and background of an individual with dementia on his/her journey through the middle stages of the disease.
    • Identify the contribution of chronic illness and the aging process to the behaviors of individuals with dementia.
    • Describe the contribution of anxiety and depression to understanding the person's journey.
    • List common behavioral challenges in mid stage dementia.
    • Identify risks and triggers in the assessment of behavior changes and implement best practices in person­-centered interventions.
    • Identify risks and triggers in the assessment of behavior changes and implement best practices in person­-centered interventions.
    • Identify the effect of chronic stress on coping and well-being.
    • Describe the latest research and implications in wellness practices, such as exercise, tai chi, yoga, etc., for individuals, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
    • Describe how expressive arts, such as storytelling, music, painting, and movement can improve quality of life in the home and in residential care throughout the dementia journey.
    • Implement simple and brief mindfulness-based practices to foster a healthy work-life balance.
    • Identify and reflect on gaps of self-knowledge related to prevention research and strategies.
    • Identify current prevention trials and explore the implications of prevention research.
    • Describe research behind the heart-brain connection and the neuroprotective properties of exercise, diet, mental activity, and socialization.
    • Explain public policy efforts and interventions needed to address the Alzheimer's epidemic.
    • Describe an innovative practice change model: ACT on Alzheimer's.
    • Explore the role of dementia experts in leading change. Demonstrate assessment and intervention approaches through case study presentation.
    hybrid certificate program

    CE Contact Hours

    • 31 regular asynchronous online
    • 3 regular live interactive online

    Skill Level

    Advanced

    Location

    online
  5. Social Work License Exam Preparation Course - Advanced Generalist Exam

    This online review course* is designed to help you prepare for the Advanced Generalist licensure examination. This self-paced course gives you access to the highest quality review materials, in addition to the support of an instructor and other course participants. With this online course, you will receive:

    - Electronic access to the Social Work ASWB Exam Guide for your test by Springer Publishing Company, which includes practice test questions.
    - Guidance on developing a self-directed study plan
    - Online forum for ongoing support on major content areas
    - Virtual office hours for guidance and coaching
    - Other electronic resources to promote learning

    * This licensure preparation program and materials associated with it were not included in the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education (ACE) review and are not approved by ASWB for continuing education nor endorsed by ASWB in any manner.
    exam preparation

    Sessions

    • self-paced

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Location

    online
  6. Social Work License Exam Preparation Course - Clinical Exam

    This online review course* is designed to help you prepare for the Clinical licensure examination. This self-paced course gives you access to the highest quality review materials, in addition to the support of an instructor and other course participants. With this online course, you will receive:

    - Electronic access to the Social Work ASWB Exam Guide for your test by Springer Publishing Company, which includes practice test questions.
    - Guidance on developing a self-directed study plan
    - Online forum for ongoing support on major content areas
    - Virtual office hours for guidance and coaching
    - Other electronic resources to promote learning

    * This licensure preparation program and materials associated with it were not included in the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education (ACE) review and are not approved by ASWB for continuing education nor endorsed by ASWB in any manner.
    exam preparation

    Sessions

    • self-paced

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Location

    online
  7. Social Work License Exam Preparation Course - Masters Exam

    This online review course* is designed to help you prepare for the Masters licensure examination. This self-paced course gives you access to the highest quality review materials, in addition to the support of an instructor and other course participants. With this online course, you will receive:

    - Electronic access to the Social Work ASWB Exam Guide for your test by Springer Publishing Company, which includes practice test questions.
    - Guidance on developing a self-directed study plan
    - Online forum for ongoing support on major content areas
    - Virtual office hours for guidance and coaching
    - Other electronic resources to promote learning

    * This licensure preparation program and materials associated with it were not included in the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education (ACE) review and are not approved by ASWB for continuing education nor endorsed by ASWB in any manner.
    exam preparation

    Sessions

    • self-paced

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Location

    online

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