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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., 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. or 1–4 p.m. Our seminar prices are $109 for six credit hours and $79 from three unless otherwise noted.

Successful Stewardship of Nonprofit Organization (6)
Sept. 22 | Carmine DeVivo, LMSW

Learn the differences in leading a nonprofit versus other organizations. Find out how to balance service delivery demands with successful budgeting and gain awareness of current EEOC issues.

Cross-Cultural Perspective of Chronic Pain (3/pain) 
Sept. 29 | Yvette Colón, Ph.D., LMSW

Learn about the influence of culture, ethnicity and other factors on attitudes and beliefs about pain management; review social work cultural competency and cultural humility; and examine factors impacting the experiences of multicultural groups at critical times in pain care.

Understanding Trauma for Veterans: Symptoms and Interventions (6)
Oct. 6 | Shawn Dowling, LCDCIII, LISW-s, ACSW

Gain knowledge of military culture and symptoms of trauma specific to active duty soldiers and their family members. Learn empowering interventions and best practices used by the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Defense.

Ethics in Juvenile Justice (6/ethics)
Oct. 13 | Linda Edwards-Brown, LMSW

Develop a better understanding of and manage the ethical issues and dilemmas encountered when working in juvenile justice.

Interventions for Families with Complicated Grief and Pain (6; 2/pain)
Oct. 20 | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW

Complicated grief is acute, prolonged and coupled with painful feelings and behaviors affecting quality of life. Review complicated grieving within a family and learn about traumatic and ambiguous loss recognized in foster care, addiction and mental illness. Gain assessment and intervention skills.

Supporting Children during Removal and Replacement (6) | Free*
Oct. 27 | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW

Child removal or replacement can be traumatic. Learn how to mitigate harm and establish a relationship with the child. Working through a developmental lens, you’ll learn what to say and what to do to best support the client.

Exploring Ethics and Professional Boundaries (6 ethics)
Nov. 3 | Stephanie P. Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW

Explore common ethical challenges in social work practice; examine your professional boundaries; apply models for ethical decision-making to cases; and understand the role of self-care in ethics.

Schizophrenia and its Impact on the Family (6)
Nov. 10 | Jillian Graves, Ph.D., LMSW

Schizophrenia. Learn about family conflicts and stressors related to schizophrenia and other chronic illnesses. Discover the impact on the family lifecycle and the psychosocial development of other members of the family. Gain treatment modalities helpful to family members of people with schizophrenia.

Working with Arab/Muslim Clients (3 hours; 9 a.m.­­–noon.) 
Nov. 17 | Karma Basha, LLMSW

Gain a better understanding of the culture and tips about how to best interact with the Arab/Muslim client. Bridge the gap between Middle Eastern and Western cultures. Learn home visiting etiquette along with the Islamic perspective of adoption. 

Working with Arab Refugees (3 hours; 1–4 p.m.) 
Nov. 17 | Karma Basha, LLMSW

Get strategies to connect and communicate with Arab refugees. Find out their needs, how to help them navigate the system and adjust to their environment. Learn how to better support children of the Arab refugees in the school system.

Human Trafficking: Identifying and Working with Survivors (6)
Dec. 1 | David Manville, LMSW, ACSW, LCC

Find out about human trafficking. Learn how to identity survivors and their needs; indentured servitude; and the vulnerability of homeless, foster care and LGBTQ youth. Be trained to identify survivors and provide tools on how to engage survivors and identify local resources to assist them. Meets the requirements for social work licensure.

Substance Abuse: Upgrading Skills and Supporting Families (3)
Free* | Dec. 8 | Jeffrie Cape, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC

Refresh and sharpen your substance uses assessment skills and learn to provide support to families in a non-threatening way.


*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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