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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.

Ethical and Legal Issues in Domestic Abuse: Screening (6/ethics)
January 19 | Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW

Get a review of domestic abuse with a focus on subtle forms. Learn a screening tool developed by the instructor and discuss the importance of proper screening. We'll discuss ethical and legal issues utilizing the new NASW Code of Ethics effective January 2018.

Understanding Self-Injury (6)
Jan. 26 | Amy Chapman, LMSW

Learn about the non-suicidal self-injurer and the knowledge base needed to provide informed treatment. Find out which DSM disorders are associated with NSSI and current theories assessment tools.

Assessing Pain with Individuals and Caregivers (3 pain)
Feb. 2 | Stephanie Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW

Integrate the skills and perspectives of your social work education and identify barriers to successful pain assessments with both individuals and caregivers. Discuss working on an interdisciplinary team and the role of self-care.

Understanding Trauma Reactive Anger and Violence in Adolescents (6)
Feb. 9 | Jillian Graves, Ph.D., LMSW

We often meet adolescents whose anger comes out of nowhere and who cannot identify the cause. Learn to identify trauma reactive anger in adolescents and effective treatment modalities.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (6)
Feb. 16 | Matthew Statman, LMSW

Learn about a counseling approach called Motivational Interviewing, which engages a social worker and client in a collaborative conversation for strengthening motivation and commitment to change.

Understanding and Identifying Labor and Sex Trafficking (6)
March 2 | David Manville

As social workers, we must be more vigilant in recognizing trafficking. We must first understand the issue, identify victims, be able to offer resources and treatment options for survivors and finally, institute ways to stop trafficking.

Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System: Solution-Focused Practice (6)
March 9 | Christina Marsack, Ph.D., LMSW and Jennifer Kellman-Fritz, Ph.D., MSW

Gain practice strategies for individuals with a diverse array of disabilities who find themselves interfacing with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Get information and techniques to support professionals as they work with this population.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Real World Applications (6)
March 16 | Christina Marsack, Ph.D., LMSW

Gain basic information on autism spectrum disorders focusing on adolescents and young adults. Learn solutions for complex behaviors, including behavior plans, self-monitoring systems and visual schedules. We’ll also address ways to support parents.

A New Code-of-Ethics for Social Work Practice (6/ethics)
March 23 Stephanie Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW

Examine common ethical challenges using the updated Code of Ethics; look into your own professional boundaries; apply models for ethical decision-making; and understand the role of self-care in ethics.

Cyber Social Work: Ethical Implications (6; 1 ethics, 2 pain)
April 6 | Janet Joiner, Ph.D., LMSW

Cyber Social Work is a quickly evolving practice. Understand the internet’s influence on mental health and social functioning, including Internet Use Disorder; the delivery of services via electronic devices; innovative treatment approaches used to treat chronic, physical pain; and ethical challenges. You’ll also learn about virtual hospice, immersive reality therapy, sonic drugs/digital pills and more.

Infant Mental Health: The Importance of Attachment (3)*
April 13 | Sarah Shea, Ph.D., LMSW, IMH-E® (IV)

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 types are fostered via the caregiving styles of parents and how attachment types are expressed in children’s attachment-seeking behaviors. This course runs 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Supervisor and Agency Opportunities: Increase Retention and Decrease Vicarious Trauma (6)*
April 20 | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW

It is understood that vicarious trauma is an occupational hazard often leading to lack of job satisfaction and productivity and psychological and emotional pain. Learn to recognize risk factors, as well as indicators of vicarious trauma and burnout.

What Social Workers Need to Know About Subpoenas and Ethics (6: 3 ethics)
April 27 | Ellen Crain, JD, LMSW

Subpoenas should not be looked at in a vacuum. Learn what subpoenas are and when and how you should respond to them. Explore the NASW Code of Ethics for the ways it guides around subpoenas. We’ll utilize case examples and help evaluate appropriate responses.

Informed Approaches to Compassionate Pain Management (3 pain)
May 4 | Yvette Colón, Ph.D., LMSW

Learn affirmative models of practice, so 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.

Immigration 101: Ethics and Working with Interpreters (6: 1 ethics)
May 11 | Mira Sussman, LMSW

Gain a basic understanding of the legal differences between statuses and how the refugee referral and processing system works. You’ll also learn about the asylum process and what questions to ask. We’ll also cover best practices and ethics when working through foreign language interpreters.


*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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