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Online Certificate in Political Social Work

Preparing social workers and allied professionals to promote social justice through political action

Online Certificate in Political Social Work

Political social work is social work practice, theory, and research that focuses on the use of policy and politics to create social change. 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, or for anyone interested in applying social justice to politics and policy. 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.

Participants will complete 28 online social work continuing education credits including:

  • 27 hours of self-directed video lectures
  • 1 hour of live online Q&A with the certificate lead instructor

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Program Information


  • Allison M. Berkowitz

    Allison M. Berkowitz



    Legislative Education & Action Delivers (LEAD)

  • Stephanie L. Chang

    Stephanie L. Chang

    MSW, MPP

    State Senator

    Michigan, District 1

  • Larry M. Gant

    Larry M. Gant

    PhD, MSW

    Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Art and Design, School of Art and Design

    Program evaluation, social action, community-based health programs, mezzo practice and social planning; public health social work, international social work, arts-based community development, health disparities emerging from syndemic-structural interactions, e.g. HIV/AIDS, poverty, violence-related PTSD, and impoverished care access.


All the instructors were so knowledgeable and engaging in their presentations. This area of work is so different from what I have done in my career, so it was exciting to learn about political social work and what I can do to advocate for social justice issues I and my clients care about.

- Head Start Mental Health Coordinator

This program is fantastic! The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable in their respective fields, and they conveyed the course content in an engaging way. The specific topics covered are quite timely, though I would love to see a lecture on the economics and politics of the US healthcare system added to the program. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to enhance my macro skills in this way!!

- LCSW/Behavioral Health Clinician

I really enjoyed all the courses and learned great material to use going forward. Justin was approachable and knowledgeable and the live sessions added value to the pre-recorded courses. Thanks for making this program available and affordable!

- Field Organizer

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