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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. and cost $99 for six CEUs or $69 for three, respectively. Courses marked by an asterisk are free for DHS employees; child welfare caseworkers working for contracted private agencies; staff or State-licensed or State‑approved childcare institutions providing care to Title IV-E foster and adoptive children. For all others, the cost is $69. 

Navigating the Special Education System (3)* | Sarah VanZoeren, Ph.D., LMSW
Oct. 28 | EMU–Livonia
Learn more about special education in Michigan through hands-on activities. Explore Federal and State laws and policies related to services and delivery, strategies for navigating the system and resources for supporting students receiving special education services. 

Supporting Gay and Lesbian Youth Living in Care (3)* | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
Nov. 11 | EMU–Livonia
Learn from content developed through interviews and focus groups with gay and lesbian foster-youth. Understand the specific layers of trauma common to sexual minority youth-in-care and critical elements in providing effective support. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Complex Trauma (6) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
Nov. 18 | EMU–Livonia
Trauma informed practice implies a working knowledge of not only what signs and symptoms exist with trauma but also, how trauma impacts brain function, coping and client well-being. Learn the basics of trauma definition and symptomatology, with special focus on the impact of multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACES) on brain process and its impact on coping and negative life outcomes.

CBT Culturally Sensitive Approach to Males of Color (6, 1/ethics and 1/pain) | Charles Graham, LMSW
Dec. 2 | EMU–Livonia
Males of color with mental health needs often face a significant number of debilitating social and psychological factors that significantly impact overall wellbeing and utilization of treatment services. Get comprehensive information regarding the developmental, cultural and mental health needs of males of color. Explore a CBT-based, gender specific, clinical intervention model culturally-focused to address both the strengths and unique needs of males of color with mental health challenges.

Supporting Dementia Caregivers (6, 1/ethics and 1/pain) | Stephanie Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW, ACHP-SW
Dec. 9 | EMU–Livonia
We’ll discuss the complexities in the grief experience for caregivers through the disease. A special conversation will include the unique grief experience of dementia caregivers who experience a live discharge from hospice. Learn about multidisciplinary collaboration, compassion fatigue and gain strategies to support dementia caregivers through the various stages of grief.

Infant Mental Health: The Importance of Attachment (3)* | Sarah Shea, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E® (IV) 
Feb. 17 | EMU–Livonia
Learn about the importance of developing a secure attachment during infancy/early childhood and the implications of attachment security for all areas of development. Explore both secure and insecure attachment types including how such attachment types are fostered via the caregiving styles of parents and how such attachment types are expressed in children’s attachment seeking behaviors. 

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

Eastern Michigan University is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative-Provider MICEC-0031.

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