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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. Current Treatments for Trauma Survivors »

    July 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course addresses the theoretical framework of trauma and trauma treatment from a culturally and philosophically diverse perspective. It seeks to provide information about why and how trauma and PTSD occur and how trauma treatment is affected by type of trauma experience, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning. Attention is focused on life span development and the meaning of trauma at different ages. Various types of trauma and trauma treatment are discussed from an individual, family, and socio/cultural perspective. The importance of understanding trauma and its relationship to grief and loss will be addressed. Coping and resiliency in surviving and recovering from trauma are explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and focusing on the significance of social groups in integrating trauma. The formation and practice of rituals, and diversity in religious and spiritual experience as a component of coping with trauma will be discussed. Trauma treatments will be discussed, including treatment immediately after a trauma treatment and treatments occurring later, integrated treatments, and evidenced-based treatments.

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  2. Budgeting and Fiscal Management »

    July 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will present the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to develop and manage the budget of a nonprofit social service organization and its programs. Students will learn to use the techniques necessary to: 1) Plan, develop, display, revise, monitor, and evaluate a program budget; 2) Evaluate past financial performance (e.g. financial statements); 3) Monitor and evaluate the cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a nonprofit program and a non profit organization.

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  3. Understanding Diversity and Social Justice through Dialogue »

    July 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course is designed to increase students' awareness, knowledge, and understanding of issues related to diversity and social justice, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability status, and the intersections between these social identity groups. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of dialogue as a method for peacefully resolving conflict that may emerge due to cultural misunderstandings or oppressive dynamics, as well as skills for effectively engaging in dialogue. The topics of this course include social identity development; difference and dominance and the nature of social oppression; our personal and interpersonal connections to power, privilege, and oppression; understanding and resolving conflicts or resistance; the process of dialogue and coalition building across differences; and its applications in multicultural social work settings.

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  4. Current Treatment for Trauma Survivors »

    July 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    The purpose of this mini-course is to gain a holistic understanding of the impact of trauma on functioning across the lifespan, and to acquire basic skills in assessment and treatment of trauma necessary for clinical practice.

    The effects of trauma and traumatic stress can be profound whether the trauma was a single episode/event, or was experienced over a period of time. Trauma impacts many components of overall development and health including but not limited to in the areas of attachment, cognition, emotion regulation, dissociation, and ability to self-regulate and self-soothe. The first half of the course will focus on both developing a framework for understanding the way that traumatic events shape people over time as well as learning to assess for traumatic stress. We will draw on knowledge from the fields of attachment, neurobiology, and child development as well as data from current studies such as the ACE study. Special attention will be given to the way that discrimination, community, and system-level traumas impact individuals. We will examine the classifications of trauma-related disorders in the DSM-5.

    The second half of the course will focus on building skills for interventions with clients. Participants can expect to gain knowledge about the evidence base that exists. We will review the existing evidence base for interventions for PTSD as well as traumatic stress more generally. There will be special emphasis given to skills in mindfulness, self-regulation/self-soothing, working with trauma narratives, and the mind-body connections.

    Each participant in the course can expect to leave with an enhanced ability to engage in trauma-sensitive assessments, to understand the impact of trauma across the lifespan, to implement trauma-informed interventions, and to build resilience for secondary traumatic stress.

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  5. Legal Issues of Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities »

    July 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course helps students increase their understanding of the legal issues frequently encountered by older adults and persons with disability, including estate planning, planning for incapacity, guardianship, elder abuse and exploitation, advocacy for quality long-term care and other services, eligibility for long-term care benefits and services, and elder abuse and exploitation. Students will discuss readings and case studies in small groups with other students and write short reflective pieces, as well as having the option to observe court proceedings.

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  6. Multicultural Competencies in Sexuality Education, Counseling, and Therapy »

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

    This course will address the sexual health needs of individuals and couples throughout the adult lifespan over diverse cultures and populations. This interpersonal practice minicourse can augment other interpersonal practice courses or can be taken independently. Building on basic sex therapy models and integrating these models with multicultural counseling theory and cultural and ethical competencies, course participants will examine their own cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and biases specifically with reference to sexual health. Utilizing the lifespan approach, key considerations in sexual health education and sexual health treatments will be described. Course participants will learn culturally appropriate assessment, diagnosis, and brief intervention approaches and will be challenged to think about the adjustment of interventions to include multicultural considerations and the intersectionality of clients identities. The course will emphasize strengths-based adaptation and resiliency in individual and couples sexual health challenges. The right to education in sexual health and treatment of sexual health problems will be discussed within the framework of mental health care.

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  7. Theory and Practice of Infant Mental Health »

    September 16, 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. Social Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families »

    September 20, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    This course was designed to increase the knowledge base and competency level of social workers who plan to work with (or are interested in) military service members, veterans and their families. This will be accomplished by introducing participants to basic military background and structure, the common problem-areas experienced by this community, and the diverse sub-groups that exist within this unique population.

    The content covered in this course will include subject areas such as military culture, trauma, life after service (transition), problems/issues faced by family members and the study of specific populations within the service such as women, other minorities, and the LGBT population. In addition to improving the cultural competency in the areas listed above, students will also be exposed to the diverse and unique challenges faced by the veterans of different war eras (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and current conflicts). Time will also be spent discussing the kinds of clinical skills that are important for social workers to possess when working with this population.

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  9. Adventure/Experiential-Based Therapy »

    October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This class will focus on the use of adventure-based activities in therapy with individuals, groups and families. Students will be introduced to adventure through readings, discussions, guest speakers and experiences. This one credit mini-course is designed to provide the student with a theoretical, philosophical and experiential understanding of adventure and experiential learning and its application to therapy. Course content includes the theoretical and philosophical foundations of adventure based practice, a discourse on the safe and appropriate use of adventure activities with different client groups, a demonstration on facilitating adventure activities, and use of adventure activities in assessment and intervention.

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  10. Immigration Enforcement, Human Rights, and Social Justice »

    October 7, 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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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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