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Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development

For almost 50 years, the School of Social Work has been providing continuing education seminars and post-master's certificate programs for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and other human service professionals. Our programs allow human service professionals to maintain their skills and earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for licensure.  

Instructors are experts in their fields and the topics they address are current and relevant to practice today. Participant feedback is important to us and every program is evaluated.

We are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and approved by the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health to provide CECs. Programming is offered throughout the year. Check out our schedule and register today.

In-person seminars: Building and room locations will be included in an email confirmation upon registration.

Parking in the Connecticut Convention Center Garage (100 Columbus Blvd) is included in your registration fee for in-person seminars. Driving directions and parking instructions will also be included in your confirmation email once your registration is complete. Directions to the CT Convention Center Garage.

Webinars use the WebEx platform.  We recommend downloading the WebEx app for the best viewing experience: WebEx Downloads.

 

Continuing Education Trainings

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Live webinars Date Time
Functional Behavior Series - Register for 1, 2, 3, or all 4 webinars:
Conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment: The Clinical Interview Mon, Mar 4 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Structuring Direct Observations and Maximizing Data Collection Methods when Conducting an FBA Mon, Mar 11 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Interpreting Data Collected from an FBA and Formulating Recommendations for Treatment Mon, Mar 18 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Strategies for Preventing and Managing Challenging Behavior in School-Aged Children Mon, Mar 25 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
In-person Seminars
Exploring the Benefits of Group Work in the School Setting Sat, Mar 2 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Art of Diagnosis Fri, Apr 5 9 am - 3:30 pm
Making Sense of the DSM 5 TR Fri, Apr 12 9 am - 3:30 pm
The Clinical Interview Fri, Apr 26 9 am - 3:30 pm
 
*Provides at least 1 hour of content on cultural competency
** Provides 2 hours of content on veterans mental health
*** Approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for Alcohol and Drug Counselors CEUs
 

Social Work Practice Fellows Certificate Program in Supervision

October 2023 - March 2024

All sessions will be virtual.

 

A Professional Development Program for Social Work Supervisors of Direct Practice Across the Life Course

Enrollment limited to 25.

There is a critical need for enhanced continuing education for social work supervisors. Social workers are often thrust into supervisory roles without the skills, knowledge, or support they need to succeed. This premier 36-hour certificate program features an advanced curriculum with a focus on some of the most complex issues that challenge MSW supervisors. Modules are taught by experienced, practice-based instructors.  The Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) program will provide interactive presentations, engaging conversations, and small group discussions with colleagues and instructors. UConn is one of three sites of a multi-university initiative which includes Adelphi University School of Social Work and Syracuse University School of Social Work. The SWPF offers much-needed peer support and networking opportunities. Now in Year five, each new cohort of graduates becomes part of a growing professional network of alumni with whom they can connect for mutual support​.

The program is intended for social workers employed in a wide range of community agencies. You must be currently supervising social work staff (not only students). Participants will need a computer or tablet with a reliable webcam, microphone, speakers, and internet connection.  The 12 virtual sessions (3 hours each) will cover the content areas listed below. Completion of all 12 sessions is required to receive a certificate and earn CECs.

Fee: $875

36 CECs: Satisfies the cultural competency requirement for Connecticut social work licensing.

Content Areas Instructors Dates/Times
Fri, 9am - 12pm
Advancing Skills in Individual and Group Supervision Jo Nol, PhD, MS, LCSW October
13 & 20
Teaching Social Work Assessment and Planning Skills William C. Gilbert, PhD, MSW, LCSW, AADC November
3 & 17
Trauma-informed Supervision through a Social Justice Lens - Session 1 Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW
Aminah Ali, LMSW
December 8
Health Challenges Impacting Individuals and Families Jeannette de Jesús, MSW, MPA January 12
Advancing Supervisory Skills in Responding to Children and Families in Crisis Jennifer Berton, PhD, LICSW, CADC-II January 19
Trauma-informed Supervision through a Social Justice Lens - Session 2 Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW
Aminah Ali, LMSW
January 26
Advancing Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW February
9 & 16
Furthering Ability to Confront Performance and Organizational Challenges Jo Nol, PhD, MS, LCSW March
8 & 15

