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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.

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

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.

Winter Offerings

Social Work Practice in End-of-Life Care (6 CEUs with 1 pain and 1 ethics)
Jan. 16 | EMU–Detroit
Social workers are often not prepared for the myriad of complex issues involved in end-of-life practice. Examine the individual, family, social and organizational contexts. Discuss bio psychosocial assessment and interventions, sociocultural factors, pain and symptom management, multidisciplinary collaboration, ethics and compassion fatigue.

Working with Trauma and Complex Trauma (6 CEUs) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
Jan. 30 | EMU–Livonia
A great deal is understood about trauma both in terms of the impact on the individual and challenges in recovery. This session with allows you to increase your knowledge of trauma and complex trauma with attention to practice implications. 

Ethical and Legal Issues in Domestic Abuse for Social Workers (6 CEUs in ethics) | Ellen Craine, LMSW
Feb. 6 | EMU–Livonia
Get a quick review of what constitutes domestic abuse. Explore ethical and legal issues around domestic abuse for social workers including elder abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, etc. Discuss case examples from the instructor and students.

Directive Play and Adventure Therapy Techniques (6 CEUs) | Bianka von Kaulajta, LMSW
Feb. 20 | EMU–Livonia
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.

Pain Management: Body, Mind and Emotion (6 CEUs in pain) | Mark Ragg, Ph.D., LMSW  
March 6 | EMU–Livonia
Learn about the interplay between emotions and pain while assessing and intervening at both the physical and emotional level. Focuses on issues of physical pain and your role in supporting 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). Help clients identify, express and manage their emotions.

Bullying, Suicide and LGBT: Intervention and Response (6 CEUs) | Tony Alvarez, LMSW
March 13 | EMU–Detroit
Learn the tools to approach suicide as a preventable public health problem. Consider the social, environmental, biological, cultural and psychological elements informing a person's thoughts and choices about suicide. Learn to think from a wider perspective—from prevention to intervention to treatment to follow-up or postvention. Look at risk and protective factors while learning ways to address this public health concern with LGBT youth clients in your setting.

Understanding Trauma for Veterans: Symptoms and Interventions (6 CEUs) Shawn Dowling, LMSW
March 13 | EMU–Detroit
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.

Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know (6 CEUs) | David Manville, LMSW
March 20 | EMU–Livonia
Become aware of the horrors of modern day slavery, human trafficking and the abuse of vulnerable men, women and children throughout the world. Often these people have limited, if any resources. Be exposed to the myths about human trafficking. Learn about the hundreds of anti-slavery and other groups combating this dilemma you can connect with to assist with ending this serious crime.

Ethics: A Framework for Practice and Decision Making (6 CEUs) | Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW
March 27 | EMU–Livonia
Increase your understanding of the NASW code of ethics with careful attention to common ethical dilemmas and slippery slopes in the profession. Provides a framework to work through and arrive at the most ethical response.

Win-Win of Effective Co-Parenting: What You Need to Know (6 CEUs, 3 in ethics) | Ellen Craine, LMSW
April 17 | EMU–Livonia
Learn effective co-parenting techniques for divorcing, divorced and never married co-parents regardless of sexuality of the co-parents. Find out roadblocks to effective co-parenting. Discusses what your role could/should play in assisting with effective co-parenting.

Strengthening the Involvement of Fathers (6 CEUs) | David Manville, LMSW
April 24 | EMU–Livonia
Learn that father inclusion in programs promotes a commitment to family-centered practice; not a mother-child centered practice. Learn how to coordinate efforts to promote father involvement; ways to target outreach to fathers; all with the goal of successfully engaging fathers to improve their life, their child's life and for the betterment of the community.

Children with Cancer: Grief and Loss (6 CEUs, 3 in ethics) | Ellen Craine, LMSW
May 1 | EMU–Detroit
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 Behavioral Approach to Autism Disorders in Childhood (6 CEUs) | Cindy Evoy, LMSW
May 8 | 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. Get 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. New!

Creating Effective Meetings | (3 CEUs/macro) | Marti Bombyk, Ph.D.
May 15 | EMU–Detroit
Social workers are often trained for their job description in the direct delivery of services, but frequently lack specialized training in how to make meetings more effective. Meetings that are skillfully led and include constructive participation lead to good decisions and higher productivity for the organization, as workers achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness with their limited time and resources to serve clients.

Overview of Selected DSM-V: Childhood Onset (6 CEUs) | Ann Ormandy
May 15 | EMU–Detroit
An overview of several childhood onset disorders as outlined in the DSM-V including Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social (pragmatic) Communication Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Specific Learning Disorder; Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder; Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In addition, this seminar will provide you with a description of how these disorders are identified in school settings and cultural implications associated with these diagnoses/eligibility. 


*The cost is $69. These courses run 9 a.m.¬–12:15 p.m.

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