Current Trainings

woman speaking into a microphoneThe 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.

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The following training opportunities are currently available in the spring of 2020:​​

  • 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 . This presentation will address the need to shift from the content of the conflict to a focus on the underlying emotional process which generates the conflict . Along with this focus, the concept of family emotional balance will be explored, i .e ., how families and other systems organize themselves in ways in which anxiety—and the tension between fusion and autonomy of its members—is managed . 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.

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