On Demand Courses

NEW & IMPROVED registration system coming February 2017!

Jason Kae Smith, LMSW
Jason Kae Smith, LMSW

As our society develops a wider understanding of gender variance, transgender people have become more visible than ever before. With more openly trans people seeking services, it is important that social workers provide spaces that are safe, inclusive and affirming to all people, regardless of their gender identity. This online course aims to help participants better understand what it means to be transgender and suggests ways social workers and agencies can position themselves to better serve the transgender community.

Elinor Jordan
Elinor Jordan

This training will provide an overview of our often misunderstood immigration system, giving special attention to the ways in which issues of immigration law and status interact with family law. The training will give a general overview of the U.S. Immigration system and highlight the ways in which interactions with family service and child protection systems create both opportunities and dangers for immigrant families and social work professionals.

Rosemary Jackson
Rosemary Jackson

This online course is designed to help you become more intentional in your supervision and to make best use of supervisory time with your staff. It will introduce supervisory competencies that are known to motivate and encourage increasing confidence and staff commitment to a career in child and family services. This course can be taken independently or as part of the Supervision in Child & Family Services Certificate.

Katie Page-Sander
Katie Page-Sander

This course will give an overview of the benefits of agencies’ utilization of parent to parent or peer support programs for foster and adoptive parents. Participants will learn ways to incorporate various program models into their own agencies, as well as learn about existing parent-lead programs in Michigan and how they can benefit client families.

Connie Black-Pond, MA, LMSW, LPC
Connie Black-Pond, MA, LMSW, LPC

This course on Trauma Informed Clinical Assessment for TF-CBT clinicians will address pre/mid/post treatment assessment recommendations for the implementation of TF-CBT; and specific review of assessment strategies. Standardized tools administration and good clinical observation will be discussed. Specific tools will include the Trauma History Checklist (Habib), the Post Traumatic Stress Checklist for Children (PSCC), Child Dissociative Checklist (CDC), Young Child PTSD Checklist (YCPC, and Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale). Other assessment resources will also be introduced.

Gillian OgilvieKarol Wilson
Gillian Ogilvie, MA, LPC, IMH-E (III), Karol Wilson, LMSW, IMH-E (IV)

Opportunities for you to define and develop strategies that will support the process of developing secure attachments will be presented in this course. Infant mental health strategies and principles that will improve relationships between primary caregivers and young children will be introduced and you will increase your understanding of how to support the social and emotional development of young children, particularly those in the child welfare system.

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel
Cheryl Williams-Hecksel

This course will explore an overview of strategies for child welfare supervisors to engage and support workers. Included in these strategies will be (1) supportive engagement within a developmental framework, (2) mitigating the impact of secondary trauma and workplace stress, (3) managing the impact of technology changes on worker engagement.

Victoria Fitton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, RPT-S
Victoria Fitton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, RPT-S

Suicide ideation and suicide presentation by clients present grave professional and personal concerns for clinicians who worry about the client’s safety, ultimate wellbeing or potential death, ethical issues, legal issues and sanctions, and ability to perform competent clinical practice. This course is designed to address some of these issues. You will learn a step-by-step assessment protocol for suicide presentation. You will learn to assess the level of risk presented by a suicidal client.

Jennifer Trotter
Jennifer Trotter

Safety planning is a tool used to minimize the risks faced by those we serve. During this course, participants will learn the value and effectiveness of safety planning with their clients. Scenarios will be presented and sample safety plans will be created.

Julie Navarre
Julie Navarre
Course Description: Inflammatory responses in the nervous system plays a key role in the development and persistence of many pathological pain states. Research literature indicates that psycho social interventions may have significant effects on pain. For example, the relaxation response immediately alters gene expression tied to inflammation which in turn may reduce the individual's pain response.

Meets 1 hour of pain criteria

Rosemary Jackson
Rosemary Jackson

This online course introduces the principles and concepts for supervising a mobile workforce. Learn about the impact of telecommuting on the supervisory experience. Get ideas about how to create a foundation for supervision that supports staff development with an emphasis on staff retention. This training will utilize pre- and post-tests and visual displays.

Victoria Fitton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, RPT-S
Victoria Fitton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, RPT-S

This course will provide a general overview of attachment, parent-child attachment relationships, and the effects of attachment disruption on the emotional and behavioral lives of children. The formation of parent-infant/child attachment relationships and the impact of an infant/child’s attachment style on all current and future relationships and functioning will be briefly touched upon. The connections between attachment and emotional regulation and between attachment and behavioral expressions will be discussed.

