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Social Work Seminar Series

Get the CEUs you need through EMU. Located at EMU–Livonia, our seminars typically run 9 a.m.–4 p.m. or 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Our seminar prices are $109 for six credit hours and $79 from three unless otherwise noted.

Supporting African-American Youth in Schools (3)*
June 9 | Celeste Hawkins, Ph.D.
The school-to-prison pipeline represents one of the most pressing issues facing our educational, child-welfare and criminal justice systems today. There’s a critical need for intervention and the implementation of quality programs using a coordinated approach across systems. Explore strategies to support K-12 youth through mentoring. Learn how innovative programming efforts established through education and community partnerships can help create equitable opportunities for all students.

Food Justice as Social Justice (4)
July 13 | Shiloh Maples, LLMSW
Learn how hunger and food accessibility are currently defined, assessed and addressed by USDA food assistance programs. Then explore food justice and sovereignty movements moving social work practice beyond access and into the empowerment of the people. This course runs 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and is $89.

Navigating High School Curriculum and Supports for At-Risk Learners (3)
July 20 | Christina Marsack, Ph.D., LMSW
Understand the challenges experienced by at-risk high school learners, including those receiving 504 plans, IEPs and/or those with social, emotional and behavioral issues. We’ll discuss tools to enhance the program effectiveness and appropriateness. This course is geared to nurture student engagement, motivation and success.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Complex Trauma (6)
July 27 | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
Trauma informed practice implies that professionals have a working knowledge of not only signs and symptoms but how trauma impacts brain function, coping and well-being. Learn the basics of trauma definition and symptomology, with special focus on the impact of multiple adverse childhood experiences on brain process. This course runs 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Children’s Crisis Intervention and Assessment Techniques (3)
August 3 | Terry Edwards, Jr., LMSW
Learn interviewing, assessment and intervention strategies used with children, adolescents and families presenting with metal health and/or behavioral concerns during a state of crisis.

Directive Play, Adventure and Expressive Therapies (3)
August 10 | Bianka von Kulajta, LMSW
We'll cover issues such as feeling identification and regulation, focusing skills and problem-solving. We'll address skill-building pertaining to anxiety, depression, anger, attention deficits, autism and other issues across lifespan development. Learn a variety of play and adventure therapy techniques.

Understanding Reactive Anger and Violence in Adolescents (3)
August 17 | Jillian Graves, Ph.D., LMSW
We often meet adolescents who are trauma reactive but because symptoms such as numbing are manifested as irritability, don’t get the treatment needed. This seminar seeks to demonstrate ways of identifying trauma reactive anger in adolescents and effective treatment modalities.

*These child welfare training sessions are free for DHHS, child welfare case workers, principally child protective service, foster care and adoption workers including child welfare case workers working for contracted private agencies; or staff of State-licensed or State approved child care institutions providing care to Title IV-E foster and adoptive children; all others $79.

For More Information
Contact Elena O'Connor at or 734.487.4926.

All CE programs are approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

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