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School of Social Work Certificates

Michigan Social Work offers certificates for undergraduate and graduate students as well as continuing education for professionals. Some certificates are taught on campus and others are taught online. The certificate programs provide intensive training and highlight research and practice innovations.

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate in Poverty Solutions, Action & Engagement

Community Action Social Change (CASC) Minor students build knowledge, skills, and experiences in community action and social change while developing and implementing strategies that help address inequality and alleviate poverty.

The certificate is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work’s CASC Minor program — open to all undergraduate students at U-M — and Poverty Solutions, a presidential initiative that seeks to leverage the intellectual assets and academic scope of the university toward preventing and alleviating poverty.

Interprofessional Mini-Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice

The focus of this mini-certificate is on trauma exposure in children and adolescents and interprofessional practice among social workers, teachers and nurses. The mini-certificate will be awarded to students (undergraduate and graduate) who complete all three one-credit mini-courses (SW540/541/542). Each course includes a full-day Saturday interactive workshop, as well as several weeks of pre-learning (online groups) before the workshop and an online post-workshop debriefing and reflective essay.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Community Action and Research

The Graduate Certificate in Community Action and Research provides students with rigorous interdisciplinary training, connecting their research and action within communities to conversations taking place beyond the classroom. A certificate in Community Action and Research will provide students with a specialized set of experiences and courses which supplement their primary field of study.

Interprofessional Mini-Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice

The focus of this mini-certificate is on trauma exposure in children and adolescents and interprofessional practice among social workers, teachers, and nurses. The mini-certificate will be awarded to students (undergraduate and graduate) who complete all three one-credit mini-courses (SW540/541/542). Each course includes a full-day Saturday interactive workshop, as well as several weeks of pre-learning (online groups) before the workshop and an online post-workshop debriefing and reflective essay.

MasterTrack™ Online Certificate

Explore fundamental concepts of social work and social justice with the #1 School of Social Work. The MasterTrack certificate provides three options for you to explore and study social work. You can earn the MasterTrack certificate only or combined with the MSW program.

Social Work in School Settings

During the first term of enrollment, students interested in school social work should consult with the appropriate faculty advisor about the practice of social work in schools and certification requirements for such practice. Since requirements vary from state to state, and these are not all covered in the  MSW curriculum, it is necessary to plan the academic program of each prospective school social worker individually and early in the MSW program. The appropriate faculty advisor can provide more information about requirements for temporary approval as a school social worker in the state of Michigan.

Continuing Education Certificates

Web-based Addictions Certificate Program

The Addictions Certificate Program is designed for direct clinical practitioners who deliver or plan to deliver behavioral healthcare services to addicted populations. Participants will gain assessment, intervention and consultation knowledge and skills for practical application in the workplace.

Online Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice

The Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice is designed for healthcare professionals and social workers who deliver or plan to deliver person and family centered care to people living with memory loss or dementia. Participants will gain clinical knowledge and skills in cultural competency based assessment, care planning, and state of the art clinical intervention.

Online Certificate in Disability Inclusion and Accessible Design

The Online Certificate in Disability Inclusion and Accessible Design (DIAD) is for social workers and other professionals who are interested in developing skills and sharpening their lens related to disability inclusion, and who strive to make their practice more accessible to and relevant for people with disabilities.

Online Certificate in Dismantling Oppression

The Certificate in Dismantling Oppression is designed for individuals in all areas of practice.

Online Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

The Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care (IBHPC) is designed for direct clinical practitioners who deliver or plan to deliver integrated health services, and who serve populations often presenting with complex needs in physical health, mental health and substance use.

Online Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research

The Certificate in Mixed Methods Research is designed for researchers and practitioners in social work, nursing, psychology, and other applied fields. Participants will learn how to understand and appreciate a scientific approach in building practice knowledge.

Online 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.

Sexual Health Certificate Program

The Sexual Health Certificate Program is to provide comprehensive education and training to professionals about sexual health. Individuals and couples may experience problems in their sexual health related to psychological, environmental, hormonal, medical or relational facets of sexual health. The goal is to provide excellence in the training of professionals in sexual health education, counseling, and therapy.

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