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson, PhD, LMSW

This course will describe the challenges associated with ethical decision making in social work practice. Approaches from philosophy will be examined to find relevant guidelines for professional practice. Principles to apply to practice decisions will be extracted from these philosophical approaches. This examination of philosophical approaches will highlight some key points for making an ethical analysis and leading to ethical decision-making.

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel
Cheryl Williams-Hecksel

Secondary Traumatic Stress is a reality for all child welfare workers. This course will encourage participants to reflect upon their intent to do this work and how the work itself impacts their hope and motivation. A range of risk and protective factors that impact the experience of child traumatic stress will be explored within the context of coping strategies that foster resiliency in workers.

Rosemary Jackson
Rosemary Jackson

Adoptive families have unique service needs. Assessing for appropriate client-specific service as well as identification of adoption sensitive services will be the focus of this one-hour training.

Amanda Toler Woodward, PhD
Amanda Toler Woodward, PhD, Ulla-Maija Koivula, MBA

At the same time that we are facing global aging, countries are struggling with workforce shortages and economic changes that require them to renegotiate their social welfare systems in politically acceptable ways. This course will present basic information about the structure of elder care in the United States and Finland, some health and social welfare outcomes from each country, and strengths and weaknesses of each approach to care.

Joseph Kozakiewicz, JD, LMSW
Joseph Kozakiewicz, JD, LMSW

Workers spend a great deal of time preparing for court and presenting evidence in court proceedings. Very frequently, the worker does not know what specific information the judge or referee needs in order to make a specific finding or ruling. This program will address this deficiency. Further, judges have many different perspectives on how they would like workers to testify, but some general guidelines can be presented based on feedback from a number of practicing judges. This program will present a summary of “do’s and don’ts” for Michigan judges.

Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW
Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW

This course will provide basic understanding of detection and diagnosis of substance use conditions. Specific tools to identify alcohol, tobacco, and drug use will be discussed. Additionally, an overview of diagnosis using DSM-V criteria will be presented.

Liz Sharda, LMSW
Liz Sharda, LMSW

Psychological safety is a critical piece of caring for children in the child welfare system. This course will equip child welfare professionals with a framework for understanding psychological safety and its components. You will gain strategies for helping caregivers increase psychological safety for children in their homes.

Sandy Pelon
Sandy Pelon

As part of the inter-professional team of end-of-life caregivers, social workers are exposed to multiple stressors. This can be in their work with dying individuals and their families as well as in their functioning within rapidly changing health care organizations. This course explores the unique professional stress of social workers in end-of-life care settings and offers practical protective mechanisms and coping strategies.

Rosemary Jackson
Rosemary Jackson

As a supervisor, you can learn to use retention-focused communication skills to support staff in being the "expert" on their practice. This course will offer you a strengths-based approach that focuses on respecting the abilities of your staff and avoids dwelling on what they have done wrong. Learn about techniques that focus on asking about successes and giving positive feedback for accomplishments and find out how to help staff communicate their needs and assumptions.

Joanne Riebschleger
Joanne Riebschleger

This course begins with illustrations of children describing their experiences growing up with a parent with a serious mental illness. It will help answer some important questions about a group of high risk children who are all too often invisible to health and human services networks. For example, What do we know about children who have a parent with a mental illness? How can social workers and others better recognize and attend to the needs and strengths of COPMI children and their family members?

Tracy Kapusansky, LMSW
Tracy Kapusansky, LMSW, Rachel Kornilakis, MSW

This course will help foster, adoptive, and kinship parents understand how to best advocate for their children around common issues in the school system.

Erica Holman, LMSW, LNHA, CDP
Erica Holman, LMSW, LNHA, CDP

Advance Care Planning involves learning about types of decisions that might need to be made during end of life processes. Formulating an Advance Care Plan and Advance Directives lets others know what YOUR choices are and provides a framework for providing care and services if you cannot express your values and desires. Advance Care Planning offers an opportunity to have open discussions with your loved ones about care preferences before an illness or injury.

Victoria Fitton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, RPT-S
Victoria Fitton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, RPT-S

Suicide ideation and suicide presentation by clients present grave professional and personal concerns for clinicians who worry about the client’s safety, ultimate wellbeing or potential death, ethical issues, legal issues and sanctions, and ability to perform competent clinical practice. This course is designed to address some of these issues. You will learn a step-by-step assessment protocol for suicide presentation. You will learn to assess the level of risk presented by a suicidal client.

Julie Navarre
Julie Navarre

Identifying and managing appropriate boundaries is essential to ethical practice. This presentation will explore appropriate boundaries in helping relationships, boundary violations, and ethical dilemmas as they relate to the Code of Ethics and the influence of values. Through examining the literature, reflecting on values and ethical guidelines, participants will explore issues and complexities of ethical social work practice in rural settings. A model for decision making will be presented and utilized.