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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.

Identifying Victims and Working with Survivors of Human Trafficking  (6 CEUs)
David Manville, LMSW

Dec. 4 | EMU–Livonia
An overview of trafficking from an international/national and local perspective will lead into discussion of survivor identification and needs, indentured servitude situations; and the vulnerability of high and middle school girls and homeless, foster care and LGBTQ youth. These survivors face issues such as PTSD, shame and substance abuse issues. Learn to identify survivors and get tools to engage them and identify local resources to assist them.

Suicide Prevention and First Aid (6 CEUs) | Tony Alvarez, LMSW
Dec. 11 | EMU–Detroit
Offers a public health approach to preventing suicide. Provides a suicide first aid model. Look at risk and protective factors and consider ways you may address this public health concern in your setting.

Winter 2016

Working with Emotions and Motivations (6 CEUs) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
January 22 | EMU–Detroit
Discuss the latest neurobiological information on how feelings influence the brain. This context sets a foundation for understanding the structure of feelings and how thinking attenuates and amplifies the affective state. Provides a framework of affective functions influencing motivation. Using this framework, learn to identify and respond to clients. Motivational enhancement strategies are integrated to help develop skills for helping client's change.

Practically Simple: Real Tools for Real Clinicians (6 CEUs) | Jeffrie Cape, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC
January 29 | EMU–Livonia
Gain simple, practical therapeutic strategies to engage clients and enhance therapeutic interactions. Based in the theoretical context of family systems theory, learn a quick, effective way of creating genograms and how to use them as an assessment tool. We’ll also use case examples of how creating videos, poems, songs and rituals have resolved major issues for clients. 

Ethics and Methods of Violent Risk Assessment (6 CEUs in ethics) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
Feb. 5 | EMU–Livonia
Through didactic presentations, handouts and experiential techniques, we'll provide you with an understanding of the ethical and legal issues associated with violence risk assessment. Learn how to identify and respond to identified risks.

Community Engaged Agency Practice (3 Macro CEUs)* | Marti Bombyk, Ph.D, LMSW
Feb. 12 | EMU–Detroit
Get a definition of community engagement tactics and strategies to strengthen our capacity to deliver responsive services to clients. Bring more of a community perspective to your work within the service system by identifying short and long term ways of engaging both the professional communities in which you practice and the communities in which clients live. This course is $69.

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
April 29 | 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.

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.

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