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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.

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Continuing Education

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.

  • earn CE credits
  • meet licensing requirements
  • expand your skillset to meet growing employer demands
  • enhance your ability to improve lives

Upcoming Continuing Education Workshops

  1. Taking a Pulse: Examining Compassion Fatigue in Child Welfare »

    May 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    This course will engage participants in examining organizational and individual strategies to address compassion fatigue in child welfare settings. Evidence-based research will be presented as it relates to effective practices. Exercises that focus on organizational practices and individual well-being approaches will allow participants to explore their own work situations and coping strategies. Participants will leave with a toolkit for action to combat compassion fatigue.

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  2. Community Reponses to Increased Immigration Enforcement, and Social Justice »

    May 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course focuses on the real community and personal impacts of increased immigration enforcement in the United States since the attacks of 911. The course will explore current immigration enforcement policies in the context of social justice issues, human rights violations and impacts on communities. Many of these issues will be explored through particular focus on case examples from an effective, local, grassroots effort to urgently respond to the needs of the undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are increasingly targeted for detainment and deportation on the borders and interior of the US. Students in this course will acquire the skills to analyze current and changing aspects of immigration enforcement policy and its controversies. Students will also acquire the skills to develop community and organizational strategies to promote social justice including urgent response teams, community education, political actions and the ethics and cultural humility necessary in organizing with immigrant communities around these issues.

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  3. Military Social Work: How to Interpret and Decipher Military Experience During the Assessment Process (Webinar) »

    May 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    This webinar will assist participants in identifying important information from a military service record during the assessment phase of treatment. If clinicians are unable to interpret a DD-214, identify specific badges and awards, or link dates of service with common risk factors - they may be missing key facts from their patients history. A good understanding of a service record will lead to more revealing follow-up questions, and help determine etiologies and patterns of behavior. The information provided in this webinar will provide participants with a guide to follow when encountering patients with a military service history.

    This course is offered online. Information regarding how to access the course will be provided one week prior to the course date.

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  4. Living Well with Pain: The ACT Approach (Webinar) »

    May 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    In this webinar, participants will learn the fundamental principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based practice. After gaining this foundation, participants will learn applications of ACT to the understanding and treatment of chronic pain.

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  5. Addressing Suicide: A Culturally Responsive Approach to Prevention and Intervention »

    June 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    This workshop will help participants gain a deeper understanding of suicide prevention and interventions in clinical practice. With the goal to become more comfortable and confident identifying and helping address suicidal ideation, plan(s) and intent in communities, this training will offer opportunities to engage in role-plays and review case examples.

    Ethical and legal responsibilities as social workers exist when working with consumers. It is essential to understand the complexity of responses in clinical practice when suicide is present and needs to be addressed. This workshop will allow participants they opportunity to explore their beliefs regarding suicide at different stages of the lifespan and how one's beliefs do and do not influence our practice.

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  6. Animal Assisted Therapy Introduction Experiential »

    June 2, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    This mini-course will start with an orientation webinar on Friday June 2 from 2-5pm. Webinar attendance is required to attend the in-person portion on Saturday.

    The remainder of the course, which is primarily experiential, will meet at the instructor's farm in Dexter, Michigan on Saturday, June 3 from 9am to 5pm with ah hour break for lunch. Please bring your lunch and come prepared to be outdoors interacting with animals. Course Description: This course provides an experiential opportunity for students to explore animal assisted therapeutic activities specifically designed to further a wide range of therapeutic goals with children, adolescents, families and adult clients. Like play therapy and art therapy, animal assisted interventions, when integrated with evidence-based methods including (but not limited to) CBT and mindfulness, trauma recovery, family systems, cultural-relational and psychodynamic approaches, offer opportunities for people to work through a variety of issues and insecurities related to attachment, trauma, self-esteem and identity concerns, dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and family and relational problems. With selected animals as therapy partners, the therapeutic team helps people of all ages and positions foster new alliances, understand more fully existing problems and build practical life-skills to enhance confidence, effectiveness and joy. Presently, animal assisted therapy is gaining acclaim in the field of mental health intervention and there is a growing body of evidence supporting its efficacy and standards in the field to be explored. This course introduces the theoretical foundations, standards, ethics, evidence, certifications, integration of methods, case examples, evaluation and practical skills involved in partnering with a variety of animals, in particular dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses and chickens (yes, chickens!)- to provide engaging and effective interventions.

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  7. HIV/AIDS: Evidence Based Programs, Policies and Services »

    June 8, 2017 - 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.

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  8. Human Trafficking for Social Workers and Service Providers »

    June 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    In this workshop, social workers and other service providers will gain an understanding what human trafficking is and how they can help victims of human trafficking that they encounter in their field of practice, with a particular emphasis on healthcare settings. We will take a critical perspective on what it means to help a victim of trafficking, as well-intentioned interventions can unwittingly cause the individual's arrest or deportation. Further, we will examine guiding principles for successful engagement with this population, including trauma-informed care, cultural awareness, and harm reduction. Finally, we will hear about local resources that providers can use if they suspect a client is a victim of human trafficking.

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  9. DSM 5: Updates for Professionals »

    December 31, 2017 (all day)

    This continuing education module is geared toward licensed professionals trained in clinical diagnosis holding masters degree and clinical training as outlined in their states licensing requirements. This module reviews the changes reflected in the new DSM 5 and it is recommended that participant have their DSM 5 available for the exercises. The module offers 3 online clinical CE contact hours.

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    The University of Michigan Friends and Family promotion allows UM SSW alumni, faculty, MSW students and field instructors to take the course for only $69.00.

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  10. Online License Exam Prep Course - Advanced Generalist Exam »

    December 31, 2017 (all day)

    Please note: Registrations are processed manually and it make take a few days to grant you access to the course site. If you haven't heard from us within a week, please let us know.

    This online review course is designed to help you prepare for the Advanced Generalist licensure examination. This two-month 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 Advanced Generalist Exam Guide by Springer Publishing Company, which includes a practice test
    • Guidance on developing a self-directed study plan
    • Online forum for ongoing support on major content areas
    • Access to recorded lectures and podcasts on major content areas
    • Virtual office hours for guidance and coaching
    • Other electronic resources to promote learning

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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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