Eligibility and Requirements - The participants selected for the program must be:

  • MSW-level social workers
  • Currently supervising social service workers (supervisees can include any number of MSWs, BSWs, or other social service staff)

Expectations for Successful Completion

  • Attend all 36 training hours (Our Attendance Policy details the procedure if a session is missed due to an emergency)
  • Complete pre- and post-program self-assessments of supervisory practices
  • Participate in activities and discussions
  • For CECs, full attendance is required; CECs are not prorated
  • Certificates of completion will be issued at the end of the program to those who complete all program hours

Application: Social work supervisors must apply for acceptance into the program. We will strive to bring together a diverse group of participants. Apply early. Payment is not due until you have received your acceptance email. Based on the volume of applications, acceptance decisions will be made every 2-3 weeks until the program is full. Enrollment limited to 25.

Attendance Policy:  We understand that unexpected circumstances arise and attendance at a session may not be possible. In this situation, you should immediately email ssw.ce@uconn.edu. Participants can miss up to 6 hours of the program.  To receive credit for the missed class, you must complete a make-up assignment associated with the session.  Make-up assignments need to be completed within two (2) weeks of the missed session.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing at ssw.ce@uconn.edu. Refunds will be processed if written notice of cancellation is received 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be issued after this date. There are no partial refunds.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

The UConn School of Social Work is approved by the CT Department of Public Health to provide continuing education credits for social workers (LCSW and LMSW).  As an accredited University, many of our programs meet the licensure criteria for other behavioral health professionals, including those listed below. We recommend checking with your licensing organization to verify that they will accept UConn SSW continuing education credits.

  • Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists

Certificates of Completion are emailed within four (4) business days of each program to participants who have attended all scheduled program hours and whose registration fees are paid. Certificates indicate the number of continuing education credits (CECs) granted as specified in each program description. CECs will not be prorated.

Connecticut Social Work Licensure:
Social Workers must complete one (1) contact hour of training or education in each registration period on the topic of cultural competency. Programs that satisfy this requirement will be noted in the descriptions.

Licensed social workers (and certain other licensed professionals) are required to attain two (2) hours of continuing education on veterans and families of veterans every six years.  Training must cover the topic of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, including (A) determining whether a patient is a veteran or family member of a veteran, (B) screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and (C) suicide prevention training. Programs that satisfy this requirement will be noted in the descriptions.

For questions about Connecticut social work licensure, contact the CT Department of Public Health.

Accreditation:
UConn School of Social work is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The University of Connecticut is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

 

Campaign School for Social Workers

The Campaign School for Social Workers is for anyone who wants to be more politically active as a candidate, staff, volunteer, and/or advocate for social change. Attendees learn from political social workers and national experts why they belong in politics. Taught through the lens of the social work profession’s values and Code of Ethics, this powerful workshop addresses central issues including race, identity, and ethics. This program is approved for 12 Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

Visit the Campaign School website for more information.

Fees, Payments, Cancellations and Substitutions

Fees and Payments: Please refer to individual program descriptions for fee information. Payment may be made online by credit card. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. If you are using an agency purchase order, please contact ssw.ce@uconn.edu for instructions.

Your registration is complete when payment is received by the UConn School of Social Work.  You will receive a confirmation by email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the UConn SSW Center for  Continuing Education and Professional Development office: ssw.ce@uconn.edu.

Cancellations and Substitutions:

If you are unable to attend the program for which you are registered, please email our office to cancel your registration. Please note:

  • If space is available, we will gladly transfer your registration to another program.
  • Substitutions: another staff person from your agency may attend in your place.

Refund Policy: A refund will be processed if the cancellation is received by email 48 hours prior to the start of a program. There are no partial refunds.  

Submit a Continuing Education Proposal

Do you have a suggestion for a webinar topic? Do you have expertise in a particular area and are interested in submitting a brief continuing education proposal for consideration? We welcome your suggestions.

Contact Us: SSWCE@uconn.edu