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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.

Understanding and Managing Pain: Assessment and Intervention  (6 CEUs in pain)
Yvette Colon, Ph.D., LMSW

Feb. 19 | EMU–Livonia
Reviews the bio-psychosocial components of comprehensive pain assessment and management. Special attention placed on psychosocial and educational interventions for patients and families. Discussion includes barriers and misconceptions, ethical mandates and effective pain management for different cultural and disadvantaged group. Explore the impact on quality of life and the intersection of pain management and substance abuse.

Understanding Trauma for Veterans: Symptoms and Interventions  (6 CEUs)
Shawn Dowling, LCDCIII, LISW-S, ACSW

March 4 | EMU–Livonia
Gain knowledge of the military culture; symptoms of trauma specific to active duty soldiers and their family members; and how to implement interventions empowering military service personnel, veterans and their families. Learn best practices used by the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Defense.

Ethical Decision Making in Practice (6 CEUs in ethics) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
March 11 | EMU–Livonia
With a commitment to making best practice interventions, ethical perspective and decision-making remain paramount, this presentation allows you to review your professional code of ethics and learn where ethical dilemmas impact both the populations we serve and those issues commonly experienced. Learn a framework to work through and arrive at the most ethical response.

Directive Play and Adventure Therapy Techniques (6 CEUs) | Bianka von Kulajta, LMSW, CM
March 18 | EMU–Detroit
This seminar covers issues like feeling identification and regulation, building focusing skills, problem-solving and other issues. We'll address skill-building pertaining to anxiety, depression, anger management, rule following, attention deficits, autism and other issues. We'll demonstrate both play and adventure therapies.

Domestic Violence Therapeutic Interventions (6 CEUs) | Nicole Beverly, LMSW, SSW
April 8 | EMU–Livonia
Hear from survivors explaining why they stayed and the barriers they faced when leaving. Learn treatment interventions, identify the impact of cultural factors and the importance of safety planning. Review common legal forms and procedures such as obtaining a personal protection order and filing a motion in family court. Learn ways to educate others to identify the red flags of abuse and support victims and survivors in the community.

Pain Management: Body, Mind and Emotion (6 CEUs in pain) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
April 15 | EMU–Detroit
Learn about the interplay between emotions and pain while assessing and intervening at both the physical and emotional level. The morning focuses on issues of physical pain and the social worker's role in supporting and guiding clients. Learn a typology of pain and how each type of pain influences emotions. Assessment and intervention options (medical, physical and non-traditional are explored). Learn to help clients identify, express and manage their emotions.

It’s About Power, Not Sex: Sexual Abuse (6 CEUs) | Jeffrie Cape, LMSW, ACSW, CCA
April 22 | EMU–Livonia
Designed to expand your understanding of sexual abuse, its roots in power and how to identify, support and intervene based on your role. There are many myths and misconceptions about sexual abuse influencing how professionals respond. Explore your own beliefs and biases and how to develop appropriate professional boundaries when addressing this sensitive topic. Highlights the emotional impact on victims and non-offending family members and tools to address in a compassionate and sensitive manner. Learn how to understand perpetrators and address them, along with finding/creating good resources and referrals.

Children with Cancer: Loss and Grief (6 CEUs; 3 in ethics) | Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW
May 3 | EMU–Livonia
Reviews the definition of loss and grief. Learn about different types of childhood cancer. Listen to a brief overview of complementary therapies for cancer treatment. Based on the literature and the instructor's personal experiences, the course identifies the emotions associated with loss and grief related to this experience. (Please note, this seminar is on a Tuesday.)

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. Co-morbid disorders and educational implications will also be discussed.

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. 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 | EMU–Livonia

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 | EMU–Livonia

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 | EMU–Livonia

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 | EMU–Livonia

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 symptomology, 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 | EMU–Livonia

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

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