The Continuing Education Program offers specialized training by local experts in the topical areas that social workers want and need to learn in order to best serve their clients and organizations.
The Social Work Code of Ethics requires continuing education as part of lifelong professional development for social workers. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education—which accredits the School of Social Work—both prioritize continuing education. The University of Pittsburgh and its School of Social Work has also made continuing education a strategic priority. To learn more about social work licensing and biennial continuing education requirements, visit the Pennsylvania Board of Examiners website. This site and the CE program office will help guide you in your social work professional development.
The following training opportunities are currently available in the spring of 2020:
- Working with Women and Body Image - Now Online!
Most women in this country are unhappy with their bodies.Body insecurity has been linked to anxiety, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and lower academic achievement.This workshop will review the difficulties women face in creating and maintaining a positive body image. Attendees will learn ways to help clients build resilience to unrealistic body expectations.
- Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the Black Community- Now Online!
This workshop is designed to bring awareness of the impact ACEs have on children, family, and communities by enhancing the knowledge of the attendees on the recognition and interventions to prevent long-term negative effects including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Ethical Dilemmas, Barriers, and Solutions Related to Serving the Older Adult Population - Now Online!
This presentation will provide an overview of ethical dilemmas and solutions when working with the older adult population in social services. Throughout the presentation, common mental health diagnoses, myths and truths, and treatment will be presented.
- Clinical Hypnosis-Now Online!
Come and learn about the standard inductions of clinical hypnosis utilized to guide individuals into a trance and how daily life offers the opportunity to use this unique intervention with clients as well.Key concepts of hypnosis, standard inductions, and the efficacy thereof will be discussed along with a video of a session.
- Direct Practice in LGBTQIA+ Communities-Now Online!
This training is a broad discussion on advocacy, mental health interventions, and issues crucial to American LGBTQ+ communities. The curriculum was developed for professionals with limited experience and knowledge of these issues but is also appropriate for specialists seeking current best-practice guidelines and advanced interventions. **This course meet your one hour suicide prevention licensure criteria!**
- Practical Tips for Assessing and Working with Suicidal Teens-Now Online!
This program will focus on the assessment and intervention of suicidal thoughts in young adults. We will discuss cultural influences on reporting suicidal thoughts and how to address them. The first hour will cover methods of assessment, focusing on specific questions to ask and understanding barriers to reporting suicidal thoughts.
- LGBTQ+ Cultural Responsiveness in Healthcare and Social Services: Building a Collaborative Relationship- Now Online!
In this course we will examine how cultural insensitivity has perpetuated the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals. Participants will learn how to use appropriate language with LGBTQ+ patients in clinical settings. This training will cover organizational barriers to accessing care and will highlight organizational and personal efforts individuals can employ to increase cultural responsiveness care for and engagement with for LGBTQ+ persons in a clinical setting.
- On the Artificiality of Conflict: Emotional Process in Systems- Now Online!
Through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory, this presentation will discuss how conflicts arise and escalate in family and other systems. The fundamental concepts of the theory will be presented. Implications for clinical praxis will be part of this focus. This training is appropriate for those new as well as those with previous exposure to the theory.
- Tell It Like It Is: Cultivating Authentic Communication in the Workplace- Now Online!
Honest communication the cornerstone of trusted relationships with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders, yet many of us are socialized to hold back from speaking our complete truth if we believe it will make someone else uncomfortable. Participants will learn and practice tools both for offering and receiving critical feedback, minority opinions, and diverse perspectives. Consideration will be given to dynamics of power, oppression, and privilege.
- Stone Soup: Sharing Trauma-informed Practices for the Prevention of Trauma and Violence- Now Online!
Prevention of trauma and sexual violence begins with understanding trauma. Together we will explore frameworks to apply trauma-informed practices that focus on prevention of trauma and sexual violence. Join us in using a trauma-informed perspective to identify practices and strategies to build stronger prevention efforts.