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Professional Programs & Training

Social Work Seminar Series

The State of Michigan requires licensed social workers to complete 45 CEU hours every three years. You can earn your CEUs through EMU's seminars. Earn up to six CEUs with our fall seminars. Located at EMU–Livonia or EMU–Detroit, seminars typically run 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and unless otherwise indicated, cost is $99.

A Community Response to Hoarding (6 CEUs) | Harriet Bakalar, LMSW
May 6 | EMU–Livonia
An overview of the development of the Hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County, why hoarding behavior is an issue and a review of best practices in working with those who experience hoarding behavior.

A Behavioral Approach to Autism Disorder (6 CEUs) | Cindy Evoy, LMSW
May 13 | EMU–Livonia
Children with ASD require a combination of developmental, educational, therapeutic, social and behavioral interventions. Understanding the characteristics associated with these developmental disorders and the behavioral challenges these children present is critical for professionals who work with this population. This course provides an overview of the disorders on the Autism Spectrum focusing on behavior issues and practical interventions to manage behavior difficulties. Discuss co-morbid disorders and educational implications.

Hospice and Ethics | 2/ethics and 1/pain | Stephanie Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW, ACHP-SW
May 21 | EMU Student Center, Room 352

Social workers in palliative and end-of-life care deal with many ethical challenges in supporting individuals facing a life-limiting illness and their caregivers. Some examples include the right to refuse treatment; assisted suicide; proxy decision making; and management of physical pain. Learn the role of advocacy and empowerment within complex systems and interdisciplinary collaborations. Talk about the ethical challenges that arise during a live discharge from hospice. This course meets from 9 a.m.–noon and is $69.

Free* Summer Seminars

These seminars are free to DHS employees; child welfare caseworkers working for contracted private agencies; staff or State-licensed or State-approved child care institutions providing care to Title IV-E foster and adoptive children. All summer seminars are at EMU–Livonia. For all others, the cost is $69 for three CEUS and $99 for six.

Supporting African-American Youth in Schools (3) | Celeste Hawkins, Ph.D., LMSW
June 3
Although studies highlight how students of color and those with disabilities are often pushed from the classroom to the courtroom, many students continue to be excluded in their schools. Get strategies to support K-12 children through mentoring and learn how innovative programming efforts can help create equitable opportunities for all students. Learn how integrating school-and community-based mentoring approaches can build a supportive environment and promote positive outcomes.

Impact of Trauma on Infants and Toddlers (3) | Sarah Shea, Ph.D., LMSW
June 10
Get an overview of the ways trauma affects the social, emotional and neurobiological development of infants and toddlers. Discuss issues of attachment-based trauma including the long-term effects on self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-regulation. Learn strategies to support the relationships of infants/toddlers and their caregivers with histories of trauma. Talk about the role of secondary trauma in work with this unique population.

A Cross-Cultural Perspective of Chronic Pain (3) | Yvette Colón, Ph.D., LMSW
June 24 
Cultural, economic and other factors are significant issues in healthcare decision-making and pain care experiences. Get a multidimensional pain assessment and management strategies. Examine factors influencing the experiences of multicultural groups at critical times in their pain care. We’ll specifically highlight the role of child welfare caseworkers in supporting children dealing with chronic pain (their own and their family’s).

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Complex Trauma (6) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
July 8
Trauma informed practice implies 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 symptomatology, with special focus on the impact of multiple adverse childhood experiences on brain process.

Effective Caretaking of Dually-Diagnosed Adolescents (3) | Charles Graham, Jr., Ph.D., LMSW
July 22 
The existence of an emotional or behavioral disorder concurrently with a substance abuse disorder creates diagnostic and treatment difficulties. Designed for the parents/caretakers of dually diagnosed youth, get information about the nature, signs and symptoms of co-occurring disorders in adolescents. Learn evidence-based strategies to support overall wellbeing in youth who are dually-diagnosed.

Summer Seminars

These courses are $69 for three CEUS or $99 for six. All course are at EMU–Livonia.

Understanding and Working Survivors of Trauma (3) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
July 14
Trauma informed practice implies that mental health professionals have 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 symptomology, with special focus on brain process and its impact on coping. Discuss critical consideration for intervention. 

Ethics at the Heart of Social Change (3/ethics and macro) | Laura Davis, Ph.D., ACSW, LMSW and Claudette Braxton, ACSW, LMSW
July 21
Social workers, in agencies and in private practice, are faced with social changes directing how services are delivered, which are funded and who can provide them. Get a chance to identify and analyze, within the context of the NASW Code of Ethics, professional dilemmas, potential ethical breaches and professional differences arising from these changes. Develop strategies to advocate for ethically-based service delivery.

Ethical Challenges in Working with Dementia Caregivers (3/ethics) | Stephanie Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW
July 28
Learn about caregiver’s complex grief experiences and the ethical challenges of working with dementia caregivers as it relates to the NASW Code of Ethics. Discuss multidisciplinary collaboration and compassion fatigue.

Zero Tolerance and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (6) | Celeste Hawkins, Ph.D., LMSW and Sarah VanZoeren, Ph.D. LMSW
August 4
Find out about the impact of zero tolerance policies in schools, particularly for the economically disadvantaged and children of color. Find out how these policies can create an environment where youth lose educational access, resulting in what has come to be known as the school-to-prison pipeline. Learn about an intensive mentoring program designed to interrupt the pipeline. Get strategies for supporting participants as well as strategies for developing university-school partnerships.

Best Practices in School Social Work (3) | Sarah VanZoeren, Ph.D., LMSW
August 11
Explore a variety of topics including interventions for mental health, bullying and collaborating with teachers, families and communities. Work together with classmates to identify and develop specific strategies to use in your practice.

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