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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. Improving Patient-Provider Communication: Insights for Social Work »

    March 3, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

    This course is designed to introduce social workers to the dynamics of patient provider communication and its importance in improving health care outcomes with a particular emphasis on African American patient experiences. Attendees will learn about the models of communication that provide the highest quality of care, what patients really perceive when facing specific clinician verbal and non-verbal behaviors, and the short and long-term physical and mental health outcomes associated with varying levels of patient-provider communication. The communicative role of social work on health care teams will be discussed as well as strategies for advocating for patients with limited communication skills or few companions and caregivers present to augment patient-provider interactions. Specific research conducted by the instructor on African American men's health communication will be presented in the context of lessons learned about patient and provider communication patterns in the context of cancer care, primary care, mental health discussions, and family interactions.

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  2. Social Work and Sport »

    March 10, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    A growing body of research documents the positive health and mental health benefits of participating in organized sports and recreation. While much of the current research is focused on youth participation in sports, there is also evidence of how participation in sports can benefit people across the life span and from different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. This workshop will examine how social work values, concepts, and interventions on both the micro and macro levels can enhance sport activities. Specific strategies such as strength-based coaching, teambuilding, conflict resolution, family collaboration, diversity training, community engagement, advocacy and policy development will be discussed. Model interdisciplinary programs that serve at-risk youth, older adults, individuals with disabilities and other special populations will be highlighted.

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  3. Restorative Practices in Schools and Communities »

    March 11, 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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  4. Forensic Interviewing of Children »

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

    This is an advanced methods mini-course focused on forensic interviewing of children. The mini-course is particularly relevant to interviewing children alleged to have been sexually abused, but also be relevant to gathering information from children about a spectrum of traumatic experiences. This mini-course will provide a critical review of the evidence/research that is relied upon in forensic interviewing of children and will provide information about best practice. The course takes a child-centered/social justice approach, will admonish professionals to take into account the child's needs, developmental stage, and functioning, as well as the specifics of the allegations, when conducting forensic interviews.

    This course will cover the following areas: 1) forensic versus clinical practice, 2) brief history of forensic interviewing, 3) models of assessing for child sexual abuse, 4) cultural issues that may impact abuse characteristics, reactions to abuse, and interviews with the child, 5) forensic interview structures, protocols, and guidelines, 6) controversies about appropriate questioning techniques and sequencing in a forensic interview, 7) controversies, relevant research, and best practice related to the use of media in forensic interviews, , and 8) current practice regarding extended assessments in forensic work.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    For more information or to register, visit http://dynamicinstitute.com/dsm5/.

    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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  9. 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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  10. Online License Exam Prep Course - Clinical 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 Clinical 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 Clinical 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

    Visit the CE Course Catalog »

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), www.aswb.org, 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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