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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. Basic Skills for Dialectical Behavior Therapy »

    May 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    DBT is an empirically supported treatment for individuals with severe emotionally regulation problems. Part of the treatment consists of teaching individuals specific skill sets in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and crisis management. Participants will learn an overview of these skills and how to integrate these skills into their clinical practice in both a group and individual therapy setting.

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  2. 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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  3. Family Psychoeducation Intervention in Work with Adults, Adolescents, Children and Their Families/Extended Support Networks »

    May 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will focus on developing the group work skills necessary to implement evidence-based family psychoeducation interventions in work with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Special emphasis will be given to the family psychoeducation approach using multiple family groups in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. This course will examine the theoretical and empirical foundations for family psychoeducation, as well as, the practice of multifamily group treatment in schizophrenia, bi-polar illness, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and with children and adolescents with serious mental illnesses.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Restorative Practices in Schools and Communities »

    May 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Within the contest of restorative justice frameworks, course participants will learn about the school to prison pipeline and implications of zero tolerance policies pushing at-risk students into juvenile and criminal justice systems. Restorative practices aim to increase cultural awareness, practice, and advocacy in practitioners incorporating best practices for social emotional well-being and learning methods with young people in schools and communities.

    1. Clearly articulate the problems traditional justice and discipline models present for youth in communities and schools: addressing behavior management, school to prison pipeline, and expulsions.

    2. Panel discussion of people who are working in both communities and schools.

    3. Teaching skills around restorative practices (conferences and peace circles), conflict management, mediation, and facilitation.

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  7. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    May 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This introductory course will examine the principles of Infant Mental Health intervention with families of infants and young children. Using attachment theory as a foundation, we will examine best practices in supporting early developing relationships between infants and young children and their caregivers. Special attention will be given to understanding the processes through which practitioners can promote infant well-being and expand parenting capacity to nurture and protect their children.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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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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