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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.

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

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
Learn about a variety of digital communications that often result 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.

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

Working with Hard-to-Serve Families (6) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
Sept. 19 | EMU–Livonia
Through a blend of didactic and experiential techniques, learn strategies for understanding, assessing and intervening with families who don't respond to traditional techniques. Learn about the influence of poverty from environmental, educational, economic and social perspectives. Intergenerational influences are included to provide a dynamic foundation for understanding families with low levels of social resources concurrent with adaptive challenges.

Working with Muslims/Arab Clients (4) | Karma Basha, LLMSW
Sept. 26 | EMU–Livonia
Gain a better understanding of the Arab/Muslim culture. Get tips on how to best interact with the Arab/Muslim client. Discover how to bridge the gap between Middle Eastern and Western Cultures. Learn home visiting etiquette along with the Islamic perspective of adoption. This seminar runs 9 a.m.–1 pm. and costs $79.

Compassion Fatigue: Self-Care and Prevention (6) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
Sept. 26 | EMU–Livonia
Burn-out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are realistic outcomes of exposure to traumatic events and stories heard by social workers through helping relationships with clients. Distinguish between burn-out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Explore personal and professional vulnerability and identify opportunities to prevent exposure from impacting your personal lives and profession. Learn about self-care and prevention.

Ethics and Methods of Violence Risk Assessment (6/ethics) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW
Oct. 3 | 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.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (6) | Amy Park-Goeddeke, LMSW
Oct. 10 | EMU–Livonia
Despite its prevalence, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are often referred to as the "invisible disability." Gain perspectives, strategies and resources to help you move toward making FASD visible. Learn to meet the needs of individuals with an FASD and their families. Get an introduction to screening and treatment perspectives. Leave with resources to continue your own exploration and education in the area of FASD.

What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking (6) | David Manville, LMSW
Oct. 17 | EMU–Detroit
Become aware of the horrors of modern day slavery, human trafficking and the abuse of vulnerable people throughout the world. Often these people have been removed from their own countries and have limited resources. These survivors have suffered endless sexual/physical and psychological abuse, shame and substance abuse issues.

Adolescent Depression and Suicide: Assessment and Intervention (6) | Anne Kramer, LMSW
Oct. 24 | EMU–Livonia
Focuses on recognition and treatment of adolescent depression and suicide risk. We'll review best practice approaches to assessing and managing adolescent depression and the skills involved in assessing suicide risk.

Understanding the Impact of Vicarious Trauma (3) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
Oct. 31 | EMU–Livonia
Social work increases the risk for vicarious trauma and burn-out and yet the impact is often not recognized or known to the worker. Gain an understanding of the differences and symptoms. Learn skills to protect yourself from vicarious trauma and burnout as well as opportunities for self-care. *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 Otherwise, $69

What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence (6) | Jeffrie Cape, LMSW
Oct. 31 | EMU–Livonia
Increase your ability to recognize and address domestic violence. Explore the concept of abuse as a learned choice behavior and address myths about substance use, anger and trauma as the underlying cause. Know the difference between women who use force and men who batter both in terms of etiology and appropriate intervention. Learn about the effects of abuse on children; lethality indicators; assessment; coordinated community response; and coercive control.

Grief after Suicide: Working with Survivors (6) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW  
Nov. 14 | EMU–Livonia
Death by suicide often creates complicated and unique grieving for survivors. Get an overview and understanding of suicide. Explore common themes, as well as common tasks in healing for loved ones after a suicidal loss. Discuss skills in supporting the grieving and healing process.

Strategies for Managing Difficult Behavior (6) | Cindy Evoy, LMSW
Nov. 14 | EMU–Livonia
Review various causes of student misbehavior (including ADHD, autism, anxiety and ODD) with behavior symptoms as part of their diagnosis. Identify concrete strategies for dealing with the misbehaving child including prevention and intervention techniques. We'll use case examples demonstrating effective development of a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plans. Feel more in control and better prepared to handle all types of challenging student behavior.

The Impact of Trauma on Infants and Toddlers (3) | Sarah Shea, Ph.D., LMSW  
Nov. 21 | EMU–Livonia
Gain an overview of the ways trauma affects the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. Explore attachment-based trauma including long-term effects of on self-esteem and self-efficacy. Get strategies to support the relationships of infants/toddlers and their caregivers with histories of trauma, drawing from evidence-based interventions. Discuss some of your challenges with this particular population. *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 Otherwise, $69

Bullying: Prevention and Intervention (6) | Tony Alvarez, LMSW
Nov. 21 | EMU–Detroit
Bullying is a problem with real consequences; it can lead to students dropping out, transferring to a different school or even committing suicide. Part of the dilemma is our cultural understanding of behaviors and our values and beliefs about what is bullying. For some, bullying hurts physically, socially and psychologically and pushes them into actions often hurtful to themselves and others. Consider how bullying is defined, what effect it has on our young people and on the school buildings we work in. Also learn how we might address it before it becomes a problem and how to respond once it has surfaced.

Adult Survivors of Abuse and Neglect (6) | Janet Okagbue-Reaves, Ph.D., LMSW
Dec. 5 | EMU–Detroit
A parent's childhood plays a large part in how he or she may behave as a parent. Individuals with poor parental role models or those who did not have their own needs met may find it very difficult to meet the needs of their children. In support of family reunification efforts, it's important to understand the intersection between childhood abuse and neglect, co-morbid mental health issues and adult perpetrators of abuse.

Understanding and Managing Pain: Assessment and Intervention (6/pain) | Yvette Colon, Ph.D., LMSW
Dec. 12 | 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.

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