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Extended Programs

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.

Spring Offerings
These seminars meet 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and cost $99, unless otherwise noted.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Divorce and Custody (2 + 4/ethics) | Ellen Craine
April 25 | EMU–Livonia

Provides an overview of the divorce process, legal definitions of parenting time and custody. Explore the NASW Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics for School Social Workers as it relates to these issues. The course will also take a look at subpoenas.

Trauma Informed: Understand and Working with Children (6) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
May 2 | EMU–Livonia

Children and youth in the formal child welfare system experience difficult losses often coupled with trauma. These realities pose unique challenges for workers committed to helping children understand and cope. Focus on differences between grief and trauma, trauma symptoms and techniques to support children and youth who have experienced complicated grief and trauma. This course is split into two parts, running 9 a.m.–12:15 and 1:15–4:30 p.m. Free to DHS employees; child welfare caseworkers working for contracted private agencies; staff of State-licensed/State-approved child care institutions providing care to Title IV-E foster and adoptive children. For all others, the cost is $69 per section or $138 for the whole course.

A Behavioral Approach to Autism Disorders in Children (6) | Cindy Evoy, LMSW
May 9 | 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.

Motivational Interviewing: Getting Started (6) | Steve Wiland, LMSW
May 16 | EMU–Detroit

Intended to provide a basic introduction to motivational interviewing. Using slides, video and supplemental handout materials, along with lecture, role-playing and group discussion, this session helps you in developing a basic understanding of the spirit and basic principles of the motivational interviewing approach. Begin to develop your motivational interviewing/enhancement clinical skills in the service of better facilitating change in areas of difficult behavior with ambivalent clients.

Summer Offerings
These seminars meet 9 a.m.–noon and cost $69.

Understand and Respond to Students who Self-Injure (3) | Amy Chapman
July 10 | EMU–Livonia
Aids you in understanding students who engage in non-suicidal self-injury and gives you the knowledge base needed to respond effectively in schools. Learn which types of interventions to use. Obtain resources for parents and teachers. Develop a school protocol within their school crisis team.

Overview of Select DSM-V: Childhood and Adolescent Disorders (3) | Ann Ormandy, Ph.D.
July 17 | EMU–Livonia
Get an overview of several childhood onset disorders as outlined in the DSM-5 including neurodevelopmental disorders: intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and specific learning disorder; conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. Get a description of how these disorders are identified in school settings and cultural implications associated with these diagnoses.

Supporting Students in the Presence of Loss and Trauma (3) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
July 24 | EMU–Livonia
Our first experiences with loss can be traumatic. However unlike adults, the young are learning coping skills. Explore opportunities to informally and formally support them in their grieving process. Focus on differences between grief and trauma responses and classroom interventions when the grief/trauma experience is shared by others.

Directive Play and Adventure Therapy Techniques (3) Bianka von Kulajta, LMSW
August 7 | EMU–Livonia
By linking the need for play and non-verbal learning to child development, we'll cover issues such as 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 common issues. We'll demonstrate play therapy, adventure therapy and other sources.

Conflict Resolution in the Digital Age (2, 1 ethics) | Janet Joiner, Ph.D., LMSW
August 14 | EMU–Livonia
Get exposes to a variety of digital communications often resulting in conflict, such as "catfishing", sexting, "trolling", cyberbullying, etc. Explore communication challenges across the aging spectrum. Discuss the role of social workers in resolving digital conflicts, while enhancing online communication; educating the risks of the misuse of technology tools; creating education programs focused on responsible digital citizenship; and developing support services for those impacted cyber conflict. Includes specific strategies protect yourself and your reputation from digital conflicts.

An Experiential/Adventure P2P Model for Students on the Autism Spectrum (3) | Tony Alvarez, LMSW
August 21 | EMU–Livonia
Develop a skill model for working with students on the Autism Spectrum including training peer anchors/facilitators, developing a support structure for staff and teachers, sample sequences that can readily be applied into your school building.

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