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Social Work Seminar Series

Get the CEUs you need through EMU. Located at EMU–Livonia or EMU–Detroit, our seminars 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. 

Working with Hard-to-Serve Families (6)
Mark Ragg, Ph.D.

March 17 | EMU–Livonia
Uses a blend of didactic and experiential techniques to provide you with strategies for understanding, assessing and intervening with families who don’t respond to traditional intervention techniques. Learn about the influence of poverty from environmental, educational, economic and social perspectives. Intergenerational influences are included to provide a dynamic foundation. Learn promising strategies shown to be effective with such families.

Vicarious Trauma: An Ethical Response and Framework for Prevention and Support (6/4 ethics, 2 pain)
Tana Bridge, Ph.D.

March 24 | EMU–Livonia
Mental health professionals are at increased risk for vicarious trauma and yet the impact of exposures is often not recognized. Learn the symptoms of and impact on the professional, agency and client. Gain strategies to safeguard professionals from a prevention and post-exposure perspective. Ethics on a mezzo, management level includes appropriate supervision and safeguarding employees from occupational hazards. Find ways to engage in ethical macro-level practice.

Informed Approaches to Compassionate Pain Management (6/5 ethics, 1 pain)
Yvette Colón, Ph.D.

March 31 | EMU–Detroit
Pain management has been complicated by misconceptions about chronic pain. It’s important to challenge patient, provider and systemic barriers to effective pain management. In using affirmative models of practice, you can help those with chronic pain to reduce suffering and increase quality of life. Special attention will be placed on pain management as a global human right, cultural aspects of pain management and the intersection of pain management and substance abuse.

Ethics and Legal Mandates: Complement or Contradiction (6/ethics)
Tana Bridge, Ph.D.
April 7 | EMU–Livonia
Increase your understanding of the NASW code of ethics with careful attention to the intersect of ethics and legal mandates. Explore a framework to work through and arrive at the most ethical response, even in the presence of a legal mandate.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Engaging Families and Clients (6)
Jeffrey Cape, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC

April 28 | EMU–Livonia
Participate in an interactive forum for identifying signs and symptoms of substance abuse and mental health issues. Discuss common myths and a non-threatening strategy for opening discussion. Explore key components for effective treatment and ways to engage families for support.

Identifying and Treating Survivors of Human Trafficking (6)
David Manville, LMSW

May 5 | EMU–Livonia
Gain an overview of understanding labor and sex trafficking from a national and local perspective. Discuss identification of victims and roadblocks to providing resources and treatment. Learn more about vulnerable populations such as high school girls, the homeless, youth in foster care or LGBTQ youth. Survivors face issues such as PTSD, shame, anxiety and substance abuse issues.

Intro to Motivational Interviewing (6)
Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC

May 12 | EMU–Livonia
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person’s motivation and commitment to change. Get an understanding of the spirit and method of MI and practical experience in trying out this approach.

Screening Safety and Ethics in Domestic Abuse (6/3 ethics)
Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW

May 19 | EMU–Livonia
Learn the importance of screening for domestic abuse. Explore the NASW Code of Ethics as it relates to screening and safety planning. Role plays and case examples from the instructor will help you evaluate appropriate responses.

Supporting African-American Youth in Schools (3)*
Celeste Hawkins, Ph.D.
June 9 | EMU–Livonia
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.

*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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